First; the recipe and then an update on how my kids are doing so far on keto.
This is a recipe I found at allrecipes and adapted to keto with a couple tweaks. It’s supposed to be done on a grill but I cooked it in the oven instead. It is pretty good, as you can imagine!
Cheesy Bacon-Wrapped Meatloaf (keto!)
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 blanched almond flour
- 1/2 diced yellow onion
- 3 tbs. low sugar ketchup
- 1 tsp. black pepper
- 1 tsp. sea salt
- 2 tsp. garlic powder
- 1 tsp. oregano
- 1 tsp. basil
- 1 tsp. parsley (I used dried spices)
- 2 pounds grass fed ground beef
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 7 slices uncured bacon
First you want to take a long piece of heavy duty aluminum foil (long enough that it would be about the length of a cookie sheet after folded in half). Line up the bacon horizontally in the middle of the aluminum. (You’ll want to be able to shape your loaf on top of the bacon and fold it up over the sides.) Using aluminum isn’t 100% necessary but it really cuts down on cleaning time. Preset your oven for 375 degrees F. Add the first 11 ingredients to a large mixing bowl. I mix by hand (I find it easier) but do whatever works for you to get all the ingredients well combined. At that point you can dump the mix on top of the bacon slices and form it into a loaf shape. Wrap the bacon up over the sides. Fold the edges of the aluminum up to form a makeshift loaf pan and transfer onto a cookie sheet. Put that pile o’ meat on the bottom rack. I baked mine for about 65 minutes. You’ll definitely want to check it with a meat thermometer and make sure the middle is at least 160 degrees F. When you take it out, let it “rest” for 5-10 minutes. You can brush on extra ketchup, but that’s extra carbs and honestly, the meatloaf really doesn’t need it.
The bacon flavor really permeates the entire loaf without overpowering the other flavors. It’s so good you almost feel guilty eating it!! It was a big hit at my house. I’ll definitely make it again. It’s not the prettiest or most elegant meal to photograph but it is insanely delicious and filling and satisfying. No midnight munching after eating this!
Sorry guys, I don’t have nutritional info as I kind of threw this together today. It does have 7-8 good size servings with a very small amount of carbs. Serve next to a low-carb veggie (with butter, of course!) for a perfect keto dinner.
So…. we’ve been doing keto as a family now for two days. I feel like it is going really well so far. The second morning my oldest woke up and was hungry and shaky. My youngest actually vomited. I think it is because with their fast metabolisms they were going through the keto flu period at an accelerated rate. I’ve been spending a lot of time in the kitchen, making nummy food for them. I made a keto cheesecake and two batches of my chocolate keto muffins so far. They (inspite of some complaining) mostly like the food so far. They seem like they are doing pretty well, aside from that first morning when their bodies were obviously still struggling to adapt.
There isn’t much information about how to do this diet for kids online. I’m just going to have to discover as I go. That’s one reason I feel like it’s important to blog about our journey.