Now before you get all “WHAT? You moved again? Haven’t you moved 3 times in the last damn 3 years?…
Yes, we’ve moved a lot since the beginning of our co-habitation but we’re not talking about *that* kind of new home. We’re talking about the doors finally opening up at Crossfit Ironstone. It’s always hard to leave one Box when you have friends made, goals accomplished and a sense of community but as soon as we heard some of the best athletes in all of Atlantic Canada were going to be opening CFIS we knew we had to follow our hearts and become founding members.
It’s a commitment to people we believe in.
It’s a commitment to getting stronger.
It’s a commitment to ourselves and each other.
If you’re ever in the Halifax area, you have to make this a stopping point. Swing by and meet some top notch coaches, drop some sweat with some awesome friends and then let’s talk about what we love the most: FOOOOOOOOOOOOOD!!!!
In the last post we promised to talk a little more about our kitchen gadgets and what we use to help us put that #dontbeafraidofyourkitchen hashtag to good use. Again, let us emphasis we are not rich beyond our wildest dreams (wouldn’t that be awesome though?!?!) We don’t have the latest “this is gonna revolutionize the kitchen” gadget. We have some cheap ass things and today is what we’re calling the “You could use the change under the sofa cushions to get these things” gadgets.
The first thing we use a lot is a garlic roller. If you’ve been reading any of our recipes for a while you know WE. LOVE. GARLIC. The list of health benefits goes on and on and let’s just get right to the point, it tastes amazing. When recipes call for a certain amount you can be assured we’ve either doubled it or tripled it. This little roller takes a lot of the painstaking peeling process out of the equation. Insert bulb, roll around on counter and kaboom! No more annoying skin. We know most of you have seen these in your local food stores and maybe you’re thinking “well it’s not that hard to peel in the first place so what’s the point?” Here’e the point: IT MAKES YOUR LIFE EASIER and at usually less than $5 what you should be thinking is “Why didn’t I get this sooner?”
The other (cheap ass) little gadget we have is a hand held grater. The one we have is a little on the older side so price comparison is a little hard but usually these will run under $10 at most places. We have a garlic press but to be totally honest this thing is much easier to use and more important; to clean.
For less than what most breakfasts cost when eating out you can arm yourself with a few gadgets that make creating delicious food in what doesn’t have to be the most intimidating room in your house a whole hell of a lot easier.
(PS those are some of the new cookbooks we got over the Holidays! Lucky us!!!)
Okay, time for the recipe.
Here’s a few things you should know before making these little morsels of heaven….
Don’t be afraid to change things up. Yes, you can follow this recipe exactly but when we were researching different recipes we decided to leave a few things out and add a few things in. When it came to spices we literally opened up our jars, took a big sniff and asked ourselves “would this enhance the taste?” In order to get comfortable in the kitchen you have to get comfortable in your ability. Just like in almost everything we do, the more we practice, the better we become.
These are going to be a little higher in calorie so if you’re counting, then take that into consideration when thinking about your serving size. The recipe below made 15 really good sized mini meatloaves at around 220 calories each. Two, with a good size side of vegetables made a meal so don’t think you’re gonna have to eat six in order to feel full. Also you can adjust size of the of each serving or use turkey bacon if calories are something you’re watching.
Paleo Bacon Wrapped Mini Meatloaves
- 2lb Ground Meat of Choice (we used a beef/pork combination)
- 1 Pack of Bacon (we needed 15 slices total, thawed)
- 1 Large Onion (peeled and chopped)
- 100g of Spinach (~ 2 cups, finely chopped)
- Lots of Garlic (we used 8 large cloves, peeled and grated)
- 1 Tbsp Cumin
- 1 Tbsp Paprika
- 1 tsp Chili Powder
- Any other seasoning you think will make this taste delicious!
Preheat oven to 375F
In a large mixing bowl add ground meats, chopped onion, finely chopped spinach, garlic and spices. Remember to take your rings off and then mix together thoroughly. Set aside and work on those fun little bacon liners.
~Side note: If you are going to count calories this would be a good time to weigh the entire mixture so you can figure out how many servings you want to make. You did go out and buy that scale right?
Cut your bacon so you have 3/4 and 1/4 slices. First lay the 3/4 slice around the edge of your large muffin tin, then the 1/4 slice on the bottom so it become a fully enclosed liner. You might have to move a little faster with this part of the recipe because once the bacon starts to thaw it can get a little cumbersome to line the muffin tin but don’t worry the filling will put everything back in it’s place.
Stuff those babies!
Bake at 375F for about 25-30 minutes or until cooked all the way through.
Something that most websites won’t tell you is that there is going to be a lot of fat rendering from both the bacon and the ground meat mixture. Don’t be discouraged. We like our bacon a little on the crispy side and that just won’t happen when everything is cooked up in a muffin tin. Don’t fret. Do what we did. Once everything is cooked thoroughly you can remove each little mini meatloaf without a hitch. It will stay together and it will sit upright because you made those fun little bacon cups. Put them on a cookie sheet and put back in the oven for about 10-15 minutes or until the bacon is cooked to your sweet sweet perfection!
These won’t last long in your house but if you need too, you can freeze for a later nom nom session!!
~Now that’s good eatin’ Folks!