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.
Grain Free Meatloaf
- 2 lbs ground beef
- 2 eggs
- 1 medium onion
- 5 cloves of garlic
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 2 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- optional -1/2 tsp ground mustard
- Optional glaze -
- 6 oz tomato paste
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 Tbsp honey
- Butter for sauteing and for greasing the loaf pan.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Butter a glass loaf pan
- Dice onions and mince garlic
- Saute the onions in butter until they are translucent and then add the garlic for a couple of minutes. Do not burn the garlic!
- While the garlic and onions saute, prepare the glaze: heat the tomato sauce, salt and honey in a saucepan and stir together until combined. Remove from heat and set to the side.
- Combine the meat, eggs, sauteed garlic and onion, salt, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, nutmeg and ground mustard in a mixing bowl and combine.
- Form into a loaf and place in the loaf pan
- Spread the glaze over the meatloaf
- Bake for 30-40 minutes. (We're looking for an internal temp of 160 degrees)
- Let the meatloaf sit for 10 minutes after removing from the oven.
- Slice and serve