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Family time is amazing but with all of the hustle, bustle, and activities, sometimes family dinners can be stressful.

How to Make a Classic Blue Plate Special for an Easy Dinner

But you can make a classic and delicious hot meatloaf sandwich with gravy, mashed potatoes, and green beans – think 1950’s Blue Plate Special – in a little over an hour from start to finish with only 5 minutes in the kitchen. 

With your extra time, you’ll be able to make memories with your family! 

Blue Plate Special - 5 minutes in the kitchen Hot Meatloaf Sandwich, Mashed Potatoes with Gravy and Green Beans

Be sure to enter my current giveaway – details and instructions are at the bottom of this post

To be honest with you sometimes I find it hard to come up with dinner options that are quick, easy, and delicious but today, I have a wonderful meal to share with you that quite literally takes less than 5 minutes of total kitchen time and it reminds me of a 1950’s Blue Plate Special.

Blue Plate Special - 5 minutes in the kitchen Hot Meatloaf Sandwich, Mashed Potatoes with Gravy and Green Beans

Have you ever eaten at a diner and had a meal like this? It’s a hot meatloaf sandwich and mashed potatoes topped with gravy and green beans on the side.  It’s one of my favorites.  I remember meals like this when we ate out while on vacation.  Oh, how I loved those times with my parents.

Blue Plate Special - 5 minutes in the kitchen Hot Meatloaf Sandwich, Mashed Potatoes with Gravy and Green Beans

I know how valuable family time is and how quickly it goes by and that’s why I try to make a point to spend as much time with my kids as possible.  My oldest sons aren’t around as often now, but….

this guy…..he’s still around a lot and I value every moment with him….and that’s why I love meals like this.  I can plan a quick, easy, and delicious meal with minimal kitchen time and more Max time!

Blue Plate Special - 5 minutes in the kitchen Hot Meatloaf Sandwich, Mashed Potatoes with Gravy and Green Beans

I chose On-Cor Home Style Gravy & Meatloaf Slices for a lot of reasons including convenience for one of those nights when I just have too much to do, taste, NO added MSG, and with the new packaging, I can easily see what I’m feeding my family right on the front of the box.

While our On-Cor Entrée was in the oven, Max and I talked about a new book he was reading, which was a gift from a dear friend, and I got some laundry folded.  I call that a win and when dinner was ready his older two brothers showed up (talk about perfect timing) so it also turned out to be a fun family meal.

Now for the Blue Plate Special

Hot Meatloaf Sandwich, Mashed Potatoes, and Gravy with a Side of Green Beans

Ingredients:

Blue Plate Special - 5 minutes in the kitchen Hot Meatloaf Sandwich, Mashed Potatoes with Gravy and Green Beans

On-Cor Home Style Gravy and Meat Slices – I bought two boxes which was more than enough for our family of 5

White bread (yes, white….we want this to be as authentic as possible but you can substitute if you like)

Instant Mashed Potatoes

Green Beans

Preheat oven and follow directions on the package.

Blue Plate Special - 5 minutes in the kitchen Hot Meatloaf Sandwich, Mashed Potatoes with Gravy and Green Beans

10 minutes before the meatloaf slices were done I steamed my green beans and made the packaged mashed potatoes.

Blue Plate Special - 5 minutes in the kitchen Hot Meatloaf Sandwich, Mashed Potatoes with Gravy and Green Beans

For your next family meal, head to the freezer aisle of Walmart or check out the store locator at www.on-cor.com to pick up one of On-Cor’s entrées.

NOW FOR THE GIVEAWAY DETAILS!

The prize will include:  (1) Coupon Valid for One Free On-Cor Entrée (1) Planner, (1) Lasagna Spatula, (1) Oven Mitts, (1) Timer, (1) Cast Iron Trivet (1) Puzzle or Art Project, (1) Learning Activity & Pencils (ARV: $200)

To enter, leave a comment below and share what your favorite On-Cor entrée is and what you would do with the extra time you have when it’s cooking! 

Blue Plate Special - 5 minutes in the kitchen Hot Meatloaf Sandwich, Mashed Potatoes with Gravy and Green Beans