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9 Top Ground Beef Recipes That Go Lean and Healthy

These top-rated recipes nudge ground beef in a healthier direction. They call for lots of veggies, whole fresh foods, and lean ground beef. They're economical and also easy to prepare, so they'll be great go-to recipes on busy weeknights when time -- and healthy eating -- are of the essence.

1. Low-Carb "Tacos"

You'll brown seasoned ground beef and combine it with diced onions, jalapeno peppers, shredded lettuce, fresh tomato, salsa, and avocado slices. "This is a great low-carb alternative to your standard homemade tacos," says Sarah. "I love Mexican food and wasn't willing to part with tacos after starting my low-carb diet. This always satisfies my craving."

Low-Carb Tacos

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2. Momma's Healthy Meatloaf

Extra-lean ground beef and loads of fresh vegetables make this a healthier take on traditional meatloaf. "FANTASTIC!" raves Christina. "Super-moist and flavorful."

Momma's Healthy Meatloaf

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3. Addictive Asian Beef Slaw

"This meal has it all -- beef, shredded veggies, soy sauce, hot sauce, and lots of fresh cilantro," says Stasty Cook. "This dish is truly addictive."


4. Baked Spaghetti Squash with Beef and Veggies

For this recipe, you'll combine shredded roasted spaghetti squash with browned ground beef, green and red bell peppers, Italian-style tomatoes, onions, garlic, and seasonings. "Tasty and healthy is a great combo for me," says Calvin Amanda Cabarrus. "I use spaghetti squash instead of pasta sometimes because it is low carb and adds way more vitamins."

Baked Spaghetti Squash with Beef and Veggies

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5. Healthier Stuffed Peppers

"This healthier stuffed peppers recipe uses an assortment of colorful peppers, lean ground beef, brown rice, fresh onion, garlic, and tomato sauce," says MakeItHealthy. "So colorful and so healthy!"

Stuffed Peppers

Photo by Meredith

6. Abuela's Picadillo

This ground beef hash combines seasoned ground beef with butternut squash, bell peppers, olives, hot sauce, and tomato sauce. "This is my grandmother's Cuban picadillo recipe, which is usually served with white rice, beans, and plantains," says Marie Soler.

Abuela's Picadillo

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7. Cabbage Rolls II

Cabbage leaves are stuffed with extra-lean ground beef, onions, and rice, and covered with a tangy tomato sauce. “Use VERY lean ground beef," recommends KRANEY. "You don’t cook the meat before rolling it into the cabbage leaves, so there will be no way to drain fat."

Cabbage Rolls II

Photo by lutzflcat

8. Asian Lettuce Wraps

"Delicious and bursting with flavor," says Rachel. "Spoon a portion of the meat into a lettuce leaf. Wrap the lettuce around the meat like a burrito and enjoy!"

Asian Lettuce Wraps

Photo by Chef'd

9. Italian Wedding Soup I

This healthy soup combines meatballs (made with extra-lean ground beef) with escarole or spinach, carrots, and orzo pasta. "This is really a wonderful soup," says BLUEROADS. "Super simple to prepare. Hearty enough for a winter meal, and yet light enough for a summer meal as well."

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