Makeover Li'l Cheddar Meat Loaves Recipe
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Makeover Li'l Cheddar Meat Loaves Recipe

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My husband goes wild for my meatloaf, but I don't know how healthy it is. The Taste of Home Test Kitchen experts slashed the calories and fat, but kept the original's tender and delicious qualities. —Jodie Mitchell, Denver, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 2 egg whites, beaten
  • 3/4 cup fat-free milk
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese
  • 3/4 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, shredded
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 2/3 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons prepared mustard

Nutritional Facts

1 meat loaf: 187 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 36mg cholesterol, 550mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 1g fiber), 15g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 1 starch.


  1. In a large bowl, whisk egg whites and milk. Stir in the cheese, oats, onion, carrot and salt. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well.
  2. Shape into eight loaves; place in a 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. In a small bowl, combine the ketchup, brown sugar and mustard; spoon over loaves.
  3. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until no pink remains and a meat thermometer reads 160°. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Makeover Li'l Cheddar Meat Loaves in Healthy Cooking August/September 2008, p9

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Kurtbeattie User ID: 8768971 243922
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2016

"I was trying to find something for my 3 old son to like.... and he enjoy it alot plus my wife enjoy also i have to say it was so easy to make"

sjmdam User ID: 4248228 174962
Reviewed Apr. 11, 2014

"delicious moist I made the normal version that bryteyz posted as well. loved it"

katiebrownky User ID: 4775005 93686
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2013

"These are wonderful! I've made them several times and always a hit! I do us 1lb lean ground beef just for the ease of buying the meat, but it doesn't seem to make a difference. I also make these in a muffin tin. I've made them in a jumbo muffin tin (6 servings) and in a regular muffin in (12 servings). Perfect portions each time this way. Anyway you decide to make them, they are delish!"

KuipoBakes User ID: 6368493 141834
Reviewed Feb. 20, 2013

"I added a bit of Worcestershire to the ketchup topping. My family loved it. My husband liked that it tasted like a cheeseburger instead of traditional meatloaf, something different."

Maryrose90 User ID: 179832 176319
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2013

"<p>My husband was craving meatloaf but so many recipes have so much fat. I found this recipe and he loved it! Ate 2 more slices for midnight snack and 2 more the next morning for breakfast. Good thing I made two! I was in a rush so I prepared with onion soup mix and omitted the additional seasoned salt and divided the recipe between two meatloaf pans rather than mini loaves. I also omitted the carrots only because I was out. Recipe was great without the carrots but next time I will add to up the "healthy content."</p>"

GranBTX User ID: 5715431 114272
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2012

"Re-vamped this original recipe myself quite awhile ago and no-one can tell the difference - I usually mix the meat: 1/2 super lean beef and 1/2 either the 99% FF ground turkey or ground chicken breast - works beautifully!!"

jwagner831 User ID: 2105365 107200
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2012

"I have made the original recipe and we actually prefer this one. It is more moist and it seems the flavor of the meat shines through more without so much sweet sauce. We really enjoyed it and will make this version again for sure."

Briadona User ID: 5500759 105376
Reviewed Aug. 22, 2012

"I too printed out the Original recipe and plan to make soon. The original listed here in the comments calls for 1 teaspoon salt. My copy says 1/2 teaspoon think that would be enough with only 1 pound of meat and the cheese."

logansmom8 User ID: 5347851 93684
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2012

"This has become a standard in my house. Probably one of my most requested from my hubby and 3yr old son."

logansmom8 User ID: 5347851 107199
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2012

"Awesome! Make this all the time. Tons of flavor. Just Yummy"

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