Whole Food Makeovers: Meatloaf

I am crazy excited to announce our brand new “Whole Food Makeovers” Recipe Series!  We have taken some of our favorite family recipes and created our own whole food versions of them. This is part of our larger “Whole Food Family” Educational Series.

What if we could all find a way to feed our families one more whole food per meal? Just ONE MORE!

Whole Food Makeovers: Meatloaf with Glaze | If you are looking for the best healthy, gluten free, and low carb meatloaf and sauce recipe packed with flavor this one's for you. It will help you use up the zucchini from your garden too! Plus it contains 2 vegetables, ground flax seed, and more clean eating ingredients like oatmeal! We used ground turkey, but beef works as well. A classic and easy recipe but packed with whole food ingredients.

By: Sammi Ricke

 

We believe that you can transform the health of your family one whole food at a time, and that is what the “Whole Food Family” Series is all about.

We are kicking things off with this meatloaf makeover!  This recipe is so simple and a great place to start incorporating more whole foods into your family meals.  It is packed with nutrition and easy to prepare.

I grew up eating meatloaf, and you probably did too!  Most people either love it or hate it, and I am happy to announce that I still love it. Chances are, if you are taking the time to check out this recipe, you love it too!

Whole Food Makeovers: Meatloaf with Glaze | If you are looking for the best healthy, gluten free, and low carb meatloaf and sauce recipe packed with flavor this one's for you. It will help you use up the zucchini from your garden too! Plus it contains 2 vegetables, ground flax seed, and more clean eating ingredients like oatmeal! We used ground turkey, but beef works as well. A classic and easy recipe but packed with whole food ingredients.

This isn’t your mama’s meatloaf recipe.  We use turkey instead of beef, oats and flax seed instead of breadcrumbs, and bump up the whole food count by adding some zucchini.

Several years ago when my family began eating healthier, my recipes naturally started to change. Substitutions needed to be made in order for us to get more whole foods into our diet.

The more whole foods we ate, the less we found ourselves craving processed foods and sugary beverages.

I am glad we are launching the series with this meatloaf recipe because it is one of the first recipes I did a whole food makeover on.  If you are looking for an easy, healthy, and gluten-free meatloaf recipe packed with flavor this one’s for you.

I am crazy excited to announce our brand new "Whole Food Makeovers" Recipe Series! We have taken some of our favorite family recipes and created our own whole food versions of them. How many more vegetables, fruits, and healthy seeds can you add to your meals to bump up the nutrition? Meatloaf, sloppy joes, meatballs, and so much MORE! -Sammi

Our Whole Food Family Meatloaf recipe contains 5 WHOLE FOOD INGREDIENTS. If you want to bump that number up to 7 or even 10, here are some delicious whole food side dishes to serve with this recipe:

 1.  Toss a simple side salad and boil some fresh corn on the cob.  If you are tired of the same old boring salads, be sure to download our FREE Digital Cookbook with 14 unique salad recipes in it. {Bumps up the whole food count to 10+}

2.  If your family doesn’t love salad, why not try serving these amazing oven roasted vegetables alongside the meatloaf?  We love that this side dish bakes at the same temperature and for the same length of time as the meatloaf. {Bumps up the whole food count to 11}

3.  Don’t have time or energy for the first two options? A bag of frozen vegetables and a can of baked beans are a simple way to fill out this meal.  Even though baked beans have a bit more sugar than we would like, we still keep them on hand for when we are too tired to do anything else. {Bumps up the whole food count to 7}

Whole Food Makeovers: Meatloaf with Glaze | If you are looking for the best healthy, gluten free, and low carb meatloaf and sauce recipe packed with flavor this one's for you. It will help you use up the zucchini from your garden too! Plus it contains 2 vegetables, ground flax seed, and more clean eating ingredients like oatmeal! We used ground turkey, but beef works as well. A classic and easy recipe but packed with whole food ingredients.

I love it when we have enough meatloaf leftover to make our AMAZING “Grilled Cheese-Burger Sandwiches” for lunch the next day.  Delish!

We hope you enjoy this meatloaf makeover and decide to join us for the rest of the “Whole Food Family” Series.  Be sure to connect with us on social media and join our mailing list so you don’t miss a thing.  And don’t forget…..

You can transform the health of your family one whole food at a time!

Gluten Free Glazed Zucchini Meatloaf
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If you are looking for an easy, healthy, and gluten-free meatloaf recipe packed with flavor this one's for you. Ground flax seed, oatmeal, fresh onion, and zucchini combined with ground meat produces the most fabulous meatloaf! We hope this soon turns into your family's favorite meatloaf as quickly as it did in ours! Find more "healthified" recipes at groundedandsurrounded.com
Servings
8 people
Servings
8 people
Gluten Free Glazed Zucchini Meatloaf
Print Recipe
If you are looking for an easy, healthy, and gluten-free meatloaf recipe packed with flavor this one's for you. Ground flax seed, oatmeal, fresh onion, and zucchini combined with ground meat produces the most fabulous meatloaf! We hope this soon turns into your family's favorite meatloaf as quickly as it did in ours! Find more "healthified" recipes at groundedandsurrounded.com
Servings
8 people
Servings
8 people
Ingredients
Meatloaf
  • 2 lbs ground turkey or beef uncooked
  • 1/2 cup ground flax seed
  • 1/2 cup oat flour {note instructions below}
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups zucchini, shredded and squeezed dry {note instructions below}
  • 2 Tbsp Homemade Ranch Seasoning Mix {Click HERE for Recipe}
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
Glaze
  • 2/3 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400F. Cover 2 cooling racks with tin foil and place each on a cookie sheet.
  2. If you don't have oat flour on hand, simply use a heaping 1/2 cup of old-fashioned oats and pulse it in your blender until it resembles flour. To shred your zucchini, place chunks of it in your food processor and blend until you do not see any chunks. Pour the mixture into a large kitchen towel and squeeze out as much liquid as possible. if you do not have a food processor, it works just as well to finely shred your zucchini with a grater and wring out as much water as possible with a towel.
  3. Mix together all meatloaf ingredients in a large bowl until well blended. Divide the meat mixture into two parts. Make each part into a flat loaf on top of the tin foiled cooling racks and place in the oven for 45-60 minutes.
  4. While the meatloaf is baking, mix together all of the glaze ingredients.
  5. Remove the finished meatloaves from the oven and cover with glaze. *The meatloaf is done when you see all the juices and fat dripping from the bottom of the meatloaf. The loaf should look browned.
  6. Return to oven for another 10-15 minutes. Remove the glazed meatloaf from the oven and enjoy with your favorite sides!
Recipe Notes

Feel free to cut the recipe in half and only prepare 1 loaf. It will turn out just as well, but fair warning...we can not be held responsible for your sadness when there are not leftovers.

This recipe was adapted from Today's Taste: http://www.todaystaste.com/2014/07/amazing-zucchini-meatloaf.html#.VEv9PPl4rMo

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4 thoughts on “Whole Food Makeovers: Meatloaf

  1. this is spectacular, I added one small skinny shredded carrot, a bit of garlic and a handful of oats on top of the ground oat flour. was freaking amazing. so versatile, TY tons for this healthy recipe. /hugs

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