Apple and Sage Turkey Meatloaf (Paleo, Whole30)
Apple and Sage Turkey Meatloaf recipe. A delicious Paleo, Whole30, Gluten-free, Dairy-free ground turkey meatloaf made with ground turkey, diced warm apples, sautéed onion, and rubbed sage. It smells amazing while cooking!
This Apple and Sage Turkey Meatloaf is easily my favorite meatloaf of all time. The flavor combination of diced warm apples, sautéed onion, and rubbed sage when cooked into the ground turkey meatloaf is magic!
There is so much flavor, that you’d never know that this recipe is made with healthier ingredients. It is naturally Paleo, Gluten-free, Whole30, Dairy-free, and Grain-free. And the way that this turkey meatloaf with sage smells while baking is mouth watering!
Seriously though… the flavor combination in this turkey apple meatloaf is aaaammmmazing! It has me wondering why I haven’t added diced apples to meatloaf before.
Especially a meatloaf made of ground turkey because I tend to find ground turkey to be boring.
It can be difficult to season ground turkey well. But this certainly is not an issue here! It is amazing and delicious. I think apple may be the key to making a turkey meatloaf both flavorful and moist!
My husband said that this was his favorite meatloaf that he’s ever had! And even my 9 month old couldn’t get enough of it either.
Ingredients needed to make this Apple and Sage Turkey Meatloaf:
- ground turkey
- almond flour
- rubbed sage
- onion powder
- tomato paste
Between the diced apples, sautéed onion, parsley, sage, mustard, and tomato paste… there is no lack of flavor here!
Tips for making this Whole30 turkey meatloaf recipe:
Tip 1: Don’t use 99% fat free ground turkey. You need a bit of fat for texture and flavor.
I always like using the 93% or 94% lean ground turkey that I find at the grocery store.
Tip 2: Make sure to leave an overhang of parchment paper when you line the loaf tin.
It makes it so much easier to lift the meatloaf out of the pan to slice and serve, once it has rested.
Tip 3: Let the meatloaf rest for 15 minutes when it comes out of the oven!
I have skipped this step before in the past and it’s results in a dry meatloaf.
When meatloaf cooks, the fat from the meat melts. When you let it rest after baking, the juices reabsorb into the meatloaf, making it more flavorful and juicy.
Learn from my mistakes… let the meatloaf rest for 15 minutes. 🙂
Tip 4: You can use onion powder instead of raw onions here. If you are short on time or dislike raw onions, just skip the step where you sauté the onions and add 1 tsp on onion powder to the bowl.
I’m excited to make this turkey meatloaf with almond flour again.
I’m also super excited that it just so happens to be Paleo, Whole30, and Gluten-free. That way anyone who needs to follow a certain diet or who need to be dairy-free, can also enjoy an amazing meatloaf.
What makes this a Whole30 turkey meatloaf recipe ? What makes this a Paleo turkey meatloaf?
This Apple Sage Turkey Meatloaf is naturally Paleo, Whole30, Gluten-free, and Dairy-free.
It is Whole30 compliant because it doesn’t have any refined flours or sugars inside. It also doesn’t have any legumes, grains or dairy inside. Almond flour is used in the place of bread crumbs in this meat loaf recipe to make it this way.
This recipe is also Paleo because it is made without any legumes, grains or dairy and there are no processed foods in the ingredient list.
I tend to find that if a recipe is Whole30, it is also Paleo.
Other healthy meatloaf recipes you may enjoy:
This Easy Low Carb Paleo Meatloaf by Food Faith Fitness; it looks amazing and is a great low carb option!
This Paleo Honey Sesame Turkey Meatloaf. The honey, sesame and coconut aminos flavors make this meatloaf pretty irresistible.
Apple and Sage Turkey Meatloaf (Paleo, Whole30)
- ½ onion, finely chopped ( you can use 1 tsp of onion powder instead of raw onions)
- 1 Tbs olive oil
- 2 lbs ground turkey, ( I used 94% lean ground turkey)
- 1/3 cup almond flour
- 2 cups diced apples
- 3 eggs, beaten
- 2 tsp dried parsley
- 2 tsp rubbed sage
- ½ tsp ground black pepper
- 1 tsp salt
- ½ tsp onion powder
- 1 Tbs mustard
- 3 Tbs tomato paste
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Add olive oil and chopped onion to a pan and sauté over medium-high heat until soft, about 3 minutes.
- Put the sautéed onion into a large bowl. Add the ground turkey, almond flour, diced apples, eggs, dried parsley, rubbed sage, black pepper, salt, onion powder, mustard, and tomato paste to the bowl. Combine all ingredients, mixing thoroughly.
- Line a 9 in x 5 in loaf pan with parchment paper, leaving overhang on two opposite sides so you can easily lift the meatloaf out of the pan when it has cooled.
- Put the meatloaf mixture into the parchment lined loaf tin and evenly pat it down. Optional- add a few apple slices on top to make it pretty.
- Bake at 350 degrees, for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
- Remove the meatloaf from the oven and let it sit for 15 minutes before removing from the pan and slicing.
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