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Meatloaf Stuffed Peppers

January 25, 2017
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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!

Meatloaf Stuffed Peppers

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. 

Meatloaf Stuffed Pepers

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 peppersprint 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


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons dried, minced onion
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce (affiliate link)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 5 medium green peppers, tops removed and seeds discarded
  • 15 oz can crushed tomatoes, divided
  • grated Parmesan cheese


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese over peppers and bake an additional 10 minutes. Allow to cool slightly before serving.
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Meatloaf Best Stuffed Peppers

I wish you could reach through the screen and taste these stuffed peppers - they are THAT good, friends!

Best Stuffed Pepper Recipe with Meatloaf

What's your favorite stuffed pepper recipe? Leave it in the comment section below, I'm always looking for new ideas to feature here on Mostly Homemade Mom! :)


S'mores Cobbler - VIDEO

January 23, 2017
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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!

Smores Cobbler recipe

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?!

Smores dessert recipe

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!

Smores Cobbler indoor smores

Smores Cobbler dessert recipe

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!

Smores Cobbler


An indoor smores dessert recipe with chocolate pudding, graham crackers, and marshmallows.

Prep time: , Cook time: , Total time:
Yield: 12 servings

5 oz pkg cook & serve chocolate pudding
3 cups whole milk
12 graham cracker squares
3/4 cup miniature semi sweet chocolate chips
15 oz box chocolate cake mix, dry
1/2 cup cold butter, sliced
10 oz pkg miniature marshmallows
whipped cream

  • Prepare chocolate pudding with milk on stove top as directed on package. Allow to cool in pot for 15 minutes.
  • Spread pudding evenly into the bottom of a 9 x 13 baking dish. Lay graham crackers evenly in pudding and sprinkle with 1/2 cup chocolate chips.
  • Sprinkle dry cake mix over pudding and dot with slices of butter. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and stir making sure any dry cake mix spots have be moistened.
  • Sprinkle evenly with marshmallows and remaining chocolate chips. Bake an additional 5 - 8 minutes or until marshmallows are puffy and brown. Allow cobbler to cool 15 minutes before serving.

  • S mores cobbler

    Warm chocolate pudding. Fudgy cake. Gooey marshmallows. This cobbler is a chocoholics dream! And I totally speak from experience. ;)

    S mores cobbler dessert recipe

    Here are "smore" of my favorite "smore" desserts (hehe):

    5 Minute Peanut Butter Smores

    Lunchbox Smores Bars

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    Pecan Muddy Buddies

    January 19, 2017
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    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!

    Pecan Muddy Buddies

    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.

    Pecan Muddy Buddy Recipe

    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 cupsprint 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


    1. Place pecan halves in a mixing bowl; set aside.
    2. 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.
    3. Pour chocolate mixture over pecans and stir to coat well.
    4. Transfer coated pecans into a large plastic zip top bag. Add powdered sugar. Seal bag and toss to coat pecans evenly with powdered sugar.
    5. Spread pecans out onto a cookie sheet and allow to cool completely. Store in an airtight container until ready to serve.
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    Pecan Recipe for Muddy Buddies

    What a great snack to munch on while watching the big game next month, too! I'd bet these would be gone in no-time! 

    Pecan Peanut Butter Muddy Buddies


    Crunchy Nacho Bake

    January 11, 2017
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    This Crunchy Nacho Bake is the perfect weeknight dinner! If your family loves tacos and Mexican food, they will LOVE this casserole recipe!

    Crunchy Nacho Bake

    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. :)

    Guess what?

    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!

    Crunchy Nacho Casserole

    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 servingsprint 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


    • 1 lb ground beef
    • 1 cup frozen diced peppers and onions
    • 1 packet taco seasoning
    • 15 oz can diced tomatoes, undrained
    • 15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
    • 15 oz can corn, drained
    • 16 oz can tomato sauce
    • 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
    • 2 cups tortilla chips, crushed into smaller pieces


    1. Cook ground beef and frozen peppers and onions in a large, deep skillet until beef is browned. Drain and return to pan.
    2. Add remaining ingredients besides cheese and tortilla chips. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    3. Spread half of beef mixture into the bottom of a 9 x 13 baking dish. Sprinkle half of chips and cheese. Repeat with remaining beef and chips.
    4. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Remove from oven, sprinkle remaining cheese on top, and return to oven to bake an additional 5 - 7 minutes or until cheese is melted.
    5. Serve immediately. Refrigerate or freeze leftovers.
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    Crunchy Nacho Casserole Recipe

    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!

    Crunchy Nacho Bake Recipe

    What's your favorite Mexican themed dinner to serve your family? Leave your idea in the comment section, below! Happy cooking!


    Brilliant At Home Date Night Idea You Need To Try! with Blue Apron

    January 3, 2017
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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!


    40+ Delicious and Healthy Low Carb Recipes

    January 2, 2017
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    All of my favorite healthy low carb dinners and desserts in one post - perfect for families!

    40+ Delicious and Healthy Low Carb Recipes

    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!

    Eggroll in a Bowl
    THM S

    Skinny Low Carb Peanut Butter Cheesecake
    THM S

    Cheesy Cauliflower Casserole
    THM S - omit Panko bread crumbs

    Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Stew
    THM E - replace dressing with fat free Greek yogurt

    Crockpot Sweet Potato Chili
    THM E - use fat free Greek yogurt instead of sour cream

    Crockpot Italian Zucchini Casserole
    THM Crossover meal

    Layered Mexican Salad
    THM S - omit crushed tortilla chips, add grilled chicken for extra protein!

    Cheesy Bacon Zucchini Skins
    THM S

    Italian Chili
    THM E - replace beef with lean ground turkey and omit mozzarella cheese

    Lemon Garlic Skillet Brussels Sprouts
    THM S

    Chicken Bacon Club Salad
    THM S - omit croutons (you can replace these with on-plan croutons if you'd like)

    Oven Chicken Fajitas
    THM S with low-carb tortillas

    Peanut Butter & Jelly Smoothie
    THM S using plain Greek yogurt

    Skinny Asian Chicken Thighs
    THM S - serve over steamed veggies instead of rice

    Holiday Party Meatballs
    THM S - use on-plan breadcrumbs and a splash of half & half instead of milk

    Buffalo Chicken Cheesesteaks
    THM S - use on-plan bread or wraps

    Caesar Green Bean Casserole
    THM S - use on-plan bread crumbs

    Skinny Spinach & Artichoke Dip
    THM S

    Crockpot Jalapeno Beef Burritos
    THM S

    Roasted Veggie Lunchbox Roll Ups
    THM S using low carb wraps

    Shortcut Chicken Caesar Wraps
    THM S using low carb wraps, or just as a salad

    Buffalo Chicken Salad Sliders
    THM S using on-plan bread/rolls

    Juicy Ranch Cheddar Burgers
    THM S - omit rolls and just serve over a bed of lettuce

    Creamy Tomato Shrimp Pasta
    THM S - make sure spaghetti sauce is no added sugar and serve over zucchini noddles instead of pasta!

    Crockpot Pizza Burgers
    THM S using low carb bread

    Weeknight Chicken Fried Rice
    THM E

    Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas
    THM S

    Tuna BLT Melt
    THM S

    Slow Cooker Chunky Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce
    THM E

    BLT Deviled Eggs
    THM S

    Healthy Cheeseburger Vegetable Soup
    THM S

    Veggie Loaded Chicken Cacciatore Bake
    THM S

    Garlic Butter Grilled Mushrooms
    THM S

    Grilled Lemon Garlic & Oregano Chicken
    THM S

    Green Enchilada Chicken Soup
    THM S

    Baked Italian Dijon Pork Chops
    THM S

    Tangy Grilled Chicken Drumsticks
    THM S

    Skinny Cinnamon Roll Baked Oatmeal
    THM E using low fat or fat free cottage cheese

    Quesadilla Burgers
    THM S using low carb tortillas

    Creamy Shrimp Dip
    THM S using on-plan crackers or veggie dippers

    Crockpot Chicken Chili
    THM E, omit cheese

    Roasted Vegetable Chili
    THM E, top with fat free sour cream or Greek yogurt