I like to mix up my meals once and a while with new and exciting flavors. One of the easiest ways to do this is to take a staple dish and putting a twist on it. For example, if you crave the crunch of croutons in a Caesar salad, the same crunchiness can be achieved by roasting off some chickpeas, which offer the added value of protein.

In fact, we could all benefit from adding a little more protein into our diets.

One my favorite protein-packed recipe is for Korean Beef Lettuce Cups. These quick and easy cups offer up spicy Korean flavors plus a satisfying crunch from Bibb lettuce and big benefits from beef protein. Beef is a great example of a wholesome, powerful single ingredient food that’s naturally nutrient-rich. It is one of the richest sources of complete protein and is a great source of B12, iron, and zinc.

3 big beefy benefits of beef protein #beefadvantage

The top three things I love about beef are:

3 Big Beefy Benefits of Eating More Beef in your Diet

  1. Beef is wholesome: It gives you 14 essential nutrients* with just one single ingredient. A clean-label protein source.
  2. Beef leaves you satisfied: Eating protein rich foods at mealtimes helps to curb hunger and that can help you to keep a healthy body weight.
  3. Beef has work-out benefits: It delivers the full nine essential amino acids in the amounts your body needs to build and repair muscle.

I’m all about eating minimally processed foods and getting back to eating REAL foods.

These lettuce cups are a perfect whole food option and a huge time saver because they can be made from leftover ground beef from a weeknight dinner. All that is needed are aromatics like ginger, garlic, and some other Asian flavors to kick your ground beef up a notch so you can enjoy the health benefits of a nutrient-dense, protein-packed meal.

The only time to eat diet food is while you're waiting for the steak to cook. #BEEFADVANTAGE

Quick Weekday Recipe: Korean Beef Lettuce Cups

 

Korean Beef Lettuce Cups
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 

It's hard mid-week to carve out time to eat a healthy meal -- but not anymore! This little ditty is a fantastic grab and go option! Enjoy! 

PS - let me know what you think - drop me a tweet at @DaiManuel using the hashtag #BeefAdvantage

Course: Main Course, Side Dish, Snack
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Coach Moose
Ingredients
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 whole pepper, diced
  • 1 lb. lean ground beef sirloin
  • 1 tsp. minced ginger root 5 ml
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce 50 ml
  • 1 tsp. Asian chili sauce 5 ml
  • 1 tsp. seasame oil 5 ml
  • 6 to 12 full leaves Bibb lettuce leaves
Toppings list:
  • shredded carrot
  • shredded cucumbe
  • fresh lime wedges
  • chopped cilantro, green onion or mint
Instructions
  1. Cook garlic, diced pepper, ground beef and ginger root in a large skillet using medium heat, stirring occasionally for 8 to 10 minutes until beef is browned and completely cooked. Drain if necessary.
  2. Add soy sauce, chili sauce, and sesame oil; reduce heat to medium-low and simmer 3 to 4 minutes.

  3. Transfer to warm platter. At the table, let each diner spoon some filling into lettuce leaves. Top with a squeeze of lime juice and serve with toppings such as shredded carrot, cucumber, chopped cilantro, green onion or mint. Roll up with your hands to eat.

 

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