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Paleo Zucchini Meatloaf

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My husband has recently discovered that he is allergic to a ton of foods, so we have basically been eating paleo or primal since he has to be on a new diet. I concocted this meatloaf last night and was very happy with how it turned out. We served it with spaghetti squash and some leftover sweet potatoes and it was delicious! It makes about 6 adult servings. It fed our family of 2 adults and 2 kids for 2 nights. Win!

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Ingredients

-1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef

-2 small zucchini (shredded and slightly squeezed of moisture)

-2 eggs

-1/3 cup of almond flour

-1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

-1/4 teaspoon pepper

-1 Tablespoon minced onion

Directions

-Mix all ingredients in large bowl and then place in a greased pie plate. Top the meatloaf with a raw piece of bacon that has been cut in half.

-Bake for 35 minutes or until cooked through.

-Remove bacon pieces and serve.

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Cookie Butter Rolls

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What is it about stress and eating crappy?! Why do they go hand in hand so darn well?

The other week we were going to a party where there would be food, but it was late enough that I needed to eat a snack. So, instead of going for a banana, yogurt or some other healthy choice, I decided to make these delicious goodies. Because sometimes…okay, every time you’re having a bad day, eating some buttery bready creation warm out of the oven always makes it better. ALWAYS.

(Recipe adapted from this recipe.)

INGREDIENTS

-1/2 cup white sugar

-1 teaspoon cinnamon

-1 can Pillsbury Grands Jr. Buttermilk Biscuits (10 biscuits)

-approximately 1 cup Cookie Butter (from Trader Joe’s) *could use cream cheese, peanut butter or any type of jam/jelly as an alternative

-1/4 cup of butter

DIRECTIONS

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees and spray a round 8-inch cake pan.

2. Stir the cinnamon and sugar together in a separate bowl. Melt the butter in another bowl.

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3. Flatten and roll each biscuit into a 3-inch round. Put about a tablespoon full of cookie butter into the middle and fold each side up and pinch the edges to seal.

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4. Dip each biscuit “ball” into the butter, then roll in the cinnamon and sugar. Place into the cake pan.

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5. Pour any extra cinnamon sugar mixture over the uncooked biscuits. Bake in oven for 25-30 minutes until golden brown.

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6. Take out of oven and let cool a little before you consume one or five. (I won’t judge you.) 😉

ENJOY!!!!

Pumpkin Pancake Muffins

I feel weird even posting this recipe because it’s so simple.

But I love me some simple recipes.

Only three ingredients.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix 2 cups of pancake mix, 1/2 of a 15 oz. can of pumpkin, 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice and 1 1/3 cup of water.

Stir together until well incorporated.

Scoop into muffin cups. Have you ever used these scoopers before? I got mine from Pampered Chef. If you don’t have one, I suggest running out to the store to get one immediately.

We topped ours with mini chocolate chips because they make everything cuter.

Ready to bake for 18-20 minutes. Be aware that they might not appear ready when checked with a toothpick because of the pumpkin, but they will be ready. Don’t cook longer than 20 minutes.

They are DELICIOUS!!!! And if you are doing weight watchers, they are only 3 points each! Woot!

Makes 1 dozen. Good luck not eating all of them. 😉

Stir-and-Bake Bars

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Things that are easy:

1. ABC (easy as 123, duh).

2. Putting on flip-flops.

3. Shopping at Staples apparently.

4. Sitting on your butt and watching TV all day (if you’re super lazy like me).

5. Making these Stir-and-Bake Bars.

(from cake mix miracles cookbook)

Ingredients:

-1 cup flaked coconut

-1/2 cup quick-cooking oats, uncooked

-1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar

-1/3 cup water

-2 large eggs, lightly beaten

-1 (18.25-ounce) package chocolate or butter recipe cake mix with pudding

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-1/4 chopped pecans

-1 tablespoon sugar

-1 cup mini chocolate chips (optional

Instructions:

1.Combine first 6 ingredients; pour mixture into a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch pan.

2. Combine pecans, 1 tablespoon sugar and chocolate chips and sprinkle evenly over batter.

3. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack; cut into bars. Yield: 2 dozen.

Now if you combine EATING these bars AND sitting on your butt watching TV all day, you’ve got a perfect situation going on. 😉