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Healthy Slow-Cooked Meat Loaf Recipe

Healthy Slow-Cooked Meat Loaf Recipe

What could be easier than this recipe for an Italian-inspired meat loaf made in the slow cooker? No fuss, easy cleanup and great taste; it's all right here! —Sharon Delaney-Chronis, South Milwaukee, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 3 hours YIELD:8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup soft bread crumbs
  • 1-1/2 cups spaghetti sauce, divided
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons dried minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)

Directions

  • 1. Cut four 20-in. x 3-in. strips of heavy-duty foil; crisscross so they resemble spokes of a wheel. Place strips on the bottom and up the sides of a 3-qt. slow cooker. Coat strips with cooking spray.
  • 2. In a large bowl, combine the bread crumbs, 1 cup spaghetti sauce, egg, onion, and seasonings. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into a loaf; place in the center of the strips.
  • 3. Spoon remaining spaghetti sauce over meat loaf. Cover and cook on low for 3-4 hours or until a thermometer reads 160°. Using foil strips as handles, remove meat loaf to a platter. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 slice equals 243 calories, 12 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 98 mg cholesterol, 635 mg sodium, 8 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 24 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1 fat, 1/2 starch.

Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied Red Wine

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