A couple of nights ago we had meatloaf again, and this time I wrote down every single drop and pinch of every ingredient I used. Instead of making mini loaves, this time I shaped them into squares and decorated them with green bell peppers slices to make Christmas presents.
|Mini Meatless Loaves/Squares
1 tbsp olive oil
1- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
*If you’re using thawed or refrigerated crumbles, you don’t need to simmer the tomato mix, just add the tomato mix to the onions and stir in the non-frozen crumbles right away.
This is enough for the two of us, if you need to double the recipe you should use a larger pot instead of a saucepan. These also make good meatballs!
If you want to decorate them like Christmas presents, just steam or boil a few green bell pepper strips and use some ketchup or tomato sauce as glue to stick them to the squares. I sauteed the peppers and they are tasty, but they have brown spots that wouldn’t be there if they were steamed or boiled until soft and manageable. The little pepper pieces sticking up on the tops are raw, so they don’t look all droopy!
Last night we had mashed potato snowmen! I made them using cookie scoops, a large one for the bodies and a small one for the heads. They have steamed red pepper scarves and pea buttons. The noses are little carrot pieces, the mouths are black olive slices cut in half, and the eyes are black beans. We had them on top of black bean patties, so the black beans came in handy for the eyes.
Notice the olive tips as hats? They look like yarmulkes! It was unintentional, but I thought they looked cute! Allow me to remind you again that I am indeed an adult.
Enjoy the countdown to Christmas!!