For the meatloaf cakes;

1 1/2 ounds certified angus beef ground round - NuVal Score 30- $4.75

3/4 cup Meijer breadcrumbs (4 slices bread, crumbled into small pieces) - whole wheat NuVal Score 25 - $0.40

1 large egg - NuVal Score 39 - 40.14

1/4 cup chopped onion - NuVal Score 93-$0.25

1/4 cup lemon juice - NuVal Score 99 - $0.60

2 teaspoons seasoned salt - on hand

For the sauce:

1/4 cup ketchup - $0.20

1/4 cup brown sugar - on hand

1 teaspoon McCormick dry mustard - on hand

1/4 teaspoon McCormick ground cloves - on hand

1/4 teaspoon McCormick ground allspice - on hand


1. For the meatloaf cakes:  Heat oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground beef, crumbled bread or breadcrumbs, egg, onion, lemon juice and seasoned salt.  Mix lightly but thoroughly and shape into six small loaves.  Space evenly on a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes; meanwhile, prepare the sauce.

2. In a small bowl, mix together the ketchup, brown sugar, mustard, cloves and allspice.  When the meatloaf cakes have baked for 15 minutes, brush each loaf with sauce and return to the oven.  Continue to bake until the meatloaf cakes read 165 degrees in the center when tested with an instant-read thermometer, about 20 more minutes.  If desired, serve with scalloped potatoes and steamed vegetables.  Pass additional sauce separately.

Serve with Meijer refrigerated Mashed Potatoes - $1.99 and Meijer frozen cut green beans - $1.25

Total Meal Cost: $9.67

And, just in case you missed it earlier this year, Mr. Obama has been known to brag about his chili and Good Morning America ran the Obama family recipe.

Obama Family Chili Recipe

Serves 6-8


1 large onion, chopped - NuVal Score 93

1 green pepper, chopped - NuVal Score 96

Several cloves of garlic, chopped - NuVal Score 91