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Saturday, 22 March, 2008

Who Wants Nutra-loaf!

Prison food news: Vermont inmates call food foul, sue over it.

When shooting suspect Christopher Williams acted up in prison, he was given nutraloaf - a mixture of cubed whole wheat bread, nondairy cheese, raw carrots, spinach, seedless raisins, beans, vegetable oil, tomato paste, powdered milk and dehydrated potato flakes.

Prison officials call it a complete meal. Inmates say it's so awful they'd rather go hungry.

On Monday, the Vermont Supreme Court will hear arguments in a class action suit brought by inmates who say it's not food but punishment and that anyone subjected to it should get a formal disciplinary process first.

I found a Nutra-loaf recipe from Clark County Jail, but it's difficult to read. I spent three minutes re-typing it. You're welcome.


  • 10 pounds of ground beef or ground chicken
  • 1 cup celery, sliced
  • 1 cup carrots, slice
  • 1 cup beans (white, red, chili, baked)
  • 1 cup cooked rice (white or brown)
  • 1 cup tomato products (such as diced tomatoes or salsa)
  • 2 cups of cabbage, chopped
  • 2 cups of miscellaneous vegetables (corn, peas, green beans)
  • 8 cups of oatmeal (or bread chucks or crackers)
  • 1 doze eggs
  • 1/4 cup seasoning salt
  • 2 cups of potatoes (mashed, or dehydrated, scalloped or fresh, diced)


  1. Run everything through a grater or chopper
  2. Shape into two meatloaf-shaped loaves on cookie sheets or other large, flat pans. Cover with foil
  3. Bake two hours at 325 degrees or until done.

It's not a particularly demanding recipe, and it's very versatile (in other words, just throw anything in).

The sad part is that about 25% of the world's population would think this is the best thing they've ever eaten.