Kale and Zucchini Meatloaf {Recipe} – Progressively Perfect: Virtual Dinner Party


Here is how our usual dinner goes:

C says: “Mooommmmmn(sounds like maaaaaahhm), what are we having tonight?” {sounds a bit disgruntled}

Me: “Meatloaf”

{Screams and cheers and fist pumping heard and seen from the crowd}

Me (thinking): Mwahahahahaha

We have had A LOT of kale and zucchini to go around lately and so I have been trying to find the most creative ways to work it into everyone’s diet. I happened to be making meatloaf the other night (it is a family favorite – another one of those meals that every single person will eat) and so I figured I would throw some in there for everyone to try.

The verdict? No one minded one bit. In fact, if there weren’t green and yellow specs to be seen, I am pretty sure no one would have noticed. I also served it with some roasted potatoes, carrots, and beets so everyone was concentrating more on having to try a beet (which they ended up enjoying) and they already were excited about the potatoes and carrots.

Kale and Zucchini Meatloaf {Recipe}



1 lb. grassfed ground beef (I received mine from Philly Cow Share!)

1 lb. organic ground pork

2 eggs

3/4 cups bread crumbs

1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

1/2 cup chopped fresh kale

1/3 cup chopped fresh zucchini

1/2 cup ketchup


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and using hands mix thoroughly together.

3. Form into small loaves and place on a cookie sheet. I usually get about 4 small loaves (and I make small ones mostly because I am incredibly inpatient and don’t like to wait for them to cook).

4. Cook for ~45 minutes or until they are done in the middle.


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About Lauryn Blakesley

A woman out to explore, celebrate, and enjoy everything that my community and living locally has to offer. Blessed with three beautiful children and an incredible husband, our family embraces adventure while dreaming of what is to come. Lover of knitting, running (although mostly after little ones right now), the color orange, fun accessories, fall, tea, and a clean kitchen floor. I spend my days in awe of my family and trying to teach my three to treat others as they would want to be treated.

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  1. This looks simple and delicious! I’ll have to share it with all my friends who have an abundance of zucchini right now.

  2. I love to throw both kale and zucchini in just about anything. This looks PERFECT! I love it! Thank you so much for participating in the blog hop!
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  3. I am DEFINTIELY going to be making this! Thanks Lauryn!
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  4. Great go to meal for the whole family and it has great potential to carry over into more than one meal. I love incorporating those veggies in too.
    Becky recently posted…Living Green While EntertainingMy Profile

  5. Great way to utilize kale and squash! I love it and am definitely trying this one.
    Hether M recently posted…Blackberry Melon LemonadeMy Profile

  6. LOVE this! Meatloaf is a family favorite in our house too and I usually do a different recipe every time. Gonna have to try this recipe. My kids always try to guess the “secret ingredient” and there is NO way they would guess kale. LOL
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  7. Love a recipe where you can sneak in veggies!
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  8. I love that you are sneaking in some extra veggies this way and nobody probably even notices. I’ll have to give it a try.
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  9. Believe it or not I’ve never made meatloaf. I’ll have to try this recipe!
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  10. I’ve been putting zucchini in my meatloaf since I found a recipe in a South Beach cookbook years ago. It’s soooo good! AND my son will eat it too :)

  11. i always load up my meatloaf with tons of veggies, it really bulks up the size and I’m able to have leftovers, which I love.
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  12. Love the addition of kale – I swear kale is ridiculously versatile (and delish)! I commend you on holding yourself back from adding bacon – I don’t know if I could have stopped myself! lol!!
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  13. Sounds wonderful! I’ve just recently started trying to play “hide the veggies” and this recipe might just work for my picky eaters! Thanks for linking up with Pin It Tuesday!
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