Gluten-Free Turkey Meatloaf


I’m always trying to eat healthier and enjoy experimenting with different ways of cooking- whether it’s vegan, gluten-free, sugar-free or any other kind of “free”. This recipe is for a sugar-free, gluten-free turkey meatloaf that was inspired byTyler Florence’s Ultimate Meatloaf and Alton Brown’s Good Eats Meatloaf. I took elements that I liked from each, left out elements that had sugar, gluten or fermented soy products, and  added some things of my own. This recipe cuts out a ton of calories and provides added health benefits all while being delicious!

2 red bell peppers, seeded and finely chopped
2 whole tomatoes, seeded and finely chopped
1 large yellow onion, diced
4 cloves of garlic, minced
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 cup crushed tomatoes
2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar

1 lb. ground turkey
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 tsp. dried thyme
1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1 egg
1/2 cup brown rice breadcrumbs
2 slices natural turkey bacon (with no nitrites or additives)

Preheat oven to 325°.

Heat about a tablespoon of olive oil in a large pot on medium-high heat. Add peppers, tomatoes, onion and garlic and saute until it begins to soften. Add vinegar and crushed tomatoes. Season with kosher salt and pepper to taste. Reduce to low and simmer.

Combine all of the meatloaf ingredients except the turkey bacon in a large bowl with your hands. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Form the meatloaf mixture into a loaf shape and lay the slices of turkey bacon across the top.

Spoon about half of the relish onto the meat. Leave the rest in the pot on the lowest heat to keep warm for serving.

Bake the meatloaf in the oven until a thermometer in the center reads 160°. Remove from the oven and allow to rest for 10 minutes. Slice and serve with extra relish on the side.

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