February Story Ideas

How to Draft Your Appetizer Dream Team for the Big Game

As the biggest football game of the year approaches, sports fans across the country prepare to dedicate what some may argue is the most important Sunday of the year to rooting on their favorite team and devouring some delicious tailgating treasures. Check out some of our favorite game day bites, sure to win over the taste buds of your competitors. Fellow footballers won’t be able to say no to these little beef beauties, so you might want to make a few extra. And the good news? These recipes use lean beef cuts, so these apps won’t wreck your diet.

Let’s start with a fan favorite – meatballs! Easy to prepare, these will be a touchdown with the team. Serve up our Spicy Buffalo-Style Meatballs or Spicy Cajun Boudin Meatballs if you’re looking for a snack with a kick. And for the kiddies, try our more mild, but flavorful Mini Meatball Appetizers with Apricot Dipping Sauce.

Or try Beef and Blue Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms and Beef and Couscous Stuffed Baby Bell Peppers, both perfect hand-held options…because we know you’ll want one hand free for high fiving when your team takes the game.

And finally, you can’t go wrong with chili! We recommend Beef Green Chili or Hearty Steak and Bean Chili to feed the game day crew. We like to prepare it ahead of time and keep it warm in the slow cooker. 

 

Make a Scrumptious Beef Meal for Your Honey this Valentine's Day

With love on the mind this month, we’re all looking for ways to make this Valentine’s Day memorable with our special someone. Instead of heading out for a fancy dinner, why not whip up your favorite fine dining dishes in the comfort of your own kitchen? Check out our easy recipes for making a delicious beef dish that will impress your Valentine, for less money and fewer calories. You can even wear your comfy clothes – we won’t tell!

Looking for something to wow you and your honey’s taste buds? Short Ribs may be the answer! Our Braised Short Ribs with Red Wine Sauce and Wine-Braised Short Ribs are rich and delicious – the perfect special occasion dish!

Want to bring the steakhouse into your own kitchen this V-Day? Two Steppin’ Tenderloin is a steakhouse classic – and you can make it in a few simple steps! Start on the stovetop in an oven-proof skillet and finish to your desired doneness in the oven. Talk about impressive. Serve with a unique brown rice side dish made colorful with dried cherries, almonds and pesto! Or try our Filet Mignon with Herb Butter Sauce and Mushrooms – we’ve simplified the process by using one pan for the steaks and the sauce. Less clean up means less time in the kitchen!

Lastly, we’ve got a few options perfectly portioned for two people, like our Grilled T-Bone for Two. The name says it all; one simple steak, shared between you and your sweetie. The only problem will be choosing which of the four sauces you want to prepare as that special finishing touch!

 

Whip Up Something Beefy to Celebrate Hot Breakfast Month

Whether it is weekday grab-and-go or Sunday brunch, there’s something comforting and satisfying about a hot breakfast. Not to mention, eating a protein-rich breakfast keeps you feeling full, longer, which may result in less snacking throughout the day.
We’ve got 7 protein-powered, beef up breakfast options for you this Hot Breakfast Month - give ‘em a try and let us know if you love them as much as we do!

If you’re often in a hurry during the breakfast timeframe and want something quick that you can eat on the go, try making our Easy Beef Breakfast Rolls, Easy Mexican Beef Cornbread Muffins or Savory Beef Brunch Waffles ahead of time and reheating them when you need a morning energy boost. These recipes can also feed a larger crowd, making them a great go-to for weekend brunch get-togethers.

Don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten about our die-hard breakfast sandwich fans. Sunrise Beef Sliders, Shredded Beef and Egg Quesadillas and Country-Style Waffle Sandwiches will satisfy those that love anything between two pieces of bread!

Finally, we’ve got a recipe that is the definition of comfort food: Spicy Beef Sausage and Grits. Hello, beefy, creamy, cheesy goodness! Goodbye boring breakfast foods. 

 

NUTRITION: Lean Beef's Benefits in a Balanced, Heart Healthy Diet

As February is National Heart Health month, we’d like to highlight research around beef’s role in a healthy diet, and ways you and your readers can take action toward a healthier heart.

Contrary to popular belief, research shows that includinglean beeff, even daily as part of a heart-healthy diet and lifestyle, can help improve cholesterol levels.1 The BOLD (Beef in an Optimal Lean Diet) study demonstrated that when adding lean beef to the most recommended heart-healthy diet, it lowered  heart disease risk by reducing levels of total and LDL “bad” cholesterol.1 The study’s authors concluded that the results of the BOLD study provide convincing evidence that lean beef can be included in a heart-healthy diet that meets current dietary recommendations and reduces cardiovascular disease risk.

You may also be surprised to learn that beef contributes 10 percent or less of saturated fat and total fat to the American diet.2 And about half the fatty acids found in beef are monounsaturated fatty acids3, the same kind found in olive oil and avocados. A study published in the Journal of Human Hypertension also shows that including lean beef, even daily, as part of a dietary pattern rich in fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy, can reduce risk factors for heart disease, including elevated cholesterol and blood pressure.1

Additionally, many researchers have now begun to reevaluate the role of saturated fats in heart disease.  A recent review of more than 70 clinical studies raised questions about current guidelines related to fat intake, which generally restrict the consumption of saturated fats and encourage consumption of polyunsaturated fats to prevent heart disease.4

And now it’s easier than ever to incorporate lean beef into meal plans for the week! Especially when you consider that favorite cuts like Strip Steak, Top Sirloin and 93% lean Ground Beef are lean!

Try a simple Beef Stir-Fry with Couscous or ourBurger on a Salad Four Ways.

1. Roussell MA, Hill AM, Gaugler TL, Trent LG, West SG, Ulbrecht JS, Vanden Heuvel JP, Gillies PJ, and Kris-Etherton PM. Effects of a DASH-like diet containing lean beef on vascular health. Journal of Human Hypertension 2014. [Accepted, not yet published]
2. Zanovec M, O'Neil CE, Keast DR, Fulgoni VL 3rd, Nicklas TA. Lean beef contributes significant amounts of key nutrients to the diets of US adults: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 1999-2004. Nutr Res 2010;30:375-81.
3. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, USDA Nutrient Data Laboratory. 2013. USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 26. Available at:
http://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/foodcomp/search/.
4. Chowdhury R, Warnakula S. Association of dietary, circulating, and supplement fatty acids with coronary risk: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Ann of Intern Med 2014;160:398-406.
 


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