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Crockpot Pumpkin Meatloaf (thanks to SABLENESS)

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Yesterday I made the Crockpot Pumpkin Meatloaf that SABLENESS posted in her blog.
Here is how it looked:

The presentation is magnificent, as you can see. However, as SABLENESS said, it is tricky to get it out of the cooker as the pumpkin becomes soft. It was cooked all the way through, no worries about the meatloaf, and the pumpkin produced enough water to cook the dish well without any added water.

As for the taste, the pumpkin is perfect and tastes interestingly of the meatloaf. The pumpkin skin was, surprisingly, soft enough to eat. Since some of the flavor is leached out of the meatloaf into the pumpkin, I found myself wishing I had made my meatloaf a bit peppier than normal and used less oats in it. (I used my own go-to meatloaf recipe.)

Definitely will make this again, it would make a fantastic dish for company. Super easy and economical way to use up those "decorative" pumpkins after the holiday.

I was extremely surprised how hard it was to find a pumpkin the right size - seemingly after Halloween most of the pumpkins just vanish into thin air from the stores. I assumed they would be there until Thanksgiving because there were piles and piles of them! Next year I'll be at the store the morning after Halloween and stock up before they toss them out.


Edited to add:

If you don't have a slow cooker, you can bake it in the oven too! 400 F for 45-60 minutes in a dish with 1 inch of water according to this recipe.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

BEAUTIFUL_REINA 11/10/2012 8:26PM

    Here in my town there are still pumpkins for sale everywhere. Maybe I better grab some so I can try this recipe before they're all gone!!

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TIZSLIM 11/10/2012 8:22PM

  I like the look of that. I'm planning on growing some pumpkins of my own for next Halloween - nice to see some recipes for the remains. It's a sadly under rated veg here in the UK.

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GOOSIEMOON 11/10/2012 8:19PM


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LRENEAO 11/10/2012 8:16PM

    That looks really cool! emoticon

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Cooking with autumn foods!

Friday, November 09, 2012

I had today off, so I went grocery shopping to do some cooking for the next week. I've been seeing all these pumpkin recipes here on SP and so am a bit pumpkin-obsessed at the moment. It's a good idea for me to test recipes BEFORE I make them for the whole family on the holidays! I have had some embarrassing Thanksgiving food failures in the past due to trying new recipes on the big day.

Today I made a pumpkin cranberry spice cake.
It tasted great, although I will still tweak the recipe a bit more next time.

Right now in the slow cooker is the Crockpot Pumpkin Meatloaf that Sableness posted in her blog.
. I can't wait to see how that came out tomorrow morning. Used a different meatloaf recipe with lean beef and oats.

Extra lean ground pork was on sale, so I made up some sausage and will use it in a cabbabe and bean stew tomorrow; there's no pumpkin in that recipe, but maybe I'll add some just for fun. ;)

I'm also going to try the mashed sweet potatoes and celery root recipe I got in my SP daily recipe email.

Cooking is fun, when I have the time. :)

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HELL0KITTY77 11/12/2012 12:27AM

    Sounds very interesting...maybe I will try it.

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BLITZEN40 11/10/2012 5:03PM

    Great minds think alike! Yesterday I made the pumpkin muffins recipe. It was so easy with only 2 ingredients, a can of pumpkin and a cake mix, I couldn't NOT make it! I made it into mini loaves instead of muffins and it turned out to be just the right amount of good... good enough so I truly enjoyed the small piece I had, but not so good that I couldn't resist eating the entire batch. Hope all your recipes turn out well!

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KOKITTY 11/10/2012 11:43AM

    That all sounds delicious! I was also intrigued by the mashed sweet potatoes with celery root. You'll have to update us on how it turns out once you've made it!
I love cooking, especially with Fall ingredients. One of my favorites is a Butternut Squash soup with Shrimp from Martha Stewart. Even if you skip the shrimp its super delicious!

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LABRATIAM 11/10/2012 8:52AM


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SABLENESS 11/10/2012 8:26AM

    Hope your pumpkin meatloaf was as successful as mine was! Let me know how it turned out. I'll have to try the pumpkin cranberry spice cake.

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NUTRON3 11/10/2012 6:09AM

    Sounds soooo goood

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MAGGIEVAN 11/10/2012 12:30AM

    I love doing batch cooking and have meals ready all portion controlled and ready to use. Good on you for doing home cooking. You will reap the benefits.

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BEAUTIFUL_REINA 11/10/2012 12:26AM

    It sounds yummy. I might try that pumpkin meatloaf =)

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Better Start

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Today is off to a better start. I got to bed early last night, and this morning the PMS weight gain was gone and I'm back to the level of my last weigh-in. There is hope for the week yet!

Noticing this week that when I go up the stairs at work it is easier and I no longer want to hold the handrail (good thing too, those things are filthy).

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MOVEITMARY 11/8/2012 9:51PM

    Autumn_princess, I will leave the handrail licking to you... your comment made me laugh.

Blitzen and Linda, thanks for your support! :)

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BLITZEN40 11/7/2012 9:18PM

    Way to go! Nice to see your efforts are paying off right? Great job! emoticon

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BEAUTIFUL_REINA 11/7/2012 6:20PM

    oooh I can't wait till I don't have to hold the handrail!!!

good point about them being filthy ha ha kind of makes me want to lick them! (just kidding, but I am on a kick of building up my immune system, I have only recently realized that our antiseptic society is shortening our lives)

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LINDA7668 11/7/2012 4:59PM

    Great news! Way to go!

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Monthly weight gain :(

Monday, November 05, 2012

I know I haven't overeaten but my pants are tight again. Then I remembered the full moon just passed, and I knew what was going on. PMS, whoopee. I am not going to weigh myself until this bloating horror goes back to normal... seeing the scale now would be so depressing since I've only lost 4 pounds so far.

On the bright side, it was interesting to bike to work AFTER sunrise and bike home in the dark. (Yes, I have all kinds of blinky lights all over my bike!)

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MOVEITMARY 11/8/2012 3:27PM

    I am woman, hear me moan... er, I mean, roar...

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BEAUTIFUL_REINA 11/7/2012 6:18PM

    Ah, don't ya hate it when something reminds you that you are still human...

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BLITZEN40 11/5/2012 10:42PM

    Bloating.. it happens to the best of us. It's all part of the glory of womanhood! lol Way to go riding your bike to work! emoticon

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Week 2

Saturday, November 03, 2012

It's Saturday morning, week 2 of SP. I have gone from 201 to 206, which makes me super happy - getting under the dreaded 200 seems actually possible!

On the down side, this morning I'm feeling sciatic nerve pain, which means that even though I used almost no weight at all in my group weightlifting class yesterday, I must have moved wrongly at some point during the class.

I injured my back 20 years ago and it occasionally comes back to haunt me; I know what to do, but it's still a downer especially as I have Pilates today which is a potential low back minefield. I'm good at modifying exercises, but occasionally I get overconfident and overdo (like yesterday, apparently).

I can heal my body.
I can heal my body.
I can heal my body.
I can heal my body.
I can heal my body.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MOVEITMARY 11/8/2012 3:22PM

    Autumnprincess, thanks for the kind words (and for reading my whole blog - wow!). I know what you are saying about the notification system, but if I go back and forth from page to page, I can hardly figure out who is saying what about what?

I like to keep the conversation in one place for continuity's sake and for other readers (and me!) to be able to follow it. Perhaps I should post the same response in both places to be sure the person I'm replying to sees it?

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BEAUTIFUL_REINA 11/7/2012 6:16PM

    I'm sorry that happened to you, but at least you know its from moving wrong or overdoing. If it was me, I'd skip the Pilates and do something else, walk or something that is gentle on the back, and give it a chance to heal.

Also, just a tip--if you comment to ppl on your own blog or page, they will go back to their own page and probably not visit this same blog again, and will not see it. It's not like facebook where there is an on-going feed. You actually need to click on their pic and go to their page to make your comment then they will get an email that they have a new comment on their page. =)

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MOVEITMARY 11/4/2012 11:11AM

    Thanks Linda! My low back injury was over 20 years ago and it only flares up when I overdo. This was just a little owie, not enough to need to visit my chiro this time, I can stretch it out at home. Feeling a lot better today.

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LINDA7668 11/4/2012 10:40AM

    Sciatica sucks! I've found that stretching on a stability ball really helps with mine. But, when it flares up too much, I go to my chiropractor. I haven't had to take pain killers for over two years now. Take care of yourself!

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MOVEITMARY 11/3/2012 11:15PM

    Thanks for the support, DIET_FRIEND. :)

I decided to skip the Pilates class because surrounded by a group I always push myself harder, and instead I did several of the seated-in-a-chair exercise videos I found on SP.

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DIET_FRIEND 11/3/2012 9:45AM

    Take it easy and don't get an injury! I am excited for you to enter One-derland! Hope I'll be there with you before too long.

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