OMG. You are so going to love this healthy ground beef recipe, it is spicy, full of flavor and delicious. Like seriously, if you’re eating clean and kinda getting bored with the same old, same old – make this super easy ground beef dinner skillet. It is so good.
Maybe you’re in the same situation as I was a few weeks ago: sitting there wondering: “What can I make with ground beef, other than meatballs?”
Scratch, scratch: “I don’t know.” Well, I did some research and some experimentation and this is it. I found it. This is a healthy dinner idea with ground beef, quinoa and beans that you can make in one pan in 20-30 minutes. You can also easily meal prep this because it makes a lot. Like 3-4 servings, well if you’re the only one eating this.
Lucky for me, my toddler hates, I repeat, HATES anything with rice or quinoa or beef (well except lasagna). My husband is very resistant to the idea of eating anything healthy, even with beef, he likes his pizza. That leaves me. And me, well, I don’t like to share food. This means I could spice this ground beef skillet anyway I want, I can add vegetables to it and actually enjoy it without someone calling mint an evil weed or pretending to be throwing up. No, no. This delicious dinner is only for me and I’m done with making dinner for 3 entire days. Everyone else: Save yourself. Self-care completed.
Meal Prep Option
You don’t need to do anything special to meal prep this for dinner. All you do is cook the ground beef according to the instructions below and then separate everything into 3 containers. Not really that hard.
Options & Substitutions
- I used lean ground beef in this recipe, but you can use any type of ground meat here.
- Another option is to use rice or bulgur instead of quinoa.
- You can use other vegetables as well – maybe zucchini, broccoli, eggplant.
- I used roasted red peppers, but if you don’t have any – use fresh bell peppers or no peppers at all.
Keto? Vegan? Paleo? Well Maybe You Can…
This recipe with ground beef is gluten-free and dairy-free. Good enough for me, but if you’re eating paleo, keto or even vegan you can totally also make this with some adjustments:
- Paleo option: don’t add quinoa and beans, instead you can maybe add broccoli or green beans. Maybe also cauliflower rice or zucchini would work.
- Keto Option: Again, don’t add the beans or quinoa, leave out the carrot and serve with salad, zoodles or cauliflower rice.
- Vegan Option: As I mentioned, you can even leave the meat out and add more beans and quinoa to make this recipe vegan. That’s how I’ve been usually making this in the past.