Healthy Beef Recipes

Find healthy, delicious beef recipes including ground beef, roast beef, stews and beef brisket. Healthier recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Staff Picks

Cheesy Ground Beef & Cauliflower Casserole

Rating: 4.5 stars 19
Ground beef and cauliflower combine to create a hearty weeknight casserole that both kids and adults will love. Serve with tortilla chips and sour cream.
By Carolyn Casner

American Goulash

Rating: 4.5 stars 24
American goulash, also known as old-fashioned goulash, is the perfect economical family meal. The pasta cooks right in the sauce, so this satisfying dish can cook in just one pot.
By Carolyn Casner

Cheesy Meatball Casserole

Rating: 3.5 stars 3
This cheesy meatball casserole is a family favorite, with basil adding flavor to the meatballs and grated onion adding moisture. Melted mozzarella cheese tames the spice, but feel free to cut back or eliminate the crushed red pepper if you prefer a milder dish.
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By Liv Dansky

Stuffed Cabbage Soup

Rating: 4.5 stars 16
Like stuffed cabbage? You'll love this easy stuffed cabbage soup. It's got all of the classic flavors of stuffed cabbage without all the fuss of stuffing. Plus, you can make this warming soup ahead of time or freeze it for later for a quick dinner or lunch.
By Karen Rankin

Ground Beef & Potatoes Skillet

Rating: 4.5 stars 14
In this healthy ground beef and potatoes recipe, ground beef and potatoes are paired with colorful veggies, including kale, tomato and peppers. Everything is cooked in one skillet, which allows for layers of flavor to build quickly while also cutting back on the number of dishes.
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By John Somerall

Baked Spaghetti

Rating: 5 stars 1
Think of this baked spaghetti as a cousin to lasagna. Instead of layering ingredients, spaghetti is tossed with ricotta cheese, ground beef, veggies and marinara sauce before it's topped with cheese and baked until set. Serve this family-friendly casserole with a Caesar salad on the side.
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By Laura Kanya

One-Pot Beef Stroganoff

Rating: 4 stars 1
This one-pot beef stroganoff recipe cuts down on dishes, but not on flavor! Mixed mushrooms and sirloin steak layer on the umami flavors, while sour cream with a hint of Dijon mustard carries the sauce. Coating the steak in baking soda before cooking helps to tenderize it, but you can skip this step to speed things up if needed.
Julia Levy
By Julia Levy

Slow-Cooker Balsamic Short Ribs

Rating: 5 stars 10
Now here's a healthy beef short ribs recipe you can serve to company—even on a holiday. Serve with mashed celeriac or mashed potatoes, steamed green beans and a bold Italian red wine that has a touch of sweetness (think amarone or brunello).
By Carolyn Malcoun

Ground Beef & Pasta Skillet

Rating: 4.5 stars 14
Add extra vegetables to your day with this easy one-skillet pasta recipe. Finely chop mushrooms to resemble the texture of ground beef and stir them into a classic meat sauce for a healthy twist on a dinnertime favorite.
By Carolyn Casner

Slow-Cooker Beef Stroganoff

Rating: 3.5 stars 3
This slow-cooker Beef Stroganoff recipe brings together tender beef and fresh mushrooms served over hot noodles with a creamy sauce.
By Diabetic Living Magazine

Instant-Pot Roast Beef

Rating: 3 stars 2
This classic Instant Pot roast beef features carrots, onions and potatoes in a rich and flavorful sauce that can be served over rice or whole-wheat egg noodles. If the roast is loose after trimming, tie it together with kitchen string so it holds its shape while it cooks.
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By Adam Dolge

Slow-Cooker Braised Beef with Carrots & Turnips

Rating: 4.5 stars 10
The spice blend in this healthy beef stew recipe--cinnamon, allspice and cloves--may conjure images of apple pie, but the combo is a great fit in savory applications too. Serve over creamy polenta or buttered whole-wheat egg noodles.
Hilary Meyer
By Hilary Meyer
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Inspiration and Ideas

20 Ground Beef Recipes in 30 Minutes
Make a nutritious, tasty dinner in 30 minutes with these ground beef recipes. Ground beef cooks quickly and is a great source of protein and nutrients to keep you full and healthy. When it's paired with potatoes or pasta, it creates a well-rounded, flavorful meal. Recipes like Cheeseburger Stuffed Baked Potatoes and Skillet Ravioli Lasagna are filling, delicious and on the table in no time.
23 Healthy Ground Beef Casseroles for a Cozy Dinner
These healthy ground beef casseroles have something for everyone, whether you're craving a filling shepherd's pie or a comforting veggie-packed hotdish.
Skillet Ravioli Lasagna
Rating: 4.5 stars 10

This easy inside-out ravioli lasagna is the ultimate weeknight comfort food—no layering or mixing bowls required. Feel free to swap in ground turkey for the beef. Look for fresh mozzarella balls (also called "pearls") in the specialty cheese section of your grocery store.