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Southern Meatloaf: A Taste of Southern Comfort

Southern Meatloaf: A Taste of Southern Comfort

In the heart of Southern kitchens, where comfort meets flavor, the Southern Meatloaf reigns supreme. This classic dish, rich with tradition, embodies the warmth and hospitality of Southern cooking. Join us on a culinary journey as we delve into the nuances of crafting the perfect Southern Meatloaf.

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    Recipe: Overnight Oats with Mixed Berries

    Preparation Time: 10 minutes
    Cook Time: 0 minutes
    Total Time: 10 minutes
    Serves: 2

    Ingredients:

    1 cup rolled oats
    1 cup almond milk
    1/2 cup Greek yogurt
    1 tablespoon honey
    1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1/2 cup mixed berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries)
    2 tablespoons chia seeds

    Directions:

    _In a mixing bowl, combine rolled oats, almond milk, Greek yogurt, honey, and vanilla extract.

    _Stir the mixture until well combined.

    _Divide the mixture into two jars or containers.

    _Top each jar with mixed berries and chia seeds.

    _Seal the jars with lids and refrigerate overnight.

    _In the morning, give it a good stir, and your Overnight Oats with Mixed Berries are ready to enjoy!

    Nutrition Facts:

    Calories: 320
    Total Fat: 8g
    Saturated Fat: 1g
    Cholesterol: 3mg
    Sodium: 75mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 53g
    Dietary Fiber: 9g
    Sugar: 15g
    Protein: 11g

    Recipe: Scrambled Eggs with Spinach and Feta

    Preparation Time: 5 minutes
    Cook Time: 5 minutes
    Total Time: 10 minutes
    Serves: 2

    Ingredients:

    4 large eggs
    1 cup fresh spinach, chopped
    1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled
    Salt and pepper to taste
    2 tablespoons olive oil

    Directions:

    _In a bowl, whisk the eggs and season with salt and pepper.

    _Heat olive oil in a pan over medium heat.

    _Add the chopped spinach and sauté until wilted.

    _Pour the whisked eggs into the pan with the spinach.

    _Cook and continuously stir until the eggs are set.

    _Sprinkle feta cheese on top and cook for another minute until it starts to melt.

    _Serve hot and enjoy your Scrambled Eggs with Spinach and Feta!

    Nutrition Facts:

    Calories: 330
    Total Fat: 27g
    Saturated Fat: 9g
    Cholesterol: 393mg
    Sodium: 430mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 3g
    Dietary Fiber: 1g
    Sugar: 2g
    Protein: 18g

    Recipe: Salmon and Quinoa Salad

    Preparation Time: 10 minutes
    Cook Time: 15 minutes
    Total Time: 25 minutes
    Serves: 2

    Ingredients:

    2 salmon fillets
    1 cup cooked quinoa
    1 cup mixed greens
    1/2 cucumber, sliced
    1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
    1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    Juice of 1 lemon
    Salt and pepper to taste

    Directions:

    _Season salmon fillets with salt and pepper.

    _Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.

    _Cook the salmon fillets for about 3-4 minutes per side until cooked through.

    _In a large bowl, combine cooked quinoa, mixed greens, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, and red onion.

    _Drizzle with lemon juice and toss to mix.

    _Place the cooked salmon on top of the salad.

    _Serve and enjoy your Salmon and Quinoa Salad!

    Nutrition Facts:

    Calories: 450
    Total Fat: 18g
    Saturated Fat: 3g
    Cholesterol: 85mg
    Sodium: 260mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 45g
    Dietary Fiber: 6g
    Sugar: 4g
    Protein: 30g

    Recipe: Mediterranean Chickpea Salad

    Preparation Time: 15 minutes
    Cook Time: 0 minutes
    Total Time: 15 minutes
    Serves: 4

    Ingredients:

    2 cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
    1 cup cucumber, diced
    1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
    1/4 red onion, finely chopped
    1/2 cup Kalamata olives, pitted and sliced
    1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    Juice of 1 lemon
    1 teaspoon dried oregano
    Salt and pepper to taste

    Directions:

    _In a large bowl, combine chickpeas, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, red onion, Kalamata olives, and feta cheese.

    _In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, dried oregano, salt, and pepper.

    _Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to combine.

    _Serve and enjoy your Mediterranean Chickpea Salad!

    Nutrition Facts:

    Calories: 350
    Total Fat: 15g
    Saturated Fat: 4g
    Cholesterol: 15mg
    Sodium: 450mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 45g
    Dietary Fiber: 12g
    Sugar: 6g
    Protein: 14g

    Recipe: Grilled Lemon Herb Chicken

    Preparation Time: 10 minutes
    Marinating Time: 30 minutes
    Cook Time: 15 minutes
    Total Time: 55 minutes
    Serves: 2

    Ingredients:

    2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    Juice of 1 lemon
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    1 teaspoon dried oregano
    1 teaspoon dried thyme
    Salt and pepper to taste
    Lemon slices for garnish

    Directions:

    _In a bowl, whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, minced garlic, dried oregano, dried thyme, salt, and pepper.

    _Place the chicken breasts in a resealable plastic bag or a shallow dish and pour the marinade over them.

    _Seal the bag or cover the dish and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
    _Preheat the grill to medium-high heat.

    _Remove the chicken from the marinade and grill for about 6-8 minutes per side or until fully cooked.

    _Garnish with lemon slices.

    _Serve and enjoy your Grilled Lemon Herb Chicken!

    Nutrition Facts:

    Calories: 250
    Total Fat: 10g
    Saturated Fat: 2g
    Cholesterol: 80mg
    Sodium: 300mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 2g
    Dietary Fiber: 1g
    Sugar: 0g
    Protein: 35g

    Recipe: Baked Salmon with Asparagus

    Preparation Time: 10 minutes
    Cook Time: 20 minutes
    Total Time: 30 minutes
    Serves: 2

    Ingredients:

    2 salmon fillets
    1 bunch asparagus, trimmed
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    Juice of 1 lemon
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    1 teaspoon dried dill
    Salt and pepper to taste
    Lemon wedges for garnish

    Directions:

    _Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).

    _Place the asparagus on a baking sheet and drizzle with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper, then toss to coat.

    _In a bowl, whisk together the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil, lemon juice, minced garlic, dried dill, salt, and pepper.

    _Place the salmon fillets on the baking sheet with the asparagus.

    _Brush the salmon with the lemon herb mixture.

    _Bake for about 15-20 minutes or until the salmon flakes easily with a fork and the asparagus is tender.

    _Garnish with lemon wedges.

    _Serve and enjoy your Baked Salmon with Asparagus!

    Nutrition Facts:

    Calories: 300
    Total Fat: 18g
    Saturated Fat: 3g
    Cholesterol: 80mg
    Sodium: 250mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 6g
    Dietary Fiber: 3g
    Sugar: 2g
    Protein: 30g

    Greek Yogurt with Honey and Fresh Berries

    Preparation Time: 5 minutes
    Cook Time: 0 minutes
    Total Time: 5 minutes
    Serves: 1

    Ingredients:

    1 cup Greek yogurt
    1 tablespoon honey
    1/2 cup fresh mixed berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries)
    1 tablespoon chopped nuts (optional)

    Directions:

    _In a serving bowl, add Greek yogurt.

    _Drizzle honey over the yogurt.

    _Top with fresh mixed berries and chopped nuts if desired.

    _Gently mix everything together.

    Nutrition Facts:

    Calories: 210
    Total Fat: 3g
    Saturated Fat: 0.5g
    Cholesterol: 5mg
    Sodium: 60mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 35g
    Dietary Fiber: 3g
    Sugar: 27g
    Protein: 11g

    Feta and Spinach Scrambled Eggs

    Preparation Time: 10 minutes
    Cook Time: 5 minutes
    Total Time: 15 minutes
    Serves: 2

    Ingredients:

    4 large eggs
    1 cup fresh spinach, chopped
    1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
    2 tablespoons milk (optional)
    Salt and pepper, to taste
    1 tablespoon olive oil
    Fresh herbs (parsley or dill) for garnish (optional)

    Directions:

    _In a bowl, whisk the eggs. If desired, add milk, salt, and pepper, and whisk until well combined.

    _Heat olive oil in a non-stick skillet over medium heat.

    _Add chopped spinach to the skillet and sauté for 1-2 minutes until wilted.

    _Pour the whisked eggs into the skillet and cook, stirring gently, until they begin to set.

    _When the eggs are nearly set but still slightly runny, add crumbled feta cheese.

    _Continue cooking and stirring until the eggs are fully set and the cheese is melted.

    _Transfer the scrambled eggs to a plate, garnish with fresh herbs if desired, and serve hot.

    Nutrition Facts:

    Calories: 220
    Total Fat: 15g
    Saturated Fat: 5g
    Cholesterol: 430mg
    Sodium: 420mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 4g
    Dietary Fiber: 1g
    Sugar: 2g
    Protein: 16g

    Greek Salad with Feta and Kalamata Olives

    Preparation Time: 15 minutes
    Total Time: 15 minutes
    Serves: 4

    Ingredients:

    4 cups fresh chopped romaine lettuce
    1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
    1 cup cucumber, diced
    1/2 cup red onion, thinly sliced
    1/2 cup Kalamata olives, pitted
    1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
    1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
    2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
    1 teaspoon dried oregano
    Salt and pepper to taste

    Directions:

    _In a large salad bowl, combine the fresh chopped romaine lettuce, cherry tomatoes, diced cucumber, thinly sliced red onion, Kalamata olives, and crumbled feta cheese.

    _In a small bowl, whisk together the extra-virgin olive oil, red wine vinegar, dried oregano, salt, and pepper.

    _Drizzle the dressing over the salad and toss to combine, ensuring everything is evenly coated.

    _Serve immediately.

    Nutrition Facts:

    Calories: 240
    Total Fat: 20g
    Saturated Fat: 4g
    Cholesterol: 17mg
    Sodium: 570mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 10g
    Dietary Fiber: 3g
    Sugar: 4g
    Protein: 5g

    Hummus and Veggie Wrap

    Preparation Time: 10 minutes
    Total Time: 10 minutes
    Serves: 2

    Ingredients:

    2 large whole wheat or spinach tortillas
    1/2 cup hummus
    1 cup baby spinach leaves
    1/2 cup red bell pepper, thinly sliced
    1/2 cup cucumber, thinly sliced
    1/4 cup red onion, thinly sliced
    1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
    2 tablespoons Kalamata olives, pitted and sliced

    Directions:

    _Lay out the two tortillas on a clean surface.
    _Spread 1/4 cup of hummus on each tortilla.
    _Layer the baby spinach leaves, red bell pepper, cucumber, red onion, crumbled feta cheese, and _sliced Kalamata olives evenly on each tortilla.
    _Roll up the tortillas, folding in the sides to secure the filling.
    _Slice each wrap in half diagonally and serve.

    Nutrition Facts:

    Calories: 340
    Total Fat: 16g
    Saturated Fat: 3g
    Cholesterol: 8mg
    Sodium: 650mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 38g
    Dietary Fiber: 6g
    Sugar: 6g
    Protein: 11g

    Grilled Mediterranean Chicken

    Preparation Time: 15 minutes
    Marination Time: 1-2 hours
    Cook Time: 15 minutes
    Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
    Serves: 4

    Ingredients:

    4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
    1/4 cup olive oil
    3 cloves garlic, minced
    1 tablespoon lemon juice
    1 teaspoon dried oregano
    1 teaspoon dried thyme
    Salt and pepper to taste
    Lemon wedges and fresh parsley for garnish

    Directions:

    _In a bowl, whisk together the olive oil, minced garlic, lemon juice, dried oregano, dried thyme, salt, and pepper.

    _Place the chicken breasts in a resealable plastic bag and pour the marinade over them. Seal the bag and massage the chicken to coat evenly. Marinate in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours.

    _Preheat the grill to medium-high heat.

    _Remove the chicken from the marinade and grill for about 6-7 minutes per side, or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C) and the chicken is no longer pink in the center.

    _Garnish with lemon wedges and fresh parsley before serving.

    Nutrition Facts:

    Calories: 290
    Total Fat: 12g
    Sodium: 360mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 1g
    Protein: 42g

    Baked Salmon with Lemon and Dill

    Preparation Time: 10 minutes
    Cook Time: 15 minutes
    Total Time: 25 minutes
    Serves: 4

    Ingredients:

    4 salmon fillets
    2 lemons, thinly sliced
    2 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    Salt and pepper to taste
    Lemon wedges for garnish
    Fresh dill sprigs for garnish

    Directions:

    _Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).
    _Place the salmon fillets on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
    _Season the salmon with salt, pepper, and chopped fresh dill.
    _Lay the thinly sliced lemons on top of each salmon fillet.
    _Drizzle the olive oil over the salmon.
    _Bake in the preheated oven for about 12-15 minutes, or until the salmon flakes easily with a fork.
    _Garnish with lemon wedges and fresh dill sprigs before serving.

    Nutrition Facts:

    Calories: 280
    Total Fat: 18g
    Sodium: 65mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 3g
    Protein: 26g

    Greek Yogurt with Mixed Berries and Almonds

    Preparation Time: 5 minutes
    Serves: 1

    Ingredients:

    1 cup Greek yogurt
    1/2 cup mixed berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries)
    2 tablespoons sliced almonds
    1 tablespoon honey

    Directions:

    _In a bowl, scoop the Greek yogurt.
    _Top the yogurt with mixed berries and sliced almonds.
    _Drizzle honey over the yogurt and berries.
    _Gently stir to combine.
    _Enjoy your Greek Yogurt with Mixed Berries and Almonds as a nutritious and satisfying breakfast or snack!

    Nutrition Facts (per serving):

    Calories: 350
    Total Fat: 15g
    Saturated Fat: 2g
    Cholesterol: 10mg
    Sodium: 60mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 38g
    Dietary Fiber: 6g
    Sugar: 29g
    Protein: 18g

    Scrambled Egg Whites with Spinach and Tomatoes

    Preparation Time: 10 minutes
    Cook Time: 5 minutes
    Total Time: 15 minutes
    Serves: 2

    Ingredients:

    4 large egg whites
    1 cup fresh spinach leaves
    1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
    1/4 cup diced red onion
    1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
    1 tablespoon olive oil
    Salt and black pepper to taste

    Directions:

    _In a bowl, whisk the egg whites and season them with a pinch of salt and black pepper.

    _Heat the olive oil in a non-stick skillet over medium heat.

    _Add the diced red onion and sauté for 2 minutes until they soften.

    _Add the cherry tomatoes and cook for another 2 minutes until they begin to soften.

    _Add the fresh spinach and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes until it wilts.

    _Pour the whisked egg whites into the skillet with the vegetables.

    _Stir the mixture gently as the eggs cook until they are no longer runny but still slightly moist.

    _Sprinkle the crumbled feta cheese on top of the eggs and cook for another 1-2 minutes until the cheese begins to melt.

    _Serve your Scrambled Egg Whites with Spinach and Tomatoes hot, and enjoy a healthy and delicious breakfast!

    Nutrition Facts (per serving, serves 2):

    Calories: 150
    Total Fat: 8g
    Saturated Fat: 2g
    Cholesterol: 8mg
    Sodium: 290mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 8g
    Dietary Fiber: 2g
    Sugar: 4g
    Protein: 12g

    Grilled Chicken Breast with Steamed Vegetables

    Preparation Time: 15 minutes
    Cook Time: 15 minutes
    Total Time: 30 minutes
    Serves: 2

    Ingredients:

    2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    1 teaspoon dried oregano
    1 teaspoon garlic powder
    Salt and black pepper, to taste
    2 cups mixed vegetables (e.g., broccoli, carrots, and green beans)

    Directions:

    _Preheat your grill to medium-high heat.

    _In a small bowl, combine olive oil, dried oregano, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper.

    _Brush the chicken breasts with the seasoned olive oil.

    _Place the chicken breasts on the grill and cook for about 6-8 minutes per side or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C).

    _While the chicken is cooking, steam the mixed vegetables until tender, about 5-7 minutes.

    _Serve the grilled chicken with the steamed vegetables.

    Nutrition Facts:

    Calories: 300
    Total Fat: 12g
    Saturated Fat: 2g
    Cholesterol: 85mg
    Sodium: 180mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 8g
    Dietary Fiber: 4g
    Sugar: 3g
    Protein: 38g

    Quinoa and Black Bean Salad

    Preparation Time: 15 minutes
    Total Time: 15 minutes
    Serves: 4

    Ingredients:

    1 cup quinoa, cooked and cooled
    1 can (15 ounces) black beans, drained and rinsed
    1 cup corn kernels (fresh, frozen, or canned)
    1 red bell pepper, diced
    1/4 cup red onion, finely chopped
    1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
    Juice of 2 limes
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    1 teaspoon ground cumin
    Salt and black pepper, to taste
    Optional toppings: avocado, diced tomatoes, or shredded cheese

    Directions:

    _In a large bowl, combine cooked quinoa, black beans, corn, red bell pepper, red onion, and cilantro.

    _In a small bowl, whisk together the lime juice, olive oil, ground cumin, salt, and black pepper.

    _Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to combine.

    _Serve as a side dish or add optional toppings for extra flavor.

    Nutrition Facts:

    Calories: 270
    Total Fat: 7g
    Saturated Fat: 1g
    Cholesterol: 0mg
    Sodium: 140mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 46g
    Dietary Fiber: 8g
    Sugar: 4g
    Protein: 9g

    Grilled Chicken Breast with Roasted Vegetables

    Preparation Time: 15 minutes
    Cook Time: 25 minutes
    Serves: 4

    Ingredients:

    4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
    2 red bell peppers, cut into strips
    1 zucchini, sliced
    1 red onion, cut into wedges
    1 cup cherry tomatoes
    3 cloves garlic, minced
    3 tablespoons olive oil
    1 teaspoon dried oregano
    Salt and black pepper, to taste
    Fresh basil leaves for garnish

    Directions:

    _Preheat your grill to medium-high heat.

    _In a large bowl, toss the red bell peppers, zucchini, red onion, cherry tomatoes, minced garlic, olive oil, dried oregano, salt, and black pepper.

    _Grill the chicken breasts for about 6-8 minutes per side or until they are no longer pink in the center.

    _At the same time, grill the marinated vegetables until they are tender and have grill marks.

    _Remove the chicken and vegetables from the grill.

    _Serve the grilled chicken with the roasted vegetables, garnished with fresh basil leaves.

    Nutrition Facts (per serving):

    Calories: 300
    Total Fat: 12g
    Saturated Fat: 2g
    Cholesterol: 80mg
    Sodium: 250mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 15g
    Dietary Fiber: 4g
    Sugar: 8g
    Protein: 35g

    Baked Salmon with Lemon-Dill Sauce

    Preparation Time: 10 minutes
    Cook Time: 15 minutes
    Serves: 4

    Ingredients:

    4 salmon fillets
    1 lemon, sliced
    2 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped
    3 tablespoons olive oil
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    Salt and black pepper, to taste
    Lemon wedges for serving

    For the Lemon-Dill Sauce:

    1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
    1 tablespoon lemon juice
    1 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped
    1 clove garlic, minced

    Directions:

    _Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).

    _Season the salmon fillets with salt, black pepper, and minced garlic.

    _Place the lemon slices on top of the salmon fillets.

    _Drizzle olive oil over the salmon and sprinkle with fresh dill.

    _Bake the salmon in the preheated oven for about 12-15 minutes or until it flakes easily with a fork.

    _While the salmon is baking, prepare the lemon-dill sauce by mixing together Greek yogurt, lemon juice, fresh dill, and minced garlic.

    _Serve the baked salmon with a dollop of lemon-dill sauce and lemon wedges on the side.

    Nutrition Facts (per serving, including sauce):

    Calories: 320
    Total Fat: 18g
    Saturated Fat: 3g
    Cholesterol: 90mg
    Sodium: 150mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 4g
    Dietary Fiber: 1g
    Sugar: 2g
    Protein: 34g

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    Southern Meatloaf: A Taste of Southern Comfort

    Servings

    6

    servings
    Prep time

    20

    minutes
    Mixing time

    15

    minutes
    Baking Time

    1

    hour
    Calories

    300 - 350

    kcal

    Ingredients

      • 1.5 lbs ground beef
      • 1 cup breadcrumbs
      • 1 cup milk
      • 2 large eggs
      • 1 cup finely chopped onion
      • 1/2 cup finely chopped bell pepper
      • 1/2 cup finely chopped celery
      • 1/4 cup ketchup
      • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
      • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
      • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
      • Salt and pepper to taste
    • Glaze:

      • 1/2 cup ketchup
      • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
      • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

    Directions

    • Preparation Time: 20 minutes

      1. Preheat Oven: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
    • Mixing Time: 15 minutes

      1. Prepare Meat Mixture: In a large bowl, combine ground beef, breadcrumbs, milk, eggs, chopped onion, chopped bell pepper, chopped celery, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, dried thyme, salt, and pepper. Mix until well combined.

      2. Shape Meatloaf: Shape the mixture into a loaf shape and place it in a greased baking dish.

    • Baking Time: 1 hour

      1. Prepare Glaze: In a small bowl, mix together ketchup, brown sugar, and Dijon mustard.

      2. Top with Glaze: Spread the glaze over the meatloaf.

      3. Bake: Bake in the preheated oven for about 1 hour or until the internal temperature reaches 160°F (71°C).

    • Cooling Time: 10 minutes

      1. Rest and Serve: Allow the meatloaf to rest for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.
    • Optional Sides: Serve with mashed potatoes, collard greens, or your favorite Southern sides.

      Enjoy your hearty and flavorful Southern Meatloaf!

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