Ground beef is an amazing source of vitamins, protein and it's also really versatile. My favorite simple weekday dinner is simply cooked ground beef with some spices and a side of veggies, but this time I added some Feta cheese and formed the beef into patties.
I'm generally not good in making beef dishes and I rarely order beef when we eat out. I think beef can be hit or miss: A really juicy beef steak can be super amazing, but bad beef is.. really bad. Chicken and fish are much harder to mess up, and I simply like them better most of the time.
Whenever we have steaks in our house, I leave the cooking to my husband and I'm happy to take care of the side dish.
Ground beef is so much simpler than steaks though. It's hard to mess up, and it's ready super quickly. That's why we stock up on grass-fed ground beef every time we go to Costco, and have a few pounds in the freezer all the time. Even though there's just two of us, we workout a lot and also eat a lot, so freezing makes sense.
My Favorite Ways to Use Ground Beef
Here are my favorite ways to use ground beef:
- Simply cooked in a skillet, with a side of veggies, like Brussels sprouts or broccoli. This is my typical go-to weeknight dinner when I'm in a hurry and haven't prepared anything.
- Casseroles, like this Bison Sweet Potato Bake –> I'm using bison here, but beef will work too
- Soups, like this light turkey or chicken soup, where you can use either ground turkey or beef
- Meatloaf –> this veggie-packed meatloaf takes quite a bit of work but it's SO good!
- Savory muffins, like these Smells Like Summer Paleo Egg Muffins
- Patties, like these Bacon Cilantro Patties
- Meatballs, like Cilantro Sundried Tomato Meatballs – recipe in my Urban Jane Lifestyle ebook!
- In tomato sauce on top of spahgetti squash or regular pasta, if you do it.
Beef Is Great Source of Nutrients
Beef is really, really nutrient dense. There are not too many foods that are comparable to that, except for maybe organ meats. By the way, I love liver. I grew up eating liver gravy and patties. When I was little, liver was cheap, healthy and filling, so we had it quite often.
Here are a few reasons why you should have beef (ground or not), on your table regularly:
- Lean beef is rich in vitamin B-12, which aids in red blood cell production and supports energy levels. I've heard of many people who have cut out red meat from their diet and felt incredibly tired and exhausted as a result, then added it back to their diets and recovered pretty quickly. B12 is key here!
- B12 supports brain health. For example, it's been shown that Alzheimer's patients have significantly lower levels of B12 in their body.
- To support your iron needs. When I was younger, I was once diagnosed with low hemoglobin, which occurs as a result of iron deficiency. I remember being tired and fatigue all the time and had no energy to do my workouts and school work. To fix that, I had to take iron supplements, accompanied with vitamin C which helps to absorb iron better, and also add more iron-rich foods into my diet.
Protein in Beef
Beef is also one of the best sources of protein out there. Of course, also other meats are rich in protein, but feef seems to be the best in protein content:
- 4 oz lean ground beef – 30 grams
- 4 oz cooked lean steak – 30 grams
- 4 oz chicken breast – 26 grams
- 4 oz raw tuna – 26 grams
- 4 oz raw salmon – 21 grams
- 4 oz turkey breast – 20 grams of protein.
Sure enough, beef is also richer in calories than chicken or turkey, for example. When I make ground beef, once it's cooked, I usually put it on the kitchen paper to let the paper absorb some of the fat. There's usually no need to use cooking fat either.
Greek Style Feta Burgers
Yesterday I put together a few very basic ingredients to make beef patties. Like many other recipes that I make, the goal for this one–in addition to have something to eat for lunch, of course–was to use up some leftovers. This time, it was the last piece of Feta that had been sitting in the fridge for some time already.
Patties can often come out too hard or the opposite, fall apart, if you don't get the flour and egg ratio right. These patties came out perfect: Soft and juicy, while still holding nicely together.
Here's your recipe for Greek Style F!