26 Sep 7 Beef Recipes To Cook Now and Freeze for Later
By Toby Amidor, MS, RDN
Disclosure: I am on the Beef Checkoffs Expert Bureau. This post was not sponsored and all thoughts are my own.
Looking to save time? Always on the go? Batch cooking is the perfect solution. Many recipes can be cooked, frozen into individual or family portions, and then defrosted throughout the week. Cuts of lean beef that freeze well include chuck roast, shoulder pot roast, and bottom round roast. The best cuts to freeze are top sirloin steak, strip steak, and flank steak. Get started with these 7 beef recipes, which are perfect for cooking and freezing for later.
Four-Way Slow Cooker Shredded Beef by Chef Dave Zino, Executive Chef, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association on behalf of the Beef Checkoff (pictured above)
Oh, the versatility! Make a mean Mexican Shredded Beef one week, and whip up BBQ Beef the next.
Beef and Vegetable Stew by Jessica Fishman Levinson MS, RD, CDN
As the cool weather starts setting in, dig into a warm bowl of stew. This stew is brimming with protein, vitamins, and minerals and tastes fantastic after being defrosted making it a perfect addition to your cook and freeze recipe repertoire.
Southwest Beef and Egg Muffins by Amee’s Savory Dish
Enjoy these egg muffins for breakfast or a healthy snack, which can easily be defrosted in the microwave. The combination of beef and eggs provide an abundance of protein and a boatload of other good-for-you nutrients.
Cauliflower Stuffed Meatballs by The Delicious Crescent
Serve these delicious meatballs with whole-wheat pasta, stuffed in a whole-wheat pita, or atop a whole-wheat sub. The presence of the cauliflower lowers the amount of carbohydrates per serving, and also adds nutrients like fiber, vitamins C and K, and several B-vitamins.
Braised Za’atar Beef and Root Vegetables by Katie Cavuto, RD
Za’atar, a Middle Eastern spice blend, gives this braised beef and vegetable dish a unique flavor. Complete the meal by dunking in whole wheat pita or serving with whole wheat couscous.
Gluten-Free Paleo Meatloaf by Laura from Joy Food and Sunshine via The Lean Green Bean.
This lightened up version of meatloaf uses lean ground beef and almond and coconut flour instead of wheat-based breadcrumbs or flour. Serve with asparagus and mashed cauliflower on the side.
30-Minute Baked Beef Fajitas by Simple Roots Wellness
Perfect for family dinner nights, these beef fajitas can be served buffet style. Take a serving of the beef, and everyone can choose their own toppings. They are great wrapped in a corn tortilla, and served with avocado, olives, and some shredded cheese. A definite crowd pleaser, you can defrost this recipe and serve it in a pinch.