Slow Cooker Mediterranean Meat Loaf

You do not sacrifice quality when using the slow cooker

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Just some points to consider

There are some point to bear in mind when working with this recipe

  • Olives are a great option if you want something a little different
  • The foil is the key to making sure you do not over cook the meal, and also makes pulling it out in one piece a greater likelihood
  • Play around with the recipe to uncover the "perfect" combination for your family
  • If you have slow cooker liners, this is an excellent opportunity to use one

Finding Balance

We all lead hectic lives which can sometimes overcome us and this is perhaps one of th reasons that I refuse to allow dinner to be a difficult aspect of life. Some people are not as attached to their slow cookers, and that is perfectly fine, but for me, slow cooker meals provide an opportunity to place some ease into the hectic lives. The ability to finish with work or whatever other demands your attentions throughout the day, and know that the hardest part of dinner will be prepared when you arrive home is an amazing relief. There are a tone of ways to prepare various meals. The slow cooker allows you the options to either prepare an entire meal, just the main dish, just the side dish, or just the "treat" for dessert. You can even use to cook overnight so you wake up with breakfast already prepared. Its that versitile.

Unfortunately, while there are those of us who depend upon our slow cookers a little too much, there are even more who rarely depend upon theirs, have no knowledge of the wonderful meals that can be prepared in it, or just really do not realize the benefits of slow cooking. While I cannot do a lot to help others to discover the same love and passion I have for my own slow cooker meals, I can take some time out of my busy life and try to help provide more slow cooker meals to access at the finger tips.

This meal is just one of those types of dishes. As I mentioned, I have a tendency to be creative when I see new slow cooker meals. The majority of the time, I will follow any recipe I use to the letter when I first try it, and then from that one time, will begin making adjustments until I uncover the perfect combination within our family. I encourage others to do the same. In many ways, when we read recipes, these are merely a foundation upon which to build upon. Then, as you grow more comfortable, it is time to become more adventurous and begin experimenting. Who knows, in your wonderings, perhaps you will uncover the meal that will become an instant hit! So, this being said, let's head for the kitchen!

Turkey can replace ground been without sacrificing quality

Cooking is a beautiful thing

While I do love to cook a meal without the slow cooker, I many times depend on the slow cooker to prepare the vast majority of meals. I love the ability to prepare a meal and not have to continuously watch over it. I also have a great love of being able to place a wonderful meal in the slow cooker and know that slaving over dinner is not going to be mandatory. In today's society, we are all rushing around to try and get things done, and unfortunately our meals suffer for this. The ability to open a few cans, or grab a meal out of the freezer and plop it in the over is an ever alluring challenge. This is perhaps why the slow cooker method has become one of my favorites.

Instead of having to put a ton of time and effort into the meal, and also to prevent the use of "easy" dinner temptations, I have placed a great dependency on the slow cooker and the numerous styles of meals which I can prepare with it. If there is a recipe you enjoy, but sometimes requires too much time or effort to do regularly, start trying out ways to make the same meal in a slow cooker. If you do this, you may find a solution to your problem and even find something you may enjoy just as much, if not more. Just do not be afraid of experimenting. That is really the greatest part of cooking.

I come from a family where food is something that allows everyone a few minutes to stop, take a breath and connect. This is one of the reason that I have found such a great passion for the slow cooker. If you take a few minutes earlier in the day, you can set the stage for a great dinner where the family can gather and talk about the day. When the meal has flavor & is enjoyable, it is more likely that every one will linger and talk.

A little effort with grand results!

  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 c. bread crumbs, (I used plain)
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 lbs. ground beef, (I have used ground turkey)
  • 3/4 c. crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/4 c. oil-packed dried tomatoes, drained and snipped
  • 5 tbsp. pizza or pasta sauce
  1. In a medium bowl, combine the milk and eggs.
  2. Add the bread crumbs, salt, oregno, pepper, and garlic.
  3. Next, add the meat, feta chese, and dried tomotatoes, mixing well.
  4. Shape into a round loaf, bearing in mind this will need to fit into your slow cooker.
  5. Get an 18-in square piece of foil, cutting it into thirds. Fold each pieced into thirds, lengthwise. Place the foil into a crisscross pattern and place the meat loaf into the center of these foil piece.s
  6. Transfer the meatloaf to the slowcooker, leaving the foil underneath. Press away from the side of the cooker, then fold down the strips to ensure the loaf is exposed.
  7. Spread pizza/pasta sauce over the top of the loaf.
  8. Cover and cooker on low 7-8 hours.
  9. Serve.

Enjoy!

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Carb Diva 24 months ago

I enjoy your style of writing. This is a well-thought out hub--a wonderful sounding recipe and great photos. Will try very soon. Voted thumbs up.

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