Meatloaf is one of those staple comfort foods that many of us enjoy. Really, the only starch-filled ingredient here is the breadcrumbs. Substitute in pecan meal and you're all set!
2 pounds ground beef
1 small onion, chopped (about 3/4 cup when done)
1/4 cup garlic
1 cup pecan meal
1 Tbsp red wine
1/4 cup Splenda brown sugar
1 small can mushrooms
1 can brown gravy
Preheat the oven to 350F. Put the ground beef into a mixing bowl. Mix in the onions, garlic and eggs. Slowly mix in the pecan meal, adding it in slowly to meld in. Mix in the red wine. We don't use salt or pepper but if you tend to like things with those spices add in to taste (it might take you a try or two to get this part exactly right since you can't taste the raw meat!!)
Put the mixture into a pyrex baking dish. Add the brown sugar across the top.
Put this into the oven for 45 minutes.
After 45 minutes pull out the meatloaf. Drain the mushrooms and sprinkle them over the top. Then coat the entire meatloaf with the brown gravy. Put the baking dish back into the oven for another 15 minutes still at 350F.
When the meatloaf is done cooking, take it out of the oven and let it sit for another 15 minutes to finish its settling.
Enjoy! This is great with brussels sprouts or green beans as a side dish. This is awesome comfort food that fills you up and provides you with a lot of protein!
The meat is of course zero carb. The onion is 4g, two eggs add up to 1.2g. Mushrooms are only 1g. You'll have to check your brown gravy for its carb count - those vary greatly by brand. You can definitely find very low carb ones.
The big carb count here is the Splenda brown sugar. That is 2 carbs per teaspoon - far less than real brown sugar, but still not zero! 1/4 cup is 12 teaspoons so a whopping 24 carbs. Of course that is for the entire meatloaf - but still, you can see that people just starting out in low carbing should probably skip the brown sugar part.
So if you skip the brown sugar, it's only say 1-2g per serving which is awesome!! If you include the brown sugar for flavor, it's more like 6g per serving. That is fine for people who are sustaining on low carb, and doable for those who are just starting out if they plan their daily meals to account for it.
I'll note that you don't even need to use that much brown sugar. We used that because we were near the end of the bag - and it was a bit sweet. You can do well with less!
Lisa Shea's Library of Low Carb Books