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Balsamic Glazed Roasted Vegetable Meatloaf Recipe (gluten-free)

by Jeanette on February 20, 2013 · 33 Comments
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Gluten-Free Roasted Vegetable Meatloaf © Jeanette's Healthy LivingYou’re either a meatloaf lover or a meatloaf hater. I happen to like meatloaf, but I know plenty of people who have an adverse reaction at the very mention of it. Several years ago, my sister passed along a healthy meatloaf recipe by Bobby Flay that included lots of finely chopped roasted vegetables in the meatloaf mix, topped with a sweet and tangy balsamic ketchup glaze. I was skeptical at first and was afraid my kids would revolt at the thought of having vegetables in their meatloaf, but I was wrong.
Balsamic Glazed Roasted Vegetable Meatloaf © Jeanette's Healthy Living

In fact, my kids absolutely love this meatloaf. My oldest son is the only one who refuses to touch meatloaf, but the other boys keep telling him how good “mom’s meatloaf” is.  I’ve been tweaking the recipe a bit the last few years, making it gluten-free (using gluten-free rolled oats) and lightening it up by using ground turkey, chicken, or lean ground beef. Because there are so many vegetables in this meatloaf recipe, it’s really moist. I also added mushrooms to the recipe which I whirled around in my food processor until finely chopped. I just love how the vegetables bulk up this meatloaf – sneaky mom I know ;).

Roasted Vegetable Meatloaf Dinner © Jeanette's Healthy Living

I actually think this meatloaf is prettier than most meatloaves – it’s hard to take pictures of brown food that look good, so the little bits of red bell pepper actually make this more appetizing. I made this the other night and served it with simply steamed broccoli drizzled with a little garlic infused extra virgin olive oil, and roasted garlic mashed potatoes moistened with chicken broth, non-fat Greek yogurt, a little low-fat milk and a little extra virgin olive oil. The boys welcomed this comfort meal, and I was happy that it was lighter and healthier than your average meatloaf.

Today, I’m participating in Food Network’s Comfort Food Feast where Meatloaf is being featured. Please be sure to check out what all my talented foodie friends made:

Jeanette’s Healthy Living: Balsamic-Glazed Roasted Vegetable Meatloaf
The Cultural Dish: Classic Meatloaf
Red or Green?: Meatloaf With Green Chile
Napa Farmhouse 1885: My Mom’s Meatloaf (Connie’s)
And Love It Too: Not Your Momma’s Meatloaf
Made By Michelle: Turkey Meatloaf
The Heritage Cook: Succulent Gluten-Free Meatloaf, The Ultimate Comfort Food
Feed Me Phoebe: Smoky Meatloaf With Three Paprikas
Virtually Homemade: Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf With a Spicy Sweet Ketchup Glaze (Gluten-Free)
Devour: Pick Your Meat (Loaf): Beef, Pork or Turkey
Dishin & Dishes: The Ultimate Southwest Meatloaf
FN Dish: For the Love of Meatloaf

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Balsamic Glazed Roasted Vegetable Meatloaf
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Instead of the balsamic ketchup glaze, you can also use honey mustard.
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large zucchini, finely diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, finely diced
  • 1 8-ounce package mushrooms, finely minced (I used the food processor and pulsed them)
  • 3 cloves garlic, smashed to a paste with kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 pounds ground turkey, chicken, lean ground beef or a mixture
  • 1 cup gluten-free oatmeal (processed in a food processor) or gluten-free breadcrumbs (use ends of gluten-free bread)
  • ½ cup grated Romano cheese
  • 1 cup ketchup, divided
  • ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Heat oil in a large saute pan over medium heat. Add zucchini, pepper, mushrooms, garlic paste, and ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes. Cook until vegetable are just softened, about 5 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Set aside to cool.
  3. Put eggs, thyme, ground meat, ground oatmeal or bread crumbs, cheese, ½ cup ketchup, 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, and cooled vegetables in a large bowl and mix until just combined.
  4. Mold meatloaf into a loaf shape on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Whisk together remaining ½ cup ketchup, ¼ cup balsamic vinegar, and ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes. Brush mixture on top and sides of meatloaf. Bake for about 1 hour, depending on how thick the meatloaf is. If meatloaf is browning too quickly, turn oven down to 325. Let meatloaf rest for 10 before slicing.
Adapted from Bobby Flay.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 8

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  1. I fall into the hate meatloaf camp but my whole family loves it so I make it every once in a while. I think this one looks really good and I love the glaze!

    • Alyssa – my oldest son doesn’t like meatloaf, but he’ll eat meatballs, so funny. The other boys love this meatloaf, so I make meatballs with some of the meatloaf mixture for him. The balsamic glaze helps keep the meatloaf moist.

  2. This looks so mouthwatering, Jeanette… I love all the veggies you added in, too! My husband loves a good classic meatloaf and I’d love to try your recipe for him. Thanks for sharing.

  3. First off, I love the idea of a roasted vegetable meatloaf! And I love that you did not put on ketchup on it!!! Secondly, great minds think a like since I blogged about a meatloaf recipe as well today!

  4. I’ve never really been a fan of meatloaf but I’m definitely intrigued by those roasted veggie mix-ins! How awesome!

  5. Oooo, love the shiny glaze on that meatloaf!

  6. I think a tasty glaze on a meat loaf makes a huge difference and can make anyone a fan. I was never particularly keen on meat loaf until I came across a recipe in Southern Living years ago that had such a glaze. It quickly became my and everyone’s favorite. This recipe looks terrific, Jeanette! I know we’ll love it when we try it. :-)


  7. This looks AMAZING! My mouth is actually watering! Cannot wait to try it!

    • Thanks so much – this has become a family favorite and I love it as a mom since it has veggies right in it and whole grains ;).

  8. I am a meatloaf lover so I will be making this. Love all the veggies in it. I too put ketchup in my meatloaf.

    • Norma – I’d love to see your meatloaf recipe. With such a beautiful garden, I’m sure you have lots of different vegetables to play around with.

  9. I love meatloaf! Your recipe looks so healthy and delicious!! I always use turkey for my meatloaf, but have never added such wonderful add-ins! Looks scrumptious!!

    • Kathy, the vegetables add some nice moisture and flavor to this meatloaf, and I love it because it’s a great way to add some extra veggies to my kids’ diets.

  10. I just love this meatloaf – and you’re right, it is a pretty meatloaf. I have one meatloaf-loving kid and one meatloaf-hating kid. I’m going to make this to see if I can convert Kid #2. : )

    • Jeanne – the red bell peppers and zucchini add some color to this meatloaf. For your meatloaf-hating kid (I have one), maybe make some meatballs with the same meat mixture. Kids are so visual that they sometimes think things taste different even when the ingredients are the same (like pasta shapes).

  11. I haven’t made meatloaf but this sounds delicious and different!

    • Melanie, I didn’t grow up eating meatloaf, but I love it now as a comfort food. This one is not dense like some meatloaves. The veggies definitely lighten it up and add moistness, and the balsamic glaze is another addition that makes this meatloaf extra special.

  12. I also make my meat loaf with veggies. I like the idea of the balsamic glaze and will have to try it. I add flax seed meal to mine.

    I made meat loaf, last week and the only one who usually eats it is hubby. I added a mashed potato topping and everyone thought it was a plate of potatoes and ended up eating it all up, never commenting on the meat loaf other than to say, it was good.

    I had planned on making a second meal from it but there was none left.

    • Chaya, great idea adding flax seed – neat idea adding a mashed potato topping. It’s always a good thing when your family eats more veggies without even knowing it ;).

  13. Jeanette,

    Just wanted to say this was some YUMMY meatloaf! I’ve never been a big fan, but usually make it once in a blue moon as I “want to like” it and this recipe is definitely a keeper! The kiddos and hubby gave it a thumbs up!

    • Jeanette Jeanette says:

      So glad you and your family enjoyed this meatloaf recipe – thanks for letting me know, I really appreciate you coming back to leave a comment. My kids were never big meatloaf eaters either but they love this one (my oldest son is the only one that doesn’t like meatloaf, but I’m still hoping he’ll change his mind after he tastes this). I really think all the vegetables add a lot of flavor to this meatloaf, and the balsamic glaze makes it extra special. I have to give my sister credit for sharing this recipe with me.

  14. HOLY COW that was flipping amazing!!! I detest meatloaf, but this time I ate so much, so much. Dang, woman., you are genius!!! Leave work early, you earned it. :).

    Love, love, love this

    Yum. Yum, yum


  15. HOLY SMOKES this was flippin’ awesome!!! Wow, wow, wow. You are a genius! I used ground turkey only as it was cheaper then the beef, so I was really looking forward to a delicious dried out brickette of a meal that I could later sub in for part of a retaining wall…. yep I wasn’t positive at all about using turkey instead of the ‘ole standby of more fatty beef. But this, this magic you created was insanely good! The only bad thing is I just found this recipe now, not when you published it!! Thanks so much! Deb

    • Deb – so glad you tried this meatloaf recipe and loved it. My kids love it and I love the fact that it has lots of veggies tucked in. I use ground turkey too and it’s actually on my menu for this week. Thanks for your feedback!

  16. This is my new favorite meatloaf. I too made it with ground turkey. Thank you so much. I served it with green beans caponata from the shiksa.com and for dessert, fresh ginger cake from chocolateandzucchini.com. What a great meal.

  17. Thank you, Jeanette for the nice recipe. Have a Happy Saturday!

  18. I made this for dinner tonight and it was a delicious hit! Thank you for the recipe. I will be making this again soon!

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