March 8, 2023

Recipe: Lighter Meatloaf Seasoned With Peppers and Herbs

A classic the whole family will love

Meatloaf with fresh thyme

This meatloaf is lower in fat and full of flavor. Seasoned with onion, garlic, herbs, orange rind and peppers, this healthier version will become a new family favorite.


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  • 1 pound ground beef, extra lean
  • 1/2 cup (4 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup green peppers, chopped
  • 1/4 cup red peppers, chopped
  • 1 cup tomatoes, fresh, blanched, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard, low sodium
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 stalks scallions, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon orange rind, grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme, crushed
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs, finely grated


  1. Mix all ingredients together.
  2. Place in 1 pound loaf pan (preferably with drip rack) and bake covered at 350 F for 50 minutes.
  3. Uncover pan and continue baking for 12 minutes. Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition information (per serving)

Makes six 1 1/4-inch thick servings

Calories: 190
Fat: 9 g
Saturated fat: 3 g
Sodium: 91 mg
Cholesterol: 45 mg
Protein: 17 g
Carbohydrates: 11 g
Fiber: 2 g
Sugar: 0 g

Modified from Keep the Beat – Heart Healthy Recipes, from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.


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