Friday, May 18, 2012

Comfort Dinner

So the hubs sent me a text message Wednesday morning telling me that a co-worker gave him the finger.  Of course I sent a supportive text back and offered to "ef" her up if he'd tell me where she was.  Hubby has been dealing with a bunch of Kindergarteners at his job for the last three years and it is really getting old.  I've told him that I believe he has grounds to file a hostile work environment grievance.  Any way, since I couldn't exact some revenge for the hubs I thought I could do the next best thing....cook some comfort food.  Two weeks ago I ordered ground bison, bacon ends and chicken quarters from US Wellness Meats.  I have an apple meatloaf recipe that I love and was eager to try using the ground bison mixed with ground pork.  I also needed to replace the bread crumbs as I am avoiding grains and wheat....voila, almond meal.  To round out the meal, I made kale chips and mock mashed potatoes with cauliflower.  And, if that wasn't enough, I baked Elana Amsterdam's spice cake from her gluten-free cookbook.  I kicked it up a notch and topped it with homemade vanilla whipped cream.  Here are all the pictures:

Hubby was very happy with dinner and as you can see from the pictures, we had plenty of left overs!  In fact, today will  be the third day we are eating the mini loaves for dinner...I don't mind one bit.  I'll add sweet potatoes and seasoned collards to call it a meal :)  The spice cake is high in sugar count and I cut it into 12 servings per the recipe.  Elana uses a lot of agave syrup to sweeten her recipes, I used maple syrup for this one so there may be a difference due to that.  If I understood stevia conversions better, I would have used stevia.
Again, what is making this so simple for me to stick with and ENJOY is the fact that I can substitute out the "bad" stuff and put the healthy in.  Next Wednesday is the opening for Whole Foods here.  I cannot wait for it as I hope to finally be able to buy pastured pork and chicken in a store and not from the internet...don't get me wrong, I LOVE what I got from US Wellness Meats and may continue to order from them if for nothing more than the bacon ends as they are straight pork with NOTHING added :)  I just want to reduce my carbon footprint with all the internet grocery shopping I do.
I hope you all have a lovely Friday evening and a relaxing weekend!


  1. everything looks great - and I LOVE leftovers! They make the week so much easier!

    1. I'm going to be the Queen of leftovers and frozen homemade meals for the next 5 weeks...taking a class at a university 4 hours from home and staying with in-laws 3 days per week :)

  2. Geeze that looks so good. There is a chart for the stevia on my blog if that will help. Look down towards the bottom. :-)