Winter Thyme Meatloaf (Gluten-Free)

Meatloaf is the all-American comfort food. It conjures up good memories of homemade cooking. It makes grown men more thankful for their mothers and wives. It brings families together, in the sense that most people like meatloaf. I appreciate meatloaf year round, but it’s especially warming in the winter time. Do you agree?

Winter Thyme Meatloaf 6

I prepare meatloaf many different ways, experimenting with various flavors by mixing herbs and vegetables. But every meatloaf recipe I’ve created has three things in common – I never use bread crumbs since I avoid gluten, I always use vegetables because I love them, and I don’t measure anything – until now! I tend to cook “by feel and smell” but I figured I should catalog one version for my readers to enjoy.

The key to making Winter Thyme Meatloaf moist and flavorful is using two different kinds of meat. The best combination, in my opinion, is ground beef and lamb. The higher fat content in lamb makes it so rich. If you can’t find lamb, then substituting ground turkey works fairly well too. I highly encourage you to purchase your beef and lamb from grass-fed pastured-raised animals. Get to know your local ranchers and make sure the meat you consume is humanely treated, before it ends up on your plate.

As far as preparation, you can chop the vegetables into tiny pieces or cubes using a large knife. That’s what you see in these photos. For faster prep, use a food processor and shred the vegetables instead.

One of my favorite herbs is thyme! This recipe is aptly named for the season and herb.

Winter Thyme Meatloaf

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds ground beef and 1 pound ground lamb (the beef-lamb mix is my favorite) OR 2 pounds ground beef and 1 pound ground turkey
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 of a butternut squash finely chopped (about 1 and 1/2 cups shredded)
  • 2 small carrots or 1 large carrot finely chopped (about 1 cup shredded)
  • 1 small turnip (about 1/2 cup turnip shredded)
  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoons thyme
  • 1 tablespoon parsley
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • Coconut or olive oil (to grease your loaf pans)

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease two loaf pans with oil (to prevent sticking).
  3. Put the ground beef and lamb (or turkey) and eggs in a large bowl.
  4. Using a large knife, chop the butternut squash, carrots and turnips into small pieces. For faster prep, shred in a food processor. Place all the vegetables into the bowl.
  5. Measure the thyme, parsley and salt into the bowl.
  6. Using your hands, mash all the ingredients into an even consistency, and then place in the loaf pans. Use your fingers to flatten the top of the meatloaf.
  7. Cook for 40-45 minutes, until the meat is done throughout.
  8. Enjoy hot with roasted vegetables, squash, rice or potatoes. Yum!

Winter Thyme Meatloaf (Gluten-Free)
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 pounds ground beef and 1 pound ground lamb (the beef-lamb mix is my favorite) OR 2 pounds ground beef and 1 pound ground turkey
  • 3 eggs
  • ⅓ of a butternut squash finely chopped (about 1 and ½ cups shredded)
  • 2 small carrots or 1 large carrot finely chopped (about 1 cup shredded)
  • 1 small turnip (about ½ cup turnip shredded)
  • 1 and ½ tablespoons thyme
  • 1 tablespoon parsley
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • Coconut or olive oil (to grease your loaf pans)
Directions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease two loaf pans with oil (to prevent sticking).
  3. Put the ground beef and lamb (or turkey) and eggs in a large bowl.
  4. Using a large knife, chop the butternut squash, carrots and turnips into small pieces. For faster prep, shred in a food processor. Place all the vegetables into the bowl.
  5. Measure the thyme, parsley and salt into the bowl.
  6. Using your hands, mash all the ingredients into an even consistency, and then place in the loaf pans. Use your fingers to flatten the top of the meatloaf.
  7. Cook for 40-45 minutes, until the meat is done throughout.
  8. Enjoy hot with roasted vegetables, squash, rice or potatoes. Yum!

 

winter thyme meatloaf without knife

I hope my Winter Thyme Meatloaf makes you feel good and keeps you warm this winter. It’s gluten and dairy free, perfect for a grain-free Paleo meal.

Now go thank your mama for making you meatloaf! :)

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7 Responses to Winter Thyme Meatloaf (Gluten-Free)

  1. Meatloaf is always a good idea!

  2. I’ve never thought of putting butternut squash or turnips in a meatloaf before. Great idea to bump up the nutritional value!
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  3. I am pinning this recipe! My husband and I just started following the paleo diet so this is perfect! Looks delicious!

  4. Sounds delicious!! I loved meatloaf as a kid so when I started eating meat again I tried making it–husband had never had it before, crazy!! But he loves it now.

    I find that coarse almond flour (like Bob’s Red Mill) substitutes really well for bread crumbs in a lot of recipes that only use a tablespoon or so, or for topping. But I don’t usually need it in meatloaf, either!
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  5. Bee says:

    Love me some meatloaf! Only for me, the sauce is the highlight–what sauce would you think goes best on this? Perhaps some paleo ketchup?
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  6. Bea says:

    Yes to meatloaf and especially in the winter months. It is such great comfort food plus fantastic leftovers. I love all your additions to the meatloaf sounds fantastic. For my meatloaf I usually also combine two different kinds of meat but it’s usually beef and pork.
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  7. Pech says:

    I haven’t had meat list in quite a while, but I remember now how much I like it and it is really perfect for winter dinner and leftovers later in sandwiches!
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