Enjoy our favorite MyPlate-inspired beef recipes, which use beef as a nutritious choice to incorporate more protein into your healthy diet.
Cooking Light is working with the Partnership for a Healthier America and USDA’s MyPlate to give anyone looking for healthier options access
to thousands of recipes that will help them create healthy, tasty plates. For more information about creating a healthy plate,
visit www.choosemyplate.gov. Find recipes at http://pinterest.com/MyPlateRecipes/.
Getting enough protein is an essential part of healthy eating. MyPlate recommends choosing lean meats and ground beef that are at least 90% lean. Trimming or draining fat from meat and removing skin from poultry is also a great way to cut fat and calories.
First up: Just saying Carne Asada Taco with Avocado Pico de Gallo makes our mouths water. Squeeze fresh lime juice over tacos and enjoy.
View Recipe: Carne Asada Tacos with Avocado Pico de Gallo
For this dish, grill the beef tenderloin first, and then coat it in the mustard and herb mixture for bright, fresh flavors.
Serve with grilled polenta and a simple salad.
View Recipe: Beef Tenderloin with Mustard and Herbs
Make a classic family favorite in a fraction of the time. Best of all, this comforting dinner dish comes in at less than 400
calories per serving.
View Recipe: Quick Beef Stroganoff
The trick with this shish kebab recipe is to cook the beef separately from the vegetables so nothing overcooks. You can prepare
this recipe on a grill pan, but you’ll need to cook the kebabs in batches.
View Recipe: Classic Beef Shish Kebabs
Entertaining? Pop the beef tenderloin in the oven as guests arrive, and make the cherry-black pepper sauce just before they're
View Recipe: Beef Tenderloin with Cherry-Black Pepper Sauce
Bulgogi, beef barbecue, is one of the most popular Korean dishes. Serve over rice and lettuce for a complete meal.
View Recipe: Bulgogi (Korean Beef Barbecue)
We pair simply seasoned beef tenderloin with a flavorful sauté of fresh green beans, onions, shallots, garlic, and balsamic
vinegar–all for under 250 calories per serving.
View Recipe: Beef Tenderloin Steaks and Balsamic Green Beans
A classic pot roast with gravy is the “gateway” recipe to using your pressure cooker–it’s quick, and you’re rewarded with
a hearty dish in a fraction of the time.
View Recipe: Beef Pot Roast and Gravy
These simple tacos are an ideal showcase for tender Beef Carnitas–tender, slowly cooked, inexpensive beef stew meat that will
win you over with its great flavor and versatility.
View Recipe: Beef Carnitas Tacos
Make use of a budget-friendly cut of meat by marinating in a rich Asian marinade, which serves double-duty in this delicious
View Recipe: Maple and Soy-Glazed Flank Steak
Small but loaded with flavor: Caramelized onions, blue cheese, arugula, and sirloin fill your mouth with sweetness and pungency.
View Recipe: Caramelized Onion-and-Blue Cheese Mini Burgers
This meat-lover’s pizza is equally pleasing as a family dinner or for a casual party. For the best flavor, shred and grate
the cheeses yourself.
View Recipe: Beef and Bacon Pizza
Try a new twist on the usual weeknight steak dinner. Pair with steamed veggies or a side of rice.
View Recipe: Espresso-Grilled Tenderloin Steaks
This classic is all about technique–roast at a low temperature to ensure gently cooked meat with a medium-rare center. Keep
the seasoning simple to allow the meat to star.
View Recipe: Classic “Prime” Rib
Arugula, a peppery salad green, makes a tasty bed for pan-seared steak. Asiago bread is a fitting accompaniment for a complete
View Recipe: Filet Mignon with Arugula Salad
This steak Diane recipe will impress your family and guests with very little effort. For an easy side of roasted potatoes,
start with precut potato wedges.
View Recipe: Steak Diane
"Bloom" the ginger, garlic, and curry powder by warming them in oil to round out flavors in this Asian-inspired, dinner dish.
View Recipe: Beef Soba Noodles with Spinach and Coconut-Curry Vinaigrette
Master the art of stir-fry with this beef-based, Asian-inspired dish. If presliced beef is not available, ask your butcher
to thinly slice flank steak or boneless sirloin steak.
View Recipe: Sesame Beef Stir-Fry
Lots of veggies and herbs pack this flavorful salad. It’s quick to prepare and would be delicious with grilled chicken or
lamb, if you prefer.
View Recipe: Thai Steak Salad
Ready in just 40 minutes, this beef-based dish uses mango salsa for an unusual blend of textures and tastes that will have
you coming back for more.
View Recipe: Grilled Steak with Fresh Mango Salsa
Chile peppers and cacti are staple ingredients in Southwestern cooking. Here I mixed a sweet-smoky ancho chile paste with
bottom notes of earthy cumin into the beef patty. For a condiment, I started with nopales (cactus paddles) to give deep green
veggie flavor. Jicama adds hearty crunch, while lime juice and cilantro brighten it all up. -Tiffany Vickers Davis, Test Kichen Manager
View Recipe: Southwest Burger
Rich cherry sauce complements steak in this 40-minute dish.
View Recipe: Seared Steaks with Red Wine-Cherry Sauce
For a more kid-friendly dish, substitute red bell pepper for the jalapeño in the salad.
View Recipe: Grilled Sirloin Steak with Mango and Chile Salad
If you have the time, freeze the steak for 20 minutes prior to preparation for easier slicing.
View Recipe: Beef Noodle Soup
This sauce is also tasty with sautéed chicken breasts or pork chops.
View Recipe: Flank Steak with Tomato-Balsamic Sauce
Give traditional lettuce wraps a kick in the tastebuds with the addition of zesty spiced steak.
View Recipe: Spicy Steak Lettuce Wraps
Be sure to put some of the pesto aside for a later weeknight dinner. It's herbaceous flavor pairs well with beef, chicken,
View Recipe: Steak with Lemon-Herb Pesto and Spinach Salad
Feijoada (pronounced fay-ZWAH-da) is a delicious stew of pork and black beans that's traditionally served over rice with fresh
orange slices. In Brazil, this dish is often served on special occasions, but preparing it in a slow cooker makes it possible
to serve this rich dish on the busiest weeknights.
View Recipe: Brazilian Feijoada
Bacon lends the peas and carrots in this dish a lovely smoky flavor.
View Recipe: Herb-Rubbed New York Strip with Sautéed Peas and Carrots
The chard makes a wonderful peppery, lightly bitter complement to the sweet fennel. Look for crema Mexicana in the supermarket
dairy section or at ethnic markets, or substitute crème fraîche.
View Photo: Beef Tenderloin, Swiss Chard, and Caramelized Fennel Tacos
If you want a more budget-friendly option, swap in some stemmed kale for the Swiss chard.
View Recipe: Seared Steak with Braised Leeks
Revamp classic pot roast with parsnip and sweet potatoes.
View Recipe: Braised Beef with Onion, Sweet Potato, and Parsnip
With over 17g of protein and ready in under an hour, this lightened-up comfort food is a filling and satisfying dish for any
night of the week.
View Recipe: Cremini Mushroom Meat Loaf
Finished with a rosemary, onion, red wine, and mushroom sauce, these seared steaks are an easy entrée that pair well with
blue cheese mashed potatoes and broccoli.
View Recipe: Seared Steaks with Red Wine, Mushrooms, and Onions
In this deli-style roast beef, bold ingredients blanket the exterior of a lean but flavorful cut—eye of round.
View Recipe: Chili and Coffee-Rubbed Eye of Round
We love the color and slightly bitter edge of radicchio, but you can sub shredded green cabbage for a milder flavor.
View Recipe: Flank Steak Tacos with Slaw