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Low Carb Slow Cooker Meatloaf

Low carb meatloaf  is one of the most popular low carb dinner recipes on It’s Yummi! Meal prep is quick and easy with this Low Carb Slow Cooker Meatloaf recipe, and your crock pot does all of the cooking!

The low carb meatloaf bursts with Italian flavor and is SO juicy and delicious! It’s definitely one of our favorite slow cooker recipes for a healthy comfort food dinner.

healthy low carb meatloaf made with grated zucchini as a substitute for bread crumbs

Healthy Hacks

I’ve made a lot of meatloaf recipes over the years, including my healthy Veggie Stuffed Meatloaf and my not healthy, but insanely delicious, Over Stuffed Meatloaf Recipe.

This low carb slow cooker meatloaf recipe is honestly my favorite, though. I never would have thought crock pot meatloaf would taste better than oven baked meatloaf, but it does! The healthy hack of using zucchini to replace bread crumbs lowers the carbs and keeps the meat loaf moist.

Substitute for Bread Crumbs in Meatloaf

Using shredded zucchini as a substitute for bread crumbs in meatloaf eliminates several grams worth of carbs. Such a smart, healthy choice! Other substitutes for bread crumbs (these are not low carb options) include:

  • Rolled oats – You can use traditional or gluten-free rolled oats, but I don’t suggest using quick cooking oats, as they’ll get too mushy.
  • Crushed corn flakes are another great gluten free option.
  • Mashed potato flakes are great for adding structure to an otherwise loose meatloaf mixture, and I use them to thicken soup as well!
  • Finely ground almond flour OR almond meal

 

Low Carb Meatloaf Recipe Tips:

  • Use an aluminum foil sling to secure the meatloaf in place

For easy removal of the meatloaf from the pan, line the slow cooker with strips of aluminum foil. Weave several strips together, assuring that the meat has a nice bed to cradle into. Make sure the strips are long enough that they come up higher than the meatloaf

  • Spray the foil with olive oil to prevent the meat loaf from sticking

Low Carb Slow Cooker Meatloaf Recipe, from @itsyummi - This low carb recipe uses a special ingredient instead of bread crumbs to make it a low carb dinner that tastes just like the comfort food you grew up eating.

 

NOTE: The zucchini in the meat loaf mixture makes it very loose compared to a traditional meatloaf mixture. Be careful when you’re transferring the uncooked mixture into the slow cooker so that it doesn’t fall apart before you have a chance to settle it in there.  

When I saw how wet the mixture was, I was convinced that it would never come together into a nice loaf. But I was wrong! I cooked it on high power for 2 hours and 45 minutes and the loaf was perfectly firm.

After you make this low carb slow cooker meatloaf recipe, please come back and rate the recipe!

low carb meatloaf made in a slow cooker

Slow Cooker Low Carb Meatloaf Recipe

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!
4.53 from 21 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 3 hrs
Total Time 3 hrs 10 mins
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Main Dish
Servings 8
Calories 320 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • Olive oil in a spritzer bottle or olive oil cooking spray
  • 2 pounds extra lean ground sirloin or ground bison
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 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 minced garlic
  • 3 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon dried oregano
  • 2 Tablespoons minced dry onion or onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt or Kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

FOR THE TOPPING

  • 1/4 cup no sugar added tomato sauce or no sugar added ketchup
  • 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese or 2-3 slices
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh chopped parsley

Instructions
 

  • 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.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients except for cooking spray and the topping ingredients. Mixture WILL BE loose/wet. This is expected.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!

Nutrition

Serving: 1sliceCalories: 320kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 26gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 131mgSodium: 403mgPotassium: 507mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 640IUVitamin C: 11.8mgCalcium: 140mgIron: 3.5mg
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More Easy Crock Pot Recipes to Try:

On the first of every month, a few of my food blogging friends and I share recipes with you. Each month has a different theme, and this month’s theme is Easy Crock Pot Recipes! Obviously, my low carb slow cooker meatloaf recipe fits the theme, but here my friend’s crock pot recipes, and a few more of mine, too!
titled photo collage of 10 easy crock pot dinners

Low Carb Italian Meatloaf made in a slow cooker sits on a white platter, garnished with fresh parsley

Clean Eating Dinner Recipes Cookbook

Disclosure: I received a free copy of the eBook from Olena, but this review is 100% from my heart and in my own words.

The low carb slow cooker meatloaf recipe comes from the e-cookbook, “30 Clean Quick Dinner Recipes“, written by Olena at iFoodReal. She graciously allowed me to share the recipe with you here, written (with her permission) in my own words (to avoid plagiarism).

I have a large collection of e-cookbooks. Some are well written, but most of them are mediocre at best.  Poor photos (or none at all), grammatical errors, poor design, and/or just overpriced. Overall, a poor value for the investment I made.

Thankfully, that is not the case with this ebook. The photos in the book are gorgeous, and Olena’s recipes have complete nutritional information, including Weight Watchers Plus points; very impressive!
All 30 recipes in the book are in an easy-to-read layout, with regular, every day ingredients that you can easily find at a 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 pronounce the name of.  No thanks 🙂

I am in love with Olena’s low carb meatloaf recipe and I hope that you will love the low carb meatloaf, too!
Low Carb Slow Cooker Meatloaf Recipe photo collage

Slow Cooker Low Carb Meatloaf Recipe

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87 Comments

  1. Yum! This looks great and I love the swap for zucchini. I make a veggie and turkey meatloaf with shredded zucchini and love it. But the flavors in this are a must try!!

  2. Yummy! The whole family is sure to love this one, I’m loving the idea of meatloaf in the slow cooker not the oven – especially because way less eat in the kitchen for summer haha

  3. So tried this meatloaf recipe today and it was so easy to make with little clean up after. Wasn’t able to take a pic of it as the kids (9, 6 & 1.5 yrs) devoured most of it! Kids have asked to have this again on a regular basis. Winning with this recipe!!

  4. Could you please tell me the total calories, not k cal, per serving? Also what is a normal serving size? I am anxious to try this recipe.

    1. Colleen, the recipe serves 8 people, so to get total calories, you would take the listed kcal per serving and multiply times 8, giving you a total calorie amount for the loaf of 2,336 kcals. Incidentally, The “calorie” we refer to in food is actually a kilocalorie. One (1) kilocalorie is the same as one (1) Calorie (upper case C). A kilocalorie is the amount of heat required to raise the temperature of 1 kilogram of water one degree Celsius.

    1. Thanks, Valerie!
      Truthfully, we’ve never had any left over, because the slow cooker meatloaf really IS that good! That being said, if you leave the cheese off and let it rest/cool completely after cooking, I’m pretty confident that it will freeze well. The uncooked meatloaf mixture is pretty wet, so I don’t think I’d recommend freezing before cooking.

  5. OMG this was AMAZING!!!! I tweeted it ever so slightly because I forget to get fresh parsley (I used dried, 1/4 cup). For those of you who think your family will like it because of the zucchini, don’t worry about it! It taste nothing like zucchini! You can’t even tell that the zucchini is in there even after picking it apart, they will see the parsley but not the zucchini! My husband had no idea! This is our new meatloaf recipe from now on OMG so delicious you must make this today! ❣️❣️❣️❤️❤️❤️❤️

    1. Sorry about the typos I was so excited to leave a comment that I didn’t proof it very well ! I also forgot to add that I baked it in the oven because I got a later start on dinner! I did it at 375 in a 9×13 pan with celery and carrots on the sides covered in foil for an hour and 10 minutes. Again YUM!!!

    2. I’m SO happy to hear that you enjoyed the low carb meatloaf, Lisa! It truly is one of my favorite slow cooker recipes, and you’re absolutely right… the zucchini can’t be detected at all, which is GREAT for picky eaters and non-veggie lovers! 🙂
      Thank you so much for your wonderful comments. <3

      1. How much almond flour would you recommend as a substitute for the zucchini? I saw the comment about adding “a bit” of the almond flour and thought it would be a great way to deal with the fact that my grandson does not care for zucchini.

      2. Gwen, the zucchini is so finely shredded that it can barely be seen or tasted, but if you’d like to try it with almond flour, I would suggest starting with 1/4 cup. As with any meatloaf, you don’t want to add too much, as it tends to dry out the meat. If you need to add more after the initial 1/4 cup to get the loaf to hold together, by all means, do so. I hope you enjoy the recipe!

    1. Thanks for your comment, Drew. The reason that I don’t line the entire slow cooker with foil really has little to do with clean up. The foil strips are actually used to help lift the meat off of the bottom of the slow cooker so that the meatloaf doesn’t sit in its own fat as it cooks. I hope that makes sense. 🙂

    2. I love Slow Cooker use for Supper…………………I cannot wait to try this recipe. I have been known to be called the Slow Cooker Queen because I make so many meals in mine.
      Would there be a substitute for the Zucchini???? It is hard to find it at this time of the year and I really want to make this Low Carb Meatloaf……great health benefits…. Thanks in advance….

      1. The only suggestions I can think to make for a zucchini substitute would be frozen cooked spinach that’s had the excess water squeezed from it, or a bit of almond flour. Good luck!

  6. I made this the other night and it was delicious! I am re purposing it too. Won’t be on my blog for a few weeks but I will link up to you!

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