• 15MINS
  • 1HR 20MINS
  • Serves 8
  • 287KCAL

This Meatloaf is a slimming friendly version of an old favourite of ours – great if you're following Weight Watchers or calorie counting!

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Easy Peasy Meatloaf

NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories287
  • Carbs6g
  • Protein13g
  • Fat5g
  • Saturates2g
  • Sugars2g

For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card below. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff in the blurb!

Back when we used to have our restaurant, Meatloaf was one of the most popular items on the menu.  When we say that it was originally based on a Two Fat Ladies recipe, you can probably see why it wasn’t very slimming friendly…

Our original version of this recipe contained full fat beef, pork, bacon and sausage meat, loads of butter and a whole bottle of red wine.  Yes, you read that right.  A WHOLE bottle!

This slimming friendly version is – significantly! – lower on calories and Points than our original recipe, but doesn’t compromise on flavour.  The key to achieving this is to use low fat meat and bacon medallions and to spray the baking tray and Meatloaf with low calorie cooking spray before cooking.

Serve with loads of veg and lashings of gravy!

What diets is this Meatloaf suitable for?

This Meatloaf recipe is suitable for dairy free diets.

It can be made suitable for gluten free diets as long as you swap out the following ingredients for gluten free versions;

  • Low fat sausages

Please make sure to double or triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.

Do you need any special ingredients to make Meatloaf?

No, you don’t need anything special to make this recipe – you can find everything in your local supermarket!

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How many calories are in this Meatloaf?

There are 287 calories per portion in this Meatloaf, which means it falls into our Everyday Light category.

This Meatloaf is perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers. 

As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.

What could I serve with this Meatloaf?

This Meatloaf is perfect when served alongside any of the following accompaniments:

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How do you know when Meatloaf is cooked?

You should cook your Meatloaf for 1 hour and 25 minutes or until the bacon is crispy and the meatloaf is cooked through.

Standard advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep your family safe.

How long can you keep Meatloaf in the fridge?

Once you’ve put it out, ideally you should eat it within 4 hours.

If you allow any leftovers to cool, make sure to refrigerate in a container with a lid and chill.  You can keep leftovers of Meatloaf in the fridge for approximately 3 days or so.

Can I freeze Meatloaf?

Yes you can! This recipe can be frozen, but please remember to do the following;

  • Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
  • Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.

Don’t forget to add a label with what it is, and on what date you put it in the freezer! 

How do I reheat Meatloaf?

From chilled: Place in a microwave proof container with loosely fitting lid and heat for 4-7 minutes until piping hot.

From frozen: Allow to defrost, and heat covered in the microwave for 3-5 minutes then stir. Cook for a further 5-7 minutes until piping hot.

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This Meatloaf is a slimming friendly version of an old favourite of ours - great if you're following Weight Watchers or calorie counting!
  • Prep Time
    15 MINS
  • Cook Time
    1 HR 20
  • KCals 287
  • Carbs 6G


  • 400 g 5% fat lean minced beef
  • 400 g 5% fat lean minced pork
  • 4 low fat sausages
  • ½ large onion cut into a small dice
  • ½ large red onion cut into small dice
  • 200 g mushrooms chopped
  • 3 large cloves garlic crushed
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground allspice
  • 2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 large egg
  • 16 bacon medallions
  • handful bay leaves
  • 60 ml red wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • low calorie cooking spray
  • sea salt to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste

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  1. Pre heat the oven to 220°C.
  2. Sauté the onions, mushrooms and garlic in a little low calorie cooking spray, until they are soft.
  3. Add the red wine vinegar and balsamic and allow to reduce until all the liquid has evaporated.
  4. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  5. Remove the sausage meat from the skins and place it in a large bowl, then add the minced beef and pork.
  6. Add nutmeg, coriander, allspice and thyme, then season with a little salt and pepper (don't forget the bacon will be salty). Using your hands, mix well until everything is combined.
  7. Mix in the onions, mushrooms and garlic, then add the beaten egg. Combine well with your hands.
  8. Spray a roasting pan with low calorie cooking spray and place all the mixture in it, moulding it into an oval shape. Arrange the bacon medallions over the top, overlapping each piece and tucking the ends under the meat so that there are no gaps. Spray the surface with some low calorie cooking spray.
  9. Tuck some bay leaves into the bacon, then cook in a preheated oven for 10 minutes. Then lower the heat to 180°C and cook for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
  10. Remove the loaf and place on a serving dish. Serve hot or cold.

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See what others have to say

Janet kempSunday 10th April 2022

If I reduce the servings to 6 how do I work out 0.4 onion? 0.8 tspn coriander? 0.8 egg? Thank you.


    HollyMonday 11th April 2022

    Hi Janet, the recipe as written uses 1/2 of a large red and white onion and a large onion weighs approximately 240g, so to scale the recipe down to serve 6 you will need 90g red and 90g white onion. I would suggest using a medium egg instead of a large egg and for the coriander and allspice 1 tsp weighs approximately 2g so to serve 6 you will need 1.5g. Hope that helps!


Tina WoodleyFriday 31st January 2020

Hi, i’m allergic to mushrooms, what can I subsitute them with, or could I just leave them out?


    Steve CowderoyMonday 18th May 2020

    Hi Tina, thanks for getting in touch with us, you would be fine to leave the mushrooms out in this recipe. Hope this helps.


IsabelMonday 25th February 2019

Hi, what sort of tin should I use for this? A loaf tin? HELP! x


    JenSaturday 18th July 2020

    A loaf tin is perfect, that’s what I use 🙂


      LisaMonday 20th July 2020

      Thanks for the tip, Jen

AngieTuesday 3rd April 2018

Just made this with hunters chicken sauce hope it wasn’t too naughty cos it tasted lush


Sue FisherSunday 6th August 2017

Made the meatloaf let out the bacon and made an onion gravy with oxos and teaspoon flour, poured over meatloaf and baked . It was lovely, thanks for all the great recipes you create.


    Emma TMonday 11th September 2017

    Hi Sue,

    Thanks for getting in touch! ????


SueSaturday 28th January 2017

Made this for my family tonight. Tasted delicious. Family rated it 10/10. Love your recipes easy to make and taste amazing. Thank you xx


    KateSaturday 28th January 2017

    Hi Sue
    Glad you’re liking the recipes 🙂


KateMonday 16th January 2017

Hi Teresa,
Glad you like it 🙂


KateMonday 16th January 2017

Hi Helen,
You could try roasting an aubergine. Spray it with Frylight, season and wrap in foil. Roast at 190 – 200°C until it is soft, then cut it in half, scoop out the insides and chop. Add it to the pan after you sauté the onions and garlic


SharonWednesday 11th January 2017

Hi I need motivation can you send me all recipes please would be a great help and a good kick start for me cheers


    KaySaturday 11th February 2017

    Hi Sharon, all our recipes are available on this website – just take a look around 🙂


Sara bradleyTuesday 10th January 2017

A fantastic recipe. So easy to make and really tasty and filling. I substituted the sausages(as I forgot to buy them!) with an extra grated onion and some fresh sage and parsley. Looking forward to it cold for lunch tomorrow too.


CarolineMonday 9th January 2017

Please add me, brilliant site, need inspiration.


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