Fall and football often mean more warm, indulgent meals. But there is a surprisingly easy way to lighten up chili and sloppy Joes so that your game-day diet isn’t totally blown. You don’t even have to sacrifice your secret recipe–the key is in the beef.
First, be sure you choose lean ground beef. We’re talking 90 percent lean meat or better. (Personally, 96 percent lean meat from Laura’s Lean Beef Grass Fed is our go-to.) Read the label; most cheap meat is 80 percent lean meat/20 percent fat, and that extra 10-16 percent of fat can make a big difference.
Then, after you’ve browned the beef, put it in a colander and rinse it under running water to remove even more fat. Let it drain for a bit, then pour it onto several layers of paper towels, which will absorb the last bit of grease.
Of course, we wouldn’t recommend this technique for any dish in which the beef is the star, such as a hamburger, because it could get pretty dry. But in recipes that feature lots of spice and other flavorful ingredients, you’ll never miss the fat.
So the next time you’re planning a hearty meal or game-day soiree, try to lighten up chili, sloppy Joes, even nachos. You can eat a little more and feel guilty a little less!