Meatloaf, Potatoes & Apostolic Availability | Pre-Prans with Ruthie

March 17, 2015 3:00 pm

Ruthie participates in IGNITING OUR VALUES (the Jesuits’ online Lenten program) by sharing her thoughts on “apostolic availability” … and a recipe for her mom’s crispy meatloaf! Joined once again by her daughter Grace, Ruthie opens up about the time she “ran away” to New York, as well as the time 8-year old Grace got Ruthie back on her feet during “the saddest part” of their lives. All this and “the ultimate comfort food”!

(Video in English with Spanish subtitles)


(for the meatloaf)
2 eggs beaten
3/4 cup Milk
1 cup Crushed saltines
1/2 cup Chopped onion
Salt and pepper
1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
1 cup Ketchup
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

(for the smashed potatoes)
1 pound red potatoes
2 tablespoons salt
Milk and butter



Preheat oven to 425. In large bowl mix first 6 ingredients.

Shape into loaf and place on ungreased cookie sheet.

In small bowl mix ketchup, sugar and Worcestershire. Spread on top of meatloaf and bake for 50 minutes or until internal temp is 160.

Let stand 15 minutes before slicing.

Smashed Potatoes

Cut potatoes into 1/2 inch cubes. Place into pot of water with the salt. Bring to a boil and cook until fork tender, about 25 minutes.

Drain well, return to pan and mash with a bit of butter and milk to desired taste and consistency.

This episode was featured in “Igniting Our Values” on March 18, 2015. Click to see post.


“Pre-Prans with Ruthie” is an Ignatian food show on the IN Network that brings the time-honored Jesuit tradition of “preprandials” (think: happy hour) to your home through easy to make & share recipes that are infused with Ruthie’s stories and lovable personality.

New episodes each month!


Ruthie is a mother of two grown kids and fifth of twelve siblings. A retired yoga instructor, she now lives and works in Los Angeles, CA, serving as Kitchen Manager at the Jesuit Novitiate, in addition to owning and managing Organized Living with Ruthie. As a niece and sister of two Jesuits, her ties to the Society of Jesus and Ignatian Spirituality are life-long.


Pre-Prans is basically happy hour. Short for preprandial, it’s anything done right before a meal, like sharing appetizers and drinks. In the Society of Jesus, “pre-prans” is a traditional way that Jesuits who live together make time in their busy schedules to gather as a community.

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