Friday, August 24, 2012

Meatloaf and Memories

While preparing for this upcoming 30 day challenge I have been thinking a lot about my past successful challenge. It seems like forever ago. Thinking back- the circumstances were a lot easier in some ways and a lot harder in other ways. It was easier because we were living in a very health conscious area. Pasadena had awesome places that were very Paleo friendly and we were surrounded by fellow Paleo fanatics. Most of our friends ate Paleo and we all ordered crazy together at restaurants. We helped each other and talked about recipes. It was a really easy atmosphere to eat Paleo. What was more difficult was my schedule. I had class all day (an hour and a half away) twice a week and an internship twice a week. I was in the car a lot. I did not have a lot of time to cook. I had to be very organized. Right now- we are living in the south (not as health conscious) with no friends here who do Paleo BUT I am currently unemployed (much to my disdain) and literally have ALL DAY to cook and be Paleo crazy. It seems so much harder though! When you have ALL DAY and nothing to do- you end up doing nothing. My baby-dog Chipper isn't even here (I don't wanna talk about it). So in my head I imagine myself in a cute apron cooking huge breakfasts for Matt before work, changing into my workout clothes and running for an hour, coming home and cleaning my house, getting back to the apron and experimenting with new recipes, working out again, blogging every day and being like super CrossFit Paleo Cyborg Aubrey. Skinny, with a six pack and enough new recipes to fill a book. But what is he reality? It's 11:25, I haven't ate, I am in my pajamas, sitting on the couch, watching What Not to Wear, 10 pounds heavier, and bored out of my mind. It is only a matter of time until I end up in a Moo-moo with a tub of cookie dough unless I change this pattern immediately. So Monday is the day. I need to embrace this time I have and make it useful, because I have been wasting it. When you have nothing to do for some reason it is really hard for me to actually do something! When my goal was decorating and unpacking- I was like a machine. I decorated and unpacked until this place was done. I was the decorating-unpacking queen. But once I was finished I slowly began slipping into this funk. Until I found myself here. So I guess what I have learned about myself is I NEED goals. I NEED something to work towards. I get stuck when I don't have something. I am going to think over these goals this weekend. But until I get my life back together- let's talk Meatloaf. Blue Cheese Meatloaf to be exact. It is Paleo minus the wonderful blue cheese- so if you are in a challenge- Take the cheese out! 

Paleo (+dairy)  Blue Cheese Meatloaf 

What you need: 
- 2 lbs ground beef (grass fed preferable) 
- Almond meal 
- 2 eggs 
- 1 carrot 
- 1 red onion 
- Blue Cheese ( a big hunk) 
- 1 can tomato paste (16 ounce) 
- Fresh basil 
- Salt, peppa 
- Garlic Cloves (as many as your heart desires) 

Now- I got the bulk of this recipe from my fave book Everyday Paleo. I added the cheese and the carrot and took out some spices. 

What to do: 
Pre heat oven to 350 degrees. 

First- add the meat to a large bowl with 1 cup almond meal, the tomato paste and the eggs. 
Next- cut up the onion. Now I have an easy way to chop an onion I want to teach you. Cut off one end and leave the root. Make slices about 1/2 inch apart (or smaller, depending on how small you need the pieces) all the way around the onion stopping in the center. Hold the onion together and cut downwards. 

Then BAM you have lots of chopped onion pieces in like half the time. After this chop up the carrot in tiny pieces and some basil and garlic- then cut and crumble the Blue Cheese ( I figured because it said "Cave Aged" on the package that meant it counted as Paleo). Add alllll this yummy stuff to the big bowl. 
Now comes the gross part- mix all this stuff together with your hands. Make sure everything is mixed. Then form this into a loaf in a large glass meatloaf pan OR just a large glass pan (that's what I used). 
Throw it in the oven and cook for an hour! 

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