Healthy Meat Main Dish Recipes

Find healthy, delicious recipes for main dish with meat, including meatballs, meatloaf and casserole recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

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Cheesy Ground Beef & Cauliflower Casserole

Rating: 4.5 stars 18
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

Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole

Rating: 4 stars 5
All the delicious flavors of your favorite chicken Cordon Bleu--salty ham, melty cheese, tangy mustard--with no tricky assembly required. This healthy comfort food recipe would be perfect for a potluck.
Hilary Meyer
By Hilary Meyer

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

Apple, Bacon and Sweet Potato Mini Casseroles

Rating: 5 stars 2
These sweet and savory mini casseroles are ready in just an hour. Refrigerate or freeze the leftovers to enjoy later.
By Diabetic Living Magazine

Slow-Cooker Pork Tenderloin

This tender slow-cooker pork tenderloin picks up tangy and sweet flavors from a tomato-based sauce that features the flavors of classic barbecue. Serve with crusty bread to sop up the sauce. Serve the leftover sauce with steamed hearty greens, creamy grits or shredded pork.
By Laura Kanya

Baked Cavatelli Casserole

Rating: 5 stars 2
This easy to make, comforting dish will keep you warm on a cold day.
By Diabetic Living Magazine

Baked Spaghetti

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.
By Laura Kanya

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 Balsamic Short Ribs

Rating: 5 stars 9
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

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
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Inspiration and Ideas

11 Old-Fashioned Meatloaf Recipes Just Like Grandma Used to Make
Sometimes you just want a taste of nostalgia, and these meatloaf recipes, including some classics, may do the trick. Meatloaf is a comforting main dish just in time for the chilly months, and it pairs perfectly with your favorite side dishes.
19 Cozy Meatloaf Recipes You'll Want to Make Forever
These healthy takes on the main dish make it easier than ever to add cozy, nutritious protein to your dinner routine.
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.