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Writer Arin Greenwood samples "nutraloaf," the prison dish that's served as punishment and talks about its numerous lawsuits. She is a freelance writer who wrote about the nutraloaf for Slate Magazine.


  • 2 oz ground beef
  • 4 oz canned chopped spinach
  • 4 oz canned carrots, diced
  • 4 oz vegetarian beans
  • 4 oz applesauce
  • 1 oz tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup potato flakes
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 2 oz dry milk powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder or flakes

Brown ground beef. 

Open and drain all vegetables well.

Combine beef and vegetables. Gradually blend in remaining ingredients until well combined. Mixture should be stiff but moist enough to spread. Each loaf should weigh 1 1/2 pounds precooked weight and be scaled to insure proper weight. Place mixture into a loaf pan that has been sprayed with pan release and lined with filter paper.

Each loaf should bake at 300°F in convection/steam oven for approximately 40 minutes or until the loaf reaches 155° internal temperature.

Music break: Ten Swingin' Bottles by Pete Chester and the Consulates