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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!!

 

Cover Get Healthy with this Creamed Cauliflower with parsley!

This one goes out to all my LOVElies who are trying to reach their personal nutrition goals!

Is there anything better then creamy, warm mashed potatoes. I grew up on them and can’t even imagine a world without mashed potatoes.

Unfortunately all of that butter and cream isn’t exactly good for you so here is a crazy idea:

Substitute mashed potatoes with this delicious creamed cauliflower!

Well seasoned and creamed cauliflower will give you the same satisfaction as your childhood mashed potatoes, minus all the fats and carbs. This is the perfect side dish for all of your lean meats or fish!

Cauliflower, oh let us count the nutritional benefits. Cauliflower is not only lower carb than potatoes but is jam packed with nutrients.

Did you know that cauliflower has a huge amount of Vitamin C and Vitamin K? Not even to mention the folic acid, potassium and fiber you will be consuming. I know cauliflower is a pretty easy sell, but will it taste good?  YES YES YES

Between the terrific flavors of garlic, onion and parsley, this will soon be your new favorite low carb side dish.

My personal favorite thing about this recipe is the Greek yogurt and honey. This is your cream and butter to your mashed potatoes guys!! That Greek yogurt is oh so creamy (AND oh so protein packed!) The honey may seem a little unconventional at first but I promise it will give this dish a nice buttery sweet finish without being overpowering!

Ingredients Get Healthy with this Creamed Cauliflower with parsley!

What you need for your low carb cauliflower mash-

  • 8 cups of cauliflower florets (usually about 2 heads of cauliflower)
  • 1/2 a cup of diced yellow onions
  • 2 tablespoons of minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoons of plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of honey
  • sea salt and black pepper to taste

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How to prepare your creamed cauliflower-

  1. Steam cauliflower florets until soft. Usually about 12 minutes.
  2. Set aside cauliflower to cool.
  3. In a skillet, add olive oil, garlic, and onion.
  4.  Cook on medium to high heat, stirring frequently, until onions become translucent and fragrant
  5.  Combine  steamed and cooled cauliflower florets with the garlic and onion mixture in a food processor.
  6. Pulse until smooth.
  7. Transfer into a bowl and add Greek yogurt and honey and mix until creamy and smooth.
  8. Add fresh parsley and salt and pepper to taste
  9. Serve!

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CALLING ALL VEGANS- If you are looking to make this creamed cauliflower vegan friendly, all you have to do is substitute the Greek yogurt. I would suggest a vegan creamed cheese if you are feeling decadent. Otherwise throw in some soy milk and whip until creamy!

If you like a little kick to your cooking throw in some red pepper flakes.

I hope this recipe becomes a tool for your healthy eating tool box. It is so easy to make and is the perfect dish paired with grilled veggies, and lean meats. See you don’t have to sacrifice all of your favorite foods, just get creative!

Share this recipe on Facebook and leave me a message about your healthy eating journey! Way to go!

 

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!