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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Meatloaf (featured recipe)

Today we are featuring a recipe from my new cookbook Everyday Paleo.  Written by a busy mom of 3, Sarah Fragoso. She has a great easy going approach to the Healthy Cooking, I love her already. Here's a little taste of what she has to offer, with lot's more to come.


2 pounds        Ground Beef
1 cup             Almond Meal
2                    Eggs
1 (6oz)           Tomato Paste
1                    Red Onion - finely diced
3 cloves          Garlic - minced
1/2 cup           Fresh Basil - minced
1 tsp               Marjoram
1/2 TBLs        Sea Salt
2 tsp.              Pepper

1. Pre-heat your oven 350 degrees.

2. Mix all ingredients together by hand in large mixing bowl.

3. Place meatloaf mixture into a large glass baking dish. form into a loaf.

4. Bake 1 hour, or until meatloaf is no longer pink in the middle

Ok, I made this for my family last night and made just few tiny adjustments. I did not have almond meal so I ground some almonds and made a fine powder to add. I only used about 1/4 cup of this almond powder. I used a palm full of dried basil (didn't have fresh) I also added fresh parsley (minced).

It was a little dry for my taste. I think when I make this again I will add Braggs Liquid Aminos to moisten it. I might also make a glaze with Worchershire sauce for the outside to create a crust; or perhaps cover in marinara sauce to bake, it just needed a little something extra for me. But all in all, I liked the recipe. I loved her use of tomato paste instead of ketchup, which has soooo much sugar in it.

So leftovers... they would make an amazing base for some meat sauce. Just crumble meatloaf into marinara and serve over some baked spaghetti squash - YUM! Or use in chili, soup, lasagna etc.
Or another idea, is to just bag it up into freezer bags to store for the next time you need some italian style hamburger for a dinner.

Hope you try it out and let me know how you made it. Looking forward to sharing some more of Sarah's recipes soon. If you like them I would highly recommend her cookbook, I have found several recipes I'm looking forward to try.

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