Mediterranean meat loaf

    1 hour 15 minutes

    An old-fashioned favourite gets a new lease on life with this magic makeover. We stretched the beef mince with zucchini and beetroot and used magic oats as a binder. If you're short on time, divide the mixture evenly in a six-muffin pan coated with cooking spray and bake for about 30 minutes.

    6 people made this

    Serves: 6 

    • 500 g lean beef mince
    • ⅔ cup traditional rolled oats
    • 1 small onion, finely chopped
    • 1 small (about 90 g) zucchini, grated, excess liquid squeezed out
    • 1 small beetroot (about 120 g), trimmed, peeled and grated
    • 1 egg
    • 2 teaspoons cumin
    • ¼ cup finely chopped fresh mint
    • ⅓ cup finely chopped fresh parsley
    • ¼ cup barbecue sauce
    • salad greens with an olive oil and vinegar dressing, or steamed peas and carrots, to serve

    Preparation:25min  ›  Cook:50min  ›  Ready in:1hour15min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease and line a 24- x 12-cm (base) loaf tin with baking paper, leaving an overhang along the two long sides.
    2. In a large bowl combine mince, oats, vegetables, egg, cumin, herbs, sauce and freshly ground black pepper, using your hands to mix until well combined.
    3. Transfer the mixture to the loaf tin, press down and smooth the surface.
    4. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until cooked through. Stand for 10 minutes in the tin. Drain any excess liquid from the meat loaf. Lift out meat loaf and slice on a chopping board.
    5. Serve with a salad or steamed peas and carrots.


    You may wish to wear disposable gloves when peeling and grating the beetroot.

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    I will make this again. I didn't squeeze out the juice from the beetroot or zucchini but I added a spoon of chia seeds and some oat bran to the mixture as well as the rolled oats. I left out the mint but I also added a handful of finely chopped sundried tomatoes, some seeded and sliced black olives and a finely chopped chargrilled capsicum. The end result taste wise was good but it was a bit crumbly to cut. But this maybe a result of the extras I added.  -  04 Jun 2016