Friday, May 24, 2013

Healthy Meatloaf... whoa baby.

 Another SERIOUS favorite. We are on a roll!

I know what you're thinking... "meatloaf." womp. womp. Like the unidentifiable meat they used to serve in our school cafeteria?? No thanks.

But no... no... let this recipe redeem your feelings for meatloaf. You won't be sorry.

One thing... my meatloaf didn't exactly stay in "loaf" form. But I didn't care! It was perfect with the cauliflower faux-tatoes. Such comfort food. Make it this week. The meat AND the cauliflower. And whatever other veggies you want on the side. Then comment and tell me about how it knocked your socks off. :)

Remember, the key to mashed cauliflower is adding good stuff when you pulverize the steamed cauliflower in the food processor... I add chicken bullion granules, a little butter, onion powder, lots of minced garlic, and Italian seasoning. AMAZING.  My mouth is watering just thinking about eating leftovers!

Recipe from
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 lb ground beef
1 egg
1 onion, chopped
1 large carrot, chopped
1 tsp oregano
3 cloves of garlic
 1 1/2 tsp salt
1 6 oz can of tomato paste
1/4 cup coconut aminos*

Preheat oven 350. In a large bowl combine beef, carrot, onion, garlic, egg, oregano, salt, and 1/2 can of tomato paste. Grease a loaf pan with either olive oil or coconut oil. Pour meat mixture into loaf pan and bake for 20 minutes. While its baking, in a small bowl combine rest of tomato paste, and coconut aminos ( if you are not on whole30, I would also put some honey in this mixture) Take loaf pan out and spread tomato paste/ coconut aminos mixture on top. Bake another 40 minutes. 

*Coconut aminos are simply a soy-free (and Paleo) version of soy sauce. If soy doesn't put your panties in a wad, just use soy sauce. Coconut aminos can be hard to find.

My cauliflower mash:

1. Fill a stockpot with 1-2 inches of water and turn the heat on high.
2. Once boiling, add chopped cauliflower, salt, and garlic.
3. Put on the lid and boil for 10-15 minutes, until the cauliflower is pierced easily with a fork. Just don't let the water all steam out!
4. Dump cauliflower into a strainer. Then add the cauliflower to your food processor.
5. Add a few tablespoons of butter, salt and pepper to taste, and any other seasonings you would like. Again, I used chicken bullion granules (Don't add salt if you use bullion- it's already salty), onion powder, several teaspoons of minced garlic, and Italian seasoning. Get creative with it. Whatever suits your fancy! Blend it until it looks like mashed potatoes. And enjoy comfort food that's SO good for you!

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