Beef is a great source of protein, iron, and B vitamins. It can also be high in fat and cholesterol, and consuming too much of it has been linked obesity and some cancers. But lean cuts of beef, such as sirloin or tenderloin, have a place in any healthy diet. Just keep your portions small -- say, a couple of ounces at a time, rounded out with veggies and whole grains -- and eat it no more than a few times a week. You'll be taking advantage of all the health benefits and taste of beef, with none of the downsides. The recipes on the following slides can help.
Delicious any time of year, this dinner recipe is particularly suited for warmer months, when zucchini and mint are plentiful, and it's easy to fire up the grill for the sirloin skewers.
Got leftover rice? Try whipping up this well-rounded meal, which also includes beef and eggs for protein, plenty of veggies for vitamins, and hunger-satisfying fiber.
Use lean, grass-fed ground beef or turkey to make these patties formed with chopped basil leaves and chili pepper mixed into the meat. In summer, assemble the burgers with grilled zucchini and heirloom tomatoes to sample the best of farmers-market produce.