As cold weather sets in, my taste buds start craving meatloaf. Once thought of as an unhealthy dish, meatloaf can actually be pretty nutritious with a few tweaks. It’s just a matter of swapping out some ingredients and leaving out others — like heavy stuffing, extra egg, sugar, gravy, and fat found in non-lean meats. Enjoy this take on a healthier version of stuffed meatloaf!
- 2 ½ – 3 cups ground beef, turkey, or other 80 percent lean meat
- 1 – 1½ cups spinach
- 1 red onion, chopped
- 1 green pepper, chopped
- 1 Tbsp. minced garlic
- ¼ cup breadcrumbs
- 1 egg
- 6 leaves rosemary, chopped
- 6 leaves basil, chopped
- Dash of salt and pepper
- Other spices as you like, or anything else you like in your meatloaf
- 2½ goat cheese
- Mix ground meat, onion, pepper, breadcrumbs, egg, rosemary, basil, garlic, salt and pepper in a large bowl.
- Once combined, lay mixture flat on a cutting board (I used tin foil) so that you can begin stuffing.
- Place the spinach in the center of the meat with the goat cheese on top.
- Reform the meat around and then on top of the spinach and goat cheese until it’s in the shape of the meatloaf.
- Cook at 350-375° for 45 minutes.
- Cool and serve.
Serves six. Nutrition information per serving (using lean beef — will change depending on type of ground meat used):
- Calories: 329
- Fat: 13.5g
- Protein: 31g
- Sodium: 188mg