South Beach Meat Loaf Recipe -

South Beach Meat Loaf

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"A comfort food classic, updated to be South Beach Diet-friendly."

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  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Combine the tomato paste, wine, water, garlic, basil, oregano, and salt in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low. Simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes. Set aside.
  2. Combine the turkey, oatmeal, egg substitute, zucchini, and 1/2 cup of the tomato mixture in a large bowl. Mix well. Shape into a loaf and place into an ungreased 8" x 4" loaf pan. Bake for 45 minutes. Discard any drippings. Pour 1/2 cup of the remaining tomato mixture over the top of the loaf. Bake for an additional 15 minutes.
  3. Place on a serving platter. Cool for 10 minutes before slicing. Serve the remaining tomato sauce on the side.
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  • This recipe is optimal for Phase 2 of the South Beach Diet.
  • Copyright© 2003 Waterfront Media, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Sep 16, 2005

I've made different variations of meatloaf and this version is similar to mine. This recipes serves a great basis for a meatloaf in that the texure is wonderful. I used 1 1/2 pounds of ground turkey since I love the leftovers :o)~~ Here is what I did different: 1. I used 1 tsp of seasoning salt. 2. I omitted the red wine 3. I used about 2/3 can of tomato paste to the meatloaf mixture (no sauce was placed on top) 4. I added 2 - 3 tsp Italian seasoning 5. I added 1 TBS of worcestershire sauce 6. I pulsed the oats in food processor so the oat pieces were about halved in size 7. I added a small chopped onion that was sauteed in olive oil. 8. I added NO WATER-----it's not necessary. 9. MOST IMPORTANTLY, DO NOT BAKE IN LOAF PAN!!!! Shape the mixture into a loaf and place on a broiler rack!! The liquids will cook AWAY from the loaf, ensuring a nice "crust". This may seem like a LOT of work, but it's not. I buy several pounds of ground turkey and freeze the raw loaves for future meals. I hope this helps!!!

Most Helpful Critical Review
May 13, 2004

On first reading this recipe, it looked delicious. However, after cooking, it still looked great, but tasted very bland. It was if all the spices had been absorbed by the oatmeal or something. The recipe was followed to a T so I can't blame the cook. It is no wonder that people fall off diets if this is typical of the fare offered. Not recommended.


28 Ratings

Jun 28, 2006

I did exactly what user AGENTLUCY suggested in her review, and it was SOOOO GOOOD!! So flavorful and moist, and still SB-friendly. I used an xtra large glass baking pan and formed a loaf in the middle, and cooked for 35 minutes. Mmmm.... The 5 stars are for that version, not the original, which I didn't try.

Feb 08, 2005

After reading the others' reviews, I realized this recipe would need some help so I did add spices and onion. I didn't want to over do it, but unfortunately I was unware of just how bland the original recipe is. So for anyone else wanting to try this, don't skimp on the added spices.

May 16, 2004

Simply put, this was awful. The sauce was the only good part. The loaf itself was dry and bland. Maybe more than 1/2 cup of sauce should be mixed in to the meat mixture or something. The ingredients made it sound wonderful. I was just looking for something different to do with ground turkey. This recipe couldn't have hit the circular file fast enough for me.

Sep 21, 2004

This needs some adjustment but can be great: 1) For the sauce, just use tomato sauce, sugar substitute--I like Splenda--, and whatever seasonings you like, no paste or wine necessary if you don't like that taste; 2) To add more flavor to the loaf itself, add some finely chopped onion, worsteshire sauce, green olives w/pimentos, and lowfat shredded cheese (swiss or mozzarella is good); 3) If you skip the egg, you won't need quite as much oatmeal, although I thought the oatmeal did a very nice job of holding it all together; and 4) I didn't use the zucchini but will try it next time.

May 24, 2004

Ugh! I was very excited about this low-fat recipe. It would have been great for Weight Watchers, but it was just awful. Followed the ingredients/instructions to a T and came out with a tasteless brick covered in a tomato sauce that tasted too much like thickened red wine. My husband and I each choked down a serving, then tossed the rest--and the recipe.

May 14, 2004

Good starter recipe. I added green peppers, onions garlic powder and salt. I used this for weight watchers flex-points diet and a nice piece of meatloaf is only 2 points so it's worth trying. I also put a slice on a low-carb wrap with salsa and it was pretty good. I put it on bread with mayo for hubby and he didn't complain too much so I will probably try it again.


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  • Calories
  • 140 kcal
  • 7%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 11.8 g
  • 4%
  • Cholesterol
  • 35 mg
  • 12%
  • Fat
  • 1.4 g
  • 2%
  • Fiber
  • 2 g
  • 8%
  • Protein
  • 17.3 g
  • 35%
  • Sodium
  • 137 mg
  • 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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