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A black food prep container filled with beef and corn mixture with quinoa and lime wedges

Ground Beef with Beans and Quinoa Meal Prep

This healthy and filling ground beef meal prep recipe comes together easily, making great lunches for the week ahead. Flavouful ground beef, more protein from some kidney beans and a kale-spiked quinoa round out this healthy, portable meal.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: ground beef, meal prep
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6 adult lunches
Author: April

Ingredients

  • 1 ¼ cup Quinoa 1 ¼ cup is before cooking
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 1 yellow pepper diced
  • lean ground beef about 1 lbs (or 0.5 kg)
  • Taco seasoning
  • 1 can dark red kidney beans 1 - 540ml can
  • 1 small can canned corn salt-free, 341 ml can
  • cup frozen, chopped kale
  • low sodium beef broth optional
  • Lime wedges, shredded cheese for serving

Instructions

  • Cook quinoa according to package directions. Mine is 2 cups of beef broth, bring to boil. Add 1 ¼ cup of quinoa. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 min with the lid on. Remove from heat and let sit for 5 min. Add shredded frozen kale and stir. Set aside.
  • While quinoa cooks, cook the ground beef in a medium non-stick skillet until no longer pink, breaking up with a wooden spoon as you go.
  • Add onions and cook another 2-3 minutes.
  • Then add taco seasoning, diced yellow pepper, the kidney beans and corn.
  • Stir to combine. Optional: add a little beef broth to help the flavours sink in.
  • Cook for about 10 minutes or until the meat is cooked through and there is little beef broth left in the pan (if you added some.)
  • Serve hot or if making for lunches, divide between 6 containers.

Notes

Adding the beef broth is optional. You don't need it to make the recipe but if your ground beef is VERY lean, it helps to have some moisture (the broth) so the flavours of the taco spice can really penetrate into the beef.
This makes 6 adult lunches. I make 3 days of lunches for both my hubby and me. I put them in meal prep containers and they're good for 3 days.
Re-heat in the microwave before eating for about 1-2 minutes, stirring halfway through.
Top with shredded cheese (if you want) and if you pack the lunches with lime wedges, take the limes out before you re-heat the meal.