Wednesday: Easy All-American Supper

Yesterday I asked for suggestions about an all-American supper that I could fix for my husband's cousin while he was here in town. He is stationed at a military base near Nashville, and he likes to stop at our house for a night on the long drive home to visit his family in DC.

I ended up making meatloaf with roasted okra and mashed cauliflower! Y'all it was SO good. A nice home-cooked meal that was also easy to prep beforehand. Ian said to me this morning, "You are welcome to make that meatloaf ANYTIME you want."

So, the meatloaf recipe can be found HERE and the only change I made (I learned this trick from my mama) is that I subbed the apricot preserves for orange marmalade in the glaze. And it's fabulous. 

I've blogged before about the mashed cauliflower HERE but I have a newfound shortcut that I love. I now use the frozen bag of steamable garlic cauliflower. I buy 2 of the bags for this dish. I throw each bag in the microwave for 6 minutes and that is it! Mash it with the cream cheese, mozzarella, and seasonings and you're set. Top with cheese and bake. 

And for the okra, I also started with frozen okra! I thawed it over the sink and let the okra dry. I tossed it with olive oil, salt and pepper and roasted it on a foil-lined baking sheet until they were nice and roasty brown.

If you are looking for a super satisfying meal that will remind you of your mama or grandma's house, I highly recommend this combo!


  1. Frozen veggies are my jam - the next best thing to fresh! Frozen pearl onions are bomb also, so easy to throw into soups or defrost and roast up with balsamic or other quick flavors.

  2. ummm yes please! This would be a fabulous change up for a weeknight meal in our household! Glad they liked it (and thanks for sharing!) xo

  3. This looks so good! April, about how long have you found you need to bake the cauliflower? I clicked over to the other post and it just says until hot and bubbly. Thanks!

  4. Ohhhh, I love a new meatloaf recipe :) And thank you for the okra idea - we get TONS of it later in the summer in our CSA box, but until now I'll I've ever done with it was fry it, lol. #californiagirlproblems #neverhadevenheardaboutokrabeforemeetinghusby

  5. YUM! Need to try this mashed cauliflower asap!

  6. yummm!!!!! and i haven't had mashed cauliflower in ages - i'm so glad you reminded me!!!! and yes, gah, the microwave veggies for this time in life is saving me so many times!


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