Last week my personal trainer and I were discussing nutrition and I asked for a couple ideas of healthy meals to make that were “out of the norm” of my usual chicken and broccoli routine. As much as I love chicken and broccoli – varying the flavors with the different seasonings – it has gotten… well…boring. One of the recipes he suggested was Thai Ground Beef from the Gourmet Nutrition Cookbook. I had actually never tried Thai food but the recipe looked easy enough, so I gave it a shot. I knew I wanted to blog it if it was good… but we ended up eating the entire first batch so I had to make it a second time just to take pictures. It was ok, though, because we all loved it that much. I ended up adding in some red cabbage and putting the Thai Ground Beef into lettuce wraps to make the meal feel “complete.”
- 1 pound extra lean ground beef or ground sirloin
- 1/3 head of cabbage shredded – about 3 cups
- 1/2 head of red cabbage shredded – about 1.5 cups
- 1 cup shredded carrots
- 1 medium bell pepper, chopped
- 1 small yellow onion, chopped
- 4 1/2 tbsp peanut sauce
- lettuce of choice
- salt, pepper, and chili powder to taste
- Begin by browning ground meat completely until all pink is gone in a large, deep skillet.
- Add in cabbages, carrots, onion, and bell pepper and cook down, stirring often until onion is translucent and cabbages are softened.
- Pour in peanut sauce and toss to coat well.
- Spoon into your choice of lettuce.
This recipe serves eight – and according to MyFitnessPal calculations*, each serving is approximately 101 calories. That is hard to beat with a meal this tasty. It also has 13.3 grams of protein, 4.7 grams of carbs, and only 2.9 grams of fat. Those are great numbers since it is virtually impossible to stop at just one serving.