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Skillet Balsamic Beef Meal Prep

This Skillet Balsamic Beef Meal Prep comes together quickly and easily for a tasty dinner that’s ready in under 20 minutes. Juicy pan-seared steak cubes are tossed in a sweet and tangy balsamic sauce and paired with garlicky mashed cauliflower and spinach. Skillet Balsamic Beef is a healthy, low-carb meal prep favorite.

This healthy version of meat and potatoes calls for lean steak and mashed cauliflower, so you’ll bypass the extra calories and carbs but still get a delicious and satisfying meal. There’s nothing better than coming home after a busy day at work and simply reheating this tasty dinner. With a tangy, caramelized sauce and a garlicky side, you’ll want this perfectly seasoned meal prep on your menu.

We love when delicious flavors and balanced nutrition come together in one pan. The GoodCook Classic Sauté Pan is perfect for searing the beef and cooking the mashed cauliflower. It’s roomy enough to cook up the beef and features a non-stick interior for easy cleaning. 

The cubed balsamic beef and mashed cauliflower fit perfectly in a GoodCook 2 Compartment Meal Prep Container, so a healthy dinner is at the ready. One compartment fits the cubed balsamic beef, and the second compartment fits the mashed cauliflower and spinach.

Step-by-Step Prep

Here are all the steps you’ll need to get this delicious, low-carb meal prep into containers for the week: 

For the Balsamic Beef

  • This recipe calls for cubed beef, so you’ll need a strong knife for cutting. We love the GoodCook Touch Carbon Steel Chef’s Knife, which is sharp and sturdy, perfect for this task. Make sure to disinfect and clean your knife and cutting surface after working with raw meat. Season the beef cubes with salt and pepper.
  • In a GoodCook Classic Sauté Pan, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Toss the butter into the pan, then immediately add the steak cubes. Cook until golden brown on one side, then turn in pan, cooking until golden brown on all the other sides.
  • Add garlic and balsamic to the pan. Cook, stirring often until the vinegar begins to thicken.
  • Transfer the balsamic beef into the 1-cup section of a GoodCook meal prep container.

For the Spinach Cauliflower

  • To cook the frozen mashed cauliflower and spinach for this recipe: Add the frozen mashed cauliflower to a GoodCook Classic Sauté Pan and heat to medium-high. Toss in the puréed garlic and the baby spinach. 
  • Transfer the mashed cauliflower and spinach into the 2-cup section of a GoodCook meal prep container.

With GoodCook, this flavorful meal prep comes together quickly and easily. From the GoodCook Touch Carbon Steel Chef’s Knife to GoodCook Touch Mixing Bowls to the GoodCook Classic Sauté Pan, GoodCook has all of the bakeware, cookware and kitchen accessories to get started. This quick and easy skillet beef recipe is perfect for busy weeknights. Are you ready to get this irresistible Skillet Balsamic Beef prepped?   

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Skillet Balsamic Beef with Garlicky Mashed Cauliflower and Spinach

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  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 pound flank, strip loin, or rib eye steak, cut into 1” cubes
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 cups frozen mashed cauliflower
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 teaspoon garlic puree
  • 2 cups baby spinach, finely chopped


In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Salt and pepper beef cubes. Once pan is hot, toss butter into pan, then immediately add steak. Cook until golden brown on one side, then turn in pan, cooking until golden brown on other sides. Add garlic and balsamic to pan. Cook, stirring often, until vinegar begins to thicken. Remove from heat and transfer into 1-cup section of meal prep container.
In a large pan over medium heat, cook frozen cauliflower until warm. Add garlic puree and stir in baby spinach. Transfer to 2-cup section of meal prep container.

Recipe Notes


If you’re looking for a way to eat healthier and shop smarter in the new year, learning how to stock you freezer and pantry with some of the building block ingredients needed for most recipes is a good place to start. Keeping this in mind, Good Cook is launching a new recipe series this year to help you learn how to make 1 basic recipe that can be stocked, stored, and saved for use in 5 meals or more!

This month’s focus: Beef Stock. Though you can buy a box of premade beef stock in the grocery store, making it on your own in an inexpensive, healthful way to add needed nutrients and tons of flavor to stews, soups, sauces, and gravies.

We’ve created a basic recipe for you (found here) which can be used in our delicious recipe for hearty Vegetable Beef soup. Grab a pot and start cooking.

Need a little more convincing? Here are a few of the benefits to making your own Beef Stock…

1) Budget-friendly. Making an entire pot of stock (more than a dozen servings!) costs as little as $5, and goes a long way!

2) Freezer-friendly. Homemade beef stock can be packaged in plastic, freezer-safe containers for convenience and quick-readiness in all your favorite recipes!

3) Diet-friendly. Homemade beef stock is full of flavor, as well as nutrients from the gelatin and marrow from the beef bones used to make the stock. You’ll get fuller faster, and add a ton of flavor with homemade stock than you will with that thin, storebought broth!

4) Flavor friendly. When making your own beef stock, you can add your favorite wines, oils, herbs, and veggies, varying the flavor to your taste preference!

5) Preservative-free. Storebought stocks can contain preservatives, additives, and MSG. When you make it at home, you know what’s going into your stock, so you can rest assured that you’re cooking up a healthy batch of something you want in your body!

6) It’s Versatile. Homemade beef stock makes a great starter for soups, a delicious base for gravies, and add incredible flavor to pastas and stews, too!

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