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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 low carb 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 paleo pizza or cheeseburger casserole 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 broccoli and cauliflower. 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 this version of paleo meatloaf with gravy!
Tips for the Best Low Carb Meatloaf
To make sure your low carb meatloaf is just perfect, here are a few tips to keep in mind…
Cutting the keto 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.
Don’t over work the meat:
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.
How to make low carb meatloaf ahead:
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. And when I first began my journey of how to start a low carb diet, keto meatloaf was one of the first things I experimented with.
I originally 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!
All of this being said, I have since tried making this low carb meatloaf recipe with almond flour. And I have to say, I do prefer the texture of almond flour over the flaxseed meal. It’s up to you which way you want to make it. If nuts are not a problem, I would now probably recommend to use the almond flour if you can.
Don’t forget the sugar-free ketchup on top!
Tools To Make Paleo Meatloaf:
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- Loaf pan – Great for everything from meatloaf to paleo keto bread!
- Meat temperature probe – To get your meatloaf to just the right temperature easily. It’s ready to remove from the oven when it’s at 160 degrees, and will rise another 5 degrees while resting.
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Paleo Low Carb Keto Meatloaf Recipe
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Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C). Grease a 9x5 in (23x13 cm) loaf pan and set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except ketchup. Mix together until well incorporated, but don't overmix.
Transfer the mixture into the loaf pan. Bake for 30 minutes.
Spread the ketchup on top of the meatloaf (if using). Return to the oven and bake for 25-45 more minutes, until cooked through and internal temperature reaches 160 degrees F (71 degrees C). (Time will vary depending on thickness of the loaf.)
- Rest for 10 minutes before slicing. Cut carefully using a serrated bread knife (not a chef's knife).
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- You can increase golden flax seed meal to 2/3 cup for a more sturdy, but less tender, paleo meatloaf.
- Nutrition info does not include ketchup, which will vary by brand and is optional. I used homemade sugar-free ketchup.
Serving size: 1 3/4"-thick slice
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Where does nutrition info come from? Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy, sourced from the USDA Food Database. You can find individual ingredient carb counts we use in the Low Carb & Keto Food List. Net carb count excludes fiber, erythritol, and allulose, because these do not affect blood sugar in most people. (Learn about net carbs here.) We try to be accurate, but feel free to make your own calculations.
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