Over Memorial Day weekend (yes, this post is slightly delayed), my sister-in-law, her mom, and I prepared some freezer meals for a bunch of people. My dad is currently receiving chemo, so we figured having a variety of meal options to pull out of the freezer would just be one less thing for my mom to worry about! We kept some of each for ourselves too, which has made life a little easier for myself as well! Freezer meals are just a good idea all around.
This was one my sis-in-law had from a coworker’s mother-in-law (trading recipes is the best!!) that I had never tried before and it was amazing – and really easy. Everyone loves meatloaf, but if you’re feeding just one or two people, you really don’t need a whole loaf of meat. So this recipe transforms that loaf into individual patties, so you can just pull out however many you want! And it uses oats instead of bread crumbs if you are avoiding breads.
Just mix everything together and form into patties. Cook right then or wrap in freezer paper and put in a freezer bag to store in the freezer!
*optional extra step: saute onions and green peppers and cool before mixing everything together. I prefer this because the onion and green pepper was still a little crisp after cooking. that could be due to us chopping in larger pieces or making larger patties, but it’s definitely a personal preference!
- 2 ½ lbs. ground chuck
- 1 egg, beaten
- ½ C dry oatmeal
- 2 Tbsp. Dale’s
- 2 ½ tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. black pepper
- ¼ C ketchup
- 1 bell pepper, diced small
- 1 onion, diced small
- Optional: saute onion and pepper in a little olive oil until softened
- Mix everything together (I think it’s easiest to use your hands)
- Form into palm size patties
- Place on broiler pan or in baking dish and bake at 350° for about 30 minutes
- To freeze: wrap each patty in freezer paper and place all in a freezer zipper bag
- thaw in fridge before cooking as directed above