Gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, these little meat loaves are delicious, even without ketchup! After pureeing the vegetables, use a wooden spoon to help combine with the meat. I find that if the meat is right out of the refrigerator it will cool the vegetables down enough to handle fairly soon. Don't add the egg to hot vegetable puree or it will cook!

Bibi
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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook and stir carrots and onion in hot oil until slightly softened, 3 to 7 minutes. Add tomatoes, spinach, garlic, thyme, parsley, salt, and black pepper; bring to a simmer, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until flavors combine, about 20 minutes. Cool slightly, 5 to 10 minutes.

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  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.

  • Puree vegetable mixture using a stick blender until smooth. Alternatively, pour vegetable mixture into a blender no more than half full. Cover and hold lid down; pulse a few times before leaving on to blend. Puree in batches until smooth.

  • Mix pureed vegetables, ground beef, and egg together in a bowl with your hands until evenly combined. Divide meat mixture into 10 equal portions; form each into a mini-loaf and place on prepared baking sheet. Place 1 bacon piece on top of each loaf.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until no longer pink in the center, 40 to 45 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 160 degrees F (70 degrees C).

Cook's Note:

You can substitute avocado oil for the coconut oil, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

290 calories; 17.8 g total fat; 106 mg cholesterol; 280 mg sodium. 5 g carbohydrates; 25.9 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
06/21/2017
We loved these little guys! I didn't have spinach so I substituted kale and added mushrooms and some red bell pepper. They were wonderful and will definitely make them again. I used 1pound of hamburger and halved all the remaining ingredients. It made 6 small loaves. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/21/2017
We loved these little guys! I didn't have spinach so I substituted kale and added mushrooms and some red bell pepper. They were wonderful and will definitely make them again. I used 1pound of hamburger and halved all the remaining ingredients. It made 6 small loaves. Read More
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
06/21/2017
We loved these little guys! I didn't have spinach so I substituted kale and added mushrooms and some red bell pepper. They were wonderful and will definitely make them again. I used 1pound of hamburger and halved all the remaining ingredients. It made 6 small loaves. Read More
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
02/13/2018
Both my kids under 5 cleaned their plates! Best meatloaf I have ever made. You don t miss the ketchup or breadcrumbs at all. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/12/2015
Very savoury and tasty meatloaf. I halved the recipe at least I meant to. I used 500 grams of ground beef but halved almost all the other ingredients by mistake so I think my vegetable purée to meat ratio was off a bit. I still used a whole egg though. It came out moist and delicious and the loaves held together well. In the end I got 828 grams of final mixture therefore I made each mini loaf about 135 grams (give or take) before cooking. I then used an entire slice of bacon on each just because and the result was a moist and tender meatloaf full of flavour. After 30 minutes the whole house smelled of this zippy tomato aroma that made you wish you could speed up the oven. I served these with zucchini noodles and it was almost like eating a spaghetti and meatball dinner. Kids and adults agreed that the flavour is unique and inviting and should enter into the monthly rotation at home. Thanks Bibi for this new twist on meatloaf thought I'd seen them all.:-) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/12/2016
You are totally right about the wooden spoon. The wooden spoons are especially useful when stirring on a non-stick surface. Metal spoons can scratch nonstick coatings while smooth wooden spoons will not harm non-stick surfaces. Even when stirring in a regular pot metal spoons can leave scratches and they make a scraping noise that can become bothersome over time. Again wooden spoons to the rescue. They won t scratch your copper aluminum or stainless steel pots and are nice and quiet to use. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/21/2016
The first time I made this I followed the recipe exactly except I made one big loaf instead of the little ones. The 2nd time I added one more egg and just skipped the bacon. It tasted just like the meatloaf we made pre-paleo. What a hit with our family. We'll be making this again! Thank you. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/13/2016
Loved it added three jalapeños for a little kick Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/10/2017
This was such an easy recipe and an extremely clever way to bind meatloaf without using oats or bread crumbs. I love how healthy it is and how delicious the meatloaf is! The house smelled amazing as well! Awesome recipe and thank you so much for sharing! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
04/30/2018
Made exactly as recipe shown and they turned out amazing! I used thick cut peppered bacon and it gives a little kick to it. Made them for this weeks lunches..perfect! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
02/08/2017
Made a small portion using cherry tomatoes. Really rich and flavourful. well worth making again even for non-paleo/gluten intolerant people. A new favourite! Read More