It’s been a minute since I posted a recipe, huh?
Well, this is a good one, especially with the unseasonably cool weather we’re having here in Southwest Ohio!
Say what you want about meatloaf, I love it. My mom makes good meatloaf, and maybe that’s why. To me, it’s comforting. It goes with anything. And although it isn’t a super quick meal to make, it lasts a long time and it’s pretty easy.
When I changed my diet to being mostly paleo, I eventually went looking for a good meatloaf recipe. Meatloaf usually has breadcrumbs in it (strike one!), and the best ones are topped with that awesome ketchup based glaze (strike two, lots of sugar).
But man, I found a recipe that I like. If you want to try it, you can find it here. It’s pretty good… but I think I’ve improved on it a bit.
The last time I made this recipe, I forgot to buy tomato paste to help it knit together. I stewed, rather like my fictional tomatoes, trying to decide what to do.
And then I had a stroke of genius. I had canned pumpkin. I added most of the can of pumpkin to my meatloaf and baked it up. I also added quite a few eggs and as usual, kind of punted on the seasonings.
So now, we’ve got whole 30, AIP, Gluten free, paleo meatloaf! Woo!
The results were excellent. I made one full size meatloaf and two baby size ones, and I ate meatloaf for at least a week. But I love leftovers, so that was fine by me!
Here’s the complete recipe:
- 3 pounds Ground beef
- 3 eggs
- medium white onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1/2 cup almond meal or flour
- 8 ounces canned pumpkin (NOT pie filling. Don’t do that to yourself)
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 1/4 tsp dried basil
- 1/2 tsp italian seasoning
- 1 T oregano
- Preheat oven to 350.
- In a large bowl, mix all ingredients together. The better mixed, the better your results will be. Really get in there!
- Place meatloaf in greased loaf pans (I used one large and two small)
- Bake for an hour or until cooked through (less time for the little guys!)
- Top with a can of tomato sauce + 2 tsp italian seasoning, if desired.