Rating: 4.55 stars
164 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 112
  • 4 star values: 36
  • 3 star values: 12
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 2

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

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9x5-inch loaf pan.

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  • Press brown sugar in the bottom of prepared loaf pan and spread ketchup over sugar.

  • Mix ground beef, milk, eggs, salt, ground pepper, onion, ginger, bread crumbs, and parsley thoroughly in a mixing bowl. Shape into a loaf and place on top of ketchup.

  • Bake in preheated oven until no longer pink in the center, about 1 hour. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 160 degrees F (70 degrees C).

Editor's Note:

This recipe is a healthier version of Brown Sugar Meatloaf.

Nutrition Facts

265 calories; protein 21.2g; carbohydrates 16.3g; fat 12.8g; cholesterol 105.7mg; sodium 735.1mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (116)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
03/30/2013
I followed the recipe closely only cutting back on the salt a bit and omitting the ginger. I threw in a few seasonings (onion powder garlic powder italian seasoning) to give it a little more flavor. I used my Perfect Meatloaf Pan to cook this meat loaf--I had to reverse the brown sugar/ketchup to the top of the meat loaf as my pan has holes in the bottom for the grease to drain. A little over an hour in the oven and fifteen minutes to rest and we were ready to go. Not bad--this was a quick meat loaf that paired well with mashed potatoes and was nice and firm for sandwiches the next day. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
07/13/2017
Question - Healthier than what? Seems like baking the sugary glaze into the bottom along with the grease makes it less healthy. And the low fat milk and whole wheat crumbs are of negligible difference nutritionally overall. To actually make this healthier sub 3/4 of an 8 oz can of tomato sauce for milk use only 1 egg sub 1/3 C oatmeal for bread crumbs and for the topping use remaining 1/4 can of tomato sauce mixed with up to 2 tsp brown sugar Splenda ( stronger taste and sweetening power). Spread it over the top during the last five minutes of cooking. Great hot or cold in sandwiches. Read More
(12)
164 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 112
  • 4 star values: 36
  • 3 star values: 12
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 4 stars
03/30/2013
I followed the recipe closely only cutting back on the salt a bit and omitting the ginger. I threw in a few seasonings (onion powder garlic powder italian seasoning) to give it a little more flavor. I used my Perfect Meatloaf Pan to cook this meat loaf--I had to reverse the brown sugar/ketchup to the top of the meat loaf as my pan has holes in the bottom for the grease to drain. A little over an hour in the oven and fifteen minutes to rest and we were ready to go. Not bad--this was a quick meat loaf that paired well with mashed potatoes and was nice and firm for sandwiches the next day. Read More
(47)
Rating: 5 stars
08/09/2013
This turned out so yummy! I only had about half the breadcrumbs on hand and didn't have any ginger but otherwise followed the recipe it turned out fantastic! At the end I melted a bit of mozza on top and it was great! Will definitely make this one again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/05/2013
I used panko breadcrumbs 1 1/2 cups it worked perfectly. I forgot to grease the pan before putting in meatloaf but I solved it by dripping evoo all around the pan between meatloaf and the sides and it worked like a charm!! Didn't burn at all in my small oven!:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/27/2014
Wow my husband never asks what I did to the meat loaf but he did today. I was not sure if it would be a good thing but it was. I did not use the whole wheat bread crumbs. I make a few changes to this recipe I did use cracker crumbs and a bit of oatmeal as well as some bread crumbs and added garlic to the meat mixture & to the ketchup sauce I added dried mustard & Worcestershire sauce but other than that followed the recipe. This will be my go to recipe from now on. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/19/2014
I really liked this meatloaf. It made a basic home-style meatloaf. It was nice that I didn't have to figure out a topping later on and it baked with the meatloaf on the bottom. My only changes were I believe the lean ground beef I had was a 2 lb package. I chose to use 1 tsp of salt instead of 1.5 tsp. I figured extra salt could be added and ketchup had plenty. The only bread crumbs I had were panko so that is what I used. After 1 hour there was a lot of liquid on the top and the onions didn't seem fully cooked. I scraped off the extra liquid sprayed the top with a little olive oil to crisp it up some and put it back in the oven. It actually took a full 30 minutes longer. That was no problem as long as it was fully cooked along with the onions. I turned it out onto a foil lined baking sheet with sides. I suggest that unless a large platter is available as it does produce some excess tomato liquid that can get messy. I got 11 1" slices approximately from one loaf at 196 calories each as made above. Ty Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/13/2017
Question - Healthier than what? Seems like baking the sugary glaze into the bottom along with the grease makes it less healthy. And the low fat milk and whole wheat crumbs are of negligible difference nutritionally overall. To actually make this healthier sub 3/4 of an 8 oz can of tomato sauce for milk use only 1 egg sub 1/3 C oatmeal for bread crumbs and for the topping use remaining 1/4 can of tomato sauce mixed with up to 2 tsp brown sugar Splenda ( stronger taste and sweetening power). Spread it over the top during the last five minutes of cooking. Great hot or cold in sandwiches. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/18/2013
My whole family LOVED this recipe. I put the ketchup/brown sugar mix on top and used slightly less salt but otherwise did it the same and it was perfect! Tender soft and VERY flavorful. This will be made many times in our house. Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/15/2016
I used half lean turkey and half lean beef. I also left out the salt my husband and I don't like added salt in our food. Followed recipe for the rest of the process. Turned out great we both really liked the flavor. Would definitely make again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/13/2013
To be honest I don t care for meatloaf so this is my family s input. My DD loved it and gave it 5 stars. My DH said it was good and gave it 4 stars but complained that there wasn t enough glaze which he loves so I made extra topping in a saucepan. I sautéed the onions until transparent before adding it to the beef mixture. I also recommend using less salt. Read More
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