Cooktop Cove: Make a meatloaf that's both healthy and delicious when you follow these 6 recipes
While meatloaf is a well-known American classic, the fish actually has roots dating back to early Roman days. There are also variations served in Germany, Scandinavia, and Belgium. The dish as we know it didn't actually become popular in the United States until the late 1800s.
If you want to give this homemade favorite a twist, try one of these healthified recipes so you can enjoy it guilt free.
1. Clean meatloaf (h/t Clean & Delicious)
Skim milk, whole wheat bread, tons of spices, and a finely shredded zucchini turn into a nutrient-filled main dish the family will love. Adding the vegetable makes the meat a little more filling too. If you aren't a fan of zucchini, you can use sweet potato or another veggie.
2. Meatloaf cheeseburgers (h/t HungryGirlTV)
Not only do you swap out white bread for wheat, but this recipe also helps you portion control your meatloaf by turning into a cute little burger/muffin. Serve this with a side of sweet potato fries or a salad. Yum!
3. Chickpea vegan meatloaf (h/t Connisseurus Veg)
It looks like meatloaf ... but it has no meat. This vegetarian version of the American classic is comprised mainly of chickpeas. A few other goodies like flax seed, liquid smoke, and vegan Worcestershire sauce make this meatless meatloaf a tasty alternative.
4. Low-carb meatloaf
Meatloaf is a favorite go-to weeknight meal for my family. It’s easy to make, budget-friendly and everyone loves it. This low-carb recipe replaces the usual bread crumbs or rice with almond flour, which gives the dish a bit of heft as well as a little extra protein and flavor. Get the full recipe here
5. Crockpot meatloaf (h/t Wellness Mama)
It turns out you really can
make anything in a slow cooker, including a healthy meatloaf dish. You can cook the meatloaf in a metal loaf pan inside the slow cooker, or just mix all the ingredients, form a loaf and put it directly in the slow cooker.
6. Turkey meatloaf
Meatloaf is one of those dishes that turns out even better when cooked in a slow cooker. This cooking method prevents the meat from drying out and overcooking at the edges, keeping all the juice and flavors inside. The recipe below uses ground turkey instead of a fattier meat, so it’s lower in both fat and calories but every bit as delicious. Get the full recipe here
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