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Paleo Meatloaf + Homemade Ketchup = YUM!

18 Apr

Hi Guys!

I made something really yummy the other day and wanted to share it with you … Basically I had 1.5 lbs of ground beef that was on its last day and I had to do something with it fast. I immediately thought meatloaf because you can just mix in the ingredients, pop it in the oven and presto! Dinner is served.

So, I pulled out my new favorite cookbook for inspiration. Then I googled Paleo ketchup and found a recipe to try (it’s the recipe I shared yesterday). The results were really delicious!! I rarely do sauces because I just feel like they’re just one more thing to make so I skip them. I may have just changed my mind about that! The ketchup was REALLY good …

Kate’s Paleo Meatloaf

(adapted from PaleOMG‘s Italian Meatloaf recipe)

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Meatloaf Ingredients

  • 1.5 lbs ground beef
  • 1 egg, whisked
  • ¾ cup almond flour
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • pepper, to taste

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Directions (SUPER easy)

1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

2. Combine all dry ingredients in a medium-large glass bowl and sift them together with a fork until evenly distributed.

3. Add egg and beef and mix together with your hands until thoroughly combined (be sure to remove rings first!)

4. Pop it into a glass baking dish and bake for 35 minutes

5. While that’s baking, make this homemade ketchup.

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6. After 35 minutes of baking, pull the meatloaf out and add a heaping smathering of ketchup (you can’t add too much and it’s really good when it bakes)

7. Pop it in the oven for 5 more minutes.

8. Remove from oven, add your sides and FEAST.

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~ Kate

 

I Won’t Quit Running: Reflections on Racing and Boston

17 Apr

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I’ve been thinking a lot about what happened in Boston. It’s funny how things can become more real to you at different stages in your life. Since I’ve training for a half marathon and have run 5Ks and 10Ks before, I can picture the finish line, the spectators, the volunteers and the runners. It makes me very sad.

I didn’t post yesterday because I didn’t know what to say. I was still processing and chose silence as the best option. Today I’m ready to talk. I have frustrations, questions and ultimately I’m looking to hope. I’ve seen a lot of news items that I’d like to comment on and one post in particular brought me to tears.

This post talked about the spectators and the huge, irreplaceable role they play in racing. This is absolutely true. Races bring such community and a team spirit that the air gets thick with encouragement, enabling you to run miles farther than you would if you were running alone. It’s electric. Why were the spectators attacked? It’s heartless.

My race is just a couple weeks away. Should I still run it? Is it dangerous? Will something bad happen? These are all thoughts I’ve been turning over in my mind. Daniel told me yesterday he doesn’t want me to run. He’s concerned for my safety. I can’t blame him. I’m still not sure what I’m going to do about the race … but I am sure that I’m not going to stop running.

That might sound a little surprising since my last post was about how much running sucks. Since then, I have actually had a crazy breakthrough. I ran 7 miles on Saturday without stopping. THAT is crazy. I adjusted a couple things like slowing my pace, focusing on breathing and listening to an audio book that helped me go the distance. And … it was kinda awesome.

All this adds to my heartache for Boston. I’m praying that those involved are found out soon. I’m praying for healing for the families, runners and beloved spectators. Don’t quit cheering. Don’t quit running. We need each other.

~ Kate

P.S. For those of you looking for that homemade ketchup recipe I mentioned on my Facebook page yesterday, you can view it here. It was really good! I will add honey to it once I’m done with the Whol30.

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UGH! Running, Chicken Basil Meatloaf and My NEW Favorite Cookbook

11 Apr

Happy Thursday!

I’ve been kinda quiet about my half-marathon training other than sharing running updates on my Facebook page so I wanted to take a minute to update you on how it’s been going. Well … it kinda sucks. Just being honest but it’s taking a lot longer to get the ‘hang’ of running. I’ve told you how I really feel about running and my desire to be a gazelle but this is much harder than I thought it would be.

My Running Schedule

I’ve been running x3/week and I’ve been doing two 3-mile runs and one longer run on Saturdays (I’m up to 6 miles!!). I feel really proud of myself for getting to the point where I can run 3 miles without stopping and then up to 6 miles with occasional stops. Overall I’m running 95% of the time and that makes me proud.

The Truth

It’s just that running sucks. Right now, running really sucks. What I mean by that is that it’s really hard. It’s such a mental battle to keep going without stopping. I’ve been told that I should be OK for the half because I can do 6 miles. However, I’m trying to work my way up to 9 miles before the race. I’ve started running with no real background to speak of so I’m not sure if the whole, “This sucks!!” thing is normal. I’ve been running 2-3 a week for over a month and the past couple weeks I’ve been running x3/week.

Um …

SO not trying to be a downer here just wanted to be honest. The really cool part of this process is that running is mostly mental. I mean, it’s hard work but for me it’s mostly just telling yourself you are going to keep going even when your mind wants to stop. I’m still being told by seasoned runners that you eventually like this craziness but that remains to be seen. Until then, I’m going to keep running in prep for rocking my first half marathon.

Chicken Basil Loaf

Now let’s talk food for a minute. I just got a new cookbook and I LOVE it. It’s PaleOMG’s first cookbook, “OMG. That’s Paleo?” and it’s awesome. I didn’t doubt that it would be awesome because all of her recipes are but I really like the layout of the cookbook itself. She provides space for variations and notes on each page and she rambles in her typical endearing fashion throughout the cookbook. I love it! Here’s a recipe from the cookbook that I tried yesterday and it was totally YUM.

Chicken Basil Meatloaf

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Just click this link to get her recipe.

Note: Mine finished product looks a bit different because I incorporated pesto instead of just basil. It was really good and SUPER easy. Let me know if you try it.

~ Kate