A typical millenial, I have managed to co-opt, pervert, (and improve) many things previous generations have held dear, including the humble meatloaf. It’s mostly just laziness: I want to get as much nutrition as simply as I can, and a healthy meatloaf fits the bill. It’s versatile (flavour it with anything) and can be made quite nutritious (“No, little Jimmy, I swear that’s not shredded zucchini…”). Serve it with steamed veggies or a bagged salad and you’ve got a phoning-it-in type meal that does the trick when you literally cannot spend one more second in the kitchen. Seriously, give this recipe a shot the next time you’ve got ground meat defrosting and you’re uninspired. You’ll thank me!

Kim’s Healthy Meatloaf

Healthy Meatloaf

1/2 lb ground meat (use whatever you want; I most commonly tend to have turkey on hand in the freezer)
1/2 med. zucchini, grated
3 green onions, diced
1 egg
1/3 cup bread crumbs
1 tsp dried rosemary
1 tsp dried marjoram
1/2 tsp thyme
1 Tbsp sriracha
2 Tbsp tomato paste
Salt & pepper
Ketchup and/or green salsa to glaze

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Mix all ingredients together except the ketchup/salsa
  • Dump unceremoniously into a silicon loaf pan (if you have one; if not, line a regular loaf pan with parchment paper and grease the hell out of it) and smooth the top down
  • Glaze with ketchup/salsa
  • Bake for one hour or until a meat thermometer reads 160 degrees Fahrenheit, or 165 degrees Fahrenheit for turkey
  • Remove your healthy meatloaf from oven and let cool for 5 minutes before chowing down
  • Enjoy!