The Rice Krispies used in this recipe are my mom’s secret ingredient. While they may seem odd or out of place, they help hold the meat loaf together. And once they are cooked, no one realizes they're even there. —Kelly Simmons, Hopkinsville, Kentucky
I have three small children and I'm always trying new meat loaf recipes. This recipe is something I developed, and it's one of the first meat loaves that my kids really went for. See if your kids like it, too!
With my husband—who won't eat the same thing twice—I've had to learn to be creative with leftovers (around here, we call it "recycled food"). I put this recipe together to use up leftover meat loaf. When it's dressed up with homegrown peppers, he doesn't know he really is getting yesterday's main course!
Actually, leftovers are both coming and going in this recipe—if I have any peppers left over, I use them to make my spaghetti sauce.
Although we live close to Houston, there's a pasture near our house and we can hear the cows that graze there. We have two sons, 4 and 2.
I've kept this recipe since I first tried it in high school. This unusual dish looks like a meat loaf but has real pizza appeal—it's especially popular with young people. Many neighbors have called to get the recipe after their kids tried it at my house. —Rhonda Touchet
Meet the Cook: Although I'm retired after years teaching school, my days continue to be full. So easy dishes like this still are a blessing to me. My husband - who's a meat loaf lover - and I have five grown children and eight grandchildren.—Lois Gallup Edwards, Woodland, California
I CAME UP WITH this recipe after being challenged to find different ways to cook this plentiful summer vegetable.
At first, I decided to add zucchini to my meat loaf recipe...then it occurred to me to reverse the process and put the meat loaf into the zucchini! It was an instant hit.
-Ruth Fluckiger, Tolland, Connecticut
WITH this recipe, we can have a hearty meat loaf dinner without leftovers. That delights both my husband and me. He never liked the creative ways I used up leftover meat loaf!
-Dorothy Hunt, Waltham, Massachusetts
A new twist on an old favorite is this marvelous meat loaf from Brenda Biron's kitchen in Sydney, Nova Scotia. A hearty ham and cheese filling is rolled up inside ground beef. Potatoes and carrots baked alongside make it a hearty one-dish meal.