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Bacon-Wrapped Mini Paleo Meatloaf

Bacon-Wrapped Mini Paleo Meatloaf

I grew up loving my mom’s meatloaf. Really!  I have no problem with the idea of multiple ground meats mixed together with some veggies and tomato sauce and baked to perfection. The only way I can see making it better is to cut the gluten and add bacon (words for life, eh?). Most recently I tried the Seriously Tasty Paleo Meatloaf over at Health-Bent.com – loved it and wanted to make it my own.

So, here is my take on some fun mini-meatloafs that would be great for a casual get-together or family meal… and everyone gets their own!  I’ve opted to include veggies directly in the loaf in this recipe, but if you’ve got persnickety young ones, it tastes great without ’em, too.

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Quicky and Easy Shrimp Ceviche

The final product... quick and easy, gluten-free shrimp ceviche.

I had a great dinner this weekend with my hubby and some lovely friends at Fonda San Miguel here in Austin.  Just wanting something light for dinner, I ordered the lobster ceviche and absolutely loved it.  While I’d love to make it at home, on a busy Tuesday night, shrimp ceviche seemed like the next best thing.  The prep time for this is crazy quick, and because you do quickly boil the shrimp, you only need about an hour to marinate before enjoying a yummy dinner.

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Tahitian Poisson Cru

Poisson Cru

Poisson Cru in Tahiti (nope - I didn't make this one - it was the inspiration!)

This dish was a discovery from the incredible honeymoon trip my husband planned for us last November… we spent about 10 days in French Polynesia, visiting the islands of Tahiti, Moorea, and Bora Bora.  I can’t begin to describe how gorgeous French Polynesia is, and the food was even better.  There’s an incredible fusion of traditional, fresh island fare and classic French cuisine.  This was in my pre-Paleo days… not going to lie, I scarfed down the fresh French bread and butter offered with every meal.  A lot of it.

One of my favorite foods was the classic Tahitian dish, Possion Cru.  You can find poisson cru just about anywhere – from street vendors to fine restaurants, and it’s a delight for a sushi lover looking for a fresh meal.  When we returned, I immediately had to experiment and make it at home – it didn’t disappoint!

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Super Easy, Go-To Salad

Since switching to a Paleo diet in April of 2011 (about 3 months ago), I have quite literally eaten more salad than the entirety of my life leading up to this point. Seriously.  I was not a salad eater, and I would pretty much only eat them when it would be socially awkward/unacceptable to avoid it (i.e. weddings and business dinners).

That said, when my coach told me I needed to eat a full serving of veg with every meal (of five) of the day, I figured salad would be a good place to start (no cooking, quick to prepare in the morning, etc.).  I tried a bunch of different greens, and I’ll admit, I’m still working my way into some of the more serious greens (kale, spinach, etc.). That said, I’ve learned that I LOVE Romaine lettuce.  Never thought I’d say that.

I keep my salad pretty simple for every day, but I’ll periodically dress it up with whatever fun veggies we pick up at the fantastic Austin Farmer’s Market (downtown, Saturday mornings).  Here’s what I do every day…

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