Classic Diner Meat Loaf

Classic Diner Meat Loaf

4 Reviews
From: Diabetic Living Magazine

Here's a traditional recipe for a family favorite. Buy the leanest ground beef you can find for this home-style meat loaf.

Ingredients 8 servings

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  • ⅔ cup fat-free milk
  • ½ cup refrigerated or frozen egg product, thawed (see Tip)
  • 2 cups soft whole wheat bread crumbs
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme or oregano, crushed
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1½ pounds 90% or higher lean ground beef
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced


  • Prep

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  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 2-quart rectangular baking dish with foil; set aside. In a large bowl, combine milk and egg. Stir in bread crumbs, green onion, Worcestershire sauce, thyme, salt, and pepper. Add ground beef; mix well. Shape meat mixture into an 8x5-inch rectangle in the prepared baking dish.
  2. Bake for 50 minutes. Spoon off fat. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine ketchup, vinegar, and garlic. Spread over top of meat loaf. Bake about 10 minutes more or until meat is done (160°F).
  3. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving. Spoon off any fat. Cut into slices.
  • Tip: You can substitute 3 egg whites for the ½ cup egg product.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1 serving
  • Per serving: 197 calories; 9 g fat(4 g sat); 1 g fiber; 8 g carbohydrates; 20 g protein; 13 mcg folate; 56 mg cholesterol; 4 g sugars; 339 IU vitamin A; 2 mg vitamin C; 57 mg calcium; 3 mg iron; 308 mg sodium; 405 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: ½
  • Exchanges: ½ starch, 2½ lean meat, 1 fat

Reviews 4

November 13, 2018
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By: Jackstng
Delicious, easy to make. Very soft and juicy. Probably thanks to using wheat bread pieces to make the crumbs as the directions say. Don't use dry bread crumbs.
October 09, 2018
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By: Kelly Bannister
Good version. I substituted spicy Asian ketchup for a kick. It turned out well. Let me weigh in on the breadcrumb issue. IF you follow the directions and use soft breadcrumbs it's perfect. IF you use dried breadcrumbs you are going to get a mealy mess because you have just literally tripled the amount of bread used.
January 16, 2018
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By: OwenGravy
This was amazing. Just the right amount of breadcrumbs, all four members of my famile thought it was delicious
January 11, 2018
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By: RachelR24
This was just awful. There was too much bread crumbs made it very mealy. All four members of my family thought it was terrible.
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