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Super Simple Grain Free Meatloaf

I have a few different styles of meatloaf recipes up my sleeve. How I make them is completely dependent on how much time I have and what ingredients I have on hand. If I have a lot of time and want to get creative, OR I feel like we need a little more veggies in our lives, I’ll make my Hidden Veggie Grain Free Meatloaf. My Mom makes her meatloaf a little different than I do, so if I’m feeling a little reminiscent of my childhood, I’ll make it like she does. For those days that require a meatloaf that assembles quickly I”ll make my Super Simple Grain Free Meatloaf recipe. After all, it takes a while to bake in the oven, and in the words of Veruca from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, “I want it now!”.

Today, I needed simple and quick. No chopping and hardly any measuring involved! Throw it all in a bowl, mix it up and toss it in the oven. Well, I don’t literally throw it in a bowl nor do I toss it in the oven, but you get the picture. Its QUICK and EASY!

For this recipe you will need:

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1 tsp each
    • Garlic powder
    • onion powder
    • salt
    • pepper

You may notice one or two ingredients missing from this recipe that’s found in almost ALL other meatloaf recipes. There’s one in particular that I’m thinking of. Any guesses?

Ketchup!! I leave it out for a couple reasons.

  1. My kids add ketchup to the finished product anyway, so I don’t see a reason to use more in the recipe.
  2. To keep the sugars low. I typically eat a low carb diet. Usually more along the lines of a ketogenic diet. Those extra sugars in the ketchup add up and can bump me out of ketosis.

That being said, if you like ketchup in your meatloaf, go ahead and add it in there! I couldn’t give you a measurement on how much to add because I don’t add any, just add enough to make you happy! I do have a little secret about how to tell if your meatloaf is going to taste good before you even bake it. Keep reading to find out 😛

Instructions for a Super Simple Grain Free Meatloaf

  • Put all ingredients in a bowl
Look how dark those yolks are!
It’s always nice to have an extra set of hands in the kitchen 😉 My youngest, Asher was my kitchen buddy today!
  • Mix everything together
The easiest way to mix meatloaf is with your hands. Unfortunately the meat is so cold it almost hurts! If you have time, try to take the meat out of the fridge about a half hour before you get started.

BONUS TIP:

  • If you add any extras (like the ketchup I was talking about above) and want to make sure the meatloaf is going to taste great before you bake it, use this little tip that I learned from Rachel Ray’s TV show years ago. Just cook a tiny bit in a frying pan to make sure the seasonings are just right! Its as simple as that! I never understood the phrase “season to taste” in a recipe that includes raw meat like meatballs or meatloaf until I heard this trick! I used to think the chefs were insinuating to taste it raw and make sure the flavor is good. I guess cooking a very small piece of the meat mixture makes more sense! 😉
I made 2 so my little cooking buddy could taste. It was Asher approved!

  • Shape into a loaf and put it in pan of choice. For me, I like to make this recipe into 2 loaves. This way I have 1 for dinner and the other for lunch then next day. If you don’t need leftovers, half of this recipe is perfect for our family of 2 adults and 2 kids.

Meatloaf freezes well. Just bake as usual, let cool and freeze the second loaf if it isn’t needed as leftovers. When ready to use, just thaw in the fridge and reheat in the oven.
  • Bake uncovered at 400° for about 30 to 50 minutes depending on the size of your loaf. If you make 1 loaf, it will take longer and if you separate it into 2 loaves it will take a little less. Alternatively, you could press the loaf down flat into a dish to shorten baking time even more if you were in a hurry.

  • Let loaf cool for a few minutes before slicing.

I think meatloaf goes great with mashed potatoes and a green vegetable. What do you like with your meatloaf? Let me know 🙂

Super Simple Grain Free Meatloaf

This is a simple remake of the classic meatloaf. Replacing the breadcrumbs with almond flour helps keep this recipe moist and flavorful while keeping it low carb.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Beef
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8 servings
Author MommaDarlin

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup almond flour

1 tsp each

  • Garlic powder
  • onion powder
  • salt
  • pepper

Instructions

  1. Put all ingredients in a bowl and mix everything together
  2. Shape into a loaf and put in pan of choice. This can be done as 1 big loaf or 2 small loaves. Whichever you choose.
  3. Bake uncovered at 400° for about 30 to 50 minutes. Smaller loaves will take closer to 30 minutes and 1 larger loaf will take about 50 minutes.

  4. Let loaf cool and then slice.

Recipe Notes

You can add ketchup if desired. To make sure you've added the right amount, you can cook a very small amount of the mixture in a frying pan and adjust any seasonings as needed. 

I make this recipe into 2 different loaves. We eat 1 for dinner and the other for leftovers the next day. The extra loaf could also be frozen for a later meal. Just thaw in the fridge and reheat in the oven when you need a quick dinner with no prepwork!

I like to serve this with my Super Simple Mashed Potatoes and a green veggie.

What do you like to serve with meatloaf? Let us all know in the comments below!

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