Re:IS MEATLOAF DEAD ?????
Not in our house either. We were a 100% eat-in, cook from scratch family with going out to eat a rare treat. Unless my parents insisted & took us out which was an excruciating event, restaurants, prepackaged, or fast food had to have a huge incentive via a promotion, very generous coupons, where it was cheaper then preparing it ourselves or an unusual situation that a normal evening was disrupted by events beyond our control.
We, meaning both my kids and I prepared supper daily not only for us, but for my Dad. Meatloaf was a weekly entree as was Spaghetti and other daily meals including a pizza night. I worked a full day and after picking up the girls, it would be after 5 when we'd get home, yet we managed comfortably. Planning for the week, pre-portioning, flash freezing, rolling over ingredients, and pre-preparation on the weekends and night before made it happen. After grade school, leftovers became part of packed lunches in many cases especially during senior high where they had access to a microwave oven. Ditto for me. With my dad, there was never any such thing as leftovers.
Not much has changed with an empty nest. Even after re-marrying, it's still what we do.