5 delicious fall dishes that make meal prep easy
Fall is rolling in and so are our cravings for hearty meals and recipes! There’s nothing better on a chilly autumn day than being able to warm up with some comfort food. What’s even better, is having it made ahead of time for an easy but scrumptious dinner. Canada Beef has an incredible selection of ridiculously good recipes that balance nutrition and taste, all while featuring one key wholesome single ingredient—beef!
Beef is one of nature’s most nutrient-dense foods and is recommended as part of Canada’s food guide Eat Well Plate. For 100g of cooked beef, you’re getting 35g of protein, over 100% of your daily value (DV) of vitamin B12, 77% of your DV of zinc, 19% of your DV of iron, and 15% of your DV of vitamin B6. Protein-rich beef also helps increase the iron absorption from vegetables that have iron (think spinach) by 150%, making it the perfect pairing for those who want to maximize access to this all-important micro-nutrient! For more nutritional information, visit ThinkBeef.
The greatest part about make-ahead meals is that you can feed your crew for days at a time without much effort (or mess!). So here they are – 5 fall dishes that make meal prep easy.
There are so many things you can do with leftover roast beef which is only one of the reasons this recipe is so awesome. From pan-searing the roast to the honey and balsamic glaze on the ratatouille, this recipe defines the flavour of fall! Whether you’re serving a large family, or a family of teenagers, make a big batch of rice or couscous to go with it for easy next-day leftovers!
Some people hear “pot pie” and think they’re in for a lot of work. Thankfully, that’s not the case with this quick and easy take on a classic recipe! Puff pastry comes in handy here to take all the hard labour out of making a pie (because who actually has time to make their own crust from scratch? Not us!). Meanwhile, that leftover roast beef is the perfect addition to the savoury pie filling, meaning you can have this entire dish prepped and ready to go into the oven in 20 minutes!
There’s no end to the list of things you can do with ground beef. Whether you’re using it as a taco filling, adding it to soup, or spooning it into your pasta sauce to boost your protein intake, sometimes it’s just handy to have it on hand, already cooked and ready to go!
This Cheeseburger Frittata is a really great recipe you’ll want some pre-cooked ground beef for, so we like to put together a Big Batch every once in a while and keep it frozen!
Now let’s talk Frittatas. Are they breakfast? Are they dinner? They’re whatever you want them to be, and they’re delicious! High in protein and even higher in flavour, they’re the ultimate one-pot wonder, and this cheeseburger version is no exception. With ground beef, spinach, tomatoes, and loads of cheese, it’s a healthy way to indulge your cheeseburger craving!
This Koshari-inspired dish is awesome because it’s flexible. A mix of fibre-rich brown rice, beans, and ground beef are topped with a zesty tomato salsa and served with greens of your choosing. You can pretty much substitute any of the ingredients for whatever you have on hand, like mixed beans, black beans, rainbow chard, or kale. It’s super flavourful, full of iron, and super easy to whip together (especially if you’ve got that pre-cooked ground beef on hand)!
Feelin’ fancy? Want to treat yourself? Maybe you’ve got a date to impress? This recipe is your go-to. It looks way more complicated than it actually is, giving your guests the impression that you’re a Top Chef contender (your secret’s safe with us, we won’t tell them otherwise)! The beef and veggies roast in the oven together while the orzo cooks on the stovetop, which means very few dishes are involved. When it’s time to serve, get creative with your presentation or serve the thinly sliced beef on top of the veggies and orzo. It’s sure to wow the crowd either way!
Before you run off to prepare dinner, we wanted to leave you with a little more information that will make your shopping and meal prep easier. Canada Beef has lots of really valuable tips on shopping, storing, and freezing beef that will ensure you’ll make the most out of the food that you buy. Check them out here!
Now that you’ve got a great list of Fall recipes, you’ll be ready to meal-prep to your heart’s desire and enjoy the taste of Autumn!