I know what you’re thinking. Meatloaf, ug. I know that name doesn’t sound very appetizing. Nobody ever says, “I’m totally craving a big loaf of meat.” But this meatloaf is so good that you’ll want to call it “Carnivorous Slice of Heaven.”
I know it sounds too good to be true, but to top it all off, this meatloaf is low calories and low in carbs. So how is this God sent meat morsel made? Let me explain.
One of the biggest sources of calories for typical meatloaf is the meat itself. I substitute in extra lean beef. You can also use turkey meat, which turns out really well too. Ketchup is also a common addition in meat loaf, which adds in a lot of refined sugar ands carbs. I substitute this for a little canned tomato sauce. I also mix in onion, garlic, Italian seasoning, bell pepper, parmesan, Splenda, and to hold it all together, egg. We don’t even have to add in all the breadcrumbs like most recipes.
I mixed this all together and put it into a greased loaf pan. I baked it for one hour at 350. When it was done I cooled it little and drained off all the excess fat. To make my evening dinner preparations go faster I prepared the loaf, baked it in the morning, and refrigerated all day. This gave it plenty of time to let all the flavors mingle and get delicious. You can even do this the night before.
When it was time for dinner. I sliced it into five thick slices and preheated the grill. We (we meaning my husband) grilled it on high to get each side crispy and crunchy then turned the heat to medium to cook the meat through. All together it grilled about 10 minutes. It doesn’t take long because you are simply heating it up, not cooking the meat. It might fall apart slightly so handle with care. If you don’t have time to grill this (or if it is too cold in your neck of the woods for grilling) it still taste great! Simply bake for an hour and serve.
Once removed from the grill I topped each slice off with a little low carb barbecue sauce. The flavors are incredible. It gets a slight smoky flavor from the grill and a light sweet taste from the barbecue sauce.
I think that you’ll be very impressed with this recipe and will be able to convert over even the most meatloaf opposed in your family. And, just in case you are a fellow South Beach dieter, this is a phase one recipe!
Healthy Low Carb Grilled Meatloaf Recipe
1.5 Pounds extra lean ground beef
1 8 oz can tomato paste
½ Onion, chopped
¼ Cup bell pepper chopped
2 Garlic cloves, minced
¼ Cup grated parmesan cheese
2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
2 teaspoons Splenda or sweetener
salt and pepper
One recipe for low carb barbecue sauce
1. Preheat oven to 350 and grease a loaf pan. In a large bowl mix all above ingredients together. You can use a large spoon or roll up your sleeves and use your hands (it will get done faster this way). Place into prepared loaf pan and bake for 6o minutes. When finished baking let cool a few minutes then drain the excess meat. If you want to eat immediately you can serve now or move on to step two. If you are going to eat the next day or a few hours later cover meat and store in fridge.
2. When you are ready to grill your meat heat a clean grill on high. Remove loaf from fridge and slice into five or six thick slices. Grill each side on high until crisp. Reduce temperature to medium. Grilling takes about ten minutes total. You might want to use a meat thermometer to ensure your meat is hot through the middle. Remove from grill and top with low carb barbecue sauce. Dig in!