Cozy day, cozy foods. For breakfast, oatmeal with butter and brown sugar. Craig had never heard of eating it that way before we were married. Is that something that I got from growing up in Canada? Regardless, if you haven't tried it that way, you really must. Yum, yum!
I didn't get a photo of our steaming bowls of porridge, so you will have to be content with a picture of the raw oats.
Last night for supper, when three out of five of us were in various stages of tummy discomfort, I made a very simple chicken and rice soup. I just boiled and chopped a couple chicken breasts, added it to three quarts of broth, added 3/4 cup of long grain white rice, and simmered 20 minutes until the rice was cooked.
When making a quick soup like this, particularly if there isn't much added flavor other than the broth, I recommend using a soup base rather than bouillon or canned broth. It's much richer (and this brand adds no MSG).
My favorite recipe is made with sweetened condensed milk (I usually replace some of the water with regular milk). Serve with lots of whipped cream!
For lunch, we'll have the left-over soup and grilled cheese. The baking method makes it easy to make toasted cheese sandwiches for a bunch of people at one time.
For supper, I'm planning to make meatloaf. I'm excited to get to mix it up with the stand mixer I got for Christmas. Doing it by hand always froze my hands to the point of pain! Here's my favorite meatloaf recipe:
Combine in large bowl, and reserve 4T:
1/2 cup ketchup, 2 T brown sugar, 1/2 tsp ground mustard
To the remaining above mixture, add:
4 tsp Worcestershire sauce, 2 tsp seasoned salt, 1-1/2 tsp onion powder, 1/4 tsp garlic powder, 1/4 tsp pepper, 1 egg
Add 1-1/2 lbs ground beef and 1/4 cup breadcrumbs. Combine well, form into a loaf, and bake at 350 degrees for 65 minutes. Top with reserved ketchup mixture and bake 15 more minutes.
The kids like it because there are no chunks of veggies. I like the piquant flavor. And if there are any leftovers, you know what that means. Meatloaf sandwiches for lunch the next day!
I hope you have a comfort food kind of day, too!