Comfort Food: Molly’s Meatloaf

When I was first diagnosed as gluten-free, the foods I missed the most inevitably fell under the designation of “comfort food,” so over the past nine years I’ve created my own recipes to fill the void left by my favorites. Now, not all of these are super-healthy, but they aren’t all that bad either. I’ll share one of these a week! First up is my “meatloaf;” This doesn’t make a nice loaf-pan style meatloaf and it contains very few ingredients that you might be used to seeing in traditional meatloaf, but it hits the spot and it one of my husband’s favorites. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 1lb ground beef (grass-fed is best!)
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 sweet onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 bunch of celery, roughly chopped
  • 1/2-1 9oz bag of baby spinach, torn into smaller pieces
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 C. gluten free oats (for a dryer loaf, you can sub in almond meal for the oats)
  • 1/3 C. slivered almonds (or any other nut you love!)
  • 1/3 C. Ketchup (I use all-natural versions with no corn and no wheat)
  • 1/4 C. gf, low sodium worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 C. goat cheese or parmesan cheese (optional)
  • a squirt of lemon juice
  • a squirt of your favorite hot sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • garlic to taste
  • a teaspoon of Oregano (optional)
  • a teaspoon of Oregano (optional)
  • a teaspoon of Rosemary (optional)
  • 1/3 C. Italian flat-leaf parsley, roughly chopped

Directions:
1.) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
2.) coat a 9″x13″ baking dish with olive oil
3.) mix all ingredients together in a large bowl using a large spoon, a stand mixer, or your (squeaky clean, of course!) hands

4.) Spread mixture into pan and bake for about 30 minutes

5.) A build-up of juices may accumulate on the top of your loaf if you aren’t using the leanest possible meat. I skim this off the top and dispose of it, but you can leave it for a “juicier” loaf.

6.) Serve piping hot!

This recipe feeds about 6 people and the leftovers make excellent meatloaf sandwiches using gluten-free bread!

Keep an eye out for my mac & cheese next week!

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