Gandalf's Meatloaf | thumb in plum

Siah, "You have to make something for your blog."
Me, "The wedding's in 2 weeks, what blog?"
Siah, "It's in 2 weeks?"
Me, "See why I'm stressing?"
Siah, "Food."
That's sorta how our conversation went down tonight.

Lately I've had major tunnel vision. If I'm not thinking about work you can bet it's our upcoming wedding. I'm doing my own hair and makeup so I've been looking at things I can do myself. Looking at honeymoon options (if that is an option). We still need to make the tissue paper flowers, get this and that, and do this and that, and this, and that, and......

So yes, I'm still alive. I'm just busy and my mind is not on food (at least not much to do with the cooking aspect). That's what this recipe was born out of...stress, weariness, and indifference. You want food- here. And yet some magic happened. My one pan wonder was actually good.

It's "rustic" (just a nicer way of saying lazy). I was not going to stand over the stove tonight or wash dishes. I didn't bother mixing it in another bowl. I didn't even use a spoon (at least not for mixing the meat). The measurements are approximate. So when I pulled this out of the oven and found it magically delicious I counted my lucky stars, thanked my hobbit genes, and fed my tall arse wizard husband (the wedding is in the woods, Lord of the Rings has been a running joke).

Gandolf's Meatloaf Recipe

  • 1.34 lbs beef
  • 10 oz pork chorizo
  • 3 tbs ketchup
  • 1 tbs tomato paste
  • 1 cup frozen chopped spinach, thawed
  • 1/2 an onion, chopped
  • 2 sweet potato, peeled and cubed
  • garlic salt, to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 375F
  2. Mix the first 3 ingredients together. Evenly spread the meat in the bottom of a covered baking dish. Spread the tomato paste over the meat, then layer the spinach. Sprinkle the onion over the spinach and some garlic salt over the top. Add the sweet potato over the top with more garlic salt to taste.
  3. After putting the cover on the baking dish place in the oven for 45 min-1 hour or till the potatoes are tender and the meat is cooked
  4. Use a slotted spoon to serve


  1. Ketchup goes a long way. I hope your wedding prep went well. I too need to try and blog more.

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