Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Meatloaf, with a Pinch Hitter coming in for the Bread Crumbs

Meatloaf would be an excellent low carb meal, except for the bread crumbs that are needed to hold everything together when it bakes up.  I found a substitution for bread crumbs used to coat chicken in a low carb recipe book, and I figured they would work well as a substitute for the bread crumbs in meatloaf.

1 lb ground turkey
1 lb lean italian sausage
1 small onion diced small
3 eggs
2 8oz cans of tomato sauce
1 8oz can of tomato paste
2 cups bread crumb substitute
Italian Herbs
2 cloves garlic

Pinch Hitter Recipe:
Take a bag of pork rinds and crush them until you have crumbs.  Substitute pork rind crumbs for bread crumbs.  ***Note: While pork rinds have no carbs, they are a high fat/high calorie food so they should not be used often.

Place the meat in a bowl and mix.  Add eggs, onion, garlic, bread crumb substitute, herbs, and one 8oz can of tomato sauce.  Mix well with your hands.  Spread into a baking dish of your preference.  The thinner you spread it the less time it takes to cook.  Place in the oven at 350°F for 30 to 45 minutes or until meat is cooked all the way through in the middle.  Mix 2 Tbsp of tomato paste with 2 Tbsp of tomato sauce (this makes a thick mixture for the topping) and spread mixture on top of meat loaf and return to the oven for 5 minutes.  I served it with cheesy cauliflower.

Now you can turn on your "Bat Out of Hell" album, sit down for dinner, and enjoy your Meatloaf.


  1. I bet the sausage gave this meatloaf such a great flavor!

  2. I just found your site and have put it on my google reader. I was wondering are you following a specific type low carb diet? ie: Atkins or Belly Fat..I didn't see it in any of your posts and was just curious. I am starting back with low carb and guess I will be doing one of these.

  3. I am not strictly following a specific diet. I tried Atkins awhile ago but felt that it was too strict on carbs but allowed to much fat and calories. I am now doing a diet that is similar but more based on South Beach. Basically cut out all heavy carbs, sugar, and processed food but at the same time try to reduce calories and fat.

  4. Hi Arthur,
    It's great to meet you and to know that you loved the recipe, I love the add of orange zest and some day will try your way!
    Very delicious meat loaf and I love the bread crumb substitute!