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What’s For Dinner: Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes

When I sit down and start planning meals that I want to master in my kitchen, I tend to turn toward my favorite meals from when I was a kid. My siblings were picky eaters, so that often translated into a limited menu. Mom soldiered on, though, and made the best of those limited options.

Except when it came to Fried Chicken.  For that, she went with the Colonel’s Original Recipe.

I decided to check out the world of meatloaf and mashed potatoes. While I don’t know if anything will ever beat my mom’s version, these options sure give her a run for her money.

Not Your Cafeteria Meatloaf from Food52

Photographs for Food52

Velvet Mashed Potatoes from Leite’s Culinaria

Velvet Mashed Potatoes  photo by Petrina Tinslay

Vibrant, Tasty Green Beans from 101 Cookbooks

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And after you’ve let that very hearty meal settle, nibble on a slice of this – carrot cake without the icing (and, therefore, the guilt)!

Carrot Walnut Loaf Cake from Serious Eats

Carrot Walnut Loaf Cake

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About Cassandra Neace

Cassandra Neace is a freelance writer living in Houston, Texas, and a contributing editor for Book Riot. She can often be found with a book in one hand and a craft cocktail in the other. Follow her on Twitter: @CassandraNeace