Comfort Food on the Prairie

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There’s nothing quite like roasted root vegetables on a cold winter day. Pair them with a fabulous meatloaf and you’ll be a rock star in your own house. Add an apple crisp and you’ll be signing autographs and getting your feet rubbed, not. How I wish that last part were true. Nevertheless, your tummies will be happily filled with the bounty from your garden and contentment will reign.

Roasted Veggies

  • 5 Yukon Gold potatoes, cut into chunks
  • 3 sweet potatoes, cut into chunks
  • 1 medium red onion, cut into wedges
  • 12 brussel sprouts, cut in half
  • 12 small red beets, quartered
  • 4 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh minced thyme
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh rosemary
  • 2 teaspoons of sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon of ground pepper
  • 2 cloves of fresh garlic, minced

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a large glass bowl combine all veggies.
  2. In a small bowl whisk together oil, vinegar and spices.
  3. Pour vinaigrette over veggies and mix well.
  4. Transfer to two cookies sheets and bake 30-40 minutes or until tender.
  5. Stir occasionally and switch racks half way through.

Meatloaf

Home-style Meatloaf

  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 pounds lean ground Turkey (although beef is yummy too)
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 slices of fresh bread crumbs (I use multi grain)
  • 1 bag of fresh spinach, chopped
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • ¾ tsp dried basil

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, mix ground meat, minced onion,spinach, eggs, bread, water, ketchup, salt, pepper and basil.
  2. Shape mixture into a 9 X 5 greased loaf pan.
  3. Bake  for 1 ½ hours. Pour off juices before serving.

Squash and Apple Pie Crisp

Apple Crisp

  • 12-15 Granny smith apples, peeled and sliced
  • ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cups butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cup of oatmeal
  • 1-1/2 cups golden brown sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place slice apples into 9 x 12 x 2 glass casserole dish (or something relatively close)
  3. Sprinkle the apple liberally with cinnamon.
  4. In a large bowl, combine sugar, oatmeal and flour. Mix in butter until nice and crumbly.
  5. Pour the crumble over the apples and bake for 40-45 minutes.

It goes without saying that you need to serve this warm with fresh whipped cream or vanilla bean ice-cream.

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