Paleo Recipes - Meatloaf

Building Blocks – Meatloaf

There are recipes that we find too simple yet we have a hard time figuring out how to do the “simple” recipes. There are Paleo recipes that are the basics of the many recipes that you can find anywhere. These recipes are the building blocks, the simplest form of recipes, and the foundation of all other recipes.

There are days when I contemplate on what is worthy to post and what is not. With so many Paleo recipes to choose from, the ideas get mixed up and the basics seem to get pushed to the side. The usual basics that get pushed aside are curry, soups, meatballs, meatloaf – all basic recipes that contain just 2-4 basic ingredients. These basics no matter what ingredients and procedures you add, becomes the same general dish.

These basics are what I call building blocks, and though these are basics there are still many who fail to do them. Going through the questions and feedbacks I received, I noticed that there are many who still don’t know these building blocks. So I have decided to whip up one of the basics, one of the building blocks that people, practicing Paleo or not, can definitely enjoy. This building block that I chose is meat loaf – a tasty and healthy meatloaf!

Basic Meatloaf
Recipe type: Lunch/Dinner
Cuisine: American
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A delicious meatloaf recipe that is packed full of lean meat that will prove your body with a number of different benefits.
Ingredients
  • For the Meat Loaf
  • 3 lbs (1.36 kg) Ground Beef
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Medium Onion - Chopped
  • 2 Garlic Cloves - Chopped
  • 1 8 oz (237 g) Can Tomato Sauce
  • ½ Cup (118 g) Almond Meal/Flour
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons (22 g) Italian Seasoning
  • ¼ Teaspoon (1.25 g) Sea Salt
  • ¼ Teaspoon (1.25 g) Pepper
  • ¼ Teaspoon (1.25 g) Paprika
  • For the Topping
  • 1 8 oz (237 g) Can Tomato Sauce
  • 2 Teaspoons (10 g) Italian Seasoning
Instructions
  1. • Let’s make the traditional meat loaf first. Preheat your oven to 350° F (177° C) first and have a greased or silicone pan ready, you can use a loaf pan for this recipe.
  2. • Mix the ground beef, onion, garlic, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, paprika, egg, almond flour/meal and tomato sauce in a large bowl.
  3. • You can use your hands when mixing the ground beef with the other ingredients. Just make sure to clean them before doing so. This will help you mix the ingredients better.
  4. • Get your greased or silicone loaf pan and place the ground beef mix in it. If you don’t have a loaf pan, you can use still form the beef mix into a large loaf on a cookie sheet and place on a greased baking pan.
  5. • Bake for 45-60 minutes, making sure the inside of the meatloaf is no longer pink. Cook to an internal temperature of 155°F (68° C).
  6. • Meanwhile, mix the remaining tomato paste and Italian seasoning for the topping in a pan and warm over a medium heat.
  7. • Remove the meatloaf from the oven and plate with the tomato sauce mix.
  8. • Serve and enjoy!
You can use this recipe and a few more ingredients to your liking. There are some who would swear you only need eggs or just flour as a binder, but either of the two can actually work. But the best part of this recipe that should not be missed is the lean meat. Lean meat is Paleo diet approved and is the one ingredient in this recipe that you should not skip. Lean meat is not just for cross fitters or people who do heavy exercise, it is a food packed with nutrients that can benefit anyone from any age range engaged in any activities.

Lean Meat Is Good For The Heart

You may have heard time and time again – meat can increase your cholesterol level and can increase your risks of having heart disease. But studies are starting to debunk these beliefs and excluding lean meat in terms of cholesterol levels. Studies have proven that the bad cholesterol level actually decreases when you eat lean meat and increases the Omega 3 fatty acids in the body as well as the good cholesterol. With this combination, you get a healthier cardiovascular system. Lean meat can even make your blood healthier because of its B-complex and iron content.

Lean Meat Is A Better Source Of Energy

If you include lean meat in your menu, you’ll notice how energized you’ll be for the rest of the day. Lean meat is known to have a high iron content and iron is not just important for the blood, it also plays a big part in keeping your energy levels high. Iron is absorbed well in the body, which may even be enhanced when coupled with the right amount of Vitamin C. Without enough iron you will definitely feel easily fatigued, weak and irritated. When eating lean meat, you also get full easily but you get to burn all the last drop of energy from the lean meat. Besides getting energized, you also reduce cravings and lose weight.

Lean Meat Helps Reduce Diabetes Risk

Since you reduce cravings and lose weight, your risks of getting diabetes are lowered. Weight gain and diabetes have always been connected and studies have proven how losing weight can reduce this risk. Lean meat also eliminates your cravings for carbohydrates and sugar filled foods. Lean meat, along with vegetables, is a better addition to a diet especially for diabetics who cannot have carbohydrates and sugar that can worsen their health status.

Lean Meat Can Keep Stress Away

When you are hungry and craving food, you’ll find yourself becoming irritable. When you lack iron, Vitamin B-complex, Omega 3 fatty acids and zinc, your stress levels will also increase. All the mentioned nutrients are responsible for your stress hormones from getting too active making you too emotional. With the cravings, hunger and hormones under control, you’ll notice a great deal of change in your moods when you have lean meat meals throughout the week.

Lean Meat Is Still The Best Source Of Protein

Lean meat is still the most preferred choice when it comes to protein. There is no other food that provides a high and healthy amount of protein than lean meat. Protein is essential in keeping the muscles healthy and helping develop muscle tissues. Protein is also the reason why you feel energized the whole day when you have lean meat in your Paleo diet meals. Protein is one of the main components of our body and body parts so don’t be surprised as to how effective lean meat is in keeping the body healthy.

Lean meat is also a building block to most Paleo recipes, so it fits perfectly for this building block recipe. However, when choosing the lean meat you want, always go for pastured or organic. If these types are not available, make sure you choose the leanest part of the meat. The better the lean meat you get for this recipe and for other Paleo recipes, the tastier your meal will be. You will definitely enjoy and appreciate these types of building blocks recipes more with the right and healthy ingredients.

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