Low-Carb Grain-Free Meatloaf with Tomatoes, Fennel, and Flax Seed
But flax seeds are more nutritious than merely the oil because besides omega-3 fatty acids, the seeds are rich in both kinds of fiber and they also contain a phytoestrogen called lignans. And of special interest to South Beach Dieters, flax seed meal has equal amounts of carbohydrates and fiber, which means no net carbs. The amount of flax seed meal I used in this recipe seemed perfect to bind the meatloaf together, but you could certainly use more.
(Low-Carb Grain-Free Meatloaf with Tomatoes, Fennel, and Flax Seed was updated with better photo January 2013.)
Add the lean ground beef, turkey Italian sausage, chopped tomatoes, and egg to the bowl and use your hands to combine the mixture. (Don’t overmix.)
Jake did a nice job forming two good looking loaves.
Low-Carb Grain-Free Meatloaf with Tomatoes, Fennel, and Flax Seed Meal
(Makes two meat loaves, about 8-10 servings, recipe created by Kalyn)
2 lbs. lean ground beef (less than 10% fat)
1 pkg. (19.5 oz.) hot turkey Italian Sausage
2 T dried chopped onion
1 T garlic powder
1 T dried basil
1 T dried parsley
1/2 cup flax seed meal (I used Bob’s Red Mill Flaxseed Meal)
1 tsp. Vege-Sal (or 1/2 tsp. salt)
1 T ground fennel (I used Penzeys)
1 cup finely chopped slow roasted tomatoes
(or use well-drained roasted canned tomatoes or sun-dried tomatoes (rinse with hot water if oil packed)
2 eggs slightly beaten
Remove ground beef and turkey sausage links from refrigerator and let come to room temperature. In bowl, combine dried onion, garlic powder, dried basil, dried parsley, flax seed meal, Vege-sal or salt, and ground fennel. (I purposely used dried herbs since I wasn’t adding much binder to the meatloaf and I didn’t want added moisture.)
Squeeze turkey sausage out of casings in small pieces into the mixing bowl. Break ground beef into pieces and place in same bowl. Add tomatoes, and eggs to meat mixture and use your hands to combine well. Try to mix the meat enough to get spices and eggs evenly distributed without over-mixing.
Shape meat into two loaves. I prefer to bake meatloaf on a roasting rack as shown, so the fat can drip out. This meatloaf doesn’t have a lot of fat, but using a rack also browns the meatloaf well on three sides.
Bake until the meatloaf is well done, 165F on the meat thermometer. When I originally baked this in my toaster/convection, it was done in 1 hour 15 minutes. This time it took about 1 hour 30 minutes in my large oven. Cutting one meat loaf open is the still a good way to see if the inside is done to your liking! (Remember this contains turkey and needs to be fairly well done.)
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