Heart-Healthy Meat Recipes

Find delicious heart-healthy meat recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Staff Picks

Slow-Cooker Braised Beef with Carrots & Turnips

Rating: 4.86 stars
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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.

Basic Meatloaf

Rating: 4 stars
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While meatloaf purists focus on the meat, we like to look at meatloaf as a way to pack extra veggies and whole grains into a meal, as we do in this healthy, classic meatloaf recipe.

Apple, Bacon and Sweet Potato Mini Casseroles

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

Eggplant and Sausage Slow Cooker Baked Ziti

Using a slow cooker makes this Italian style dish an easy meal for any night of the week.

Beef & Bean Sloppy Joes

Rating: 4.5 stars
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This healthy copycat recipe of the comfort food classic trades beans for some of the meat to bump up fiber by 7 grams. We also cut back on the sugar and ketchup in this Sloppy Joe recipe makeover to save you 12 grams of added sugar.

Baked Cavatelli Casserole

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

Chinese Ginger Beef Stir-Fry with Baby Bok Choy

Rating: 5 stars
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All of the ingredients for this easy beef stir-fry recipe are cooked in one wok (or skillet), so not only is the meal-prep fast for this healthy dinner, cleanup is quick too. Look for Lee Kum Kee Premium oyster-flavored sauce in the Asian-foods aisle of your grocery store. It has the most concentrated oyster flavor.

Spaghetti with Quick Meat Sauce

Rating: 4.2 stars
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Instead of opening a jar of sauce, try this easy spaghetti with meat sauce on a weeknight. Serve with steamed broccoli and garlic bread. The recipe makes enough for 8 servings. If you're serving only four for dinner, cook 8 ounces of spaghetti and freeze the leftover sauce.

Pasta Puttanesca with Beef

Rating: 5 stars
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This easy slow cooker ground beef and pasta recipe makes a great meal any night of the week.

Healthy Oven-Fried Pork Chops

Rating: 4.71 stars
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These whole-wheat panko breadcrumb-coated pork chops get just as crispy as fried chops, but they're healthier. Oven-frying saves you fat and calories while producing chops that are crispy on the outside, yet juicy inside. Serve with steamed broccoli and baked sweet potato for a satisfying weeknight dinner.

Skillet Steak with Mushroom Sauce

Rating: 3.25 stars
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This steak, broccoli rabe and pea dinner is a one-skillet meal that will be on your table in just 25 minutes! The pan drippings combine with mushroom, broth and grainy mustard to make a thick and delicious sauce.

Tamari-Ginger Meatball & Eggplant Casserole

Rating: 4.63 stars
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Eggplant soaks up the flavors of ginger, garlic and tamari in this Asian-inspired casserole recipe. A hot pepper in the topping adds a bit of heat, but opt for sweet if you prefer.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Pork Paprikash with Cauliflower "Rice"
Rating: Unrated
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Cut carbs and calories by using cauliflower "rice" instead of regular rice in this 30-minute pork paprikash recipe.
Blue Ribbon Meatloaf
Rating: Unrated
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In revisiting this classic, we put the meat back in the “loaf” by using ultra-lean ground beef and turkey. With fresh whole-wheat breadcrumbs and beer-simmered sweet onions, you'll never notice the missing fat.

Ham-&-Cheese-Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Rating: 4.86 stars
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Making a pocket in the chicken breast to hold the stuffing is easy with a good, sharp, thin-bladed knife. Browning the chicken in a skillet before baking gives it a beautiful golden color, and finishing in the oven ensures that it cooks evenly throughout.