The thought of meatloaf typically conjures up images of your grandmother serving up a tough and bland dinner to a very unimpressed family.
This recipe couldn’t be further from that. It’s easy to make, moist, tasty, and best of all, healthy. I got the original recipe from my mother-in-law, but have put my own spin on it so now it’s also gluten-free, a bonus considering most recipes call for breadcrumbs or flour. (This uses almond meal.)
Makes 8 large or 16 small portions
1kg grass-fed beef mince
1 bunch dill
1 bunch mint
4 spring onions
Zest of 1 lemon
1 cup almond meal
½ cup tomato or fruit chutney
¼ cup sour cream
200g feta cheese
2 small punnets (500g) cherry tomatoes
Salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 180ºC.
- Chop herbs and spring onions. Grate lemon to get about 1 tablespoon zest.
- In a large bowl, combine mince, herbs, spring onions, zest, almond meal, egg, sour cream and salt and pepper. Mix with hands well.
- If using feta, dice into 2cm cubes and stir through the mixture.
- Press mixture firmly into dish. (No need to grease or line with baking paper.)
- Spread chutney over the top.
- Cut tomatoes in half and gently press in.
- Bake for 45-50 mins.
- Rest for 10 mins and slice into portions. Serve hot or cold.
- For an extra health boost add finely chopped or grated vegetables such as zucchini and carrot.
- For a stronger flavour add one or two teaspoons of Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce or Tabasco sauce.
- For an Asian-style meatloaf, use pork mince instead of beef mince, replace dill and mint with fresh coriander and grated fresh ginger, and two tablespoons of oyster sauce, and serve with steamed Asian greens (eg. bok choy).
- Try to find a gourmet/homemade chutney that doesn’t have too much sugar.
- This dish is high in protein and very filling, so a portion size doesn’t have to be big. For lunch or dinner, serve one large portion with lots of salad or vegetables. For breakfast or a post-workout snack, one small portion is perfect.
If you give it a try and post a pic on Instagram, don’t forget to tag me @jennafelicity and #jennafelicity so I can see it!