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October 28, 2010 12:02 PM
So...since I've been on the health kick, I don't have bread crumbs in the house...I don't have crackers in the house...I have actual BREAD (low cal whole wheat) lol

I've only attempted meat loaf once before, and it did not go so hot blushing ...is it possible to make without the bread crumbs?
  1788027
October 28, 2010 12:06 PM
oo oo oo...I found STUFFING...will that work...I better check to make sure its not expired...it was ALL the way in the back of the pantry...but..if all goes well, and its not a million years old...can you use stuffing?
  1788027
October 28, 2010 12:09 PM
I use oats - That's how my Mom always made it. I like it :)
  1185837
October 28, 2010 12:10 PM
dont see why not; just put in food chopper; so it's not so chunky
October 28, 2010 12:11 PM
I think stuffing would be good!
October 28, 2010 12:11 PM
Stuffing will work but I've used oatmeal before too - maybe 1/2 stuffing/1/2 oatmeal!
October 28, 2010 12:11 PM
I use stuffing, but my mom uses oats...i like the oats better and there's WAY less sodium
  2032918
October 28, 2010 12:12 PM
You can use the wheat bread -- just toast it and chop into tiny pieces. flowerforyou
October 28, 2010 12:16 PM
Yesterday my trainer gave me a recipe for Turkey and Quinoa Meatloaf. I haven't tried it yet, but will report back when I do smile She told me quinoa is high in protein. I just took a quick look at nutrition for 1/4 cup & it has like 6g protein, but also high in iron which is something I'm always on the lookout for. Gotta keep iron count up because I donate platelets on a regular basis. smile
  2471065
October 28, 2010 12:19 PM
Dr. Oz 500 Calorie Cranberry Meatloaf Dinner

http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/500-calorie-cranberry-meatloaf-dinner
October 28, 2010 12:20 PM
Oatmeal Really? I might have to try that next time, it doesn't taste funny? Thanks everyone I am NOT a good cook at all, so when I can't follow a recipe exactly...sometimes I go into a mini panic. lol Today I will be using stuffing! 6oomg of sodium...wow...but I have to remember I'm not eating the whole meat loaf by myself (or I hope not frown )
  1788027
October 28, 2010 12:20 PM
The paula deen meatloaf recipe I use and love (very moist and delicious) uses oats as well. And it's actually not to unhealthy a recipe except for the ketchup/mustard/brown sugar topping.
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October 28, 2010 12:25 PM
You can dry the bread you have in the oven and then smash or grind it up to breadcrumb texture. However, personally I mostly use quick oats,oatmeal or oat bran. Using whole grains like quinoa works too but I find I need to add a binding agent (egg or eggwhite) to keep the loaf together after cooking.
  1108330
October 28, 2010 12:43 PM
QUOTE:

Oatmeal Really? I might have to try that next time, it doesn't taste funny? Thanks everyone I am NOT a good cook at all, so when I can't follow a recipe exactly...sometimes I go into a mini panic. lol Today I will be using stuffing! 6oomg of sodium...wow...but I have to remember I'm not eating the whole meat loaf by myself (or I hope not frown )

Yep, I use oatmeal. I just made it this week, it's awesome! Here's a link to the original recipe posted here. http://www.myfitnesspal.com/topics/show/29116-diner-meat-loaf-muffins

And here's my variation. I've made this quite a few times and it turns out different each time depending on what I have on hand.

1 teaspoon olive oil <I omitted>
1 cup finely chopped onion
1/2 cup finely chopped carrot <I omitted>
1 teaspoon dried oregano
2 garlic cloves, minced <I used 2T. minced garlic>
1 cup ketchup, divided <I used an 8oz can of Hunts tomato sauce, basil oregano flavor, and then topped w/ some organic ketcup>
1 1/2 pounds ground beef, extra lean (raw) <I used 2#, 1 pound of beef, 1 pound of venison>
1 cup finely crushed fat-free saltine crackers (about 20) <I used 1 c. old fashioned oats>
2 tablespoons prepared mustard
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper <I also added some garlic & onion powder>
2 large eggs <I just used 1>
Cooking spray

Preheat oven to 350°.

Heat the olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add chopped onion, chopped carrot, dried oregano, and minced garlic; sauté 2 minutes. Cool.

Combine onion mixture, 1/2 cup ketchup, and the remaining ingredients except cooking spray in a large bowl.

Spoon the meat mixture into 12 muffin cups coated with cooking spray. Top each with 2 teaspoons ketchup. Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until a thermometer registers 160°. Let stand for 5 minutes.

Here is what I figured out for nutritionals.

160 cals, 6g fat, 6g carb, 1g fiber, 19g protein
Edited by jessmomof3 On October 28, 2010 12:48 PM
October 28, 2010 1:24 PM
In a pinch I once used mashed potato flakes, came out pretty good! I have also seen (not used) recipes that call for instant rice.
October 28, 2010 1:26 PM
I use oatmeal in mine
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October 28, 2010 1:34 PM
I don't use bread at all, usually, but another tasty option is crackers, like saltines. Just crumble them up with your hands or smash them with something. Like with the the stuffing, you'll probably want to reduce the amount of salt added in the recipe.
  1544076
October 28, 2010 3:54 PM
I use oatmeal.
  1339652
October 28, 2010 3:55 PM
I generally use oats...however last time I made oatmeal I put israeli couscous in it..OMG SO FREAKING GOOD!
October 28, 2010 3:56 PM
I've also used Brown Rice, and it gives it a softer texture and it's good :)
  1825923
October 28, 2010 8:00 PM
I use oatmeal....works for homemade hamburgers too!!

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