Can Meatloaf Really be Tasty?

Monsieur Meatloaf

Salisbury Meatloaf

I know, I know, meatloaf doesn’t sound like the tastiest of meals. There have been jokes about grandma and her meatloaf almost as long as there has been a grandma making meatloaf. My own grandmother, as much as I love her, lost her sense of taste years ago. She can appreciate good food, and can be a good cook. However if she forgets an ingredient, and accidentally put in salt instead of sugar she won’t taste the difference.

That is why I want to provide you with a simple, easy to make meatloaf that actually tastes good. This is pretty nutrient dense, and because it packs such a punch it can feed a huge group!

Meat Mix

🥩Ground beef (2 lbs)

⚪️Mushrooms (4 oz)

🥗Spinach (2 cups, raw)

🥣Quick oats (1 cup)

🥛Milk (1 cup)

🥚Eggs (2)

💚Rosemary

🖤Black pepper

💛Garlic salt

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Gravy Mix

🥣Brown gravy mix (2 packets/cups)

🥛Milk (2 cups)

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▪️Mix all meat mixture ingredients together by hand in a large bowl (could easily add onion soup mix in here; I want to try that myself!).

▪️Bake for 1 hour at 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

▪️Make gravy according to packet instructions.

▪️Serve meatloaf topped with gravy. Yum!

The great thing about this recipe is that it can also be easily made to be gluten free. Just ensure that the oats you use are gluten free and the brown gravy mix is as well. Let us know if you try the recipe in the comments below! Then don’t forget to check out our other recipes as well.

Meatloaf
Meatloaf really can be tasty!

Healthy Homemade Burrito

Happy Friday Everyone! What better way to end the week than with 🌯Burrito Time!?🌯

 

That’s right, health-nuts; you do NOT have to give up your beloved burritos! In fact, it’s super easy to pack them with nutrient-dense goodies so that burritos can actually be GOOD for you. Here’s what’s in mine:

 

🐓Cilantro-lime chicken

🥗Spinach

🍚Brown rice

⚫️Black beans (no emoji???😅)

🌽Corn

🥣Greek yogurt (plain)

🌶Red salsa

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Mingled Vitality, March 21, 2018

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Preparation

The most involved part of this recipe is the cilantro-lime chicken. I put a link to a recipe for it that I’m fond of in the listing above. While the chicken is doing its thing I like to prepare the brown rice, black beans, and corn.

Once everything is ready, I just spread my tortilla out on my plate and add the delicious fillings in whatever proportions I’m feeling that day, wrap it up, and serve. This burrito has never failed to be tasty and satisfying!

 

Substitutions

 

Now, this is just the recipe I use. This may not work for all of our readers due to any number of dietary reasons or restrictions such as food allergies, vegetarian, or vegan dietary plans. I have a few substitution suggestions to add on in case they would deprive you of delicious burrito goodness (which would just be awful, what is life without burritos?!)

There are any number of excellent gluten free options when it comes to your tortilla of choice, alternatively you can spread this over a plate of corn tortilla chips and you have delicious nachos instead!

For our vegetarians, more beans and legumes is never a bad choice, and if you’re looking for something a little different since it already includes black beans, tofu is always reliable. I haven’t tried it myself, so I can’t vouch for it, but I understand jack fruit also makes an excellent meat replacement!

And last but certainly not least, our vegan friends can certainly use some of the vegetarian options mentioned above, as well as using vegan friendly greek yogurt that you should be able to find at most any major grocery store.

This is far from an all-inclusive list dietary substitutions and restrictions, so please feel free to comment below if you have a restriction that I’ve failed to cover and would like to chime in with tips for others like yourself, or simply to ask for other suggestions if you’re curious about any ideas myself or someone else on the team might have to suit your needs!

Thanks for reading, and have a wonderful Friday, weekend, and Holiday Season!

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Aren’t we all a bit nutty for fruit?

Fruit and Nut Salad

Fruit and Nut Salad:

Ah Friday, the week is over and you are finally able to be home and start relaxing. There really is nothing quite like coming home and letting the pressures of the week slide away. 

This week we wanted to give you a recipe that was quick, healthy, and tasty so that you can enjoy the start of your weekend. Our fruit and nut salad will be a pleasure to eat.

This recipe is also perfect for meal prepping and taking to lunch during the middle of a busy week! I am currently writing this post with one cat asleep on my lap and one asleep right next to me. As adorable as these fur babies are they do not make it easy to get up and prep a large meal. I can never turn down kitty snuggles! So having a pre-prepped healthy meal like this fruit and nut salad helps me get the most amount of snuggle time with my fur babies while also taking care of myself and eating healthy. 

 

I hope you enjoy!

 

Fruit and Nut Salad:

🥗Mixed greens

🥄Quinoa

🍎Apple

🍊Mandarin orange

🍓Strawberries

🌰🥜Nuts/seeds (walnuts and pumpkin seeds pictured)

🥣Dressing of your choice

Mix to taste and enjoy! *Hint, if you are meal prepping this salad I recommend leaving the dressing off to the side. If you put it into a small container and leave it to put on just before you eat it will make your salad last longer.*

Let us know how your salad turns out in the comments!

Fruit and Nut Salad