Basic Meatloaf

Meatloaf is one of those comfort foods that never goes out of fashion. When it’s made at home with grass fed ground beef, it is also a very nutritious meal. Kids love it, adults love it, dogs love it (at least our one did!), so you really can’t go wrong with serving meatloaf. And there’s nothing quite like meatloaf leftovers the next day!

Meatloaf can be jazzed up in any number of ways – bacon strips on top, breadcrumbs mixed in, or mustard and/or ketchup for added flavor. But I’m keeping this one simple – it’s GAPS-friendly and Paleo-friendly. But feel free to jazz it up if you wish 🙂

Meatloaf is also a great way to sneak in organ meats – add some finely chopped or pureed liver or heart, and you’ve boosted the nutritional value without affecting the taste! You’re family will never know 🙂 Here is my recipe for Meatloaf with Beef Heart.

Basic Meatloaf

1 pound ground beef
½ pound ground pork (replace with ground beef if you don’t eat pork)
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 ¼ teaspoons sea salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
½ teaspoon dried thyme
½ teaspoon dried sage
2-3 tablespoons tomato paste
Red pepper flakes (optional, for a bit of spice)
1 egg

Sauce:
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 tablespoons filtered water
Dash of Worcestershire sauce (about ½ teaspoon – omit for GAPS)

1. Heat oven to 350F.
2. Mix all meatloaf ingredients in a large bowl.
3. Transfer the meatloaf mixture into a greased loaf pan.
4. Mix the sauce ingredients in a small bowl or measuring cup and coat the top of the loaf with the sauce.
5. Bake for 1 hour 10 minutes (until center reaches 170F).  The meatloaf will have pulled away from the sides of the pan.
6. Allow it to sit for a few minutes before cutting and serving.

Meatloaf ready to serve!

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9 Comment

  1. Yum! I’m thinking meatloaf with roast veggies sounds great!

    If you add in a few tablespoons grated/pureed liver it will boost the nutrition and you won’t be able to tell that it is in there : ) We add liver to our meatloaf and meatballs – delicious and gets us to eat more liver!

    Great recipe!

    1. Debbie says: Reply

      That’s a great idea, I’ll do that next time! Actually you’ve reminded me that I have a meatloaf recipe with beef heart, so I’ve just added a link to it from this post. Thanks for reminding me!

  2. shuhan says: Reply

    you know what, I actually ahve never ever had meatloaf before. It may sound very basic and everyday to most American families, but it never was part of my dinner growing up in an Asian household. I like the sound of it though, and would relaly love to try it! thanks for sharing the recipe, and all the ideas for jazzing it up (:

    1. Debbie says: Reply

      I bet you could make a delicious meatloaf! I love all of your recipes 🙂

  3. Hi Debbie,
    There is nothing better than a great basic meatloaf and your recipe looks awesome! Hope you are having a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
    Miz Helen

  4. This sounds so delicious. I used to hate meatloaf, but now I love it! Thanks for sharing at Healthy 2Day Wednesday; come back tomorrow and see if you were featured!

  5. Thank you for your submission on Nourishing Treasures’ Make Your Own! Monday link-up.

    Check back later tonight when the new link-up is running to see if you were one of the top 3 featured posts! 🙂

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