Momma's Healthy Meatloaf


This healthy meatloaf recipe is a simplified version of a family favorite.

closeup of two slices of veggie-packed beef meatloaf on a plate with colorful rice in the background
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
1 9x5-inch loaf


  • cooking spray

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 green bell pepper, diced

  • ½ cup diced sweet onion

  • ½ teaspoon minced garlic

  • 1 pound extra-lean (95%) ground beef

  • 1 cup whole wheat bread crumbs

  • ¾ cup shredded carrot

  • ¾ cup shredded zucchini

  • 2 large eggs

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • ¼ cup ketchup, or to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Spray a 9x5-inch loaf pan with cooking spray.

  2. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat; cook and stir green bell pepper and onion in hot oil until onion is transparent and bell pepper is softened, 5 to 10 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove the skillet from heat.

  3. Combine ground beef, bread crumbs, carrot, zucchini, eggs, salt, pepper, and bell pepper mixture in a large bowl; mix well using your hands. Press meat mixture into the prepared loaf pan.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until no longer pink in the center, 35 to 40 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 160 degrees F (70 degrees C). Spread ketchup on top of meatloaf and continue baking until bubbling, about 5 minutes more.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

378 Calories
20g Fat
24g Carbs
26g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 378
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 20g 26%
Saturated Fat 7g 33%
Cholesterol 157mg 52%
Sodium 457mg 20%
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 26g
Vitamin C 33mg 163%
Calcium 62mg 5%
Iron 4mg 20%
Potassium 547mg 12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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