Using the spices turmeric and ginger, this meatloaf gives a little anti-inflammatory boost to your system! A delicious main dish you can pair with your favorite sides. This Turmeric Meatloaf is gluten free and grain free. It is Paleo, Whole30 and SCD legal.

Turmeric Meatloaf

Using the spices turmeric and ginger, this meatloaf gives a little anti-inflammatory boost to your system! A delicious main dish you can pair with your favorite sides. This Turmeric Meatloaf is gluten free and grain free. It is Paleo, Whole30 and SCD legal.  
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Course: dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: meatloaf
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 10 meatloaf cupcakes
Calories: 260kcal
Author: Jennifer Brown



  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/4 cup Spanish onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup green bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup blanched finely ground almond flour, almond meal will also work
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated ginger, or 1/8 teaspoon of ground ginger
  • 1 cup strained tomatoes, divided
  • 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

Roasted Mashed Cauliflower

  • 1 large head of cauliflower, florets removed
  • 1 garlic bulb
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup vegetable broth or water


  • Preheat oven to 350F. 
  • Saute the onions and peppers in the olive oil over medium-high heat until soft and the onions have begun to look translucent. Add the minced garlic and cook for one more minute. Set aside to cool.
  • In a large bowl beat together the egg, 1/4 cup of the strained tomatoes, sauteed onions, peppers, and the rest of the ingredients with the exception of the ground beef. The mixture will have the consistency of a thick paste.
  • Add the ground beef to the bowl and use your hands to mix well. Just try not to over mix or the meatloaves will be tough.
  • Use your hands to roll 1/2 cup of the ground beef mixture into a ball. Press the ball into the muffin tin, making sure to leave a little space at the top. This should make about 10 meatloaves. Top each meatloaf evenly with the rest of the strained tomatoes.
  • Place the muffin tin on the middle racke of the oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 160F.
  • Allow the meatloaf to rest for 5 minutes before gently removing from the muffin tin. Top with the roasted mashed cauliflower and serve warm.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container for 3 to 5 days.

Roasted Mashed Cauliflower

  • Preheat oven to 425F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • When cutting the florets off the head of cauliflower, make sure they're all about the same size. Keep in mind that the larger the florets, the longer it will take to roast, the smaller the florets, the shorter amount of time they'll need in the oven.
  • Spread the cauliflower florets evenly on the baking sheet and drizzle with 1/4 cup of olive oil. Use your hands to rub the oil onto each floret.
  • Trim about 1/4 inch off the top of the garlic bulb to expose the garlic cloves. Remove any loose, white papery covering but leave enough that the bulb will still stay together. Place the bulb in the center of a piece of aluminum foil. Drizzle a tablespoon of olive oil over the bulb and use your hands to rub it over the entire garlic. Wrap the garlic in the aluminum foil and place on the baking sheet with the cauliflower.
  • Place the baking sheet on the center rack of the oven and roast for 30 to 40 minutes or until the cauliflower is slightly browned and tender.
  • Use tongs to transfer the cauliflower to a high speed blender or food processor. Unwrap the garlic from the aluminum foil and either use a small fork to remove the garlic from the paper or gently squeeze the bottom of the bulb to push out the cloves. Add to the blender along with the salt.
  • Blend the mixture and with the motor running, slowly add the vegetable broth until the mashed cauliflower is to your desired consistency (I like to start off adding 1/4 cup of vegetable broth and then slowly add more as needed). Stop to scrape down the sides of the blender jar as needed.
  • Either pipe the roasted mashed cauliflower onto the top of the meatloaves or put a big dollop on top and use a fork to fluff it up and make it look pretty.
  • The mashed cauliflower can be stored in an airtight container for 3 to 5 days in the refrigerator.


  • If you decide not to saute the peppers and onions, they will be a bit crisp in the meatloaf. 
  • Only fill the muffin tins about 3/4 full with the meat mixture. This ensures there's enough room for grease to accumulate on top without spilling over the muffin tin and leaving a mess in your oven. 
  • Cooked meatloaf cupcakes can be frozen (without the mashed cauliflower topping) and then defrosted at a later time. 
  • I typically make the Roasted Mashed Cauliflower a day or two before making the meatloaf. 
  • Here's the recipe for my Homemade Vegetable Broth which is delicious in the roasted mashed cauliflower. 
The calories calculated in this recipe are just an estimate. The photos and content above are copyright protected. Please do not use my photos. Please do not copy this recipe and share it on your own website or social media channels. If you wish to tell people about this recipe, you can provide a link back to my blog rather than copying the recipe. Thank you! XO, Jen


Serving: 1meatloaf cupcake | Calories: 260kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 389mg | Potassium: 439mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 338IU | Vitamin C: 39mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 2mg
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