Turkey Meatballs and Roasted Garlic Mashed Cauliflower

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Does anyone else immediately think of Will Ferrell screaming “MA!!  MEATLOAF!!” when they see or eat meatloaf?  Cracks me up every time.  Today’s recipe of Turkey Meatballs and Roasted Garlic Mashed Cauliflower is going to not only wow you, but your whole family.  I love meatloaf, even though I’m not a big meat lover, it’s always been one of my favorites.  I used to make a Texas style version years ago that I snagged from Southern Living and every time I made it, it got gobbled up.  When we all graduate from our round of Whole30, I should make and share it.  It’s divine.

Meatloaf is pure comfort food, so when I did my first round of Whole30, I decided to try and remake meatloaf into individual meatballs that I could keep prepped and ready to eat in the fridge all week.  Served with a side of Roasted Garlic Mashed Cauliflower in place of potatoes, keeps the comfort food train rolling while still having that flavor of decadence so you don’t feel like you’re being deprived of the things you love.  The secret ingredient in the cauliflower is roasted garlic aioli, which gives the taste and illusion like you’ve added cream and butter to the cauliflower when you’ve added a compliant Whole30 condiment with major flavor.

When you go to read this recipe, it may seem like it has a lot of ingredients and steps, but don’t worry.  It goes super quick and apart from sautéing the onions and mushrooms first, everything is done in the food processor and then baked.  It’s really simple, I promise.  THEN, you’re going to make the cauliflower in the food processor, so again, super simple.  The only thing you may have to do ahead of time is make the roasted garlic and aioli, but if you’ve been following along and have made a few of the most recent recipes I’ve posted, you may still have some aioli on hand.

If you’re not a cauliflower person, no biggie.  Potatoes are whole30 compliant, so you could totally make mashed potatoes using the same method written out below and they’ll still be family friendly and you can eat them too.  I sub out cauliflower for potatoes in an effort to keep carbs as low as possible, but do what suits you!  Like rules, recipes can be flexed.

Here are the links to make aioli and roasted garlic:


Roasted Garlic


Turkey Meatballs Top 1

Turkey Meatballs served on serving platter

Two plates served with Turkey Meatballs

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Turkey Meatballs closeup 1

Turkey Meatballs plates Top

Turkey Meatballs Close up 2


Turkey Meatballs and Roasted Garlic Mashed Cauliflower

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