Not yo Mama’s Meatloaf or Mashed Potatoes!

Tonight is the second night in a row where we’ve had mashed cauliflower.  Here’s how amazing it was:

  • You know how you lick the cake batter from the spatula and bowl after baking?  I did this with the spoon and food processor.
  • The plate that I served the mashed cauliflower looked clean and never used after dinner.  We literally licked the plate clean.

It’s such a simple recipe; you just need to try it for yourself.  Trust me.  I’m about to say something that I never thought I’d say in my entire life…. I think I might actually be able to give up mashed potatoes for the rest of my life, as long as I can have my mashed cauliflower.

I always thought cauliflower was a nasty version of broccoli, but ever since I’ve been experimenting with Paleo recipes, I have a new found love for this wonderful superfood.  Isn’t it great that it can serve as a substitute for rice and mashed potatoes?  Wonder what else it can replace…

Tonight, I decided to make a juicy ground turkey meatloaf (not Paleo) to serve with the mashed cauliflower.  I used Bobby Flay’s recipe as a baseline and made a few tweaks here and there, mainly because I didn’t have some of the ingredients on hand.

Veggie Loaded Meatloaf with Balsamic Glaze

Serves 6

Ingredients

  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 5 garlic cloves, smashed with sea salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon of finely chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 & 1/2 lbs of ground turkey (93/7)
  • 1 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 3/4 cup tomato sauce (Note: this is a nice substitute for ketchup.  I don’t keep ketchup in the house anymore once I realized how much sugar is in it!)
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar, plus 2 tablespoons
  • Olive oil
  • Sea salt and black pepper
  • Red pepper flakes
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees (F).
  2. In a large skillet over medium to high heat, drizzle olive oil and add bell peppers, garlic, and a few pinches of red pepper flakes.  Season with sea salt and black pepper.  Cook until the vegetables are tender, for about 5 minutes.  Remove from heat to cool.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk the egg and fresh thyme.  Add the ground turkey, Panko, Parmesan cheese, 1/2 cup of tomato sauce, 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar, and the cooled vegetables.  Mix well.
  4. Place the mixture into a loaf pan.  In a separate bowl, mix the remaining 1/4 cup of tomato sauce, 1/4 cup of balsamic vinegar, and a few pinches of red pepper flakes (adjust to your liking based on spiciness!).  Pour the mixture over the entire loaf.
  5. Bake for 1 hour.  Remove from oven and let rest for 10 minutes before slicing.DSC02135

Mashed Cauliflower

Serves 6

Ingredients

  • 1 head of cauliflower, broken into florets
  • 8 garlic cloves, sliced
  • Sea salt
  • Black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons of grass-fed butter
  1. Steam cauliflower, sliced garlic cloves, and sea salt, about 15 minutes. DSC02129
  2. Place into a food processor.  Add fresh ground black pepper and grass-fed butter.
  3. Puree until a nice and creamy texture is achieved.

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