Gluten-Free Cheesy Meatloaf Balls

Mr. Prevention and I were both home from work by 4:45 yesterday afternoon…that’s nearly unheard of. Unfortunately, it was pouring rain so outdoor exercise and dog walking were not in the picture and we settled on indoor workouts. Mr. Prevention hopped on the treadmill while I prepared dinner and then I hopped on while supper cooked. Teamwork! Kinda.

I saw this recipe on Katie’s blog and it looks SO good! When I told Mr. P what I was making he did a double-take. I’m not a meatball lover, nor is he. My suspicion of his distaste for my dinner selection was confirmed when he requested ONE meatball on his plate. Now is a good time to mention Mr. P eats one of nothing…it’s more like double digits of all things edible. The man can eat.

Needless to say, one meatball turned into 4 or 5. “These are good,” he said. With an added, “This is something I would’ve never touched 10 years ago, but I like it now.”

You’d think I fed the man slop with his apprehension at times. Victory for the home team.

Gluten-Free Cheesy Meatloaf Balls slightly adapted from Healthy Heddleston

Ingredients for balls:
1 lb ground turkey
1 cup crushed gluten free crispy rice cereal
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
1 egg
1/4 cup ketchup
1 cup 2% shredded mozzarella cheese
1 tsp garlic salt
1 tsp fresh parsley, chopped
2 tsp dried onion
dash of pepper

Ingredients for glaze:
3/8 1/3 cup ketchup
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup BBQ sauce


Preheat oven to 375Β° F.

Combine all of the ingredients for balls. Roll mixtures into mini meatloaf balls (about 15).

Combine all ingredients for the glaze. Gentle apply glaze to each meatloaf ball with a pasty brush. Bake for approximately 30 minutes or until cooked thoroughly. Yield: 15 meatloaf balls with glaze (about 5 servings; 3 meatloaf balls each).

Nutrition Information (per serving, 3 balls): 325 calories; 9 g. fat; 121 mg. cholesterol; 1010 mg. sodium; 29.4 g. carbohydrate; 0 g. fiber; 33.8 g. protein

Result: Delicious! The cheese and sweet BBQ glaze was a unique combination. The ingredients were easy to combine and quick to throw together. A great, tasty meal even us meatball non-lovers loved! I served the meatloaf balls with a homemade Caesar salad and garlic-roasted tri-colored potatoes πŸ™‚

Question: What’s something you wouldn’t touch as a kid or earlier in life and have come to enjoy?

My most recent discovery was anchovy paste. I would’ve never touched that stuff with a 10-foot pole before making my own Caesar dressing!!!

Be well,



Filed under condiments, exercise, healthy cooking, physical activity, recipe, running

21 responses to “Gluten-Free Cheesy Meatloaf Balls

  1. Lol…I love your husband stories. He seems like a picky eater!

  2. hehe, yes, the man CAN eat, so you’ve said, and I’ve SORT OF seen. The meatballs looks great. Katie comes up with some great recipes! I made her acorn squash boats once (although she used zucchini, but she gave me the idea either way).
    I used to hate crunchy PB and now that’s all I eat (well, crunchy nut butter in general). I have a huge list of foods I used to hate but love now. Meatballs have always been a love of mine though.

  3. Men are so weird. I wonder why so many of them have an aversion to tasting new things. I used to hate meatloaf as a kid but i think it was just my mom’s meatloaf cause I’ve made it since and loved it. These cheesy meatballs sound delish.

  4. These are looking like a high protein & great lean protein choice. I like the idea of the mozzarella inside.

  5. I’ve never had gluten-free anything before! Can you believe that?!

    These look delicious!

  6. Meatloaf is totally one of those things for me. I used to hate it. HATE it. (Seriously- meat in loaf form? Can we say excessive?)

    But now when I go home and my mom makes it, I get a bit nostalgic. Just a little slice paired with mashed potatoes? Fantastic!

  7. I am not a big meatball fan either..but these do sound good!! πŸ™‚ Glad they are Mr.P approved!!

  8. Awww I’m so glad you and your husband liked them Nicole!! Guess I should update my recipe since I did in fact use 2% shredded mozzarella πŸ™‚ You’re making me want to make them again!!!

  9. Tes

    The meatballs look so yummy! I am always the fan of meatballs. Something I wouldn’t eat when I was a kid… I wouldn’t wanna eat it now, too. But there were pretty nasty things we kids love to eat and now wouldn’t dear touching.

  10. Yay, you’ve converted Mr. P to a meatball lover! Now if I could only convert my hubby. πŸ™‚ These meatballs would probably do the trick, they look fantastic! Love the idea of using rice cereal in them!

  11. Very interesting. I am glad he liked it.

  12. I have to admit, my mouth is kind of watering looking at these. Cheesy meat with ketchup-BBQ sauce? It’s practically a cheeseburger in ball form. Must try.

    I hated almost all veggies as a kid. Now I love salad (LOVE it) and really enjoy fresh green beans, bell peppers, squash, etc – as long as they’re not overcooked!

  13. Those look good!! Glad your husband tried them – its funny the things we like now that we never would have considered back in the day. Im like that with squash. I refused to try it when I was younger because I thought “squash” was a gross word. πŸ™‚

  14. LOL your hubby.. i feel like my future hubby will have to try lots of things when we get married. these look aweeeeesome!

  15. I love meatballs! Thanks for this amazing sounds recipe lady. πŸ™‚

  16. Male taste buds can be random. Glad he came around :).

    I can assure my husband would love these, he loves anything cheesy and meaty.

  17. those meatballs do look yummy! so maybe he is ready to try my meatloaf recipe then! haha Or not…lol I have a picky husband too…he claims he isn’t, but in reality, he is. He is pickier than my boys!

    I can’t think of anything I wouldn’t touch as a kid. I was pretty easy, ate just about anything that was put in front of me.

  18. I disliked fresh tomatoes as a kid but now I love them! My hubby always claims to not like foods until I ask him to take just one bite πŸ™‚

  19. Isn’t it amazing how easy it is to make gluten free meals that are delicious? Nice job! The recipe looks easy and a great one for busy weekdays. Plus I bet it converts easily to cooking in the crockpot.

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