Comfort food. Ah yes. We have our favorites from childhood and adulthood. And the time of year dictates what comfort food you might crave. A crisp fall day may bring back a love for tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches. Or on a cold wintery night only spaghetti and meatballs will satisfy you.
Meatloaf is another favorite of many and considered a good old-fashioned comfort food. Back in the day Quaker Oats had a meatloaf recipe that was located in the top of the lid of the Quaker Oats container and made a good traditional meatloaf. I still use that recipe. It’s a good staple.
If you want gluten free, be sure the oatmeal is labeled gluten free. Today’s meatloaf recipe has bread crumbs as an ingredient. Just substitute oats for bread crumbs if you want to keep your meatloaf gluten free. You can create a finer oat mixture, by pulsing the oats through the food processor until they are the consistency of bread crumbs.
Here’s a twist on the traditional recipe that still brings the familiarity of comfort food to calm to soul, while stretching the pallet with a few different ingredients. I liked that the recipe has you portion the mixture into individual loaves. This is great for just my hubby and I, making it easy to freeze the other loaves for meals in the future.
A quick tip on tomato paste: When a recipe calls for tomato paste, most of the time a tablespoon or two is all that is needed. Since tomato paste is most often purchased in a small can, what do you do with the other 6 tablespoons in the can that are leftover? What I do is portion out the tomato paste into tablespoons and freeze them. Then when I need a tablespoon or two of this paste, I have it ready to use.
I know you can purchase tomato paste in a tube now which makes it much easier to use a tablespoon at a time. When I consider the cost of a can of tomato paste (usually around 50¢ for a 6 ounce can) to a tube of paste (around $3-5 for a 4.5 ounce tube) I just can’t pay that price for the convenience of the tube. That’s called frugal and by not purchasing the tube I’m frugaling. 😉