Holiday Meatloaf

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My recipes are grain free, refined sugar free, and many are dairy free. Many people have changed their diets to improve their gut health. There are many articles out suggesting that there is a huge link between leaky gut and autoimmune illness. There are so many preservatives, additives, and food coloring in many foods. Omitting these items along with grains and refined sugar have helped to improve the health of many people including me.

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We tend to eat a lot of chicken, ground chicken, or ground turkey at my house. I sometimes feel like we eat the same things all the time. Every night I pray for inspiration on what to make for dinner. Then around 4 o’clock or so I have an idea pop inside my head. On this particular night, I had ground turkey in my fridge along with some fresh cranberries. I immediately thought of a meatloaf. Turkey is always really good with cranberries. Why not add a tart element to the meatloaf. I thought that whole fresh cranberries would be too tart so I decided to chop them in my food processor. I was excited to see how this would turn out. Make one recipe of cranberry sauce to add to the Holiday Meatloaf add the remaining sauce as a topping.

Nutritional Facts are based on 6 servings and do not include the cranberry sauce topping. Please refer to the cranberry sauce for its nutritional facts.

2 lb ground beef

1/4 cup flax seeds

1 egg

1/3 cup cranberry sauce

1/2 t sage

1 t maple syrup

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1/4 teaspoon thyme

1/2 cup onion

1 teaspoon pink salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1/4 teaspoon savory


Preheat oven to 400. Grease a meatloaf pan. Combine ground turkey, flax seeds, egg, cranberry sauce, sage, maple syrup, garlic powder, onion powder, thyme, and chopped onions, pink salt, pepper, and savory. Combine the ingredients with your hands until thoroughly combined. Place meat in the meatloaf pan and press down. Put meatloaf pan on top of a baking sheet and place in the oven and bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Remove from oven and top with Cranberry Sauce to decorate the top with a piece of parsley.


Nutrition Facts
Servings 6.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 405
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16 g 25 %
Saturated Fat 3 g 17 %
Monounsaturated Fat 8 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 135 mg 45 %
Sodium 120 mg 5 %
Potassium 1702 mg 49 %
Total Carbohydrate 32 g 11 %
Dietary Fiber 6 g 24 %
Sugars 2 g
Protein 38 g 76 %
Vitamin A 3 %
Vitamin C 3 %
Calcium 35 %
Iron 56 %
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.


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