Bacon-Cheddar Meat Loaves Recipe
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Bacon-Cheddar Meat Loaves Recipe

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It’s easy to get your family eating healthier with menus as delicious as the one Tonya Vowels of Vine Grove, Kentucky shares here. Who’d ever guess that mini Bacon-Cheddar Meat Loaves this moist, tender and full of flavor could possibly be light—especially when topped with bacon and melted cheese!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 40 min.
MAKES:4 servings
Healthy Diabetic Exchange Test Kitchen Approved
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 40 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 4 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup crushed reduced-fat Ritz crackers (about 12 crackers)
  • 1/3 cup plus 8 teaspoons shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 2 turkey bacon strips, cut in half

Nutritional Facts

1 meat loaf equals 296 calories, 15 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 86 mg cholesterol, 672 mg sodium, 9 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 30 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 lean meat, 1/2 starch 1/2 fat.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the egg whites, crackers, 1/3 cup cheese, onion, salt and pepper. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into four small loaves; place in an ungreased 11-in. x 7-in. baking dish. Top each with a half-strip of bacon.
  2. Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until no pink remains and a thermometer reads 160°. Sprinkle with remaining cheese; bake 2-3 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Bacon-Cheddar Meat Loaves in Light & Tasty April/May 2007, p23

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Reviewed Dec. 23, 2013

"Great recipe! I accidently used smoked pepper instead of regular and my family loved it. They don't want me to use my old meatloaf recipe any more."

Reviewed Jan. 14, 2013

"This Recipe has everything you love and is so easy to fix."

Reviewed Sep. 8, 2011

"Very tasty! I made a change in the recipe and used ground bison instead of ground beef, and it was delicious! My whole family loved this recipe. I will definitely be making these again!"

Reviewed Jan. 29, 2011

"Really tasty! My husband love them!!"

Reviewed Mar. 18, 2010

"The whole family loves it!"

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