MAAAAAA! THE MEATLOAF!!
Like Will Ferrel in Wedding Crashers, this is a meatloaf you'll be calling for at all hours of the day. Lean ground beef + bacon + raisins + sweet potato goodness = one delicious combination. Meatloaf can also be a powerful tool. It can help you build muscle with lean protein and hide nutrient packed veggies with a crispy bacon crust. It can comfort and please. It can be tweaked for many tastes.
Here's my Meatloaf Method:
- Choose your meat. I prefer the grass fed ground beef route, but any good quality ground protein can work. You can go chicken, turkey, veal, pork, or a combo of more than one.
- Get your veggies. Don't pass up the opportunity to pack your meatloaf with nutrients! You're gonna get great flavor with meat & bacon, you might as well get maximal nutrition too. You can use spinach & sweet potatoes, mushrooms & caramelized onions, shredded carrots or zucchini. Not only will your veggies up your nutrient density, but they'll also keep that loaf nice and moist!
- Bacon. This is step is essential. Add the bacon.
- Ditch the breadcrumbs. We don't need breadcrumbs or crushed up crackers in here. We've got ground flaxseed and coconut flour, both more nutritious and delicious options.
This recipe is for one of my favorite meatloaves. It's sweet and savory, tender and juicy.
Sweet Potato Meatloaf
- 1/4 lb bacon
- 1/4 cup raisins
- 1 yellow onion
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1/2 large sweet potato
- 1 lb lean ground beef
- 2 large handfuls spinach, chopped
- 1/2 cup coconut flour
- 1 egg
- healthy pinch of cinnamon
- salt & pepper
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Take 2-3 slices of thick cut bacon and chop into bite size pieces. Heat your bacon in a deep saute pan until they begin to crisp. Add in the raisins, onion, and garlic. Let cook.
While those are cooking, peel and shred your sweet potato. I'd suggest using a food processor with a shred blade, but if you don't have one you can use a grater or even a peeler to make thin shreds. Set aside in a large bowl.
Once the bacon is cooked, onions are translucent, and the raisins have started to bloat a bit, add them all to the large bowl. Stir in the ground beef, coconut flour, egg, cinnamon, salt, and pepper. Mix everything together with a large spatula or your hands until well incorporated. Press the mix into a loaf pan and top with strips of bacon,
Bake for roughly 40 minutes or until cooked through. The bacon will be perfectly crispy and your kitchen will smell like heaven.
Adapted from paleOMG.com