Healthy Comfort Food

I remember snowy days as a child, bundled up in my snowsuit with hat, hood, boots, and two pairs of gloves as well as socks. Dragging my Flexible Flyer from the garage as I met my friends at the end of my driveway. We were headed to Woodcrest Country Club to go sledding. It was a short walk as we lived acrosss the street, just off of Haddonfield Berlin Road in a small development called Apple Hill. The country club had a wonderful hill that crossed a small creek and every child within walking distance was there flying down the hill over the bridge to an abrupt halt. Then dragging their sled back up the hill for another thrilling ride on the snow. We would stay out for hours until our fingers, toes and nose were numb. What wonderful fun!

Today it is snowing here in South Jersey, again! But now it is a day for staying inside cozy and warm, drinking tea and eating warm bake treats such as cinnamon bread smothered with butter! The dough is rising on the stove, all wrapped up in tea towels like my mother-in-law would do. It also a day for meatloaf and mashed potatoes, pure comfort food! I absolutely “love” meatloaf and mash potatoes, however I needed to make these dishes “heathy”. Of course I made my meatloaf with veal, pork and beef, egg, breadcrumb, worchestershire sauce and ketchup, just like “Mom D” would do. Then I mix the ingredients together, form into a loaf on a baking sheet, top with bacon and bake. Today I have a healthier version and of course it is gluten free. I still use a mix of meat, beef and pork, but I add sautéd onion, celery, carrot, and 8 ounces of mushrooms which I have pulsed in a food processor, as well as ground oats, and ground flax. The potatoes I cook with the skins and mash with EVOO and chicken stock. Sometimes when I am eating alone I sneak in a little butter. Here is the meat loaf recipe. I hope you will give it a try. It is family tested and approved!

1/2 lb ground beef

1/2 pound ground pork

1/4 cup gluten free oats  ( I use Bob’s Red Mill )  I pulse them in the food processor before the vegetables.

1 onion, 1 stalk celery, 1 carrot

1 8 oz package of slice mushrooms

1 tb EVOO

1 egg slighly beaten

1 tb ground flax  (optional but is very good for you)

1 tb worcestershire sauce

1/4 cup ketsup  ( I use organic )

1/2 tea salt

1/4 tea ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 375

In a food processor add the roughly chopped onion, carrot, and celery then pulse until finely chopped. Remove from food processor and add to a warm skillet with the EVOO. Saute for 3 minutes on medium high. In the meantime add the mushrooms to the food processor and chop until finely chopped. Add the mushrooms to the vegtables and salt lightly. Cook about 5 more minutes until the water from the mushrooms has evaporated. Move to a bowl to cool.

Place the meat, oats, flax, worcestershire sauce, ketsup, salt, pepper, and egg in a bowl. Add cooled vegetables and mix together with hands until totally combined. Place in the middle of a foil lined baking sheet and form into a loaf. Bake for 45 minutes to and hour. Let cool slightly, then slice and Enjoy!



These are the cooked vegetables.


2 thoughts on “Healthy Comfort Food

  1. Hi pat, it’s so fun to find you on here with your new blog. I will so enjoy reading your stories. The recipes look delicious. We’ve been gf for 7 years and I’m always looking for new recipes.


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