When you’re craving a meaty meal, the first food that comes to mind is probably a big, juicy burger, because any other beef cuts that come to mind (filet mignon, top sirloin, etc.) just sound too complicated. But we've got good news, folks. These beef dinners are way easier to cook at home than you think, and we're sharing the best beef recipes that you can start adding to your weekly dinner routine, like now. Did we mention these can all be a part of that healthy eating plan too?
The beef cuts used below contain protein, iron, and B vitamins; some even have less than 10 grams of fat and 4 1/2 grams of saturated fat per 3-ounce serving (which is how the USDA defines the word lean). All of that plus 10 essential nutrients with an average of 25 grams of protein? We'll take it. It's no wonder a recent study found that including lean beef in your diet may actually help lower cholesterol. So step outside of your comfort zone and give one of these healthy beef dinners a try.
What’s better than meat on a stick? Lean sirloin on a stick. With just 5 grams of fat in a 3-ounce serving, sirloin is one of the leanest cuts of beef out there. Plus, this skewered dinner is surrounded with colorful veggies and coated in a flavorful chimichurri sauce. Forks and knives optional.
Flank steak is our choice of meat when we're hosting a dinner party (not that we host many) because it's super versatile and cost-efficient. It's also one of those options that tastes really good without totally botching our healthy eating goals (a.k.a. we save room for dessert). Flank steak even has more niacin (an essential B vitamin that contributes to the health of your liver, skin, nails, nervous system, and metabolism) than many other beef cuts, with 6.8 milligrams in a 3-ounce serving. So whip up this niacin-rich beef broccoli ramen for a healthier and tastier version of your favorite cup o’ noodles. Plus, now you know what niacin is.
Don’t be deterred by the fact that these sticky short ribs take a few hours to cook. That just means that the aroma of brown sugar and ginger will fill your house and the meat will fall right off the bone. Plus, that's three more episodes of House of Cards you can get in while you wait. In other words, they are worth the wait. As an added bonus, short ribs are on the higher side of energy-boosting B12, with 3.5 mcg per 3-ounce serving. Who's up for a post-dinner walk? You are!
Why go to an expensive steakhouse when you can make a porterhouse at home? Yes, even you. We love making this when we're feeling fancy, and it helps knowing this cut of meat is a good source of iron, with 2.7 milligrams in 3 ounces.
You caught us. We already touched on flank steak. But it’s so good it deserves a repeat, especially since this flank steak with creamy chimichurri sauce makes an elegant and economical date night meal. Cook it for your lover (or your bestie) and be rewarded by the mmm sounds coming from their mouths with every bite.
A healthier take on a classic dish, this beef stroganoff uses one of the leanest cuts of meat: bottom round roast. With just 5.5 grams of fat per 3-ounce serving, bottom round roast is basically the skinny jeans of beef. This lightened-up comfort food also uses Greek yogurt instead of heavy cream, so you can totally go back for seconds. Who doesn't love a
round bottom round?
We can't leave out ground beef. Instead of molding it into burgers, mix it with zucchini, potatoes, spices, and cheese for a one-pot wonder that's ready in 10 minutes flat. It sort of reminds us of a healthy version of Hamburger Helper.
Roast beef isn’t just for rye bread anymore. This recipe takes your standard deli meat up a notch with whipped feta and roasted asparagus. There’s no need to buy expensive prosciutto when you can make this elegant appetizer that's just as impressive looking (and tasting) with good old roast beef.
Mushroom and beef are two ingredients that were made for each other. The umami flavor of mushrooms pairs perfectly with sirloin. And this recipe proves beef might be the answer to those cozy nights where you want something hearty but healthy.
*These recipes contain lean beef cuts.