Happy almost Father’s Day!
I’ve been playing around with this recipe for a while now. I never thought I would enjoy Paleo meatloaf without grain based bread crumbs, but I was wrong! When you start thinking outside the box of traditional cooking ingredients, it really is amazing what you can create.
Living with dietary restrictions is not easy, but if you can see past the limitation part of it, you will eventually feel liberated by your healthier choices. Once your taste buds start to pick up on the subtle, natural flavors of real food, you realize that there are many options that are not only nutritious, but delicious as well. It will take some time and effort on your part, though. Aren’t you worth it? Of course you are!
One of the secret ingredients in this recipe is, believe it or not, cashews! They are a good source of vitamin K, and minerals like iron, magnesium, phosphorous, zinc, copper, and manganese. Plus, the monounsaturated fat and protein they contain will keep you full for longer than high carb/glycemic alternatives, so a handful of them is a healthy snack option! Like anything else, moderation is key, though. I wouldn’t use them as a flour every day, because you end up eating a lot more of them than you ever could when eating them whole. In the future, I am going to work on reducing the quantity of cashews I use in this recipe, and I will keep you updated as to my progress.
The other secret ingredient is one that we all know is a healthy choice: spinach. We all know how essential leafy green vegetables are to a healthy diet, and it’s one recommendation that every nutritionist would agree upon! Of course, spinach is high in oxalates, though, so like anything else, it’s good to rotate the types of greens you eat and practice moderation.
Let’s get to the recipe, which takes on an even cheesier flavor when served the next day: