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I have a great recipe for meatloaf.... but I have no idea what to make as a side dish. In the past, I made mashed potatoes and ate them together (literally).

Same thing with country (chicken) fried steak.


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mash any root veggie or sweet potato

a slaw might also be nice


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Tell us your meatloaf recipe.


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my vote is sweet potatoes but Jerusalem artichokes would work. Taro?


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Mashed rutabaga with ghee and sea salt.


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Even a mixture of mashed parsnip with rutabaga(swede) with above mentioned ghee/sea salt.  Or carrot, sweet potato good too.  A little ground spice like cumin, aniseed, cayenne pepper or even coriander(cilantro) can be something to try one day. If ghee not at hand, just drizzle with e-v olive oil.
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Mashed cauliflower is great unless you are a nonnie and can't eat it.  Can also mix it with turnips, or just make mashed turnips.  If you can't get the final result thick enough use a little rice flour or tapioca flour or arrowroot powder mixed with just enough liquid to make a thin paste - stir that in and cook for a minute or so and it will thicken your mashed veggie very nicely.  


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Mashed cauliflower is great unless you are a nonnie and can't eat it.
Ginny, cauliflower is avoid for both secretors and nonnies O's.... yummi avoid, ate it until 58 yo
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Celeriac is often used as an alternative and is a Superfood in my Swami - need to add some lemon juice to stop it turning brown after peeling…try adding some garlic and possibly quark or ricotta to "cream" it up before serving...


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Except for O's, mashed cauliflower with butter and salt is an alternative.


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the meatloaf might be lovely just with normal vegetables and gravy. it just a question of re-educating your taste buds.


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Quoted from slk7387
I have a great recipe for meatloaf.... but I have no idea what to make as a side dish. In the past, I made mashed potatoes and ate them together (literally).


How about a 'stuffed' meatloaf?

Fill the meatloaf with a layer of mashed rutabaga. Could be a hit!

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taro root will mash just like potato but it is hard to get here. I make a batch of mashed sweet potato and use crispy satuted onion/garlic/ salt in ghee or butter as a topping. it's a big hit in this house. hubby claims I spoil him


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We had the best mashed potatoes ever at Thanksgiving.  We mashed Japanese Sweet potatoes with roasted garlic!  Delicious!  Bon a petit!!!!    
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Quoted from Lloyd


How about a 'stuffed' meatloaf?

Fill the meatloaf with a layer of mashed rutabaga. Could be a hit!


From the Rutabaga Man! Still haven't made your rutabaga pie, but I haven't forgotten it...
The "stuffed" idea here makes me think: slice the meatloaf horizontally and layer it with mashed rutabaga -- or bake it fairly flat to begin with and make a whipped root vegetable mash for the top, à la Shepherd's Pie...

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the meatloaf might be lovely just with normal vegetables and gravy. it just a question of re-educating your taste buds.

I also really liked this post, because my thinking was: Meatloaf usually has quite a bit of starch already in its body - If I were O and hooked on meat loaf, I'd be going for plenty of greens with it, such as chard or spinach or whichever ones you fancy.
Yesterday I had a plate of quick-braised kale, just with a touch of onion and sprinkled with fresh meyer lemon juice - it would have filled your bill perfectly, I think.

If you hanker after something on the crispy side, how about parsnip pancakes?

Consider the Shepherd's Pie idea with a side of braised or steamed greens.
BTD Comfort Food!  

But I did, in an earlier response, ask about your meat loaf recipe, because the side I'd make would have to pair well with its flavor profile.



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I just ate some puréed cauliflower and lima beans and thought of this thread.
Beautiful light green color, light body, but starchy enough to mimic mashed potatoes, with some "grit" from the bean skins. Just add salt, pepper, and butter... and maybe an herb, to fit with your meat loaf.
If cauliflower is off-limits for you, you can consider Jerusalem artichokes.
Or steam those limas with turnips or rutabaga or celeriac before processing

or go straight to eggplant with chickpeas and some peppers and olives...


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I see that globe artichokes are a benny for O's.
Consider incorporating the hearts into your solution!  


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Mashed Batatas or mashed Malangas Malangas are better mashed. Batatas are better fried  


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1/4 cup quinoa
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
1 large clove garlic, chopped
1 lb package ground turkey or grass-fed beef
1/3 cup grated zucchini
1/3 cup grated carrot
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 egg
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon water

Read More http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/member/views/TURKEY-QUINOA-MEATLOAF-50122874#ixzz2oc3kpNX2


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What about cooking up some yellow split peas until very soft and mashing with added butter? We find that just as yummy as mashed potatoes and it has more protein!
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Mr KK's spectacular meatloaf:

4 lbs Ground Turkey
4-6 Finely chopped sweet anise (bulbs)
4 large white onions
4-5 Japanese Yam (variety of sweet potato) about same amt as onions and anise
Cayenne (amt to your particular taste)
Salt to preference

He makes a HUGE batch (over four pounds) at a time. He cooks all vegetables before hand. Then mixes all the cooked veggies with the raw meat and bakes it all at 400 degrees. Cools then slices and then we freeze it in servings.

This is the best tasting meat loaf I've ever had, even frozen months later.


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What about cooking up some yellow split peas until very soft and mashing with added butter? We find that just as yummy as mashed potatoes and it has more protein!
This is an outstanding delicatessen of my childhood. Mom prepared it from green split peas with sauteed onion. Filling and nourishing so much more than potato mash. I could just feel it spreading in my bones as it were.


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Mr KK's spectacular meatloaf:

4 lbs Ground Turkey
4-6 Finely chopped sweet anise (bulbs)
4 large white onions
4-5 Japanese Yam (variety of sweet potato) about same amt as onions and anise
Cayenne (amt to your particular taste)
Salt to preference

He makes a HUGE batch (over four pounds) at a time. He cooks all vegetables before hand. Then mixes all the cooked veggies with the raw meat and bakes it all at 400 degrees. Cools then slices and then we freeze it in servings.

This is the best tasting meat loaf I've ever had, even frozen months later.
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Pureed parsnips are a good sub for mashed potatoes.  
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I saw this being prepared on Trisha Yearwood's Food network cooking show Saturday. I had
copied and pasted to try it when I had all the ingredients in the house.

It's MASHED CAULIFLOWER but it looked simple and most ingredients could easily be subbed for more compliant ones...... vegetable stock,
any oil of your choice, grated rice cheese or soy cheese if necessary and for DH and I, would leave
off the pepper.


1 medium head of cauliflower, chopped
Kosher salt
1/4 cup chicken stock
2 tablespoons grated Italian cheese, such as Parmesan
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon nonfat Greek yogurt
1 clove garlic, smashed and chopped
Freshly ground black pepper
Fresh rosemary, chopped, for garnish
Directions
Add the cauliflower and a pinch of salt to a boiling pot of water and cook until cooked through and very tender, about 10 minutes. Drain well and quickly dry well with paper towels. Add the hot cauliflower to a food processor with the chicken stock, cheese, olive oil, yogurt and garlic and process until smooth. Stir in a pinch of salt and pepper and the chopped rosemary, and serve immediately.

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Quoted from KimonoKat
Mr KK's spectacular meatloaf:

4 lbs Ground Turkey
4-6 Finely chopped sweet anise (bulbs)
4 large white onions
4-5 Japanese Yam (variety of sweet potato) about same amt as onions and anise
Cayenne (amt to your particular taste)
Salt to preference

He makes a HUGE batch (over four pounds) at a time. He cooks all vegetables before hand. Then mixes all the cooked veggies with the raw meat and bakes it all at 400 degrees. Cools then slices and then we freeze it in servings.

This is the best tasting meat loaf I've ever had, even frozen months later.

Yummy, K-Kat!  Turkey and sweet potato are an excellent marriage and the other ingredients, such as the onion, would add such a great flav and moisture to it!  Sounds like a winner in taste and texture to me, not to mention that it is super healthy!  

Aaaaand:  print.


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P.S.  Does Mr. K-Kat add any oil to it, or broth or something?  I ask because ground turkey can dry out pretty quickly during cooking, and even with the moisture-providing veggies in there, I'm thinking some olive oil might not go amiss, yes?  Or no?


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I just had another lima bean purée, this one with butter, onion, and Indian spices.
It really does work.
Plus, you're getting protein!  


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Tonight's purée was of celery root and white potato (proportions about 65/35). It smelled so sweet! I added only salt, cream, and shredded gruyère. Would have been lovely even without the potato, yes.

The type of potato you use for mashed potatoes makes a big difference, too. Russets are best, for their dryness. You get the texture you want with them.
Celery root will not give you that, but, again, I think the starch of many a bean delivers the goods.
So do consider a blend of mashed lima beans, for instance, with mashed celery root in your purée. It's a combination I haven't tried myself, but it'd be on my agenda if I needed to replace potatoes altogether.


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Another alternative I have used from time to time is the core from larger collard stems. At least one inch in diameter.

For those who buy in large bunches with the main stem still present simply trim the outer woody sheath and discard. The center of the stem is firm and has a remarkable similarity to potato when cooked. The only issue is obtaining the quantity needed for a meal, where some creativity may be needed.
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