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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Mystery Meat… I think not!

Honestly, who doesn’t like a nice piece of homemade meatloaf?  Yeah, maybe it would be smart to stay away from that mystery meat when you were eating at the dining hall in college… but nothing beats a good ol’ homemade meatloaf.  And one that has BACON you say?  Sold!

Paleo Meatloaf

Ingredients

  • 1 lb 93/7 ground beef
  • 6 strips of bacon
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 oz mushrooms, chopped
  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 2 eggs, whisked
  • Paleo ketchup
  • Sea salt & black pepper

1.  In a skillet on high heat, cook the bacon strips until nice and crispy.  Remove from skillet.  After the bacon is cool, chop into small pieces.

2. With the remaining bacon fat, turn heat to medium-high and add the onions and garlic.  Saute for about 5 minutes.

3.  Toss in the mushrooms and cook for another 5 minutes.

4.  In a bowl, mix the ground beef, almond meal (this replaces the bread crumbs in a traditional meatloaf), and eggs.  Add the bacon, onions, garlic, and mushrooms to the bowl.  Add a pinch of sea salt and black pepper.  Mix well.

5.  Pack the meatloaf mixture into a loaf pan, coat the top with Paleo ketchup, and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

6.  Serve with your favorite veggie.

Paleo Ketchup

Ingredients

  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • Lemon juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 pinch ground cloves

1.  Add all ingredients to a bowl and mix well.