Perfect for a weeknight meal! This easy Paleo Meatloaf is made with ground beef, onions, carrots and a variety of delicious herbs and spices, and is topped off with a paleo dairy free gravy.
What is meatloaf?
According to Wikipedia Meatloaf has it’s origins in Europe, however I’m ashamed to say that I’d never tried meatloaf until very recently. Despite it’s apparent origins it’s not something you’re likely to see on a menu back home in the UK, but it’s very popular here in the USA.
It’s typically made with ground beef, formed into a loaf shape and usually baked in a loaf pan, or you can shape it by hand and cook it on a sheet pan in the oven.
The traditional versions usually contain breadcrumbs but because this is a gluten free, paleo and Whole30 version, we’re omitting them. But, if you want some fantastic Paleo Bread to serve alongside my Paleo meatloaf then you really need to check out this delicious recipe for Paleo Sandwich Bread from my friend Lindsay at Cotter Crunch.
How to make Paleo Meatloaf
This is a simple paleo meatloaf recipe and has the added health benefit of being packed with vegetables and having no refined sugar, so it’s perfect if you’re following the whole30 or paleo diets.
To start with, I saute the carrots and onions together as it helps bring out their natural sweetness.
Then, you need to add the ground beef, apple cider vinegar, coconut aminos, and the seasonings to a bowl and mix them really well to combine the mixture and make sure that the flavorings are properly distributed throughout the meat.
If you don’t have a loaf pan you can form it into a meatloaf shape and cook it on a baking sheet, but I prefer to use a loaf pan and shape it in there as it holds together better I think. Then you simply bake it in the oven for about an hour.
I have gravy that I love to serve with it, it’s entirely optional but it’s a nice addition. It’s dairy free and made with coconut milk and beef broth. It can be tricky to find paleo beef broth, you may have to make your own or order it from Amazon.
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BEST Paleo Meatloaf with Gravy!! (W30)
Perfect for a weeknight meal! This gluten free, primal,Paleo and Whole30 Meatloaf is packed with flavor and added vegetables!
- 2 large carrots peeled and shredded
- 1 onion finely chopped
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 lb ground beef chuck roast
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- 1 tsp thyme
- 1 tbsp coconut aminos or gluten free soy sauce if not paleo
- 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 tsp mustard powder
- 2 tbsp tomato paste
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 4 tbsp Paleo Ketchup
- 1.5 cups Beef Broth, gluten free 375mls
- 1 tsp fish sauce, I used red boat 5mls
- 1 can full fat coconut milk 400mls
- 3 tbsp Arrowroot (optional)
- salt and pepper to taste
Preheat your oven to 350F
Saute the onions and carrots together in the oil until the onions are soft but not browned, about five minutes.
In a bowl combine the beef, onion, carrots and all remaining ingredients (except the Paleo ketchup) and mix really well, you might need to get your hands in there!
Put the loaf pan onto a sheet pan (in case any juices come over the sides) and bake in your oven for about 1hr - 1hr 15 mins.
Depending on how high the fat content is in your ground beef, you might find that the meatloaf is swimming in fat when you take it out of the oven. This is normal and the meatloaf itself will not be too fatty as most of the fat will have rendered out during cooking.
Let it cool a little bit and remove from the loaf pan and put it on paper towels to absorb any excess fat, I think if you try and lift the meatloaf out when it's super hot and right out of the oven it may fall apart.
In a pan add the beef broth, coconut milk, and fish sauce.
Mix well and simmer on a medium heat for five minutes.
If you want to thicken your gravy you can use about 2-3 tablespoons of arrowroot mixed with about a tablespoon of cold water or cold beef broth.
Remove gravy from the heat and add the arrowroot mixture, stir really well then return to a low heat until the gravy thickens.
Sieve gravy to get any lumps out and season with salt and pepper to taste.