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5 Ingredients or Less: 25 Meals For All Taste Buds

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Red Meat Meals With 5 Ingredients or Less

#13 Grilled Summer Steaks

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 9 minutes
Servings: 4

5 Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup honey dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 4 boneless top sirloin steaks


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  1. Prepare and heat grill. In small bowl, combine the marinade ingredients, mixing well. Spread mixture on both sides of steaks, refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  2. Grill beef on uncovered grill 4-6″ above medium coals for 1 minute on each side to sear. Cover grill and cook 8-9 minutes longer for medium steaks, turning once during grilling.

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#14 Beef and Bean Burritos

Serve this dish with shredded lettuce leaves, diced tomato, lightly mashed avocado, and a sprinkling of reduced fat mozzarella cheese for a complete meal.

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 12 minutes
Serves: 4-6

5 Ingredients:

  • Spray oil
  • 400g rump steak, trimmed and sliced thinly
  • 1 red onion, halved and sliced
  • 420g can of four bean mix, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup water
  • 50g packet reduced salt burrito seasoning
  • 8 burrito tortillas


  1. Heat a large frying pan on high. Spray with oil. Cook the beef and onion in batches for 4-5 minutes until well browned.
  2. Stir in the beans, water and burrito seasoning. Bring to the boil, stirring continuously. Lower heat for 2 minutes, until sauce thickens.
  3. Meanwhile, warm tortillas according to pack instructions.
  4. Top each burrito with a spoonful of beef and bean mix, roll up securely to serve.

Recipe source: The Nutrition for Life Cookbook Zest, Catherine Saxelby & Jennene Plummer

#15 Lamb Kibbeh

The recipe is a great way to combine lean meat with wholegrains. Try serving with a green salad.

Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4

5 Ingredients:

  • 175g burghul or bulgur, or use cracked wheat
  • 250ml boiling water
  • 50g pine nuts
  • 400g lean lamb, minced
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons sumac
  • 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • Olive oil


  1. Preheat oven to 180° C (350° F/Gas 4)
  2. Place burghul in a heatproof bowl, pour boiling water over, cover and leave for 10 minutes until the water has been absorbed. If any moisture remains, use clean hands to squeeze the burghul.
  3. Toast the pine nuts in a dry frying pan over medium heat until golden. Set aside.
  4. Combine the lamb, onion, sumac, pepper and burghul, adding 60ml iced water if needed.
  5. Spoon half the kibbeh mixture into a greased 18cm (7″) square baking dish or non-stick cake tin. Sprinkle with two-thirds of the pine nuts, then press remaining meat mixture on top. Press firmly and mark the top with diamond shapes.
  6. Brush a little olive oil and press pine nuts into each diamond. Bake for 40 minutes.

Recipe source: Healthy Eating for Australian Families, Rosemary Stanton.

#16 Grilled Beef Roast

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 1 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 8

5 Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup red wine vinaigrette
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 2-1/2 lb. beef eye round roast
  • 1 lb. bag baby carrots


  1. Mix vinaigrette, onion, pepper, and salt in small bowl. Pour into glass baking dish and add beef. Cover and refrigerate at least 8 hours, but no longer than 24 hours to marinate, turning once during marinating time.
  2. Brush grill rack with vegetable oil and place 4-6″ above coals. Arrange coals so they are on one side of grill. Place drip pan next to coals underneath grill rack.
  3. Remove beef from marinade and reserve marinade.
  4. Insert barbecue meat thermometer so tip is near center of beef roast, not in fat or next to the bone.
  5. Cover and grill beef over drip pan for 20 minutes.
  6. Mix carrots with 2 tablespoons of vinaigrette mixture and spoon onto 18×12″ piece of heavy duty foil. Wrap securely using double fold. Place carrots next to beef on rack.
  7. Turn beef and brush with marinade. Grill 35-45 minutes longer, until thermometer reads 155-160° F, brushing frequently with marinade. Move carrot packet around on grill frequently.
  8. Cover beef with foil, let stand 15 minutes before slicing. Slice beef against grain, serve.

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Comments 25

  1. Family Nutritionist

    There are some great ideas here. Also, don’t forget meatloaf. You can do it in 5 ingredients if you like it plain, 6 if you want to add a seasoning (italian seasoning, curry powder, chili powder, or chipotle peppers, for example).

    Is your “kumara” my “sweet potato”? In the US’s New England, fishcakes were traditionally made from leftover salt cod (bacala) and mashed potato. This is an interesting variation.

  2. Melanie

    Hi guys,

    Thank you all for commenting!

    Lauren – I hope you enjoy!

    Tanya – Your site looks great, I’ll check out your recipes too.

    Family Nutritionist – I’ve actually never tried meatloaf, can you recommend a recipe? Yes, the kumara is sweet potato, or is it also called yam in the USA?

    Ruth – you can let me know if you do try any of them out!

  3. ruth

    hi mel, well I tried the chicken pesto parcels. Wonderful! similar to another dish I make stufing my chicken with mozerella and beef tonatoes and fresh basil leaves. so it was good having another variation.

  4. Melanie

    Hi Rebecca,

    Glad you found the recipes useful, I thought the berry chicken sounded great too.

    Hi Ruth,

    So the pesto parcels went well..that’s great news. Yes, I’ve had your stuffed chicken dish too, it’s delicious!

    BTW, thanks for the rice recipe, I’ve definitely had it once before, and it’s great. I’ll let you know how it goes. Thank you!

  5. Family Nutritionist

    In the US, “yam” and “sweet potato” can be confusing. The sweet potato is not a yam, but for some reason the red or orange sweet potatoes are called yams, especially in the South Maybe they taste something like real yams (which I’ve never had). So sometimes they are called “yam sweet potatoes”. And sometimes yams are called “yams (not sweet potatoes)”. But real yams are uncommon, except in groceries with lots of customers from the Caribbean.

    And the pale, whitish variety of sweet potatoes are always called sweet potatoes, but who eats them? Sweet potato pie, mashed sweet potatoes, sweet potato french fries, and are made with the orange sweet potatoes. Candied yams are made with the orange sweet potatoes, too.

  6. Melanie

    Hi Family Nutritionist,

    Thanks for linking to your meatloaf recipe. Since replying to your initial, I’ve had meatloaf at a friends house. It was great, and not at all what I had expected.

    Also, thanks for clearing up the extremely confusing “yam” issue!

  7. Karyn

    THANKS so much for these recipes!! What a wonderful and EASY idea – and healthy! I am not big on beef, but will use probably 75% or the recipes posted here!
    Thanks again,

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