So this morning, as I was packing my lunch for work, I concocted a delicious creation. I didn’t really have anything to pack, so I threw some green beans in a Tupperware container along with a little butter and some adobo seasoning. This is my typical lazy woman’s lunch when we have no leftovers for me to bring. Today, however, I added in some ricotta since I am trying to use it up before I start my Whole 30 on Wednesday. It is my favorite ricotta from a local creamery, and it is absolutely amazing. Well, when I heated it up at work today and mixed it all together, it created a delicious treat! It reminded me of macaroni and cheese but with green beans instead of pasta. The best part was how easy it was, so when I got home tonight, I decided to make it for dinner.
To go along with the green beans I decided to make a meatloaf. Since I am still exhausted from battling my sinus infection, I figured a meatloaf was the easy way to go. This is the perfect meal for a day when you are just too tired to think about what to make. I made mine with a whole onion in it, which was delicious, but if you aren’t too keen on that, I would recommend just using half of one. My favorite kind of meatloaf is one that is cooked until it is crunchy on the outside, and I prefer it without any kind of sauce on top. I am sharing my recipe with you guys today. It gets 2 thumbs up from my caveman, and I hope you will like it too.
Have a happy and safe New Year!
Savory Meatloaf Ingredients:
1 lb ground beef
1 yellow onion, diced (or just a half if you prefer)
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1/4 cup almond meal
2 tablespoons of olive oil
Adobo seasoning, pepper, and salt to taste
A sprinkle of parmesan cheese (optional)
Green Beans “Alfredo” Ingredients:
10 ounces of frozen green beans
1/2 cup of whole milk ricotta cheese
3 tablespoons of butter
1/4 cup of parmesan cheese
Adobo seasoning to taste
Preheat oven to 375º. For the meatloaf, mix all the ingredients together, with the exception of the olive oil. The best way to do this is by using your hands, just make sure you chase around your significant other with your meatloaf hands before washing them off. That is part of the recipe, you must do it 🙂 Form the meat mixture into a log shape in the middle of a glass baking dish. Drizzle the olive oil on top of the meatloaf to help it crisp while cooking. Place into the preheated oven for 40-45 minutes, or until it is browned on the outside and the juices run clear if poked with a knife. The cooking time will vary based on the size and shape you make decide to make your meatloaf, so just keep an eye on it.
For the green beans, bring a pot of water to boil. Place the frozen green beans in the boiling water, and cook for about 5 minutes. Turn off the stove and drain the beans. Put the green beans back into the pot and add in your butter, ricotta, parmesan, and seasoning. Mix it all together. Do this over the burner you were just using so that it helps to melt the butter. It is really just like making boxed mac n’ cheese, not that I have made that since college, lol. Slice up the meatloaf, serve the green beans alongside, and enjoy!