Enjoy red meat once in a while, and want healthier beef recipes to try? The key to healthier beef is learning how to work with leaner cuts of beef (think cuts with the words “round,” “chuck,” “loin” or lean ground beef). Try your hand at making some of these savory beef recipes all under 400 calories per serving.
1. Cashew Beef with Broccoli Stir-Fry | Fiber Up Slim Down Cookbook
Make quick and tasty cashew beef with broccoli stir-fry for dinner. Trimmed beef top round and crisp broccoli is cooked in a savory soy-sauce base. Serve over brown rice or another whole grain of your choice. Recipe makes 4 servings.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 291; Total Fat: 17g; Saturated Fat: 3g; Monounsaturated Fat: 5g; Cholesterol: 54mg; Sodium: 515mg; Carbohydrate: 11g; Dietary Fiber: 1g; Sugar: 4g; Protein: 23g
2. Sirloin Roast with Mustard Rub | Clean Eating
Searing a large piece of beef and then roasting it in the oven gives you the best of two worlds: crisp, caramelized edges and a tender, juicy interior. Our herb-laced Dijon rub is the icing on this beefy cake. Recipe makes 12 servings at 2 (2-ounce) slices each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 186; Total Fat: 8g; Saturated Fat: 3g; Cholesterol: 48mg; Sodium: 224mg; Total Carbohydrate: 2g; Dietary Fiber: 0g; Sugars: 0g; Protein: 25g
3. Thai Beef Kebobs with Garden Vegetable Saute | Eat Up Slim Down Cookbook
Time to fire up those barbecue grills! Thai beef kabobs are flavored with a delicious sweet-and-sour marinade. Enjoy the kabobs alongside the simple garden vegetable saute for a tasty summertime meal. Recipe makes 4 servings at 2 skewers + 1/4 of vegetables.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 264; Total Fat: 12g; Saturated Fat: 3g; Monounsaturated Fat: 6g; Cholesterol: 68mg; Sodium: 266mg; Total Carbohydrates: 14g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sugars: 6g; Protein: 24g
4. Steak Baguettes with Pesto Mayo | Cooking Light
Piled high with steak and veggies, the real treat on this sandwich is the sauce, a pesto mayonnaise. The tender bites of sirloin steak will have you coming back for more of this high-protein, iron-rich sandwich. Recipe makes 4 servings at 1 sandwich each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 358; Total Fat: 11g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 4g; Cholesterol: 45mg; Sodium: 674mg; Carbohydrate: 39g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sugar: 1g; Protein: 25g
5. Grilled Flank Steak with Chimichurri Sauce | Skinnytaste
Lean flank steak is grilled and then smothered in a zingy chimichurri sauce. Serve with grilled corn or a side salad for a complete meal. Recipe makes 6 servings at 1 (3-ounce) steak + 4 teaspoons sauce each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 232; Total Fat: 14g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 77mg; Sodium: 343mg; Total Carbohydrate: 1g; Dietary Fiber: 0g; Sugars: 0g; Protein: 24g
6. Easy Braised Brisket | Cooking Light
Make lip-smacking, pull-apart beef brisket with just five ingredients! This scrumptious meaty main will reheat beautifully for a second meal, but chances are they’ll disappear before that happens. Recipe makes 8 servings at 3 1/2 ounce brisket + 1/3 cup sauce.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 244; Total Fat: 11g; Saturated Fat: 0g; Monounsaturated Fat: 5g; Cholesterol: 88mg; Sodium: 216mg; Carbohydrate: 4g; Dietary Fiber: 1g; Sugar: 2g; Protein: 30g
7. Tex-Mex Beef Tacos | BBC Good Food
This easy recipe for beef tacos combines lean ground beef with flavorful spices and crunchy taco shells (you can go soft if you prefer). Just stir-fry and spoon the meaty goodness over your shells. Top with plenty of chopped lettuce and tomatoes for good measure. Recipe makes 6 servings at 4 taco shells each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 383; Total Fat: 21g; Saturated Fat: 8g; Monounsaturated Fat: 11g; Cholesterol: 86mg; Sodium: 749mg; Total Carbohydrate: 35g; Dietary Fiber: 5g; Sugars: 6g; Protein: 28g
8. Easy Broccoli Beef | The Lemon Bowl
Crisp-tender broccoli and lean sirloin is quickly stir-fried with a flavorful ginger, garlic and soy sauce mixture to create this easy weeknight dinner. For a complete meal, serve with 1/4 cup cooked brown rice. Recipe makes 4 servings.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 329; Total Fat: 15g; Saturated Fat: 6g; Monounsaturated Fat: 6g; Cholesterol: 53mg; Sodium: 897mg; Total Carbohydrate: 21g; Dietary Fiber: 4g; Sugars: 9g; Protein: 28g
9. Asian Steak & Mango Salad | Clean Eating
It’s not hard to make your own Asian-inspired meal at home when you combine the simple ingredients called for in this Asian beef and mango salad. Lean flank steak is marinated in a sweet and sour sauce then served on a bed of fresh lettuce leaves with juicy mango pieces and crunchy cashews. Recipe makes 4 servings at 1/4 salad + 1 tablespoon dressing.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 275; Total Fat: 6g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 3g; Cholesterol: 40mg; Sodium: 309mg; Carbohydrate: 14g; Dietary Fiber: 1g; Sugar: 9g; Protein: 27g
10. Black Bean Quinoa Salad with Steak | Cooking Light
Make dinner in under 30 minutes with this recipe. Black beans, quinoa, fresh bell peppers and onions are tossed in a tangy vinaigrette then served with chipotle-rubbed sirloin steak. It’s a delicious and healthy main meal. Recipe makes 4 servings at 1 1/2 cup each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 357; Total Fat: 15g; Saturated Fat: 3g; Monounsaturated Fat: 6g; Cholesterol: 53mg; Sodium: 329mg; Carbohydrate: 29g; Dietary Fiber: 8g; Sugar: 2g; Protein: 28g