DINNER

Skinny Meatloaf

Skinny Meatloaf

Looking for a comforting classic that won’t derail your healthy eating goals? This Skinny Meatloaf is the perfect solution! Packed with lean ground beef, wholesome vegetables, and flavorful herbs, this meatloaf offers a lighter take on a beloved family favorite. Whether you’re trying to cut down on calories or just want a nutritious meal that satisfies, this recipe delivers all the taste and comfort without the extra guilt. Plus, it’s easy to make and sure to become a staple in your weekly dinner rotation. Let’s get started on this delicious and health-conscious journey!

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb (450 g) lean ground beef (90% lean or higher)
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped bell pepper (any color)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup skim milk

  • 1/4 cup low-sodium ketchup
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

Topping:

  • 1/4 cup low-sodium ketchup
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar (optional for a slight sweetness)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the Oven: Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Prepare the Meatloaf Mixture:
    • In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, bread crumbs, onion, bell pepper, and garlic.
    • In a small bowl, whisk together the egg, skim milk, 1/4 cup of ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, oregano, basil, parsley, salt, and pepper.
    • Pour the wet mixture into the meat mixture and mix until just combined. Be careful not to overmix, as this can make the meatloaf tough.

  1. Shape the Meatloaf:
    • Transfer the meat mixture to a loaf pan (approximately 9×5 inches) and shape it into a loaf. Alternatively, you can shape the loaf freeform on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  2. Prepare the Topping:
    • In a small bowl, mix together the 1/4 cup of ketchup and the brown sugar (if using).
    • Spread this mixture evenly over the top of the meatloaf.
  3. Bake the Meatloaf:
    • Place the meatloaf in the preheated oven and bake for 45-55 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 160°F (71°C).
    • If the topping starts to brown too much, cover the meatloaf with aluminum foil.
  4. Rest and Serve:
    • Once cooked, remove the meatloaf from the oven and let it rest for about 10 minutes before slicing. This helps the juices redistribute and makes for a juicier meatloaf.
    • Slice and serve with your favorite side dishes.

Tips:

  • For an even healthier version, you can use ground turkey instead of lean ground beef.
  • Add finely chopped vegetables like carrots, zucchini, or mushrooms for extra nutrients and moisture.
  • Serve with steamed vegetables or a side salad to keep the meal light and nutritious.

Enjoy your delicious and healthy Skinny Meatloaf!

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