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On a diet? Juicy steaks can still be on the menu!

When you hear "diet," juicy steak probably doesn't come to mind. But if you love meat, keep on eating it. Just make sure you choose lean cuts of steak with a relatively small amount of marbling (fat), such as filet mignon, sirloin, strip steak, and flank steak. Ground meat is easy to decipher, just check the label for the "percentage lean" and try to stick with 90%-lean or leaner. Browse through these recipes to choose your main course, then pick from the suggested side dishes, desserts or drinks to round out your 500-calorie meal.

Seared Steaks With Caramelized Onions & Gorgonzola

seared steaks with caramelized onionsBeef tenderloin is naturally lean and mild-flavored, so it's great paired with the intense flavors of sweet caramelized onions and salty Gorgonzola cheese.

Served with one of these:

Paired with either:

  • Asparagus drizzled with 1 teaspoon olive oil (1 cup) (80 calories)
  • Sautéed chard with 1 teaspoon olive oil and a squeeze of lemon (1 cup) (76 calories)

Flemish Beef Stew

flemish beef stewHere's an easy, slow-cooker interpretation of Carbonnades Flamandes, a hearty Flemish stew made with beer. If you can't find a brown ale, use a strong, dark beer (but not a stout).

Served with either:

  • Brown rice (1/2 cup) (109 calories)
  • Whole-wheat orzo (1/2 cup) (87 calories)

Accompanied by one of these:

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