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Bacon Wrapped Venison Meatloaf

Hello There LOVElies!

These mini bacon wrapped meatloaves are bite sized and packed with flavor! I recently brought them as a appetizer to a dinner party and they were the gone before you could even blink. (I get oddly satisfied when my appetizer is first to disappear at a dinner party.)

They were such a hit! I even surprised a few “venison skeptics” when they didn’t even realize it was made with venison and not ground beef.

Did you know that ground venison has LESS saturated fat and MORE protein than ground beef? oh YES!

Today I am bringing you a sweet little “meatloaf” recipe that can turn even the greatest venison skeptic. It is cute and mini and best of all…… wrapped in bacon. Those are like the two all time qualifiers for a winning recipe in my book: 1) it is miniature 2) its wrapped in bacon.

I had leftover venison so I gave this recipe a second run as a main course for dinner one night. They were so easy to make and I served with with a side of my creamed cauliflower. It totally gave me my “meat and potatoes” fix while being healthier than steak and potatoes!

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The key to cooking with venison is simply seasoning it well. I loved this recipe because it uses common seasonings that I already had in my kitchen. All I really needed was the venison and bacon! You can always sub the ground venison with ground beef and it will still be oh so delicious!

BUT

I dare you to give venison a try. It will not disappoint, especially if you are living a Paleo lifestyle or just wanting a high protein option to add to your diet.

Grab your muffin tin, and get cooking!

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What You’ll Need for your Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf with Venison

  • 1 lb of ground venison
  • 1 teaspoon of kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon FlavorGod garlic lovers seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon of onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 8 thin bacon strips

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How to prepare your Venison Mini Meatloaf

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and spray a muffin tin with non stick spray
  2. In a medium bowl mix together the ground venison with your spices listed above.
  3. Divide into 8 equal portions and roll into balls
  4. With each strip of bacon, roll the bacon within the muffin tin so it forms a circle on the outside rim of the muffin tin
  5. Place each portion of seasoned venison in the middle of each bacon lined muffin tin
  6. Bake for 30 minutes
  7. Let cool, and remove with tongs
  8. Place the mini meatloaves on some folded paper towels to let any extra oils be absorbed. Then transfer to your serving dish!

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If you have a hunter in your life that is always offering you venison, or if you know of a family always looking for venison recipes… SHARE this recipe with them today! Maybe they will share some of their delicious venison supply with you! I hope you guys enjoyed this simple, cute, and oh so delicious mini bacon wrapped meatloaf recipe!!

 

Good Morning LOVElies!!!

I have an awesome chimichurri chicken recipe to share with you today that you are sure to love.

The chimichurri sauce alone is enough to change your world!

I included how to add in some roasted potatoes if you are looking for a nice side dish to serve with the chicken. It would be sinful to let any of that chimichurri sauce go to waste so I also added a few ideas for leftovers!

This reason enough to get excited about dinner tonight! YUM YUM YUM!

Get cooking and have fun LOVElies!

Baked Chicken with Chimichurri Sauce

What you need for the chicken:

  • 4-6 Chicken thighs
  • 2 tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 teaspoon of paprika
  • 1 teaspoon of minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon of honey
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

What you need for the chimichurri sauce:

  • 1 cup of fresh cilantro
  • 5 teaspoons of minced garlic
  • 1 lime
  • 2 tablespoons of oregano
  • 1 small shallot
  • 1/2 teaspoon of red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/2 cup of red wine vinegar

What to do:

  1. Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Coat oven- safe roasting dish with non-stick spray.
  2. Season chicken thighs with Extra Virgin Olive Oil, paprika, garlic, salt and pepper.
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium/high heat with a splash of olive oil, just enough coat the bottom of the pan and prevent sticking. Add seasoned chicken to the hot pan for 5 minutes. Turn the chicken thighs over and cook for another 3 minutes.
  4. Place chicken in your roasting dish. Pour the 1 teaspoon of honey on top. Bake for 10 minutes or until the chicken is done.
  5. Now for the chimichurri sauce: Add all of the above ingredients into a food processor. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Add chimichurri sauce to roast chicken thighs
  7. Enjoy!

CHIMICHURRI CHICKEN SIDE DISH ALERT!!!- If you are wondering what to serve with chimichurri chicken thighs, try adding in some potatoes to your roasting dish!!!

I would suggest small yukon gold potatoes or small red potatoes. Cut the potatoes into wedges and place them in your roasting dish alone for about 10 minutes at the 500 degrees. Just add the chicken into the same oven-safe dish once you have cooked it on the skillet. The last 10 minutes in the oven they can cook together and the potatoes will become tender (and delicious!).

Throw it on the grill– If the weather is nice and you prefer to have chimichurri- glazed grilled chicken, go for it! This recipe totally adaptable for the grill, just add the honey once the chicken is off the grill to achieve a nice glaze without the flare ups.

This recipe totally adaptable for the grill, just add the honey once the chicken is off the grill to achieve a nice glaze without the flare ups.

Leftovers- This is one of those meals that just keeps giving. You will be thankful because it is just that good!

Lunch tomorrow calls for a chimichurri chicken sandwich. Add tomatoes, maybe some lettuce and don’t forget to add the chimichurri sauce. Chimichurri is delicious on so many things, it can be used as a dip for breads, even add a little extra olive oil and use it as a salad dressing.

See? This meal just keeps on giving!

Give this recipe a like or share it with your friends. It is too good not to share the love!!! Let me know what you think! See you guys next time!

Avocado Banana Greensmoothie

Good morning LOVElies! Memorial weekend is coming up… that’s a 3 day weekend!!!  YAY! Hmmm… should I make a spontaneous trip to Florida?

Hehe We will see!  Times like this, makes me miss the beach so much Anyhow, I know you’re dying to see what smoothie I’m making today, right? Lol jk!

Well for breakfast this morning: a yummilicious Avocado Banana GreenSmoothie… Mmm YUM!

What you need:

  • 1/2 an avocado
  • 1 banana (ripe)
  • 2 BIG handfuls of baby spinach
  • 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk

Have an AMAZING day! Muahz!!!

 

Good morning LOVEies!  It’s #parfaitTuesday with my sweetie pie Kia@nikiadyson. “No rules, no challenge, just create, post, tag and eat”

Here’s my simple and quick parfait breakfast idea. All you need is greek yogurt and organic fresh fruits. Mmm YUM!!!

Here’s the recipe:

  • 1/2 cup sliced strawberries
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 cup raspberries
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 fage greek yogurt

Place a layer of bananas on the bottom, add raspberries, yogurt, blueberries, another layer of yogurt, and lastly, sliced strawberries. Banana heart is optional. Enjoy!  See you on my next post!  

 

 

Good morning LOVEies!  Happy Wednesday!!! I’m heading out of town for a couple days… Don’t worry, I’ll still be here for you

Here’s a simple Mango- Raspberry smoothie recipe for you. All you need is greek yogurt, organic fresh fruits and unsweetened almond milk… Mmm YUM!!!

Here’s the recipe:

  • 1/2 cup of mango
  • 1/2 cup of raspberries
  • 1/2 fage yogurt
  • Unsweetened Almond Milk (add a little or a lot, depending on how “loose” you like your smoothie to be )

Blend mango, yogurt, and unsweetened almond milk in a blender; set aside.
Blend raspberries, yogurt, and unsweetened almond milk in a blender; set aside.
Pour both blends into one cup at one time. Top with fresh fruits and Enjoy!

For this and other delicious ideas and recipes, subscribe to my newsletter at www.kayleasopenbook.com to receive exclusive recipes from me to you. Also, visit, “like” and LOVE www.facebook.com/kayleasopenbook

Muahz! See you on my next post…

Good afternoon LOVElies!  Spaghetti doesn’t always have to be bad? If you’re craving for pasta, try using whole-wheat and add a lot of veggies. Mmm deliciously YUM!!!

See you on my next post For this and other delicious ideas and recipes, subscribe to my newsletter at www.kayleasopenbook.com to receive exclusive recipes from me to you. Also, visit, “like” and LOVE www.facebook.com/kayleasopenbook

Muahz! See you on my next post… 

 

Hi LOVEies! As you can see, the weather is not sunny here in Florida…

But keep smiling, the sun will come out soon besides, it’s #parfaitTuesday with my sweetie pie Kia @nikiadyson. “No rules, no challenge, just create, post, tag and eat”

Here’s my simple and quick Mango-Kiwi-Strawberry “Man-wi-berry” parfait.  Haha Again, all you need is greek yogurt and organic fresh fruits. Mmm YUM!!!

Here’s the recipe:

  • 1/2 cup sliced strawberry chunks
  • 1/2 cup mango chunks
  • 4 slices of kiwi
  • 1 fage greek yoghurt

Place kiwi slices against glass, fill glass with mango chunks, strawberry & yoghurt blend, and more mango chunks. Topping is optional Enjoy!  See you on my next post!

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Good morning LOVElies!  What a beautiful day- full of sunshine everywhere!

Time to brighten up your day with breakfast- fresh papaya, pineapples and pomegranate fruit bowl and a side of nutrients… Mmm YUM!!!

What are you having for breakfast? For delicious ideas and recipes, subscribe to my newsletter at www.kayleasopenbook.com to receive exclusive recipes from me to you. Also, visit, “like” and LOVE www.facebook.com/kayleasopenbook  

Muahz!  See you on my next post… 

 

Hi LOVElies!!! It’s Friday night, time to get crabby haha

Crab is an excellent addition to a healthy eating plan. It is low in calories and contain unsaturated fat which are considered heart healthy. Blue crabs serves as a good source of high-quality protein, BUT are considered high sodium… so, eat at your own risk!!! Haha

Moderation is the key to eating healthy, so know your limit!!!  Besides, this steamed, seasoned then baked crab FlexBowl is way to hard to resist.

Is not too late… join in on #FlexBowlFridayS for a chance at scoring a FREE jar of @YouFreshNaturals (new flavor PUMPKIN SPICE BLONDIE), a FREE unisex hoodie from @forwarduprising, or a bag of yummilicious Paleo chocolate chip cookies by @paleobakehouse (Mmm… I can taste it now… so moist and delicious)

Want to join the fun? It’s easy: share your FlexBowl w/ Team FBF & tag us with what’s in your#FlexBowlFridayS  FYI: Must be a NEW post, don’t just hashtag an old post.

So what’s in a #FlexBowl ? It can be anything that helps you build/maintain your muscles so you can get your  flex on. Just throw it in a bowl or get creative & make a bowl w/ your certified muscle food then share your pic.

Tag me  @kayleale or any of us & share your pic w/#FlexBowlFridayS #TeamFBF & you could be today’s lucky winner!

 

Good morning LOVElies!!! Happy Sunday FUNday

Look at this amazingly refreshingly cold and mouth watering mango orange smoothie drink I’ve put together.  Add a some raspberries and ice to the mix and you’d get a delicious Raspberry-Mango-orange slush… Mmm YUM!

For this and other delicious ideas and recipes, subscribe to my newsletter at www.kayleasopenbook.com to receive exclusive recipes from me to you. Also, visit, “like” and LOVE www.facebook.com/kayleasopenbook 

Muahz!  See you on my next post…

 

Hi LOVElies!!! Happy Wednesday!!!

I don’t know about you but I LOVE making my steaks at home… Mmm YUM! Cooked to perfection- medium rare, seasoned grilled Ribeye. How do you like your steak cooked?

AHEM, I HAVE an ANNOUNCEMENT!!! It’s my beautiful friend, Sarah @freshfitnhealthyBirthday!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY LOVE!!! Muahz!!!

For this and other delicious ideas and recipes, subscribe to my newsletter at www.kayleasopenbook.com to receive exclusive recipes from me to you. Also, visit, “like” and LOVE www.facebook.com/kayleasopenbook

Muahz!  See you on my next post…

 

Hi LOVElies!!! Trying to find ideas for #parfaitTuesday with my chicka,@nikiadyson?

How about this simple yummilicious Raspberry and strawberry yogurt blend parfait?

This parfait is layered with strawberry yogurt (Fage yogurt and strawberries blended together) and fresh raspberries  Mmm YUM!!!

See you on my next post… Muahz!  For this and other delicious ideas and recipes, subscribe to my newsletter at www.kayleasopenbook.com to receive exclusive recipes from me to you. Also, visit, “like” and LOVE www.facebook.com/kayleasopenbook 

 

 

Good morning LOVElies!!! Mmmm breakfast!!!

Homemade fluffy pancakes with fluffy yummilicious eggs! And of course… fruits- kiwi, strawberries and pomegranate seeds!  What are you having for breakfast this morning?

For delicious ideas and recipes, subscribe to my newsletter at www.kayleasopenbook.com to receive exclusive recipes from me to you. Also, visit, “like” and LOVE www.facebook.com/kayleasopenbook Muahz!  See you on my next post…