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Cheesy Spinach-stuffed Meat Loaf Recipe

For an extra special treat for supper, try this meatloaf. The combination of spinach and cheese makes it fancy enough to serve to guests.—National Livestock and Meat Board
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 1-1/4 hours YIELD:6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 pounds ground round
  • 3/4 cup soft bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup egg substitute
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • FILLING:
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and well drained
  • 1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • TOPPING:
  • 3 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1/4 cup shredded low-fat mozzarella cheese

Directions

  • 1. In a large bowl, lightly combine meat loaf ingredients. On a waxed paper, pat into a 14-in. x 10-in. rectangle.
  • 2. In a small bowl, combine filling ingredients. Spread over rectangle, leaving 3/4 in. around edges. Starting with a short end, roll up jelly-roll fashion. Press meat mixture over filling at both ends to seal. Place loaf, seam side down, on a rack in a roasting pan.
  • 3. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 1 hour. Spread with ketchup; bake for 15 minutes longer. Sprinkle with cheese; let stand a few minutes. Cut into 1-in. thick slices. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

Diabetic Exchanges: One serving equals 3 lean meat, 1 starch, 1 vegetable; also, 259 calories, 776 mg sodium, 39 mg cholesterol, 14 gm carbohydrate, 30 gm protein, 9 gm fat.

Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.