Everyday Meat Loaf

Everyday Meat Loaf Recipe
Photo: Romulo Yanes; Styling: Paige Hicks
The meat loaf cooks in the microwave for just 8 minutes, a fraction of the time it takes for traditionally baked meat loaf. Broiling the cheese on top of the cooked meat loaf until it's brown and bubbly lends the dish a pleasing, oven-baked look.


Serves 4
Total time: 21 Minutes

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Recipe Time

Hands-on: 13 Minutes
Total: 21 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 232
Fat 10.2 g
Satfat 3.9 g
Monofat 3.2 g
Polyfat 0.8 g
Protein 28.5 g
Carbohydrate 7.2 g
Fiber 0.9 g
Cholesterol 114 mg
Iron 2.1 mg
Sodium 492 mg
Calcium 114 mg


1/3 cup reduced-sodium marinara sauce
1/3 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
2 tablespoons grated onion
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 pound ground sirloin
1 large egg
Cooking spray
2 ounces part-skim mozzarella cheese, shredded (about 1/2 cup)


1. Combine first 8 ingredients (through egg) in a large bowl; stir gently to combine. Spread beef mixture evenly in a 9 1/2-inch microwave-safe loaf dish coated with cooking spray; do not pack beef mixture into dish. Loosely cover with a paper towel. Microwave at HIGH 8 minutes.

2. Preheat broiler.

3. Sprinkle meat loaf with cheese; broil 3 minutes or until browned.


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Deb Wise,

Cooking Light

May 2013
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