Meatloaf ranks high on the list of our favorite comfort foods, but unlike fried chicken or mac and cheese, it's easy to make it healthier without losing any flavor. It's not the calories you need to worry about -- many recipes are in the 200-250 range. It's the fat, which can easily account for half of those calories, and most of it is saturated, which kicks up your cholesterol, too. Think of these tips as a chef's equivalent of liposuction. You can adapt your favorite meatloaf recipe and still have moist, delicious comfort food, but without the guilt.
- Start with extra-lean ground beef (aim for 5% fat) or a mix of extra-lean beef and ground turkey breast (not fatty dark meat).
- To make your meatloaf rich and juicy, add about 1/4 cup of tomato juice, wine, or broth per pound.
- Add chopped onions, mushrooms, green peppers, and/or grated zucchini or carrots.
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