Loaded Baked Cauliflower and Marinara Meatloaf ~ Gluten Free and Low Carb

 We enjoyed this tasty dinner tonight. The Loaded Baked Cauliflower reminded me of a twice-baked potato casserole, but “Buddy” wasn’t too impressed with it since he could taste something “strange” aka sour cream. He would prefer his cauliflower raw…. Thank you very much.  😉

He really enjoyed the Marinara Meatloaf, though. He definitely wants me to make that again. I will be adding this to my repertoire of meatloaf recipes with my other two that we all love.

I will definitely make the Loaded Baked Cauliflower again, because it’s crazy good! I will just have to make sure that I have some raw cauliflower on hand for Buddy when I do.

It’s been a great week for hubby’s and my taste buds and somewhat hard on Buddy’s when it comes to cauliflower. I also made Easy Cheesy Cauliflower Gratin early this week. The good news is that Buddy has now decided that he likes the Gratin more than he thought he did after having the Loaded Cauliflower (since the Gratin was more simple and didn’t have sour cream).    😉

Anyway, here are the recipes.

Loaded Baked Cauliflower - Low Carb and Gluten Free
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Ingredients
  1. 2 1/2 cups (1 lb) cooked cauliflower (I used frozen. Can cook in microwave until tender.)
  2. 1 cup sour cream (low-fat or full-fat)
  3. 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese ~ divided (full fat works best - I used sharp cheddar cheese.)
  4. 3 green onions, finely chopped ~ divided
  5. 3-6 sliced cooked, crumbled bacon ~ divided (I used 6 this time.)
  6. salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350.
  2. Chop cooked cauliflower into very small pieces.
  3. Mix sour cream, 1/2 of the green onions, 1/2 of the cheese, 1/2 of the bacon, and salt and pepper to taste in medium bowl.
  4. Stir in the cauliflower.
  5. Place in medium baking dish and sprinkle remaining cheese and bacon on top.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes.
  7. Sprinkle the remaining green onions on top just before serving.
Adapted from Food.com
Adapted from Food.com
The Journey Unexpected http://thejourneyunexpected.com/
 

Marinara Meatloaf Low Carb and Gluten Free
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Ingredients
  1. 2 lbs lean ground turkey (or ground beef, like original recipe)
  2. 1 1/2 cups marinara sauce (no sugar added) ~ divided
  3. 1/2 cup diced onion (white, yellow, or red)
  4. 2 eggs
  5. 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  6. 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  7. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  8. 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  9. 3/4 cup mozzarella cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a regular loaf pan or small baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the meat, 1 cup of the marinara sauce, diced onion, eggs, Parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper.
  3. Place the mixture in the pan, patting it down evenly with your hands to form an even top.
  4. Bake uncovered for 45 minutes.
  5. Remove from oven. Drain any excess fat or liquid, and then top with the remaining marinara sauce and all of the mozzarella cheese. Return to the oven and bake for an additional 30 minutes. or until a meat thermometer reads 165 degrees. Drain fat from pan again and let rest 10 minutes before cutting into 8 squares.
Notes
  1. I changed this meatloaf up a bit, but the original recipe was found at Low Carbing Among Friends. Basically, I changed the meat to lean ground turkey, doubled the onion, used yellow instead of red onion, and only used two eggs instead of three.
Adapted from Low Carbing Among Friends
The Journey Unexpected http://thejourneyunexpected.com/
 
These two dishes worked great together, too, since they both go in a 350 degree oven. I will definitely be doing these two again.
 
What are some of your favorite cauliflower and/or low carb recipes? Please share in the comments section below.

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