I know, I know!  Meatloaf may be a taboo word in your household.

Loaf of meat.  What sounds appealing about that?

On top of being unappealing, traditional meatloaf isn’t thought to be the healthiest of meals.

However, this version will completely change the way you look at meatloaf (from both sides!)

I slightly modified the recipe found here that was originally posted by Jodie Mitchell over at Taste of Home.  When making the glaze I found that it easily made double the amount that I actually needed.  You can save quite a few more calories if you cut the glaze ingredients in half (reflected in the recipe below).

I love making several little loaves so that each piece gets a delicious crunch on the outside!  At only 187 calories per loaf this is a great dinner the whole family can enjoy (even if some of the others aren’t on the “healthy bandwagon”)



Makeover Li’l Cheddar Meat Loaves


  • 2 egg whites, beaten
  • 3/4 cup fat-free milk
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese
  • 3/4 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, shredded
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 pound ground beef (or turkey)
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon prepared mustard


In a large bowl, whisk egg whites and milk. Stir in the cheese, oats, onion, carrot and salt. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well.

Shape into eight loaves; place in a 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. In a small bowl, combine the ketchup, brown sugar and mustard; spoon over loaves.

Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until no pink remains and a meat thermometer reads 160°.Yield: 8 servings.



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