I absolutely 100% completely adore meatloaf. In any form. I’ve made a lot of meatloafs…meatloaves…whatever, I’ve made a lot in my day. There are so many ways you can make meatloaf. Let’s take a look back in time:

Chicken Basil Meatloaf

Bacon Meatloaf

Southwest Meatloaf

Savory Sweet Potato Meatloaf

Buffalo Chicken Meatloaf

Cajun Meatloaf

Ok that’s really not that many. I guess I just have to make more.

It’s really inconvenient when the presidential debate is two miles from your house. And they shut down the main highway through Denver. So dumb. I mean, not really for me because I live like 1 mile from my work and spend most of my time in my kitchen, so I really have nothing to complain about. But I just want to. It was inconvenient for my friends, so I feel as though I have the right to complain. What the sh*t presidential debate, we got places to go. Meaning the rest of Denver, not me.

I’m going to Chicago over the weekend. Yes I am. I’ve never been to Chicago. But everyone loves it. I’m going to an Outlaw Training Camp. Gonna lift weights. Talk about lifting weights. Be around a lot of people who like lifting weights more than I do. It should be interesting since I’m not very strong. Nor am I incredibly good at CrossFit like the other athletes that will be there. Am I intimidated? Naaaaaaaaaaaa. Kidding, I totally am. I still can’t even do a muscle up because of my shoulder injury and I’m going to be around all people who can bust them out. Sheesh.

Dude. Thanksgiving is coming up, like real quick. I gotta start thinking up some fun recipes to make for your Thanksgiving feast. WAIT Halloween is first. I gotta start making EVERYTHING with chocolate. Can we call October the month of chocolate? You’re not down? You’re stupid. I miss chocolate. I got a little 80% chocolate bar over the weekend and it did not last long. Meaning less than 5 minutes. I was getting nervous about cutting out coffee…so I ate sugar. Good plan Juli, good plan.

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Italian Meatloaf

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  • Yield: 3-4 1x



For the meatloaf

  • 1lb grass fed ground beef
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 roasted red pepper, diced
  • ¼ cup tomato sauce
  • 1 egg, whisked
  • ¾ cup almond flour
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • olive oil, for sauteing

For the sauce

  • ¾ cup tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • fresh basil, chopped (to top-optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Place a medium skillet over medium heat and add a tablespoon or two of olive oil. Then add your onions and roasted red pepper to the pan.
  3. Cook until onions have become soft and translucent.
  4. Once they are done cooking, add them to a bowl along with the rest of the ingredients for your meatloaf and use your hands to mix it all together.
  5. Press ingredients into a bread pan and baking for 35-40 minutes.
  6. Once your meatloaf is almost done cooking, add your sauce ingredients to a saucepan to heat up until slightly bubbly.
  7. Let meatloaf cool slightly then add sauce on top. Top with some fresh basil.
  8. Then eat it all up!

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  1. Lynnae says:

    ZOMG this was sooo good. I have made a grain-free meatloaf before and it was just too dry, but this was definitely NOT a problem with this recipe! We were out of thyme (literally and figuratively I guess, since I didn’t have a chance to run to the store to get more) so I subbed oregano and it was still fabulous. I also went halfsies with ground pork since that’s what I had in the freezer. My husband asked that I make more sauce next time, not because the meatloaf needed it, but because it was so good that he wanted to drink it haha.

  2. Lynnae says:

    also, to Helen’s comment – the UK version of tomato sauce is tomato puree 🙂

  3. Shelly says:

    My husband and I LOVED this recipe. Fresh and delish with nice spices, and not as heavy as other meatloaf recipes. I made a few changes:: We used just a 1/2 cup of almond flour, sauteed a fresh red bell pepper because I didn’t have time to roast one, and added a little worcester sauce and some cayenne pepper for a little kick. I think next time I’ll also broil the sauce on top of the meatloaf for 5-10 minutes. All in all, my new favorite meatloaf recipe. Thank you!!!

  4. Camisha says:

    Made this for dinner tonight and it was so good. I’m not even a huge fan of meatloaf. Thanks mucho.

  5. Nicole says:

    Just made this and it’s so good! Just doubled the meat, otherwise kept everything the same and I had no issues with it falling apart.

  6. Farah says:

    This was wonderful! I never make meatloaf for my family because they think it looks gross. Well, I was hoping the kids wouldn’t like it because it tastes SO good- but of course, everyone LOVES it!
    I made everything as directed but only used 1/2 C almond flour. I let it cool down before eating & it held together just perfectly!

  7. Angela says:

    I made this for dinner last night and it was so wonderful! I baked it free form on a cookie sheet (45 minutes instead of 50) and used a little less almond flour than recommended based on some other comments (1/2 cup approx). I am so excited to try out the other variations! What side dishes do you normally serve with meatloaf?

    1. juli says:

      just some sort of green veggie like kale or brussels sprouts or salad

  8. Jack says:

    The flavor was delicious but the almond flour made the texture gritty and unpleasant. I wouldn’t remake this dish.

  9. Heather says:

    I have never ever tried meatloaf before. I just made this and I can hear Ariel singing “a whole new world” from Little Mermaid. Gah! Thanks for creating something my taste buds can’t get enough of!

    1. juli says:

      damnit!! now that’s stuck in my head!

  10. Michelle says:

    Wow, this was posted in 2012! Is this still your favorite meatloaf? Going to attempt this tonight without the egg (allergic)… but I do have bobs redmill egg replacer… I can try to use that. Looking forward to it, I miss meatloaf

    1. juli says:

      nope, i would say probably my bacon cheeseburger meatloaf is my favorite nowadays!