It can be quite the task coming up with dinners to feed the family, or just yourself, when you’re trying to be healthy. It seems that fattening foods taste great, and healthy foods can taste bland and boring. But these dinner recipes really pack a punch in the flavor department. Each makes a great addition to your weekly menu, and with a wide assortment of meats and styles you’ll never be at a loss for something new. Here are healthy dinner recipes that are sure to please.
When selecting the beef for these recipes make sure you go with a lean cut and a high quality, preferably organic. Some good choices are a top sirloin steak, and a top round roast.
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1. Shepherd’s Pie with Healthier Mashed Potatoes – Here’s a method to turn a British staple into a healthier version. Make sure that ground beef that you use is 90/10, and organic if you can find it, or all-natural if you can’t. They say the mashed potatoes are healthier than regularly prepared kind, and they pull this off by adding cauliflower to them. Sneaky but delicious! You’re getting meat, veggies and a carb for a well-balanced meal.
2. Paleo Curry Meatballs – The curry sauce on these gives them a unique flavor that’s unusual in the world of meatballs. These are dairy free for all of you Paleo enthusiasts, and they end up as a healthy option even for those that aren’t following the Paleo diet. If you’re looking for low-carbs you can make a meal out of them, and if not you can balance these out with some nice whole wheat pasta or a baked potato.
3. Kickin’ Konfetti Meatloaf – What’s nice about this recipe is that you can switch it up as needed in order for it to fit in to the type of foods you’re eating. You can serve it up plain if you’re watching your carbs, or serve it as shown with whole grain sourdough. They also give you instructions on how to make it gluten free. They’re using lean meats, but you can also leave out the pork if you want to cut down on the fat.
4. Easy Pepper Steak – Boneless beef sirloin steak is used to make sure that this is big on protein, but not on fat. They’re even using lite soy sauce to make sure it comes in low on calories. The addition of bell peppers makes this a winner, and serving it up on a bed of brown or basmati rice means you’ll round things out and have a complete meal. They say it’s easy, and it’s easy to see why, with simple, natural ingredients.
5. Korean-Style Beef Tacos – The marinating on this recipe means you’re going to get a good flavor in the beef, and the chile paste is going to give you a taste of how they eat things in Korea. Chile paste is used prevalently, and many of the dishes feature it. The corn tortillas make this good for those that are trying to avoid wheat. They say to use beef tenderloin, but the Mayo Clinic would suggest that you sub that out with sirloin tips or strips of round steak.
6. Beef and Broccoli Stir-Fry – The beef gives you a good dose of protein, and the broccoli makes it so you’re getting a superfood that also tastes good. Broccoli is really good at soaking up all of the flavoring and sauces, and makes a good pairing with the beef. It also has fiber to help with the transit time of the meal so the beef is not left sitting in your gut for too long. Served with a side of steam rice this is a complete and tasty meal.
Chicken is a great meat to use for healthy cooking, especially if you’re trying to stay lean or build muscle. If you stick with chicken breast you’ll be getting a good quality protein without the fat or high amounts of calories. It’s a very versatile food with plenty of healthy recipes available.
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7. Fire Roasted Chile and Garlic Chicken Burgers – The easiest way to make a burger healthier is to sub out the beef with chicken in order to skip out on the saturated fat. This recipe adds tons of flavor with the roasted chiles, and piles on more with the garlic. Simply leave out the bacon to go easy on your waistline and you’re good to go. Use a multi-grain or whole wheat bun to make it a complete meal.
8. Whole Roasted Harissa Chicken – A whole chicken is great for feeding the family, and this recipe keeps things healthy by suggesting you use an organic chicken, and barring that a free range chicken. This is so you won’t get a chicken full of antibiotics, or one that was fed genetically modified grains. The addition of a Greek yogurt-based lemon sauce means that this chicken is going to taste great, and help you stay fit.
9. Chipotle-Glazed Roast Chicken with Sweet Potatoes – As pictured this is a complete meal, with protein from the chicken, the sweet potatoes making a good carb, and the broccoli providing all of its superfood qualities like fiber. The chipotle chiles give it a nice flavor without making it too spicy, and have been shown to boost your metabolism. It also uses some olive oil and honey so it will be very flavorful and good for you.
10. Black Beans and Rice with Chicken and Apples – The black beans in this give a good amount of fiber, plus some extra protein. The have you using brown rice instead of white rice, and the chicken is shredded, making it easier to chew up. Opt for a low-sodium chicken broth if you’re watching your sodium intake. This is a well-balanced meal that should keep you full for several hours, and it’s colorful, giving it a great presentation.
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