Never Be Bored Again: 8 Creative Recipes To Add Lean Ground Beef To Your Diet

Ground beef – so cheap, so delicious and perhaps, not such a bad protein source for your diet. If you’ve heard about the high fat and calorie content of ground beef and have chosen to steer clear, you might be surprised to learn that if you choose a lean variety, ground beef can be an excellent source of protein and iron.

The trick to getting the most nutrition out of lean ground beef is preparing it in a healthy manner. Use ingredients that will support your body composition goals and fit into your diet plan.

Here are a few creative recipes to get you started.

1

Taco Salad

  1. Brown the meat and onions in a skillet. Stir in the seasoning mix with water and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer over medium heat for three minutes.
  2. Bake tortillas for 3-5 minutes or until golden brown.
  3. In a large bowl, combine lettuce and tomatoes. Top lettuce with meat, then layer salad with cheese and small pieces of baked tortillas.
  4. Drizzle salad with Catalina dressing and serve with Greek yogurt, (or sour cream or cottage cheese) and salsa.
  5. Serve. (makes 6 servings)

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Salad

Amount per serving

Calories 368

Total Fat 14.8g

Total Carb 23g

Protein 33g

Taco Salad Recipe PDF (88.7 KB)

2

Beef Burger

  1. In a bowl, combine beef, onion, garlic, oregano, Worcestershire sauce, oats and egg whites.
  2. Form mixture into patties and then place on a grill or broil for 5-6 minutes per side or until no longer pink inside.
  3. Remove and serve on top of a whole wheat burger bun.
  4. Top with spinach leaves, tomatoes, pickles, low-sugar ketchup and mustard. (makes 4 servings)

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Burger

Amount per serving

Calories 445

Total Fat 19.75g

Total Carb 22.25g

Protein 40.75g

Beef Burger Recipe PDF (12.5 KB)

3

Beef Stroganoff

  1. Brown the ground beef, onions and mushrooms in a skillet with the olive oil.
  2. Add garlic, salt and pepper, and cook for another 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in milk, flour, soup, as well as Greek yogurt and cook for 2-3 minutes to allow flavors to distribute.
  4. Serve over top of noodles or cooked spaghetti squash. (makes 6 servings)

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Portion

Amount per serving

Calories 273

Total Fat 13.6g

Total Carb 9g

Protein 27.8g

Beef Stroganoff Recipe PDF (13 KB)

4

Beef Noodle Soup

  1. Brown the beef in a skillet over medium heat.
  2. In a pot, boil the beef broth and water.
  3. Once boiling, add carrots, celery and snow peas, and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Then add broccoli, bean sprouts and ground beef; cook for another 1-2 minutes.
  5. Stir garlic and pasta and simmer over low heat for 8 minutes. (makes 4 servings)
  6. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Bowl

Amount per serving

Calories 431

Total Fat 18g

Total Carb 28.25g

Protein 37.5g

Beef Noodle Soup Recipe PDF (12.4 KB)

5

Beef Soft Taco

  1. Brown the ground beef and onion in a skillet over medium heat.
  2. Stir in the taco seasoning mix and water and let simmer for 4-5 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.
  4. Once cooled, spoon beef into soft tortilla shells and top with sour cream, salsa, cheese, shredded lettuce and diced veggies.
  5. Wrap and serve. (makes 4 servings)

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Taco

Amount per serving

Calories 490

Total Fat 19.25g

Total Carb 36.75g

Protein 40.5g

Beef Soft Taco Recipe PDF (12.4 KB)

6

Spaghetti Squash with Tomato – Beef Sauce

  1. In a small skillet, cook onions and Italian dressing over medium heat.
  2. Add ground beef and continue to cook for 10 minutes or until no longer pink.
  3. Stir in the tomato sauce, diced tomatoes and oregano.
  4. Simmer over low heat for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in cream cheese.
  5. Spoon over cooked spaghetti squash, sprinkle with parmesan cheese and serve. (makes 4 servings)

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Portion

Amount per serving

Calories 493

Total Fat 38.75g

Total Carb 29.5g

Protein 38.75g

Spaghetti Squash with Tomato-Beef Sauce Recipe PDF (12.5 KB)

7

One Pot Beef Skillet

  1. In a large skillet, brown the ground beef over medium heat.
  2. Add water, salsa, soup and kernel corn; cook for 5 minutes.
  3. Add carrots, onions and mushrooms and cook another 5 minutes.
  4. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese, crushed garlic and onion flakes, and then stir before serving.
  5. Serve alongside a baked sweet potato if extra carbs are required. (makes 6 servings)

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Portion

Amount per serving

Calories 309

Total Fat 12.6g

Total Carb 22g

Protein 26.8g

Taco Salad Recipe PDF (13.5 KB)

8

Oriental Meatballs with Peppers

  • Combine the beef, chopped onions, salt, pepper, egg whites, garlic, oats, oil and water. Form into bite-sized meatballs and set aside.
  • Heat olive oil over medium heat in a skillet; add peppers, mushrooms and onions. Sauté veggies until tender, adding a little more garlic if desired.
  • Once tender, remove veggies from pan and set aside.
  • In remaining juices and oil, cook meatballs for 3-5 minutes, or until no longer pink inside.
  • Add beef broth and soy sauce and place the removed vegetables back in the pan.
  • Continue to cook for 2-5 more minutes to allow flavors to blend.
  • Serve immediately; if desired, serve with brown rice. (makes 6 serving)

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Meatball

Amount per serving

Calories 272

Total Fat 15.6g

Total Carb 8.8g

Protein 23.6g

Taco Salad Recipe PDF (13.7 KB)

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