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    Hi, newbie here, tried a primal meatloaf recipe the other night which was pretty disappointing (I substituted coconut flour for regular wheat flour), very dry and a bit odd tasting. Anyone have an awesome meatloaf recipe that is tasty and sliceable (not crumbly)? Thanks!

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    you don't need bread crumbs if you just do meat, eggs, and lots of dried herbs/spices. The dried herbs act as breading.
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    • #3
      agreed, I also used dried minced onions or shallots.
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      • #4
        Eggs and cheese work really well as binders for meatloaf - that is if you eat any cheese - here is a personal favorite recipe of mine:

        2 pounds ground beef
        4 ounces onion, chopped, 1 medium
        1 tablespoon coconut oil
        1/3 cup Ketchup or tomato sauce
        2 cloves garlic, minced
        2 eggs
        1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
        1 teaspoon salt
        1 teaspoon pepper
        1 tablespoon No-Salt Seasoning or chili powder
        6 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded, 1 1/2 cups

        In a small skillet, sautÚ the onion in oil until caramelized. Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl. Line a 7x11" or 9x13" baking pan with nonstick foil. Put the meat mixture in the pan and shape into a loaf. Bake at 375║ for 40-50 minutes, or until a meat thermometer reads 140║.

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        • #5
          we really like the one in the Everyday Paleo cookbook. this is also new on our list of yummy meatloafs: Caramelized Onion Stuffed BBQ Meatloaf | Life As A Plate
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          • #6
            Originally posted by otaku30 View Post
            Eggs and cheese work really well as binders for meatloaf - that is if you eat any cheese - here is a personal favorite recipe of mine:

            2 pounds ground beef
            4 ounces onion, chopped, 1 medium
            1 tablespoon coconut oil
            1/3 cup Ketchup or tomato sauce
            2 cloves garlic, minced
            2 eggs
            1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
            1 teaspoon salt
            1 teaspoon pepper
            1 tablespoon No-Salt Seasoning or chili powder
            6 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded, 1 1/2 cups

            In a small skillet, sautÚ the onion in oil until caramelized. Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl. Line a 7x11" or 9x13" baking pan with nonstick foil. Put the meat mixture in the pan and shape into a loaf. Bake at 375║ for 40-50 minutes, or until a meat thermometer reads 140║.
            oooh...another to try this week! Never tried to make a meatloaf with cheese before! You can never have too many meatloaf recipes IMO.
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            • #7
              Wow, thanks everyone!

              Wow, thanks everyone!
              That recipe looks great, Otaku30, going to try it next! And yes, more dried herbs and eggs might have helped. Actually, kennelmom, the one I originally used was the one in Everyday Paleo, but I had the bright idea to substitute almond meal (which I didn't have on hand) with coconut flour....obviously not interchangeable!

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              • #8
                Well, it's not strictly primal, but I use the recipe on the back of the Lipton soup mix. It requires 2 eggs, 2 lbs ground meat (I use grass fed), 3/4 cup bread crumbs, 1/4 cup ketchup, 3/4 cup water and a pack of the soup mix. I think those are the right amounts but may be slightly off. I substitute almond flour for the bread crumbs and it actually tastes better than with bread crumbs. I have also used tomato paste instead of ketchup. Ketchup and the soup mix have about 40 grams total carbs but spread out over all the people that eat that in my house, that is a very minimal carb intake. At some point, trying to make something perfectly primal is kind of silly in my mind, a bit of ketchup spread out over four people eating is not going to have much impact on you.

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                • #9
                  I also add liver that I put through the food processor. It helps to bind and gives the loaf a really nice smooth texture and depth of flavor.

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                  • #10
                    Check out Finn & Greg's over at Modern Paleo Warfare! NSFW language, often ...
                    Modern Paleo Warfare: Paleo Protein Meat loaf (aka I would do anything for Paleo...but I won't do that...well, actually...)
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                    • #11
                      I haven't posted here in forever, but I tried okatu's meat loaf with cheese last night and it was a big hit; even my non-meat-loaf-lover son was a fan!

                      ETA: Oh! I see not only have I not posted here in forever, but I actually have never posted here. I thought there was at least one time

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                      • #12
                        I made this recipe into patties and cooked them in a cast iron pan drenched in bacon grease. They were wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe, okatu!

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                        • #13
                          Before my primal days, my sister was diagnosed with celiac so I adjusted my meatloaf recipe to use brown rice crumbs but after becoming primal I left them out all together and it was still really moist.

                          2lbs grass fed ground beef
                          1lb ground pork
                          a handful of carrots, onions, sliced up zucchini & sqaush
                          2 eggs
                          1/2 C milk
                          seasonings (italian seasonings, salt, pepper...whatever herbs you prefer)
                          Beat the eggs & milk together. Puree the veggies in the Vitamix. Mix the meat together then add in the eggs and pureed veggies. At this point I make 2-3 loaves and freeze them until we are ready but you can adjust the recipe to your liking. It is really versitle. I used to cover it with a ketchup/brownsugar/wors. sauce mixture and will likely just make some paleo ketchup to spread across the top.

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                          • #14
                            I would suggest not adding the coconut flour. It only serves to make the meat really dry and crumbly, and I'm sure you don't want any of that!

                            If you're worried about binders, like everyone has said, just add eggs.
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                            • #15
                              No need for crackers or anything like that in meatloaf, that only came to play in the mid 1900's when wives tried to make the meat stretch so they added fillers.

                              We are having greek stuffed meatloaf tonight, it will go something like this:

                              STUFFED MEATLOAF

                              4 lbs ground beef
                              1 lb ground sausage
                              2 finely chopped onions
                              3 TBL dried parsley
                              1-2 TBL worchestershire sauce
                              1 TBL granulated garlic
                              1 TBL cracked pepper
                              3 eggs

                              Mix together, easier to do if the meat comes to room temp first. (add in 3-4 TBL dried veggie flakes if you have them, we are out right now)

                              Pat out into a large rectangle onto of wax paper, depending on how much meat you are using, with this amount the rectangle will be almost as big as a small cookie sheet. Down the middle of the rectangle layer:
                              SPinach leaves, dont be stingy
                              Roasted Red peppers, we are using then out of the jar
                              feta cheese, we will use about 1 1/2 cups for this amount

                              You can either roll this up, or you can bring both sides up together. either way make sure the egdes are sealed, put on a baking sheet and bake.

                              Other flavor variations:
                              Mushrooms and swiss
                              Ham, cheese, mustard
                              slightly cooked greens, like mustard greens, with ham
                              Sauerkraut (drained) and chopped smoked sausage
                              spinach leaves, whole hard boiled eggs
                              Mushrooms, sauted onions and garlic and blue cheese
                              chicken breast cooked, in a hot wing style sauce, and blue cheese and onion slivers
                              veggies in a thick curry sauce

                              Endless possibilities, great place to shove left overs or odds and ends that need to be used up
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