Like many comfort foods, meatloaf is delicious, but not that photogenic (hence, no pictures). But, it is super easy to throw together and bake! With little food in our refrigerator and minimal time to prep due to the gym’s November 1 opening, this was a time saver to pre-prep and then throw in the oven this morning so that we had lunch this afternoon. (So much for my grand scheme of pre-preparing a freezer/refrigerator full of paleo deliciousness prior to the opening. Whoops!)
Note that, like many things, meatloaf is pretty amenable to what you have on hand. Try different veggies or spices if you are so inclined, or substitute some ground pork or ground turkey in for some of the beef. Enjoy this easy recipe!
- 2 lb. ground beef
- 2 eggs
- 1 onion, finely diced
- 1 large carrot, peeled and finely diced
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- handful of basil, coarsely chopped
- 1 can tomato paste (6 oz)
- 1/2-3/4 t. ground black pepper
- 1 t. sea salt
- pinch red pepper flakes
- 1/2 c. almond meal
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix with your hands to combine. Pat it into a large glass loaf pan and bake for about 60 minutes. Let sit for 10 minutes before cutting (remove from or serve with pan drippings, as desired).
- And, of course, what would meatloaf be without a little ketchup. I briefly considered making my own…but then I remembered that nothing really beats Heinz 57.