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Everyday Meat Loaf

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.

Cooking Light MAY 2013

  • Yield: Serves 4
  • Hands-on: 13 Minutes
  • Total: 21 Minutes


  • 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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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 232
  • Fat: 10.2g
  • Saturated fat: 3.9g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 3.2g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.8g
  • Protein: 28.5g
  • Carbohydrate: 7.2g
  • Fiber: 0.9g
  • Cholesterol: 114mg
  • Iron: 2.1mg
  • Sodium: 492mg
  • Calcium: 114mg

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Everyday Meat Loaf Recipe