So I have a confession. It’s kind of a silly confession. I have been married 3 years, and have been cooking a ton since the beginning. This whole time, I have been TERRIFIED to make a meatloaf. I never have, up until this past month. Why? I’ll tell you why.
Naturally, I am a writer. So I have that slightly dramatic, sometimes forgetting what is real life and what is story sort of mind. Growing up, I read lots of books, and now that I am married to Mr. Rodgers, I watch quite a few movies. And you know what one constant thread seems to be in lots of those stories?! A couple has been married for years, they get into a horrible fight and in a fit of anger the husband yells, “I never liked your meatloaf!” And then the wife breaks down crying because she thought it was his favorite. Or the father pays the kids to eat the meatloaf. Or everyone slips it under the table to the dog. So many versions all communicating one thing to my food-passionate brain: Your husband will secretly hate meatloaf, even if you think it’s good. Meatloaf is gross. Don’t even try.
And so I didn’t. But since we switched to a more paleo-based diet, Mr. Rodgers has been in need of very protein heavy meals. Meatloaf just seemed like an easy option. Then, I downloaded Abel James’ recipe app. Lo and behold, there were meatloaf recipes!! So I decided to be brave and try one because, after all, if the husband hated it, I could always blame it on Abel James. (Sorry to throw you under the bus dude!!) HOWEVER, there was no need to cast blame, because my husband LOVED IT! (As you probably guessed from the title of this post ;)) And he wasn’t just saying that either, he asked for seconds 😉 So…for any of you nervous wives out there, here it is. A husband approved meatloaf!! Adapted ever so slightly from Abel James:
Here’s what you need:
- 1 lb Ground Beef, Preferably Grass Fed
- 1 lb Turkey Bacon (Or pork if you are into pork! We try to steer clear of it except for on special occasions)
- 1o oz Jar Sun Dried Tomatoes, minced (Original called for Fire-Roasted but I got sun dried by mistake…but the twangy flavor they added was what Mr. Rodgers loved the best!)
- 1 Red Onion, Minced
- 1 Bell Pepper, Minced
- 4 Cloves Garlic, Minced
- 2 Eggs
- 1/2 C Almond Flour
- 1/2 C Flax Meal
- 2 Tbsp Oregano (Or if you have some leftover homemade Italian seasoning like we use in the sausage…that’s good too!)
- Sea salt and pepper
And here’s how you do it, easy peasy
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Prep veggies. Mince bacon as small as possible, unless you have a meat grinder.
- Combine everything in a large bowl. Grease a loaf pan with a small amount of grass fed butter, then form your meat mixture into a loaf in the pan.
- Bake for an hour or so, until top is browned and middle is cooked. Preferrably, use a meat thermometer to make sure the temp gets to 165*.
- Let cool for a few minutes before cutting into it. We were starving and cut into it right away so it fell apart a little. But when you are that hungry, you just don’t care haha!!
Preheat oven to 400*! Mince everything up small…
And put it all together in a large bowl!
And use your hands to mix it all up until combined well, hahaha!! I had a helper! Doesn’t he look excited?! 😀
Look at all those delicious ingredients all mixed up and ready to be yummy!
Form into a loaf in a lightly greased loaf pan. (Why yes, yes we were watching Parks and Rec while we made this meatloaf. Don’t be jealous.)
And cook for about an hour until the top is browned and the middle is done, to at least 165* 🙂
Here it is beside the best brussels sprouts ever!!
Hallelujah, holy yum, there is hope for meatloaf after all!! 😀 What is your favorite meatloaf recipe?!