Meatloaf Zucchini Melts

As much as I love to create healthy, yet tasty foods, zucchini is definitely not one of my favorite vegetables. Just like Brussels sprouts, I have to force myself to create food with zucchini. While I do love the flavor of zucchini, it is the texture I have a hard time with. However I prepare it, it must always have a crisp bite to it. If it is mushy in any way, I cannot eat it.

That being said, I have snuck zucchini in many recipes, grated into the ground meat or into the sauce. For this recipe though, I thought it would be fun to add one of my husband’s favorite meals, meatloaf, and add a healthy spin on it.

Meatloaf Zucchini Melts

Prep Time 15 minutes
Course Main Course
Servings 4 servings
Calories 415 kcal


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • ¼ cup shallots diced
  • cup zucchini diced
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • 2 tsp stone ground mustard
  • 1 tbsp ketchup
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • ¼ cup Panko bread crumbs
  • ¼ cup Colby Jack cheese shredded


  • Prepare the zucchini by cutting in half lengthwise and spooning out the center of each zucchini half. Reserve the centers of the zucchini.
  • In a bowl, add in the ground beef, garlic powder, shallot, diced zucchini, brown sugar, egg, stone ground mustard, ketchup, and Panko bread crumbs. Using your hands, mix the ingredients together until combined.
  • Spoon the beef mixture into the prepared zucchini halves. Bake in a 375° oven for 20-25 minutes or until the beef mixture is cooked thoroughly.
  • Add the Colby Jack cheese over the top of each zucchini half and place back in the oven for another minute or two so the cheese melts.
  • Serve immediately with favorite meatloaf toppings. We prefer BBQ sauce, but whatever your family loves will be perfect.


Serving: 1servingCalories: 415kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 24gFat: 30gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 135mgSodium: 237mgPotassium: 454mgFiber: 1gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 192IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 103mgIron: 3mg
Keyword dairy-free, keto, low carb, low fat
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This recipe is perfect for a keto meal, as well as anyone who needs to be on a low carb diet. If you need dairy free, just omit the cheese, or use dairy free cheese. Another way to prepare this recipe is to dice or shred 2 whole zucchini in with the ground beef and bake in a glass baking dish instead of making zucchini boats. If you aren’t a huge fan of zucchini this way to prepare is perfect.

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