Paleo Recipe - Lamb & Pork Meatloaf

Where To Begin??? And A Lovely Lamb(And Pork) Meat Loaf

We cannot always keep up with the things we usually do in our daily lives. There are events, both good and bad, which slow us down and take us off track even when following the Paleo diet. Been there, done that and to be honest it’s not a good thing to do. And when it comes to tracking your food, being slowed down may affect your health more than you know.

There are circumstances and situations that force us to slow down and lose track of the things we need to do. At some point, we even lose track of the food we consume and soon we find ourselves in a daze about what to do next. This has happened to me before and is still happening at this moment. We get caught up in moments that require most of our attention and the meal planning gets put on the back burner to be sorted out later and the meal you prepare soon turns out to be the same as the one you made the other day.

Paleo Food - Lamb

We’ve been travelling and it has exhausted the life out of me, posting for the Paleo recipes was something that has not crossed my mind. But when you get to find a great recipe, you know you just got to share it. So to pick up the pace and get back on track, I wanted to share this recipe that got me back to cooking after all that travelling. It’s easy, fun, healthy and definitely Paleo! It’s the right combination of ingredients that appear on any Paleo food list that everyone can enjoy, even those who are into the autoimmune protocol.

Autoimmune protocol or AIP is a way of life for many who suffer from autoimmune diseases. In the USA alone, there are around 50 million who suffer from the 80 types of autoimmune diseases. While others display very little symptoms of these diseases, there are some who are riddled with diseases that were caused by certain autoimmune conditions. If you have been practicing Paleo, you surely have encountered the term leaky gut, which is very common for those suffering from any form of this disease.

Paleo Diet - Pork

In order to combat this disease, people sought out foods and diets that can suppress their autoimmune conditions. One of the best diet plans that can help combat such a disease and strictly stick with the autoimmune protocol is the Paleo diet. So it’s no surprise that I choose to follow this diet. We’ll talk more about AIP later on in this article, but whether you are following it or not, this meat loaf recipe is definitely worth your time! Throw in some baked acorn and carnival squash and sautéed broccolini and you have a meal that your family and friends (even your kids!) will love.

Lamb (And Pork) Meat Loaf
Recipe type: Lunch or Dinner
Cuisine: American
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A delicious meatloaf that isn't only full of approved Paleo food but also is perfect for those following AIP (Autoimmune Protocol).
Ingredients
  • 2 lbs (900 g) Mixed Ground Lamb And Pork (Or Beef) – At Room Temperature
  • 3-4 Slices Bacon (Pasture Raised If Possible)
  • 2 Egg Yolks (You can remove these if you are into the autoimmune protocol/diet)
  • 1 Carrot – Peeled and Grated
  • 1 Zucchini – Peeled and Grated
  • 1 Cup (325 g) Cauliflower – Processed into “Rice”
  • 4 Garlic Cloves - Minced
  • Half Onion - Minced
  • ½ Cup (120 g) Parsley - Chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons (30 g) Fresh Thyme or Marjoram
  • 2 Teaspoons (10 g) Sea Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon (15 ml) Coconut Oil
Instructions
  1. • You are going to need your oven so preheat it to 350° F (180° C). You also need to prepare a loaf pan (9 x 5 would be perfect!) and set aside for later.
  2. • Place a skillet over a medium heat and put in the coconut oil. Once the oil is hot, sauté onion, carrot, cauliflower rice and zucchini. This takes about 5 minutes.
  3. • Once all your vegetables are sautéed well, add the garlic and cook the garlic.
  4. • Let the sautéed vegetables and garlic cool and set aside.
  5. • In a large bowl, mix thyme or marjoram, parsley and sea salt with the egg yolks if you are not following the AIP diet. Combine herbs and egg yolks well.
  6. • Add the sautéed vegetables along with the ground lamb and pork (or beef) to the bowl and mix everything well. It is best if you use your hands to do this.
  7. • Get the pan you prepared and pour the meat, vegetables, egg and herbs mixture into it. Make sure you spread the mixture into the pan evenly. You can use a spatula to make sure you have the mixture evenly distributed even in the corners.
  8. • Get your bacon strips and lay each one on top of the mixture. Tuck the ends of the strips if they are too long.
  9. • Cook the meat loaf for 45-55 minutes or until the heat of the meat loaf reaches 155° F (68° C) internally. In order to test the internal temperature, you’ll need a meat thermometer
  10. • Remove any excess liquid and reserve it for use with the side vegetables (if you plan to have any).
  11. • Put the loaf back in the oven and let the bacon crisp under the broiler for about 10 minutes.
  12. • Let the loaf cool for 10 minutes, slice and serve!
This meat loaf can also be done in batches if you plan to keep some for later. Just put it in an airtight container and place in the fridge or freezer, perfect for enjoying on those cold cut, lazy Sundays. It’s Paleo and autoimmune protocol approved, and kids will definitely enjoy it without whining about the vegetables.

Paleo Food - Cauliflower

I keep mentioning the AIP because it is something worth getting your attention. AIP is made for people who suffer from autoimmune diseases. Mainly focusing on the food that they can and cannot eat. Although some autoimmune disorders are manageable, most can cause a lot of trouble in the body especially the gut. Because your body is fighting against your own cells, you need food to strengthen your body’s systems to prevent, lessen or even put these conditions into remission.

Paleo Diet

Studies have been carried out on people who suffer from such diseases, but the most common cause is within the genes of a person. Some people who suffer from autoimmune disorders have genes carrying the autoimmunity. The rest of the people suffering from autoimmune diseases get it from the food they eat, the type of lifestyle they lead and their exposure to toxins and infections. Such diseases can be detected as early as childbirth or during early childhood or can surface when we get older.

When the body develops an autoimmune disease, there is no turning back. The body detects protein and fails to determine which protein helps the body and which attacks it. The result is that the body attacks itself and nutrients are not absorbed properly. Once the body learns to attack itself, it cannot relearn to stop attacking. Leaky gut is one result of this condition but it is just one of the many complications you may encounter if you have an autoimmune disease. You may also experience chronic stress, get easily infected by viruses and parasites and suffer from lack of sleep. It can go as simple as an inflammation to the worst scenario and become fatal.

Paleo Food - Thyme - Herbs

Whilst doctors recommend medication for tackling such diseases, following the autoimmune protocol means enjoying a diet that can help your body heal especially your gut on which your immune system relies a lot. The AIP Diet also helps the body get enough nutrients to help it have enough strength and relieve it from any pain or inflammation caused by the autoimmune disease. Following such can actually help your body combat any kind of autoimmune disorders even without medication. It may not be a cure but it is far better than relying on medications.

Whether you have an autoimmune disease or not, following AIP is never a bad choice for your health. It can actually be the best way for you to get healthy as an autoimmune Paleo diet removes foods that can affect your overall health while providing you with the vitamins, mineral and other essential nutrients for your body to function well. This means you get to enjoy a much longer and healthier life, and you get to enjoy more food that is Paleo diet and Autoimmune Protocol approved like this lovely meat loaf.

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