2 pounds ground beef
1 onion, chopped
4 carrots minced
1/4 cup chopped red pepper
1 zucchini, shredded
1/2 carton mushrooms chopped finely
1/3 cup ketchup ( I used paleo ketchup but any would do)
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon thyme
1 tablespoon dried parsley
dash red pepper flakes
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients together well. Put the meat mixture in a mound in the bottom center of a 9x13 baking pan. Form the mound into a loaf. I will be a little under half the width of the pan and will be about 11 inches long. You want/need a bit of airspace around it just so it will be a bit sturdier when the cooking is done. Cook uncovered for about 35 minutes and check for doneness. The top should feel uniformly solid and should not give much (if any) when touched. Remove from the oven and let it rest about 10 minutes before cutting. Make sure to use a large metal spatula when serving the meatloaf. Since this has no bread or oatmeal as a binder it is a little delicate and hard to remove. Of the 3 slices plated, I only managed to keep 2 of them intact.
The taste of this was spot on. The non- paleo people here loved it and said they would like to have this again soon. I might add a tablespoon or so of coconut flour just to see if that helps hold it together a little better. Or maybe not! Since I know it is fragile I can just take extreme care when plating it.
This was a veggie dense main dish, but I had been a vegetable slacker all day so I served it with cole slaw, green beans, and a white sweet potato. If you have never had the white sweet potato before I strongly recommend it. It is a little less sweet, but still has the same lower starch feel that a traditional one has. It is also much more fibrous than a white potato. Maybe it was all mental and just the absence of the orange flesh, but I enjoyed it much more than usual.
And what about that apple pie, well I am just going to save that for a non-paleo day and eat the real thing. Some things ARE worth waiting for!