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Luscious and Low-Carb: Meatloaf

Updated on July 16, 2012

Meatloaf with Bacon: Low-Carb and Gluten-Free!

This meatloaf does triple duty: it is low-carb for Atkins eaters, it is gluten-free for celiac sufferers, and it is utterly, sinfully delicious for everyone. My kids beg me to make this meatloaf with bacon. Yes, there's a filler that helps it hold together, just as there is for every meatloaf. Read on to discover the secret ingredients for filling and flavor!


Follow the step-by-step photos with instructions, or go straight to the printable recipe card for gluten-free, low-carb meatloaf with bacon at the bottom of the page.

All photos © tandemonimom.

Gluten-Free, Low-Carb Meatloaf with Bacon Ingredients - Assemble all ingredients beforehand.

2 lb ground beef

8-oz can tomato sauce

3 or 4 tbsp tamari sauce (soy is fine, if you are not avoiding gluten)

1 tbsp onion powder

1 tbsp dried parsley

salt & pepper to taste

3 or 4 cloves garlic, minced very fine

2 eggs, slightly beaten

1/2 to 3/4 cup Parmesan, Romano, or other shaker-style cheese (or combine!)

1 slice uncooked bacon, finely chopped

Yes, Parmesan or Romano cheese replaces the usual breadcrumbs or crackers in this meatloaf!

It is delicious and brings meatloaf back to the table for low-carbers & those who can't eat gluten.

Parmesan, Romano, & Asiago Cheese, Shaker-Style - Grated cheese is the filler that adds flavor to the gluten-free, low-carb meatloaf with bacon!

Much Lower Carbs, but Not Carb-Free Meatloaf

Yes, there is some tomato sauce in this recipe, but the carbs are still drastically reduced. The ketchup in the recipe is replaced with no-sugar tomato sauce; the ketchup or gravy on top is replaced with cheese; and the breadcrumbs are eliminated completely for a significant reduction in carb count.

That's uncooked bacon, chopped up fine. If you've never had meatloaf with bacon yet ... TRUST ME.

That's uncooked bacon, chopped up fine. If you've never had meatloaf with bacon yet ... TRUST ME.
That's uncooked bacon, chopped up fine. If you've never had meatloaf with bacon yet ... TRUST ME.

Put all the ingredients into one bowl.

Put all the ingredients into one bowl.
Put all the ingredients into one bowl.

Leave out the bacon if you must, but you should do yourself a FLAVOR and try it at least once!

Mix lightly but thoroughly.

Mix lightly but thoroughly.
Mix lightly but thoroughly.

Tongs are indispensable in my kitchen, and perfect for this messy job without overhandling the meat.

Low-carb, gluten-free meatloaf with bacon!

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Pat the meat lightly into shape.

Pat the meat lightly into shape.
Pat the meat lightly into shape.

A casserole dish (any shape) is perfect to catch all the juices that will ooze deliciously out.

CorningWare Creations 2-1/2-Quart Covered Round Casserole - Extra juicy meatloaf with bacon needs a nice deep dish!

When it is almost done ...

When it is almost done ...
When it is almost done ...

... add grated cheese and return to oven to finish.

... add grated cheese and return to oven to finish.
... add grated cheese and return to oven to finish.

Tillamook Cheddar Cheese - Top the low-carb meatloaf with a thick layer of cheddar cheese

Low Carb Meatloaf with Bacon Preparation Steps

Steps illustrated above; printable version lower on the page.

1. Mix all the ingredients together. Don't overhandle the meat, just mix enough to incorporate the ingredients.

2. Shape lightly into a casserole or other deep dish.

3. Bake uncovered at 350* for approximately one hour.

4. About 10 minutes before removing from oven, add a thick layer of grated cheese, preferably cheddar, and allow it to melt.

  • Prep time: 15 min
  • Cook time: 1 hour
  • Ready in: 1 hour 15 min
  • Yields: 6-8

Ingredients

  • 2 lb ground beef
  • 8 -oz can tomato sauce
  • 3 or 4 tbsp tamari sauce (soy sauce is fine if you are not avoiding gluten)
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp dried parsley
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 3 or 4 cloves garlic minced very fine
  • 2 eggs
  • slightly beaten
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup Parmesan / Romano / other shaker-style cheese (or combine!)
  • 1 slice chopped uncooked bacon

Instructions

  1. 1. Mix all the ingredients together. Don't overhandle the meat, just mix enough to incorporate the ingredients.
  2. 2. Shape lightly into a casserole or other deep dish.
  3. 3. Bake uncovered at 350* for approximately one hour.
  4. 4. About 10 minutes before removing from oven, add a thick layer of grated cheese, preferably cheddar, and allow it to melt.
3.8 stars from 16 ratings of Low-Carb, Gluten-Free Meatloaf with Bacon

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      Wendy 22 months ago

      What is the carb count per serving?! My meatloaf is in the oven now!!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Still waiting for mine to finish cooking. Looks great so far. Does anyone heard what the carb count is?

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      MelanieMurphyMyer 4 years ago

      Great recipe. I made this a few weeks ago and returned today because I want to make it again this weekend for my son home from college. :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I substituted chopped tomatoes for the sauce because it was what I had on the shelf. My husband loved it and so did I. We'll be making it again.

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      Vicki Green 4 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      Great idea - I need to limit my carbs so can hardly wait to try this recipe.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      My "old" meatloaf was my husbands favorite thing I made...tonight he told me how much he liked this at least 5 times during dinner! Changing our diet to low carb has been a complete recipe book rewrite, this will DEFINITELY be included!! Btw, I didn't have bacon but used 1lb ground beef and 1lb ground sausage...delicious!!

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      sibian 5 years ago

      I know now what I'm gonna have tonight...

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great recipes.thank for sharing

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      AmazonTickets LM 5 years ago

      Great recipes. I'll have to try the meatloaf!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have tried severa low carb meat loaves,and thus is the best by far. So delicious.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This is SooooGood...I made individual size in my brownie...

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      Sooo Yummy! Actually we often make meatloaf without any binder like this.. more egg helps a lot! blessed!

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      karMALZEKE 5 years ago

      This is a yummy delicious lens!

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      myraggededge 5 years ago

      Printed and blessed!

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      Susan Deppner 5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Punxsutawney Phil sends his blessings given that you use ground beef, not ground hog, in this yummy recipe!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I am going to try this, and soon! However, I sure wish a nutrition label/guide was included giving the rest of the story per serving....sat fat, calories, cholesterol, etc. Nice job with the pictures and descriptions!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      How much salt do you put in? A starting point would be nice and then I can tweak it from there.

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      RonnieV74 5 years ago

      Nice lens ! Been trying to eat healthy and this will help.

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      glutenfreelovinit 5 years ago

      Great recipe. I'm not a big fan of meat loaf, but will give this a shot. Thanks.

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      Loraine Brummer 5 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      This sounds like a recipe that I'll have to try. I think I'll use low-fat cheese instead of regular, but other than that I'll follow the directions. thanks for the recipe.

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      JoshK47 6 years ago

      Cheese? Meatloaf? Bacon? Yes, please!

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      Faye Rutledge 6 years ago from Concord VA

      This recipe sounds wonderful! :)

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      irwired 6 years ago

      As an ex chef and lifelong cook, I was challenged last year when we suspected my wife Polly was celiac. It was initially overwhelming to think of cooking without staples that I had taken for granted for years. I read more labels during those six months than I had up to that time.

      Kudos to you for putting up gluten free recipes, and some great resources for adapting to a gluten free diet.

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      TopTenLists 6 years ago

      love the new theme. Great lens too!

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      writeonbro lm 6 years ago

      Great yummy looking photos.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Utterly delicious with the new Munch theme.

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      hysongdesigns 6 years ago

      I never thought about putting bacon in meatloaf, yummy!

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      Vicki 6 years ago from USA

      I have got to try this recipe. I am always looking for tasty, high-protein, low-carb meals to cook. You put BACON in your meatloaf??!! That sounds delicous -- I can't wait to try it. Thank you for sharing your recipe with us!

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      mynameiskate 6 years ago from Vancouver, Canada

      Your lens is fantastic! I love how you have used a variety of Squidoo modules. Really great work!!

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      pkmcr 6 years ago from Cheshire UK

      Anything gluten free is good for me! This is beautifully presented and on such a nice theme too :-)

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      Patricia 6 years ago

      This sounds delicious!

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      nightbear lm 6 years ago

      Wonderful recipe and a great looking theme. So glad you were the winner.

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      Moe Wood 6 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      I've never had cheese in my meatloaf before so will have to try that! Congratulations on the new theme! :D

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      Wednesday-Elf 6 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I don't care for cheese, but LOVE meatloaf. I know my 'kids' will love the cheese part. Love your 'Do yourself a FLAVOR' remark about adding bacon! :-) Well done and looks gorgeous on the new MUNCH theme.

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      kimmanleyort 6 years ago

      New lens theme and low carb meatloaf. What more could you want? Thanks for the suggestion on the theme. This was long overdue and Josh did a great job!

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      Rhonda Albom 6 years ago from New Zealand

      I love the new theme! Looks great, as does your meatloaf.

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      puzzlerpaige 6 years ago

      Nice! New theme AND meatloaf are pretty delicious looking.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I came to look at the new theme, which is great. But the gluten free meetloaf looks delicious . I'll have to try making it some time.

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      TeacherSerenia 6 years ago

      I love the new theme.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      This sounds great! I'll keep it in mind when I have a hankering for meatloaf!

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      Ruthi 6 years ago

      LIke the bacon and cheese idea for the meatloaf. Like even more, your MUNCH theme for Squidoo!

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      dogface lm 6 years ago

      Delicious lens and delicious lens theme, congrats!

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      Loretta 6 years ago from United States

      Yeah for gluten free! :-) Thank you for sharing the tip on using the dry cheeses in place of bread crumbs, I had not thought about that at all. Definitely going to have to give it a try.

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      jodijoyous 6 years ago from New York

      Looks good! I've been making mine with oatmeal, but bacon meatloaf definitely works for me!

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      jodijoyous 6 years ago from New York

      Looks good! I've been making mine with oatmeal, but bacon meatloaf definitely works for me!

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      Joan4 6 years ago

      The new theme looks super on this great page!

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      dawngibson lm 6 years ago

      This looks amazing!

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      CCGAL 6 years ago

      I love that printable recipe part - that must be something new I haven't tried yet - sure beats having to rewrite a recipe or snip an image to have something to follow in print. I am sure I'll be trying this really soon - I've come to realize I need to go back to a lower carb way of eating, and this sounds like something even my husband would eat and enjoy. Thanks so much for sharing!!!

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      darciefrench lm 6 years ago

      Not eating much meat these days, but in my meat eating days I would have tried this meat loaf- just the way you presented it is inviting -:)

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      sukkran trichy 6 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      very interesting. thanks for this recipe.

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      Infact 6 years ago

      Sounds like a great recipe and super for me, since I am allergic to gluten!

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      Jeanette 6 years ago from Australia

      Now this looks GOOD! I can almost smell it :-)

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      nightbear lm 6 years ago

      Blessed from the Squid Angel April Fools Tour Bus.

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      Anthony Godinho 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Beautifully crafted, yummy looking lens on meat loaf recipe. Loved all the pictures, instructions and tips. **Blessed by a Squid-Angel**

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      garyrh1 6 years ago

      Definitely sounds delicious.

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      tandemonimom lm 6 years ago

      @MargoPArrowsmith: But many gluten-intolerant people can't eat oatmeal either, so the Parmesan fixes it for them too. Besides tasting better. ;-)

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      Sounds excellent

      I usually use oatmeal, which is a carb, but better.

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      spritequeen lm 6 years ago

      This looks really yummy! Can't wait to try it - especially since it's gluten free. Just what I need! thanks for sharing!!

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      Joan Hall 6 years ago from Los Angeles

      That sounds absolutely delicious!

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      squid-janices7 6 years ago

      Great job with the step-by-step photos of this recipe! I've lensrolled you to my Atkins Low Carb Recipes lens.

      P.S. Thanks for the angel blessing on my Teacher thank you lens :)

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      gravityx9 6 years ago

      yum! I love meatloaf and hand't tried it with bcon before.......gonna have to give it a try! THUMBS UP and fave to save the recipes!

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      bjslapidary 6 years ago

      Sounds good. Will have to save this lens. Thanks for the tips.

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      iped 6 years ago

      This is appetizing. But I am not a beef lover so I made the chicken twist to this and it came out awesome too!

      Thanks

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      funcook 6 years ago

      This looks terrific - I'm adding this to my lens on What Makes the Best Meatloaf Recipes so Good.

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      Lloyd Pinto 6 years ago from Mumbai

      Blessed by a Squid Angel

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      sheriangell 6 years ago

      Prior to logging on to Squidoo I had pulled out yet another package of ground beef for dinner tonight and was contemplating on how to prepare it. Well, then I discovered your tasty sounding recipe for meatloaf! I'm willing to bet everyone in my family will love it, even the picky ones.

      Thanks and blessed by a Squid Angel today!

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      Jimmie Lanley 6 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      Wow. This looks really good. Great tips for removing the carb element.

      I adore bacon. I think I'll try adding it to my next meatloaf. Brilliant idea.

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      LouiseKirkpatrick 6 years ago from Berkshire, United Kingdom

      I follow a low carb diet and this sounds delicious :) Blessed by a SquidAngel :)

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      tandemonimom lm 7 years ago

      @anonymous: I don't taste it either; I know how much salt and pepper my family like in a dish. "S&P to taste" just means "use as much or as little as you enjoy." However, there is little danger in tasting a bit of raw beef that is right out of the fridge; it is meat that has been left to stand at room temperature for a while that begins to develop dangerous bacteria.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I really like this recipe EXCEPT I'm not going to taste the raw meatloaf mixture to see if it needs more salt or pepper. Wish recipes would give an amount. This recipe contains raw ground beef!! please don't taste for salt!

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      Seeking Pearls 7 years ago from Pueblo West

      This recipe does look delicious. I love bacon and cheese so this is right up my alley. Definitely going to try it and thanks for sharing. Love the refrigerator magnet.

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      norma-holt 7 years ago

      Nice recipe and well worth trying. Top marks

      Norma

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

      This does look delicious! I will have to try this recipe one night soon. Angel Blessed and added to my Squid Angel Mouse Tracks lens

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Thank you so much for the great recipe. This meatloaf is delicious!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I usually don't like meatloaf, but this was amazing. It was even good as leftovers the next day! If only I had had low carb bread, I coulda had a meatloaf sandwich. I will definitely make this again.

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      JohnsInk 7 years ago

      Great Recipe

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Just tried this recipe, as one who can cook and bake gourmet foods but can not cook a meatloaf to save my life, I did not have all the seasonings so I used a meatloaf seasoning pack from the store. This recipe has redeemed my cooking abilities in comfort food and even made my Chef wife nod in approval. Thanks so much

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      Treasures By Brenda 7 years ago from Canada

      Came back to see your shirts; they're great.

      Found myself at the bottom of your page!

      Great feature.

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      Susan Deppner 7 years ago from Arkansas USA

      It's definitely getting to be meatloaf season and this sounds like a great version. My mouth is watering!

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      Joan4 7 years ago

      That meatloaf looks so good and sounds so easy. Your pictures are very helpful too. Blessed by a joyful SquidAngel.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      What a great idea to replace the breadcrumbs with parmesan cheese. SquidAngel Blessings from a grateful wheat-free Angel.

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      Treasures By Brenda 8 years ago from Canada

      Great work; made me hungry for meatloaf.

      Blessed by Brenda.

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      Andy 8 years ago from London, England

      Sounds delicious

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      julieannbrady 8 years ago

      Gosh, you know the only thing missing is for you to now make a YouTube video of this for inclusion on your lens!!!!!!!

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      Heather Burns 8 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      Yum! I shouldn't have read this while hungry; now I have to go to the store to get the bacon to make it.-)5*

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      GreenEcoBean 8 years ago

      favorite and five starred. I will be making this soon- thanks! I have been looking for a good low carb recipes.

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      Kiwisoutback 8 years ago from Massachusetts

      Meatloaf is one of my favorites, but I don't eat it that much because of the unhealthiness of it. This recipe looks like a great alternative! Nice work.

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      Kiwisoutback 8 years ago from Massachusetts

      Meatloaf is one of my favorites, but I don't eat it that much because of the unhealthiness of it. This recipe looks like a great alternative! Nice work.

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      poutine 8 years ago

      I"ve got to try this meat loaf recipe soon. Thanks for posting it.

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      Dianne Loomos 8 years ago

      Welcome to the Hungry Squidz Choice Group. Please stop by the group and grab your blue ribbon for your lens!

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      Dianne Loomos 8 years ago

      I would love for you to submit this recipe lens to the Hungry Squidz Choice Group.

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      Natalie W Schorr 8 years ago

      Sounds yummy! I've been eating funeral food for a week now, and desperately need something different. This is a great idea.

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      Dianne Loomos 8 years ago

      Lensrolled to my Comfort Food lens!

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      KimGiancaterino 8 years ago

      I'm a vegetarian, but this looks awfully good. Welcome to Culinary Favorites From A to Z.

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      greenerme 8 years ago

      Nice lens! Recipe looks great. Good luck w/Giant Squid for this quarter!

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      piedromolinero 8 years ago

      I love meat love and this one with the cheese instead of bread crumbs looks delicious. Will give it a try next time meat loaf is on the menu. Thanks for sharing.

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      Angelina 8 years ago from California

      great recipe and thanks for joining my group

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      Dianne Loomos 8 years ago

      Congratulations on #50!!! This meatloaf looks absolutely delicious. My family balks at meatloaf but I love it. I just might have to try this one and see what happens. I'd love to find one that we all like.