SIBO Friendly Meat Loaf or Meatballs

Serves 4-6; total time roughly 90 minutes from preparation to serving.

1 pound ground beef
1/2 pound ground fresh pork
1/2 pound ground fresh turkey (white or dark or a combination)
1 cup cooked, mashed rutabaga*
1/2 cup grated aged parmesan
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 TBL tomato paste
1/2 tsp dried thyme (powdered or leaves), or 1 tsp fresh
1/4 tsp dried marjoram (powdered or leaves), or 1/2 tsp fresh
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper
2 strips bacon (for meat loaf only; do not use sugar-cured)

Optional: 1/4 tsp cayenne
Optional: 2 TBL of the green tops of scallions, chopped

Preheat oven to 375° F (for meat loaf only).

Combine all ingredients together in a bowl.

For Meat Loaf:

  • Blend all ingredients together and form into a loaf. Place on a Silpat-lined jellyroll pan (large aluminum baking sheet with a lip).
  • Cut and lay strips of bacon evenly across the top.
  • Bake for 45 to 60 minutes, until meat is no longer pink (you need to cook this beyond pink because this recipe contains poultry).
  • Turn the oven to the broil setting and cook another 3-5 minutes to crisp up the bacon.
  • Allow to rest for 10-15 minutes before serving.

For Meatballs:

Form meat into 2” diameter balls. Pan fry them in a little olive oil until no longer pink. Add to spaghetti sauce, or serve on their own.

*As described on this page, I like to keep cooked mashed rutabaga on hand for use as a binder in recipes like this. If you have none on hand, select a rutabaga roughly 3” in diameter. Peel and chop into 1/2” squares (so it will cook quickly and you don’t have to wait on dinner). Boil in enough water to cover until done. Drain very well, and mash by hand or with a mixer.

5 thoughts on “SIBO Friendly Meat Loaf or Meatballs

  1. Hello I’m just diagnosed with soon after years .. almost finished week 1 of 2 metronidazol consultant isn’t very hopeful that these will get rid of nasty bacteria for ever if at all. He is open to natural medicine and I was wondering if anyone has a list of the herbs and other essentials i will need to prepare sibo friendly dishes


    1. Hi Sally, very sorry it took me so long to get back to you… I didn’t get any notification of your comment. Hopefully you’ve found the answers you needed by now, and maybe right here on my website: there’s an excellent list developed by an ND that we’ve based all our recipes on… you can find a link to it on my Home page, there’s also a link to it (and another ND’s protocol) on my SIBO Resources page, and here’s a direct link to make it even easier:


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