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October 8, 2012 9:38 AM
Like most traditional meatloaves, my go-to recipe features bread as a filler. What can I use as a grain-free or less processed alternative?
October 8, 2012 9:40 AM
Not grain-free, but less processed: rolled oats. They are whole-grain and really good for you!!
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October 8, 2012 9:50 AM
Thank you, little_lily61! I recall my grandmother using oats in her meatloaves, but have shied away from it given the textural difference and my husband's aversion to some textures. ;) I wonder if processing the oats in a food processor (making oat flour, essentially) would help mask the substitution. Of course, this route would mean further processing.

You wouldn't happen to know the bread slice to rolled oats conversion, would you? Perhaps 1/4 oats (not ground) to 1 slice bread?
October 8, 2012 9:54 AM
I process the oats in a blender or food processor. As to how much measurement wise? I'm clueless. Try starting with 1/4 cup and see if the meatloaf is the consistency that you want! LOL (Sorry, I eyeball a lot and it useless for internet help to others)

What about processed (cooked) chick peas?
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October 8, 2012 9:55 AM
I use rice.
October 8, 2012 9:56 AM
I found a low calorie that used mushroom chopped up instead of bread in meatloaf. It really reduced the calories. Of course, you need to like mushrooms, although the flavor of them was not that strong.
October 8, 2012 9:56 AM
Yes, I use rolled oats as well.
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October 8, 2012 9:56 AM
I've always used oats... my family LOVES it!
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October 8, 2012 9:56 AM
Hmm. Growing up we always used rolled oats. Never thought that people put bread in there!

My Granny's meatloaf recipe:
Meat
Rolled Oats
Raw Egg
Ketchup
Worchestershire sauce
onions

And she never made hers in to a loaf-it was always formed in to a ball.

And for those of us who liked it , she would put Kraft cheese on top of the meatloaf balls.
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October 8, 2012 9:57 AM
I use quinoa, and then to replace the meat (I don't eat meat), I use lentils.
October 8, 2012 9:57 AM
I believe South Beach has a meatloaf that uses white beans.
October 8, 2012 9:58 AM
Oats! I couldn't even tell the difference. Made a turkey meatloaf last night and it turned out great
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October 8, 2012 9:58 AM
rice sounds great..

i add a half a jar of salsa. because im lazy like that.. :)
October 8, 2012 9:58 AM
crushed pork rinds.
October 8, 2012 9:59 AM
My family's recipe has always used quick oats, and it's my favorite meatloaf ever!
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October 8, 2012 9:59 AM
Why use a filler? I made a meatloaf on Sunday using bbq sauce (gluten free), celery, onions, carrots, one egg to hold things together, and two pounds of hamburger. I also added salt, pepper, and a bit of oregano. It was yummy.

If you insist on a filler, you can use rice, polenta, quinoa, or oats.
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October 8, 2012 10:00 AM
Quinoa adds a real nice taste to meatloaf in addition to some amazing protein.

I tried it with mashed chickpeas.....didnt like as much.
October 8, 2012 10:00 AM
QUOTE:

crushed pork rinds.


Oh hell yeah.
October 8, 2012 10:01 AM
Almond flour is great also!
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October 8, 2012 10:01 AM
QUOTE:

Not grain-free, but less processed: rolled oats. They are whole-grain and really good for you!!


Yes, this ^^ is what I would use also. Any cooked grain (brown rice, barley, bulgar) should also work just fine. Or you could use quinoa if wanted a non-grain option, though I'm not sure it would work quite as well.
October 8, 2012 10:01 AM
These are all great ideas...I will have to try them!!

As for me...I still use bread in my meatloaf. :/
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October 8, 2012 10:02 AM
We use cooked quinoa and sauted onions and garlic for extra flavor. :-) Turkey meatloaf is a staple around our house.
October 8, 2012 10:02 AM
less processed?
You've taken ground up cow flesh and combined it with ground up fat
Then mixed in some spices and formed it into a loaf
October 8, 2012 10:02 AM
I use equal amounts of Panko and oats, and I use pasta sauce (Full Circle Organic has less sodium), never ketchup. I noticed that if I use a 97/7 ground beef or ground turkey, using the oats makes the meatloaf very dry, so I use two eggs instead of one.
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October 8, 2012 10:02 AM
Ditto on the rolled oats. That's what I always use in my meatloaf. Good luck! :)

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