Sunday Dinner and Nana’s Meatloaf

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Gemma and Mindi rush to the door, barking like mad. Mackenzie and Michael burst in, late and carrying their vegetables and dessert. Jennifer has just taken her meatloaf and scalloped potatoes from the oven and Milt is at the sink checking out a faulty drain. It’s Sunday in the Peterson/Dawe household and it’s time for their weekly family dinner.

Photos of Jennifer's children who have graduated

This is not the Sunday dinner of old, when mothers got up early to bake buns and put in the turkey before church, then spent most of the afternoon getting the salads and sides prepared. Instead, this is a purposely casual gathering, focused on easy family favorites like meatballs or lasagne, that leaves time for the cook to visit with the family. The cook itself changes from week to week – today Milt and Jen host, last week Mackenzie and Michael, next week Nana.

 The benefits of family dinner have been touted for years – there are physical, mental and emotional advantages. When families have dinner together, they experience a boost in positive moods and a decrease in stress levels. Regular dinner is linked to lowering high risk behaviors in teens such as smoking and eating disorders. It can even lessen depression in the elderly (check out thefamilydinnerproject.org for more information).

So, what did the family have this Sunday? Scalloped potatoes, peas and Nana’s meatloaf. Mackenzie craved Nana’s version because it’s fall-apart moist and tastes like sweet and sour meatballs. Comfort food at its finest!

How To:

Mixing crumbs into the ground beef
Mixing in the crumbs
Brown sugar in a retro orange Tupperware container
Brown sugar for a little sweetness
Squeezing prepared mustard into the ground beef mixture
Adding the mustard
Ground beef mixture packed into the meatloaf pan
Packing the meatloaf into the pan
Stirring the tomato sauce in a bowl
Stirring the sauce while the meatloaf bakes
Slice of meatloaf on a white plate, alongside scalloped potatoes and peas
Ready to eat!
Print Recipe
Nana's Meatloaf
Fall apart meatloaf with a sweet and sour sauce
Nana's meatloaf covered in tomato sauce
Prep Time 15 min
Cook Time 50 min
Servings
loaf
Ingredients
Prep Time 15 min
Cook Time 50 min
Servings
loaf
Ingredients
Nana's meatloaf covered in tomato sauce
Instructions
  1. 1. In a large bowl combine the ground beef, bread crumbs, salt, pepper and eggs. Add the onion powder and half the tomato sauce. Press into a 9 inch x 5 inch loaf pan.
  2. Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in a sauce pan, combine the brown and white sugar, vinegar, mustard and remaining tomato sauce. Bring to a boil. Pour over the meat loaf and bake for 10 more minutes.
 

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