Recipe: Lighter Meatloaf Seasoned With Peppers and Herbs

An easy meal the whole family will love
Meatloaf with fresh thyme

This meatloaf is lower in fat and full of flavor. Season it with onion, garlic, herbs, orange rind, and peppers. Try this healthier version of a family favorite, and make a great meal both parents and kids will enjoy.

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1 pound ground beef, extra lean
½ cup (4 ounces) tomato paste
¼ cup onion, chopped
¼ cup green peppers, chopped
¼ cup red peppers, chopped
1 cup tomatoes, fresh, blanched, chopped
½ teaspoon mustard, low sodium
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
½ teaspoon hot pepper, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 stalks scallion, chopped
½ teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon orange rind, grated
½ teaspoon thyme, crushed
¼ 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 degrees for 50 minutes.
3. Uncover pan and continue baking for 12 minutes. Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition information

(Makes six 1 ¼ inch thick servings)

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

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

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