Friday, January 24, 2020

The Best Keto Meatloaf

The Best Keto Meatloaf

Seems like the keto (low carb) diet is all the rage today. Well here's a juicy, flavor-packed keto meatloaf topped with a tangy and sweet tomato sauce that is gluten-free and low carb to meet your keto diet needs. (Recipe credit adapted with Watkins spices of course).


For the meatloaf:

  • 1 ½ pounds ground beef
  • 2 large cage-free eggs
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 cups mushrooms finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon coconut aminos
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • ¼ cup almond flour
  • 1 tablespoon Watkins Organic Oregano
  • 1 teaspoon Watkins Fine Himalayan Pink Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Watkins Organic Ground Black Pepper
For the tomato sauce:
  • 1 cup tomatoes diced
  • ½ teaspoon Watkins Fine Himalayan Pink Salt
  • ½ teaspoon Watkins Organic Ground Black Pepper
  • ½ teaspoon Watkins Organic Oregano
  • ½ teaspoon Watkins Organic Parsley
  • 1 heirloom tomato sliced, (optional)

Heat oven to 350°F. In a large bowl, combine all the meatloaf ingredients and knead the mixture with your hands until fully combined. In a non-stick, 9x5-inch loaf pan, add the meatloaf mixture and press down to fill all the edges of the pan. Set aside. In a small pot over low heat, add the tomato sauce ingredients and bring to a simmer. Cook for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat. Pour the tomato sauce over the meatloaf. (If using, add slices of heirloom tomato to garnish). Place in the oven and cook until the meatloaf is cooked through and no longer pink in the middle, about 50 minutes. Remove from the oven and let rest until warm, about 10 minutes. Serve.

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Journal Prompt 24 Jan 2020 ~ Risky Business

Today's Writing Prompt: Risky Business

Do you prefer taking risks, or having a safety net?

It depends on what I'm doing.  In my arts and crafts world I love to take risks.  In the really world, I tend to freak if I have to take risks.  I have become braver in my world and more conservative and nervous in the real world as I age.  I wonder if this is normal?

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Journal Prompt 23 Jan 2020 ~ Favourite Clothes

Today's Writing Prompt: Favourite Clothes

Describe your favorite article of clothing.

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My favourite clothing is anything comfy and about a size too big. Right now my outfit of choice is a pair of black leggings and an comfy t-shirt. I know there is nothing sexy or exciting about my choice of outfit but I dress for comfort and for the life I lead.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Journal Prompt 22 Jan 2020 ~ Salvage

Today's Writing Prompt: Salvage

If your house was on fire, what would you grab and save before you escaped?

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Funny enough, I have given this question a great deal of thought. It started the day someone took down all the signs in our apartment building that would have warned us that there was going to be testing of the fire alarm system. So the next day when the alarms kept going off I know I wasn't the only one a little "concerned" by them. We quickly found out is was a test, but it made me start to think about what I would grab in the case of a fire or other emergency.

On the lucky side, I am in a main floor apartment so I knew, unless the fire was in my own unit, I would have a few minutes to prepare my departure. I decided the things I would grab would be medications, coat and boots or shoes, a change of clothes, house and van keys, purse, a box of memories that could not be replaced and the external hard drive of my lap top which contains copies of all my documents and files.

Hubby wondered why I wouldn't take the laptop but my thought process was that it was easier to unplug one thing (the external hard drive) than to unplug everything that is attached to the laptop.

Anyway . . . a little while back there was some trouble with my hydro panel and Hal wasn't home. Although I was reassured that there wasn't any risk of fire I didn't really believe them (Hal and the superintendent). So I put my coat and shoes, purse with my keys and medications, a change of clothes, my memory box and the hard drive right beside the patio door figuring if the smoke detectors went off I could grab them on the way out the door.

Fortunately, nothing happened during the night . . . so I guess Hal and the superintendent were right . . . and the fuse thingie was fixed the day.

Provence-Style Chicken

Quantity : 4 servings
Brining : 3 h Preparation : 15 min Cooking : 50 min
310 calories/serving

resealable plastic bag
4 chicken legs, with back, skin removed 1.2 kg
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
2 tbsp olive paste 30 g
3 tbsp olive oil 45 mL
1 tbsp lemon juice, freshly squeezed 1/2 lemon
1 tbsp Parsley and Garlic Base 15 mL
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper 1 g
1 pinch salt [optional] 0.2 g
ground pepper to taste [optional]
aluminum foil
30 mini-tomatoes (cherry, miniature or grape) 2 cups
20 black olives 8 tbsp
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 15 mL

Before you start

The chicken must be marinated at least 3 hours before cooking.


Put the chicken legs in a resealable plastic bag. Finely chop the garlic then put it in a small bowl. Add the olive paste, olive oil, lemon juice, Parsley and garlic base, and cayenne pepper. Season with a little salt and pepper, then mix well. Pour the mixture into the bag, then seal it and turn it to coat the chicken with the marinade. Chill in the refrigerator at least 3 h to overnight.
Preheat the oven to 190°C /375°F. Line a baking sheet or oven-proof dish with aluminium foil.
Arrange the chicken pieces on the prepared baking sheet, then cook 35 min in the middle of the oven.
Meanwhile, in a bowl, mix the mini-tomatoes and olives with the extra virgin olive oil. Add them to the chicken and cook an additional 15 min.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Journal Prompt 21 Jan 2020 ~ Admiration

Today's Writing Prompt: Admiration

Who did you look up to / admire as a child?

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When I was growing up I remember reading biographies of women who became nurses or doctors. Among the ones I admired most were Florence Nightingale, Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell, Dr. Jenny Trout, and Dr. Emily Stowe.  I was fairly certain I was going to enter the medical field when I grew up. Unfortunately, I discovered I didn't have the stomach for it. The sight of wounds or vomit just makes me ill.

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