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Healthy Meatloaf Recipe

Our Healthy Meatloaf Recipe takes the classic meatloaf recipe and adds tons of delicious vegetables and seasonings. You will enjoy every single slice of this grass-fed beef meatloaf.

Meatloaf is the New Thing

It’s true, meatloaf is being found on menus in high end restaurants… and your local mom and pop diner. It’s a satisfying, crowd-pleasing dish when it’s made with mouth-watering healthy beef, loaded with vegetables and topped with a rich marinara sauce.

So, having a really great healthy meatloaf recipe is imperative when you’re hosting dinner. Because, when it comes to creating a crowd-pleasing dinner dish, meatloaf is almost always a guaranteed winner.

healthy meatloaf recipe

How To Make a Delicious (and Moist) Healthy Meatloaf Recipe

For years, I skipped making meatloaf for my family. A big log of meat doesn’t sound exciting to me. A few years ago I started experimenting with ways to add flavor, dimension and moisture without using 90% meat. Keeping with the Clean Cuisine guidelines, adding in lots of whole vegetables seemed to do the trick.

Then, the savory marinara sauce sealed the deal for this recipe.

Start with a Big Vegetable Base

With most of our recipes, we like to start with a big vegetable base. For this delicious and moist healthy meatloaf recipe, I added mushrooms, onion, carrots, celery, red bell pepper and loads of garlic.

If you love tomato paste as much as me, feel free to add in a little bit more when you’re mixing the meatloaf together.

Next, Source Only Grass-fed and Grass-finished Beef

It’s true, grass-fed and grass-finished pastured beef has an incredible flavor. Once you enjoy beef that’s been raised healthy, you will always be able to note the difference. Another great reason to up the vegetables is that you save money on the beef. You can learn more about choosing beef here.

If you’re not a beef-eating family, you can definitely substitute the beef with lean ground turkey.

healthy meatloaf recipe

What Side Dishes go well with Healthy Meatloaf Recipe?

This recipe will seem like it has all the vegetables you need, but a hearty salad pairs really well. You can also add homemade mashed potatoes using cashew cream to keep it non-dairy. I also love making these homemade gluten free biscuits.

This healthy meatloaf recipe also pairs nicely with a large side salad or a savory rosemary and pecan rice casserole.


Healthy Meatloaf Recipe

Our Healthy Meatloaf Recipe takes the classic meatloaf recipe and adds tons of delicious vegetables and seasonings. You will enjoy every single slice of this grass-fed beef meatloaf.

healthy meatloaf recipe
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  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 1x


  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Spanish onion, finely diced
  • 3 carrots, finely diced
  • 2 celery stalks, finely diced
  • 2 red bell peppers, finely diced
  • 2 cups mushrooms, finely diced
  • 1 pound grass-fed pastured ground beef
  • 8 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 organic pastured egg, such as Vital Farms
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons organic Italian seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons unrefined sea salt
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup marinara sauce, such as Roa’s


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a large baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. Add the onion, carrots, celery and peppers to a food processor and pulse until finely diced. You can also use a knife or mandolin. Add the mushrooms separately and pulse until finely diced. Careful not to over-pulse the mushrooms or you may have mushroom-puree.
  3. Heat the oil in a large heavy skillet, such as this 12″ skillet from Xtrema over medium-heat. When the skillet is hot, add the mushrooms, onions, carrots, celery and red bell pepper. Sauté for 7 to 8 minutes, or until vegetables are soft.
  4. Transfer the softened vegetables to a large mixing bowl and let cool down for approximately 10 minutes; stirring occasionally to release the steam.
  5. While the vegetables cool, in a small bowl, add the crushed garlic, egg, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, Italian seasoning, and salt and whisk until well combined. Add in the oats and mix again.
  6. Add the beef and garlic mixture to the vegetables in the large mixing bowl. Use your hands to mix ingredients together.
  7. Place the vegetable-meat mixture on the center of the parchment paper and shape into a large loaf, about 1-inch thick. healthy meatloaf recipe
  8. Spread the marinara sauce over the meatloaf. healthy meatloaf recipe
  9. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, or until meat is cooked through and no longer pink. Remove meatloaf from oven and set aside to cool for at least 15 minutes before serving. Serve warm.

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Ivy Larson

In 2010, Clean Cuisine was launched because Ivy Larson wanted to share her anti-inflammatory lifestyle and delicious recipes using ingredients in their most natural and nutrient-rich state. In 2020, Ivy passed the website to Aimee and Madison. Since then, they have been adding new recipes and nutrition posts while updating old recipes and articles. Thanks for visiting Clean Cuisine!

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Joanie Kirk

Saturday 30th of October 2021

I added roasted red peppers and green chile to above recipe my meatloaf and topped with rosehip chile tomato catsup. To another loaf added wild mushrooms, morels, shaggy mane to veggie mix.

Aimee Harris Niedosik

Tuesday 2nd of November 2021

Wow Joanie, this sounds amazing. Thanks for the review.

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