While no one is knocking the health benefits of loading up on plants, eating a moderate amount of meat does have its own nutritional positives. Beef is high in important nutrients including bioavailable protein, iron, and vitamin B-12. "You can incorporate [red meat] into your life in a healthful way, but it is something you have to monitor,” registered dietitian Brigitte Zeitlin, MPH, RD, previously told Well+Good. The key is to make beef a supporting player in your diet, not the focus. The goal is to stick to the American Heart Association’s recommendation of having less than seven percent of your daily calories come from saturated fat (about 13 grams of saturated fat in a 2,000-calorie diet).
With this in mind, there are *plenty* of easy ground beef recipes that also contain lots of fiber-rich veggies. It's always nice when you can get a well-rounded meal by only cooking one dish, right? Rounded up here are 10 recipes to (ahem) beef up your recipe repertoire.
- Brigitte Zeitlin, MPH, RD, CDN, registered dietitian and owner of BZ Nutrition
10 ground beef recipes that are also full of vegetables:
1. Korean ground beef and rice bowl
In this recipe, the ground beef is cooked with soy sauce, rice wine, minced garlic, sesame oil, ginger, and a touch of brown sugar to give it tons of flavor. Then, it's combined with white rice and your choice of veggies. Kimchi, radishes, avocado, cucumber, and bell peppers will all taste delicious.
Get the recipe: Korean ground beef and rice bowl
2. Gluten-free burrito bowl
Another bowl-based meal you can make with ground beef: burrito bowls. The main cooking tip to keep in mind when making this dish is not to forgo the taco seasoning when cooking the beef; it's crucial. Once your meat is cooked, pair it with rice, black beans, corn, romaine lettuce, onion, bell pepper, avocado, and salsa. There's no shortage of fiber in this dish!
Get the recipe: gluten-free burrito bowl
3. Skillet ground beef and vegetables
If you're truly hard-up on what to do with your ground beef, why complicate things? Throw it on a skillet with whatever veggies are camped out in your crisper and a well-rounded meal will come together quickly—all while only dirtying one dish. This recipe uses oregano and Worchestire sauce for extra flavor, but feel free to experiment with whatever you have on hand and like the taste of.
Get the recipe: skillet ground beef and vegetables
4. Stuffed peppers
Anytime a vegetable serves as the "bowl" of your dinner, you know you're going to get some good fiber. Here, bell peppers are used to hold the ground beef, along with rice and crushed tomatoes (more veg!). Top it all off with a little cheese and you just made yourself a perfectly well-rounded dinner.
Get the recipe: stuffed peppers
5. Beef picadillo
Traditional in Latin America and the Philippines, picadillo varies by region but ground meat is always central to the recipe. In this Cuban-inspired take, it's also made with raisins, briny green olives, and potatoes. Be sure to stick close to your spice rack too, as this dish is loaded with anti-inflammatory spices including garlic, cumin, and chili powder.
Get the recipe: beef picadillo
6. Minced curry
The combination of ground beef and potatoes makes this South African meal uber hearty and comforting—and the flavorful curry sauce really takes the dish to the next level. Curry powder, paprika, ginger, and minced garlic are all used to make it. Want to make it extra spicy? Add a chili pepper or two.
Get the recipe: minced curry
7. Vegetable beef soup
If you're looking for a way to cook with frozen or canned vegetables, this recipe will put them to good use; they work just as well as fresh veggies in this recipe. Beans—another pantry staple—are also added, which ups the fiber even more.
Get the recipe: vegetable beef soup
8. Keto cheesy ground beef casserole
There's a reason why casserole recipe have been passed down for generations: they get dinner on the table quickly and don't require constant monitoring. But this isn't your grandmother's casserole. Instead of traditional rice, it's made with cauliflower rice, upping the fiber content and making it lower in carbs (if you're monitoring that kind of thing).
Get the recipe: keto cheesy ground beef casserole
9. Sweet potato shepherd's pie
Another dinner you can stick in the oven to cook while you finish the hundred other things on your to do list is this shepherd's pie topped with fluffy sweet potatoes. The tubers are a key source of vitamin A, potassium, and fiber and add the perfect amount of sweetness to balance out the beef.
Get the recipe: sweet potato shepherd's pie
10. Ground beef and zoodles
If you're in the mood for pasta but are hunting for a recipe that's a little more veggie-centric, using zucchini noodles in place of traditional pasta noodles does just the trick. Cooking with bone broth and a few key herbs adds flavor in place of a heavy sauce.
Get the recipe: ground beef and zoodles
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