A lot of people talk bad about red meat, but the truth is that red meat can still be a part of a healthy diet. Beef has numerous nutritional benefits, for example, it helps in building lean muscles, speeding up metabolism and delivering amino acids which increase satiety. It also contains healthy doses of iron, niacin, zinc, vitamin E and B and selenium. These are the nutrients that support the formation of blood the nervous system and brain functioning.
So, if you are craving ground beef but you don’t know how to make the delicious dish, the following easy and healthy ground beef recipes will give you the inspiration you need to come up with your own creative and unique recipe.
Finding a ground beef that satisfies your taste buds while keeping you healthy is not easy. However, the following recipes are some of the healthiest you can come across. Rest assured that your friends and family are also going to love the outcome!
Ground Beef Tacos
This is a simple and kid-friendly recipe that skips the taco seasonings (that are usually added before packaging) to give you a simple homemade version of the tasty taco.
For the filling:
- ½ onion chopped
- ½ pound ground beef
- One tablespoon vegetable oil
- One garlic clove, minced
- One serrano chile stemmed and chopped
- One teaspoon chili powder
- ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
For the tacos:
- 1 ½ cups grated Monterey Jack cheese or Cheddar cheese
- Six taco shells
- 1 ½ cups chopped iceberg lettuce
- 1 ½ cups chopped tomato
- 1 cup Salsa Picante or favorite salsa (optional)
For the filling:
Over medium-high heat, heat the oil in a skillet and then cook the onion for about 2 minutes until it starts to wilt. Add the sear and the ground beef and keep chopping with a spatula until the pink color vanishes. Add chili and garlic and cook until the garlic is soft. Add salt, black pepper, chili powder, a teaspoon of water and cumin, mix well, and cook until the ingredients are well blended.
To assemble the tacos, take a ¼ cup of meat mixture and ¼ cup of cheese, lettuce and chopped tomato and place on each taco shell. Drizzle with salsa if you wish. And there you have it, your tasty ground beef taco!
Momma’s Healthy Meatloaf
This is another excellent recipe for ground beef that is also very healthy. Loads of vegetable and the extra-lean ground beef make this recipe a healthier take on the traditional meatloaf.
- Cooking spray
- One tablespoon olive oil
- ½ cup diced sweet onion
- One green bell pepper, diced
- ½ teaspoon of minced garlic
- 1 pound ground beef, extra-lean
- Two large eggs
- ¾ cup shredded carrot
- ¾ cup shredded zucchini
- 1 cup whole wheat bread crumbs
- ¼ cup of ketchup to taste
- Ground black pepper and salt to taste
First, preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius, then spray the loaf pan measuring 9×5 with cooking spray. Over medium heat, heat the olive oil in a skillet then cook and stir the onion and the green bell pepper in the hot oil until the bell pepper softens and the onion becomes transparent (5-10 minutes). Then add garlic and cook until the garlic becomes fragrant.
Using your hands, mix the ground beef, bread crumbs, carrot, eggs, salt, zucchini, pepper and bell pepper in a big bowl. Then, press this meat mixture I the loaf pan that is ready. Bake this mixture in the preheated oven for about 35 to 40 minutes. Spread ketchup at the top of your meatloaf and then continue to bake for about 5 minutes. Take it out of the oven and enjoy.
So there you have them; two fantastic ground beef recipes that are healthy as well. Well, some people might argue that red meat is not healthy while for others, red meat is their preferred diet. So the subject of whether red meat is healthy or not remains a controversial one. The only thing you can do to stay healthy if you love red meat is to consume in moderation. Eating two 3-4 ounce portions of red meat per week is regarded as healthy. Also, make sure that you pick lean cuts and trim off the excess fats so that you keep the saturated fats and calories at bay.