November's Top Story Ideas

Warm Up with Melt-in-Your-Mouth Slow-Cooked Beef 

The weather is getting chillier, and as we head into the holidays, schedules are even busier. The slow cooker solves both challenges by rendering delicious, tender beef meals with very little effort. From melt-in-your-mouth results to set-it-and-forget-it easy prep, there are so many reasons to fall in love with slow cooking. Whether you’re braising, pot roasting or literally cooking in a slow cooker, we’ve got some recipes that are guaranteed to please everyone’s tummies this fall.

Our Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs with Ginger-Mango Barbecue Sauce combines tender Short Ribs, tangy barbecue sauce and fresh ginger for a deliciously easy weeknight meal. Throw the ingredients (only five, to be exact!) in your slow cooker before work and you’ll have a complete meal waiting when you get home. 

Sweet Onion & Pepper Beef Sandwiches are perfect for game day. Crusty French rolls stuffed with sweet onions and red peppers, savory slow-cooked beef, cheese and au jus – how could you go wrong?

If your Sundays aren’t complete without a cozy bowl of soup, then our Slow Cooker Pot Roast Soup is for you. Put it on when you wake up and go about your day. When evening rolls around, you’ll have a warm and hearty modern twist on a favorite classic. Yum!

If you’re looking for a little more versatility, Four-Way Slow Cooker Shredded Beef is the way to go! This recipe uses a Pot Roast as the base; try a Shoulder Roast, Arm Chuck Roast Boneless or Blade Chuck Roast Boneless – whichever you prefer! Once the roast is fork-tender, test out our flavor variations—Mexican, BBQ, Indian or Asian—or create your own. One thing’s for sure – no one will be able to pass up this dish!

 

End Your Year on a Nutritious Note 

With the holiday season just around the corner, we’re all looking forward to making new memories with family and friends. And okay – maybe we’re also looking forward to indulging in some of our favorite holiday goodies, too. But this holiday season, indulging doesn’t have to mean unhealthy! We’ve got a few tips to end your year on a nutritious note!

Need some ideas for quick and nutritious holiday apps in a hurry?

And when it’s time for the main event, satisfy your crowd with a delicious roast. There are plenty of lean options available around the holidays, and roasts are surprisingly easy to prepare! Here are a few of our favorite crowd-pleasers:

 

Stay Satisfied and Avoid Cravings with Beef 

The science behind the importance of protein has been getting a lot of press lately. New research shows that consuming the right amount of protein throughout the day—around 25-30 grams per meal, plus snacks—is key to feeling the benefits of protein. Benefits like a leaner, stronger body and sustained energy. In addition, studies have shown that consuming protein-rich meals can help you feel fuller, longer and lead to improved appetite control (read: no 3 p.m. vending machine run or after-school sugar binge!).

The trick to keeping those cravings at bay is consuming protein consistently throughout the day, starting at breakfast and continuing at lunch, dinner and snacks. Here are some of our favorite quick and easy protein-powered recipes that’ll keep you motoring through those busy days and away from the office candy bowl:  

Start your day off right with a balanced breakfast. Our Beef and Egg Breakfast Mug is ready in a flash – just combine an egg, the veggies of your choice and some cooked Ground Beef in your favorite coffee mug and pop in the microwave. 

Power up at lunch. Sick of plain old salads or soup from a can? Spruce up your lunch with a Burger on a Salad Four Ways or a Steak and Blue Cheese Wrap. Both offer right around 30 grams of satisfying protein to keep you going until dinnertime. 

End on a nutritious note. Get your dose of protein (this recipe has 27 grams!) with our 30 minute Citrus-Marinated Beef and Fruit Kabobs. Top Sirloin cubes are marinated in a mixture of orange peel, cilantro and smoked paprika and grilled alongside skewers of watermelon, peaches, and mango—what a perfect way to end the day.

 

Gear Up for Grilling (Long Lead) 

Savor the taste you love this grilling season with the sizzle and succulence of a perfectly grilled steak meal. From weeknights to weekends, we’ve got you covered with cuts and recipes (ready in 30 minutes or less, mind you) that’ll have your friends and family thinking you’re the master of the grill. 

Let’s kick it off with a well-marbled, juicy Ribeye, fit for any and every steak lover. Spicy Ribeyes with Ginger-Orange Grilled Carrots prove that beef really is the best way to get the kids to eat their vegetables. 

For those that prefer a lean, but still flavorful cut, the Flank is for you! Our Balsamic Marinated Flank Steak takes a bath in a tenderizing marinade of balsamic vinegar, basil, Dijon mustard and garlic before going on the grill. 

And how about a tried-and-true favorite: the Top Sirloin. Grilled Top Sirloin Filets with Italian Salsa Verde pairs perfectly cooked Top Sirloin with flavorful Italian-style salsa verde, guaranteed to please any steak connoisseur.


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