My husband and I have this really annoying habit of putting a “P” in front of any food that we make Paleo. We have entire conversations about picken puggets or papple pauce or, like this recipe, peatloaf.

(I don’t recommend this when making Paleo cornbread. That’s a good way to make things awkward real quick.)

This is our favorite Paleo Meatloaf recipe. If you’ve never made a Paleo meatloaf before, you will not understand the level of frustration that comes with it. You think it would be simple, right? I mean, the name “meatloaf” sounds like it would be Paleo. It’s a loaf. Of meat. How is that not Paleo?

I have tried dozens of different recipes and they’ve all turned out crumbly and dry or just plain gross. In most Paleo recipes, you use almond flour in place of the soaked bread or breadcrumbs that you would typically use in a regular meatloaf and since almond flour is denser, it just doesn’t work out. This one does include almond flour but since I mix only 1 cup of almond flour with 2 pounds of meat, it stays nice and moist. Because of that, you can get away with using super lean ground beef if you want.

It’s a pretty standard meatloaf recipe – just the beef, almond flour, onion, and a couple eggs. And bacon, of course. Always bacon. Bacon inside the meatloaf and bacon on top! If you are feeling extra ambitious, I totally recommend mixing up some Paleo ketchup to go on top. If you are lazy like me, mustard works just as well!

I usually make cauliflower mashed potatoes or cauliflower rice to serve alongside the meatloaf. Add some green veggies (Brussels sprouts or asparagus are my picks!) and it makes for really good, healthy comfort food. 

I’m the Paleo Fanatic over at Food Fanatic! This Paleo Meatloaf recipe is one of many I’m sharing over there so make sure you check back!

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Bacon Cheeseburger Rice - a family-friendly meal that's ready in less than 20 minutes!

Stay with me here. I promise there’s a reason I put pickles on top of rice. 

But first, I got a Jeep yesterday! Yeah, buying a new car wasn’t really in the plans 4 weeks before we move to Texas but it was either pay a ridiculous amount of money for a new transmission or spend a ridiculous amount of money for a new car. And since my husband’s gone for months at a time and our Durango has been less than reliable recently, we just decided to bite the bullet. 

Plus, I’ve been waiting for my kids to all be out of those annoying ginormous infant seats so I could get rid of my 3-row mom vehicle. (That had a Hemi. And I loved it. But still, it was a total mom car.)

My husband spent the night messing around with it. Like, it was snowing and he was out there in shorts, taking the top off, putting it back on, seeing how it looks this way, and then that way. We’ve just been waiting so long to get a Wrangler so we’re all a little excited. 

So now, pickles on rice? Whaaaaat?

I found this recipe on Pinterest the other day and then immediately added the ingredients to my grocery list. I am obsessed with bacon cheeseburgers lately (#sonotpaleo) and I knew I’d be into it.

It’s instant rice which makes for a really quick meal and then ground beef (or turkey!) with barbecue sauce, a little mustard, and other burger-y things. And then it’s all topped with crispy crumbled bacon and chopped pickles.

I loved it. My kids were all “Ewww! What’s the slimy green things?!” but ummm… there wasn’t a speck left on any of their plates. 

Bacon Cheeseburger Rice - a family-friendly meal that's ready in less than 20 minutes!

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Crockpot Spicy Italian Drip Beef Sandwiches

Happy almost Friday! 

The day before I left for this trip, I spent all day cooking, cleaning, doing laundry, things like that.

Not because my husband can’t do those things, I just wanted to make his life easier. (And let’s be real, he’d never remember to do laundry and the last thing I want is someone upset because they have to wear their brother’s pants to school.)

I had taken the kids to the store last weekend and let them pick out easy foods like Lunchables, pizza rolls, frozen White Castle burgers. Basically my kids are going to be sad when I get home and we get back to our regular eating. 

But yeah, my husband’s sticking with Paleo while I’m gone and I wanted him to have lots of things that just need to be heated up. So I made this spaghetti squash casserole, this chili, and this beef stroganoff. All of those are favorites and I make them pretty much weekly. I also made some Paleo cornbread, a meatloaf you’ll see eventually, and roasted up a bunch of veggies. And finally, I made this.

I love making recipes like this because the meat is totally Paleo, super flavorful, and perfect on top of mashed cauliflower. But then it’s even more delicious on a roll with melty cheese on top! Which is, of course, how I ate it because I am weirdly obsessed with sandwiches right now. 

It was one of those times where I was all, “Okay, I’m just going to have two bites.”

“Orrrr maybe I’ll just have half a sandwich.”

“Welp. I ate it all.”

Crockpot Spicy Italian Drip Beef Sandwiches

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I think we can all agree that one of the best things about winter is chili. There is nothing better than coming in from the freezing cold and finding a steaming pot of meaty chili on the stove.

We have had a lot of those days here in Colorado so chili has been on the menu a lot recently. And we’re still not tired of it!

I have really good news for the Paleo-eaters! Chili is so easy to make Paleo! It is pretty much Paleo to begin with. You just have to leave out any beans that you would normally add, and you have to throw out all the packaged chili seasonings. Other than that: meat and veggies!

Paleo!

I love pretty much all chili but I really love the kind with big chunks of steak. Especially with the Paleo chili where you are missing the beans, it’s nice to those big pieces of meat. So it’s less, “Blah, chili without beans is boring!” and more “Yay! Fantastic chili with big pieces of yummy steak!”

This version is extra delicious because not only does it have that steak that I love so much, it also has bacon. And we all know that bacon makes everything better. The chili is also easily adaptable when it comes to heat. I usually use a whole jalapeño but if you want more or less heat, feel free to use more or less jalapeño.

My absolute favorite way to eat Paleo chili is to put it on top of homemade sweet potato fries and then I top them with diced red onion, avocado, and lots of cilantro. It is so messy and requires a fork, but man, that sweet potato and spicy chili combo is killer. My husband prefers just a big bowl with onion and avocado. You really can’t go wrong though!

Exciting news! I’m now a contributor at Food Fanatic – I am officially the Paleo fanatic! This Paleo Chili Recipe is the first one I’ve shared but be sure to check back over there because sometimes I might not share them here. 

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Yesterday my kid came home and told me that they’d had a lockdown. It happens more than it probably should (#armylife) and thankfully it’s always nothing.

Really, it’s usually a parent threatening to punch the principal or something. 

And no, it’s never been me.

Yet.

Anyway, I asked what happened and he said, “There was a mountain lion! I saw it’s footprints on the playground on the way home!”

I was all, “Yeah….” and sent him upstairs to do his homework. So I went to my husband and said, “Hey, he said they had a lockdown because of a mountain lion.”

And he said, “Yeah, it’s possible. We see all kinds of things on the ranges.”

“What? Like they just come through the gate? That jerk wouldn’t let me through unless I took my sunglasses off the other day. But they’re letting mountain lions in?”

“Uhhh, a mountain lion could jump the fence. Pretty awesome, huh?”

And now I’m terrified. Of mountain lions. Hanging out in my backyard.

So in honor of the kid that may be telling me the truth or may be just trying to really scare his mother, I made something I knew he’d love.

Burger and Fries Pot Pie!

It’s really simple and my kids all loved it. It’s ground beef with some diced tomatoes and cheese and then it’s all topped with crinkle-cut French fries. How can that be bad? We won’t talk about how many French fries I stole off the top. 

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