College Student Meals – Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf Week

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A week of College Student Meals - Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf from ZagLeft

Hi all!  As you read this post for college student meals, I’ll be sitting on a plane heading to London for a few days.  EJ’s got a couple of meetings planned so I thought I’d accompany him on his trip.  I’ll be exploring on my own for a couple of days but I don’t mind.  I’ve got my walking shoes packed and I’m planning on seeing some of the sights.

I’ve come across some fun apartment ideas that I’m excited to share with you.

First off, don’t you love this easy and totally inexpensive way to decorate a large wall?

Fill it with pictures of family and friends or even this fun idea of sending yourself a postcard from places you visit. You can use tiny picture hangers to string an attractive rope or ribbon from one side to the other and attach the pictures with clothes pins.  I found this picture on Pinterest and have no idea where it came from.  If you know the source, please let me know.

College Student Meals - way to organize pictures ZagLeft



Isn’t this a great way to organize your things?

college student meals organization


As you can see, I’m really into organization right now.  Maybe it’s because I’m feeling the need to organize myself these days.

The meals for this week are centered around a delicious bacon cheeseburger meatloaf made early in the week.  The leftovers will taste wonderful.

Have a great week!


Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf  (Adapted from Paula Deen)

College Student Meals - Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf from ZagLeft



1 pound ground beef

1 pound bacon, cooked and crumbled

1 (8-ounce) package sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded

2 large eggs, lightly beaten

1/4 cup bread crumbs

1/4 cup mayonnaise

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1/3 cup ketchup

2 tablespoons mustard


Preheat oven  to 350 degrees F.

In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, bacon, cheese, eggs, bread crumbs, mayonnaise, worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper together. Mix well.

In a small bowl, combine the ketchup and mustard.  Stir 1/4 cup ketchup mixture into meat mixture.  Mix well.

Press meat into loaf pan or 8 x 8 greased pan.  Place pan on a baking sheet.  Spread remaining ketchup mixture over top of meatloaf.  Bake for 40- 45 minutes or until meat is no longer pink.



Meatloaf Po-Boy


2-3 slices of the leftover meatloaf





french bread


Spread the mayonnaise and ketchup on each slice of the bread.  Heat the slices of meatloaf and place them on the bread.  Top with lettuce and tomato.



Pasta with Meat Sauce

Spaghetti and Meat Sauce from Zagleft



8 ounces of penne pasta (or cheese your favorite type of pasta)

1/2 jar of spaghetti sauce

2-3 slices of the meatloaf, cut into cubes

parmesan cheese


Prepare the pasta according to package directions.  Heat the sauce in a medium saucepan set to medium high heat.  Add the meatloaf and cook until heated through.

Pour the meat sauce over the pasta and top with parmesan cheese.  Serve with a salad.



Red Beans and Rice

College Student Meals - Red Beans and Rice Recipe from ZagLeft


1 tablespoon olive oil

1/2 onion, chopped

1 clove garlic, minced

1/2 pound fully cooked smoked sausage (such as hot links or Kielbasa), sliced into 1/2-inch-thick rounds

1 (14 ounce) can red kidney beans, rinsed and drained

1 tablespoon butter

1 cup cooked rice


Heat the olive oil in a medium saucepan set to medium high heat.  Add the onion and garlic to the pan and cook stirring for 3 minutes.  Stir in the sausage and beans and lower heat to low.  Cook for 10 minutes.   Stir in butter and with the back of a spoon, slightly mash the beans. Serve over rice.



Tomato and Chickpea Salad

Tomato and Chickpea Salad from Zagleft m


1 can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), rinsed and drained

1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in half

1 bunch cilantro (about 1 cup packed), finely chopped

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon white wine vinegar

1/4 teaspoon dried tarragon

pinch of salt and pepper

crumbled feta cheese, optional


Place the chickpeas, tomatoes and cilantro in a bowl and mix well.

In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, white wine vinegar, tarragon, salt and pepper.

Pour over the chickpeas and tomato mixture.

Stir to blend

Top with feta if desired.

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College Student Meals – Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf Week

A week of college student meals and recipes featuring a recipe for a delicious bacon cheeseburger meatloaf made early in the week.
Course: Main Course
Servings: 5 meals plus leftovers
Author: Joanie Zisk


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound bacon
  • 1/2 pound smoked sausage
  • 8 ounce package sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • feta cheese (optional)
  • parmesan cheese
  • eggs
  • butter
  • 14 ounce can red kidney beans
  • 14 ounce can chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
  • rice
  • bread crumbs
  • mayonnaise
  • worcestershire sauce
  • ketchup
  • mustard
  • french bread
  • pasta
  • spaghetti sauce
  • olive oil
  • white wine vinegar
  • dried tarragon
  • lettuce
  • tomatoes
  • onion
  • garlic
  • cilantro


  • Use these ingredients to make 5 meals.


Always check you pantry and refrigerator for any items you already purchased before going shopping.





1 thought on “College Student Meals – Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf Week”

  1. Love the wall of photos with cards! Reminds me of the kid art walls too!

    Thanks for sharing and enjoy your holiday away!

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