Healthy Turkey and Chicken Meatloaf (Paleo, Whole30)
Healthy Turkey and Chicken Meatloaf recipe. A moist, flavorful, and lightened up meatloaf made with ground turkey, ground chicken, minced carrots, almond flour, and lots of herbs.
I’m all about this Healthy Turkey and Chicken Meatloaf. It’s made with real food, healthier-for-you ingredients such as ground chicken, ground turkey, minced carrots, almond flour, and ALL the herbs and spices.
Plus it is moist, savory, and tastes amazing! The ketchup and black strap molasses glaze that tops the meatloaf takes it to the next level.
Bonus points that this recipe is naturally dairy-free, gluten-free, grain-free, Paleo, and Whole30 compliant.
It took me a few tries to get this healthy turkey meatloaf recipe right.
But it was so worth the effort because this Healthy Turkey and Chicken Meatloaf is GOOD.
I love that there are carrots inside. And I love that there is just so much flavor in a lower-fat, healthier meatloaf recipe.
Ingredients in this Healthy Turkey and Chicken Meatloaf
- ground turkey
- ground chicken
- almond flour
- tomato paste
- onion powder
- garlic powder
- dried parsley
- dried oregano
- dried basil
- rubbed sage
- black pepper
- blackstrap molasses
I know it may look like a lot of ingredients, but a lot of them are really just herbs and spices.
I’m all about using lots of herbs and spices when making savory meals. Especially savory poultry based meals because I find it really enhances the flavor.
How to make this meatloaf recipe with carrots
It’s really easy, to be honest!
All you do it mix all of the ingredients, except for the ketchup and blackstrap molasses together in a bowl and mix it.
So that means you mix together the ground chicken, ground turkey, minced carrots, eggs, almond flour, tomato paste, mustard, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, parsley, oregano, basil, sage, and pepper all together with a fork.
Then, you mix the ketchup and blackstrap molasses together.
After that, you put the meatloaf mixture into a pan and cook it for 15 minutes, then top it in the ketchup blackstrap molasses glaze and cook it for another 60 minutes.
Once the meatloaf is cooked make sure to let it sit for 15 minutes. This step is important because it lets all of the juices reabsorb into the meatloaf, which makes it moist.
Tweaks and tips for this healthy turkey meatloaf:
Don’t have ground chicken?
For starters, if you don’t have ground chicken, you can use all ground turkey here. Make sure it is a regular fat ground turkey and not a fat-free one. You want the fat here.
What ketchup should you use?
You can use whatever ketchup you like. I like using a healthier one, like the one from Primal Kitchen. But any ketchup that works for your dietary needs will work.
Do you have to use blackstrap molasses?
No, but the flavor of the glaze tastes SO much better if you do. I love the sweet spice that blackstrap molasses brings to the table.
If you don’t have any, you can add maple syrup to your ketchup instead.
How to measure your minced carrots?
Mince your carrots in a food processor. I put 2 carrots inside and then measured out 3/4 cup of the minced carrots in a measuring cup.
Because the size of carrots can vary, it is better to measure the minced carrot out before putting it into your meatloaf. Don’t use more than 3/4 cup or it could add too much moisture to your meatloaf.
How to serve this Healthy Turkey and Chicken Meatloaf
I personally think this meatloaf tastes great with potatoes. Any type of potatoes! Mashed, baked, roasted, fried.
I also enjoy it with rice.
And I always add a veggie like cauliflower or broccoli as well. It ties the whole dish together nicely.
Other healthy meatloaf recipes you may enjoy:
Apple and Sage Turkey Meatloaf (Paleo, Whole30)
Paleo Honey Sesame Turkey Meatloaf (GF)
Healthy Turkey and Chicken Meatloaf (Paleo, Whole30)
- 1 lb ground chicken (or ground turkey)
- 1 lb ground turkey
- 2 medium carrots chopped in a food processor (3/4 cup minced)
- 3 eggs
- 1/4 cup almond flour
- 3 Tbs tomato paste
- 1 Tbs mustard
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp dried parsley
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp dried basil
- 1 tsp rubbed sage
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1/4 cup ketchup
- 1 tsp blackstrap molasses
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9 in x 5 in loaf pan and line it with parchment paper, leaving an overhang on two opposite sides so you can easily lift the meatloaf out of the pan when it has cooled.
- In a large bowl, mix the ground chicken, ground turkey, the minced carrots, eggs, almond flour, tomato paste, mustard, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, parsley, oregano, basil, sage, and pepper together.
- In a small bow, mix the ketchup and blackstrap molasses together.
- Put the meatloaf mixture into the loaf tin and evenly pat it down. Put it in the oven for 15 minutes, then remove from the oven and top with the ketchup molasses mixture. Cook for another 60 minutes.
- Let sit for 15 minutes before serving.
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4 Comments on “Healthy Turkey and Chicken Meatloaf (Paleo, Whole30)”
This recipe had interesting spices and ingredients but was extraorindarily bland in taste and consistnecy. Sorry! The ketchup/molasses on top added a nice touch of flavor, but the recipe needed more to enhance the taste of the meatloaf. Maybe adding onions and fresh garlic would make the recipe more palatable. Was disappointed in this recipe.
What if I don’t have almond flour ?
You can use bread crumbs, crushed up crackers, or rolled oats.
There are 4 things in the recipe I cannot have: Ketchup, mustard, tomato paste and black strap molasses. Without those things, it probably would affect the outcome of the recipe.