Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Bacon Chipotle Meatloaf.

I'm back on the Whole30 train this month!  I felt SO great after I finished the first one, and I ate pretty much paleo most of the time for a while.  And then I fell off the wagon...  So, I needed a dietary "reset."  I'm on day 3 now, and I think this time around will be easier.  First of all, I know what to expect.  I know that I need to eat more than I think I do in order to avoid hunger.  I know that I'm still going to be a little cranky while I detox from sugar.  And I know that I can absolutely do it.  The other thing making it a little easier is that I've learned how to cook paleo-- it's not foreign to me anymore.  While the Whole30 is slightly more strict than regular paleo cooking, most of the things I make are already compliant.  

But of course, I'm always looking for new recipes.  And I found this meatloaf recently from, which is one of my favorite paleo recipe sites.  It was UNBELIEVABLE.  Even if you don't eat paleo, you need to make this meatloaf ASAP.
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 2 cups baby spinach, chopped
  • 1/4 white onion, minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Four slices of bacon, cut in half
  • 2-3 tablespoons chipotle mayo (recipe to follow)

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Mix all ingredients, except for the bacon and mayo, in a stand mixer on low until combined.  (Mix by hand if you don't have a stand mixer.)
  • Place the meat mixture into a loaf pan and spread evenly.  Try to avoid squishing it more than necessary.   
  • Place your bacon across the meat, overlapping slightly to cover all the meat.  Tuck the sides of the bacon in so they don’t turn up while they bake.
  • Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes then turn on broiler and cook for less than 5 minutes, just to brown the bacon a little more.  Make sure to watch to keep the bacon from burning.
  • Garnish with chipotle mayo!

The chipotle mayo is super easy if you already have some mayo on hand.  Since going paleo, I no longer eat store-bought mayo, so I make my own.  It's not difficult at all, and it tastes so much better.  Mel Joulwan has the best tutorial on how to make it.  I follow it to the letter and have never had a problem.  So once you have your mayo, but a big dollop (highly technical term, I know) into a bowl.  Then just add the spices to your tastes.  I used:
  • 3/4 teaspoon adobo sauce (from a can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce)
  • A few shakes (maybe 1/4 tsp) of cayenne pepper
  • A few more shakes (maybe 1/3 tsp) of garlic powder
  • A sprinkle of salt and pepper
Just taste it and season it how you like.  I didn't want mine very spicy, so I went easy on the spices this time, although it still had a mild kick.

Let me know if you try it and what you think!  


  1. I'm not a meatloaf fan, but I think I could get on board with this one!

  2. Oh wow..... that looks delicious! I'm not a big meat eater but man that is looking good!! I think I may give the Whole30 a go in October after I've recovered a little more and Caroline and I get into a routine. I have been food journaling on MFP just to make sure I am eating healthy for breastfeeding and I definitely have too much sugar. I need to detox from it!

  3. This sounds amazing. I definitely need to try it.

  4. This meatloaf looks awesome. I am totally going to make it for my husband. He decided he wanted to do the Whole 30 with me this time but since he is not vegetarian like I would like to make him so meat based meals as well. So he doesn't just add chicken into whatever I am making. I want him to actually enjoy the experience as much as I do. Thanks for sharing!