Friday, April 13, 2012

Extremely Healthy Meatloaf (dont worry - this isnt your TYPICAL meatloaf)

This is one of my favorite recipes!  And it's so healthy!!  I don't like meatloaf, but I LOVE this recipe for meatloaf.  Instead of using ketchup and crackers, this recipe calls for brown rice and salsa.  SO yummy and my kids eat every bite and always want 2nds!!  This one is Gluten Free and Dairy Free!  Full of Veggies and high in protein and fiber!

This one is from South beach Diet.  Enjoy!


1 tablespoon of olive oil
1/2 onion chopped
1/2 red bell pepper - chopped
1/2 green pepper - chopped
1/2 lb ground turkey meat
1/2 lb ground beef
1 cup of your favorite chunky salsa
1 egg beaten
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 clove garlic
1/2 cup cooked brown rice


Preheat oven to 350.  Heat oil in a pan and take the onions, pepper and saute for about 5 min or until tender.

In a large bowl, combine beef, turkey, salsa, egg, salt, black pepper and garlic.  Stir in the sauteed veggies and then the rice.  Place the mixture in an oblong bread loaf or in a baking dish and form into an oblong loaf. 

Bake for45 min to an hour or until the inserted thermometer reaches 160 degrees and meat is no longer pink.

NOTE FROM CHEF - I've had the best results on this one using the oblong bread loaf. See my picture below for the size I use.  Also - make sure this one you really gage by the thermometer being inserted.  I've noticed on this one that if I make anything else in the oven with takes longer than an hour to cook, so make sure you cook this one by itself in the oven.  Also - this one isn't that appealing when it's done.  The juices from the peppers and onions float to the top...but it tastes AMAZING!  Just letting you know beforehand!

This is a picture of the meatloaf in the oblong bread loaf pan and then I served it with my Roasted Veggies.  See that recipe on my blog too!


  1. I use this same recipe from a very old copy of Prevention Magazine. Just curious how much raw rice do you cook to equal 1/2 cup cooked rice? I had assumed it was 1/2 Cup of brown rice then cook, but that = 2 Cups cooked rice. It was still delicious, but very very crumbly!

    1. Hi Cathy! What i do is I take 2 cups of chicken broth (gluten free) and cook 1 cup of brown rice. That makes a total of 3 cups cooked brown rice. I take the 1/2 cup needed for thisrecipe and I use the rest throughout the week as a side dish for my other meals. But - to get 1/2 cup cooked rice, use 1/4 cup of dry rice and add 1/2 cup of water or chicken broth. This will give you 1/2 cup of cooked rice.

    2. thank you! I should have known 2 cups cooked was too much for meat loaf :)
      so glad I found your recipe online when I did my ingredients search, so I can Pin it and not worry about my old recipe on paper fading away.