What… this isn’t what you were expecting to see? Weird.
While I sooooooooo badly want to string random Meatloaf lyrics throughout this post… I’m going to do my best to refrain… but I make no promises. I have to know, though, do any of you share my fondness for Meatloaf (the dude, not the meal). Anyone?
Just so we’re clear, Meatloaf was a bit before my time. But my highschool basketball team had a certain affection for his music one season. I’m certain that none of us were drawn to his good looks, but you have to admit that his songs are pretty catchy and fun to sing
(two out of three ain’t bad).
Anyway, back to the other Rockin Meatloaf… the one that brought you to this post. You are still here, aren’t you? I always thought that I didn’t like meatloaf. I’m not sure why, I don’t even remember my mother ever making it. In fact, I don’t even remember ever trying it anywhere as a kid. I think I just didn’t like the name of it. Meat doesn’t sound like something that someone would want a loaf of. However, while I’m still not particularly fond of the name, at some point I decided to give it a go. I don’t know if I like other meatloaf, but I (
would do anything for) love my meatloaf. It rocks.
Wow… how bout we just get to the recipe already?! (
You took the words right out of my mouth.) I know that’s what you’re thinking.
- 2 Tbsp. coconut oil (or fat of choice)
- 3-4 slices bacon
- 2-3 medium carrots, peeled and chunked
- 2-3 handfuls baby spinach
- 1 handful of fresh basil
- 1 small onion, peeled and chunked
- 3-4 cloves garlic, peeled
- 7 oz. tomato paste or half cup of ketchup
- 2 lbs ground beef
- 1 cup almond flour
- 2 tsp. sea salt
- 1 tsp. ground black pepper
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
2. Melt coconut oil in a pan. Chop bacon into fine slices and saute until it starts to brown and crisp.
3. Meanwhile, put carrots, onion, carrots, spinach, basil and garlic into the food processor and process until fine.
4. Add veggie mixture to the bacon and sautee until the veggies start to soften. Add tomato paste (or ketchup) and stir to mix.
5. Transfer veggies and bacon to a large mixing bowl and allow to cool down.
6. Add ground beef, almond flour, salt & pepper and use your hands to combine everything together.
7. On a parchment lined baking sheet, divide the mixture into 2 parts and form 2 loaves.
8. Bake for approximately 45 minutes (or until done). So
freaking (my mother doesn’t allow me to use this word) good.
And my apologies to anyone that doesn’t know who Meatloaf is… or what the heck I’m talking about.
VARIATION: Use the same recipe to make the BEST meatballs ever… I mean EVER!