Mad About "Meat" Loaf Recipe
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Mad About "Meat" Loaf Recipe

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Meat loaf will be wearing new accessories this year - spinach, carrots, zucchini and whole grains. Grind the nuts in a food processor but be sure to add a little flour so you don't end up with nut butter. —Susan Preston, Eagle Creek, Oregon
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 50 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 50 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 package (6 ounces) fresh baby spinach
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 2/3 cup mashed cooked carrots
  • 1 slice whole wheat bread, torn into pieces
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup grated zucchini
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce, divided
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 3 tablespoons ground flaxseed
  • 3 tablespoons ground walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried sage leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper

Nutritional Facts

1 slice equals 198 calories, 14 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 94 mg cholesterol, 451 mg sodium, 9 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 11 g protein.


  1. In a large saucepan, bring 1/2 in. of water to a boil. Add spinach; cover and boil for 3-4 minutes or until wilted. Drain and squeeze dry.
  2. In a large bowl, combine 3/4 cup cheddar cheese, carrots, bread, eggs, zucchini, 1/4 cup tomato sauce, Parmesan cheese, onion, flaxseed, walnuts, oil, garlic, seasonings and spinach. Pat into a greased 8-in. x 4-in. loaf pan; top with remaining tomato sauce.
  3. Bake, uncovered, at 325° for 45 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining cheddar cheese. Bake 4-7 minutes longer or until heated through and cheese is melted. Let stand for 5 minutes before slicing. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Mad About "Meat" Loaf in Taste of Home February/March 2012, p59

Nutritional Facts

1 slice equals 198 calories, 14 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 94 mg cholesterol, 451 mg sodium, 9 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 11 g protein.

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Reviewed Jan. 31, 2013

Made this and my 3 kids loved it. Even my husband had no idea that it didn't have any meat in it. Will definitely make again! Delicious.

Reviewed Sep. 17, 2012

Wow, eating more of a plant based diet, I missed my favorite dish, Meatloaf! This hit the spot! Perfect in every sense. Texture, taste and smell!! I did edit it a little... here were my edits:

*used 5 oz of baby spinach

*used Veggies Shreds instead of real cheese (for both the Cheddar and the Parmesan)

*used 1 cup of mashed carrots

*used 2 slices of HPLC bread from Great Harvest Bread Company

*used 1 cup of Zucchini

*made my own Italian seasoning (equal parts of, basil, oregano, rosemary, marjoram, cilantro, thyme and red pepper flakes)

*did not sprinkle more cheese on top, and did not put it back in the oven for additional time.

Reviewed Feb. 13, 2012

This was very different but good tasting. But it does take a lot of work to make.

Reviewed Feb. 7, 2012

This was quite good and filling. We really enjoyed it and will definitely make it again

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