Paleo Turkey Meatloaf

by danielle on January 11, 2013

I really like meatloaf. Call me strange but I love it. I still remember being in elementary school and requesting meatloaf for my special birthday dinner. I went vegetarian for a couple years in college and became anemic. Nothing against vegetarians but it just didn’t work for my body. I love my meat I guess. Ever since I’ve been  back to eating meat I’ve enjoyed going back to some of my favorite old foods and meatloaf is certainly one of them. This version is a twist on your regular meatloaf. It’s Paleo and made with turkey instead of ground beef but it’s just as good as your regular version. Trust me I have nothing against red meat either, but I do try to vary my meat sources so this is perfect. Any other meatloaf lovers out there??? Tell me I’m not crazy!

Paleo Turkey Meatloaf

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb lean ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 1/2 medium zucchini
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbs. olive oil
  • 2 tsp. worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp. oregano
  • salt and pepper

Directions: 

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a mixing bowl finely grate your zucchini.
  3. Next add in your turkey, almond meal, and egg mixing well.
  4. Add in your olive oil, sauce, and spices and mix again.
  5. Place in a loaf pan sprayed with olive oil. *
  6. Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  7. Slice and enjoy!

*Little Tip: If you’re gluten free in a household with gluten eaters wrap a piece of foil around your loaf pan and then spray the foil and bake inside. It will prevent any cross contamination. It also just makes for a much easier clean up!

Paleo Turkey meatloaf

My apologies on the pictures. Meatloaf does not photograph nicely!

turkey meatloaf

Anyone a Vegetarian? Vegan? Flexitarian? Meat lover? 

{ 34 comments… read them below or add one }

LUCIE January 11, 2013 at 9:38 am

Oh that looks so good, I need to try it!! I love meat. Beef and chicken to be exact. And that it such a nice alternative to the ordinary roasted chicken or beef.

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danielle January 11, 2013 at 1:25 pm

Yes definitely try it Lucie! I think you would like it!

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Michelle @ Eat Move Balance January 11, 2013 at 10:13 am

I’m a eat-yummy-healthy-whole-foods-arian. :) I’ve never attempted a meatloaf, and you make it seem easy. My mom used to make it all the time when I was growing up. I should give it a whirl!

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danielle January 11, 2013 at 1:25 pm

It’s super easy! I hate cooking meat and this is probably the easiest thing to do!

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kim@hungryhealthygirl January 11, 2013 at 10:49 am

I love meatloaf too! My grandma made an Italian meatloaf and a lightened up version was actually the first recipe I posted on the blog. I actually added zucchini to mine also. I do really like the simplicity of your ingredient list, but I also have to drizzle a little ketchup on mine. ;)

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danielle January 11, 2013 at 1:26 pm

I’ll have to check out your lightened up version. I love adding vegetables in mine too. Always have to sneak some extra veggies in!

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Kristen@Change of Pace January 11, 2013 at 10:58 am

I love meatloaf too! Have you tried paleOMG southwest meatloaf? It’s amazing. This looks yummy too. Great idea to add zucchini!

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danielle January 11, 2013 at 1:26 pm

No but now I’m going to have to. Sounds good!

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Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin January 11, 2013 at 12:47 pm

I love meatloaf too! I actually used to hate it as a kid, but now my taste buds have changed and I love it. I’ve never tried making it myself though – I need to do that!

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danielle January 11, 2013 at 1:26 pm

It’s so easy to make Chelsea! You would make an amazing one I bet!

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Linz @ Itz Linz January 11, 2013 at 1:33 pm

My husband is 100% carnivore!!! I’m an everythingtarian!! haha

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danielle January 11, 2013 at 7:23 pm

A great mix!

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Anna @AnnaTheApple January 11, 2013 at 1:35 pm

I’m embarrassed to admit that I’ve never had meatloaf! It looks delicious though and definitely one that I’m going to try. Thanks for the recipe :)

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danielle January 11, 2013 at 7:23 pm

Hope you like it Anna!

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Kaitlin @4loveofcarrots January 11, 2013 at 2:22 pm

I am not the biggest fan of meatloaf, except for when my mom made a Mediterranean one with like olives and feta, it was amazing. But this doesn’t sound all that bad, I think I will make it!

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danielle January 11, 2013 at 7:24 pm

I hope you like it Kaitlin! The one your mom made sounds amazing!

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Paige @ Your Trainer Paige January 11, 2013 at 3:19 pm

I love meat loaf! My mom made turkey meatloaf all the time growing up, and the first time I made it for my husband, he’s like “why’d you use turkey??” Ummm because that’s the way you make it! haha

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danielle January 11, 2013 at 7:24 pm

hahaha too funny! I like turkey meatloaf better too ;)

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Amanda @.running with spoons. January 11, 2013 at 4:02 pm

While I can’t say that I’m a huge meatloaf lover, I definitely love my meat. I went veggie for a few years thinking that protein was protein and I’d be fine as long as I made sure to get enough, but my health definitely suffered as a result.

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danielle January 11, 2013 at 7:25 pm

I agree with you. I went through the same thing and actually became anemic while I was vegetarian. Just doesn’t work for my body!

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Jess @ JessieBearWhatWillYouWear January 11, 2013 at 5:32 pm

I love meatloaf! You are not alone :P

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danielle January 11, 2013 at 7:26 pm

Good to know ;)

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Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl January 11, 2013 at 6:54 pm

I became a vegetarian a little over a year ago, and it is funny because one of the first things that I really missed was my dad’s meatloaf. Since I no longer eat the “real thing,” I make my own version of a meatless meatloaf. It is pretty tasty and definitely mimics the taste of meatloaf, if I do say so myself ;) . I even have meat-eaters loving and making it! You can find the recipe on my blog, here: http://cleaneatingveggiegirl.wordpress.com/2012/10/08/vegetarian-meatloaf-as-good-or-better-than-the-real-thing/

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danielle January 11, 2013 at 7:26 pm

I will have to check it out Hannah. Thank you for sharing it with me :)

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GiGi Eats Celebrities January 11, 2013 at 7:48 pm

I am on a ground turkey kick and just bought POUNDS AND POUNDS of it yesterday!!! This recipe couldn’t have come at a better time, BOO YA! Thanks Danielle! :)

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danielle January 11, 2013 at 8:01 pm

yay! hope you like it!

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Caitlin January 11, 2013 at 8:45 pm

Hahha you’re right, meatloaf is NOT cute in pics! But OMG I LOVE IT you’re not crazy! My mom makes an AWESOME turkey meatloaf. I love the spicy brown mustard she uses in it, and horseradish too! Hers is more crumbly than this loaf. I’d totally try your version!

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danielle January 11, 2013 at 10:00 pm

I’d love to see her recipe too! Hope you like mine!

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Brittany @ Delights and Delectables January 11, 2013 at 9:28 pm

The hubby would love this. I have never been a fan of ground meat. I do like a good lentil loaf though! ;) Totally not paleo though…

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danielle January 11, 2013 at 10:00 pm

I actually love lentil loaf too. Not paleo but amazing!

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Alysia @ Slim Sanity January 11, 2013 at 10:15 pm

I super love meatloaf!! I need to make it again soon, I should put it on the menu for next week! thanks for the reminder :)

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danielle January 12, 2013 at 11:27 pm

Your welcome :)

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Corrie Anne January 11, 2013 at 11:54 pm

Kevin keeps trying to convince me I’d like some kind of paleo meatloaf. I’ve definitely eaten more meat over the past few months than I typically would.

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danielle January 12, 2013 at 11:27 pm

I bet you would too :)

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