Autoimmune Protocol Meatloaf

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One of my favorite autoimmune protocol bloggers is Whitney from Nutrisclerosis. She is not shy about encouraging people to make changes in their diet to help their autoimmunity, and I find her success story about using the autoimmune protocol to put her multiple sclerosis into remission pretty amazing. Ever since I found her site and saw her meatloaf recipe I knew I had to try it.

Now I don’t have much of a background in meatloaf making/eating, both because I have never cooked one nor did my mom when I was growing up. Having said that, I don’t know if I can judge this recipe against your standard meatloaf – but I will tell you that it is dang tasty, and it disappeared way too quickly! I modified the recipe a little bit to fit into a standard size loaf pan, but if you want to make a giant version for the freezer I say go for it! Speaking of which, this is absolutely something you can incorporate into your batch-cooking routine, just slice and freeze!

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Autoimmune Protocol Meatloaf
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Based on Whitney’s recipe on her blog Nutrisclerosis
Serves: 6-8
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 cup cauliflower, processed into “rice” with a food processor
  • 1 zucchini, peeled and grated
  • 1 carrot, peeled and grated
  • ½ onion, minced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ cup parsley, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme and/or marjoram
  • 2 egg yolks (omit if on the elimination diet)
  • 2 lbs ground beef, lamb, or pork mixture (I used beef and lamb), room temperature
  • 3-4 slices pastured bacon
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a skillet, heat the coconut oil and saute the onion, zucchini, carrot and cauliflower rice for about 5 minutes, adding the garlic at the very end. Let cool.
  2. In a large bowl mix the egg yolks with the herbs and spices including the fresh parsley. Add the meat and vegetables to the bowl. Mix gently with your hands until just incorporated.
  3. Transfer the mixture to a 9 x 5 loaf pan, making sure to spread it evenly into the corners. Lay the bacon strips across the top, tucking them in to the ends if they are too long. Cook for 45-50 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 155 degrees. Remove from oven and carefully pour off liquid, reserving it to cook veggies in later.
  4. Put the loaf back in the oven for 10 minutes under the broiler to crisp up the bacon. Let sit for 10 minutes before slicing.

About Mickey Trescott

Mickey Trescott is a co-founder here at Autoimmune Wellness and a co-teacher of AIP Certified Coach. After recovering from her own struggle with both Celiac and Hashimoto’s disease, adrenal fatigue, and multiple vitamin deficiencies, Mickey started to write about her experience to share with others and help them realize they are not alone in their struggles. She has a Master's degree in Human Nutrition and Functional Nutrition, and is the author of three best-selling books--The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook, The Autoimmune Wellness Handbook, and The Nutrient-Dense Kitchen. You can watch her AIP cooking demos by following her on Instagram.


  • Amy says

    This looks really good! Oddly, I miss meatloaf. With no tomatoes, bread crumbs, or eggs, I struggled to figure out how to make this again. Can’t wait to try this version. Thank you also for mentioned the website you adapted the recipe from. I’m not familiar with it, but will enjoy exploring it for new info and recipes. 🙂

    • Honestly I had not even thought to make it until I was browsing Whitney’s site, but I have to say that it is an awesome departure from meat patties all the time! I love her site and especially her facebook page – lots of inspiration and tough love from someone who has an incredible story. 🙂

  • Carolyn says

    I love meatloaf made this way. I leave out the eggs and just use grated veggies including mushrooms. I sautéed them with the onions and garlic for the earthy taste. I want to try the cauliflaower rice next to see if my hubby can tell whats in them
    I’m still searching for my favorite mix of herbs so I’m going through all of them. Also I’ve been making meatballs out of the same recipe we just thawed a bag or them tonight for a quick dinner with salad and biscuits made with almond meal. Yum.
    Thanks for the recipes.

  • Melanie says

    This turned out wonderful, even without the onion, garlic and eggs! I also froze pieces for lunch, which kept me so full I often was still stuffed by dinner. Thank you!

    I was wondering if you have a hard time rotating your foods on the AIP protocol? Do you think rotating foods is all that important? Would it be truly terrible to eat, for instance, squash everyday? I’d love to know what you think or any words of advice.

    Take care!

  • Cristie says

    This is in my oven right now cant wait to try it, also making green beans and bacon. Yummy!!

  • stephanie says

    this is the most delicious meatloaf I have ever had!

  • Bianca says

    This is in my oven right now. I am new to the diet, having just transitioned from a mostly vegan diet because of health reasons. I can’t wait to get your book. Thanks for the recipe.

  • Jaimie says

    If you leave out the eggs, does the meatloaf still hold together okay??

  • Suzanne says

    IMHO this is a five-star recipe. I’ve made it several times, each time without the egg, and it always comes out tasty and moist. My non-AIP son gives it two thumbs up every time. Leftovers keep well in the fridge and reheat easily in the microwave. And I don’t feel hungry after I’ve eaten this meatloaf. What’s not to like? Thank you, Mickey.

  • Sara B says

    I just made this and it’s the best meat loaf I’ve ever eaten! I didn’t have a zucchini, so I substituted finely chopped mushrooms and I added 3 tablespoons of Nomato Sauce. I had two thick slices! Cooked collard greens in the liquid I poured off the meat loaf for one of the most healthful meals ever! Thanks so much for this recipe. Going to make it next week when we have guests.

  • Cassandra says

    Yum. Just made this for dinner tonight. It’s my new favourite….and I even have left overs for tomorrow

  • Andrea says

    This meatloaf is the best meatloaf that I have ever eaten, and my family loves it! I riced the other veggies too so that it was not noticed by little kids eyes. We left out the eggs and it was amazing:) Thanks for the recipe it has become a staple in our household!

  • […] But nine times out of ten I will cook my ground meat exactly the same way so when I stumbled upon this recipe on Mickey Trescott’s blog, Autoimmune Paleo, I saw it as a perfect opportunity to experiment […]

  • Tiffany says

    Love love love this recipe! I just made this again today and am excited to eat it throughout the week. So delicious and it reheats extremely well.


  • sabrina says

    Oh this looks scrumptious….pinning it! Thanks!

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  • Sam says

    This is the best meatloaf I have ever had! And that includes non AIP, non-Paleo and even my mom’s good old meatloaf from my childhood. I was a little skeptical of all the hidden veggies, but there’s so much flavor and it’s so tender! We made a triple batch the last time and it didn’t last nearly as long as it should have because we insisted on eating it for breakfast, lunch and dinner! This is definitely going into our list of staples. Thank you!

  • Kirsten says

    I was really craving meatloaf this past week, so i decided to try this recipe, but I made just a few changes. First, my cast iron skillet had already been used the night before to cook bacon, followed by some burgers, and it was still full of grease and browned bits of meat, so after I chopped/grated the veggies, I just threw them into the grease already in my skillet and cooked them in that. I used 1lb. ground pork and a little over a pound ground beef and threw in some dry marjoram, no thyme because I didn’t have any dried and didn’t feel like stripping leaves off the stems. Well, it was getting late and I was really hungry, so instead of making a big loaf, I formed the meat into large meatballs and put each in the well of a muffin tin. As a side note, it was exactly enough meat to fill all 12 muffin cups. I skipped the bacon because I’d had it the night before, and I have always had ketchup on top of my meatloaf, so while the meatloaf balls were in the oven, I made some carrot ketchup (which turned out awesome as well, btw). I learned an important lesson: always put foil under the muffin tin, otherwise the cups will overflow with grease and catch your oven on fire. I had about 3 feet of smoke through my whole house and had to open the doors to air the place out. Anyway, seriously, best meatloaf EVER. Not even just best AIP meatloaf, but best meatloaf I’ve ever had PERIOD. Your cookbook and blog have been lifesavers these past few weeks of AIP. I’m loving my food and not feeling deprived at all, despite my diet being so restricted. THANK YOU!

    • Mickey says

      Wow, thank you for sharing! I am sorry to hear you nearly burnt your house down, but what an awesome idea to make meatball muffins! Good call on the foil to catch the grease. I’m happy you are finding the recipes useful!


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    • Florina says

      Love this recipe and I’d like to freeze for postpartum. Do you think it can be frozen before cooking or after? Thanks so much!

      • Mickey Trescott says

        Hi Florina! I would cook and then freeze!

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  • Joanne says

    I made this with celeriac in place of the zucchini, because I’m on a rotation diet due to too many & increasing # of food allergies [I already had my zucchini for this rotation, but I wanted to make this meatloaf on my Bison night.] I put it in the food processor & chopped it up like the riced cauliflower & it turned out great!
    I love the great recipes, they even turn out great when I have to do substitutions [another one of your coconut free recipe followers.]
    Thank You Mickey!

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  • Lauren says

    I have a question, could I add in chicken liver? Or would it completely change/ruin the recipe?

    • Mickey says

      It will change the flavor, but I don’t think it would make it unpalatable! I’d say go for it!


  • Diane Cressy says

    I have reintroduced eggs.. Can I just use the whole egg instead of eliminating the whites??

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Hi Diane,
      I’ve never tried it that way, but you are welcome to try if you like! Let us know how it turns out 🙂

  • Cindy says

    We tried this last night for dinner. My 15yo son said it didn’t taste bad. My husband said “heck yeah” when I asked if we should make it again. My 7yo daughter was reading at dinner and never complained, ate it just fine. My 5yo daughter hated it. She did eat her piece (as I told her she couldn’t go to softball otherwise), but it was a fight. I might try actually pureeing the carrots next time (if you can’t see them, they’re not there, right?!). My 5yo was the only one that knew there was zucchini & cabbage in there, as well as the carrots. Love hiding veggies!

    One problem – our bacon burned on the top and was underdone on the bottom, after 9 min under the broiler We moved the oven rack closer after the regular bake – was that a mistake? Or should we somehow broil for 5 min, then turn the bacon over for the last 5? Help??

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Hi Cindy,
      If your bacon burned then yes it was too hot. I’d leave the rack in the middle and not cook it so close next time!

  • Jessica says

    Years late to the party, but this was definitely the best meatloaf I’ve ever had. My picky toddler gobbled up to helpings, too. I used the whole egg. Thank you for posting this recipe!

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  • Vita says

    This was the first AIP meal I made, just tonight! I didn’t buy zucchini so I used mushrooms instead, and left out the eggs. It’s delicious, and I’m surprised that it held together so well despite no eggs for a binder.

  • Elizabeth @Homeschool Crafters says

    Just printed this recipe out! As a newbie to Paleo (after health issues arose) I’m on the lookout for good recipes. With the bacon addition, this looks like one my whole family will enjoy. Thanks!

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  • Cristal Porter says

    Hey Mickey,

    Wanted to let you know we make this weekly. It’s honestly one of the best meat loaves we’ve ever had! Thanks for such a great recipe :).

  • Yady says

    I made this recipe tonight even though I was a little skeptical about how good it would taste and my skepticism has been put to rest!! This recipe was delicious, thank you for posting it.

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  • Scott says

    This recipe has become a staple for me. If you want to streamline it a bit, try making it in a 12″ cast iron skillet. You can grate the vegetables directly into the skillet, sautee them, mix the meat in, and then put the whole thing in the oven. This way, you only have one piece of dirty cookware to clean.

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Scott, what an awesome suggestion! I love any trick that means less cleaning.

  • Julia says

    I am on strict AIP in addition to no red meat for my autoimmune ibd. I’m thinking of trying this with turkey. Any thoughts or adjustments you would make?

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Hi Julia! I would think the only difference is that the turkey would be a little bit leaner – if you can get some ground dark meat, that would be best!

      • Jeremy Grimm says

        I’m going to do 1 lb turkey and 1 lb 80/20 chuck. Going to try this tonight with some sweet potatos and maybe some sort of additional veggie.

  • Lily says

    I made this for dinner tonight (without eggs), and it’s definitely the best meatloaf I’ve ever had. It’s SO GOOD! The bacon is genius, it adds so much flavor. As someone new to AIP, finding recipes as good as this make me think I just might be able to do this. Thank you, Mickey!

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  • Allison says

    Made this last night! It tasted better than the non-AIP meatloaf I used to make. I used pork and beef. Love the flavor and all the veggies inside! Very filling, too. Thanks for sharing!

  • Elena says

    I’ve been making a similar meatloaf (no eggs) for years and found that adding a mashed very ripe yellow plantain enhances both the taste and texture – you won’t taste either the fruitiness or the sugar, it just blends in for an unrecognizable, but very pleasant flavor. I also frequently skip the bacon cover and instead pile sauteed tart apples or mushrooms on top, which makes this dish cheaper and easier to slice cold.

    • Mickey Trescott says

      What an awesome idea! I am going to try this myself.

  • Whitney says

    Unfortunately, I do not have a food processor and my blender is out of comission. Any clue if my nutribullet would work out or would it be too watery? I could grate by hand, but my 8 yr old has supervision. 😉

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Hi Whitney! I don’t think a nutribullet would do the job here. Hand grating would be your best option if it is available to you!

  • Nicole says

    Loved this! Bonus, the man did too! It’s been hard cooking meals that we both like while I am on AIP. Today is my 29th day, I haven’t had this much energy or felt this great in years! Saving this recipe for many more meals to come. Thanks!

    • Mickey Trescott says

      So happy to hear of your success Nicole!

  • Mel says

    I have brocolli and no cali….I wonder if that would work or taste good..??hmmm…

  • Shane Posey says

    I am going to try this on my Big green egg today, my mouth is watering already

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Smart idea – let me know how it turns out!

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  • Kathleen Jones says

    Our family really enjoys this! I make it in my Instant Pot, though, and remove and crisp up the bacon in a pan separately afterward. The Instant Pot makes it especially moist and juicy. Yum!😁 Thanks, Mickey!😊

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Kathleen – thanks for sharing your method, I wouldn’t have thought to try it in the IP!

  • Sonshine Williams says

    My kids are devouring this with me right now! They are 18 months and 6 years old

  • Tamara says

    Didn’t have cauliflower, parsley or bacon, so I tried extra zucchini and broccoli and omitted the bacon lol. I also only used ground beef …… turned out well but definitely missed the gravy use to have on the old family meatloaf.

    So I grabbed some cherry BBQ sauce (from mickeys cookbook 😊) and it was AMAZING!

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Tamara – awesome idea to put the BBQ sauce on top!

  • Kam says

    I love this recipe! I made it with 2 bls 93% lean ground beef, added 3/4 c. baby portobello and used dried thyme. It was full of delicious flavor. I was so happy I didn’t miss the traditional tomato part of the meatloaf. I like to eat it with a side of sauerkraut.

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Kam – I’m so happy you enjoyed it!

  • Brenna says

    The recipe instructions should definitely be changed so that it tells you to cover the meatloaf with tinfoil for the first 45-50 minutes of cooking. The internal temperature of my loaf never went above 127 degrees. Also, it didn’t hold together very well without the egg. Tasted good though. I just have to remember to add salt next time! Lol.

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Hi Brenna! It sounds like there may be something off about your oven temperature, as this one is tried-and-true with these instructions.

  • Mina Son says

    This is the best meatloaf I have ever tasted. I make it without the eggs, and it is a big hit with my 2 kids and non-paleo husband. It is on regular rotation at our house. Thank you Mickey for posting this!!

  • Jul HM says

    I made this tonight, and it turned out fabulous. Rather than using egg yolks, I used 2 Tbsp of cassava flour. It holds together beautifully and tastes DELISH! It will be a great slicing loaf, to make lettuce boat meals. Thanks for this!

  • Veronica says

    I am about to out this beauty in the oven! Thank you ever so much for this recipe and this information. I will be making another comment when I get to EAT!! My Hashimoto thyroiditis thanks you for giving us some variety in our diets! Love all the fresh ingredients and I love to walk out on my back deck to clip my herbs…..The legal ones….

    I will rate when I taste!

  • Evelyn Mackiewicz says

    welp, i just whipped this together and it’s waiting to go in the oven. only thing is that i missed the instructions to pan cook the veggies first, so i hope it comes out all right because i’m feeding my mom, aunt and uncle 😅

    • Mickey Trescott says

      I think the texture will be a little firmer, but it should still come out OK! At the very least, report back!

  • Jill says

    How do you think it would work if we cooked and then puréed the veggies? Any tips for crispy bacon?

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Hi Jill! I think the texture of your meatloaf will definitely change using a puree, but you could try it. My bacon always gets crispy enough with this amount of time in the oven, but if yours doesn’t, you could place it back in the oven after cooling under the broiler to crisp it up.

  • Florina says

    Also, do you think this could be made with ground turkey? Thanks

  • Jann Simpson says

    Is there a way that you could transcribe this into an instant pot recipe? :-).

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Hi Jann! I don’t think this would work in the Instant Pot, sorry!

  • Katie says

    Absolutely delicious! Nutrional information?

    • Mickey Trescott says

      We don’t offer nutritional information for our recipes, but you can certainly plug them into an online tracker to find that information out. 🙂

  • Judith Lainer says

    This was delicious even without the bacon! I’m sure the bacon makes it even tastier. Thank you!

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Hi Judith, it does make it tasty, but not 100% necessary! Thanks for sharing!

  • Heather says

    This meatloaf was SO TASTY! At first I was bummed that I couldn’t have the typical meatloaf with ketchup topping with my family, but I made this one for me, and man it did not disappoint! I like it better! I have also made meatballs using this recipe, minus the bacon, and they were great too! Thank you so much!!!

    • Mickey Trescott says

      I’m so happy you enjoyed it Heather!

  • Robyn LaFleur says

    looking to batch cook and freeze, do I need to cook it first.

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Hi Robyn, Yes, this will yield the best result! Otherwise you may get a soggy meatloaf after thawing and cooking.

  • Jan De Bondt says

    I tried it too, today. No eggs. Holds together pretty good! However, you didn’t say it would shrink so much 😀 haha. Also, I’m amazed as other parents in the comments: the children loved it! It’s a keeper!

  • Jennifer Carrier says

    Thanks so much for the recipe. It really is the best meatloaf I have ever had! I used a very lean ground beef for less shrinkage and fat content. Had no zucchini on hand, so I used another big carrot and a cup of diced mushrooms. It was so moist and flavorful. A keeper for sure!

  • Hosai says

    I’m new to AIP and this is my first AIP meal. It was delicious!! I added diced onions and mushrooms in addition to the other ingredients. Didn’t add the bacon. Served it with AIP mashed sweet potatoes and it was a perfect mix of savory and a little sweet and a mix of textures too. Thank you!!!

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Hosai, I am so happy it was a winner for you! Be well!

  • Ginger says

    This was absolutely delicious!! Didn’t have the zucchini so used extra carrot, and I was out of bacon…replaced the egg yolks with cassava flour. Flavor was great, even without the bacon. Will definitely make again!

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Thanks for sharing your substitutions, Ginger, and I’m happy it worked out for you!

  • Andrea L. Medina says

    Would it be possible to replace the egg with gelatin? I’m going to make this today, but can’t have eggs.

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Hi Andrea! Egg is not required in this recipe.

  • Neil E Meiskey says

    Is there a chickory coffee substitute “brand” you would recommend. I read you 2017 article about coffee substitute and would like to try:). Incidentally I am going to try this recipe!

  • Rebekah says

    I made this tonight and fell in love with myself 😆 —- Has anyone made it with turkey bacon instead of pork? I have a friend who doesn’t eat pork and wondering….

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Rebekah, I’m happy you loved it! I have not tried turkey bacon, but I can’t see why it wouldn’t work!

  • Kelly says

    I love this recipe. I’ve recently been diagnosed with Sigmoid Colitis and had a flare yesterday (Christmas day, yay…). My Dietitian recommended the AIP.
    I decided I’d give this meatloaf a go. I didn’t have all of the ingredients so I went with dried mixed herbs, which were good enough. It’s so yummy. Thank you so much.

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Happy you loved it, and wishing you a swift recovery, Kelly!

  • Judith Lainer says

    I came back to this recipe after failing miserably with making other AIP meatloaves. Now there’s store bought diced cauliflower to save time. It’s delicious. Even my husband who can eat anything loves it.

  • Candace says

    Hi Mickey and Angie,
    This looks amazing! Can it be made in the Instant pot?

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