Saturday, October 26, 2013

Meatloaf, Mashed Sweet Potatoes, Almond Green Beans

There's no one way to make meatloaf, especially around here. This particular loaf was made with oat bran and chia seeds and everyone liked it. Usually I like to add diced onions and carrots, but we were out of those when I made it this week.
2lbs ground chuck (or ground beef)
1 cup oat bran (or rolled oats work too)
2 tbsp. chia seeds
2 tbsp. ground flaxseed
2 eggs
1 tbsp. Lawry's Season Salt or spices of your preference
Optional: tomato paste, onions, carrots, or whatever else you want to sneak into your family's diet...minced kale, spinach, beets, whatever.  
       Mix together all ingredients, press into large casserole dish, bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes. Add  tomato paste and bake 10 minutes more. Bake until meat is cooked all the way.

Mashed Sweet Potatoes
 3-4 large sweet potatoes
1/4 cup butter (or your favorite spread)
1tbsp. minced garlic
2-4 tbsp. milk (if you like your taters extra smooth)
      Peel and dice sweet potatoes. Bring 4-6 cups of water to a boil (enough to completely cover your potatoes. Boil potatoes in a low simmer until they are tender (about 25-30 minutes). Strain out water, and mix with remaining ingredients until smooth and fluffy. Serve warm! If your kids are used to putting ketchup on their mashed potatoes, like mine are, then be prepared when they whip out the ketchup and ruin the appearance of this vitamin A rich, eyesight preserving, super food.
     Garlic is supposedly a natural antibiotic, only without the negative side effects... well except perhaps garlic breath. I didn't notice any garlic breath after everyone ate this. So I suppose that means there isn't any harm in add raw garlic to your food.

Green Beans
 1 tbsp. lemon juice
1/4 cup butter
frozen or fresh green beans 16 oz. or family sized bag
diced almonds
      Melt butter in your favorite skillet, ours is cast iron! I've heard that acidic food will bring out the iron from the pan and infuse into your food, which could be helpful if you're iron deficient. Once the butter is melted, add the remaining ingredients and cook till they look good to you. Unless you don't like green beans in which case, don't let them burn silly!

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