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Menu Plan for Fall I: Week 2, Sunday

Mini Meat Loaves
Baked Sweet Potatoes
Baked Tomatoes

Cooking time:  60 minutes for menu       Cooking schedule: see below for instructions

            Making mini meat loaves cuts the baking time in half and gives you another dinner that can be eaten later in the week (as we will) or be frozen, either before or after baking.  Depending on appetites, you may have enough left for a meat loaf sandwich or 2, as well. Dried onion flakes are new to the pantry for winter.

Mini Meat Loaves

Total time: 45 minutes
      Great meat loaf taste in a small package.  You can cut this recipe in half (except for the egg) or make it in one large loaf (bake for 60 minutes).  You can also make them ahead and freeze. To bake from freezer,  unwrap and bake for 45 - 55 minutes.  You could use ground turkey or any combination of beef, pork, turkey or chicken.  

Mini Meat Loaves Ingredients:

 Instructions:Mini Meat Loaf

Baked Sweet Potatoes

Total time: 60 minutes  10 - 15 in the microwave
     These will, obviously, cook much faster in the microwave and I have seen in the U.S. that you can buy them micro-wave ready ....whatever that means.  Sweet potatoes are incredibly good for us, easy and delicious! You can start in the micro for 8 minutes, then finish in the oven for 20 - 30 longer.  Faster but still with a crisp skin. 

Baked Sweet Potatoes Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Baked Tomatoes

Total time: 25 minutes
    In England they serve plain baked tomatoes for breakfast.  We like them, stuffed, as a first course.  They also make a lovely, vegetable side dish, especially now, as we move into fall.

Baked Tomatoes Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Cooking Schedule: 60 minutes
Assemble all ingredients and utensils
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
foil, large bowl, large baking dish, small baking dish,
small bowl

Turn on oven 400F (200C) arrange 2 shelves
Prepare sweet potatoes
Put foil in oven, sweet potatoes on top of foil, bake
Mix all ingredients for meat loaf (not beef, sauce)
Add ground meat, mix well
Divide mixture into 4ths, make loaves, put in dish
Bake meat loaves
    15 minute break whilst stuff bakes

Back?
Hollow tomatoes
Grate Parmesan
Mix Parmesan, herbs, crumbs
Spoon mixture into tomatoes, bake
Remove meat loaves, top with sauce, return to oven
      Another 15 minute break while stuff bakes
Remove meat loaves, let rest 5 minutes
Stick a knife in the potatoes to test
  (If not, 10 minutes more in oven or 2 in micro)
Remove tomatoes
Slice 2 meat loaves (refrigerate other 2 when cool)
Serve all, eat