my best "almost" paleo meatloaf

On one sunday night this conversation occurred:

:::scene is sunday night dinner eating our favorite meatloaf::::
hubby: did you blog this meatloaf?
me: no
hubby: why?
me: it's ugly
hubby: but its really good!
me: true
hubby: I'm willing to bet your fans don't really care what it looks like as long as it tastes good.
And so here I am with my meatloaf.
It's such a hit in the house, I'm certain you'll love it too even if it is ugly.  LOL
I don't have a lot of photos as I never thought I would be posting this, but then again photos of raw meatloaf aren't that great anywho.....
I served this with roasted butternut squash chunks and roasted potato & red onion chunks.
I call this paleo as we do very little carbs these days (mostly save them for the weekends).
So without the carbs added in the meatloaf the loaf itself won't "puff up" much, it will be thin/flat and yes, ugly.
The leftovers are so good with morning eggs.  So good!

my best paleo meatloaf
from vanillasugarblog.com
print recipe

loaf ingredients:
1 lb of 85% lean ground beef
2 large eggs
1/4 cup of minced small sweet onion (minced really fine--I used a grater)
salt & pepper
handful of fresh parsley, chopped

loaf topping:
3-4 TB dijon mustard
a few dashes of Worcestershire sauce
1-2 TB coarse sugar crystals

cook notes:
If you want to make a larger loaf just use 2 lbs of beef and double up all the loaf ingredients (except for the loaf toppings).

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray or grease up a small loaf pan, mini's work really good too.
Mix all the loaf ingredients in a bowl using your hands.
Place into a loaf in pan.
In a small bowl, mix the dijon mustard with a couple dashes of the Worcestershire sauce.
Place this mixture on fairly thick on top of meatloaf, then sprinkle with pepper, then sprinkle with the course sugar.
Place in oven and bake about 20-35 minutes? Or until done.  Sorry can't remember how long I baked this; I just watch for doneness, which I think was at the 30-minute mark? It bakes up quick as there are no fillers.


  1. Meatloaf is such a comforting dish!!!

  2. Omg yumm! Looks so good!

  3. Scrumptious and comforting!



  4. Looks delicious to me!

  5. How is it always the ugliest food that's the most delicious?! Sometimes I refuse to blog it if it's too unphotogenic and the.boy always thinks I'm crazy!

  6. I think it's gorgeous! You hear me beautiful little meatloaf? You are a beauty!

  7. My manservant would love to be in your house. He doesn't want to eat any carbs but I still use them, way too much!

  8. This sounds great! Love that it's low carb. I save my carbs for dessert. Minis sound perfect and if I only blogged things that were gorgeous, my blog would have like two recipes. Taste is what counts!

  9. meatloaf is never pretty but i really do love it! yum!

  10. The Russians have something similar to meatloaf that they fry up in breaded patties. They call it "katlet vit dzyose" (aka cutlet with sauce). Not the prettiest either.

    Meatloaf is not the prettiest dish and yours looks just delicious!
    I love the idea of coarse sugar crystals in the sauce.
    And leftovers for breakfast w eggs is such an awesome breakfast idea. xo

  11. It's true - I don't care what it looks like, as long as it tastes great!

  12. Sometimes the ugly food are the tastiest! Love the short ingredient list here. I'm glad you shared the recipe with us!


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