Tuesday, November 1, 2011

This is Primal - Meat Loaf and Mashed "Potatoes"

As the weather has turned colder, comfort foods have been my family's cravings.  I must confess that this has made it quite challenging to stay primal.  There is something about a chill in the air that makes me want to head to the kitchen and start baking:  bread, cakes, pies, cookies...the works.   While I haven't been able to resist the siren's song entirely, I've been more successful than I would have imagined with a view traditional dishes.  This one, "Meat Loaf Muffins and Mashed "Potatoes"" turned out to be an resounding success.  (No, seriously, the kids fought over the leftovers the next day!)  Best of all, this one of those really simple meals...no wonder our moms always made meatloaf...notice, however, that there is no ketchup to be found here...I used to hate meatloaf!

So, with no further introduction, here is the recipe I used for my Primal Meat Loaf Muffins and Mashed "Potatoes".

Meat Loaf - makes 12 muffins
(Modified from my previously shared recipe for mini meatloaves.)

One package (roughly a pound) of ground turkey (any ground meat will do)
cupcake liners
cupcake pan

1 egg
1/2 cup of almond flour
1 tablespoon of Italian seasoning
salt and pepper

grated cheese (optional)

1)  Mix together all the ingredients above.  Just use your hands...it is gross, but most effective.  Take your scooper or a big spoon and fill the muffin tin.

2)  Bake for 1/2 hour (or until meat is done)

3)  Turn off oven.  Sprinkle grated cheese on top of each muffin and place back in oven to melt.  Once the cheese has melted, serve the muffins.

Mashed "Potatoes"

One head of cauliflower

1/4 cup of sour cream
1/3 stick of butter
salt and pepper

1)  Get a pot of water boiling.

2)  Cut the stem off the cauliflower until you're left with only the florets. 

3)  Boil the cauliflower until it is tender, then drain.  (This is really important.  Drain very, very well or you'll have watery "potatoes".)

4)  Pour into mixing bowl and add in sour cream, butter, salt and pepper.  Using hand mixer, beat the cauliflower until creamy. 

5)  Serve.

There you have it.  A perfectly primal meal for a crisp autumn evening.  Simple, traditional, and, most importantly, really good.  (Oh, and in case you're wondering...I don't have a picture of the plated meal because my kids couldn't wait long enough for me to set it up.  "Mom, we're hungry!")


Clark said...

Hey! Where is the gravy??? Brown gravy is mandatory for meatloaf and mashed white stuff!

Erin said...

Sorry, Superman...we had no gravy and it was still really good.