Grain Free Meatloaf Recipe
The first time I made meatloaf it was a sweet disaster. You see, I didn’t have a recipe for meatloaf and these were the days before I knew that recipe websites existed. (Omg, how old am I?) I gathered all of the most interesting tips for the perfect meatloaf from my mother, mother-in-law and a couple of aunts-in-law and put them all together in one dish.
I had meatloaf tips galore! Use crushed Saltines; use only crushes Ritz crackers; bread crumbs are the best! Add a honey glaze to the top and brown sugar to the meat mixture. Pour ketchup over it! Mix ketchup and brown sugar in the meatloaf AND on top. Oh my!
It was not good.
It was quite sweet. I may have gotten carried away with the brown sugar suggested by at least two of my meatloaf mentors.
My darling husband suffered through and choked it down but I flat out refused to eat more than two bites. It was hands-down the worst dish I have ever made. Eleven years after the “Sweet Meat Fiasco of 2001” I have come a long way with my meatloaf recipe.
Perfect Paleo Meatloaf Recipe
When my family began our real food journey, I began creating recipes that reduced the amount of wheat and grains we consumed. It’s time consuming to properly prepare grains and we all feel better when we eat fewer grains. We prefer to consume wheat in yummier forms like pancakes, waffles or sourdough bread when we do eat it.
It was tough to find a meatloaf recipe without bread crumbs, though. So, I created one. It didn’t fall apart like others had assured me it would if I didn’t add bread crumbs or crushed crackers.
Also, I omitted all of that brown-sugar business that I’d been told was crucial for a yummy meatloaf. It’s not. If it was, however, I would have use coconut sugar instead of brown sugar. I did use honey in the glaze, however, which provides a wonderful flavor balance to the savory meatloaf.