Meatloaf, Good or Bad?

I used to not like meatloaf.

I like a lot of food but meatloaf was always even more less impressive than it’s name, meatloaf. Really? Meat-Loaf. It sounded weird and tasted weird for nearly 22 years.

My Mom filled her meatloaf with saltines, my Grandma marninated hers in ketchup and onions, and the restertaunt-style fancy meatloaf tasted like I was getting leftovers from the night before. Dry, no flavor, blah.

This meatloaf is a cut above the rest for sure.

Not because I love it and eat 1/2 the loaf every time I make it but because my whole family has asked me for the recipe. EVERYONE, even my cousin Cristina (the hairstylist) who doesn’t even cook. Yesterday while rinsing my hair she asked about the meatloaf my sister was talking about with my sister-in-law Daniela.

I had no idea my sister had even tried it.

Just try it it’s great.

If you can’t do eggs just leave it out. I once forgot to add an egg and it  tasted practically the same.


1 cup almond flour
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 onion, roughly chopped
1 carrot, peeled and chopped
3 whole cloves garlic
1 zucchini
1lb ground beef
1lb ground pork
1 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 egg

For the glaze:
1 cup ketchup
2 teaspoon ground cumin
Dash Worcestershire sauce
Dash Tabasco sauce
3 tablespoon honey


1. Measure out black pepper, thyme, cayenne pepper and chili powder and add to your food processor bowl along with the cup of almond flour.

2. Set the processor on ‘blend’ and pulse the mixture then set it aside.

3. Cut the onion, zucchini and carrot into large pieces and coarsely chop the garlic.

4. Place them in the food processor bowl and process until the mixture is evenly and finely chopped. Do not over-process the vegetables or they will become a puree.

5. Whisk the egg.

6. Crumble the ground beef and ground pork into a bowl and combine with the vegetables, egg and the herb-almond flour blend.

7. Add sea salt to taste.

8. Mix thoroughly with a wooden spoon or knead with your hands, making sure not to overly crush the meat.

9. Cover the bowl with a clean cloth and refrigerate until ready to cook.

10. Measure the honey, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, cumin and Tabasco sauce in a bowl and set aside.

How to cook it:

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

2. Use a loaf pan as a mold and fill it with the meatloaf mixture. (or form a rounded loaf shape by hand on the baking sheet).

3. Empty the shaped meatloaf mixture on a baking sheet.

4. Brush the meatloaf with the honey-ketchup glaze 15 minutes after placing it in the oven.

5. Bake until the middle of the meatloaf hits 155 degrees (takes my oven about 45 min)

6. Remove from the oven and place on a cooling rack for 10 minutes before serving.

7. Serve with fake-mashed potatoes and a fresh green salad.


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One Response to Meatloaf, Good or Bad?

  1. cherie April 6, 2012 at 3:01 am #

    that sounds great


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