These cute little mini meatloaves are packed with vegetables and flavor, and the fact that they are formed into individual portions means they are faster to bake so you can whip them up on a busy weeknight and offer extra flexibility if you make them ahead as part of a meal prep session. The best of all worlds!
This is the fourth entry in my year-long series highlighting the easiest way I know to prepare some of the most nutrient dense powerhouse ingredients that we know we SHOULD be eating all the time, but especially when we are in a healing phase and following an elimination diet like the Autoimmune Protocol (AIP).To view the rest of the easy recipes in the series, click here.
This recipe features super versatile ground beef. Be sure you come back next week when I share 10 more of the best and easiest recipes featuring ground beef from my favorite AIP bloggers!
The nutritional value of grass fed beef
Any type of beef will provide high value protein and is also a good source of the micronutrients iron, zinc, and many B vitamins. But the meat from cattle that have been exclusively raised on their natural diet of grass will produce meat that contains approximately four times more omega-3 fatty acids than their counterparts that were feed an unnatural diet of grains. Additionally, grassfed beef is an excellent source of vitamin A and vitamin E and also has more calcium, magnesium, and potassium than the conventional beef. (source)
Should we worry about eating too much red meat?
Indeed, there is a link between high levels of red meat consumption and cancer, so you are not wrong to ask this question. However, the research shows that this link between meat and cancer tends to disappear once the studies adjust for vegetable intake. In other words, it doesn’t seem to be the meat that led to cancer, but the lack of vegetables in the diet. My friend and colleague, Sarah Ballantyne, explains all the science behind this mechanism in this excellent article.
Purchasing and preparing grass fed ground beef
Ground beef is the most economical way you can add grass fed beef to your diet… but it still is more expensive than typical conventional meat. I get a quarter cow every year from a local farmer, but that option doesn’t work very well for people who have limited freezer space or who don’t have local farmers available to them. If that is the case for you, I suggest looking into delivery subscription services like ButcherBox.
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Easy Mini Meatloaf RecipePrint
Easy Mini Meatloaves (AIP, SCD)
- Total Time: 40 mins
- Yield: 8 1x
Use pre-shredded vegetables and make these mini meatloaves in individual silicone muffin cups for the ultimate in ease!
- 1/4 cup diced onions
- 5 cups shredded vegetables of choice
- 2 pounds ground beef
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
- 2 tablespoons coconut flour
- 2 teaspoons dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic powder
- Preheat oven to 350° F.
- In a large bowl, combine all ingredients. Use hands, but try not to “overwork” the meat in order to keep the resulting meatloaf as tender as possible.
- Divide into 8 individual portions, using a large silicone muffin cup (such as these) if desired.
- Place portions on a baking sheet and bake in over for 25 minutes or until internal temperature has reached 160° F.
- Remove from oven and serve immediately, or cool and store covered in refrigerator for up to 4 days.
Tip: A bag of the “broccoli slaw” from Trader Joe’s works nicely in this recipe.
- Prep Time: 15 mins
- Cook Time: 25 mins
- Category: Entree
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Other easy ground beef recipes from my blog archives
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5 replies on “Easy Mini Meatloaves (AIP, SCD)”
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Would this recipe work well in a loaf pan, too? Or do you have a similar version for a loaf pan? Thanks!
I’ve not tried this particular recipe in a loaf pan. This is the recipe I would use for that! – https://autoimmunewellness.com/nutrisclerosis-meatloaf/
What type of veggies do you recommend using in this recipe? Onions and carrots come to mind, but I wondered about how kale would do if added? I also thought about using zucchini, but would the high water content of zucchini affect the recipe outcome?
I use a bag of shredded broccoli slaw from Trader Joe’s, which is made from broccoli stems and carrots. I think anything with a similar consistency would work and tend to agree with you on the zucchini… but if you squeezed a lot of the liquid out first, I think it might turn out OK!