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The GM Diet had its start at General Motors, where it was developed as a plan to help employees get on the path to weight loss and better health. It became a very popular diet plan, and the program is easy to follow. It's basically a seven-day plan with very specific directions of what to eat and when to eat it. You won't go hungry, but you will be eating differently right from the start. Each day has specific directions for what to eat that day. Day Six is special because there is a big emphasis on meat. Ground beef recipes are a great way to enjoy this phase of the GM diet.

What Is Day Six of the GM Diet?

Day Six is the day for meat: specifically beef and vegetables. Over the course of the day, the dieter may consume as much as 20 ounces of beef that is divided among three meals in small portions. There is no limit to the quantity of vegetables that may be eaten with the ground beef, but the tricky part is that on Day Six, no tomatoes or potatoes are allowed. This eliminates a lot of recipes from consideration. However, there are still lots of great possibilities for ground beef recipes that are perfect for the GM diet, as well as delicious and satisfying.

Ground Beef Recipes for the GM Diet 

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These ground beef recipes are ideal for Day Six of the GM diet, but they are also good for any day of the week for people who aren't following the GM diet. They are made from ingredients that are easy to find in your local grocery store They are easy to make and family friendly. If you're following the GM Diet, your family may tire of the cabbage soup recipe. These ground beef recipes will appeal to dieters and non-dieters alike.

Chinese Beef with Vegetables

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Ingredients:

  • One teaspoon of peanut oil or canola oil
  • One medium onion, chopped
  • One clove of garlic, thinly sliced
  • 12 ounces of lean ground beef
  • One cup of beef stock
  • One cup of snow peas
  • ¼ teaspoon of ground ginger
  • ½ cup of bean sprouts
  • Two cups of broccoli (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup of carrots, sliced fairly thin so they will soften somewhat in cooking
  • 1/2 cup of water chestnuts, drained and sliced
  • One tablespoon of soy sauce
  • One tablespoon of cornstarch

This recipe takes about 30 minutes to prepare and will make about four servings. Rice is not included on Day Six of this diet, but this recipe would be good served with a crunchy salad of peppers, cucumber, spinach and a teaspoon of a vinaigrette. For family members not following the GM Diet, a side of either white or brown rice would be good with this.

Cooking Instructions

Use a wok or large skillet with a cover for preparing this recipe. Divide the ground beef into bite-size chunks or form into balls about 3/4 of an inch. Brown in one teaspoon of peanut or canola oil. Meat does not need tobe fully cookedat this point, but browning will give the recipe a rich flavor.  If you want to use the same pan, remove the ground beef and drain off any excess fat. Add one teaspoon of oil to the pan.

Cook the onion and garlic for two or three minutes over medium heat. Add the ground beef to the pan, along with the carrots and broth. Continue cooking with the cover on for two or three minutes. Then, add the remaining vegetables and cook just until heated through. Mix the soy sauce and the cornstarch together to make a paste. Stir the paste into the skillet and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally until thickened.

Quick and Easy Ground Beef Soup

Ingredients:

  • One pound of lean ground beef
  • ½ cup of onion, chopped
  • One small clove of garlic, finely chopped
  • Two teaspoons of lemon pepper seasoning blend
  • One teaspoon of Kitchen Bouquet® seasoning and browning sauce
  • One cup of beef broth
  • Two cups of water
  • One cup of hominy, canned or frozen
  • Three cups of assorted vegetables
  • One tablespoon of fresh herbs of your choice for garnish - parsley and basil would be very good

This recipe takes about 30 minutes to prepare and makes about six servings with about 225 calories per serving.

Choose your favorite vegetables for this soup. No tomatoes or potatoes are allowed on Day Six of the GM Diet, but besides peas, corn and green beans would be fine. Canned vegetables are okay to use, but experiment with fresh and frozen vegetables to create interesting variations on this recipe. Heartier vegetables like winter squash, brussel sprouts, garbanzo and other beans would help make this soup seem like a substantial meal.

Cooking Instructions

In a medium hot skillet brown the ground beef and break it into small bite-sized pieces. Drain off any excess fat. Add the onion and garlic and saute for two to three minutes until the onion begins to look clear. Add the lemon pepper, Kitchen Bouquet, beef broth and water to the skillet, stirring to combine. Add the vegetables and simmer over low heat for about 15 minutes.

If you decide to use winter squash like acorn or butternut, you may need to simmer a little longer for it to become tender. This recipe may be prepared early in the day or even a few days ahead. It will even improve as the ingredients have time to blend their flavors. Sprinkle each bowl of soup with finely chopped herbs, such as parsley or basil, to add both flavor and eye appeal.

Vegetable and Ground Beef Skillet

Ingredients:

  • One tablespoon of olive oil
  • Two large carrots, peeled and chopped
  • One large head of  broccoli, chopped
  • Six radishes, chopped
  • One pound of lean ground beef
  • One teaspoon of sea salt to taste
  • Two teaspoons of ground or grated ginger (optional)
  • Two medium zucchini squash, chopped
  • One large yellow summer squash, chopped

This ground beef recipe takes about 15 minutes to prepare and another 15 minutes to cook. It makes about four servings and has about 285 calories per serving. This recipe is ideal for Day Six of the GM Diet and is also suitable for people on keto, low carb and paleo diets.

Instructions

Chop or cut the vegetables into bite-sized chunks or cubes. This dish will taste good with finely chopped vegetables, but the chunkier style makes a visually appealing dish that looks very hearty.

Heat the oil in a cast iron or other heavy skillet on medium heat. Add the carrots, broccoli and radishes and stir well. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables begin to soften, for about five minutes. Remove the vegetables from the skillet and add the ground beef to the pan. Break up the ground beef and spread it out over the bottom of the skillet. Season with sea salt and ginger.

After the meat browns for about two minutes, turn it over and continue browning for another two minutes. Return the vegetables to the pan and add the squash. Mix the vegetables and meet together. Cover, but stir occasionally, until the beef is cooked through and the vegetables have reached the desired texture. This will take about five minutes.

Tips and Tricks for These Ground Beef Recipes

These three ground beef recipes all require several vegetables. On Day Six of the GM diet, you may eat an unlimited amount of vegetables. You can use these recipes as starting points and add the vegetables that you and your family like best. If you are repeating the GM diet, you can vary these recipes from week to week by changing the vegetables and even the seasonings, especially in the soup and the skillet recipes.

The Chinese recipe doesn't lend itself to changing the seasoning, but mushrooms, green onions and bamboo shoots might all be added or substituted in that recipe.

Choose lean ground beef for these recipes. There will be less shrinkage and fat to remove from the pan. For Day Six, beef is the meat of the day, but once you're not following the day-by-day plan of the diet, or you're not on the diet at all, all three of these ground beef recipes could be be made with chicken, turkey or pork. Those meats could be cubed or grounded, depending on your own preference.

Conclusion

It is possible to create flavorful, nutritious ground beef recipes that don't rely on tomatoes, potatoes or pasta. Each of the three ground beef recipes featured here have a unique flavor palate and will provide an interesting, satisfying meal for the dieter. On Day Six of the GM diet, with its heavy emphasis on meat and vegetables, it is especially good to have ground beef recipes in your repertoire. These recipes are quick to prepare, ground beef is an economical cut of meat, and the combined flavors of dishes like these three provide the kind of flavor variety that people on a diet plan often crave.