Gluten Free, Egg Free Meatloaf Recipe

I know what you're thinking. "Meatloaf, smeatloaf, double beatloaf, I hate meatloaf!" -A Christmas Story

No? Because every time I hear the word meatloaf I repeatedly say this move line and annoy my husband :)

In all seriousness, meatloaf reminds me of my grandpa Omie. He was the best cook I've ever known (next to my mom of course). I think about him every day since he's passed and our times in the kitchen together. He was a true artist and comic, and would put the cooking shows on TV today to shame. While this wasn't even close to his best "dish" I always remember him throwing a meatloaf dinner together randomly on a week night and it tasting so so good.

This meal is also very simple, easy and nourishing (with the right ingredients). I am all for simple, nourishing recipes these days as a mom. I can't do complicated dishes with long lists of ingredients anymore. My toddler doesn't have that kind of attention span, even with Blippi Official on TV (yes, Debbie, I use screen time to get things done sometimes - judge me).

So here is the recipe, I hope you enjoy!


(Egg-Free, Gluten Free)


  • 1 lb of grass-fed ground beef (or chicken, or turkey!)

  • 1/4 cup of gluten free breadcrumbs (variation below)

  • 1 tsp of granulated garlic

  • 1 tsp of onion or garlic powder

  • 1/2 tsp of sea salt

  • 2 tbps of organic ketchup (keep that bottle out for topping)


  • Preheat the oven to 375°F

  • Mix all ingredients in a large bowl using your hands.

  • Place onto a baking dish (either lined with parchment paper or greased with butter or avocado oil) and shape into loaf.

  • Squirt extra ketchup on top of loaf for topping (a few extra breadcrumbs if you wish too).

  • Bake for 40 minutes, then broil at 550°F for 5 minutes.

  • Allow to cool for a few minutes before serving.


  • Great side dishes: roasted red potatoes, sautéed string beans, mashed sweet potatoes or roasted carrots, broccoli and onions.

  • Throw in the roasted potatoes and/or veggies at the same time as the meatloaf and dinner is done!

  • Instead of breadcrumbs (normally I never have this in the pantry) I just toast 1 slice of organic sourdough or gluten free bread in the toaster and chop it up!

  • You can certainly just bake the whole dish for 45 minutes in the oven instead of broiling. I like an extra crispy topping so do this at the end.

  • Serve with a quick stovetop gravy. I like Simply Organic when I'm in a pinch!

**Please use organic and natural ingredients whenever possible.

With Joy,


hudson valley, new york

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