FIRE ROASTED BACON MEATLOAF

Serves: 4
Ingredients

1 lb grass-fed ground beef

1 lb bacon, minced

14 ounce can of fire-roasted tomatoes

1 red onion, minced

1 bell pepper, minced

3 cloves garlic, minced

2 eggs

1 cup almond flour

2 tbsp oregano

1/2 tbsp sea salt

Pepper to taste

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 400 Degrees Fahrenheit

2. If you have a meat grinder, use it to grind your bacon and beef together, if not mince your bacon as
fine as possible and combine in a mixing bowl with your beef
3. Add all remaining ingredients to the bowl, and using your hands mix well to ensure an even
distribution of ingredients
4. You can now form it into a loaf and put it in a pyrex dish, put it in a loaf pan, or form into meatballs
and put in the pan
5. Bake for an hour or until the meat is cooked through, internal temperature needs to be at least 165
Degrees F because of the bacon
6. Remove from oven and let sit for 10-15 minute

(*Recipe from THE CIVILIZED CAVEMAN)

JUST EAT REAL FOOD

Just Eat Real Food

 I have always just assumed that the concept of real food was fairly simple. However, the more I talk with people about nutrition, the more I’ve come realize that most people really have no idea what they are actually eating, nor do they care.  They rely on others to prepare “food” for them and when you talk to them about grocery shopping and cooking they are relatively clueless.  We have become a society that allows marketing and price to determine what we eat and we trust, because our government ensures us that it is safe to consume.  (McDonalds, Subway, IHOP, Healthy Choice, etc…) Since the early 80s they have told us to base our diet on “healthy” grains, low fat, and moderate protein. Yet, year after year the obesity rate grows, as does obesity related diseases.

So, let’s talk about real food.  Real food, is food that is not processed, refined, or preserved. It has very few ingredients or better yet, doesn’t need to list ingredients because it is what it is. (I.e. an apple) Real food is perishable. (Twinkies last decades vs. a banana that last days) It is food that has not been GENETICALLY MODIFIED like 80% of all corn, wheat, and soybeans grown in the US nor, does it contain ingredients that you have to have a degree in chemistry to pronounce. Real food is just the stuff that God put on this earth for us to eat before science started jacking it all up.

How do you start eating real food again?  Well, first you have to stop eating all that fast food as well as “TV” dinner style garbage.  Yes, that includes all those “healthy” and “smart” dinners in the frozen section. Next, you have to learn how to cook. Don’t tell me that you don’t have time.  You just have to schedule and prepare ahead of time.  There are some fantastic resources online to provide you with healthy recipes and tips on how to prepare them.  My suggestion is to find a few that are simple and fast and let them be your “go to” meals.  Next, you will need to spend some time at the grocery store or local market learning how to shop.  Real food tends to be on the perimeter of the store. (Produce, meat, and dairy)  I typically avoid the center of the store except for items like healthy fats and frozen veggies.  Look for SEASONAL fruit and vegetables they tend to be more reasonably priced.  Also, the local farmer’s market or local CSA’S (Community Supported Agriculture) are excellent places to find organically grown veggies and grass-fed and free range meat and poultry.

Nutrition is relatively simple; you just have to re-learn how to eat what is truly healthy.  There was a time, in our grandparent’s or great grandparent’s generation, that it was just a normal way of life to eat a diet rich in local, seasonal fruits and vegetables and locally raised meats and poultry.  We have simply forgotten how to eat that way.   I say start now, choose real food.

BACON WRAPPED MEATBALLS OVER BUTTERNUT SQUASH (PALEOMG)

Bacon Wrapped Meatballs over Butternut Squash

Serves: 3-4
Ingredients
1 large butternut squash
3 tablespoons fat of choice (bacon fat, coconut oil, ghee, butter, etc.)
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon onion powder
salt, to taste
1 pound ground pork
½ yellow onion, minced
2 garlic cloves, minced
salt and pepper, to taste
10 pieces of bacon
Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Cut the bulb off of the butternut squash and just use the end. It’s just easier to work with. Cut the
skin off the butternut squash then dice the butternut squash into bit size pieces.
3. Place butternut squash on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Pour choice of fat on top of
butternut squash, sprinkle with garlic and onion powder and salt, mix well to coat the squash.
4. In a bowl, mix together ground pork, onion, garlic cloves, and salt and pepper until well combined.
5. Make 10 equal sized meatballs.
6. Cut all pieces of bacon in half. Wrap a half piece of bacon around the meatball, then the other piece in
the opposite direction. Tuck the ends of the bacon underneath the meatball then place it cut side
down on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
7. Place both baking sheets in the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes, until butternut squash is soft and
meatballs are firm.
8. Serve with a green, because then you feel super healthy. And colorful.
Recipe by PaleOMG – Paleo Recipes at http://paleomg.com/bacon-wrapped-meatballs-over-roasted-butternut-squash/

5 INGREDIENT DINNER IN A SNAP (PALEOMG)

Serves: 2
Ingredients
1 sweet potato or yam, poked with a fork
2 pieces of bacon
10 pieces of asparagus, ends removed, chopped
¾ pound italian sausage (or any ground meat: beef, chicken turkey, etc.)
½ avocado, thinly sliced
salt, to taste

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
2. Poke holes in the sweet potato with a fork then wrap with foil. Place in the oven and bake for 45
minutes to an hour, until soft.
3. Once the sweet potato is baked, keep it wrapped in foil to keep warm.
4. Place a large pan over medium heat. Add 2 pieces of bacon. Cook on both sides, until crispy. Place on
a paper towel to soak up excess fat.
5. Using the bacon fat that has rendered in the pan, add asparagus and sauté for about 5 minutes.
6. Add italian sausage and use a wooden spoon to break up the meat. Saute until meat is cooked
through.
7. Cut baked sweet potato is half, place in 2 bowls, then top with bacon, meat and asparagus, and
avocado.
8. Eat up buttercup.
Recipe by PALEOMG

SAUTEED SPINACH WITH MUSHROOMS AND PINE NUTS

This one is a simple, fast, fantastic recipe! Pairs very nicely with a grilled steak and roasted sweet potatoes.

Ingredients:

1 bunch fresh baby spinach

2T or so coconut oil or ghee

1T garlic minced

1 carton mushrooms roughly chopped

1/2 cup or so pine nuts

Directions:

In a large skillet over medium-high heat add coconut oil or ghee, mushrooms, pine nuts, and garlic. Saute until mushrooms begin to develop some brown bits and evaporate the water they cook out. Next, add the spinach and cook until wilted. BOOM!