When it comes to being a Brainy Gourmet, its what you have and what you can do with it that counts. You don't need to have someone else do it for you. Why? Because, it takes just as much time to take out the ingredients from your pantry as it does from a box of quick fix meals.
You are the home chef and always have been. Your pantry is your 'box' filled with accessories to use. Its cheaper, as its fast or faster than 'out of a box' and its frugal. And, its better for you for those reasons and more.
Why be frugal? Because, this way you know what you have and what you can do with it in the amount of time you have. There will be less waste and more value for money besides the added value you and your family gain when mom puts the food on the table that was made at home.
Meatloaf can be gourmet. The key is always to let the 'meat' speak for itself which means don't add unnecessary ingredients like: broccoli, spinach, crackers, oatmeal, ketchup, cheese, eggs or anything else that does not belong in a good 'meat' loaf.
Choose your ground meat: beef, pork or turkey will work. Mix about 1 and half pound with dried herbs, bread crumbs and 1/4 cup of heavy cream along with a pinch of salt and garlic powder. Form into a loaf and lay into a glass baking dish drizzled with olive oil; also, drizzle some on top as well as some Worcestershire sauce. Bake for about one hour, first on 400f and then reduce the heat to 350.
From the juices that will flow as the meatloaf cooks, you can make a quick sauce... *Note when using 100% beef, you can let it stand at medium rare.
~ Tutti a Tavola!