I have to tell you, if it were not for my crockpot, I don’t think we would be eating home-cooked meals as often as we do. Well, maybe that’s not true, but I would definitely be more grumpy because I truly despise having to cook after a long day, especially knowing that I have hours of homework ahead of me. The crockpot is truly a busy mom’s best friend, and even more so for a busy homeschooling mom!
Meatloaf and potatoes is one of my family’s favorite meals. You can very easily make it in the crock pot and let it cook all day while you get other things accomplished. This meal is easy to reduce for smaller families, or single people as well, just use a smaller crock pot. I use my ginormous one, of course!
Make your meatloaf however you typically make it. If you don’t have a recipe you already love, here is an easy base recipe (I make it different every time, based on what I have. In the picture below I added diced onion. I usually add chopped tomato):
2.5 pounds of ground turkey (or beef, if you prefer)
3/4 cup smashed cornflakes (or bread crumbs, but I prefer corn flakes)
1 envelope of Lipton onion soup mix
2-3 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
salt, pepper, paprika, garlic salt, Italian seasoning to taste.
Mix the ingredients well and form a “loaf” in the bottom of your crock pot.
Then, wash 5-6 small-medium potatoes, prick them with a knife or fork, and wrap them in foil. Place them around the meatloaf. Cook for 8-10 hours on low. You do not need to add water, and wrapping the potatoes is optional (I just like them to have their own flavor at the end of the day).
There is something about roasting the meatloaf and potatoes all day that really gives this meal a savory and delicious flavor. It tastes like your regular meatloaf, only better. The potatoes get very golden and buttery tasting even without the butter. Serve it up with a favorite veggie or salad. I hope you try it soon and enjoy!
This post is really old! To see my latest, super-healthy, veggie-loaded meatloaf recipe, click here! This new recipe is perfect for those following low carb, paleo, or Trim Healthy Mama diets!