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Be the Star of Your 4th of July Grill-Out

Oh, say can you see...that sizzling hot steak on the grill?! With 4th of July just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about backyard get-togethers and summer grill-outs — and what you’re going to serve! Celebrate the American way with savory, flavorful beef dishes your guests will remember until next year’s party. 

 Foods on a stick, anyone? Beef Fajitas on a Stick are a unique spin on a Mexican classic: skewers of perfectly marinated Top Sirloin paired with tender, grilled bell peppers and onions will shine on the buffet line. Same goes for our Beef Sirloin Kabobs with Roasted Red Pepper Dipping Sauce!  

And what’s even better than foods on a stick? Finger foods! Make every guest instantly nostalgic for their childhood with deliciously bite-sized Spicy Cheeseburger Sliders, Two-Bite Burgers or Spicy Beef Back Ribs — no plate necessary. 

Don’t forget a side of greens with your beef! Red, White and Beef Salad is a festive way to pair beef with vegetables for your 4th of July grill-out. Combine salad greens, salsa, black beans and corn, and top with slices of Top Round for something nutritious and refreshing your partygoers will love. 


The Best Beef Stir-Fries to Try This Summer

Longer days and warmer weather can only mean one thing: summer is officially here! And with summer comes plentiful bushels of fresh, seasonal produce. Whether you’re growing your own garden or hitting up your local farmers market on the weekends, you’re probably wondering what in the world to do with all those fresh veggies. The solution? Stir-fry – perfect for when you’re on the run or just looking for a quick meal! 

The beauty of the stir-fry is that it can be a one skillet (or wok) meal, and 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 Sumptuous Steak Stir-Fry, done in about 30 minutes. Combine tender strips of beef with the fresh, seasonal vegetables you have on hand—broccoli, carrots and peppers are summer staples in our book—some stir-fry sauce and leftover rice. Meal mission accomplished. 

Looking for something a little out of the ordinary? Picadillo-Style Beef Stir-Fry packs a unique flavor punch, with juicy steak (Top Sirloin or Top Round work best!), cubed potatoes, onions and green peppers, stir-fried and simmered in a tomato sauce with raisins. Or try our quick and convenient Beef & Vegetable Fried Rice if you need dinner on the table STAT, made with Ground Beef and assorted fresh or frozen veggies.


Helpful Tips for Finding Protein When Dining Out

While we’d all like to be able to plan out every breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack for the week, busy schedules and long days sometimes get in the way. Enter: the take-out menu or grab-and-go fare.

Many people struggle with getting a balanced, protein-filled meal when dining out or grabbing eats on the go. The good news is, with just a few pointers you can make smart decisions every time you dine out. Check out these tips to make your next meal out one that will provide you the protein you need to get you through your day and keep you feeling satisfied longer.

  • For an extra 8 grams of protein, swap your black coffee for a latte with low-fat or non-fat milk. One cup of milk provides about 8 grams of protein. What a great way to get a protein pick-me-up! 
  • Look for words like “grilled,” “broiled,” or “baked” when browsing the menu for lean proteins while dining out. Just 3 ounces of beef packs around 25g of protein (25 grams = Protein Challenge-approved!) 
  • Add a lean protein – like beef – to your entrée salad, whether it’s for lunch or dinner. Not only do you get around 25 grams of protein 3-oz serving of beef, you get 10 essential nutrients, too!
  • Try an on-the-go fruit, nut and cheese bento box, which can be found more often now in coffee shops, convenience stores and some airports. Some bento boxes, like the Starbucks Cheese and Fruit Bistro Boxes, offer up to 18 grams of protein!  


LONG LEAD: Tips for Picking Your Perfect Holiday Roast

There’s nothing more memorable than sharing a delicious meal with family and friends during the holiday season. So the question is, what are you decking the halls (or should we say table) with this year? A beautiful beef roast, we hope! And we’re betting your guests are, too.
Roasts are perfect for holiday get-togethers! Not only do they satisfy appetites and leave your house smelling DE-LICIOUS, roasts are also super simple as they require little attention once you pop it in the oven. Here are a few of our favorite roast options for holiday gatherings:

Eye of Round Roast: This roast is very lean and economical – perfect for satisfying a larger group of people. For best eating quality, cook only to medium rare (145°F) doneness and carve into thin slices. Add a ton of flavor with our Walnut-Crusted Roast with Blue Cheese Mashed Potatoes or Smoky Round Roast with Garlic Kale recipes. You can usually find this cut for around $6 (whatta steal!) per pound at your local grocery store or butcher.

Tri-Tip Roast: Economical and surprisingly tender, the Tri-Tip roast offers rich beef flavor and is extremely versatile. Wildly popular on the West Coast, this roast pairs great with fresh flavors like Lemon-Garlic Beef Tri-Tip Roast with Roasted Potatoes and Pesto-Rubbed Tri-Tip Roast with Warm Tomato Sauce. Similar in price to the Eye of Round roast, you can find typically find this cut for around $7 per pound. 

Ribeye Roast: Ribeye roasts—available boneless or bone-in (the bone provides a natural roasting rack!)—are rich in flavor, juicy and tender with generous marbling throughout. Try our Maple-Glazed Rib Roast with Roasted Acorn Squash or Ribeye Roast with Dijon Crust and Roasted Green Beans at your next gathering. You can expect to pay around $9 per pound for this type of roast.

Tenderloin Roast: This roast is lean and boneless, and the most tender cut you can get! Delicious and succulent, this roast will be a guaranteed favorite, especially with recipes like Tenderloin with Wine-Braised Onions and Herb Cheese or Beef Tenderloin with Wild Mushroom Grits. Typically, a Tenderloin roast will run you around $13 per pound, so it’s the best choice for small, intimate dinner gatherings.

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