Slow Cooker Italian Meatloaf Recipe

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It’s TIME!  It’s HERE!  Let’s all give a CHEER for my 50th BIRTHDAY BASH and GIVEAWAY EVENT!

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It’s true, everyone… I’m turning a half century old this Thursday!  They say you’re only as old as you feel, but since my body is falling apart, I think I’ll avoid thinking about how old I feel and focus on the age!  Bring on those 50 candles and let’s have a bonfire…it’ll help get rid of the polar vortex 😉

Anyhoo, to make sure that this 50th birthday celebration is one that none of us will soon forget, I invited a few of my AWESOME friends and some INCREDIBLE sponsors to help me put on a HUGE birthday giveaway event.  If you want to, you can use the giveaway banner photo up above to click through to each blogger’s site!  Here’s who I currently love more than bacon:


Gillian – The Haas Machine
Libby – Lemony Thyme


Frieda’s Produce – Frieda’s Produce
Melissa’s Produce – Melissa’s Produce
Stonyfield Yogurt – Stonyfield Yogurt
Late July Chips – Late July Chips
Olena at iFOODReal – Olena at iFOODReal


There’ll be a whole new giveaway EVERY DAY from today through Thursday, so please stop back each day to see what great prizes are up for grabs.

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The giveaway entry form is at the bottom of this post, and HERE’S what’s up for grabs today:

Chef Bec's ( 50th BIRTHDAY GIVEAWAY - DAY 1 Prize Pack

A HUGE baker’s basket from Frieda’s Produce, a copy of 30 Clean Quick Dinner Recipes e-Cookbook, and a $25 Amazon gift card or Paypal cash!

  • A HUGE baker’s basket from Frieda’s Produce, filled with incredible gourmet baking products to help you bake something DELICIOUS! I’ve used Frieda’s products so often that I should probably move in next door to their warehouse 😉 HIGH QUALITY, AFFORDABLE PRICES, and they even have some organic produce, too! (retail value $75)
  • A copy of “30 Clean Quick Dinner Recipes” e-Cookbook
  • a $25 Amazon gift card or Paypal cash!

Aren’t those prizes AMAZING?!
In addition to the great prizes being given away every day, there’ll be LOTS OF GREAT RECIPES going on around here, too.  The girls have crafted up some delicious birthday themed dishes that they’ll be posting on their blogs, so without further ado, let me introduce you to today’s recipes and giveaway!

BERNADETTE from Rants from My Crazy Kitchen made me Bacon Jalapeno and Monterey Jack Tamale Bites!  Ohmigerrd…she said BACON!

Click HERE to get her recipe!

As for my slow cooker Italian meatloaf recipe, I used one of the amazing gifts that’s up for grabs in today’s giveaway to help me out. This recipe came straight from Olena’s e-Cookbook, “30 Clean Quick Dinner Recipes”.  I want to disclose that I received a free copy of the eBook from Olena, but this review is 100% from my heart and in my own words.

I’ve purchased quite a few e-Cookbooks over the years. Some of them were well written, but MOST of them were mediocre at best.  Poor (or NO) photos, grammatical errors, poorly designed, and just plain overpriced. I felt ripped off by the poor value.  However, that was NOT the case with this cookbook.  The photos in the book are GORGEOUS, and Olena went to great lengths to include FULL nutritional information for each recipe, including Weight Watchers Plus points!  I was very impressed!
All of the 30 recipes in the book are in an easy to read layout and they all use regular, every day ingredients that you can probably find at your local grocery store.  I can honestly say that’s not always the case with healthy food recipes. I once found a whole/raw food recipe that called for a $14 bottle of some strange thickening agent that I couldn’t afford, let alone pronunciate.  No thanks :)

So while all of the recipes in the book sounded amazing, I chose to create one of my very favorite LOW CARB comfort foods, meatloaf.  To say it’s delicious is an understatement.  To bind the meatloaf together, the recipe calls for the use of shredded zucchini instead of bread crumbs, eliminating several grams worth of carbs right off the bat.  Enough so that I was able to have TWO servings instead of one.  SCORE!

Slow Cooker Italian Meatloaf from

To help make it easier to remove the meatloaf from the pan, Olena suggests lining the slow cooker with strips of aluminum foil.  GREAT TIP! I went ahead and used a large amount to be sure that I had nice thick strips of foil so the meat had a nice bed to cradle into.  I sprayed it with some olive oil to prevent it from sticking and it worked like a charm.  NOTE: The zucchini in the meat loaf does make the mixture very loose before it’s baked compared to a traditional meatloaf. Be careful when you’re transferring the raw mixture into the slow cooker so that it doesn’t fall apart before you have a chance to settle it in there.  I have to say that I got sort of nervous when I saw how wet the mixture was. I was convinced that it would never come together into a nice loaf, but I was SO wrong!  I cooked it on high power for 2 hours and 45 minutes and it was PERFECTLY cooked.

Since only ONE of you will win a copy of this awesome cookbook, I encourage you to CLICK HERE and purchase your own copy.  Olena is offering a 20% discount off of the $7.99 price for my fans, and if you happen to win the giveaway, she’ll give you a FULL REFUND of your purchase price!

Now here’s the recipe for her delicious meatloaf (written in my own words, of course)  :)  Don’t forget to scroll down and enter to win that AMAZING prize package, too, and come back tomorrow for a brand new giveaway!  GOOD LUCK!

5.0 from 6 reviews
Slow Cooker Italian Meatloaf Recipe
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Recipe Category: slow cooker
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This easy slow cooker Italian meat loaf is made with lean ground sirloin, freshly grated zucchini, and zesty Italian spices & herbs. Your family will LOVE this, and your kids will never know they're eating healthy vegetables!
  • Olive oil in a spritzer bottle, or non-stick cooking spray
  • 2 pounds extra lean ground sirloin (or bison)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup (about 1 medium size) zucchini, grated and excess liquid squeezed out
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped, plus extra for garnish
  • 4 cloves freshly minced garlic
  • 3 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon dried oregano
  • 2 Tablespoons minced dry onion or onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea or Kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1/4 cup ketchup or tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup shredded or 2-3 slices mozzarella cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh parsley chopped
  1. Line a large (6 quart or larger) slow cooker with strips of aluminum foil. Spray the foil with olive oil or non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients except for cooking spray and the topping ingredients. Mixture WILL BE loose/wet. This is expected.
  3. Carefully transfer mixture into the slow cooker and form into an oblong shaped loaf, setting it on top of the aluminum foil strips. Place lid on top of slow cooker.
  4. Cook on high power for 3 hours or low power for 6 hours. 15 minutes before the end of the cook time, turn the heat off and unplug the slow cooker. Remove the lid and spread ketchup over the top of the meatloaf. Place cheese on top of ketchup and replace the lid onto the slow cooker. Allow the meat loaf to sit for 5-10 minutes, or until the cheese has melted.
  5. To remove loaf from the slow cooker, remove lid, hold each end of the strips in each hand , and carefully lift. Transfer the loaf to serving platter and garnish with fresh parsley. Serve and enjoy!


  • A HUGE baker’s basket from Frieda’s Produce (retail value $75)
  • A copy of “30 Clean Quick Dinner Recipes” e-Cookbook
  • a $25 Amazon gift card or Paypal cash!

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  1. Laura Phillips says

    I love the tip about using foil strips to lift the meatloaf out of the slow cooker. I’ve never tried to do meatloaf in mine because I was afraid I would destroy it when I removed it. Do you think your recipe would work with venison?

  2. Elyse says

    I’m excited to try this recipe but am concerned about the slow cooker time. Because I work 8 hour days it would be difficult to do 3 or 6 hours (my crockpot only has settings for 4 or 8 hours and then switches to warm.) I’m assuming 4 hours would dry it out…especially if it sits on warm the rest of the work day. Could I just make this in oven? If so, how long would you suggest baking it for?

    • says

      You can absolutely make this meatloaf in an oven! If you put it into a standard loaf pan like most meatloaf recipes call for, I’m afraid that it might not cook through properly, because I used 2 pounds of beef. Instead, I would line a sheet pan with parchment paper, then form the loaf onto it and bake at 375 for 45-55 minutes. I would add the tomato sauce at 40 minutes to make sure that it doesn’t burn on top, and top it with cheese during the last 5 minutes.
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  3. Nanci says

    Made this, it exceeded my expectations. Grating zucchini wore me out (I have a shoulder problem) but it was worth it. Will make again!

    • says

      Nancy, I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed the slow cooker Italian meatloaf recipe! I hate hearing that it was torture on your shoulder, though. A dear friend of mine suffers with permanent problems from a torn ligament in her shoulder, so I understand how painful shoulder injuries can be. If you can get your hands on a food processor, it might make the job of shredding veggies much easier for you.
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  4. Wisemom says

    Recently I have a family event and i just want to find some meatloaf recipes. So I come here. I will try your recipe and hope I can make it.

  5. Patty Howe says

    I tried to enter, but I don’t tweet, or pin, pr do anything except read email and my FB . Therefor I can’t always enter. Happy 50 anyway, and you do know that is 18 with 32 years of practice. I have a few more years of practice than you. :)

    • says

      I’m sorry that you couldn’t enter originally, but please try again with the DAY 2 giveaway, because the only required entry methods are a Facebook like and getting new posts via email! :)

  6. adam @unorthodoxepicure says

    You can kick! And you can stretch! And you can kick! Cos you’re 50! — Happy Birthday, young lady. Your meatloaf looks divine (and I don’t say that to women very often). 😉

    • says

      I can kick…a piece of paper across the floor, because I can’t bend over to pick it up.
      Yes, I can stretch…my imagination 😀

      Thanks for the birthday wishes, Adam!

    • says

      I’m beyond delighted to have you join me, Libby. Tell that low-carber that he’s gonna want to put Olena’s e-cookbook onto his wish list. Her low carb recipes are AMAZING!

  7. Karen @ Baking In A Tornado says

    I first saw that you were doing meatloaf in a slow cooker and all I could picture was meat sitting in its own fat for hours. But between the extra lean beef and sitting it on the tin foil, I see how this does work. Great option for meatloaf.

    HAPPY, happy, happy birthday week!

    • says

      I thought the same thing, Karen! I’m a little shocked at how well this recipe turned out.
      Thanks for the happy birthday wishes, too! Hope you’ll enter the giveaways, cuz I’d love to see you win!


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