Recipes + Tips

Meatloaf

Meatloaf is a comfort food that many people love. But often times it is so heavy that you can only eat it once in a while. This recipe lightens things up a bit, without compromising the flavor! This one has become a favorite in our household, as we try to eat gluten free most of the time! And there is nothing in here but squeaky clean ingredients, so you can make this comforting dish as often as you like, without any of the guilt!

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs. ground beef
  • 1/2 Onion, finely diced
  • 1 Small Carrot, peeled and finely diced
  • 3 Cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup oats or almond flour
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tbs, dried parsley

Sauce:

  • 2 cups Tomato Sauce
  • 2 tbs. Coconut Sugar or 4-5 Mejol Dates, pitted
  • 2 tbs. Coconut Aminos (can substitute tamari or low-sodium soy sauce)
  • 2 tsp. Dijon Mustard

Directions:

  1. Preheat Oven to 375.
  2. If using dates, place them in a bowl and cover with boiling water. Let soak for about 5 min.
  3. In a blender, add tomato sauce, coconut aminos, dijon mustard and coconut sugar or dates. Blend until smooth. (note if the sauce seems too thin, simply place in a sauce pan and cook down over medium high heat, stirring frequently, until the sauce begins to thicken. 
  4. In a large bowl, combine the remaining ingredients, as well as about 1/4 of the sauce mixture. With your hands, begin to incorporate all the ingredients. Be careful not to over mix, as this could result in a tougher texture.
  5. Lightly grease a loaf pan or 8×8 baking dish with olive oil (or oil of choice). Place half of the remaining sauce on the bottom of the pan. Pour meat mixture on top and lightly press down to form a loaf. Pour remaining sauce over the top.
  6. Bake for 45 min. to an hour, or until the loaf is cooked through. Check every few minutes towards the end to insure you don’t over cook it!  Remove from oven. *Note: There will be some grease that comes to the surface during the baking process. This is normal! Simply place a spatula or wooden spoon on top of the meatloaf to hold it in the pan, and pour off the grease. Let cool for a few minutes and then dig in!

Serving Suggestions: Goes great with mashed potatoes and green beans, over creamy polenta with roasted asparagus, or with cauliflower rice and blistered cherry tomatoes