If you’re tired of regular meatloaf, then this Easy Paleo Meatloaf with Bacon recipe is what you need to get your family to have a new found appreciation for it.
When you take out that platter of meatloaf, sometimes there won’t be that enthusiastic cheer for dinner. For some families, meatloaf has had a pretty sad reputation.
But you can add some excitement by throwing in some bacon, changing up how it looks and adding in a few surprises. These simple changes will make it the most super meatloaf you’ve ever made!
The other awesome thing about this easy paleo meatloaf with bacon recipe is that it’s certified paleo!
Food that is called paleo is anything that could have be hunted for or scavenged in the wild by cavemen – hence the word paleo (if you remember the Paleolithic era from your history lessons)!
So if the ingredient was once alive or was part of something living, then it is paleo. This also means that anything man-made like pasta, cereal and candy are definitely out of the question.
Ingredients for the recipe
This paleo meatloaf with bacon is a plus because there are no man-made ingredients in it whatsoever! This means that you are sure to serve your family all good and natural food.
So what’s in the recipe?
It’s a mix of ground turkey, ground sausage (or hamburger), nutritional yeast (to give a cheesy flavor), shredded zucchini, egg, onion, bacon and garlic.
All of the ingredients are easily found in the grocery store with the exception of the nutritional yeast. But that can be left out if you have trouble finding it.
How to make this Easy Paleo Meatloaf with Bacon
The best thing is that it’s super simple to make this Paleo Meatloaf! Just follow the easy steps below and you’ll be well on your way. You can even get your kids to help with preparing it in the kitchen.
First, you’ll want to mix together all the ingredients in a large bowl until combined. (photos 1 through 7) Then you simply place in a meatloaf or bread pan. (photo 8)
Tip: You want to make sure that the mixture for this easy paleo meatloaf with bacon is pressed firmly together. If not, it will fall apart on you when you go to serve.
Top with Homemade Paleo Ketchup and place in oven. (photo 9) It’s baked for 45 minutes to 1 hour. You’ll want the internal temperature to be around 180° to ensure it’s fully cooked.
Then just remove it from the oven and let it cool a bit before removing from the pan. Finally, you’ll slice and serve it warm for a great family dinner.
Why it Works
First off, ground turkey, sausage (or hamburger) AND bacon are sure to give your family a hefty dose of meat and needed protein! And this paleo meatloaf with bacon makes a tasty main course.
It’s dairy-free so there’s no need to worry about inflammatory impacts from cow milk. Nutritional yeast adds a cheesy flavor to the crispy and juicy meat without any dairy.
Vegetables like zucchini can be easily inserted into this easy paleo meatloaf with bacon. And sneaking them in will give your children a good portion of vegetables for dinner without fully realizing it.
Recipe Variations for the Best Paleo Meatloaf
Feeling extra generous? Wrap the whole meatloaf in bacon by weaving it across! When slicing it, you’ll hear that satisfying crunch!
Make individual paleo meatloaf with bacon bites by using the bacon to hold the meat together and skewering through them with toothpicks. This is absolutely perfect for party platters!
Another way to use bacon in a more convenient way is by using a muffin tin to shape them into cups. It’s just another way to improve presentation and make it more convenient to eat. This makes is particularly great for packed lunches at school or work!
For an extra burst of surprise in this easy paleo meatloaf with bacon, insert cubed carrots! Most kids love the sweet taste of carrots here and there and they’ll definitely love it in this meatloaf!
Have your kids help with weaving the bacon across the meatloaf! It’ll be a bit of a fun exercise until they get the hang of it and cover the whole thing.
Change up the ground meat, but use a variety for more interesting flavor. And feel free to add in fresh herbs and spices to make it the best paleo meatloaf ever!
Easy Paleo Meatloaf with Bacon
If you’re tired of regular meatloaf, this meatloaf recipe with bacon is what you need to get your family to have a new found appreciation for it.
- 1 pound ground turkey
- 1 pound ground sausage (nitrate-free) or ground beef
- 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
- 1 medium zucchini shredded
- 1 large egg
- ½ small onion diced
- 3 slices paleo bacon cooked and chopped
- 1 tbsp garlic minced
Preheat oven to 375°.
In a large bowl, mix together all the ingredients until combined.
Place in a meatloaf or bread pan. You want to make sure that the mixture is pressed firmly together. If not, it will fall apart on you when you go to serve.
Top with Homemade Paleo Ketchup and place in oven.
Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour. You'll want the internal temperature to be around 180°.
A single meat like ground beef can be used, but we find mixing up different meats gives a better flavor. Experiment and decide which meat you prefer.
Make sure that the mixture is pressed firmly together. If not, it will fall apart on you when you go to serve.