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My daughter requested Meat Loaf for a back to school dinner. The ease of preparing this comforting dish, and the vegetable filled recipe convinced me to prepare her choice for a quick, convenient and delicious week night meal.

DELUXE MEAT LOAF

deluxe meatloaf

2 stalks celery, chopped

1 carrot, peeled and grated

4 strips bacon, finely diced

4 ounces fresh mushrooms, diced

1 green pepper, finely chopped

1/2 teaspoon each meat tenderizer, celery salt, dry mustard, dried sage, salt, black pepper and garlic powder

1 tablespoon soy sauce

1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

1 cup milk

2 eggs

1/2 cup bread crumbs

1 pound ground beef

Combine all ingredients except ground beef. Mix well. Let stand 30 minutes to an hour. Heat oven to 350F.

Add beef, mix thoroughly. Spoon into a loaf pan. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from Arkansas Living, August 2015

www.aecc.com/arkansas-livin…

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