500-Calorie Dinners: Beef

On a diet? Juicy steaks can still be on the menu!

When you hear "diet," juicy steak probably doesn't come to mind. But if you love meat, keep on eating it. Just make sure you choose lean cuts of steak with a relatively small amount of marbling (fat), such as filet mignon, sirloin, strip steak, and flank steak. Ground meat is easy to decipher, just check the label for the "percentage lean" and try to stick with 90%-lean or leaner. Browse through these recipes to choose your main course, then pick from the suggested side dishes, desserts or drinks to round out your 500-calorie meal. Download a FREE Healthy Burger Recipe Cookbook!

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Seared Steaks with Caramelized Onions & Gorgonzola

306 calories
In our humble opinion, steak is best topped with sweet caramelized onions and salty Gorgonzola cheese. To round out your 500-calorie meal, serve with one from each group:

Choose one side dish:
• Polenta (½ cup)
74 calories
Crushed Red Potatoes with Buttermilk
85 calories
Choose one vegetable:
• Asparagus drizzled with 1 tsp. olive oil (1 cup)
80 calories
• Sautéed chard with 1 tsp. olive oil and a squeeze of lemon (1 cup)
76 calories

Bistro Flank Steak Sandwich

Pictured Recipe: Bistro Flank Steak Sandwich

Bistro Flank Steak Sandwich

294 calories
Make this bistro-style sandwich, sauce and all, completely on the grill. If you're in a hurry, just grill the steak and garlic and substitute jarred roasted red peppers for the grilled bell peppers. To round out your 500-calorie meal, serve with one from each group:

Choose one side dish:
Cheesy Broccoli-Potato Mash
135 calories
Roasted Red Potatoes (½ cup)
97 calories
Choose one vegetable:
Roasted Asparagus (½ cup)
77 calories
• Mixed greens (1½ cup) with 2 Tbsp. Cucumber Herb Vinaigrette
69 calories

Mini Meatloaves

Pictured Recipe: Mini Meatloaves

Mini Meatloaves

209 calories
Traditional meatloaf is made with ground beef, pork and veal; here we replace the veal with ground turkey for a tender, flavorful and leaner version of the classic. To round out your 500-calorie meal, serve with one from each group:

Choose one side dish:
Cheesy Broccoli-Potato Mash
135 calories
Zesty Dill Potato Salad
123 calories
Choose one vegetable:
Glazed Mini Carrots
74 calories
Lemon-Dill Green Beans
74 calories
Choose one dessert:
Apple Cider Granita
103 calories
• Nonfat vanilla frozen yogurt (½ cup)
95 calories

Thai Beef Salad

Pictured Recipe: Thai Beef Salad

Thai Beef Salad

209 calories
The steak for a Thai salad is often marinated before it's broiled and that's a shame, because most of those flavorings burn off and turn to naught. For the best taste, first sear the steak, then let it sit overnight in the marinade before tossing it with the greens. To round out your 500-calorie meal, serve with one from each group:

Choose one side dish:
Curried Carrot Soup
123 calories
Quinoa (½ cup) with chopped fresh mint and lime zest
111 calories
Choose one side dish:
Orange Crisps with Citrus Fruit Salad
128 calories
• Red wine (5-ounce glass)
120 calories

Szechuan Braised Meatballs

Pictured Recipe: Szechuan Braised Meatballs

Szechuan Braised Meatballs

289 calories
We braise these spicy beef meatballs and Chinese cabbage in a bit of beef broth. To round out your 500-calorie meal, serve with one from each group:

Choose one side dish:
Brown rice (½ cup)
109 calories
• Whole-wheat fettuccine (½ cup)
87 calories
Choose one side dish:
Sesame Snap Peas with Carrots & Peppers
78 calories
Raspberry Applesauce
67 calories

Beef & Bean Chile Verde

Pictured Recipe: Beef & Bean Chile Verde

Beef & Bean Chile Verde

309 calories
Chile Verde, usually a slow-cooked stew of pork, jalapeños and tomatillos, becomes an easy weeknight meal with quick-cooking ground beef and store-bought green salsa. To round out your 500-calorie meal, serve with one from each group:

Choose one side dish:
Quinoa with a squeeze of lime (½ cup)
111 calories
• Avocado (¼) with 1 Tbsp. reduced-fat sour cream
100 calories
Choose one dessert:
Banana Pudding Pops
82 calories
Chewy Chocolate Cookies
68 calories

Flemish Beef Stew

Pictured Recipe: Flemish Beef Stew

Flemish Beef Stew

303 calories
For this slow-cooker interpretation of Carbonnades Flamandes, a Flemish stew made with beer, if you can't find a brown ale, use a strong, dark beer (but not a stout). To round out your 500-calorie meal, serve with one from each group:

Choose one whole-grain:
Brown rice (1/2 cup)
109 calories
• Whole-wheat orzo (1/2 cup)
87 calories
Choose one vegetable:
Brussels Sprouts with Bacon-Horseradish Cream
80 calories
Roasted Squash & Fennel with Thyme
66 calories