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

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

Don’t steer clear of big bad ground beef. Choose a lean variety and start experimenting!

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.

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Taco Salad
Recipe

Ingredients

To Prepare

  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 Fat14.8g
Total Carb23g
Protein33g
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Beef Burger
Recipe

Ingredients

To Prepare

  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 Fat19.75g
Total Carb22.25g
Protein40.75g
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Beef Stroganoff
Recipe

Ingredients

To Prepare

  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 Fat13.6g
Total Carb9g
Protein27.8g
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Beef Noodle Soup
Recipe

Ingredients

To Prepare

  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 Fat18g
Total Carb28.25g
Protein37.5g
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Beef Soft Taco
Recipe

Ingredients

To Prepare

  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 Fat19.25g
Total Carb36.75g
Protein40.5g
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Spaghetti Squash with Tomato-
Beef Sauce Recipe

Ingredients

To Prepare

  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 Fat38.75g
Total Carb29.5g
Protein38.75g
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One Pot Beef
Skillet Recipe

Ingredients

To Prepare

  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 Fat12.6g
Total Carb22g
Protein26.8g
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Oriental Meatballs with
Peppers Recipe

Ingredients

To Prepare

  • 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 Fat15.6g
Total Carb8.8g
Protein23.6g

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The vegetarian version is also good for these recipes.

Use this as your meat replacement: http://www.morningstarfarms.com/morningstar-farms-meal-starters-grillers-recipe-crumbles.html

Be mindful that the these processed vegetarian meat replacements, although tasty are extremely high in sodium.
Compensate with adequate water intake and judicious use.

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I tried 1 and 7. Super delicious! <3

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tried 7 today and it was really goood!! deff adding it to my meal plan as an option, thanks!

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omg I tried #7, actually I'm eating it right now and it is amazing! thanks for the recipe!

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Made the burgers last night, **** they're good!

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try ground turkey instead of ground beef everyone, in my opinion it tastes even better and a lot more nutritious than most ground beef now a days!

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