Let’s start out easy, okay?
Meatloaf is one of those comfort foods, something warm and tasty and usually reserved for feeding more than one. No more. We’re taking it back.
Easy Meatloaf for One Recipe
Preheat your oven (toaster or regular size) to 400. Grease a little loaf pan or some kind of baking dish you can stick in there.
1/2 pound ground beef
1 egg, beaten, or egg substitute*
1 tbls chopped onion**
1 tbls chopped bell pepper, optional
2 tbls milk
2 tbls bread crumbs, or a piece of bread torn up into small pieces
* Egg substitute is great for premeasuring, but if you’re out, just beat an egg in a mug. You can keep it covered in the refrigerator for a couple of days, and it comes in handy for the chocolate chip cookie you’ll make for dessert later.
** Fresh or frozen, but I like frozen, because it’s already cut up and so easy to measure. If you have trouble with heartburn, first sauté the onions until they’re good and brown, then add them to the mix. You get the flavor without the nasty belches that way.
This could be ketchup, barbecue sauce, or even cream of mushroom soup. A tablespoon or two’s worth. Whatever you like.
Mix it all up in a bowl, ’bout 30 seconds worth, then put it into the loaf pan or shape it into one for your baking dish.
Put the topping on and stick it in the oven.
Cook for 30 minutes, or until the internal temperature is 165. (If you don’t have a meat thermometer, get one. It’ll make you feel better. Do not stick it in your leg!)
When the meatloaf is done, enjoy, and take it to heart that you just made it for one person! Yes, it’s possible, yes, it’s good, and yes, you did it! Take that, stupid stereotypes! I’m eating this because I like meatloaf and it doesn’t have to be for four or more!
Thank you, and you may now return to your regular programming.