Eat Healthy, Be Healthy

My recent book Eat Healthy, Be Healthy

Eat Healthy, Be Healthy is a diet and nutrition guide for anyone looking to live a healthy lifestyle. The 23 low calorie, high nutrition recipes included in the book are designed to provide a guide for anyone trying to either lose or maintain weight. Zahra Yasmin Soltanian provides advice on how eating habits can be changed and organized in a way to create a balance between getting the right amount of nutrients and energy needed by the body, while keeping within a healthy weight range. The book conveniently divides the recipes into plant-based dishes, seafood dishes, egg dishes, chicken dishes and red meat dishes.

Healthy Cooking Recipes with Red Meat

Eating foods that are high in nutritional value and low in calories are essential in staying healthy and maintaining your weight. This means adding different ingredients from different food groups to your meals to obtain vital minerals and vitamins. If you are the type who gets bored with eating the same foods then you can swap ingredients with each meal, keeping it both low calorie and nutritious.

Another factor to take into consideration when trying to keep healthy and maintaining your weight is the way in which you cook your food. For example, if you are frying every meal with oil (even healthy ones like olive oil), this will add to your overall calorie intake. Some better and healthier options for preparing your meals can include steam cooking, boiling or if you like it a little more crispy, you can roast your meals in the oven. In case you are worried about the electricity cost, a small bench-top oven can easily cook for up to six people.

Here are some recipes for healthy, nutritious, low calorie meals prepared with red meat.

Lean Steak with Quince Sauce

Calories: ~300 Calories

Serving: 1 Person


  • 150g Beef steak (calories might be different depending on the type of meat you use)
  • 50g Chopped fresh quince
  • 1 Tsp tomato paste
  • 1 Small onion
  • 1/2 Tsp turmeric
  • Salt and pepper to season
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice

Preparation: Season the steak and quince with salt, pepper, turmeric, tomato paste and lemon juice. Place everything in an oven dish. Leave to cook until the steak is prepared to your liking. You can accompany your meal with a nutritious salad.

Flavored Beef Strips with Lettuce

Calories: ~300

Serving: 1 Person


  • 100g Beef strips
  • 1 Tsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to season
  • 1 Tbsp chopped chives
  • 1 Cup lettuce

Preparation: Heat oil in a pan, add the beef strips, salt, pepper and chives. To reduce the calories, instead of frying the beef strips with oil, cook without olive oil in the oven.

Ghormeh Sabzi (Traditional Persian Dish)

Calories: ~330 calories

Serving: 1 Person


  • 50g Diced lean lamb pieces
  • 1 Dried lime
  • 1 Small onion
  • 25g Red kidney beans
  • 100g Mixed herbs (Parsley, Coriander and Spring Onions)
  • 1 Tbsp fenugreek leaves
  • 1 Tsp turmeric
  • Salt and pepper to season

Preparation: Combine all the ingredients and place in a pressure cooker. Add enough water to cover the meat. Leave to cook until ready. Although this is not the traditional way of preparing this meal, it is a lower calorie, healthier option.

Minced Oven Kebabs

Calories: ~205

Serving: 1 Person


  • 50g Lean beef minced
  • 1/2 Tsp turmeric and cumin
  • 1 Tsp crushed garlic
  • 1 Tsp sumac
  • Salt and pepper to season
  • 1 Tsp coriander
  • 1/2 Small onion and tomato

Preparation: Combine minced beef with salt, pepper, turmeric, cumin and garlic until well mixed. Spread the mixture in a roasting tray and cook in the oven until the meat is done. Sprinkle sumac and garnish with coriander. Serve with onion and tomato.

Mince Kebabs and Vegetables

Calories: ~235 calories

Serving: 1 Person


  • 50g Lean beef minced
  • 1/2 Tsp turmeric and cinnamon
  • 1/2 small onion grated
  • 1 Tsp chopped chives
  • Salt and pepper to season
  • 100g mixed vegetables (Butter beans, green beans, capsicum, broccoli, carrots and corn)

Preparation: Combine minced beef with salt, pepper, turmeric, cinnamon, onion and chives. Spread the mixture on an oven tray. Add the vegetables next to the meat. Cook until meat is done.

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