23 Mouthwatering AIP Meatloaf Recipes
Meatloaf is a classic hearty dish, perfect for those on AIP or low carb diets. But I’ve heard so many complaints about how boring it is! Not to worry. With these recipes, meatloaf can be the star of the dinner table again.
On this list, we’ve included some delicious new and AIP-friendly takes on the iconic recipe. From mini meatloaves, perfect for lunchtime, to bold new ingredients, like chicken livers and elk meat, these delicious AIP meatloaf recipes are the furthest thing from boring!
Here are just a few of the AIP Meatloaf Recipes we’ve included:
- Chicken, Bacon, And Apple Mini Meatloaves
- Chicken and Ginger Mini Meatloaves
- Autoimmune Protocol Meatloaf
- Prosciutto Meatloaf Muffins with Fig Jam
- Sweet and Tangy BBQ Meatloaf
- Spinach Mushroom Meatloaf with Fig & Bacon Sauce
- AIP Apple and Sage Elk meatloaf
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AIP Meatloaf – Chicken and Turkey
– Paleo Flourish
Ingredients: apples, chicken breasts, bacon, olive oil or avocado oil, salt.
Sometimes meatloaf can be a bit dry, but not these little beauties! The chopped apples add an extra texture and flavor and a bit of freshness and sets off the chicken and bacon really well. These mini loaves make a great dish for breakfast or to pack in your lunchbox for work. These also go down well with the kids and are a great way to get them to eat healthy without realizing!
– Food To Heal Ourselves
Ingredients: bacon, chicken livers, ground meats, onion, garlic, dried basil, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, parsley, tomato-less sauce.
It is important to introduce organ meats into the family’s diet as it is packed with goodness, but many folks just don’t like the taste. So this recipe gives us the answer – it uses chicken livers which are not nearly so strong and the bacon masks any unpleasant taste. Each portion is 2 to 3 meatloaves and these can be frozen for eating throughout the week for breakfast or as a quick lunch with a salad.
– Healing Family Eats
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Ingredients: carrot, lard, ground chicken, thyme leaves, mint leaves, ginger, sea salt.
Mini meatloaves are perfect at any time of day! They make a great breakfast, light lunch with a fresh green salad or as a snack you can eat on the go. These taste just as good hot or cold and would be great for lunchboxes or picnics. If you are like me and don’t like mint, you could use a different herb like cilantro or parsley instead.
– Happy AIPer
Ingredients: coconut oil, ground turkey, gelatin egg, onions, chicken livers, Italian seasoning, garlic.
This turkey meatloaf recipe would be perfect for using up leftover turkey after Thanksgiving or Christmas and can be served hot with vegetables or cold with a salad. It can also be sliced and eaten for breakfast! The Italian seasoning brings an added boost to the flavor and because the chicken livers are much milder in taste than beef liver, even the kids will enjoy it!
– The Bacon Mum
Ingredients: ground pork, ground turkey, sage, oregano, garlic salt, salt, apple, zucchini, bacon.
Not only is this a great way to hide veggies from picky children, the grated zucchini also helps to bind the ingredients together. You can use the pork and turkey mix shown here or you can use any other meats – chicken and bacon or beef and turkey work well here. The apple and zucchini also help to keep the meatloaf moist and tender.
– Frisky Lemon
Ingredients: ground turkey, onion, garlic, bacon.
Turkey and bacon is a match made in heaven! The salty bacon brings out all the flavor of the turkey and this meatloaf could help to use up leftovers after a roast turkey meal. This makes a dish that is as pleasing to the eye as it is to the taste buds and could be served as a main for a dinner party or a family meal. If you like your bacon crisp, uncover it and broil it for a few minutes.
– Kristine Rudolph
Ingredients: celery, carrot, onion, garlic, ground turkey, fat, dried cranberries, salt.
This is such a fun way to serve meatloaf, especially to picky children! Not only that, but you get the flavors of a great turkey dinner from the meat and cranberries. These cookies can be used for lunchboxes or eaten cold as a snack. They can be frozen and defrosted for eating at a later date, but are better if you pack them with parchment between each one so the separate easily.
– Paleo College Student
Ingredients: coconut oil or duck fat or bacon fat, dried sage, kale, mushrooms, ground meat, garlic, sea salt, bacon.
Here is another great recipe that can help you get more healthy vegetables into veggie-dodgers! Cutting the kale and mushrooms small is a good way of disguising them and they will have eaten most of it before they realize! This meatloaf is great on its own but for a more substantial meal you could serve it with zucchini noodles or steamed greens.
AIP Meatloaf – Beef
– Autoimmune Wellness
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Ingredients: coconut oil, cauliflower, zucchini, carrot, onion, garlic, parsley, sea salt, fresh thyme or marjoram, ground beef or lamb or pork mixture, bacon.
When you have to follow a strict diet plan for health reasons, it can be a joy to find a recipe for something that the whole family can enjoy, and meatloaf can be one of them! They can be as easy or complex as you like and using whatever meats and seasoning, but it is a hearty and filling meal for everyone and leftovers can be used up for breakfast or lunch.
– Autoimmune Wellness
Photo Credit: Autoimmune Wellness
Ingredients: white sweet potato, ground beef, thyme leaves, AIP-friendly prosciutto, garlic, sea salt, dried black mission figs, orange juice, thyme, orange zest, cinnamon, apple cider vinegar.
Like many meatloaf recipes, this one can be quite versatile as you don’t have to use ground beef, but until you are used to making this, beef can be a great place to start. The prosciutto makes the perfect binding round these and adds a saltiness to the meatloaf. The fig jam is sweet but has a lovely citrus hit from the orange juice and zest and gives the meatloaf a fresher flavor than most.
– Beyond the Bite
Ingredients: ground beef, sea salt, sweet potato, green plantain, dried basil, thyme, rosemary, dried oregano, garlic powder, onion powder, AIP Pesto Sauce.
If you were used to dry tasteless meatloaf as a child, then you are about to experience the complete opposite! This one uses sweet potato puree to bind the ingredients and help keep the meatloaf moist and juicy. The Italian seasonings and herbs give an authentic Mediterranean flavor which goes so well with the pesto sauce, and it is itself a fresh and flavorful addition to the meal.
– Comfort Bites
Ingredients: beef, garlic, parsley, red onions, duck fat, salt, bacon.
After you try this delicious meatloaf you will never believe that there is no ingredient binding it together! This one cuts just like a dream and tastes even better second day if you can leave it that long! If you use red onions in this you will find they add a sweeter note to the overall flavor than brown onions and are not so harsh in flavor. You could even add extra herbs to give a different taste.
– Food To Heal Ourselves
Ingredients: beef liver, ground meat, lemons (optional), coconut oil or other solid fat, onion, garlic, salt, tomato-less sauce, gelatin, coconut milk, apple cider vinegar, honey.
Meatloaf can be one of the most useful ways of ‘hiding’ liver to encourage the family to eat it, but the taste can be a bit strong. This one uses lemon to soak the liver and remove some of the metallic flavor, but if your family still doesn’t like it you could use lamb or chicken livers which have a much milder flavor. You can also use whatever ground meat you have, so play about with flavorings till you have a family favorite.
– Instinctual Wellbeing
Ingredients: ground beef, ground pork, dried marjoram, dried basil, mace, dried chives, dried oregano, dried rosemary, sea salt.
There is a real Italian flavor to this meatloaf because of the dried herbs used in this recipe and it would be great to serve at a Mediterranean-themed dinner. You could even serve it with a tomato-less sauce or just simply with mashed sweet potatoes. This one serves six so there might be leftovers that can be easily reheated for lunch next day.
Ingredients: ground beef, ground pork, ground veal or lamb, cauliflower, zucchini, onion, carrot, garlic, salt, pepper (omit), marjoram, thyme, parsley, balsamic vinegar (optional), bacon, coconut oil.
Here is another versatile AIP-friendly meatloaf recipe that you can make for the whole family! This recipe lists using egg yolks but for AIP just leave them out. Once the meatloaf has been cooked in the oven you will find there is some liquid and fat in the dish so pour this off, but don’t discard it! It makes a tasty medium to use to sauté veggies to go with the meatloaf.
– Paleo Cajun Lady
Ingredients: ground beef, onion, kale, garlic, mushrooms, water, Otto’s Cassava Flour or arrowroot starch, salt, cooking fat, shallots, beef broth, coconut aminos, basil.
If you are missing out on the comfort food you used to enjoy, why not try this delicious meatloaf with tasty shallot gravy? I am sure it will bring the nostalgia back and give you a warming and hearty meal. If you leave the shallot rings intact they add to the look and the combination of textures in this dish, but if the family are anti-veg, you could blitz them up with a blender to give a smoother gravy.
– Paleo Cajun Lady
Ingredients: ground beef, mushrooms, kale, garlic, coconut aminos (optional), basil, salt.
This recipe gives you individual meatloaves which are the perfect size to feed one adult, and you could even half the mix again to form really mini ones for lunchboxes or for young kids. If you chop the vegetables really finely, they will hardly notice they are there, so these would be great to get goodness into the whole family!
– The Primitive Home Maker
Ingredients: beef, bacon, white onion, garlic, carrot, spinach, sea salt, “tomato-less” sauce.
Meatloaf can be a great meal to serve if you are working to a budget as you can use whatever ground meat is on offer and it can be made to go a bit further by adding extra chopped vegetables, making this a great meal for larger families or for students. The tomato-less sauce is delicious and adds the ‘tomato’ aspect back into the loaf. It can also be used to coat pizza bases without using nightshades.
– KC Natural
Ingredients: ground beef, apple cider vinegar, yellow onion or red onion, extra virgin olive oil, Mastodon Paleo AIP BBQ sauce, blackstrap molasses, onion, garlic, sea salt.
The main difference with this recipe is that the meatloaf ends up with a wonderful flavorsome crust for you to bite into. It also has a really rich flavor because of the molasses, which boosts the beef so well. Because you are cooking this with the sauce in the middle, it might be easier to rely on a meat thermometer to make sure the meat is cooked through.
– Wholehearted & Healthy
Ingredients: ground beef, spinach, onion, garlic, coconut oil, coconut flour, mace, Himalayan salt.
There are no eggs used in this meatloaf, making it ideal for AIP followers, and it is a good way to get spinach into the family! You will probably find that most meatloaves taste as good if not better second day, so there is no reason why leftovers would go to waste. This loaf can be sliced and frozen to give you lunch for the week or it can be served right away for a hearty family meal.
– Adventures in Partaking
Ingredients: ground beef or pork or lamb, white onion, raisins, cinnamon, pink salt, KC Natural Mastodon Sauce.
This is my kind of meatloaf, with its saucy layer over the top! There is a sweet note to the meat mixture because of the raisins, and these would even go well if you use ground turkey instead. Like most meatloaf recipes, you can mix this up and store in the fridge to cook in the evening and once it is cooked it can be frozen whole or sliced for you to enjoy later.
– Adventures in Partaking
Ingredients: olive oil, bacon, onion, figs, salt, garlic powder, balsamic vinegar, water, ground beef, brown mushrooms, spinach, parsley.
With this recipe you will be surprised how well salty bacon and sweet fig go together! They add a whole new level of flavor to the meatloaf. This is another budget-friendly recipe which uses mushrooms to make the meat go further and as you are making two at a time you can freeze one for dinner on a different day. This can be served with salad or roasted vegetables.
– A Squirrel in the Kitchen
Ingredients: elk or meat of choice, onion, Granny Smith apple, dried sage, bacon, sea salt.
If you can find elk meat it is well worth giving it a try as it is delicious, but if you can’t get it where you live you can substitute beef or even venison for a slightly gamey flavor. Either of these would go well with the sage and apple, especially if you use a cooking apple which is less sweet. If you can’t use apple you can use squash instead!