Cheesy Keto Bacon-Wrapped Meatloaf

First; the recipe and then an update on how my kids are doing so far on keto.Ā 20180714_1859348371197084850478944.jpg

This is a recipe I found at allrecipes and adapted to keto with a couple tweaks.Ā  It’s supposed to be done on a grill but I cooked it in the oven instead.Ā  It is pretty good, as you can imagine!

Cheesy Bacon-Wrapped Meatloaf (keto!)

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 blanched almond flour
  • 1/2 diced yellow onion
  • 3 tbs. low sugar ketchup
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • 1 tsp. basil
  • 1 tsp. parsley (I used dried spices)
  • 2 pounds grass fed ground beef
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 7 slices uncured bacon

First you want to take a long piece of heavy duty aluminum foil (long enough that it would be about the length of a cookie sheetĀ afterĀ folded in half).Ā  Line up the bacon horizontally in the middle of the aluminum.Ā  (You’ll want to be able to shape your loaf on top of the bacon and fold it up over the sides.)Ā  Using aluminum isn’t 100% necessary but itĀ reallyĀ cuts down on cleaning time.Ā  Preset your oven for 375 degrees F.Ā  Add the first 11 ingredients to a large mixing bowl.Ā  I mix by hand (I find it easier) but do whatever works for you to get all the ingredients well combined.Ā  At that point you can dump the mix on top of the bacon slices and form it into a loaf shape.Ā  Wrap the bacon up over the sides.Ā  Fold the edges of the aluminum up to form a makeshift loaf pan and transfer onto a cookie sheet.Ā  Put that pile o’ meat on the bottom rack.Ā  I baked mine for about 65 minutes.Ā  You’ll definitely want to check it with a meat thermometer and make sure the middle is at least 160 degrees F.Ā  When you take it out, let it “rest” for 5-10 minutes.Ā  You can brush on extra ketchup, but that’s extra carbs and honestly, the meatloaf really doesn’t need it.Ā 20180714_1907237275425801692758309.jpg

The bacon flavor really permeates the entire loaf without overpowering the other flavors.Ā  It’s so good you almost feel guilty eating it!!Ā  It was a big hit at my house.Ā  I’ll definitely make it again.Ā  It’s not theĀ prettiestĀ or most elegant meal to photograph but it is insanely delicious and filling and satisfying.Ā  No midnight munching after eating this!

Sorry guys, I don’t have nutritional info as I kind of threw this together today.Ā  It does have 7-8 good size servings with a very small amount of carbs.Ā  Serve next to a low-carb veggie (with butter, of course!) for a perfect keto dinner.

So…. we’ve been doing keto as a family now for two days.Ā  I feel like it is going really well so far.Ā  The second morning my oldest woke up and was hungry and shaky.Ā  My youngest actually vomited.Ā  I think it is because with their fast metabolisms they were going through the keto flu period at anĀ accelerated rate.Ā  I’ve been spending a lot of time in the kitchen, making nummy food for them.Ā  I made a keto cheesecake and two batches of my chocolate keto muffins so far.Ā  They (inspite of some complaining) mostly like the food so far.Ā  They seem like they are doing pretty well, aside from that first morning when their bodies were obviously still struggling to adapt.

There isn’t much information about how to do this diet for kids online.Ā  I’m just going to have to discover as I go.Ā  That’s one reason I feel like it’s important to blog about our journey.

 

 

Cheesecake Plus Positive Thinking

I love, love listening to podcasts.Ā  I do so many menial chores around the house every day that are made so much moreĀ enrichingĀ with a good podcast.Ā  When I vaccuum, I put on my hot pink beats and totally zone out.Ā  One of my favorites is Dave Asprey’s bulletproof podcast.Ā  The guy is a mad genius.Ā  I love it.Ā  One thing he really emphasizes on the show, and it’s 100% backed by research findings, is the sheer power of positive thinking.

I thought about that today as I had to go in to work with hair that still makes me sad šŸ˜¦Ā  The ladies I saw at theĀ secondĀ salon were able to help, but still…my hair is canary YELLOW.Ā  It’s not cute.Ā  I tried lots of tricks at home to tone it down.Ā  De nada.Ā  I even slept with my hair soaked in coconut oil and cocoa powder.Ā  All it did was make my hair crunchy.Ā  I washed it out and voila!Ā  Bright yellow.

I pulled it back and decided that I was just going to have to rock it with confidence.Ā  There was nothing to be done and I’m not about to call out of work on account of embarrassing hair.

So I did, and I survived.Ā  I decided I’m just going to scrap the whole thing and dye my hair an auburn color to cover up this horrific misdeed.Ā  Especially after being told, multiple times, that it didn’t lookĀ thatĀ bad.Ā  Not exactly a look I want!

I did comfort myself with aĀ deliciousĀ piece of keto cheesecake for breakfast and that made it all ok for about five minutes! This was so good, guys.Ā  This cheesecake, in itself, is worth converting to keto…if you haven’t already! šŸ˜‰Ā 20180307_081333.jpg

I found the original recipe atĀ fat for weight loss.Ā  Not only was it delicious, but a small (ok, generous, I had another “sliver” after this piece!) kept me full for hours.

The only things I changed was the crust and the cook time.Ā  I don’t have shredded coconut so I added much more almond flour.Ā  Like 1 1/2 cups.Ā  He recommended a cook time of 45 minutes but at that point it was more hot, oozing custard than cake.Ā  It needed another 15 minutes at a higher temp. of 345 degrees F.

I’ve never made cheesecake before and I had the impression that it would be hard, but this was really pretty simple.Ā  The hardest part is waiting for it to cool before digging in!