The mini meat loaves that she served were just such an example. From this month's issue of Canadian Living, her go-to source for reliable recipes, they were tasty, healthy, and will be easy to re-heat the leftovers. She did them in muffin tins (lined with parchment paper, because barbeque sauce sticks like nothing else). The recipe says it makes 8 but when portioned out into the muffin tray it made 12 smaller ones, and left enough room for the sauce on top to not boil over. We found that a fair bit of liquid cooked out, more likely from the carrots and zucchini than from the lean meat itself. In the debrief around the table, mom and dad felt that it needed more kick, more spice or flavour to it, and I thought that the recipe could be tried with ground turkey just as readily as the lean ground beef.
For a meat-and-potatoes family, this could be a new standard meal. The mashed potatoes were half white, half sweet potato, and pretty basic veggies were served along side. In other words, it would be a versatile go-to, and with the vegetables and bran (yay, fibre!) included in the meat loaves themselves, it's about as balanced as you get.
My gut tells me this one's a keeper.