AIP (autoimmune protocol) meatloaf

There are a lot of great things about meatloaf. The best thing is that you can make a 3 to 4 pounder, freeze it in already cooked slices and take the frozen slices with you for lunch. They will be defrosted by lunchtime, just pop it in the microwave to warm it. Or your friend at the coffee shop can put it in her little oven for a minute. You don’t even have to refrigerate it. Yes, I just advised defrosting something in your purse or brief case, or diaper bag.

Ingredients

  • 1lb. ground beef room temperature
  • 1lb. ground pork room temperature
  • 1lb. ground veal or lamb, If you like lamb. It has a strong taste, so if you don’t already like it then don’t do it. Go with the veal. room temperture
  • 1 C. riced cauliflower cooked (microwave 6 minutes. It cooks down so use more raw to get 1 C cooked)
  • 1 small- medium zucchini (peeled, all veg is peeled on the AIP) shredded
  • 1 small to medium onion shredded
  • 1 carrot shredded
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic chopped
  • 2-3 tsps. salt (I use Herbamare), pepper,
  • marjoram, thyme, fresh or dried. 1 tsp. for dried.
  • 1 C or less fresh chopped parsley
  • 2 Tbs balsamic vinegar (optional) I recently used a balsamic reduction with fresh rosemary ┬áit was AWESOME
  • 2 egg yolks (it’s the egg whites that are bad for autoimmuners eliminate it if you are in the 30 day elimination period)
  • 6 slices of bacon
  • 2 tbs coconut oil

Instructions

  • Pre heat oven to 350
  • In a large pan heat the coconut oil until very hot then saute the onion, zucchini, and carrot until cooked through. 8 minutes or so. Then let it cool to room temperature
  • in a large bowl mix the egg yolks with the herbs and spices including fresh parsley
  • add the meat to the bowl
  • add the balsamic
  • add the cauliflower
  • add the vegetable mixture
  • mix it with your hands but do not over mix. just get even distribution, should take under a minute. Under 30 seconds, really.
  • form a loaf on a baking sheet about 2 inches high. no more than 3 inches high. Make it even.
  • lay the strips of bacon across the top.
  • Cook it for 45 minutes then put it under the broiler for under 10 minuted to brown the bacon. When you take it out of the oven, if you have the skills, you should pour the oil off or it will smoke like crazy under the broiler. Let the loaf sit for about 10 minutes before you cut it. The other day I poured the liquid out of the pan into a giant saute pan and then cooked shredded cabbage in it. It was delicious!