You may not have noticed, but the people from Paleo Parents have come out with a cute cookbook for kids called Eat Like A Dinosaur. We've cooked a few recipes out of it, and we're considering getting a copy for Grace's school. They're always sending home paleo recipes (even though they're not a paleo school), and I think it would be good for them to have a kid's cookbook for other gluten free kids like Grace.
One of the recipes in this book is Rat on a Stick-- a nod to Shrek (one of my favorite movies. Birds that explode when they sing? Yes, thank you.)
As Grace & I were cooking this, the sick little cogs in my head began to tick. Oh the twist I could put on this!
So I did. I'm warning you now, if you are squeamish or lack a (morbid) sense of humor, find another blog to read for today.
What you'll need:
2 lbs ground beef (preferably grass fed. If you can't afford GF, try a mix of lean ground beef & ground Italian turkey sausage)
1/2 spaghetti squash
2-4 roma tomatoes
2-4 celery stalks
pork jowl bacon (optional)
Your favorite meatloaf seasonings (or view my meatloaf recipe here)
Preheat oven 350F
Begin by splitting your squash in half lengthwise and removing the seeds. Place face down and stab repeatedly ala Norman Bates. Place in oven and cook for 30-45 mins.
Meanwhile, chop your celery & tomatoes
When spaghetti squash is done, remove from oven and allow to cool. When cool enough to handle, use fork to string out spaghetti squash strands.
Line a baking sheet with tinfoil.
Mix your meat with meatloaf seasonings. Divide thoroughly mixed meat into thirds. Grab a chunk and pat it out into a nice patty steak.
Plunk a pile of spaghetti squash down. Sprinkle with currants. Do you see where this is going?
Next, place celery into the belly of the beast. Mmmm... looks like furball had a great, paleo lunch!
Last, stuff the pectoral region with tomatoes. Thump-thump. Thump-thump.
If you are using avocados, now is a good time to grab a nice chunk of it and stuff it where brains would be.
Repeat above steps for additional R.O.U.S.
Take your last 1/3 meat mix and cut it in half. Make another patty steak and place on top. Carefully mold together the top and bottom until you have a meatloaf-sized carcass. Skewer. Just for effect. It will not hold together if you try to pick it up with the skewer so don't try. It just makes me giggle is all.
Cut your tinfoil in half and wrap it around your beast. Toss on grill and cook thoroughly. About 20-30 mins.
For extra effect, use pork jowl bacon for ears. Top with your favorite Q' or ketchup (we use Simply Heinz. Very basic ingredient list. Quite nice, really)
Tuck in, dudes!