Friday, January 29, 2016

Low Carb Slow Cooker Italian Meatloaf from It's Yummi

This Low Carb Slow Cooker Italian Meatloaf uses shredded zucchini to bind it together for a delicious moist meatloaf that's also gluten-free and South Beach Diet friendly. 

Low Carb Slow Cooker Italian Meatloaf from It's Yummi featured on
(Photo from It's Yummi.)

(For Friday Favorites we spotlight past recipes that you may have missed, and this Low Carb Slow Cooker Italian Meatloaf from It's Yummi is one of the most popular recipes ever featured on this site, so it seems appropriate to spotlight it again during January when people are focused on healthier eating.)

I'm focusing on healthier slow cooker recipes for the month of January, and when I spotted this delicious looking Low-Carb Slow Cooker Italian Meatloaf from It's Yummi on Pinterest and then discovered it was a Low-Carb recipe that uses zucchini to bind the meatloaf together, I wrote the blogger immediately for permission to feature it.  The recipe uses foil strips laid into the slow cooker before the meatloaf goes in to help lift it out more easily, which is a trick I'm going to have to try myself!

Ingredients for this recipe:
  • Olive oil
  • extra lean ground sirloin or bison
  • eggs
  • grated zucchini
  • grated Parmesan cheese
  • chopped parsley
  • minced garlic
  • balsamic vinegar
  • dried oregano
  • dried onion or onion powder
  • salt and pepper
  • ketchup or tomato sauce
  • shredded or sliced Mozzarella cheese

Get the complete recipe for Slow Cooker Italian Meatloaf from It's Yummi.

Recommended Slow Cooker Size:
Becca recommends a 6 Quart Slow Cooker (or larger) for this recipe.

More Ideas with Ground Beef in the Slow Cooker:
Use the Recipes-by-Photo Index Page for Beef to see all the Slow Cooker ground beef recipes that have been featured on this site.

Ground Beef Recipe Collections:
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  1. Thanks for all the great recipes you share Kalyn. I have tried quite a few of your recipes and have not been disappointed. I have only recently started making meatloaf recipes in the slow cooker - talk about coming late to the party! Easy as it is, I have learned a few tricks to make it even easier. For example, I make up the recipe the night before I need it, storing the meat mix in a greased Pyrex loaf dish. The following day, I take it out of the fridge and put it straight into the slow cooker and cook on low for 8-9 hours, or whatever the recipe suggests. I never add water to the slow cooker. It works like a charm every time.
    Thanks for a great blog!
    Ethna @

  2. Thanks for that tip! I really have to try slow cooker meatloaf soon.

  3. They sell crock pot liners that are made by Reynolds, the same people who make foil. You can find them in the same isle. I get mine from Walmart or Target. They are plastic and you put them in your crock pot then put your food in and when it's done you can pull them out and throw away. So easy and great clean up.

  4. Regina, I've never tried them but sounds like they'd be perfect for this.

  5. Kalyn,
    Thank you so much for sharing my recipe! I've been meaning to come over and do this for MONTHS! I appreciate you and your blog so very much :)

  6. Bec, my pleasure; what a great recipe!

  7. Hey Kalyn,
    I'm guessing that you gave this recipe a share on Facebook or something, because I've got crazy awesome traffic comin' over for a peek at the recipe. Thank you so much!

    1. Hey Becca, that's great! I finally got smart and realized that I should be sharing these recipes that are low-carb on the Kalyn's Kitchen Facebook page (as well as the slow cooker one) so I'm glad it's making a difference!


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