February 11, 2012

kitchen novice: gluten-free meatloaf

kitchen novice is a series in which i learn to cook.
you have been warned.


through the magic of pinterest i have come across a whole whackload of delicious-sounding gluten or dairy-free recipes (yes, i swear it's possible to make gluten/dairy-free tasty). and boy am i glad. this whole "trying to eat things that won't make me sick" thing is a lot harder than anticipated, and my willpower to avoid chips and pastries is often to blame.

but onto this week's meal!


i'm pretty sure i was the only child in the history of the world to enjoy meatloaf. i freaking loved it. and i still do. which is why i am oh-so-glad i came across this lovely, veggie-filled meatloaf (which also happens to be paleo-compatible, oh my!). and wouldn't you know it, the boy loved it too (and it was an excellent way to sneak handfuls of veggies onto his plate).

i made some small alterations to the original recipe based on what i had available.


you will need
1 lb ground beef
1 egg
3/4 cup almond flour (i used gluten-free all-purpose flour - so my loaf wasn't paleo)
1/2 green pepper, chopped
1/2 red pepper, chopped
1/2 red onion, chopped
1 large clove of garlic, minced
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper


1. preheat your oven to 400 F. heat a skillet over medium-high heat, and cook the garlic in a little bit of oil (i used extra-virgin olive oil), about 30 seconds. add in the two peppers and the red onion, cook until soft and remove from heat.

2. mix the ground beef, egg, flour, seasonings and cooked veggies in a bowl (you'll probably need/want to use your hands for this).

3. place the mixture into a loaf pan and pat down (depending on the size of your pan, you may need to split the mixture into two).

4. cook for approximately 35 minutes.

5. eat.


this recipe made enough for two full dinners, and two lunches.


results: this was a seriously tasty dish with some rice. the chili powder and cumin gave the meat a nice kick, and took things up a notch from the meatloaf of my childhood (i swear i still love yours best, mom!).

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