We tend to associate beef with rich, hearty dishes that keep us full and happy – particularly when it’s cold outside. Pies, stews and huge charred steaks are often cited among our favourite ever dishes and, when we’re trying to eat more healthily, beef is quite often one of the first meats to go. But by selecting the right cut, it can be an incredibly lean choice that’s low in fat and high in protein.
Technically, almost any cut of beef can be made healthier by trimming away any visible fat before cooking. However, it’s important to remember that the fat is actually where most of the flavour comes from, so you run the risk of creating a pretty tasteless piece of meat if you remove it entirely. It’s much better to simply choose a cut that’s naturally low in fat, follow a recipe that doesn’t include lots of oil or butter and cook it in a way that doesn’t dry out the meat. Here are our five favourite lean beef cuts and the recipes that keep them both healthy and delicious.