Lighter Meatloaf Seasoned With Peppers and Herbs – Cleveland Clinic

Meatloaf with fresh thyme

This meatloaf is lower in fat and full of flavor. Seasoned with onion, garlic, herbs, orange rind and peppers, this healthier version will become a new family favorite.

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  • 1 pound ground beef, extra lean
  • 1/2 cup (4 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup green peppers, chopped
  • 1/4 cup red peppers, chopped
  • 1 cup tomatoes, fresh, blanched, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard, low sodium
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 stalks scallions, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon orange rind, grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme, crushed
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs, finely grated


  1. Mix all ingredients together.
  2. Place in 1 pound loaf pan (preferably with drip rack) and bake covered at 350 F for 50 minutes.
  3. Uncover pan and continue baking for 12 minutes. Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition information (per serving)

Makes six 1 1/4-inch thick servings

Calories: 190
Fat: 9 g
Saturated fat: 3 g
Sodium: 91 mg
Cholesterol: 45 mg
Protein: 17 g
Carbohydrates: 11 g
Fiber: 2 g
Sugar: 0 g

Modified from Keep the Beat – Heart Healthy Recipes, from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.

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