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Makeover Li’l Cheddar Meat Loaves

My husband loves my mini meat loaves, but this family-favorite recipe wasn’t very healthy when I first received it. The Taste of Home Test Kitchen experts slashed the calories and fat while keeping the original’s tender and delicious qualities. —Jodie Mitchell, Denver, Pennsylvania
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 large egg whites, beaten
  • 3/4 cup fat-free milk
  • 1 cup 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

Directions

  • 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.
  • Shape into eight loaves; place in a 13x9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. In a small bowl, combine the ketchup, brown sugar and mustard; spoon over loaves.
  • Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until no pink remains and a thermometer reads 160°.
Nutrition 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.

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