From standard meatloaf to Paleo meatloaf with just a few small changes!
The humble meatloaf is a long time household favourite. Not only is it a fantastic choice for leftovers, but it is reasonably cheap as well as being so simple to prepare. And with a couple of subtle modifications the recipe can be altered enough to be categorized as a fully approved Paleo Meatloaf! If you have actually never tried it before, have a look at the recipes below and see for yourself just what it is you have actually been missing!
As you probably already know, the Paleo diet plan is about enjoying food that is in its natural form and that can either be hunted or gathered. Keeping this in mind, the humble meatloaf does not truly take much altering at all so you can feel comfortable in serving up a fully fledged Paleo meatloaf.
There are a few specs that you need to be aware of but the beauty of a Paleo Meatloaf is in its simplicity. It’s another one of those meals that taste just as great (some would say even better!) the second time around so don’t be afraid to make heaps that will last a few additional meals! As long as you stay away from the non authorized Paleo items such as grains, artificial sweeteners and especially any processed or synthetic foods, you should be right and you can always add many more different but natural ingredients.
First thing to focus on is the main ingredient… the beef for the Paleo meatloaf! If you are lucky or fortunate enough to be able to get your hands on some home grown beef then great! However, most of us still have to purchase our food from the marketplace or grocery store and what you are trying to find there is Organic Beef which has been preferably grass fed – not grain fed.
Next substitute is the breadcrumbs. Now breadcrumbs are normally an essential part of a quality meatloaf but uh oh… no grains allowed in a Paleo Meatloaf! You can avoid this detail rather effortlessly by grinding up some oatmeal till it looks and feels the same consistency and texture of breadcrumbs.
Lots of meatloaf recipes call for using tomato sauce, ketchup or catsup. These are also not allowed as they often contain a lot of preservatives, add-ons and also high fructose corn syrup. Some folks following the Paleo meal plan, specifically time poor people, can be easily lured to use these but it is so simple to stay true and make Paleo diet plan friendly catsup… and it’s so easy!
All you have to do for your Paleo diet plan friendly catsup is to mix together a 6 ounce can of natural tomato paste with 2 Tbsp of vinegar, 1/4 cup water, 1/2 tsp each of sea salt, ground cloves, and allspice. You’re ready to go!
Now… to the recipes!
I have two recipes here for you to choose from. Just choose the one that appears the most appealing to you and get started on a yummy Paleo Meatloaf for you and your family tonight!
Paleo Meatloaf Recipe 1:
2 lbs. lean ground beef2 eggs1 tsp of sea salt1 stalk celery1 medium sized bell pepper, chopped1 medium sized onion, sliced1 teaspoon black pepper2/3 cup ground oatmeal1 tsp of thyme1 teaspoon of garlic1/2 cup catsup (recipe above)
Toss everything into a large mixing bowl but only use half the catsup as you will require the other half a little later. Mix together thoroughly. When blended, place the mixture into a softly greased pan. Now grab the remaining catsup and spread it evenly over the top of the meatloaf. Pop it straight into a 350 degree oven and let it cook for around half an hour.
Paleo Meat Loaf With Mushrooms
Mushroom fans will enjoy this one! The mushrooms not only contribute to the remarkable taste of this dish but also assist it bind together and all in all, it results in a very filling meal. Either served on its own or with a light side salad it will certainly become a family favourite! This recipe serves 5 Neanderthals!
2 lb ground beef1 1/2 tsp sea salt1 tsp ground black pepper1 egg1 medium onion, finely chopped2 cups white button mushrooms, carefully chopped1 tsp chili pepper flakes3 tsp fresh thyme, minced1 tsp fresh oregano, minced3 cloves garlic, minced1/2 cup homemade ketchup1 tbsp Paleo cooking fat
Like the first Paleo meatloaf recipe, all the ingredients are blended together, a loaf is formed and then the meatloaf is topped with catsup or homemade tomato sauce then popped in a 350 degree oven for about an hour or until the meat is cooked and not pink in the middle. The only difference in this one is that the mushrooms have to be cooked first. Over a medium heat in a skillet or fry pan, thaw the Paleo cooking fat and simply sauté the mushrooms until soft. This should not take more than 2 or 3 minutes.
So there you have it my friends, 2 different recipes for you to try. There are far more choices of Paleo dinners than people think and I hope that a yummy Paleo meatloaf becomes part of your weekly menu!
When first starting out with the Paleo lifestyle it may seem like your choices for meals are limited. However the closer you look and the deeper you dig, you will quickly see that there are countless options to live Paleo and they are not all bland and boring either!