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Easy Timesaving Tips & Recipes-Chili-Meatloaf & More.

Updated on February 16, 2011


I dislike cooking! I seriously do! I dislike standing in there and taking time and trying to think of new recipes night after night after night. I dislike trying to debate with myself and argue that we just had that last week, or that is TOO hard! I was taught old school cooking from my mother, my grandmothers, aunts and family friends. From the time I was a young girl, way back when, I was taught to cook.

But those women would stand there for hours, cooking. A pinch of this and a dash of that, and never used measuring devices! Not unless they baked. I am talking cooking, night after night, lunch after lunch, and breakfast after breakfast! Dish after dish, after dish.

And then don't even ask them to pass down a recipe, because all you would hear would be, "I toss a little of that in and a little of that, a pinch, a dash, a touch!" How in the world are you supposed to learn from that! I did though, somehow, someway!

But I don't have the time or the patience to stand there as they did, and cook. I dislike it!

I came to my own rescue by timesaving tips, doing things perhaps an easier way than they did, but I got the same results! And created some of my very own touches.

I am going to share some of them with you.

I plan my meals for the week, before going to the grocery store, that way I will have all the necessary ingredients.

I buy in bulk, I try to plan my menu for the week, using some of the same ingredients, turning them into leftovers to use the next day. This is where you will save time! And energy! And all that boring standing there night after night!

I buy my hamburger (ground beef) in bulk. And this is what I do for two dinner's worth. These recipes call for about 4-5 lbs of hamburger. Depending on the size of your family. I am making these for a family of three.



Make sure you take half the hamburger for the meatloaf and place in a bowl, and the other half place in a skillet.

Laurie's Easy Meatloaf recipe.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

1 ½ lbs to 2 lbs of hamburger.

2 eggs.

½ cup of dried bread crumbs.

½ ketchup or barbecue sauce. This is depending on your taste. I use ketchup.

Spices to whatever your preference is. I use 1 T. Worchestershire sauce, parsley flakes; you can use the real thing too. I use Mrs. Dash, and a bit of kosher salt.

1 small onion, or a T. of onion flakes.

Mix all together in your bowl and put in a greased loaf pan. I always grease my pan; it helps it to come out easier. Shape it into a loaf.

Then I put my loaf pan in another larger pan, pouring water into the larger pan. This has always given me a perfect meatloaf.

Next before putting into the oven, I glaze the top with a spread of ketchup.

And then I bake for an hour or an hour and a half. If using a meat thermometer the internal temperature should be 160 degrees.



While your meatloaf is cooking, wash, again according to your family size, 8-10 potatoes. Make sure you bake extras! I bake 8-10 for a family of three. Wrapping them in tin foil sprayed with cooking spray. Make sure you poke them with a fork after wrapping. Place them in the oven with your meatloaf and they will be done the same time.

While your meatloaf and potatoes are cooking, brown up the remaining hamburger. Drain off the grease, when cooled place in a covered bowl and put it away for tomorrow’s dinner.

There is dinner for the first night!

Place leftover baked potatoes in the fridge. The next morning you take those same potatoes, unwrap them, get out your skillet, place whatever you prefer, butter or margarine to melt in the pan, slice them according to how you wish. And fry them up, season them according to taste, when they are almost done, and it won't take long, break four to six eggs, again how many you prefer, mixing them into the fried potatoes and scramble.

Serve with toast, bagel, anything you desire, some fruit or whatever your desire is. This is an excellent breakfast!


 For dinner that night, chili! You take out the hamburger you browned the night before, and place in your crock-pot in the morning. And let it simmer on low all day. Have it ready at night! Saves time and energy.

Laurie's Cheater Chili.

I put my hamburger in the pot, already browned and drained.

2 15.5 oz cans of light red kidney beans. Do not drain.

2 14.5 oz. cans of diced tomatoes. Do not drain.

1 46 fl.oz. tomato juice. You could also substitute V-8 or spicy tomato juice.

2 packets of chili seasoning mix. This can either be mild or hot. I use mild.

I serve this with sour cream, and shredded cheese. Use whatever you wish. Dress it up!


 These are a couple of my timesaving tips!

Enjoy them, and get out of that kitchen fast!

"Hey baby, do you like fine cooking? Cause you know what? I got Swanson's Dinner in the freezer with your name on it." ~Jimmy Fallon~


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      LaurieDawn 7 years ago

      Great tip Sally! Thanks for sharing it! I am always looking for easy tips and easy cooking! As much as I hate cooking, my kids love eating!



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      Truckstop Sally 7 years ago

      I too shop and cook a week at a time. Taco night is another way to get more mileage out of hambuger meat. Just add crispy shells (or tortillas), grated cheddar cheese . . . salsa . . . Just don't tell your family how easy it is!

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      LaurieDawn 7 years ago

      Thank you Healing Touch. I know, I love easy cooking, and that is how I came up with these recipes and so many more. I really hate to cook! So glad I could pass them around. They beat fast food, and are quick and easy to make.



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      Laura Arne 7 years ago from Minnetonka, MN


      I really enjoyed this hub. I love to cook, but you can never get enough tips to make it easy. I must try your meatloaf and chili. You do things I have never thought of. Thanks so much

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      LaurieDawn 7 years ago

      Thank you Danielle! I did too not long ago and it has been a blessing! So many things you can make in them, and they are so time saving. Thanks for stopping by.



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      Danielle Marie 7 years ago from Washington State

      Oh I just discovered the wonder of the crock pot! I love it! Thanks for sharing these recipies I'll have to try one, soon.

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      LaurieDawn 7 years ago

      Greetings my new found Friend,

      Thank you for your compliments. :) I know exactly how that is. I have five kids too, although three are grown and gone, the other two still live with me. And I often still make too much food! Freezing is wonderful! When I make too much, it goes nicely in the freezer for another day.



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      LaurieDawn 7 years ago

      Thank you Money Glitch. :) My mother changes hers up at times by using salsa instead of ketchup or barbecue sauce. That is a wonderful way to change up a boring meatloaf too.



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      LaurieDawn 7 years ago

      Thank you AJ.:) It is always a pleasure to see you, and that is how I make my Cheater Chili! Easy and cheap to feed a lot of people! And the great thing is it can be made so many ways, according to people's diets.

      Thanks again for stopping by.



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      Darlene Sabella 7 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      Love this hub, I also hate to cook after raising a large family of five children and most of the time it was also their friends. Now I am retired and still have a hard time with cooking too much, however now it has come in handy, just freeze what you want in small portions so you can pull out your meal for yourself. Love this hub thank you my new friend...

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      The meatloaf recipe is very similar to the one I make. Will definitely have to try using the bbq sauce instead. Thanks for sharing. :)

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      KillerIdeas 7 years ago from Phoenix Arizona


      Great hub! I always wondered how you made your cheater chili. I think its timely now that the weather is turning colder, people are spending more time indoors and the holidays are approaching.