Beef is one of the most versatile, delicious, and popular meats. However, beef dishes can also be quite unhealthy.
If you’re looking to incorporate more healthy meals into your diet, but don’t want to give up eating red meat such as beef, not to worry, we have the solution! Well, we have 15 solutions.
Below, we’ve listed our 15 favorite healthy beef recipes. From easy one-pot meals to healthy versions of takeaway classics, we have something for everyone. Check them out!
First, you have to try this pot-roast beef recipe. The onion gravy is just gorgeous, and you can add as many veggies as you like! Also, don’t be fooled by its long cooking time, it is actually a very low maintenance recipe!
The ingredients are simple and fairly minimal for a recipe of this size. We recommend investing in really delicious beef stock, as this will completely make or break the meal! Also, although there’s none included in the recipe, adding some green veg to this dish is a must!
If you’re looking to get all of your five a day in one meal, or even, you’re trying to hide more veggies in your children’s dinner, you have to try this 5-a-day bolognese! As a bonus, you can freeze any leftovers!
In fact, this dish is a perfect evening meal for even the pickiest of families. The vegetable sauce is so delicious and rich that you wouldn’t be able to tell that it is actually super healthy! Just remember to cook the pasta so that it’s a little al dente and the meal will be perfect!
This pasta dish is wonderfully simple but incredibly delicious. By itself, it is a light and fresh meal. Although, it can also be a great base to which you can add all of your favorite vegetables!
The combination of mushrooms and beef feels very decadent but also fresh and light thanks to the parsley. You will need some Burgundy wine to really make this dish sing. You can use beef broth as an alternative, but it’s not quite as good. If you need a bottle, you can buy it here.
You can’t have a list of healthy beef recipes without including a burrito! This dish can be easily prepped in advance and is completely customizable. It is also full of protein and veggies, making it a filling and healthy option for lunch!
Making this dish can be as easy or as hard as you want to make it. If you have a bit of extra time, we recommend making your own guacamole and salsa. These are much healthier than the ready-made versions in the shop!
In keeping with the Mexican theme, this one-pot meal is perfect if you enjoy all the flavors of a burrito but fancy ditching the tortilla. This is the perfect weeknight dinner, and should please everyone in the house!
Although it seems like there is a huge list of ingredients, a whole lot of these are spices! As such, you likely have a bunch of the ingredients in your cupboard already. If you’re making this dish for guests, we recommend making some salsa and guacamole to have with some tortilla chips on the side. It’s always a winner!
This is another recipe that is great for sneaking some extra veggies into your child’s meal. The incredibly rich, tomato sauce can be packed with all the veggies you want! To make it even healthier, use lean ground beef.
This recipe is really quite easy to make and should take less than an hour. Though, for the best results, you will need a good blender or food processor. This will really elevate the texture of the dish. If you don’t have one, you can buy one here.
If you’re trying your hardest to eat healthier, but find yourself craving a curry takeaway, you need to give this recipe a try! It is a delicious, lightly spiced minced beef curry, with aromatic spices and enough fresh ginger to leave you feeling amazing!
This curry in particular is served with rice and butternut squash. The combination of beef mince curry and root veggies fills you up without leaving you feeling bloated and heavy. The flaked almonds are also a lovely finishing touch that makes this dish 100 times better than any takeaway!
This super healthy, light spin on a classic Italian dish is sure to become a favorite in your house. The sweet and rich Italian tomato sauce is divine and the texture of the courgetti really adds a fresh edge to this meal.
However, the main stars of the show in this recipe are the meatballs. They are just so juicy and surprisingly easy to make! Although this recipe is quite simple, to make your life even easier, we recommend purchasing a spiralizer (you can get one here).
If you’re looking to try something a little different, we cannot recommend this Korean steak recipe enough. The addition of cauliflower rice makes it an incredibly light but very filling meal.
Making this dish is also quite simple. However, there are a few ingredients you will need to purchase first. Specifically, you will need a Korean red pepper paste called gochujang (you can purchase this here). Also, you will need some kimchi. If you have the time, you can try making this yourself! If not, you can purchase some here.
When you think of healthy food, kebabs likely don’t come to mind. However, what could be more fresh and light than grilled meat and veggies? As a bonus, the marinade in this recipe makes these kebabs out of this world delicious!
It is also a very quick and easy dish to make! You just need to give yourself time to marinate the steak for around 30 minutes to 1 hour. Also, you will need 8 metal skewers that are at least 12 inches long. You can grab some here.
Who ever said that salads need to be boring? This healthy steak salad is absolutely to die for. It’s also super quick and easy to whip up, making it a great option if you need a quick lunch or evening meal! If you’re really organized, you can even make up a few batches for meal prep!
The steak marinade really brings this dish to life. It makes the beef tender and mouthwateringly flavorful. Combined with the contrasting crunchy veggies, this recipe has everything you need! Be sure to add some crumbled blue cheese for a bit of extra luxury!
12. Keto Taco Cups
If you’re following a keto diet, this recipe will not disappoint. You might wonder, how on earth can you have taco cups without taco shells? Well, this recipe has the ultimate keto hack. You make them out of cheese!
With only 300 calories per serving, and taking only 30 minutes total to make, these are a healthy and easy option for a snack, lunch, or even as part of a larger dinner. Make sure to sprinkle loads of fresh chopped tomatoes on top!
These classic stuffed peppers, filled with minced beef, veggies, and rice, make for a great snack, lunch, or even dinner. In fact, they go well with just about anything and the customization options are endless.
These are also very easy to make. The prep time is just 10 minutes, and the total time is roughly 1 hour and 20 minutes. However, don’t worry, most of this time is just for the peppers to bake in the oven! It is actually quite a low-maintenance dish.
This delicious salad is made using well-seasoned sautèed sirloin, fresh and textured veggies, and a classic vinaigrette. This makes an excellent starter or side at a dinner party, though it would make for a healthy and filling lunch too.
It is also very easy to make. The vinegarette uses simple but effective ingredients and the steak doesn’t take very long to cook at all. However, we do recommend that you use Diamond Crystal kosher salt. This really brings the dish to life. If you need to purchase some, you can do so from here.
Finally, this list wouldn’t be complete without a beef and broccoli dish. Though you might associate this classic combination with unhealthy, late-night takeaways, it is very easy to put a healthy and light spin on it!
In this recipe, the stir-fried beef is paired with broccoli rice. This might sound a little odd, but it is very delicious and leaves you feeling full but not heavy. For the sauce, you will need to get your hands on a high-quality chicken broth and some coconut sugar (you can purchase this here).
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Beef Bad For You?
Beef is a very good source of protein and many other nutrients. However, like anything else, it’s important to incorporate it as a part of a balanced diet. Beef is high in cholesterol and saturated fats that can cause health problems if it is consumed too frequently.
Is Beef Good For Weight Loss?
When you’re trying to lose weight, it’s important to ensure that your meals are leaving you feeling full. This prevents unnecessary snacking.
Including beef within your diet can be useful in this sense, as it is a great source of protein. Protein is understood to give you energy and keep you feeling full and satisfied. Several studies have also shown that a higher protein intake combined with a lower carb intake can be very beneficial for weight loss.
How Often Should You Eat Beef?
Generally, eating red meat once or twice a week is considered particularly healthy. Red meat includes meat such as lamb, pork beef, and venison. These are a rich source of iron, and when consumed a few times a week, are considered a good part of a very healthy diet.
We hope that you feel inspired by our 15 favorite healthy beef recipes, and are now convinced that healthy doesn’t necessarily mean boring!