Thursday, March 24, 2011

Mini Paleo Beefcakes...or Mini meatloaves with ketchup glaze

When I get my ground beef, I get it in bulk. Most recently I got 12 lbs of grass fed ground beef. My freezer is chock full. I am going to have to start getting really creative so we don't get too tired of burgers and meat sauce. I made these meatloaves in muffin tins to make my little men happy. The flavors are very similar to a traditional meatloaf, which is nice to have every once in a while. My household loved them, so I hope you do too. This recipe makes about 16-18 mini meat cakes. You can cut it in half if that is too much for your family.

Mini Paleo Meatloaves

2 eggs
1 tsp salt
1 onion, minced
pinch of italian seasoning
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/3 cup almond flour
2 lbs ground beef

Ketchup glaze
1 cup paleo ketchup (See my October 31, 2010 post for a great recipe)
2 tsp cider vinegar
2 tsp honey

Preheat oven to 350. Mix together egg, salt, onion, seasoning, and almond flour. Add ground beef and use hands to mix well. Divide meat into muffins cups (fill about 2/3 full). In small bowl, mix together ketchup, vinegar, and honey. Spread some ketchup glaze on top of each mini meatloaf. Bake the loaves in the oven for 45 minutes or until cooked through. Serve and enjoy!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Paleo Chicken Parmesan (well minus the cheese)

Sara Vidotto came through again with another fantastic recipe. This one had my husband and I raving. It really was so tasty that you didn't miss the cheese at all! You may want to double or triple (as we did) this recipe, because leftovers will be in high demand.

Paleo Chicken Parmesan

6 thinly sliced chicken breasts, or 3 chicken breasts butterflied
3/4 cup almond flour
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp garlic powder
sea salt and pepper to taste (don't be shy on the salt)
2 eggs, beaten
olive oil
1-1 1/4 cup marinara sauce of your choice (more if you like lots of sauce), warm on low on stove
Fresh basil leaves (if desired)

Preheat the oven to 350. Heat a pan to medium high heat. Use a plate or pie dish to mix the almond flour and seasonings. Dip chicken in the eggs, then cover in the almond meal. Swirl pan with olive oil and place chicken in pan. Cook until chicken releases from the pan (if you force it, the coating will come off). Flip the chicken and sear the other side. Place the pan in the oven (or put chicken on a cookie sheet and place in the oven). Bake for 15-20 minutes. Top with basil and marinara. Serve and enjoy!

Paleo Balsamic Maple Vinaigrette

We needed a quick salad dressing tonight because oil and vinegar just sounded completely unappealing to me. So I came up with this quick little vinaigrette using some of my favorite flavors.

Paleo Balsamic Maple Vinaigrette

1/2 balsamic vinegar
3 tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp mustard powder
1 tsp sea salt
1 cup olive oil

Mix together balsamic, maple, mustard and salt (I used a protein shake mixer to make this, but a blender or just a bowl and whisk will work great). Add olive oil and mix well. Serve and enjoy!