• Paleo Meatcakes Recipe

    Paleo Meatcakes will bring a bit of lightheartedness to anyone’s lunchbox!

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    It’s a very exciting day because Stupid Easy Paleo officially turns four years old today, and I decided to celebrate in my signature style with some Paleo Meatcakes! (Edit: Stupid Easy Paleo just turned FIVE! I made this post sticky so you could find it if you came here from Instagram.)

    Back in 2011, I started this blog when a friend said, “You should start a food blog.” I wish it was a sexier story than that, but truth be told, I wanted a place to share my recipes online. Little did I know that it would turn into a passion and eventually, a career.

    Later this week, I’ll be back with a post for any aspiring bloggers out there, packed with wisdom, lessons and “I wish I would have knowns.”

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    In the meantime, here’s a delectable recipe I came up with to celebrate. The meatcake concept is nothing new, but I put my own spin on it and made it taste darn good.

    What’s a meatcake? It’s a base of perfectly spiced meat—rich with cumin, smoked paprika and garlic—topped with a smooth and buttery sweet potato puree. Looks like a cupcake from afar, but it’s much more nutritious. They’re pretty easy to eat sans utensils, and I think they’d make a killer addition to lunch boxes for young and old alike.

    (Click here for another one of my recipes which substitutes meat instead of a pizza crust…the Meatza!)

    One of my readers suggested bacon bit sprinkles, and I think that’s pretty genius!

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    You could always make the components separately and eat them as is, or bake the meaty bottoms and freeze them for later.

    Paleo Meatcakes Recipe

    Preparation 20 mins 2017-03-29T00:20:00+00:00
    Cook Time 30 mins 2017-03-29T00:30:00+00:00
    Serves 10     adjust servings

    Ingredients

    • 2 lb (907 grams) sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
    • 2 tsp (12 g) sea salt, divided
    • 1 tbsp (15 mL) ghee
    • 1/4 tsp ground ginger, optional
    • 1 lb (454 g) grass-fed ground beef
    • 1 lb (454 g) ground pork
    • 1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
    • 1 tbsp (10 g) garlic powder
    • 2 tsp (6 g) cumin
    • 1-1/2 (9 g) tsp sea salt
    • 1 tsp (3 g) smoked paprika
    • 1 tsp (3 g) black pepper
    • 1/2 tsp ground chipotle pepper or chili powder

    Instructions

    1. Put the peeled and diced sweet potatoes in a medium pot with 1 teaspoon sea salt. Fill the pot with water until the potatoes are covered. Bring the water to a boil and cook the sweet potatoes for 7-8 minutes or until they are tender when pierced with a fork. Drain.
    2. Working in two batches, puree the sweet potatoes with 1 teaspoon sea salt, 1 tablespoon ghee, and ¼ teaspoon ground ginger until very smooth. Set aside to cool. (The can be done in advance.)
    3. Preheat the oven to 350F (177C), and have muffins trays ready. You’ll need one 12-piece or two 6-piece trays, and it’s a good idea to lightly grease them with your fat of choice.
    4. In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, ground pork, onion, garlic powder, cumin, salt, smoked paprika, pepper, and chipotle pepper. Mix until the onion and spices are incorporated, but don’t overdo it or the meat will get tough.
    5. Use a ⅓ cup measure to portion out the meat. Gently shape into balls and place them in the muffin tray(s).
    6. Bake the meatcakes for 15-20 minutes or until they’re cooked through. Cool.
    7. If you want, you can now drop the meatcakes into cupcake or muffin liners. It’s not mandatory, but it will help you keep your fingers cleaner if you’re eating on the go. I tried baking the meatcakes IN liners but since the meat releases a bit of liquid as it cooks, it just made the liners soggy.
    8. Now it’s time to “frost” the meatcakes with the sweet potato puree. You can load the puree into a plastic ziptop bag then cut off one corner to make a piping bag. Or, use an ice cream disher or even just a butter knife. Of course, a pastry bag works too.
    9. Bonus points for dusting them with bacon bit “sprinkles.”

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    Paleo Meatcakes Recipe
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    Serves: 10
    Ingredients
    • 2 lb (907 grams) sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
    • 2 tsp (12 g) sea salt, divided
    • 1 tbsp (15 mL) ghee
    • 1/4 tsp ground ginger, optional
    • 1 lb (454 g) grass-fed ground beef
    • 1 lb (454 g) ground pork
    • 1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
    • 1 tbsp (10 g) garlic powder
    • 2 tsp (6 g) cumin
    • 1-1/2 (9 g) tsp sea salt
    • 1 tsp (3 g) smoked paprika
    • 1 tsp (3 g) black pepper
    • 1/2 tsp ground chipotle pepper or chili powder
    Instructions
    1. Put the peeled and diced sweet potatoes in a medium pot with 1 teaspoon sea salt. Fill the pot with water until the potatoes are covered. Bring the water to a boil and cook the sweet potatoes for 7-8 minutes or until they are tender when pierced with a fork. Drain.
    2. Working in two batches, puree the sweet potatoes with 1 teaspoon sea salt, 1 tablespoon ghee, and 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger until very smooth. Set aside to cool. (The can be done in advance.)
    3. Preheat the oven to 350F (177C), and have muffins trays ready. You’ll need one 12-piece or two 6-piece trays, and it’s a good idea to lightly grease them with your fat of choice.
    4. In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, ground pork, onion, garlic powder, cumin, salt, smoked paprika, pepper, and chipotle pepper. Mix until the onion and spices are incorporated, but don’t overdo it or the meat will get tough.
    5. Use a 1/3 cup measure to portion out the meat. Gently shape into balls and place them in the muffin tray(s).
    6. Bake the meatcakes for 15-20 minutes or until they’re cooked through. Cool.
    7. If you want, you can now drop the meatcakes into cupcake or muffin liners. It’s not mandatory, but it will help you keep your fingers cleaner if you’re eating on the go. I tried baking the meatcakes IN liners but since the meat releases a bit of liquid as it cooks, it just made the liners soggy.
    8. Now it’s time to “frost” the meatcakes with the sweet potato puree. You can load the puree into a plastic ziptop bag then cut off one corner to make a piping bag. Or, use an ice cream disher or even just a butter knife. Of course, a pastry bag works too.
    9. Bonus points for dusting them with bacon bit “sprinkles.”
    Notes
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    Steph Gaudreau is a certified holistic nutrition practitioner, weightlifting and mindset coach, and the author of the best-selling Performance Paleo Cookbook. Her recipes and expert advice have been featured in SELF, Outside Magazine, Elle, and Greatist. Steph loves barbells, cats, and anything Lord of the Rings. She lives in San Diego, CA.

    8 thoughts on “Paleo Meatcakes Recipe

    1. Hey Steph! Growing up, I was into healthy living and real food, but in the last six months I’ve started to almost binge on junk food (ice cream, peanut butter, empty carbs). Just one bite triggers a desire to eat the whole bag. I’ve started the Whole30 several times, but keep breaking down after 10-ish days. I have all the head knowledge and I know why Paleo is great and that it would kill my cravings (if I stuck with it long enough), but I can’t seem to break my junk food addiction. I’m only 18, and although I’m not overweight, I know I need to get a handle on my eating before it seriously messes with my future. I know everyone’s different and only I can know exactly what my body needs….. but do you have any general advice or encouragement? If not, know that your blog and videos have already been a great source of information and encouragement to keep fighting for my health!

      1. Hi Ariel,

        One site you might like is http://maddymoon.com

        Maddy is pretty close to your age and she talks a lot about the issues you raised, and you might be able to relate to her.

        My advice to you is not to bring stress into the equation about food. It sounds like you’re pretty stressed about what’s going on. Even if you eat mostly paleo you don’t have to be perfect and the simple act of “allowing yourself” to eat a treat now and then can make you actually want it less. For some people, saying they’re never going to eat sugar again or they’re going to save it all up for a cheat day, etc. means they exhaust all their willpower and sometimes, instead of three bites of a treat, it ends up being three pints / bags, etc.

        Hope that helps!

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