First off, roasted root vegetables.
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
Clean and dice up your choice of veggies - I had purple potatoes, parsnips, carrots, and a sweet potato. You could include any other type of potato, onion, turnip, or rutabaga too.
Toss the veggies with a little oil that can handle high heat (safflower, sunflower, canola), salt, pepper, and your choice of spices - garlic, thyme, rosemary, etc. For this recipe, I added thyme and a wee bit of garlic powder.
Roast the veggies for 45-50 minutes until tender, giving them a toss halfway through. *The veggies have a tendency to stick. It helps to put a bit of oil in the baking dish and heat it in the oven prior to putting the veggies in to bake.
Now on to meatloaf. I have to be honest, I don't ever measure my ingredients so I'm not really sure of the exact measurements. I hope you can eyeball ingredients too! (Next recipe, I'll start measuring as I go so I can give you a more reliable recipe).
You will need (approx.):
1 lb. ground meat of choice (beef, bison, venison, turkey, chicken, etc.)
1 tablespoon worchestire sauce
1/2 c. (or so) rolled oats
1/4 c. tomato sauce
Spices - salt, pepper, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, minced onion (if you don't have fresh onion), etc.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Stir the ingredients together. It's important to not over work the meat, so I recommend incorporating everything together with your hands.
Once you've incorporated the ingredients, you might need to add a little more oats or tomato sauce depending on if it seems a little too moist or too dry.
Grease a loaf pan and pour the meat in the pan.
Top with a little ketchup and/or tomato sauce. I use both.
Spread the ketchup and tomato sauce over the top.
Bake the meatloaf for about 40-45 minutes, until it is golden brown and a meat thermometer reads 160 degrees.
Now this is another recipe where you can add all sorts of different ingredients. For example: veggies (shredded carrots or zucchini, onion, bell peppers, spinach, mushrooms, etc.), shredded/crumbled cheese (cheddar, provolone, feta, etc), or even wrapped in bacon/pancetta. Also, if you don't have oats, you could substitute bread crumbs or, like my grandmother, corn flakes.