Grain-Free Meatloaf

Mmmm. (Okay, pretend I got a better picture, and imagine a nice piece on your plate, smothered in homemade ketchup. Work with me here, please?)

Regardless of whether you’re grain-free or not, this recipe is still a winner. This meatloaf packs extra eggs, almonds (in the form of flour), even butternut squash. And you really, truly can’t tell. Even my dad ate it (and he hates squash, like REALLY hates squash). Making meatloaf is an art, not a science. You need some meat (duh!), some sort of dry grain-like substance (flour, oatmeal, etc.), some sort of wet binder (tomatoes, usually), eggs, and seasoning. Everything else is optional, and ratios can be flexible. Katie at Kitchen Stewardship had a great post giving basic suggestions for ingredients and ratios. Very helpful! I used her suggestions to create my own GAPS-friendly meatloaf. You’ll note that my recipe uses more eggs than usual. . . this is because (a) they’re really good for you, and (b) I used some coconut flour as part of my flour in the recipe, and coconut flour soaks up a lot of egg for very little flour. Here’s what I created:

Line up of all the ingredients (ignoring all the extra kitchen appliances that are cluttering the picture :-P) . . .

And everything plopped in the bowl, with the pans awaiting stuffing. . .

Grain-Free Meatloaf

5-6 lbs ground beef (or other ground meat)
2/3 cup coconut flour
1- 1/2 cups almond flour
2 cups squash
6-12 oz. tomato paste
10 eggs
2 cups diced onion
8 cloves garlic, minced (or 2 t powder)
4 teaspoons salt
4-5 teaspoons Italian seasoning

Mix all. Press/form into pans (can make meatloaf or meatballs) and bake at 350 degrees until done – approximately 1 hour, 20-30 minutes for meatballs. With this amount of mixture, I can fill a 9×13 casserole, an 8×11 casserole, a large loaf pan, and still have enough left to get about 25 meatballs in a 9×9 square casserole.

I like to slice up the extras into squares, and flash freeze on cookie sheets, then pop them off and throw them in ziplocs. Makes for easy leftovers on I-am-too-exhausted-or-busy-to-make-supper nights :-).


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. hannahpi
    Jun 16, 2011 @ 16:21:44

    Yep, these are yummy! I can attest.


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