Dark Days: Veggie-stuffed Meatloaf and Roasted Sprouts

dinner january 15, 2011

I know, I know. It’s not the nicest looking plate in the world. Thanks to the lack of any true binding agents, my all-local meatloaf fell to pieces and greatly resembled nothing so much as a mound of Purina. Happily, it was one of those looks terrible, tastes great scenarios. Scott is half way through his month of hard-core Paleo dieting and so I’m cooking creatively in order to make things he can eat while not going crazy with boredom.

In addition to two pounds of grass-fed, local beef from Rineer Family Farm, this meatloaf contains a pureed mixture of carrots, onion, parsnip, garlic and parsley. Again, really good flavors but not much in the cohesion department. On the side, a stalk of brussels sprouts, roasted in a bit of rescued bacon fat. Local eating at its best.

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9 responses to “Dark Days: Veggie-stuffed Meatloaf and Roasted Sprouts”

  1. Could you give us more details about this Paleo diet? I think I just read a blurb about it in Nina Plank’s REAL FOOD. How long will he be on nit? Thanks! And meatloaf sounds sooooo tasty right now!

    • There are a ton of blogs, and I recommend reading stuff by cordain, and the primal blueprint by sisson. there are also some out that are specifically for athletes.I also like the PaNu Blog and robbwolf

  2. But think, those meaty crumbles could always be put to amazing use in a non-taditional lasagne, in wraps, or mixed into a rice salad. There’s plenty of hope for delicious but ugly foods; they just benefit from a little beautification. ūüôā

  3. I’ve been following the slow carb food plan in the 4 Hour Body by Tim Ferriss, which is similar to Paleo – no dairy, no grains, no sugars, low GI veg, no fruit. This veggie mixture would be to add nutrition, bulk and moisture. I use egg as a binder. Can you eat eggs on Paleo?

    • Leanne, he can eat eggs, but has been eating so many of them that I was trying to lay off. That would be the best binding option going forward, though.

  4. I LOVE brussels sprouts. It’s pretty much my mission in life to convert everyone to the way of the brussels sprout. Even my boyfriend, who pretty much hated vegetables when we first started dating–AND! He recently couldn’t identify sliced celery in a salad!–says brussels sprouts are now is favorite vegetable. I like to cut them in half and roast them, cut side down, with a tiny bit of olive oil. The best!

  5. I’m not a person to cook everything in bacon fat, but brussel sprouts lightly steamed and then sauteed in bacon fat is one of the most delicious things on the planet. I don’t buy bacon, so I eat mine roasted and then allowed to steam, but when I go visit my parents I always steal my dad’s bacon grease for sprouty deliciousness.

  6. […] 3. Marisa of Food in Jars: As many of you know, canning is one of my passions. And when it comes to canning, Marisa is my hero. No one is more passionate about canning and about¬†making canning accessible to others. ¬†Although Food in Jars has become quite a popular specialty food blog and Marisa is generally swamped¬†doing her day job, teaching canning classes, and now, writing a cookbook — I can’t wait for my autographed copy! –¬†Marisa is always willing to help a fellow canner. Her quick responses to my panicked questions have saved many a batch of jam. Although canning is the¬†primary focus¬†of Food in Jars, Marisa¬†also frequently¬†writes about other kinds of cooking, particularly her effort to cook with local ingredients. […]

  7. yummy! Is he not eating eggs, either? I swing back and forth with my paleo dieting and I would DIE without eggs. And, I’ve rekindled my love affair with beef liver. I have a lot of trouble coming up with good vegetable ideas. I’m not hungry for them so I can never choose a recipe to cook. I eat them happily once I make them but I don’t have a craving for them anymore. That meal looks great! YUM!

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