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Bok Choy Italian Style or Italian Sausage, Gnocchi & Bok Choy

BOK CHOY ITALIAN STYLE
or
ITALIAN SAUSAGE, GNOCCHI & BOK CHOY
(Gluten Free, of course)

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I know, Bok Choy is not Italian, but when thats what you have, you make the best of it.  My sons ministry is currently growing this in the Impact Harvest fields and we’re all learning how to use this, as its coming in season right now.  So, here’s my creation:

Ingredients:

Fresh picked Bok Choy (use way more than you think you need, it wilts down)
1 package La Pasta di Francesca Gluten Free Gnocchi or gnocchi of your choice, cooked
1 package Sweet Italian Sausage, or spicy would be good to, my hubby won’t eat spicy so I use sweet. Cut into bite sized pieces.
Italian spices, I used McCormick Italian Herb Grinder, and I used Greentree Mediterranean Dry Rub

Wash, dry and cut Bok Choy and set aside.
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In sauce pot prepare gnocchi according to package directions.  I add salt to the water and I also added spices from the McCormick Italian Herb Grinder, into the water, it helps to season the gnocchi, I do this with pasta also.

2 gnocchi 7 gnocchi boiling 8 spice the water

In a large pot, brown sausage pieces.  Do not drain the sausage drippings.

5 brown sausage

When the sausage is browned and the gnocchi is done, use a cooking spider and removed the gnocchi from its pot and add to the sausage.  Stir and simmer until the gnocchi have been coated with the sausage drippings.

9 add gnocchi to sausage

Add the Bok Choy, sprinkle with your seasons or choice, I used my  Greentree Mediterranean Dry Rub.  (if you remember in my previous posts, my girlfriend Pam is a Greentree consultant and I am testing out their spices for her)  If you find you need to add a little liquid to the pot use a couple tablespoons of the water your gnocchi cooked in.

10 add bokchoy 11 add seasonings 12 bokchoy wilting

Once the Bok Choy wilts down, its done!  Serve, sprinkle with a little parmesan cheese, enjoy!

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Gluten Free Pound Cake

GLUTEN FREE POUND CAKE
Adapted from the Paula Deen Southwest Georgia Pound Cake

Gluten Free Pound Cake

Gluten Free Pound Cake

I posted Paula Deen’s Southwest Georgia Pound Cake recipe way back in June 2013.  That particular recipe is the most popular on my blog!  Well, since that time, as you know, I have gone gluten free, and yes, I’m missing out on some goodies!  That has now begun to change and my first attempt was changing Paula’s pound cake recipe.  Sorry, Paula, had to be done.  In my book her Southwest Georgia Pound Cake is THEE Best!  And believe it or not, the change was easy, my first attempt and it worked.  I served this cake with strawberries and fresh whipped, whipped cream for my hubbies birthday dinner, this past Tuesday night.  After everyone had a slice and tried it and said it was good, I then dropped the bomb on them and told them it was gluten free!

Ha, that’s how you have to do it, let them eat it first, get the reviews, then let them know what their eating!  Well, they were all pleasantly surprised and I was told not to change a thing in the recipe!  So here ya go, my Gluten Free Southwest Georgia Pound Cake!  Paula can still have all the credit, I only changed the flour.

Here’s the recipe, make it and enjoy!

Ingredients 

2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (you may use lemon or almond flavoring instead)
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cup all-purpose gluten free flour ( I use: Betty Crocker Gluten Free Rice Flour blend )
6   eggs
3 cup sugar
2   sticks butter, softened

Directions

 Generously grease and flour a 10-inch bundt pan (I use the Betty Crocker Gluten Free Rice Flour blend also to coat the pan)

Using an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar together until fluffy.  Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.  Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt.  Alternately add flour mixture and heavy cream to butter-sugar mixture, beginning and ending with flour.  Stir in flavoring.

Pour batter into prepared pan.  Place in a cold oven, set oven temperature at 325, and bake for 1 hour 15 minutes without opening oven door.  Bake for an additional 15 minutes if necessary.  Remove from oven and cool in pan for 15 minutes.  Invert cake onto cake plate, and for a real treat, serve yourself a slice while it’s still warm.

Appetizers & Recipes

APPETIZERS & RECIPES

In my last post Easter Dinner 2015 with Recipes, I mentioned that my girlfriend Pam had become a Wildtree consultant and my daughter MaLinda had become a Pampered Chef consultant.  As a good friend and mother would do, I helped them both out with separate gatherings.  Below are photos and recipes for the Wildtree gathering that I had, along with links.  The one recipe not pictured is the Vegan Quinoa & Corn Taco Bites, I don’t know what I was thinking or not thinking, but I didn’t get a picture, BUT, I did make the recipe as a test run for me and the hubby for dinner one night, and added chicken to it, so it wasn’t vegan, and instead of bites I put it in gluten free tortilla shells which I formed in my pampered chef Tortilla Shell Baker Set.  I had a little trouble with that, but being my first attempt they came out pretty darn good.  I just wanted to let you know that before you see the pictures, everything was the same for my party just no chicken & I served it in the Tostitos Scoops.  That being said, here’s the menu that I served:
Wildtree Demo Vegan Quinoa Black Bean Taco Bites2 mozerella tomato n humus Guacamole Dill Deviled Eggs Chocolate Mousse 8 7
Wildtree Tasting Party Menu:

Vegan Quinoa & Corn Taco Bites, No Bake Mini Berry Cheesecakes, Beer Bread, Smoked Salmon Cucumber Dill Sandwiches, Gluten Free Bread, Smoked Mozzarella & Tomato Spread, Hot Chili Pepper & Garlic Hummus, Dilly Deviled Eggs,Guacamole and Chocolate Mousse.  (The Beer Bread & Gluten Free Bread are packaged mixes, I just followed the directions, I don’t have any photos of the breads, sorry, the gluten free bread is amazing, I can’t speak for the beer bread which I didn’t use beer, I used seltzer water instead, but it was very easy to make just the mix and the seltzer water)

Vegan Quinoa Black Bean Taco Bites Vegan Quinoa Black Bean Taco Bites1 Vegan Quinoa Black Bean Taco Bites2

VEGAN QUINOA & BLACK BEAN TACO BITES
adapted from Vegan Quinoa & Corn Tacos on Wildtree

Ingredients

1 tablespoon Wildtree Roasted Garlic Grapeseed Oil
3 green onion diced, separate the green from the white
2 (14 ounce) can diced tomatoes
2 cup dry quinoa, prepared according to package directions
2 (15.5 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
2 (15.5 ounce) can whole kernel corn
2-3 tablespoons Wildtree Taco Seasoning (add more or less according to your taste)
1 bag Tostitos Scoops or 24 hard shell corn taco shells, or 6 Tortilla Shells
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro (not everyone like cilantro so I serve it on the side)
1 skinless boneless chicken breast cut into bite sized pieces (optional)
Shredded lettuce (optional)
Shredded cheese (optional)

Prepare quinoa according to package directions, set aside. In large sauté pan, heat oil, add chicken (optional) cook to done (if not using chicken continue to next step)

Add in white part of the green onion, black beans, corn & tomatoes, stir, add in taco seasoning, simmer.  Add in Quinoa, stir and taste, add more taco seasoning if needed.  Simmer for a few minutes until all the flavors meld together. Add green part of the green onion.  Serve.

If your using as an appetizer, move to a heat plate or a small crockpot and place the Tostitos scoops around it, also place a small bowl with the cilantro there.  If your using in taco shells I recommend serving on shredded lettuce.  Optional, serve with shredded cheese of your choice.
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SMOKED SALMON & CUCUMBER DILL SANDWICHES
Adapted from Cucumber Dill Sandwiches on Wildtree

2 packages 8 oz. Neufchatel cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons Wildtree Dill Dip Blend (or to taste)
2 tablespoon scallion, diced
1-2 cucumbers (depends on size), sliced thin (I sliced mine on my Pampered Chef Mandoline and only needed 1 cucumber)
1 4 oz package smoked salmon (optional)
1 2-pack Schar Gluten Free Baguettes or bread of choice

Combine the cream cheese, Dill Dip Blend, and scallions. Cut Baguette rolls length ways. Spread cream cheese mixture thickly on the bread slices. Top with smoked salmon and cucumber slices.  Close the buns, wrap tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate to let the flavors meld together.  Before serving, remove from plastic wrap, insert toothpicks, cut into small slices, plate and serve.
Dill Deviled Eggs
DILLY DEVILED EGGS
my way

18 hard boiled eggs
1 cup approx, (more or less, depends on the yolks, add more if needed you don’t want a dry product) mayonnaise (good quality, I use Hellmann’s this is why: Hellmann’s® Real Mayonnaise: Eggs, oil and vinegar. Hellmann’s® is committed to using certified cage-free eggs in everything they make.)
1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard or your choice
1 heaping teaspoon sweet pickle relish
2 1/2 teaspoon Wildtree Dill Dip Blend

Hard boil eggs, cooled & peeled (this can be done a day or two ahead of time).  Cut eggs lengthwise, put yolks in mixing bowl and set whites aside on a deviled egg serving platter.  Smash egg yolks with fork to break them up a bit, add in the mayonnaise, mustard, relish and Wildtree Dill Dip Blend, mix well with hand mixer.  If it seems dry add more mayonnaise.  Taste.  If needed add more dill dip blend.   When smooth and creamy scoop into egg whites, use a spoon or be fancy with a pastry bag and tip. Top eggs with some fresh dill. Serve.
mozerella tomato n humus
SMOKED MOZZARELLA & TOMATO SPREAD

1 8 oz. package softened cream cheese
1 Tablespoons Wildtree Smoked Mozzerella & Tomato Blend
2 tablespoons warm water

Prepare Wildtree Smoked Mozzerella & Tomato Blend according to package (Mix Wildtree Smoked Mozzarella & Tomato Blend with water. Soak for about 5 minutes.) set aside.  In a small mixing bowl, add softened cream cheese, cream with a hand mixer until smooth and creamy, add in Wildtree Smoked Mozzerella & Tomato Blend, beat until combined.  Transfer to serving bow, serve or refrigerate until ready to serve.  Can be made ahead of time.

HOT CHILI PEPPER & GARLIC HUMMUS
 pictured above with Smoked Mozzarella & Tomato Spread, adapted from lil’ luna homemade hummus

2 14 oz cans Chick Peas
2-3 Tablespoons Wildtree Hot Chili Pepper & Garlic Blend
2-4 Tbl Wildtree Roasted Garlic Grapeseed Oil
1/2 cup Tahini
2 Tbl lemon juice
Salt & Pepper to taste

Use a food processor or blender, add the chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, Wildtree Hot Chili Pepper & Garlic Blend  and salt and pepper. Pulse until well blended. Drizzle in Wildtree Roasted Garlic Grapeseed Oil until desired consistency is reached (hummus will firm up a little after refrigeration). Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container.

Guacamole
GUACAMOLE
slightly adapted from Wildtree Guacamole

3 ripe avocados
4 1/2 teaspoons Wildtree Guacamole Seasoning
8 ripe grape tomatoes diced
2 green onions, diced
1 tablespoon lime juice

Cut, pit and remove avocado meat from skin, smash into a mixing bowl, then blend with hand mixer until creamy, add the lime juice & Wildtree Guacamole Seasoning, mix well.  Stir in tomatoes & green onion.  Remove to serving bowl, serve immediately.  If you want to store for a few hours, put some lime juice on top and cover with plastic wrap, laying the wrap right on the guacamole, don’t let any air bubbles remain.  Serve with your favorite tortilla chips.
Chocolate Mousse
HEAVENLY CHOCOLATE MOUSSE

Heavy Cream
1 Package Heavenly Chocolate Mousse Mix

Prepare according to directions: Just mix with whipped cream, chill, and serve! One bag makes 4 cups of mousse.

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NO BAKE MINI BERRY CHEESECAKES
Adapted from KetoDiet

Crust:

  • 1 cup coconut, unsweetened
  • ⅓ cup  macadamia nuts
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
  • 4 dates, (soak for 10 minutes prior to using)
  • 2 tbsp Pure Maple Syrup
  • ½ tsp cinnamon

Cheese filling:

  • 1 cup full fat cream cheese
  • ½ cup full-fat cream, heavy whipping
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 4 tbsp Wildtree Very Berry Cheesecake Blend
  • 1 package Knox Gelatin prepared according to directions
  • ½ cup Pure Maple Syrup

Place all the ingredients for the crust in a food processor.  The crust batter should be crumbly.  Transfer the mixture in the mini cake molds and press it down. Place the molds in the fridge before the cheese filling is ready.
(Note: The original recipe uses mini cheese cake pan molds with removable bottom.  I do not have those, so I cut our parchment paper to fit my bottoms, they came out fine)  

Prepare the gelatin and set aside to cool a bit.  In a bowl, mix all the ingredients for the filling apart from the gelatin. Add in the gelatin.  Divide batter in half, place half of the mixture in another bowl and set aside.

Take the cake molds from the fridge and pour the mixture one of the bowls evenly into each of them. Place in the fridge before you prepare the last layer of cheese filling.

Spoon the Wildtree Very Berry Cheesecake Blend into the bowl with remaining cheese filling and mix well. Set aside.  As soon as the layer in the fridge starts to set up, you can add this on top.  Bottom layer MUST be set or the layers won’t be separate.

Place in the fridge for at least 2-3 hours, or better overnight.  When completely set, run a knife around the edges and they should pop right out.  Place on serving tray and serve.  NOTE:  If I decide to make these again, I will prepare the Knox Gelatin with a little less water, and the berry layer I will add some sort of berry, most likely blueberries.

Yes, I made that all for one tasting party!  And yes, my guests liked it all!  Thanks to all who attended my Wildtree Tasting Party, thanks to my girlfriend Pam for trusting her product to me and thanks to all of you for reading my blogs!  I hope you try some of these recipes.  Let me know if you do and how you liked them.  These are all gluten free except for the beer batter bread.

Paleo Caramel Brownies…my way

PALEO CARAMEL BROWNIES
my way…of course! 😉
adapted from Elana’s Pantry

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I’m sure I came across this recipe on Facebook, I’m not always looking for new recipes, but this one caught my interest and thought you might be interested to.  Since I’m always interested in health eating and sweets are sometimes hard to come by, I took a look at this recipe on Elana’s Pantry.

Okay, before we get started I want you know to know that I made this recipe twice and the recipes below are the final product.  If you want the original recipes you can click on the Elana’s Pantry links.  These were tested by my hubby and some family and the 2nd batch was the winner.  I also decided to use my ‘Perfect Brownie Pan Set (as seen on TV)‘  I must say, I do like the pan, its the cutter part I’m not in love with, I could easily throw that part out, its extremely hard to clean. So the second batch, my grandson suggested I leave it out and only cut the brownies with it after cooked, which I did, it was still hard to clean, but not as bad.  The 1st batch only filled half of the pan, the 2nd batch I doubled the recipe and it filled the pan.

This is a 3 part recipe, on Elana’s Pantry you have to click on 3 links for the 3 recipes, my altered recipes are all right below.

  1. Prepare and bake brownies (recipe below)
  2. Allow the Paleo Brownies to cool
  3. Drizzle with Vegan Caramel Sauce (recipe below) over the brownies, any left over caramel can be drizzled over the chocolate once it sets.
  4. Drizzle with Chocolate Ganache (recipe below) for my 2nd batch I didn’t drizzle the chocolate, pretty much iced them with it and they liked it better.
  5. Serve.  You can serve with ice cream, drizzle with melted peanut butter as my son did, whipped cream, etc.

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Paleo Brownies

  • 2 cup almond meal (the original recipe used almond flour which I didn’t have, but thinking it was going through the ninja I figured it would turn into flour.  It worked fine)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 8 ounces baking chocolate (100% cacao)
  • 16 dates pits removed (soak for about 15 minutes before using)
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 teaspoon PURE Maple Syrup (or honey, agave or stevia)
  • 1 cup Enjoy Life – Semi Sweet Chocolate Mini Chips (Dairy-free, nut-free and soy-free)
  1. In a food processor (I used my NINJA), pulse together almond meal, salt and baking soda
  2. Pulse in squares of dark chocolate until the texture of coarse sand
  3. Pulse in dates until the texture of coarse sand
  4. Pulse in eggs
  5. Pulse in coconut oil and maple syrup until mixture is smooth
  6. Remove blade from processor, mix in chocolate chips with spatula
  7. Transfer mixture to a greased 9′ x 12 (I used my Perfect brownie pan)
  8. Mixture will be very thick, smooth with a spatula
  9. Bake at 350° for 18-22 minutes
  10. While cooling make the Caramel Sauce recipe and the Chocolate Ganache recipe, both below.

Vegan Caramel Sauce

  • ¾ cup coconut milk
  • ¾ cup coconut sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey or coconut nectar (I used the coconut nectar)
  • ¼ cup coconut oil (no need to melt first)
  1. Place coconut milk fat, coconut sugar, and coconut nectar in a saucepan
  2. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer
  3. Continue simmering for 10 minutes
  4. Allow caramel sauce to cool for 5 minutes
  5. Stir in coconut oil until completely dissolved

Chocolate Ganache

  • ¼ cup coconut milk
  • 2.5 ounces bittersweet dark chocolate chips
  1. Combine coconut milk and chocolate in a small saucepan
  2. Heat over very low heat
  3. Stir until melted
  4. Remove from heat
  5. Drizzle over ice cream, brownies or cake

Whats for lunch?? Avocado and Egg Salad Sandwiches!

AVOCADO & EGG SALAD SANDWICHES
adapted from Avocado Egg Salad by Two Peas & Their Pod

4 hard boiled eggs, chopped (of course mine are fresh from our free range chickens)
2 small avocados, pitted, peeled and diced
1-2 tablespoon quality mayonnaise
1 stalk chopped green onion
1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon dried cilantro
1/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

In a medium bowl, combine the hard boiled eggs, avocado and green onion.  In another bowl stir together the mayo, mustard, cilantro salt and pepper, add to avocado & egg mixture and gently stir.

Serving suggestions: Spread between two slices of bread or toasted bread for an Avocado Egg Salad Sandwich. Eat with crackers, cut up veggies, on toast, or in a wrap. This salad is best eaten the day it’s made.

I gave this to my hubby today for lunch, he’ll be working through dinner, so I know it doesn’t sound like much but this is what he had.  He said that he likes this better than regular egg salad!  Wow!  I’m amazed.  I truly never in my wildest dreams, ever thought that this man would like avocado!  And he does! ❤ How cool is that!?  Oh, in case your wondering, his is the regular and mine is the gluten free bread.  Yes, glutens & gluten frees can live in harmony.

So, make this and enjoy!  Let me know if you changed anything and how you like it.

God Bless

Dinner’s Ready! Hiyashi Chuka, Sautéed Snow Peas & Crab Avocado Salad (Gluten Free)

HIYASHI CHUKA, SAUTÉED SNOW PEAS & CRAB AVOCADO SALAD
(Gluten Free)

Hiyashi Chuka, Sautéed Snow Peas & Crab Avocado Salad

A couple days ago a friend of mine, Rachel posted a picture of a recipe she had made. She made a Kani Salad.  She didn’t post the recipe so I went off hunting on Pinterest.  Of course when your on Pinterest you know your going to be a while.  Once I started looking at the Kani Salad recipes, I also found some other recipes that sounded very interesting.  So, here are 2 that we had for dinner tonight.  My dear hubby says these are now in my top recipes ever, so they’re definitely keepers and will be great for company.

These aren’t hard recipes, most can be prepared ahead of time, oh, one thing, the pan that I cooked the shrimp in, I used it for the shrimp, the egg and the snow peas, using those fabulous drippings.  I suggest you do the same, less washing and great flavor!

So here we go, of course, I’ll give you links to the original recipes, because mine are adapted as usual! 😉

Hiyashi Chuka

Hiyashi Chuka
(Hiyashi Chuka (Cold Ramen) by Just One Cook Book)

Hiyashi Chuka ingredients ready to toast sesame seeds toasted sesame seeds mix dressing

Noodle Dressing
  • 6 Tbsp. soy sauce (gluten free, I used Coconut Aminos)
  • 4 Tbsp. sugar
  • 3 Tbsp. rice vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. sesame oil
  • 1 Tbsp. roasted sesame seeds (toasted mine in a small pan on the stove, only takes a few quick minutes)
  • ¼ tsp. grated ginger

add egg mixture cooked eggs cooked egg ready to cut egg thin slice egg

For Shredded Egg Crepe
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • I cooked the egg in the same pan that I cooked the shrimp in using the drippings

raw shrimp peeled deviened cooked shrimp save pan from shrimp thinly chop lettuce green onion and lettuce green onion and ramen

For toppings
  • 6 shrimps or more (I sautéed my shrimp in garlic & lemon grass infused olive oil.  I sprinkled my raw shrimp with Old Bay and Simply Asia spice mix)
  • 1 Japanese cucumber (1/2 English cucumber), julienned ( I used a reg. old cucumber, took the seeds out)
  • 1 head lettuce, shredded, I used romaine
  • 3 green onions (mix 1/2 into the lettuce and the other half into the noodles)
  • 1/2 red pepper
Other topping options:
  • shredded steamed chicken tender, blanched bean sprouts (blanched), wakame seaweed, nori seaweed strips, etc.

Gluten Free Ramen Noodlescook ramen noodles

Noodles

  • 2 Ramen Noodle squares (the box has 4)  Prepare as directed

layer ramen over lettuce Hiyashi Chuka

Put it all together:  Using a glass bowl, layer lettuce, then noodles, then arrange toppings.

Crab avocado salad

Crab & Avocado Salad
Adapted from Crab & Avocado Salad with Japanese Dressing

  • tablespoon rice wine vinegar 
  • drop sesame oil 
  • 1/2 cup quality mayonnaise
  • 1 can good quality lump crab meat 
  • teaspoon lime juice 
  • ripe  avocado 
  • green onions (chopped)
  • Simply Asian spice mix

ingredients dressing add dressing

Open crab and dump into a bowl, break apart gently. Dice green onion add to crab.  Dice avocado and put in another bowl, mix with lime juice, then add to crab meat.  Stir gently, I use my hands.  In another bowl add the rest of the ingredients, then add to the crab and gently stir.  The original recipe adds a few other ingredients some of which I didn’t have on hand and wasabi which I would love to add, but my hubby doesn’t like heat, so add it if you like, just be careful not to add too much.  The original recipe says to fill a ramekin with the mixture and un-molding it onto the plate, mine wouldn’t come out of the ramekin, so I used and ice cream scoop instead, much easier if you ask me.  I plated mine on a romaine leaf.

Served with a side of Sautéed Snow Peas

Snow Peas

The snow peas were sautéed in the same pan that the shrimp and eggs were prepared in.  I added some butter and a touch of sesame oil.  When the oil was hot enough I put the snow peas in, sprinkled with some salt and the Simply Asian spice mix.  When they were cooked I sprinkled with sesame seeds.  A very easy, delicious side.

If you have any questions about any of these recipes, or any suggestions, or see any mistakes, let me know.  I love hearing from you.

God Bless

Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf with Sweet Potato Hash Browns

BACON WRAPPED MEATLOAF with SWEET POTATO HASH BROWNS
(the meatloaf is gluten free, the hash browns are Paleo)
6Bacon Meatloaf Sweetpotato Hashbrowns

Okay, I have been wanting to make bacon wrapped meatloaf for a very long time.  Ever since I saw it on Diners, Drive-Inns & Dives and actually had it at the Standard Diner in Albuquerque NM thanks to the Triple D app ON THE ROAD.  You can never go wrong with using that app.  Anyway, since I’ve had it, I had to figure out how to make it, but for some reason, this was very intimidating to me, so it’s taken me a while to even think about making it.  Well, I did it!  I jumped out of my comfort zone and jumped into 2 pounds of ground meat! LOL!

There is no recipe 😉  just use what you normally use.  If you want to know what I used: ground meat 80/20 (flavor remember, fat makes flavor, plus your meatloaf won’t be dry.  I used gluten free bread crumbs, garlic powder, various spices (which changes every time I cook), an egg to hold it all together and I had some shredded sharp cheese mix opened in the fridge so I tossed that in.  That’s about it.  Hand mixed it all together, formed it into a loaf on a cookie tray with sides, then, wrapped it in bacon!  EASY PEASY!

Baked in a pre-heated 375° over for about an hour or so until bacon is browned.  You’ll know when its done.

1raw Meatloaf 2bacon wrapped meatloaf ready for oven 3baking meatloaf 4Bacon Meatloaf complete 5Meatloaf cut

Also, for a side dish for this dinner my good friend Lexi, gave me this Paleo Sweet Potato Hash Brown recipe she found on Pinterest.  Since I’m not Paleo I added bacon to the topping and bacon grease to the oil and next time I’ll add cheese.

1Mashed sweetpotato n butternut squash 2Eggs for hashbrowns 3batter for hashbrowns 4grated sweetpotato 5hashbrown mixture 6coconut oil bacon drippings 7frying hashbrowns 8Sweet Potato hashbrowns cooking 9Sweet potato hashbrowns 10Hash Browns topped

Ingredients
  1. 4 medium sweet potatoes
  2. 2 eggs, whisked ( got a double yolkier on my 2nd egg thats why there are 3 yolks)
  3. 1/2 cup almond flour
  4. 2 teaspoons sea salt
  5. 1/4 cup green onions, chopped (plus some for garnish)
  6. 1/4 cup coconut oil (I had some bacon grease left in the pan from cooking the extra bacon not used on the meatloaf, so I added the coconut oil to it.  Just added flavor 🙂 )
Instructions
  1. 1. Pierce one of the sweet potatoes with a fork. Wrap it in a damp paper towel and place it in a small bowl with 1/2 inch of water. Microwave for 7-9 minutes, or until tender.(I actually had leftover mashed sweet potatoes/butternut squash in the fridge so I used them)
  2. 2. Let this sweet potato sit for 5 minutes. Then drain the water, peel the potato, and mash it with a fork.
  3. 3. Take the other 3 sweet potatoes and peel them. Then grate them on a box grater using the large holes. In your bowl of grated sweet potatoes(I used my grater on my Kitchen Ade Stand Mixer), add the previous mashed potato, the 2 eggs, almond flour, sea salt, and green onion. Combine with a spoon.
  4. 4. In a skillet (I used cast iron), pour coconut oil and heat over medium until your cast iron is hot. If you have a thermometer, it should read 350 degrees. Then drop in sweet potato “cakes” in about 2-3 tablespoon batches. Flatten them with a spatula. Cook on each side for 5 minutes or until golden brown.
  5. 5. Once cooked, place on a plate with paper towels to drain the oil. Serve HOT!