This post was sponsored by ALDI as part of Influencer Activation for Influence Central.
Summer is BLAZING HOT in SoCal. The past 2 summers have been brutal in our home because we have super awesome (sarcasm) windows from 1968 that block absolutely no heat. During the summer, we cook a lot on our grill and try to use our oven as infrequent as possible. It also means our counter space has a permanent resident – our crockpot. When I first bought one, everything always ended up looking the same after the 6 hours of cooking. But, with amazing things like Pinterest, I’m finding more and more recipes that are such a great alternative to using your oven AND the items don’t come out like mush!
There’s been a lot of trial and error with our crockpot – I will spare you the unfortunate crockpot ham from Thanksgiving circa 2006 or something. My family STILL makes fun of me for that. But this recipe is a winner. As with most recipes our family uses, it’s some sort of variation of one we found online. This one is a variation of a recipe found on Food.com.
As I’ve shared, ALDI has opened up across SoCal and one of the locations is just 15 minutes past Ryan’s cranial reshaping office appointments. We’ve been there more than a few times and the prices are just so amazing!!! This recipe is full of ALDI purchases but one item that I’ve never tried was the Grass Fed ground beef by SimplyNature® Organic Grass Fed Ground Beef. I price checked their 1 lb package with the cost of the per-pound at one of the big warehouse stores – this was 70 cents cheaper per pound!
We normally just use regular ground beef or ground turkey so I was really excited to give this a go. I thought the end result was fantastic and Jon did too! The SimplyNature® products include USDA Certified Organic and Non-GMO verified items.
Don’t make fun of the gloves. I really do NOT like touching ground beef or turkey. Do you?
There are 2 things I love on my meatloaf – ketchup and horseradish sauce. Using this Happy Harvest Tomato Sauce on top replaces the ketchup and adds a bit more class to the dish 🙂 The sweet onion is amazing as a garnish and the potatoes are so good.
We paired the meal with the Cheese Club Macaroni and Cheese ALDI offers for 33 cents a box. The first thing I noticed was the color was not as, uh, bold, as what we’re used to. I know the blue box is going through changes but I think this brand already is steps ahead in that department. ALDI sells ninety percent of their items under their own ALDI-exclusive brands – but they are all frequently tasted to make sure they taste just as good (or, sometimes better!) than the national brand. I’ve been sharing on Instagram my thoughts of some items such as their cereals and cookies.
The great thing about summer is eating outside and giving the kids the chance to burn off some steam. Sometimes they’ll eat all their dinner before running off. And, sometimes, they don’t. Oh well. Pick your battles, right?
Oh Ryan, you’re so adorable!
And, pro-tip! This Vina Fuerte Tempranillo wine was delicious and under 5 bucks!
- 2 lbs ground beef
- ⅔ cup seasoned breadcrumbs
- 1 egg
- 3 tbsp sour cream
- 1 packet onion soup mix
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- 1 tsp salt (or to taste)
- 1 tsp pepper (or to taste)
- 4-5 large russet potatoes
- 1 large sweet onion
- 1 small can (appx 8oz) tomato sauce
- Chop potatoes into large sections (I cut mine in half length-wise, then into 3-4 sections)
- Slice onion into 1" discs, and then slice those in half
- Spray crockpot with cooking spray to prevent sticking and layer potatoes on bottom and onions on top.
- In a separate bowl, combine all other ingredients except tomato sauce
- Form into a loaf large enough to fill crockpot but not touch sides and place on top of potatoes & onions.
- Pour tomato sauce on top
- Cover with lid. Cook on high one hour, then low 4-5 hours. If you need this to cook all day, I recommend cooking on low for 2-3 hours and then warm until cooked through.
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