Whole 30 Tomato Basil Meatloaf


I am in heaven. I just made some the best meatloaf of my life! And you want to know the best part? It's Whole30 approved! We have been doing the Whole30 meal plan for the last two weeks. For those of you who don't know much about Whole30, it's an eating program designed to eliminate processed foods, refined sugar and all of the junk food we love to eat (and ya'll know how much I love my sweets!). For us, we decided to go with Whole30 in order to reset our bodies and get change the foods we crave. That being said, it was crucial to find recipes that were not only Whole30 approved, but ones that we enjoyed eating!


I found the original Tomato Basil Meatloaf recipe HERE. I decided to put my own spin on the recipe (adding in onion and zucchini) and a few other quantity adjustments to fit our needs. I think it turned out pretty delicious and best of all, it's guilt free! Check it out!

Recipe:

(yields 2 loaves)

1 lb ground turkey (93/7)

1 lb ground beef (80/20)

1/2 small zucchini (finely diced)

1/2 small yellow onion (finely diced)

2 Tbsp tomato paste

1 egg

3 Tbsp fresh basil

1 tsp garlic powder

1/4 cup almond flour

Salt and pepper to season

Topping:

4 Tbsp tomato paste

1/2 cup canned petite diced tomatoes

2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar

1 tsp dried oregano

Pinch of salt

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In a large bowl, add all ingredients and mix until evenly combined. Divide the meat even into two loaves. Place each loaf on a foil lined baking sheet. Shape the loaves into so that they are about 8 inches x 3 inches in classic "loaf" shape.

In a small bowl, combine the ingredients for the topping. Spoon the mixture over the loaves and spread evenly over the top. Remember, this mixture is for both loaves so don't get ahead of yourself. Bake for 35-40 minutes.

After removing meatloaves from the oven, CAREFULLY move the loaves off of the baking sheet and onto a plate or cutting board. This allows the meat to rest as well as getting rid of excess grease (you'll see a fair amount of grease from this as I used 80/20 ground beef). After a few minutes, the meatloaf is ready to slice and serve! Enjoy!


PS: There's always the option of freezing the other loaf for a quick dinner another day! The best part of homemade recipes is that you can modify it to your flavor requests or diet needs. I encourage you to try this recipe, make it your own and let me know your thoughts in the comments!


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