Not Your Mama’s Meatloaf

I was really hungry last night after my son’s taekwondo practice.  I wanted to eat as soon as we walked in, but I needed to take a picture of this loaf-y meat before chowing, that way I could share the love.  As I’m holding my plate under a lamp and begrudgingly snapping the photo  with my phone camera, I cursed–half out of hangry emotions and half from genuine frustration.  “I can’t make this freaking meatloaf not look like…” and before I could finish, my step-son says dryly from his perch on the couch, “Horse meat.” “Precisely,” I responded and then said, “Forget it.  You just can’t make meatloaf look sexy.”  And while I can’t make this dinner look sexy, it was so much more.  This dinner felt comfortable, supportive, and like it would be there for me always.  Don’t judge on looks, people.  How did that work out with your dumb high school boyfriend?  Right.  That’s what I thought.

So happy first day of fall.  Enjoy this horse meat special.  My 8 year old liked it so much that he asked to eat it for breakfast this morning. He doesn’t need a fancy presentation. He knows a comfort food when he sees it.

This dish is healthy, easy to put together, paleo, gluten-free, and it tasted even better the next day for leftovers.



2 lbs meat (I did 1 lb turkey and 1 lb ground beef)
2 eggs
3/4 cup almond meal
3 cloves garlic
1/2 red onion
1/2 tbsp salt
1 can tomato paste
1 tbsp dried basil
1 tsp marjoram
Pepper to taste
1 tbsp olive oil
1 can tomato sauce

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Use a 9 X 13 glass pan and coat with olive oil, then spread 1/2 cup tomato sauce. Mix all ingredients in large mixing bowl (except the tomato sauce and olive oil) until well combined. Place in pan and pat until even. Cook for 45 minutes to 1 hour.  Let cool for 5-10 minutes, serve with remaining tomato sauce.

Mashed Cauliflower–

1 head cauliflower
3 tbsp grass fed butter
Salt to taste

Steam cauliflower for approximately 20 minutes or until easily mashed with a fork. Strain water and then place back in pan. Mash by hand or with a mixer. Salt to taste.