Paleo Recipes for Modern Day Cavemen

Meatloaf with Garlic Mashed Cauliflower

I haven’t watched the MTV awards (music or movie) in a very long time. Maybe 5 years, maybe 10?  But I must say, the 2010 MTV Movie Awards was good.  In fact, it was pre-tty, pre-tty, pre-ttyyyy good.  It had an amazing opening with the return of Les Grossman and it also had a scene of Ken Jeong wearing a one-piece leopard man-thong gyrating next to a piano which segued into Tom Cruise holding his own in a dance sequence with J-Lo.  But the best part of the movie awards – hands down – was host Aziz Ansari.  His Taavon impression of reading a magazine with swag made me laugh so hard I thought I gave myself an ulcer. And when I thought he couldn’t get better, Aziz ended the awards show with a hysterical R.Kelly Pied Piper-inspired tribute to Avatar.  I have a feeling MTV will play reruns of the awards show about 4,000 times before summer ends so I would highly encourage you to catch parts of it if you want a good chuckle (or just click on those links).  There’s nothing more memorable to me than a hard laugh …well maybe a really great meal.

Speaking of great meals – try this hearty paleo meatloaf dish. In the meatloaf, I substituted bread crumbs with almond flour.  For those of you missing mashed potatoes – cauliflower will give you the same creamy texture.  It won’t taste starchy like mashed potatoes but we both know it shouldn’t anyways.  I hope you enjoy this recipe half as much as I enjoyed seeing Zach Galifianakis doing the “I don’t know” dance during his Swagga Dance session.

Makes 4 servings

1lb grass fed ground beef
1/4 cup almond flour
1 egg
1 tablespoon organic tomato paste
1/2 tablespoon apple butter
1 roma tomato (diced)
1/4 cup onion (chopped)
1 tablespoon green onion (finely chopped)
1 tablespoon cilantro (coarsely chopped)
1 tablespoon garlic powder

Mashed Cauliflower
1 head of cauliflower
4 gloves of garlic (crushed and peeled)
1 tablespoon chopped chives
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

To make the meatloaf – combine all of the meatloaf ingredients together in a large bowl and hand mix thoroughly.  Pour in a greased 1.5 loaf pan and place in oven. Bake for one hour.  Best served immediately.

To make the mashed cauliflower – chop one head of cauliflower into 1-2 inch pieces.  Steam the cauliflower and garlic over boiling water until tender (about 15 minutes). Then – mash the cauliflower and garlic up to the consistency you desire.  I like it creamy so I just place the cauliflower in a small blender until it’s nice and smooth. If you want it with a bit more texture, just mash the tender cauliflower with a fork. Once you’re at the consistency you desire, add in olive oil and chives (with some salt and pepper to taste).  Best served immediately.


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4 thoughts on “Meatloaf with Garlic Mashed Cauliflower

  1. Made this the other night and it was great! We decided we wanted a “BBQ sauce” to go with it so we mixed some tomato paste, apple butter, and hot sauce together. It was great on top of the meatloaf! We’ll definitely make this again!

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