Everyday Meatloaf with Browned Butter Brussels Sprouts & Hazelnuts

So, it’s official — I have a little bit of a sickness going on.  I am still hesitant to call it a cold because I refuse to believe that *I* gosh darnit, could get a cold.  Take people that just eat crap…sweets, burgers & fries, milk shakes & god-awful hotpockets all day long and go out and about at night to those so-called bars they speak of and touch all sorts of mixed drinks and touch all sorts of door handles and strangers….ughhh THEY are the ones that should, theoretically, be getting sick.  Not me.  Here’s what’s going on.  I woke up yesterday morning with a sore throat, and it lasted throughout the day — didn’t get better, but got worse.  This morning it felt horrible and is scratchy…and there’s a definite post-nasal drip thing going on.  I gargled with some salt water, did not workout, stayed in bed…please go away, please go away!  We are still calling it an “allergy” thing with the weather changes and rain we’ve experienced over the past few days.  Yup, that’s what we’re going with — I am not sick. Anyway, after sleeping in and doing nothing all day long I was able to make a wonderful dinner that really hit the spot in a sick girl’s heart — ahem…not sick, girl with allergy issues.  One of my favorite meals is meatloaf and the one that I make regularly is awesome.  I have a few meatloaf recipes that I rotate around, but this one by far is the best and the easiest. I had meatloaf a lot growing up; I think a lot of people did in the late 80’s and early 90’s.  It is just one of those meals that is comforting and cheap.  When Jason and I first met he had never had meatloaf!  That had to change.  He said the main reason he didn’t think he’d like it is because he’s not a big fan of ground meat.  He’s more of a meat off the bone kinda guy.  After showing him a meatloaf that is stuffed with mushrooms, and another one that is wrapped completely in bacon — he decided meatloaf isn’t too shabby! Meatloaf reminds me of an episode of Roseanne.  I used to watch that show all the time.  Well what happens is Darlene is taking this Home Economics class and Roseanne decides she’s going to be an involved parent and give a talk.  She comes up with this idea to take Darlene’s whole class to the grocery store to give them a real-life shopping on a budget experience.  The meal they are shopping for is meatloaf — and they’re in the cereal asile (because she puts cornflakes in her meatloaf, which is just the most horrible thing ever)…but Darlene goes to grab the cereal they usually get which is the name-brand box.  Special K or whatever it may be.  Roseanne says, “no, not that one!”  Darlene responds, “but this is the one we have at home.” …haha, and Roseanne says, “No, it’s not…I just fill that one up every week so ya’ll think you’re gettin’ the good stuff.”  Yeah, that probably wasn’t very funny – sorry, I failed and wasted your time.  Anywho – meatloaf is still a cheap meal; that’s for sure.  Especially in the Paleo world.  We are all about buying meat that is pasture fed and humanely raised without antibiotics and hormones and so forth …that can get pretty darn pricey.  So when it comes to buying grass-fed beef, well, the ground stuff is still the cheapest. Speaking of grass-fed meat…oh my goodness, I cannot tell you how stoked I am!!  Saturday is the day that I will be receiving my full order from the folks at Wild Type Ranch.  I am waiting for an emailed invoice of all the cuts I will be getting, but Saturday is the day that I can pick it up!!!  So excited!!!  That means that I will have a freakin’ freezer FULL of grass-fed beef.  We’re talkin’ some ground meat, some steaks, some roasts, possibly another brisket!!  Ahhhh!  Man, what kind of girl am I…most girls get excited about clothes and jewelery…me, I get excited about meat.  In fact, I already told Jason that if he wants to buy me anything…I want a good quality lamb shoulder.  We’re talkin’ a $60 piece of meat.  So, we’ll seeeeeeee!!!  Who knows how many badass meatloaves I’ll have to make in order to sweeten him up for that one. Okay, on to the fabulous meatloaf recipe!!


  • 2 lb. grass-fed ground beef
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 tbsp. sea salt
  • 2 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp. dried marjoram
  • 1/2 c. fresh basil, chopped
  • 6 oz. tomato paste (get the no sugar added stuff)
  • 1 c. almond meal
  • 2 eggs


  1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl – use your hands and get it all incorrporated.

    This is a bowl of some beautiful things going on. Best meatloaf in the world, promise!

  2. Place in a 9 x 13 glass baking dish and form into a loaf.  You can use a meatloaf pan as well if you have one.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for about an hour or until center is no longer pink.

Easy, right!?  So simple.  So delicious. If you want your meal to be as good as ours was — you have to try this new Brussels Sprouts dish.  I have so many of them and they’re all so good because brussels are my favorite vegetable, but this one really compliments the meatloaf.


  • 1 lb. brussels sprouts, trimmed and quartered
  • 3 tbsp. ghee or pastured butter
  • 1/2 c. hazelnuts, chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Place butter on a rimmed baking sheet and place in oven for about 4-5 minutes.  You want it to be fragrant and browned, watch that it doesn’t burn.
  3. Toss brussels sprouts and hazelnuts in warm butter, add salt and pepper to your liking.
  4. Roast in oven for about 7 minutes.
  5. Take them out and sprinkle a few tbsp. of water over brussels.  Give them a toss.
  6. Return brussels sprouts to oven and roast an additional 7 minutes.

    Add butter and nuts to any vegetable and it will taste amazing, simple as that.

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