How in the world do you make a meatloaf WITHOUT bread crumbs and eggs and keep it moist and tender? This meatloaf was created out of a bare pantry and the desire to make a meatloaf happen!
What’s a girl to do without bread crumbs and eggs? I did have a lovely and lonely green zucchini in my fridge. We make zucchini meatloaf… that’s what a girl can do!!
1 1/2 lbs. grass-fed beef
1 cup shredded zucchini w/skin on (1 small zucc)
1 tablespoon Italian spices
1 teaspoon sea salt plus a dash or two
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 cup gluten free ketchup (omit for FreeDiet™ phase 1)
1/2 cup shredded cheese (omit for FreeDiet™phase 1 & 2) read tips below for alternative
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Sprinkle a few dashes of sea salt over shredded zucchini.
3. Blend all the ingredients together, except the ketchup and cheese.
4. Press the meat into loaf pan and spread ketchup over top. Add cheese to top.
5. Bake for 45 min. and let cool after draining the juices.
I like to add shredded Pecorino Romano cheese over the ketchup and bake it. Keep in mind when using cheese that is salty like Pecorino Romano, you should omit the extra teaspoon of sea salt. Also, I have blended that 1/2 cup of cheese into the shredded zucchini before and used less on top. For dairy-free, use a shredded potato with salt and drizzle with olive oil. When potato bakes on top, it is crispy good! Careful not to overcook grass fed beef as it tends to be lean and cooks faster.
With a fork full of health,
P.S. “Spoonful” didn’t sound right with meat.
Love this recipe. Thank you so much. The zucchini keeps the meat loaf moist, & so happy to find a gluten free, egg free recipe. Do you have the recipe for the golden & sweet potato fries?
Hi Lisa! I am so happy you liked it!!! It is so simple it is silly! The potato fries are so easy too. Cut them into the desired fry size. Keep in mind they will shrink a bit. Use a few tablespoons of coconut oil or a safe high temp oil like avocado oil (especially if you don’t like coconut) to coat the fries in. However, I think the coconut oil gives it a sweeter taste. I did roll them in quinoa flakes but this is not necessary. Using 1 tsp or so of Pink Himalayan sea salt to flavor it up and bake for about 35-45 minutes in a 350 oven. If you need anything else please lmk!!
Made this again tonight with the sweet potato fries in coconut oil. So good. We loved it! Thanks again!
Aww Lisa, I am so happy to hear this is a staple in your kitchen! It always amazes me why people don’t want to eat healthier; we don’t have to sacrifice taste for the sake of our health!