Tag: mealtime

Meatloaf with Crockpot Cauliflower “Mashed Potatoes”

meatloafA hot meal for a cold night. This recipe was a winner in our Simply Slow Cookin’ contest. Congratulations to Kim Canty, Office of Advancement, UMass Medical School/UMass Memorial Health Care, Shrewsbury, MA

(Serves 8)

Best served with delicious slow cooker cauliflower “mashed potatoes.” Prepare ahead or
use a second slow cooker.

2 eggs
¾ c. milk
2/3 c. seasoned bread crumbs
2 t dried minced onion or fresh onion, diced and sautéed
1 t salt
½ t rubbed sage
½ c. fresh mushrooms, sliced
1 ½ lbs. ground beef or bison
¼ c. ketchup
2 T brown sugar
1 t ground mustard
½ t Worcestershire sauce
Combine eggs, milk, bread crumbs, onion, salt, sage and mushrooms in a large bowl. Crumble ground beef over mixture and stir well to
combine. Shape into a round loaf, and place in a 5-quart slow cooker. Cover and cook on low until a meat thermometer reads 160 F, about 5 to 6 hours. Whisk ketchup, brown sugar, mustard and Worcestershire sauce in a small bowl. Spoon sauce over meatloaf. Return to slow cooker and cook on low until heated through, about 15 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before cutting.

Cauliflower “Mashed Potatoes”

(Serves 8)

1 large head cauliflower
4-6 c. water
6 cloves garlic, peeled
3 T butter or ghee
1 c. vegetable broth
4 T minced fresh herbs (rosemary, sage, thyme and parsley)
Peel the leaves from the cauliflower, and cut into medium florets. Place in your slow cooker and top with garlic cloves, vegetable broth and enough water to cover the cauliflower. Cook on low heat for 6 hours or high heat for 3. Drain the water and broth, and add the cauliflower back to the slow cooker. Toss in the butter and use an immersion blender or hand blender to mash. Season with salt to taste, and mix in fresh herbs. Set on warm until ready to serve.

Milk is Off the Menu

milk-and-cookiesA scoop of ice cream or a tall glass of milk with freshly baked cookies can be a great treat, but what if these treats cause an upset stomach on a regular basis? If you find yourself uncomfortable every time you drink milk or consume milk products, it may be time to consider the possibility that you may be lactose intolerant.

Plan a Healthy Thanksgiving from Start to Finish

thanksgiving dinnerIt’s that time of year again. We’re all looking forward to the holidays but not to the inevitable weight we put on while celebrating. But does it really have to be inevitable? These tips can help get you through the holidays, enjoying time with your family and friends with a lot less guilt and extra pounds.

Tuscan Salad

11-Tuscan SaladA colorful salad to accompany your holiday meal. This Simply Salad contest winning dish was submitted by Gina Halbedel, Ambulatory Services, UMass Memorial Medical Center, Worcester, MA

(Serves 4)
1 each red, yellow and orange bell peppers, sliced
½ c. red wine vinegar
½ c. baby portobello mushrooms, sliced
4 c. raw spinach
1 large red onion, cut into rings
5 grape tomatoes, halved
1 c. mozzarella cheese, shredded
2.5 oz. farfalle, cooked and chilled
12 oz. roasted chicken breast (shredded)

Toss all ingredients together and enjoy.