sliced meatloaf with tomato sauce topping and chopped parsley topping

Paleo Sneaky Veggies Meatloaf

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword gluten free meatloaf, keto meatloaf, paleo meatloaf, whole30 meatloaf
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 375 kcal
Author Tessa the Domestic Diva


  • 1 pound ground beef I prefer to use some that includes some fat, like an 85/ is still good with lean, but not much crispiness!
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked brown rice or quinoa. Replace with another 1lb ground meat for Whole30, paleo, and keto version
  • 1/2 cup almond flour OR pork rind crumbs OR gluten free bread crumbs
  • 1 small sweet potato peeled, chunked. Omit for keto
  • 1 small zucchini chunked
  • 1 small onion chunked
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup any milk I use So Delicious Unsweetened Coconut Milk
  • 4 tablespoons ketchup may use any homemade or store bought unsweetened or keto versions
  • 1 egg optional, I have made this without eggs with no issues!
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon salt increase to 1 1/2t if using additional ground meat


  • 1/3 cup ketchup can use more if you like
  • 2 teaspoons mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Sriracha or other hot sauce optional
  • 1 tablespoon palm sugar optional, omit for Whole30, replace with erythritol for a keto version.


  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a food processor, make your bread crumbs with 2-3 slices gluten free bread or pork rinds if necessary, and then pour into a large bowl, set aside.

  3. In the same food processor bowl, add the sweet potato, zucchini, onion, and garlic and pulse until everything is finely minced (kids won't detect the vegetables this way!).

  4. Mix the minced vegetables with the crumbs, along with all the remaining meatloaf ingredients (through the 3 tablespoons ketchup).

  5. Mix well with your hands. But careful not to over-handle the meat as it will toughen it.

  6. Stir together glaze ingredients.: 1/3 cup ketchup, mustard, and the optional Sriacha and palm sugar if using.
  7. Form 8 mini loaves on a greased cookie sheet. Alternately, place into a loaf pan.

  8. Spread the glaze evenly over the tops of each loaf.
  9. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 30-45 minutes, until the desired crunchy edges (or lack thereof) suit your fancy and the meat is cooked through. If cooking one large loaf, increase cook time to apx 60 minutes, until internal temperature reaches 160 degrees.

Recipe Notes

**Nutrition info in calculated for the first listed ingredients.  If you make the keto version, approximate carbohydrate count is 4 grams per serving.

Nutrition Facts
Paleo Sneaky Veggies Meatloaf
Amount Per Serving
Calories 375 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 81mg27%
Sodium 769mg33%
Potassium 474mg14%
Carbohydrates 28g9%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 18g36%
Vitamin A 3288IU66%
Vitamin C 8mg10%
Calcium 72mg7%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.