Recently I posted my first guest blog from fellow health and fitness girly and blogger, Zanna @zanzapan, who kindly shared her amazing (but guilt-free!) Protein-Packed Chocolate Cupcake recipe, which has so far gone down a treat. Along with Sophie @stopsnapshare, I was also keen to get marketing student and writer of The Blonde Ethos, Natalie @_NatalieJohanna on board, as I love their creative ideas for food/health inspiration on their blogs and Instagram accounts.
For the second part of this special feature, here’s Natalie’s contribution. As an avid reader of her blog, I love the variety of features, from healthy supermarket shopping to trialling protein supplements, tasty but healthy recipes to motivational words of wisdom. Like me, it seems for Natalie, healthy living and exercising isn’t just a fad but a lifestyle, while working hard and having fun along with way. Check out her vibrant Instagram account too for equally inspiring photos of all things health, fitness and food!
Natalie’s Sweet Potato Meatloaf
I was so delighted when Pamela asked me to volunteer up a recipe to share with her lovely readers. However, I’m not really a recipe kinda girl. Don’t get me wrong, I can cook, and if you checked out my Instagram you’d see that it’s tasty, healthy grub, but I’m not one for following recipes and my dishes tend to vary each time I whip them up, depending on a) what’s in the fridge b) how creative I’m feeling and c) my memory. That said, there is one ‘recipe’ that I follow somewhat precisely that I come back to time and time again, and that is meatloaf. My boyfriend and I are big fans of meal prepping and this meatloaf is ideal because it makes a clean, balanced, nourishing, and totally delicious meal that lasts for a few days of lunches. It’s so great that we have been known to whip up a triple batch.
So without further ado, here’s my recipe for a simple sweet potato meat loaf…
- 500g lean beef mince
- 500g sweet potato (steamed and mashed)
- 2 eggs
- 1 carrot (grated)
- 1 pepper (diced)
- 1 onion (diced)
- 3 inch chunk of ginger (minced)
- 4 cloves garlic (minced)
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp turmeric
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
It’s as simply as mixing the ingredients together in a (large) bowl, pressing into a loaf tin, and cooking in an oven at 180degrees for around an hour or until it has browned on top and the meat has released juices (I sometimes use a meat thermometer to ensure that it is cooked through if there’s a lot in the tin). Serve with salad and a simple tomato sauce.
I make my sauce using a 400g tin of tomatoes, an onion fried off in coconut oil, and a mixture of honey, sea salt, a generous grinding of black pepper and soy sauce to sweeten and season to taste.
I hope you enjoy it!