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The Mexican-Inspired Recipes You'll Want at Your Next Fiesta

Give your weekly dinner staples a break this May and celebrate one of the most flavorful holidays out there – Cinco de Mayo! These delicious Mexican-inspired dishes will turn your regular weeknight meal into a fiesta! Are you ready?!

Looking for something quick and easy to add to your Cinco de Mayo menu? Done. If you’re a taco fan—ok, let’s be honest, who isn’t?!—then we recommend you get your taco fix with our Carnitas-Style Grilled Beef Tacos. Or how about Easy Baked Beef, Bean & Corn Quesadillas and Quick Beef Fajitas with Pico de Gallo if you want a departure from the traditional taco. Tortilla still included.

Our Tex-Mex Torta will be a hit with the family – and it’s ready in 30 minutes! Feel like grilling? Then Grilled Tequila Steak Pizza it is! The kids can even help with the pizza toppings while you man the grill.


Fresh, Seasonal Must-Try Recipes You’ll Love This Spring

The seasons they are a changin’. If you’re like us, you can’t wait for warm weather – and all that comes along with it: sandals, shorts and outdoor activities galore! And not to mention, the abundance of fresh produce. So, what better way to welcome spring than with light meals that are quick and nutritious?! Whether you’re buying at your local Farmers Market, the neighborhood grocery, or even growing it yourself (kudos, my friend), these recipes are great for utilizing in-season produce. Read on to see our picks for the spring season.

Fruits like grapefruit, pomegranate, strawberries and apricots are in full force during the spring and summer months. Why not try our Pomegranate Steak with Quinoa or Beef “California Roll” Salad if you’re a pomegranate fan, or the spring variation of our Four-Seasons Beef & Brussels Sprout Chopped Salad, which feature sweet and slightly tart strawberries!

As far as vegetables go, cauliflower, bell peppers, peas and asparagus are just a few of our spring and summer staples. Our Indian Beef Shepherd’s Pie combines lean Ground Beef, fresh mashed cauliflower and peas in one tasty dish – minimal cleanup required. And our Grilled Beef Sirloin & Farmers Market Skewers is the perfect way to get those veggies in, and the kids will have fun customizing their skewers with their favorite goods from the garden.

Lastly, we can’t forget the ultimate spring and summer accoutrement – the avocado. Add it to a salad (we recommend this Pepper Steak Salad with Mango, Avocado and Jalapeno Vinaigrette) or spread it on toast, top it with succulent grilled steak to create a Spicy Steak & Avocado Bruschetta and call it a day!


Stir-Fry Your Way into a New Season

As summer approaches, and days get longer and warmer, we all want to spend a little less time in the kitchen. But how do you strike the perfect balance between quick, nutritious and tasty? We think the solution is stir-fry – the ideal meal for when you want to get dinner on the table quickly, while still pleasing the whole family. And the beauty of the stir-fry is that it can be a one skillet (or wok) meal, plus it’s easily customizable so you can include only the veggies you know your family loves.

Take, for instance, a guaranteed family favorite like Asian Beef & Vegetable Stir-Fry or Tangy Beef  Stir-Fry, done in about 30 minutes. Combine tender strips of beef with whatever fresh, seasonal vegetables you have on hand—broccoli, carrots and peppers are our springtime staples—some stir-fry sauce and rice or noodles. Or put your own personal touch on the sweet and savory phenomenon with Vegetable-Mango Beef Stir-Fry. Meal mission accomplished.

If you’re looking to step outside the traditional stir-fry box a little bit, think of other ethnic flavors your family might like to explore. Picadillo-Style Beef Stir-Fry or Stir-Fried Beef Gyros in Pita Pockets offer up a unique twist on the classic stir-fry. 


How to Be a Lean, Mean Grilling Machine This Summer

Whether you’re #teamcharcoal or #teamgasgrill, one thing is for certain – grilling season is upon us, and we’re all getting excited! So clean off the grill and prepare to fire that bad boy up all summer long with these irresistible beef recipes that will knock the socks off anyone within a two block radius. Heck, we hope you like nicknames, because the neighbors might even start calling you the “Lean, Mean, Grilling Machine.”

It’s been a long, cold winter, so first, let’s brush up on our grilling skills. Use this handy guide, which includes simple steps on how to grill the perfect steak or burger, every time. And visit the Interactive Butcher Counter to dive deeper into cuts that are great for grilling!

Now, let’s get down to business – recipes, of course. If steaks are your go-to grilling favorite, we’re got you covered with Cumin-Rubbed Steaks with Avocado Salsa Verde, Steak with Grilled Corn Salsa or Grilled Southwest Steak with Sunset Salad. We’ve even got an array of delicious beef sauces, which pair perfectly with a juicy grilled steak. Give one of ‘em a try!

Are you more of a burger fan? Then we recommend one of our many delicious burger recipes, like Carolina Barbecue Burger, Zesty BBQ Cheeseburgers or Ranch Burgers. Just add your favorite toppings and enjoy!


LONG LEAD: Conquer the Weekdays with these Quick & Easy Meals

Summer has come and gone, the kids are back at school, and schedules are more hectic than ever. Which means busy moms and dads across the country are searching for quick and nutritious meals to put on the dinner table in a pinch. But don’t worry, just because you’re short on time doesn’t mean you have to compromise on nutritious dishes that taste great. Check out some of our favorite go-to weeknight dishes that are sure to become family favorites.

Let’s be honest, sometimes the biggest pain point of putting dinner on the table is the cleanup – it’s the last thing we want to do after a busy day! Our one sheet pan meals, like Easy Sheet Pan Meatloaf & Vegetables or One Sheet Pan Roasted Beef Tri-Tip Roast with Cabbage & Cranberries are simple to prepare (just combine the ingredients and pop it in the oven, checking occasionally until the beef reaches the appropriate internal temperature) and require minimal cleanup.

And if a skillet is your go-to kitchen tools, we’ve got recipes you’ll love, all done in 30 minutes or less, like our Beef Stir-Fry with Green Beans, Korean Beef Skillet or Easy Skillet Chili Mac. Can’t beat that!

Want to spend a little time enjoying the last bit of warm weather before the autumn chill? Bring the family out back and fire up the grill for quick and easy kabobs or burgers. We love Steak Kabobs & Wild Rice with Mushrooms or Fiesta Burgers Con Queso. Customize the kabobs with your family’s favorite veggies or let the kids pick their burger toppings – we guarantee the whole crew will leave the dinner table with happy tummies.

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