If you’re looking for a new meal to try with your family, consider a meal that contains no or less red meat. In general, red meats like beef, pork and lamb have more cholesterol and saturated fat than proteins like chicken, turkey and fish. Cholesterol and saturated fat can increase your blood cholesterol if eaten in excess. Here are some ways to lower the saturated fat and cholesterol content of your meals.
Swap ground beef.
In recipes that call for ground beef, try substituting with ground turkey or chicken breast like in these delicious recipes:
Add whole grains.
Another way to increase the volume of the meal while lowering the saturated fat and cholesterol is by adding whole grains to your recipes like in these Meatballs and Hearty Chili recipes.
Try meatless alternatives.
Experiment with meatless alternatives to beef like Portobello mushrooms, which can be grilled whole as a burger, or sliced for stir fry.
Watch your portions.
If you are eating red meat, stick to a three ounce portion, which is about the size of a deck of cards. Fill the rest of your plate with a variety of vegetables and whole grains so you feel satisfied and full after your meal.
Look for the leanest cuts of meats, which usually contain the words round,” “loin” or “sirloin” on the package. If you’re buying ground meat, look for 90% lean or higher. Cut off as much visible fat as you can before cooking, and drain off any melted fat after cooking.