Healthy Meatloaf Meal Prep

Healthy Meatloaf Meal Prep | Get Inspired Everyday!

This Healthy Meatloaf Meal Prep is based on the recipe my mom used to make growing up, but made with real whole food ingredients!

Healthy Meatloaf Meal Prep | Get Inspired Everyday!

This recipe was a combination of inspirations. First up I was craving meatloaf the way my mom made it when I was growing up. And secondly I wanted to make it into a meal prep option like one of my best friends does for her lunches.

Which brings me to this… I absolutely love how ideas come together just by sharing our everyday lives with each other. It’s always fun to reminisce about childhood favorites, and also to trade ideas back and forth about what to eat through a busy workweek.

This same friend I mentioned just came to visit, and we had some extra awesome days hiking in Glacier National Park. I mentioned to her I just made a meal prep version of meatloaf the way I remember her talking about in the past.

She had completely forgotten about how she used to do that. And so of course she got all excited about going home to make meatloaf meal prep lunches again!

Healthy Meatloaf Meal Prep | Get Inspired Everyday!

Growing up, my mom always used to serve meatloaf with mashed potatoes and something green.

Since I’m not crazy about cold mashed potatoes, I swapped that out for roasted sweet potatoes. Neither Tyler or I usually have the time, (or option in his case) to heat up our lunches.

So when I’m working on something for meal prep, I always like to keep in mind that it should be good cold, straight out of the fridge. However if I make this for dinner, I will often make my mashed potato recipe to go along with.

For lunches, I tend to stick to the roasted green beans pictured here. But if you’re using this recipe for dinner, any veggie you like works well. I tend to swap the green beans for broccoli if I’m serving this hot. (But really… cold 2 day old broccoli isn’t my favorite thing.)

Time needed: 1 hour.

How to make this Healthy Meatloaf Meal Prep

  1. Start by mixing together everything you need for the meatloaf.

    Veggie prepped for the meatloaf!

  2. Next, lay the bacon strips over the top evenly and brush it with the glaze to prep it for baking.

    Bacon wrapped meatloaf prepped with the glaze going on!

  3. While the meatloaf is baking, cut up the sweet potatoes into bite sized cubes and set them aside until it’s time to roast them.

    Prepped sweet potatoes on a sheet pan!

  4. Then prep the green beans and set them aside as well.

    Prepped green beans on a sheet pan to be roasted!

  5. When the meatloaf is done, set it aside to cool before slicing it. While it cools, roast the sweet potatoes, then the green beans. After everything has cooled a bit, portion it out into containers to refrigerate for lunches.

    Healthy Meatloaf Meal Prep | Get Inspired Everyday!

Healthy Meatloaf Meal Prep | Get Inspired Everyday!

Tip: If you’re making this for dinner, it’s nice to do mashed potatoes. Since they cook on the stove top, you don’t have to compete for oven space. To save room, you can also put the meatloaf in a glass baking dish that’s close to the same size.

That way you’ll have room for a sheet pan of roasted sweet potatoes or for veggies as well. But for meal prep, you can just roast each thing one at a time. Then you can prep other things you’ll need for the week at the same while this cooks.

One final tip: My friend meal preps her meatloaf by making mini meatloaf muffins in a muffin tin. This definitely speeds up the cooking time by quite a bit. But be sure and grease the muffin tin well if you’re using lean ground beef.

And finally, I hope you enjoy this as much as we have! If you do make it, I hope you’ll leave me a comment/rating below. And I always love hearing from you here, and over on Instagram where you can tag me at #getinspiredeveryday with your photos.

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Healthy Meatloaf Meal Prep | Get Inspired Everyday!

Healthy Meatloaf Meal Prep


  • Author: Kari
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

This meatloaf is perfect for healthy lunches, but it also makes a great comfort food dinner!


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Ingredients

Meatloaf:

1 pound lean ground beef

1/3 cup fine almond flour

1/2 cup grated zucchini

1/2 cup finely grated carrot

1 egg

1/2 Teaspoon sea salt

1/4 Teaspoon black pepper

1 Teaspoon onion granules

1/2 Teaspoon garlic granules

3 slices thin slice bacon, cut in half to make 6 shorter strips

Glaze:

1/4 cup sugar free ketchup, I use Primal Kitchen

1 Tablespoon coconut aminos

Roasted Sweet Potatoes:

2 sweet potatoes, 1 pound, peeled and diced into 1/2” cubes

1 Tablespoon olive oil

1/2 Teaspoon garlic granules

1/4 Teaspoon sea salt

Roasted Green Beans:

6 cups, 1 pound frozen green beans

1 Tablespoon olive oil

1 Teaspoon garlic granules

1/4 Teaspoon sea salt


Instructions

Start by preheating the oven to 350ºF and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

For the meatloaf, mix together the ground beef, almond flour, zucchini, carrot, egg, salt, pepper, onion and garlic granules until combined. Shape the meatloaf into a loaf shape on the parchment paper.

Lay the cut strips of bacon evenly over the top, and tuck the ends under. Brush the glaze over the bacon, and bake until the meatloaf is done in the center, 35-40 minutes, or until a thermometer reads 160ºF.

While the meatloaf is baking, prep the sweet potatoes by placing them on a parchment lined baking sheet. Then toss them together with the olive oil, garlic granules, and sea salt.

Next prep the green beans by placing them on a parchment lined baking sheet. Toss them together with the olive oil, garlic granules, and sea salt. Set both pans aside.

Remove the meatloaf from the oven and allow it to cool for at least 30 minutes before slicing it for meal prepping.

While the meatloaf is cooling, turn the oven up to 425ºF and roast the sweet potatoes until tender, 20-30 minutes.

Remove the sweet potatoes from the oven, and then place the green beans in. Turn the oven up to broil and cook until nicely browned, about 8-10 minutes. Watch the green beans carefully when broiling as it doesn’t take long to go from browned to burned.

Let the sweet potatoes and green beans cool for 20 minutes or so before portioning everything out into 4 meal prep containers.

Refrigerate and eat within 4 days.


Notes

The cooking time seems long, but most of the time is fairly hands off where you can prep other things while this cooks.

  • Category: Meal Prep
  • Method: Oven Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Meal prep meatloaf, hidden veggies meatloaf, gluten free meatloaf, paleo meatloaf

2 Comments on “Healthy Meatloaf Meal Prep”

  1. Kari

    What a neat recipe! Love how you enhanced the meat loaf with veggies! A nice, healthy spin on comfort food!

    Where did you purchase your glass meal prep containers, and how much do they hold? I’ve been on the hunt for some good meal prep containers, but some of the reviews for a few I’m looking at mention they chip and the lids stop working so I’m stumped!

    1. Kari

      I got these meal prep containers at TJ Maxx, and I’m sorry I don’t even know what brand they are. They hold about 1 cup in the small side and 2 cups on the larger side. I’ve really liked having a thick glass container and haven’t had problems with chipping – have you tried Pyrex, I have some and they’ve been great! Also I had lots of problems with my lids until I stopped putting them in the dishwasher. Hope this helps, and I sure hope you get to enjoy this recipe sometime!

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