9 Nutritious Ways to Reuse Meatloaf

Meatloaf is one of my favorite dinners during the cooler months. One of the main reasons is because you can get two (or more) meals of out meatloaf. Here are ideas to repurpose your meatloaf into another meal.

  • Grain bowls with the roasted vegetables, topped with marinara or pesto
  • Shepherd’s Pie with the mashed cauliflower, potatoes or sweet potatoes
  • Stuffed peppers , or zucchini “boats”, or twice-baked sweet potatoes. Add tomato sauce and fresh herbs, top with cheese
  • Meatloaf tacos, mix with refried beans, and 1 – 2 dice tomatoes. Serve with toppings of choice: salsa, guacamole, plain Greek yogurt, jalapeños
  • Quinoa “lasagna”: layer cooked quinoa with chopped up meatloaf, mix 2 eggs with 1/2 cup of milk and pour over. Top with cheese and back at 350 until golden (40 – 45 minutes)
  • Meatloaf Fried Rice: chop up 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, and dice veggies (broccoli, green beans, bell peppers) and stir-fry with leftover rice, 2 -3 tablespoons soy sauce Serve with chopped green onion on top

Meatloaf Spaghetti | The Spruce Eats

Meatloaf Quesadillas | Cook’n with Mrs. G

Shepherd’s Pie | The Spruce Eats

Meatloaf Quiche | The Kitchen Magpie

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4 Delicious, Nutritious Meatloafs

Three reasons to love meatloafs. They are nutrient-dense, money smart and you can get two (or more) meals from them.

Nutrient Dense (nutrients per calorie)

Sustainably-sourced meat is rich in nutrients. You can make it more nutrient-dense by adding vegetables

  • onion
  • chopped mushrooms
  • shredded carrot or zucchini
  • rice cauliflower
  • legumes  – lentils, black beans, white beans
  • herbs – cilantro, parsley, basil
  • spices – cumin, turmeric, paprika and more
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Money Smart

By adding beans, vegetables, or grains  you can “stretches” one pound of ground beef twice as far. This makes sustainably-source meat more economical. Think of meat as a condiment rather than king of the plate.

Meatloaf is also time smart because you can bake at the same time with roasted vegetables. Just drizzle with olive oil mixed with minced garlic.

  • broccoli, Brussels sprouts or cauliflower
  • asparagus or green beans
  • bell peppers
  • potato and/or sweet potatoes
  • other root vegetables: carrots, beets, turnips, rutabaga

The most delicious, nutritious option is to use different color veggies.

Or serve it with sweet potato puree or nutrient-rich mashed potatoes mashed with other root vegetables

  • cauliflower
  • carrots
  • turnips, rutabaga

Or add “mix ins” to your mashed potatoes

  • sautéed spinach or kale
  • leeks
  • mushrooms

Get additional meals with either the roasted vegetables (like grain bowls) or with the mashed potatoes  (Shepherd’s Pie)

2-for-1: Jumpstart another meal

Make two and freeze one for another day. Defrost before putting in the oven

Double recipe to repurpose into another meal later in the week:

  • Stuffed peppers , or zucchini “boats”, or twice-baked sweet potatoes. Add tomato sauce and fresh herbs, top with cheese
  • Meatloaf tacos, quesadillas or enchiladas
  • Spaghetti or chili
  • Quiche or fried rice

Favorite Meatloaf Recipes

Turkey Meatloaf with Apricots- Color My Food

Buffalo Meatloaf with Mushrooms – Epicurious

Mexican Meatloaf with Black Beans – The Spruce Eats

Meatloaf with Quinoa  – Foodie Crush

I always use ground beef for the meatloaf with quinoa; I find the turkey meat is too dry. Or add extra Greek yogurt

What do do?

  • Pick one meatloaf for a Sunday dinner and a second repurposed dinner
  • Alternate Sunday dinner with either pork tenderloin or meatballs

This give you 12 weeks of two nutritious dinners a week.