7 Healthy Meatloaf Makeovers


Meatloaf need not be boring. These innovative recipes take an old classic to new heights. The best part: You’ll get all the comfort without all the calories.

Cheesy Meatloaf with Green Quinoa

Using a combination of lean ground beef and turkey reduces the fat without losing the flavor of these mini meatloaves. The meat gets a little kick with the addition of cilantro, Worcestershire sauce and chili powder. Melting cheddar cheese on top just before serving makes it the ultimate comfort food.

Meatless Meatloaf with Mushroom Gravy

This dish is so flavorful you won’t even miss the meat. Eggplant, tofu and walnuts form the base. Mushrooms are sauteed in just two tablespoons of butter before being cooked with fresh thyme and cream to make the mouthwatering gravy.

Whole-Grain Greek Meatloaf

This Mediterranean-inspired meatloaf gets a major fiber boost with bulgur wheat as the binder. An onion paste infused with cumin, cinnamon and allspice packs mouthwatering flavor. Serving it alongside a tomato-cucumber salad topped with Greek yogurt adds to the Mediterranean flair.

Turkey and Beef Meatloaf with Cranberry Glaze

It may not be Thanksgiving yet, but you can still enjoy the flavors of turkey and cranberries. Here cranberries are cooked with ketchup, honey, Sriracha and rosemary to form a sweet-and-spicy glaze.

Mini Skillet Meatloaves

In a hurry? Try these mini meatloaves, which come together in less than an hour. The best part: You don’t even have to turn on the oven. Cook both the meat and glaze in a skillet for a mouthwatering meal that comes together in minutes.

Mom’s Turkey Meatloaf

Purists will love this old-fashioned meatloaf recipe that’s just as good as Mom’s — but with a fraction of the fat. Using turkey instead of beef reduces the calorie quotient while fiber-packed oats stand in for the usual breadcrumbs.

Turkey Meatloaf Squares with Sweet Potatoes

This turkey meatloaf gets a zesty kick by combining ketchup, hoisin sauce and ginger for the glaze. It pairs perfectly with a baked sweet potato topped with a butter-scallion sauce.

Abigail Libers is a freelance writer and editor living in Brooklyn. She is also the creator and editor of notesonfatherhood.tumblr.com.

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