Spinach Meatloaf (Paleo, AIP)


Growing up, I never much of a meatloaf fan. I've often joked that I must have had a childhood traumatic meatloaf experience, the effects of which could only be cured by years of therapy! Yet, in recent times, I've happily overcome my meatloaf aversion, and it has since made a major resurgence amongst my recipe repertoire and is a much-loved family favorite!

And when it comes to leftovers, I'm sure you'd agree that meatloaf tastes even better the next day! That being the case, I can pretty much guarantee that my husband will be making a meatloaf sandwich for his lunch tomorrow!

My paleo-friendly Spinach Meatloaf recipe is not only gluten-free, but is also egg-free, making it suitable for people following the Autoimmune Protocol. I have found that excluding the eggs altogether didn’t affect the texture of my meatloaf, and with the addition of spinach, it is a healthy and hearty midweek meal!

Spinach Meatloaf

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs ground beef

  • 2 cups frozen chopped spinach

  • 1 small onion, finely chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 tbsp coconut oil

  • ¼ cup coconut flour

  • 1 tsp mace

  • 1 tsp Himalayan salt

  • 1 tsp freshly ground pepper (exclude if AIP)

Method

  • Preheat the oven to 350º fahrenheit with the rack placed in the middle

  • In a small pan, melt the coconut oil

  • Add the chopped onion and sauté until tender

  • Add the garlic and frozen spinach, stirring until the spinach is completely defrosted and any extra liquid has evaporated

  • Set aside, allowing the onion and spinach mixture to cool

  • Meanwhile, place the ground beef in a large bowl

  • Add the coconut flour, mace, salt and ground pepper

  • Once cooled, add the onions and spinach, using your (clean) hands to gently combine all the ingredients

  • To test for adequate seasoning, fry up a tiny meatloaf bite, about 1 tbsp will do, add more salt to the raw meatloaf mixture if desired

  • Transfer the meatloaf mixture to a greased, 9-by-5-inch loaf pan, spread to the edges, and smooth out the top

  • Bake for approximately 1 to 1¼ hours, until just cooked through, turning the pan 180 degrees halfway through the cooking time

  • Serve and enjoy!

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