Grands Recipe Makeover

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In July, the Grands prepared mini meatloaves, mashed cauliflower, and baked apples. Each Grand created their own unique spice blend before starting. They had multiple options to choose from, with the Cajun blend and chili blend being the most popular choices.

Spice blends, Chili and Cajun seasoning

Next, we went to the kitchen where the Grands divided into groups. One group washed and cored the apples to prepare baked apples. Once the apples were cored, they were filled with a mixture of spices and brown sugar. After that, they were put into the microwave for baking. I must say that this writer finds cooking in the microwave like this to be a new experience. However, the end result was as delicious as any apple baked in the oven.

Two women process apples

The second group in our class took charge of preparing mini meatloaves. Although not everyone was fond of meatloaf, our teacher, Miss Kathy, encouraged us to keep an open mind and at least taste a bite. The group worked diligently, combining the customary ingredients such as bread crumbs, onions, and egg, and then added a unique ingredient – salsa. Some of the group members still had their doubts, but the meatloaves were baked in the oven nonetheless.

A collage of women preparing meat to go in muffin trays

The third group was occupied with preparing mashed cauliflower, which is considered a healthier alternative to mashed potatoes. Some individuals were skeptical about this choice, as mashed potatoes are often paired with meatloaf like peanut butter and jelly. Nevertheless, the women proceeded to boil the cauliflower, gather the necessary ingredients, and blend everything together.

Women watch a pot boiling on a stove

We were all set to do the taste test and were pleasantly surprised by Miss Kathy’s culinary picks once again. The mini meatloaves were moist and flavorful, the mashed cauliflower was creamy and delicious, and the baked apples were just the right balance of soft and crunchy. The meal had a nostalgic feel of being back at your mom’s kitchen table in the Fall, but with a modern twist.