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 paleOMG.com, 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.
INGREDIENTS:
  • 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)

DIRECTIONS:
  • 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!  

6 comments:

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

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  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!

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

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  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!

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