Meal Plan Monday: Crockpot Meatloaf and Potatoes

It's been awhile since I've done a meal plan; our oven/stove conked out on us, leaving me scrambling to prepare meals with just counter-top appliances.  Since we also just had two cows butchered, we were drowning in beef.  (The cows were older, requiring special treatment of the meat. I'll be sharing some ways to do this in later articles).

While cruising around on Pinterest (my new favorite search engine), I found a few crockpot recipes for using hamburger, but many required the beef be cooked prior to putting it in the pot.  One idea was to make up a meatloaf and cook it in the pot, and include baked potatoes.

Essentially, you make up your meatloaf, place it on the bottom of the pot, and add the foil-wrapped potatoes (scrubbed and poked before you wrap) on top.  I also added a little bit of water in the bottom, since my meat is so lean, as well as a few carrots and celery for flavor.  (If you're not going to eat these veggies, the "scrappy" ends work well, as do the leaves of the celery.)

Cook on high for 4-5 hours or low for 7-8.  The meat will be very moist, and the potatoes will have a lovely golden brown color and flavor that your family will enjoy very much!

Here is the rest of our meal plan for the week:

Crockpot Meatloaf and Potatoes
Steamed Green Beans

Taco Ring with fresh garnish
Side Salad

Broiled Fan Potatoes with Bacon, Cheese, and Chives
Vegetable Soup (made from Augason Farms Stew Veggies)

Grilled Chicken Breasts
Crockpot Mushroom and Wild Rice Stuffing
Brussel Sprouts

Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Meat Sauce
Hot Dog Bun Garlic Bread
Steamed Veggies

BBQ Meatballs
Potato Balls
Side Salad

Taco Chicken Veggie Stew
Cornbread Muffins

What's your plan for the week? Leave a link if you'd like to share! (For more meal ideas, visit Money Saving Mom and Menu Planning Monday)