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Cold weather has never been my friend. We’re into February, and all I can think about is counting down the days until summer produce and sandals. I can’t exactly escape the cold living in Minnesota, though. If it has to happen, bring on the low carb comfort food. It’s like an obsession every year. In addition to the classic soups and casseroles, a keto low carb meatloaf recipe definitely makes the list.
Paleo Meatloaf That’s Family Friendly
This paleo meatloaf turned out to be a hit in my family. Believe it or not, that’s actually saying something. First of all, meatloaf is one of those foods that unequivocally tastes much better than it looks. Brown foods are more difficult to make presentable in general, not to mention the bad reputation meatloaf gets sometimes. In some ways, getting someone to try it is the hardest part!
Besides, my family presents their own set of challenges. My toddler is going through a “no phase”. The answer to every question under the sun is “no”. Food is certainly no exception. I wonder how long this is supposed to last?
Meanwhile, my husband is one of those people that sees food as sustenance over enjoyment. Me… I love food just because I love food! As for him, sometimes I think he eats because he has to, not because he wants to. (Can you see me shaking my head right now?)
Still, if you ask my husband what his favorite foods are, he’ll throw out comfort foods like pizza and, maybe a bit surprisingly, meatloaf. As for my daughter, she gobbled up a big plate of this keto meatloaf without protest. I’ll take it, even if it was between “no” exclamations!
Keto Meatloaf is a Meat Lover’s Dream
Since this low carb meatloaf recipe is one of our family favorites, I figured I had to share it for all the rest of you hearty food lovers. For all those “meat and potatoes” guys and gals, this dish is where it’s at. It makes such a satisfying dinner on a cold day!
We don’t usually eat potatoes around here, though. Instead, we love our keto meatloaf with some brussels sprouts au gratin or simple parmesan roasted vegetables. Almost any side dish you like will go well with it! If you want to simulate the meat and potatoes concept while staying low carb, try mashed cauliflower instead.
If you want to try a different recipe, you can try Paleo Meatloaf from my friend, Sheena at Noshtastic. Her version comes with gravy!
Tips for the Best Low Carb Meatloaf
Just a quick word of warning – keto low carb meatloaf is very tender. It can be a little challenging to cut, so make sure to let it rest for 10 minutes before slicing. Cut carefully using a sharp serrated bread knife, not a chef’s knife.
Avoid overworking the meat when mixing the ingredients, too. Doing so can make the loaf more prone to falling apart. It may also affect the taste and texture. This pretty much applies to any recipe that uses ground beef.
You can easily make this keto meatloaf in advance! If you’ll be eating it within a few days, it stores just fine uncooked in the fridge. Cover the surface very tightly with plastic so that the meat doesn’t oxidize. Otherwise, you can freeze it for longer.
Both ways make meal prep on a weeknight a breeze. Even though it takes a while to cook in the oven, the prep is pretty quick. And, having it ready in advance means you can stick it in the oven while you go do something else. Can’t go wrong with time saving low carb recipes like this!
Binding Keto Meatloaf: Almond Flour, Coconut Flour, or Flaxseed Meal?
Many low carb meatloaf recipes are made with either almond flour or coconut flour. I used golden flaxseed meal instead, because it binds better than the other two. It also happens to be the lowest in net carbs. You can use regular flaxseed meal if you want to, but the golden kind is more mild, with a better flavor.
If you prefer your paleo meatloaf to be even more sturdy, there’s one modification to consider. Simply increase the golden flaxseed meal amount to 2/3 cup. This makes it slightly less tender, but easier to cut without crumbling. I think it’s delicious both ways!
Paleo Keto Low Carb Meatloaf Recipe – Gluten Free:
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