Lean beef, lamb and pork naturally contain vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 can help reduce
tiredness and fatigue

A varied and balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle are recommended for good health

The choices we make about what we eat and our lifestyle are integral to our health and wellbeing

Eating a balanced diet does not need to be difficult or over complicated, and it certainly doesn’t need to lack taste. We believe a balanced diet is one that offers variety, nourishment and enjoyment.

Vitamins and minerals are nutrients our bodies need in order to function properly. Vitamin B12, for example, plays an important role in the functioning of our bodies. It can help reduce tiredness and fatigue, help our immune system to work normally and can help normal psychological function. It’s found naturally in red meat (like beef, lamb and pork) and in dairy products (yogurt (i.e. a pot of yogurt), milk and cheese), as well as eggs and fish and can be more difficult to source naturally from foods of plant origin.

Healthy recipes

We have selected these delicious recipes as none of them are high (red), in fat, saturated fat, salt or sugars as defined by UK government in respect of food labelling. 

Masala Mince

A speedy Indian-inspired recipe that you can also make using lamb mince. It’s so quick you can enjoy during the busy midweek, and what’s more it’s an ideal recipe to batch cook and freeze and use at a later date – win win!

Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time 35 mins
Serves 4 people

1 x 500g pack beef mince (5% fat)
1 onion, peeled and finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
1 x 2.5cm piece fresh root ginger, peeled and finely chopped
1 x 400g can chopped tomatoes
1-2 green chillies, deseeded and finely chopped
2 teaspoons garam masala
2 handfuls freshly chopped coriander


  1. Heat a large, shallow, non-stick frying pan until hot and cook the mince, onion, garlic and ginger for 5-7 minutes.
  2. Reduce the heat and add the tomatoes, chillies, seasoning, garam masala and half the coriander.
  3. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Garnish with the remaining coriander and serve with wholegrain or plain rice, poppadums and a cucumber raita, or a selection of relishes.

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Pork Meatballs with Vegetable Ribbons

This Italian inspired recipe uses 5% fat pork mince to make a deliciously tasty dish which will surely become the next family favourite. Creating the ‘spaghetti’ with the vegetables is not only fun to do, but it’s a great way of introducing more vegetables to the diet.

Prep time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Serves: 4 People

1 x 500g pack 5% pork mince or 1 x 340g pack prepared fresh pork meatballs
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 small onion, peeled and finely chopped
200ml reduced salt chicken stock
¼ teaspoon chilli flakes (optional)
250g courgettes, sliced into ribbons using a vegetable peeler
250g butternut squash, peeled, deseeded and sliced into ribbons using a vegetable peeler
100g fat-free crème fraîche
Grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
To serve:
2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, grated
15g freshly chopped parsley
10 slices ciabatta bread, toasted


  1. Heat half the oil in a large non-stick frying pan. Add the onion and cook for 4 minutes until soft and translucent; remove from the heat, transfer to a plate and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, while the onion is cooking, divide the pork mince into 24 pieces and roll into walnut-sized balls. Add remaining oil to the empty frying pan, heat to a medium heat, add the meatballs and cook for 12 minutes until golden brown.
  3. Add the cooked onion, stock and the chilli flakes (if using) to the pan with the meatballs. Heat until the meatballs are cooked through, the juices run clear and the stock has reduced by half (about 2 minutes).
  4. Add the vegetables to the meatballs, stir gently and cook for 2 minutes, (or longer if you want softer vegetables) being careful not to break up the vegetables.
  5. Add the crème fraîche, lemon zest and juice to the meatball mix. Toss gently to coat with the lemony crème fraîche. Season to taste and garnish with the Parmesan and parsley. Serve with the toasted ciabatta bread slices.

If preferred replace the vegetable spaghetti with 400g cooked wholewheat spaghetti or tagliatelle.

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Beef Steaks with Lime, Tomatoes and Anchovies

A great steak recipe with a tomato-based sauce using anchovies and limes. If you can’t find canned black beans, canned kidney beans can also be used. This zingy recipe works equally well on the barbecue and eating it feels like pure sunshine.

Prep time: 25mins
Cook time: 10 mins
Serves 4 people

To Cook Rare: 2½ minutes on each side
To Cook Medium: 4 minutes on each side
To Cook Well Done: 6 minutes on each side

4 lean beef sirloin, rump, rib-eye, fillet or thin cut/sizzle steaks
Grated zest and juice of 1 lime
1 teaspoon oil
3 medium plum tomatoes, skinned, deseeded and roughly chopped
2 spring onions, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, peeled and finely chopped
1 x 30g can anchovies in oil, drained and finely chopped
4 tablespoons water
Extra lime wedges, to garnish
For the Black Bean Salsa:
100g canned black beans, drained and rinsed
2 small ripe tomatoes, skinned, deseeded and diced
½ yellow pepper, deseeded and diced
1 small red onion, peeled and finely chopped
1 small red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
1 small handful freshly chopped coriander
Juice of 1 lime


  1. Place the steaks in a large, non-metallic shallow dish. Add the lime zest and juice and seasoning. Coat the steaks on both sides. Cover and leave to stand for 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a non-stick frying pan on the hob or barbecue and cook the tomatoes, spring onions, garlic and anchovies for 1-2 minutes. . Add the water and simmer for 2-3 minutes or until the sauce thickens. Remove and set aside.
  3. To make the salsa; combine all the ingredients in a bowl and season.
  4. Cook the steaks on a preheated moderate grill or prepared barbecue according to your preference. If using fillet steaks increase the cooking time to an additional 1-2 minutes on each side. For thin cut/sizzle steaks, cook for 2-3 minutes on each side (for medium).
  5. Serve the steaks with the sauce and the salsa.

Canned black beans are available from larger supermarkets in the ethnic food section. Canned red kidney beans may be used as an alternative to black beans.

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Citrus Lamb Leg Steaks with White Bean Purée

The ‘store cupboard’ ingredients used in this dish make it an easy last minute option, yet the flavours are bound to make it a firm favourite. The citrus taste of the lemon against the fresh chives brings out the flavour in the lamb.

Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 12 mins
Serves 4 people

4 lean boneless lamb leg steaks
4 tablespoons freshly chopped chives
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoons olive oil
For the White Bean Purée:
2 x 400g cans cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
3 tablespoons freshly chopped flat-leaf parsley
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons sesame oil
To garnish:
Small fresh parsley leaves
Ground paprika


  1. Place the lamb steaks in a large shallow dish. Add the chives, lemon juice, olive oil and seasoning. Coat the steaks in the mixture. Cover and leave to marinate for 10 minutes.
  2. To prepare the white bean purée, place all the ingredients in a food processor or blender and whizz together until smooth. Season to taste.
  3. Heat a large non-stick frying pan over moderate heat and cook the steaks for 4-6 minutes on each side.
  4. To serve, place a large spoonful of the purée onto each serving plate and top with the lamb. Drizzle over the pan juices, garnish with the parsley and paprika.
  5. Serve with garlic or toasted ciabatta bread slices and a tossed salad.

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Fennel Pork Medallions with Apple Slaw

Pork and apple is a flavour match made in heaven, and adding in the sweet potato wedges to the mix takes it to the next level. Amazingly, this meal is low in fat, salt and sugars, yet is high in taste. Looks like there is a new ‘Friday favourite’ on the menu.

Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 10 mins
Serves 4 people

For the marinated pork:
12 lean pork fillet medallions
1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed
1 teaspoon fennel seeds, crushed
1 tablespoon olive oil
Grated zest of ½ lemon
For the apple slaw:
1 red eating apple, cored
2 teaspoons cider or white wine vinegar
½ small red cabbage, thinly shredded
2 carrots, peeled and coarsely grated
4 tablespoons 0% fat Greek natural yogurt
juice of ½ lemon
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C, 160°C Fan, Gas Mark 4. Place the medallions on a board between two sheets of cling film. Using the base of a small saucepan or rolling pin, bash them all over until they’re 1cm thin.
  2. Lightly crush the fennel seeds and garlic. Place the fennel and garlic in a shallow dish. Mix with the oil and lemon zest and a good grind of black pepper. Add the pork medallions and coat on both sides. Set aside for 10 mins whilst you make the slaw.
  3. Chop the apple into small pieces, place in a large bowl and pour over the vinegar. Add the yogurt, lemon juice and mustard and mix until smooth. Then add the cabbage and carrots. Mix well, until all the ingredients are coated and season to taste.
  4. Heat a non- stick ovenproof griddle or frying pan for a few minutes until hot. Add the pork medallions to the pan and cook for 3 minutes on one side. Turn the medallions over, place the pan in the oven. Cook for a further 6 – 8 minutes or until the juices run clear.
  5. Serve 3 pork medallions with the slaw and serve with sweet potato wedges or a crisp green salad.

If you don’t have cider or white wine vinegar, squeeze some lemon juice over the apples to prevent them turning brown.

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Healthy Sweet and Sour Pork Stir-Fry

This low in fat fake away option is definitely one to try. It’s on the table in less than 25 minutes, and is so easy to make. Plus, it’s all done in one pan, so even the washing up is done in record time.

Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 22 mins
Serves: 4 People

4 pork loin medallions or steaks, fat removed and cut into cubes or 400g lean pork fillet, cut into cubes
1 x 227g can pineapple slices in natural juice, drained, cut into chunks and juice reserved
75ml water
2 tablespoons tomato purée
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon sweet chilli sauce
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 red onion, peeled and diced
2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
1 x 300g pack prepared stir-fry vegetables
2 x 250g pouches wholegrain or brown basmati rice


  1. To make the sauce, in a measuring jug mix together the pineapple juice, 75ml water, tomato purée, vinegar and sweet chilli sauce.
  2. Heat the oil in a large frying pan or wok and fry the pork, onion and garlic for 5 minutes. Add the prepared stir-fry vegetables, the sauce and pineapple chunks. Cook for 7 minutes or until juices run clear.
  3. Heat the rice according to pack instructions and serve with the stir-fry.

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Hearty European
Beef Stew

Cooked slowly, the cubes of braising or stewing beef are seasoned with crushed caraway seeds and cooked in a tomato based stock with onions, and flavoured with paprika and cayenne pepper. The finely shredded red cabbage to finish really sets the dish off. A heart-warming dish.

Prep time 20 mins
Cook time 2 hours
Serves 4 people

1 x 400g pack lean diced beef cubes
2 teaspoons caraway seeds (available at large supermarkets), lightly crushed
2 teaspoons oil
2 medium onions, peeled and finely chopped
2 tablespoons tomato purée
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons ground paprika
1 x 400g can chopped tomatoes
600ml good, hot reduced salt beef stock
¼ small red cabbage, finely shredded
2 teaspoons runny honey


  1. Put the beef in a large bowl or plastic food bag and season with salt, pepper and caraway seeds.
  2. Heat the oil in a large non-stick pan, Cook the beef in the pan for 2-3 minutes until brown. Add the onions and cook for 3-4 minutes until soft. Transfer to a large heatproof casserole pot with a lid.
  3. Add the tomato purée, cayenne pepper, paprika, tomatoes and stock. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat, cover and simmer on the hob or in a preheated oven at 170°C, 150°C Fan, Gas Mark 3 for 1½-2 hours, stirring occasionally.
  4. 20 minutes before the end of the cooking time stir through the cabbage and honey and return to the hob or oven for the remainder of the cooking time.
  5. Serve the stew with seasonal vegetables and mash.

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Lamb with
Spiced Lentils

If you’re short on time, but looking for something to feed a crowd for a special occasion, this dish is perfect. The lentils complement the lamb to perfection, and you can adjust your spice level for your guests by adding some natural yogurt to the dish.

Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 20 mins
Serves 4 people

4 lean boneless lamb leg steaks
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 red onion, peeled and finely chopped
2 teaspoons ground cumin or garam masala
1 x 400g can green or brown lentils, rinsed and drained
1 x 400g can cherry or chopped tomatoes
2 tablespoons freshly chopped coriander.


  1. Heat half the oil in a large non-stick pan and cook the onions with the cumin or garam masala for 2-3 minutes, or until soft.
  2. Add the lentils and tomatoes. Season and simmer gently for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat and stir through the herbs.
  3. Meanwhile, heat a non-stick griddle pan, season the steaks, rub with the remaining oil and cook for 6-8 minutes on each side.
  4. Arrange the lamb slices on top of the lentil mix, spoon any remaining meat juices from the pan over the lamb and serve with seasonal green vegetables.

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Lamb Steaks with Veg and Chive Salad

This dish is a blend of sophisticated flavours, yet is so quick and easy to prepare. Using boneless lamb leg steaks, which can be either grilled or barbecued, and served with a courgette, broad bean and chive salad with an elderflower vinaigrette. Not exactly your average ‘meat and two veg’.

Prep time: 10mins
Cook time: 15mins
Serves 4 people

4 lean boneless lamb leg steaks
2 large sprigs freshly chopped rosemary
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 teaspoon elderflower cordial
For the Broad Bean, Courgette and Chive Salad:
175g fresh or frozen broad beans, blanched
2 medium courgettes, sliced
100g cherry tomatoes, halved
2 tablespoons freshly chopped chives
For the Vinaigrette Dressing:
3 teaspoons red wine vinegar
2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons elderflower cordial


  1. In a shallow dish mix the seasoning, rosemary, oil and elderflower together. Add the lamb, coat on both sides with the mixture, cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  2. Prepare the salad; place all the ingredients in a large bowl. To make the dressing; place all the ingredients into a screw-topped jar, season and shake well. Pour over the salad and toss.
  3. Meanwhile, cook the steaks under a preheated grill or on a prepared barbecue for 6-8 minutes on each side or until any meat juices run clear.
  4. Serve the lamb with the salad or with a serving suggestion of rye or granary bread.

This recipe works well using chops and bone-in leg steaks too.

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  • These recipes can be classified as non-HFSS (i.e. not rated as high in fat, salt or sugar) according to the FSA Nutrient Profiling scheme used by Office of Communications (Ofcom), the UK broadcast regulator, to identify ‘less healthy foods and drinks’.
  • Reference Intakes (RIs) are a guide used on food labels to the maximum amounts of calories, fat, saturates, sugars and salt an adult should consume in a day (based on an average female adult).
  • We know consumers may be interested in the fat content of meat dishes, so we provide the total fat, saturated fat as well as calories per 100g.

More recipe inspiration

For more recipe inspiration visit our two sister websites: Simply Beef & Lamb and Love Pork.