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Bacon-Cheddar Meat Loaves

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 40 min.

Makes

4 servings

It’s easy to get your family eating healthier with menus as delicious as the one Tonya Vowels of Vine Grove, Kentucky shares here. Who’d ever guess that mini Bacon-Cheddar Meat Loaves this moist, tender and full of flavor could possibly be light—especially when topped with bacon and melted cheese!

Ingredients

  • 4 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup crushed reduced-fat Ritz crackers (about 12 crackers)
  • 1/3 cup plus 8 teaspoons shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 2 turkey bacon strips, cut in half

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine the egg whites, crackers, 1/3 cup cheese, onion, salt and pepper. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into four small loaves; place in an ungreased 11x7-in. baking dish. Top each with a half-strip of bacon.
  2. Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until no pink remains and a thermometer reads 160°. Sprinkle with remaining cheese; bake 2-3 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 296 calories, 15g fat (6g saturated fat), 86mg cholesterol, 672mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 0 fiber), 30g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 lean meat, 1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.

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