21 Day Fix-approved Asian-inspired comfort food. This might just be your new favorite meatloaf!
Hey peeps! Can we get real for a minute and discuss the important issues facing our country? Just kidding. I want to talk about meatloaf. Meatloaf is important, right? Let’s just pretend all of the other serious things in the world don’t exist for a few and maybe have a laugh and a drool over a good meal. I fully support a good drool, just clean up after yourself, using your good manners and all. Aaaanyway, I’ve found that meatloaf is one of those meals that can be kind of polarizing. Definitely a love it or hate it food, right? I think sometimes when a meal is like that, it can be good to try a spin on the original, ya know, like this one 🙂 But I’m curious, are you a “meatloaf is my jam” person or an “if I see a slice of that mystery meat, I will use great cunning and stealth to feed it to the dog” person?
I have to admit, I’ve always been in the “meatloaf is my jam” camp. Also, I don’t have a dog, so option number two is out for me anyway. My mom and my grandmother both make a darn fine meatloaf and it’s just one of those meals that reminds me of family dinners on a school night. Comforting, ya know? Luckily my kids like it too and I’ve made a few different iterations of it since I started cooking, like my Italian Meatloaf Roulade, which is a huge favorite at my house. Seriously, that cheesy center! <insert contented sigh>
One of the many things that I love about meatloaf is that it’s pretty quick to throw together. I mean, you mix everything up in a bowl, cringe at the raw meat under your fingernails (just me?), top it with some kind of sauce and throw it in the oven for an hour. The original set-it-and-forget-it. Well ok, probably not, but we don’t really need to get into the particulars right now, do we? In this case, we do have the extra step of making the sauce ourselves, but it’s really quick, I swear and SO worth it.
So I was recently thinking that meatloaf would be such a good use for the sauce that I made for my Baked Asian Tilapia Stir Fry, and so this Teriyaki Meatloaf was born! Seriously, that sauce is so stinking tasty. I imagine that there are at least a few of you who aren’t down with seafood and you just need this sauce in your life. Need. It’s sweet, tangy, gingery, with a little bit of heat from the chili paste*. While the sauce is the star of the show, the meatloaf itself is full of flavor and the pineapples, the PINEAPPLES! They’re the icing on the cake that just complements everything.
Anyway, I hope you guys try this one because variety is the spice of fun, people! (Btw, 10 points to anyone who gets that relatively obscure TV show reference, sometimes I can’t help myself…)
*My kids eat it and if you’ve been reading along, you already now that they are decidedly NOT down with the heat.
**Curious about that pretty carrot salad that I served with this? Click here for the recipe!
If you make this recipe be sure to snap a pic and tag me @thefoodieandthefix or use #thefoodieandthefix on Instagram so I can check it out! It makes me ridiculously happy to see what you guys are making 🙂