Friday, July 30, 2010

Fun Friday: Naked Squirrel Edition


Heading to the groomer. Before:


The wuppers finally got haircuts yesterday. They're rockin' this fall's latest look--the "naked squirrel." Kidding! Wes and I joke that they look like nekkid squirrels because they're all shaved except for their tail. This look is more for substance than style--it's hot and they're extra-furry.

What are you all up to this weekend? I'm just teaching Pilates/Yoga on Saturday morning, then heading to the Mackinaw Valley Vineyard for a concert in the evening. This vineyard hosts Saturday night concerts during the summer. It's BYOB food and booze, but it's also a chance for the vineyard to showcase (and sell) their tasty wine. It's always a gooooood time when wine is involved!

For this Friday's recipe, I'm bringing out the comfort classics: Meatless Meatloaf.

Meat-eaters, before you cringe, just hear me out. I once served this to my very saavy 80-year old grandparents and they had no idea it wasn't meatloaf until I told them. Wes eats like a velociraptor (more MEAT, woman!), but he LOVES this dish. It looks unappealing going into the oven, but while it's baking fairy godmothers sprinkle magic dust on it and it comes out looking, smelling, and sort-of tasting, like meatloaf.

Here's the recipe. The ingredients look weird, but remember, like a go-to science experiment (baking soda volcano, anyone?), it always turns out okay:

Meatless Meatloaf

1 (16oz) package of cottage cheese (regular or low-fat work best)
4 eggs or equivalent egg substitute
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 (1oz) envelope Dry Onion Soup Mix
1/2 a package of meatloaf seasoning mix
1 cup walnuts
3 cups Cornflakes (2 if you like wet meatloaf, 4 if you like dry meatloaf)

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees and spray a loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, measure out cornflakes.
  3. In a blender or food processor combine all ingredients EXCEPT the walnuts and cornflakes. Blend throurougly.
  4. Add walnuts to blender or food processor and pulse until the walnuts are chopped finely, but not liquefied (the finely chopped walnuts gives the meatloaf a more "meaty" texture). If you're lazy, you can just do like I did and put them in with all the ingredients and blend. Both ways work.
  5. Pour wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until all coated.
  6. Pour batter into the loaf pan and bake for 35-40 minutes or until browned.
  7. Let rest for 10 minutes before cutting and serving.

I took the "lazy route": toss everything in the blender.

It looks like barf at this point, but don't worry!

Into the pan

BAM--Meatless Meatloaf!

If you try it out let me know what you think! The leftovers are really good as a cold "meatloaf" sandwich!

Continuing on the Fun Friday train, I saw this hilarious video. I like playing with Wii Fit (we play it when I visit my sister), but I can't help but think the same things:

Let's wrap up this Fun Friday with a few weekend workout jams to get ya moving. Here's a selection of what I'm diggin' on my Ipod right now (click the hyperlinks to hear the song on YouTube):

1. Funnel of Love by Wanda Jackson
(I heard it during the credits of last week's Entourage and it got stuck in my head! An oldie I hadn't heard before!)

2. G.R.I.N.D. by Asher Roth
(It has a good beat for running or walking)

3. This Instant by Sophia Fresh (ft. T-Pain)
(For booty shaking! From the Step Up 3D soundtrack)

4. I Can't Get Enough by Rooney
(I posted this a few weeks ago, but now that they're playing it on the radio, I think it deserves a re-post!)

5. Tighten Up by The Black Keys
(Soulful--and such a cute and hilarious music video too!)

To see other Fun Friday videos and posts, click here.

Have a fantabulous weekend, friends! It's almost August, so get out there and enjoy the summertime!

Q.O.D. (questions of the day): Any awesome weekend plans? Do you/have you played Wii Fit? What did you think? Have a yummy recipe, funny video, or upbeat song to share? Post it below! Let's get a sharefest going!


  1. Oh! Have so much fun at the outdoor event. That sounds amazing. And yes, things are always better with some good wine.

  2. I LOVE the meatloaf idea. I might do that next week. Any suggestions though on subbing the seasoning packet (usually not gluten free)?

    I love it - keep them coming. Have fun. Xoxoxo

  3. @Tina--Thanks, hopefully it doesn't rain (there a chance it will!) boo :(

    @Erica--instead of a seasoning packet, you could use some vegetable bullion granules, Worcestershire or Soy Sauce, and seasoning salt. Also, "Morton Sausage and Meatloaf Seasoning" is gluten-free according to their FAQs:

    I hope this helps! :)

  4. Love your recipe for meatless meatloaf! I think I could actually get my meat loving hubster to enjoy that one!

    Your pupsters look adorable. My mother has a Lowchen named "Mocha". She looks a lot like your little white pup.