My siblings and I chose our meals for holidays and birthdays when we were young. We always picked sweet and sour meatloaf. How we loved it!
There was never a Christmas Eve that our home didn’t boast of its tantalizing smells. They arose from the roasting of beef with its contrast of vinegar and brown sugar, mustard and tomato sauce. The aroma was remarkable.
My memory of festivities back then was that of heightened anxiety for my troubled soul. Celebrations made me deeply aware of the void in my being; I suffered greatly from lifelong mental illness.
But no more! The powerful word of God completely healed me. It removed all wreckage from my mind and body, just as it promised to do.
I asked Jesus into my life on December 16, 1994. But my healing didn’t begin to materialize with clarity until Mother’s Day of 2013. This marked the start of my attendance at Abundant Life Family Church, where the word is taught in pure simplicity.
Prior to this, I spoke out my revivification every possible chance; I did everything in my power to effect my healing. This included suddenly taking myself off medication. That misguided effort was a disaster, as it landed me in the psyche ward.
Indeed our good Father honored my heart, which was bent on his truth that promises wholeness. Surely my life improved by small degrees as I pressed in with my passionate perseverance. In actuality the stage was set for his complete blessing to come. My declarations of health and thanksgiving for all the small advancements brought this forth.
However this gift potently began when the Spirit of God led me to my present church at the end of May, 2013. I became a barnacle to the clear, unshackling truth taught here. This unswerving reality cut away all pain.
The payoff has astounded me and those watching. Revolution happened in my being; peaceful, lasting order emerged in my mind at ALFC. What’s more, I learned to take authority when anything tries to disrupt this harmony. Disturbances are stopped in their tracks.
I am indeed set free! Now I thoroughly enjoy gala affairs. Moreover everyday is a glorious party. Heaven is here on earth.
You may access these helpful teachings at alfc.net.
My family still holds fast to our traditional repast of sweet and sour meatloaf. It is ever-present on holidays and blesses us on my trips home. I envision this mouth-watering dish when I think of family and food. It’s an inseparable part of our clan.
It is extremely easy to prepare. I guarantee you will be wowed by it.
Sweet and Sour Meatloaf Yields: 4 servings. Total prep time: 2 hr/ active prep time: 20 min/ cooking time: 1 hr & 50 min. Note: You may double this for superb sandwiches from leftovers.)
4 medium russet (baker) potatoes, cleaned and wrapped in tin foil
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup fresh bread crumbs
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
1 1/3 cup tomato sauce
1 lb ground beef (Must be 15%/85% beef fat; natural is best.)
3/4 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper (Real Salt is best; available in health section of local supermarket.)
2 tbsp brown sugar, packed down in spoon (Organic is best, available at Trader Joe’s.)
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar (Raw is best; most economical at Trader’s.)
2 tbsp yellow mustard (Frenchies’ or any other yellow mustard is fine.)
1 cup water
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees 2 hours before serving.
- Place potatoes in oven when hot. Bake for nearly 2 hours.
- In a large bowl, mix egg, bread crumbs, onion, 1/3 cup tomato sauce, salt, and pepper. Then thoroughly blend the hamburger into the sauce. It works best to use your hand to do this.
- Form a loaf in a 9 1/2 x 7 1/2 x 3 inch Pyrex baking dish. Use a 13 x 9 1/2 inch pan if doubling. Make a deep indentation in the center of the loaf, so it looks like a boat. This will hold the sauce in meatloaf, so basting isn’t necessary.
- Using the same bowl, mix the remaining tomato sauce, brown sugar, vinegar, mustard, and water.
- Pour the sauce over the meat and bake for 1 1/2 hours.
- Serve with unwrapped, split baked potatoes, which have lots of sauce poured over them. SO GOOD!