Meat loaf is more than just comfort food—it's a pan full of protein. A serving of the classic ground beef-and-pork combo has nearly 40g of protein, thanks to the double portion of meat packed into each slice. Protein is a good thing, but with all that meat come more than 600 calories and 16g sat fat, not to mention the need for some fiber-filled veggies to balance the plate. Could we knock out some calories and add in some plants, too? We had to find out.
Classic 600 calories per slice 16 grams sat fat 1157 mg sodium
Makeover 338 calories per slice 5.3 grams sat fat 563 mg sodium
Classic meat loaf calls for 3 pounds of meat. That's a double portion of meat per slice. We slim down to ½ pound and add bulk with mushrooms. Per pound, they have just 100 calories, versus 964 per pound of ground meat.