These delicious Meatloaf Stuffed Peppers are the perfect favorite dinner recipe mashup! If your family loves stuffed peppers and meatloaf, they'll go crazy for this dinner idea!
Almost four years ago, I posted my recipe for Cheesy Stuffed Pepper Casserole and clearly you all have loved it just as much as my family did - and still does. That recipe post still gets a lot of traffic every single day! If you haven't tried that one, it's essentially un-stuffed peppers in a casserole dish with the usually filling ingredients. You really need to put that one on your menu plan ASAP!
A few months before that, I had posted the recipe Chicken & Cornbread Stuffed Peppers for you as well - that is SO GOOD, too! Definitely a fun twist on traditional stuffed pepers. The addition of the cornbread mix, too makes that one over the top!
I'm back again with my favorite stuffed peppers, this time with no rice and a purely meatloaf mix filling for the peppers. I have fond memories of my mom's meatloaf growing up. She made this sweet brown sugar tomato sauce that was just amazing. And clearly you can see how much I love stuffed peppers! This recipe mixes the two and hits it out of the park for a fun and different family dinner and is just really simple to put together.
If you're on a low carb diet, feel free to replace the Panko bread crumbs with a low carb or healthy carb alternative. I like using ground up old fashioned oats - I just grind them to a fine powder using my Ninja blender (affiliate link). Or you could let your favorite low carb pita bread harden on the counter and crumble that for bread crumbs - my favorite brand is Joseph's Pita Bread (affiliate link) - they make great bread crumbs. Either way, these peppers are going to be an impressive dinner for your family!
yield: 5 peppersAuthor: Kelly Millerprint recipe
Meatloaf Stuffed Peppers
Meatloaf mix with ground beef, bread crumbs, egg, and seasonings stuffed into green peppers and topped with crushed tomatoes.
prep time: 10 MINScook time: 1 hourtotal time: 1 hours and 10 mins
5 medium green peppers, tops removed and seeds discarded
15 oz can crushed tomatoes, divided
grated Parmesan cheese
In a large mixing bowl, combine ground beef, bread crumbs, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, egg, and seasonings. Divide meat mixture evenly among peppers. Make a small slice in the bottom of each pepper to allow fat to drain from the meat as it cooks.
Spread half of the crushed tomatoes into a square baking dish. Arrange stuffed peppers over crushed tomatoes in dish and spread remaining tomatoes over peppers.
Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese over peppers and bake an additional 10 minutes. Allow to cool slightly before serving.
Play the new video below to see how to make my S'mores Cobbler recipe in action - it's so easy!
This s'mores variation of a dump cake recipe uses chocolate pudding, chocolate cake mix, semi sweet chocolate chips, graham crackers, and toasted marshmallows! A total fool-proof dessert!
I love, love, LOVE dump cake recipes. I remember the first time I had ever heard that term was the first time I tasted a dump cake. It was the classic version with yellow cake mix, chopped walnuts, crushed pineapple, and cherry pie filling. One of the older ladies from our church in Philadelphia brought it to pretty much every function we held together.
Those church ladies have the BEST recipes, don't they?!
I remember that cake fondly because it was around the time I started dating my husband that we were attending there. Paul seriously LOVED that cake, and if you know anything about his tastes, then you know it must be good! He eats virtually ZERO baked goods and goes for pudding, Jello, and ice cream exclusively for dessert. Actually, I think he'd forgo dessert altogether for pretty much anything else. I can't understand it at all!
This Smores Cobbler is a total twist on that original dump cake recipe - you simply can't go wrong bringing this to a party or potluck!
By Kelly Miller
An indoor smores dessert recipe with chocolate pudding, graham crackers, and marshmallows.
These Pecan Muddy Buddies are the perfect treat for the sweetie in your life! Pecan halves coated in peanut butter, chocolate, and powdered sugar - this makes a great gift, too!
I had these addictive Pecan Muddy Buddies cooling on a cookie sheet on the kitchen counter for the boys to snack on as they walked in from school.
Miller Boy #1: Mom, what is this?
Me: They're pecans with peanut butter, chocolate, and powdered sugar. Try one.
Miller Boy #2: They look like rocks.
Me: Well I made them and I can tell you for sure they aren't rocks. Just try one.
Miller Boy #1: They taste like peanuts. You know I don't like peanuts.
Miller Boy #2: Yeah, you know I don't like peanuts, Mom.
It's a tough crowd I have to work with around here, you guys, I'm telling you! In all honesty, toddler Reuben would have tasted any of that sugary good stuff on the counter if I chose to give him a bite. He needs a few more molars to chew anything crunchy yet, but I might just have a little foodie in the making, we shall see. :)
These Pecan Muddy Buddies are the perfect treat to mix up for any holiday or celebration. Wrap up a couple of handfuls in a clear cellophane bag with a ribbon and it makes a great gift, too!
yield: 3 cupsAuthor: Kelly Millerprint recipe
Pecan Muddy Buddies
Pecan halves coated in peanut butter, chocolate, and vanilla and tossed in powdered sugar.
prep time: 10 MINScook time:total time: 10 mins
3 cups pecan halves
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/4 cup smooth peanut butter
2 tablespoons butter
2/3 cup powdered sugar
Place pecan halves in a mixing bowl; set aside.
In a separate bowl, microwave chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter for 1 minute. Stir. If mixture isn't completely melted and smooth, microwave an additional 30 seconds until melted fully.
Pour chocolate mixture over pecans and stir to coat well.
Transfer coated pecans into a large plastic zip top bag. Add powdered sugar. Seal bag and toss to coat pecans evenly with powdered sugar.
Spread pecans out onto a cookie sheet and allow to cool completely. Store in an airtight container until ready to serve.
This Crunchy Nacho Bake is the perfect weeknight dinner! If your family loves tacos and Mexican food, they will LOVE this casserole recipe!
My 5 year old, Wesley, came home from school the other day telling us something funny his student teacher was telling him. He's had two loose teeth in the bottom front of his mouth for a few weeks now. Since they are the first loose teeth he's had, of course I've been checking in with him every couple of days to see how they're coming along.
In typical 5 year old kid fashion, he's been playing with it to the point where it pinches his gum and even bleeds a little bit. Of course I've been telling him to just leave it alone! I think he was just really excited to finally loose a tooth or two just like his big brother.
So apparently this has been the topic of conversation among his classmates and teachers in his Kindergarten classroom lately. Obviously there are other students his age beginning to loose teeth for the first time. His student teacher told him that maybe if he brushes his teeth really hard it will pop out! It must have been quite funny in the classroom because he was in stitches barely able to tell us what she said without laughing hysterical. :)
Yep, the next morning I suppose he was brushing extra well and out it popped! Looks like we're having a visit from the tooth fairy tonight. Of course I'm excited for him, but really, this growing up business is for the birds! I remember when baby Wesley was just sprouting those tiny teeth. Slow down, please sir!
This Crunchy Nacho Bake will be a total crowd pleaser for your family - full mouth of teeth or not!! Even baby Reuben enjoyed the corn and the beans in this casserole. Double this and make two pans, one for dinner and one for the freezer perfect when those busy sports nights start up in a few months!
yield: 10 servingsAuthor: Kelly Millerprint recipe
Crunchy Nacho Bake
A casserole recipe with ground beef, tomatoes, corn, beans, cheese, and crumbled tortilla chips.
prep time: 30 MINScook time: 25 MINStotal time: 55 mins
We honestly loved this so much, I'm planning on at least making a double batch for the freezer. Paul doesn't like leftovers, so I actually stuck individual portions of this casserole in small plastic containers and froze them for quick meals when I'm low on ingredients!
What's your favorite Mexican themed dinner to serve your family? Leave your idea in the comment section, below! Happy cooking!
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Ok busy moms, what would you say to me if I had an amazing idea for a date night that required *literally* no planning or shopping and is guaranteed to be fun for your and your spouse? Believe me, I know that's a tall order! I'm promising you that I have a BRILLIANT idea for you that you're going to want to repeat again and again and again.
Last week we received a box of food items, ingredients, and three recipes from Blue Apron to try out at home. Blue Apron's mission is to make incredible home cooking available to everyone - and I can attest, they completely nailed it!! When you sign up for Blue Apron, they let you choose from 3 different meal ideas each week and they SEND ALL THE INGREDIENTS to make those meals directly to your doorstep. How cool is that?! Not just any ingredients either - high quality, farm sourced produce, and responsible farming and ranching ingredients.
I'm serious - you don't need to step foot in a store to get these incredible restaurant-quality dinners cooked up in your own kitchen!
Paul and I decided to try out our first meal from Blue Apron for a fun date night when the kids were in bed. You guys, it was SO MUCH FUN! One of the meals we had picked was a recipe for Cod en Papillote - we felt like we were professionals, but the instructions were surprisingly simple to do here in our own kitchen.
The cod was absolutely delicious and the creme fraiche sauce with meyer lemon and parsley was absolutely perfect on top. It was served with cooked freekeh - a middle eastern grain that neither of us had had before - we love trying new foods together! Paired with some sparkling grape juice and our favorite show, we had an amazing date-night here at home without having to get a babysitter or even drive to the store. TOTAL WIN!
You've heard me preach on here about how important I feel menu planning is for families and busy couples to connect more around the dinner table every night. Using a delivery service like Blue Apron for nights when you know you're not going to have the energy to bring a whole dinner together yourself, is BRILLIANT!
When you sign up, you can choose a 2-person plan and receive 3 meals per week, or a family plan which serves 4 people either 2 meals or 4 meals per week - shipping is always free with Blue Apron and you can skip or cancel deliveries at any time. I honestly can't wait to try our next two recipes from this delivery: Sesame Chicken and Steak & Green Peppercorn Sauce - don't they sound amazing?!
I totally recommend trying Blue Apron in your own home - if you do, please use my affiliate link here to sign up and let them know I sent you. It won't cost you anymore, but it does let me earn a percentage and helps me run this awesome blog. After you receive your first delivery, please come back to this post and leave a comment letting me know what you think of Blue Apron!
All of my favorite healthy low carb dinners and desserts in one post - perfect for families!
It's January 2nd and it's officially the time of year when we start New Year's resolutions and of course, by far, the most popular resolution is to lose weight - right? I'm actually very proud of myself because I started a healthy eating plan back at the beginning of December! I know myself and being surrounded by all the sweet treats at Christmas time is just not good for me - I have zero self control it seems! I went back to cutting out most sugar and separating my healthy fats and healthy carbs with the Trim Healthy Mama approach to losing weight.
About 4 years ago, I had about 20 stubborn pounds to lose and I had tried just counting calories which just didn't work for me. When I taste something I like, I overeat! So I had used Trim Healthy Mama back then and actually lost 24 pounds and I felt great! I really felt like it helped rev up my metabolism so that when I had an "off-plan" meal or treat, it didn't cause me to gain weight -as long as I didn't overdo it.
I will say though, it is a drastic change to the normal American diet and there's a definite learning curve. I was so pleasantly surprised to see that going back to the plan in December to finally lose this baby weight from Reuben, that there's an updated plan book and now a cookbook as well! There's also a TON of Facebook groups to join to ask questions when needed.
Whatever you plan is this year, cutting back on sugar and refined carbohydrates is ALWAYS a good thing - and I've compiled a list of my favorite low carb, THM on-plan dinners and desserts for your resolution endeavors. Happy New Year, foodie friends!