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Menu Plan for Winter I: Week 7, Sunday

Meat Loaf Florentine
Scalloped Potatoes

Cooking time:  80 minutes for menu      Cooking schedule: see below for instructions

       I'm not sure which we like better: meat loaf or the, inevitable and much-loved, meat loaf sandwiches.  Don't be put off by the slightly green color  - it tastes right!  ;-)) Both potatoes and meat loaf will be for two meals.

Meat Loaf Florentine 

Total time: 80 minutes
     While this meat loaf is chock-a-block with vegetables it still retains the 'proper' meat loaf taste and texture.  We'll eat it for 2 meals - and there may be enough for a couple of great sandwiches as well. I actually used about 19oz (540gr) in this because I had some bits in the freezer to use up.

Meat Loaf Florentine Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Scalloped Potatoes

Total time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  Scalloped Potatoes have long been a favorite at our house.  They're easy and easily expanded to serve more.  This serves 4 or will be for 2 meals.

Scalloped Potatoes Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Note:  Whenever I am baking potatoes with a liquid: gratin, scalloped, Savoyard, etc. I always put the baking dish/dishes on a baking sheet covered in foil.  They almost always bubble over and this saves on oven clean up.  Just wrap up the mess and toss.

Cooking Schedule: 80 minutes for menu - 60 minutes of breaks
Assemble all ingredients and utensils
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
large skillet, baking pan, medium skillet, baking dish,
foil

Turn oven on, 400F (200C); arrange space
Finely chop onions for meat loaf, sauté
Slice onion for potatoes, sauté
Finely chop celery, add to chopped onion skillet
Finely chop carrot, add to skillet
Mince garlic, add to skillet
Finely chop mushrooms, add to skillet
Add spinach to skillet
Remove onions for potatoes
Heat milk in skillet
Slice potatoes, add to milk, heat

Whisk eggs
Add crumbs, wine, ketchup, herbs to eggs
Mix well, add meat, mix
Spread vegetables on plate to cool a bit
Slice cheese for potatoes
Assemble potatoes, cover, bake
Add some veg to meat, mix
Add more veg to meat, mix
Finish meat loaf, shape, put in pan, bake
     45 minute break
Uncover meat loaf, pour on tomato sauce, bake
Uncover potatoes, bake
     15 minute break
Remove meat loaf, let rest
Remove potatoes
Cut meat loaf in half, put half on platter
Slice meat loaf, Serve all