Basic Trustworthy Meatloaf
70 mins (prep 10, cooking 60)
11 ingredients
6 servings
I have been making meatloaf for years and years, always the same way with minor variations, but always with saltine cracker crumbs as the binder. Recently, I tried oats. Well! Quick-cooking oats (not instant) make a surprisingly good substitute for either cracker crumbs or bread crumbs in a meatloaf. I have also made this meatloaf without any garlic, and it's just as good. Make sure the onions are chopped up fairly small; the texture of the meatloaf is best that way. Also, don't use extra-lean ground beef as you risk having a dry meatloaf rather than a moist one. Leftovers make a wonderful cold sandwich!

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Serving Size (41.8 g)
Servings 6
Amount per Serving
Calories 77.63 Calories from Fat 6.93
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0.77g 7.08%
Saturated Fat 0.12g 3.75%
Trans Fat 0.0g %
Cholesterol 0.0mg 0.0%
Sodium 860.35mg 215.09%
Total Carbohydrate 16.14g 32.28%
Dietary Fiber 1.18 g 28.33%
Sugars 7.57 g %
Protein 1.6g 19.24%
Vitamin A 98.82IU% Vitamin C 0.94mg%
Calcium 14.7mg% Iron 0.7mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
lean ground beef, finely chopped onion, cloves garlic, low-fat milk, large eggs, fresh ground black pepper