Boost any Recipe with Vegetables! Paleo Turkey Meatloaf Recipe.
Lets be honest, this time of year not many of us are craving a fresh cold salad. Don’t get me wrong, there are tons of fall salad options and I'm a major salad lover, but sometimes you have those hardcore cravings for your favorite comfort foods you just need to satisfy. There are all sorts of warm vegetable dishes to keep you on your veggie game and creative ways you can and “veg-up” your favorite fall dishes for an extra bit of health. If your having trouble coming up with ideas, here are some below.
Stuffed sweet potatoes
Stuff this versatile vegetable with your favorite sautéed vegetables beans and toppings like fresh salsa. The photo above is a Japanese sweet potato stuffed with ground turkey, green onions, avocado and cilantro.
Many people have their go-to favorite casserole dishes. The few casserole dishes I know are usually pretty heavy on the dairy, so its not something I make a lot. The ones I do know of, whether you eat dairy or not, are easy to stuff with extra vegetables like kale, spinach, squash, peppers or mushrooms. Pot Pie is a childhood favorite of mine. It's an easy dish to add a whole bunch of hearty vegetables mixed with turkey, chicken or beef or simply leave it vegetarian. Recipe coming soon for my gluten free, dairy free vegetarian pot pie. Sign up for the newsletter to stay updated!
Soups are another versatile way to get a variety of vegetables and keep warm. Soup can be all vegetables or you can add hearty winter greens or any mix of veggies to any soup recipe. Some ideas are broccoli soup, butternut squash and pumpkin soups, add greens to traditional soups like kale or spinach in chicken and rice soups. Pretty much anything you can come up with will work.
Sub the pasta with zoodles, sweet potato noodles, spaghetti squash or use gluten free pasta. Some vegetable ideas for pasta are sautéed tomatoes, onions, peppers, brussels sprouts, sweet potato and/or mushrooms with your favorite pasta sauce. Above is a mix of zucchini and summer squash noodles, ground turkey meat sauce.
Can be eaten any time of year but it’s basically a delicious warm salad. It’s a beautiful combination of grains, vegetables, and beans topped with nuts or seeds with or without dressing. This hippie bowl above is crispy roasted kale, quinoa, crispy tofu and avocado with tahini.
Another comfort food of mine is meatloaf, You can hide so many vegetables in meatloaf it’s ridiculous. My mom and my grandmother both had excellent recipes for meatloaf, and since becoming an adult I too have created my own version. Its very easy to pick and choose what you put in your recipe. My recipe below -
Turkey Vegetable Meatloaf
1 lb ground turkey
1- 6oz can tomato paste
½ large red bell pepper, small diced
½ medium white onion, small diced
2 medium carrots, grated
½ cup mushrooms
Large handful kale, chopped
½ cup almond meal
2 cloves garlic
½ tsp dried basil
½ celery seed
½ tsp marjoram
½ tsp dried thyme
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
optional : ½ cup homemade bbq sauce (or favorite store bought)
Preheat oven to 350,° Prepare all your vegetables, you could place the vegetables in a small food processor for a brief second or two if you don't want to show off your knife skills. Place all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Mix together until thoroughly combined. Cook in a greased loaf pan or form loaf in a 9x13 pan. Bake for 45 minutes.
Optional: Pull out of the oven after 35 minutes and top with bbq sauce and place back in the oven for 10 more minutes.
Make sure it has reached an internal temp of 165°
I like to serve meatloaf with vegetables! Roasted brussels sprouts and mashed cauliflower are two of the best.
There are so many options to make sure you’re getting in a wide variety of vegetables this fall. You may have some go-to recipes that you could easily enhance with vegetables and turn into your own creations. The goal is to meet your fall comfort food needs and still get a rainbow in your everyday diet. I’d love to hear some of your ideas or suggestions. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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