Life Preserver Meat Loaves Recipe
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Life Preserver Meat Loaves Recipe

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An old standby gets a new look when formed into rings to resemble life preservers. Place a little ketchup and mustard in separate resealable plastic bags to easily pipe fast, flavorful markings on the moist mini meat loaves.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES:6 servings
Diabetic Exchange Test Kitchen Approved
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 egg
  • 1 can (5-1/2 ounces) spicy hot V8 juice
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons seasoned salt
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • Ketchup and mustard

Nutritional Facts

One serving (prepared with egg substitute and fat-free milk; calculated without ketchup and mustard) equals 274 calories, 11 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 41 mg cholesterol, 1056 mg sodium, 15 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 27 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1 starch 1/2 fat.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first six ingredients. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into six balls; flatten slightly. Make a hole in the center of each ball with the end of a wooden spoon handle.
  2. Place in a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until meat is no longer pink and a meat thermometer reads 160°. Decorate with ketchup and mustard. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Life Preserver Meat Loaves in Quick Cooking July/August 2003, p61

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