By Carl Hanson

Meatloaf wears the comfort food crown. What's not to love? It's simple, fast, and delicious. Plus, it's easy to stretch, so it's budget-friendly, too. And now, it's healthier, too!

We picked out some of our highest rated, healthiest meatloaf recipes. Each recipe does healthy in its own way: some go extra-lean on the ground beef and add fresh veggies; others swap in lean ground turkey or bison meat; and one recipe does away with the meat entirely. With these recipes, you can put meatloaf on the menu more often.

"This is an easy tasty meatloaf made healthier with less sugar, low-fat milk, added parsley and whole wheat bread crumbs." -- MakeItHealthy

Healthier Brown Sugar Meatloaf | Photo by Allrecipes

Meatloaf as a muffin! It combines lean ground turkey and couscous with chopped zucchini, onions, and bell pepper. The individual servings are great for next-day lunches, too.

Turkey Veggie Meatloaf Cups | Photo by Rock_lobster

An extra-lean ground beef loaf loaded with fresh veggies -- shredded carrots and zucchini and diced bell pepper and sweet onion. It also calls for whole-wheat bread crumbs.

Momma's Healthy Meatloaf | Photo by Sherri

"I whipped up this low fat number while on a diet program. A great beef meatloaf substitute. My husband, the meatloaf lover, just loves this loaf. And it is SO easy to mix up, freeze, and bake later for a quick meal!" -- SUSAN E. MURPHY

Healthy Turkey Loaf | Photo by Allrecipes

This one does it entirely without meat. "Brown rice, lentils, bread crumbs, onions and tomatoes are combined with eggs and herbs and baked into a vegetarian version of a mealtime favorite." -- sal

Imitation Meatloaf | Photo by Zory

This meatloaf mixes lean ground buffalo meat with other healthy ingredients like quinoa, sweet potatoes, kale, and red bell peppers.

Buffalo Veggie Quinoa Meatloaf | Photo by Linda T

"This meatloaf has great texture and a surprisingly good flavor (my brother couldn't even tell that it wasn't beef)! The secret is the quinoa, which adds wonderful texture and is much nuttier than breadcrumbs." -- Andrew Benoit

Check out our collection of Turkey Meatloaf Recipes.

Healthier Side Dishes

While we're at it, let's dish up some healthier sides. Here's a version of Creamy Mac and Cheese that combines cauliflower with creamy Greek yogurt, nutritional yeast, cheese, and seasonings.

Healthy Creamy Mac and Cheese | Photo by Allrecipes

And instead of potatoes, give one of these lower-carb mashed cauliflower recipes a try, too. They're delicious with meatloaf.