Meatloaf gets a healthy makeover

Michele Borboa, MS

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Meatloaf is a classic dish made of various ground meats, often boasting loads of fat and sodium. Leaner ground meats, whole wheat bread crumbs and fresh herbs give meatloaf a quick and easy healthy makeover.


Healthy meatloaf recipe


  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat bread crumbs
  • 2  tablespoons low-fat 2% milk
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium ketchup, divided
  • 1  pound extra lean ground beef
  • 1 pound lean ground pork or turkey
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/4  cup finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh tarragon
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon  Dijon mustard
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 egg


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and coat a broiler pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine bread crumbs and let stand for 5 minutes. Stir in 2 tablespoons ketchup and the remaining ingredients. Use your hands to thoroughly mix.
  3. Shape meat mixture into a 9x5-inch loaf on a broiler pan coated with cooking spray. Spread remaining 6 tablespoons ketchup over the top of the meatloaf. Bake for 1 hour or until a thermometer inserted into the center of the meatloaf registers 160 degrees F.

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Michele Borboa, MS
Michele Borboa, MS is a contributing editor for specializing in health, fitness, and all things food. She is a veteran health and fitness professional, personal chef, and mom in Bozeman, Montana. She is also the author of the time-saving cookbook Make-Ahead Meals Made Healthy (Fair Winds Press, July 2011). You can contact Michele at or give her a tweet at