Pumpkin has more uses than just baked goods and coffee. For the changing of the season, we put our heads together to find the perfect delight for the grass fed, grass finished ground beef you’ve stocked your kitchen with. The end result? A Paleo Pumpkin Meatloaf recipe. The best part? It is kid tested, and approved! It’s the perfect way to bring fall flavor to your dinner table using the healthier option of grass fed, grass finished beef.
Cooking the grass fed, grass finished meatloaf takes about 1 hour and 20 minutes, but the prep time is only 25 minutes (most of that time is spent chopping the vegetables…if you can purchase pre-chopped, it will save you a significant amount of time and onion tears). You can mix the ingredients and leave them in the fridge for up to a day, just remember to let them set on the counter for around 30 minutes before tossing them in the oven.
Well? What are you waiting for?!
Paleo Pumpkin Meatloaf
|Prep Time: 25 minutes||Cook Time: 1hr, 20 minutes||Serves: 4 (or more!)|
|1 lb||Western Grassfed Ground Beef|
|1 tbsp||Olive Oil (we like Kasandrinos), plus extra|
|1||Small onion, finely chopped|
|3||Celery stalks, finely chopped|
|2||Carrots, medium sized, finely chopped
(even better if you have the time to grate them like a zest!)
|1/3 cup||Pumpkin puree|
|3/4 cup||Blanched almond flour (don’t worry, the pumpkin puree and 2 eggs will help hold it together)|
|1/2 tbsp||Mustard powder|
|Dash||Salt and pepper|
Tip: Use dried herbs, they’ll release more flavor during the longer cooking process.
Remove thawed Western Grassfed Beef ground beef from the refrigerator, let set at room temperature while you prep the meal.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Heat olive oil in a medium to large pan
Sauté the onion until slightly translucent (4 to 5 minutes)
Add the celery, carrot, seasoning, and molasses to the pan. Sauté for 5 to 7 minutes.
Remove pan from heat, set aside.
In a large bowl combine ground beef, blanched almond meal, and eggs mixing well.
Work in pumpkin puree.
Work in the sautéed vegetables and herbs.
Lightly coat two small loaf pans (in a pinch you can use a cake pan, just be sure to check the center with a toothpick after 45 minutes, and again every 15 minutes) in olive oil.
Add the meatloaf mixture to the pans, spreading evenly and taking care not to “smash” the mixture down.
Bake for 1 hour and 20 minutes. Check the center with a toothpick before removing from the oven. If toothpick comes out (mostly) clean, your meatloaf is done!
*Molasses and Mustard Sauce
*This sauce is optional. Due to the mustard and vinegar it is not Paleo. You can leave out the vinegar, and there is a super easy Paleo-friendly mustard recipe available here. If you find the sauce is too thin for your taste, thicken it with arrowroot.
|Prep Time: 5 minutes||Cook Time: 30 minutes|
|1 cup||Dijon Mustard|
|1/8 cup||Apple Cider Vinegar|
|1 tbsp||Worcestershire Sauce|
|Dash||Salt and Cardamom|
Combine all ingredients in small bowl.
Generously brush the mixture on top of meatloaf immediately before baking.
Serve, and enjoy!
Autumn is the time for comfort foods, yet another reason why this recipe is perfect for this season. It pairs well with mashed sweet potatoes or cauliflower fritters, and a lightly sautéed vegetable. Remember, you can prepare the meatloaf before you’re ready to bake it! Paleo friendly and made with delicious grass fed, grass finished beef!
Here at Western Grassfed Beef we believe in ranching practices and products that don’t need synthetic nitrites or nitrates, MSG, added hormones, antibiotics, or anything “extra”. The cattle are raised on open pasture, where they eat what grows naturally. Our grass fed, grass finished beef is officially Paleo Approved by the Paleo Foundation. If you’re interested, check out our online store. The ordering process is easy, and the meat is delivered straight to your door.
Western Grassfed Beef, the Natural Beef label from Panorama Meats, works directly with U.S. family ranchers throughout the West and Midwest. All cattle are born and raised on open pasture and are fed a diet of grasses and range forage. Our natural 100% grass fed and grass finished beef is humanely raised with no antibiotics or added hormones, and always raised on pastures. We believe in supporting our rancher's way of life and in raising cattle the right way.
From Our Kitchen to Yours-- the WGB Team