Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Best Low Carb Meatloaf EVER!

I have a family that likes meatloaf. My usual recipe has oatmeal in it instead of breadcrumbs, but now that I am eating low carb, oatmeal and breadcrumbs are out. Yesterday, I considered making one meatloaf for *them* and a mini meatloaf for *me* because I was concerned they would not like a different meatloaf recipe. I thought a low carb meatloaf would be dry, tough, and tasteless. BOY WAS I WRONG!

Everyone SCARFED this meatloaf down. This is going to be my new, regular meatloaf recipe. It's moist and tender and SO flavorful. I loved it! I served it to the family with steamed peas, mashed potatoes, and whole wheat bread & butter. For myself, I made mashed cauliflower (fake mashed potatoes) and steamed spinach as sides. (I found this recipe online somewhere and tweaked it a bit, but can't find the original site to link to).

*Note: This recipe is not *quite* Medifast 100% on plan for Lean & Green; a bit high on the condiments and cheese, but it is close enough for *me.* It is, however, low carb (1/6 of the recipe... a good sized chunk... has 5.4g carbs. The calories and fat content will vary based on your meat of choice).

Lyn's FAVORITE Meatloaf

2 lbs. extra lean ground beef
8 oz can of tomato sauce
3 T soy sauce (I use low sodium/lite soy sauce)
1 T onion powder
1 T dried parsley
ground black pepper to taste
4 cloves of garlic, minced
2 whole eggs (you could use Egg Beaters if you want... I used free range eggs)
1/2 c Parmesan cheese (you want the powdery kind, like Kraft in a can, not shreds. This is the binder).
1 piece of raw bacon (trust me. I used Hormel frozen bacon, 40 calories in 1 slice) cut up as fine as you can

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix everything together in a bowl. I use my hands. Mush it all up good.
Put the mixture into a casserole dish. Smooth the top a bit. Bake uncovered for 1 hour 10 minutes. I checked mine in the center with a meat thermometer (160+). Take it out of the oven and CAREFULLY pour off the fat. Do not hurt yourself. Let the meatloaf rest for 10 minutes, then serve. Yummy! (p.s... it does NOT taste like soy sauce. At all. So don't worry about that). Hope you enjoy it!

40 comments:

spunkysuzi said...

That sounds delish!!

Julie said...

Sounds yummy!

Reese said...

Can't wait to try this!

Dardrian said...

Definitely going to be making this next week.

Leslie said...

Bacon is a good thing. A veeerrrry good thing. I will be trying this!

Fat Grump said...

Mmmm...that sounds really lovely! We don't do 'meatloaf' in the UK really, although more and more people seem to make meatballs. I was going to make a spaghetti bolognese for our dinner tonight but given I have the mince and all the ingredients, I might try this instead and surprise my boys! I have started mixing quorn mince in with 'real' minced beef to bulk up the quantities and to make the meat mixture even less fatty.

anne h said...

LoCarb?
Did somebody say LoCarb?
Sounds good Lyn!

Karen@WaistingTime said...

My kids won't eat meatloaf... but this sounds like one they might actually like:) Hubby and I like our meatloafs "mini" - little formed ones cooked on a cookie sheet. This actually sounds like it would make great burgers too. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Blimpy Christian said...

This sounds good. I live in Ireland where meatloaf is an unusual dish...could you clarify something for me? When you say the dish requires a can of "tomato sauce" - what is this? Is this an Italian-style spaghetti sauce? Is it what we would call passata - just a can of sieved tomatoes? Tomato sauce in Ireland usually means ketchup and I'm pretty sure that's not what you're calling for here! I would love you to explain to me what exactly that ingredient is so that I can find the equivalent here.

One other thing - 1T is 1 tablespoon, right, and not 1 teaspoon? We say 1 TB or 1 TBSP so I'm never sure when you write just T.

Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Just made your pizza recipe last night for the first time...WOW! What a treat!

I've been hankering for some meatloaf, but I use oatmeal in mine too but no longer eat grain...so, THANKS! I'm going to try this tonight.

Lyn said...

Blimpy Christian~

I have family in Ireland, around Downpatrick! Wish I could visit.

The tomato sauce is just plain sauce of tomatoes in a can... it is smooth, not chunky, has the consistency of pasta sauce but isn't seasoned with Italian herbs.

Yes, 1 T = Tablespoon
and 1 t = teaspoon
but it would probably be better for my international readers if I did TBSP and tsp...

Blimpy Christian said...

Thanks for the response Lyn. We would call that "passata" which is our name for sieved tomatoes. I am definitely giving this recipe a go! Thanks also for the measurement clarifications. :)

Downpatrick, like everywhere in Ireland, is not far from me...I live in the Republic (whereas Downpatrick is in the North, which is considered part of the United Kingdom) which would be quite a culturally different place, but I am only about two hours' drive from your family.

The island is so small though that you can scale it from the most northerly point to the most southerly in just over 9 hours, so you're never far from anywhere here. :)

I have been following you on your journey for over a year now. Keep fighting the good fight - you are inspiring a lot of people. x

amoslionhorse said...

i will def. try this! I've been making mini meatloaves and freezing. Perfect portions for a quick dinner. I eat one, HUBS eats two. This will be a great recipe to try! The one I do has mushrooms in it (which makes it really moist) onions, garlic, celery.. and I use egg beaters. I don't really have a recipe.. it just comes out of my head & cupboards. :)

AshRawkx said...

Do you perhaps have a calorie content on this? It sounds absolutely delicious.

Lyn said...

AshRawkx~

I don't, mainly because ground beef varies so much in calories. If you know the calorie count of your particular meat you can use an online recipe calculator to figure it out pretty easily.

AshRawkx said...

=/ Ahwell. I'm still gonna eat it. Lol. Tis why I dislike counting calories, but eating in moderation seems like a good idea. ;)

Thank you, Lyn!

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Melanie said...

OMG, I saw this recipe and MF and tried it a few weeks ago. It was soooooo good, even my non dieting mother couldn't get enough of it. Thank you for these great recipe! I'm trying your cabbage soup tonight :)

Cody Jo said...

I am making this for dinner right now!

Richelle said...

Hi Lyn, My friend found your blog for and this is my first time checking it out. My husband and I just started Medifast 2mo's ago. Im desperate for some good recipes and saw this meatloaf one. Im curious, is this ok for us to use in our early stages of the program? Still trying to figure out all the details w/the program so apologize if this sounds silly :) Thanks !

Lyn said...

Richelle~

I am on the Medifast 5 & 1 plan and use this meatloaf in my L&G as listed in the recipe. But it is NOT 100% compliant on the condiments, etc, so you have to decide whether it fits what you want to do. It works for me on occasion. I just watch my condiments for the rest of the day and don't have an optional snack that day. HTH!

Anonymous said...

Delicious! I make LC meals to freeze and always have handy for times I don't feel like cooking. Freezes well and super moist! Thanks for the recipe!!!

Cici said...

This meatloaf is fabulous! It is so good!

When I made it, I didn't have any ground beef in my fridge. I substituted ground pork and ground turkey. Also, instead of using all parsley, I used half parsley and half Italian seasoning. In my tomato sauce, I added a dash of chili sauce to give it a "kick" and a packet of Splenda to balance the acidity and tartness of the tomato sauce.

Linda Smith said...

I tried this amazing meatloaf recipe last night. Kudos to you. It was very moist and truly delicious. My husband raved about it. This one's a definite keeper. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

So yummy! My kids even loved it!

Dana H. said...

Wow, this was incredible! I hate meatloaf, but needed a different meal to mix into my PSMF diet and tried this one. WOW! WOW! WOW! Thank you so much. By the way, you look amazing and you have an amazing figure. Good for you for doing all that hard work--it's an inspiration for the rest of us working on health/weight goals. :)

Johnny Cruz said...

Made this last night, Omg - it was sooo good! Didn't deviate too much from the original recipe, did add a bit of Italian seasoning and a little extra cheese - but that's about it. I was worried the lack of pure raw vegetables would leave this bland, but it packed tons of flavor as is. I did drain mine and even in doing so it maintained tremendous moisture. You will also not miss having a glaze or topping of any kind - so much flavor is already there.

Anonymous said...

Made it this morning for Sunday Dinner and it was DELICIOUS! My boys and husband loved it! Very surprised at how great is was because most of my low carb vertures don't always turn out so great! Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

You have no idea how many times I have made this meatloaf. Leftovers never make it past 24 hours....

Dominic said...

I'm going to try it tonight, sounds yummy! ill let you know how it is

Anonymous said...

Made this meatloaf tonight and definitely will not be making it again. Did not enjoy the flavor at all. Not sure what ingredient or ingredients ruined it but no one in my house wants it again.

Valerie Lopez said...

I gotta say, I made this tonight and my fiancé and I really liked it! Thank you so much for the recipe! :D

HeartsOnFire said...

Truly amazing meatloaf! This will be my go-to recipe from now on! The hubby loved it too! You won't regret trying this!

Erika said...

Thanks for this recipe! I have made it several times in the past few months. I can't eat gluten, so I leave out the soy sauce. It's still very tasty!

Liza Kim said...

Loved it!!! I add goat cheese in the middle and make them in a muffin tin. Cuts down on the baking time and it's easy for portion control. Thanks for sharing!

Bradley Kivett said...

Only thing I did differently is eliminated the Onion Powder and replaced with about a 1/4 cup of minced onions and added another 1/4 cup of Green Pepper to this recipe

Amy said...

I just took this meatloaf out of the oven and had to sneak a taste. It is delightful. I did add bell peppers but it is the bacon that makes it special. Thank you for sharing the recipe!

Karry said...

if you're interested, I came across the original recipe. It is at ttp://www.squidoo.com/killermeatloaf.

It is so easy to lose something you find good on the net, never to be seen again. I do it all the time!

Daniel Kivett said...

I just made this with ground turkey and turkey bacon instead of ground beef and it turned out great.. I do love the original recipe but thought I would try something different today. I like my stuff spicy so I also chopped up real fine 1 jalapeno

Mindy Walters said...

Just finished having this for dinner - didn't change ANYthing - LOVED it (& I'm super picky). My husband said it was the best thing I'd cooked in a long time (& he always enjoys my cooking). Don't wait - try this (& make sure and use fresh garlic - that's what puts it over the top).

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