Main Dish – Cajun-Spiced Meatloaf

Finding Good News

The wind is whistling through the Sunday school classroom windows as I write this. The sun is shining, but it’s blustery and cold. A fresh powdery snow cloaks the ground, covering the glaciers from weeks before.

Winter is having its way with us.

The harshness of the season is the backdrop to the warmth inside the church where we huddle together for some good news. And we need it. We need it to drive out the sadness in our hearts and the hurts that all seem to rise to the surface at this time of year.

The sounds of the organ drift up as early service comes to a close. Voices gather in the stairwell. Sunday school kids are gathering, some gripping styrofoam cups of hot chocolate. The teacher next door is writing on the chalkboard, her chalk clacking against it. First-grader Sean arrives at my classroom door, wanting to chat. We’re glad to be together.

We gather together at church Sunday after Sunday for refuge and find in God a restfulness nothing else can fill. A hope no one else can give. We come here for good news.

And guess what? We find it.

Cajun-Spiced Meatloaf

In addition to “easy” being in the title of a recipe, I’m also a sucker for anything spicy. So “cajun-spiced” sounds pretty darn terrific to me.

I love this because what holds the meatloaf together is vegetables! I usually see meatloaf recipes with oats or breadcrumbs. This is a great option for someone who wants to avoid carbs.

This does require a LOT of veggies–red and green pepper and green onion. My cutting board was filled to capacity. Then some tabasco, other seasonsings, and an egg to the ground beef and ground pork. I love mixing meatloaf with my hand–with that slimy ooey gooey goodness between my fingers.

All in all, I’d say this is a great make-ahead recipe. I cooked mine on Sunday afternoon and then heated it up throughout the week. The slices of meatloaf didn’t hold together quite as well as their cousins with breadcrumbs or oats. But it had just the right amount of seasoning and is a healthy alternative to heavier meatloaves.

The contributor of this recipe, Sharon A. is a fellow youth group parent and co-worker at the fabulous Elmhurst Public Library. She and her husband have three amazing kids–bright, funny, precocious. These parents are unsung heroes, quietly loving their kids to provide for them their very best futures, supporting their church, and in general being outstanding members of their community.

And that’s pretty darn good news too.

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