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turkey zucchini meat loaf stuffed with cheese and topped with red sauce

Low Carb Pepper Jack Stuffed Turkey Zucchini Meat Loaf

Healthy, low carb Turkey Zucchini Meat Loaf stuffed with pepper jack and topped with the most delicious sauce EVER!

Course Dinner, Gluten Free, Low Carb, Turkey
Keyword turkey zucchini meat loaf
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 servings
Calories 262 kcal
Author Monique of AmbitiousKitchen.com


  • 1 pound lean ground turkey (at least 94%)
  • 1 cup finely diced white onion
  • 1 cup shredded zucchini, squeezed of excess moisture with a paper towel
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup italian style panko breadcrumbs* (may use GF breadcrumbs)
  • 2 tablespoons organic ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (if you like heat)
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 4 oz sliced pepper jack cheese
  • For the topping:
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon mustard
  • dash of soy sauce (gluten free, if desired)
  • dash of hot sauce


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line large baking sheet with foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl combine turkey, onion, zucchini, garlic, egg, breadcrumbs, spices, mustard and salt and pepper. Use your hands or a large spoon to mix until well combined. I find that it's much easier to combine the ingredients if you use your hands.
  3. Place half of meat mixture on foil-lined pan and shape into a 10x4 inch rectangle. Top with pepper jack evenly, leaving about an 1/2 inch of room on the sides. Top with the remaining meat mixture, enclosing the cheese completely and sealing the side together.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together tomato sauce, apple cider vinegar, honey, mustard, soy sauce and hot sauce if desired. Spread half of the awesome sauce on top of the meat loaf, reserve other half for when meatloaf is finished baking.
  5. Bake meatloaf for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until meat thermometer reads 160 degrees F. Top with remaining sauce and allow to cool for 10 minutes before cutting into 6 slices.
Nutrition Facts
Low Carb Pepper Jack Stuffed Turkey Zucchini Meat Loaf
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 262 Calories from Fat 119
% Daily Value*
Fat 13.2g20%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Fiber 2.3g10%
Sugar 4.5g5%
Protein 22.9g46%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.