I had a surplus of extra lean ground chicken in my fridge this weekend and knew I needed to cook some of it up today (along with the roast which is already in my slow-cooker). I could make burgers for lunch, but then, I hadn’t had breakfast yet. Canada Day without breakfast?! How about brunch? Even better!
Three tablespoons of maple syrup bumped up the sugar content a bit more than I wanted, so I cut back, for example, and still found that we could taste the maple-y sweetness in them. We’re also not fans of cayenne, so I omitted that and the coriander because I didn’t have any on hand. But what a special way to celebrate Canada Day, imo!
There was a bunch of ground beef in my fridge that needed to be cooked up or tossed into the freezer. It’s been kind of cold as of late, so comfort food was kind of priority number one a week ago or so. I found out a few years ago that hubby loves meatloaf. It was something he never got as a child — his mother just never made it. I don’t know if she didn’t like it or maybe his dad didn’t like it, but hubby had just never experienced it. It was practically a staple food in our home, when I was growing up.
So the first time I made it was an experiment. When he took his first bite, I held my breath because I really feel that meatloaf is one of those “love or hate” dishes. He loved it. So ever since then, I’ve been trying to find new and exciting ways to jazz up this comfort dish. This time around, I originally wanted to do something with beef and teriyaki, but realized I had no teriyaki sauce (I usually have a jar of it around). I had no eggs (they had just expired), so I was thinking that I could get moisture and binding from something sticky. I started hunting around for something else sweet and stumbled across the bottle of maple syrup. Here’s what I did with it…