Grandma’s meatloaf

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The Crossfit Open closes tonight, and I have to say, it’s been an interesting season. As in years past, it has managed to magnify my flaws and weaknesses (the same ones are still there!), but I also remembered how to have fun again this year. Last year, I became a little too obsessive- worrying about each workout, how I could improve, doing it again…ugh! So I decided to change my approach this year and just have fun, try my hardest, and learn a few things…and HAVE FUN. What’s the point of competing in something you love doing and started as a way to relieve stress and give me “mommy time” if it’s just going to cause stress in a different form? So here’s to a great season! I raise a NorCal to you!


Yours truly attempting one of my 534 weaknesses!

Now on to the food…
I love taking family favorites and old family recipes and turning them into a new, healthier creation. This is my grandmother’s meatloaf. In its original state it has lots of homemade breadcrumbs and brown sugar. This paleo version still has a ton of flavor aaannd…it’s STILL a family favorite! I always have to double the recipe (and there is still very little leftovers!)

Grandma’s Meatloaf



  • 2 lbs grass-fed ground beef
  • 1 cup almond meal
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 can (15 oz) tomato sauce

Tart Gravy:

  • 1/2 can (15 oz) tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown mustard
  • 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce ( I like Cholula)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  2. Mix meatloaf ingredients together in a large bowl and place in a loaf pan. (I like to put my loaf pan on baking sheet to prevent making a huge mess in my oven) place meatloaf in oven.
  3. While the meatloaf is starting to bake, mix together your gravy ingredients.
  4. Take meatloaf out and pour gravy over the loaf. Place back in the oven and bake an additional 1 1/2 hours or until internal temp reaches 160 degrees F
  5. Take out of oven and let sit for about 10 minutes.
  6. Pair with Pancetta Brussels Sprouts and Mashed Cauliflower.

Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Muffins

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I feel like my window of time to use pumpkin recipes is coming to an end with Thanksgiving being tomorrow. Does anyone else feel this way? I really hope so, or at least tell me it is socially acceptable to make pumpkin recipes all year-long so I can end my panic and baking frenzy! I ran across this delicious little treat over on Health Bent. The recipe does call for regular sugar, which I have to admit caused a little panic in me. I read an article that was linked to the recipe regarding sugar and GI, blah, blah, blah. It made me think. I mean how many times have I justified a treat because “Hey, its Paleo”, but in reality, sugar is sugar and that is how your body perceives it. I would love to hear your thoughts on this (please don’t make me regret saying that! :P)

Note: I did substitute the white sugar for coconut sugar in the muffins. I used regular sugar on the top because I was afraid the coconut sugar wouldn’t result in the same crunchiness.

Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Muffins by Health Bent

Crockpot Paleo Applesauce

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After apple picking, I always have tons of apples sitting on my kitchen counter that I am expected to turn into yumminess. In my pre-paleo days, I would bake up a bunch of apple pies. I just don’t really feel that motivated for paleo pie making for some reason, but this applesauce is a win-win. It is a super easy one to make, PLUS it makes your house smell like you have been baking a bunch of apple pies!

My kids LOVE this applesauce. It is sweeter than their usual all-natural, unsweetened applesauce, so I serve it as dessert. You could also eliminate the sugar and make an unsweetened applesauce for snacks!

Crockpot Paleo Applesauce

This is so easy!


  • approx. 20 apples
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg


  1. Peel, core, and dice apples (or use an apple peeler/corer)
  2. Throw the apples in your crockpot and top with sugar and spices.
  3. Cook on high for 3 hours (or until you can mash everything up into applesauce)
  4. Enjoy!….I told you it was easy!