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

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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

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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.

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

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24 Comments

  1. Diane | An Extraordinary Day says:

    Oh my goodness! Mary Beth, that is comfort food at her finest! Everything looks SO delicious! And yes... white bread is a must for that old-fashioned flavor. I remember Blue Plate Specials as a child... usually in those mom and pop kinds of restaurants with home-cooked meals. The ones that don't change with the times but remain small-town favorites.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      I am so glad you remember these types of meals as well! They were a favorite of mine when I was younger and still are. πŸ™‚

  2. I like On-Cor Macaroni & Cheese. I would use the extra time to play outside with my kids.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      I haven't tried the On-Cor Macaroni & Cheese yet but I'll add that to my shopping list. πŸ™‚ That extra time with kids is just priceless - enjoy!

  3. linda smith says:

    We love their lasagna! This looks amazing, will have to try some of their other entrees!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      I haven't tried the lasagna, yet, but I'm planning to especially with the busy holidays ahead. Thanks so much for stopping by, Linda!

  4. My favorite are the barbecued pork riblets, which we use to make homemade McRibs. The sauce they have is good enough to drink. I would use the extra time to rake the leaves, since they are starting to pile up!!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      That sounds SO good! I'll have to try those and I love the idea of using them to make sandwiches.

  5. Oh girl, this looks sooooo good! Totally my favorite kind of comfort food for fall and winter!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much, Jenna!

  6. Amy Anderson says:

    I love those nights when you can combine a few easy things on a plate and make it look like an awesome dinner you slaved over! This looks great!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much, Amy. Easy is sort of my mantra lately! πŸ˜‰

  7. We like their bbq ribs. I would spend my time catching up on my fave tv shows.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      I've never tried the BBQ Ribs....I have another entree to add to my list. πŸ™‚

  8. I like the meatloaf one! I would use the extra time to play with the kids.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Extra time with the kids is always a plus in my book! πŸ™‚

  9. Sarah Hall says:

    I love the lasagna with meat. I would play a game with the kids with the extra time.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      The lasagna looks and sounds so tasty!

  10. Jennifer Priest says:

    You're making crave meatloaf now!!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Every time I see that picture I want it again. πŸ˜‰

  11. amanda whitley says:

    my favorite on cor meal is the lasagna. i like to hop in the shower while it cooks and just relax for a bit

  12. Heather Luckhurst says:

    This looks so delicious! We love this type of comfort food!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much, sweet friend!

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