May Story Ideas

6 Fiesta-Worthy Mexican Dishes to Try This Month

Give your weekly dinner staples a break this May and celebrate spring with a few of our favorite Mexican-inspired dishes, sure to turn any meal into a fiesta!

Looking for a quick and easy go-to to add to the menu? Our Confetti Beef Tacos, Spicy Mexican Beef Bake and Easy Baked Beef, Bean and Corn Quesadillas all use the same base of Ground Beef. Want to kick up the flavor a notch? Instead of regular Ground Beef, use our Mexican-Style Beef Sausage

Or how about a classic: fajitas! Quick Beef Fajitas with Pico de Gallo combine succulent, marinated Flank Steak and fresh pico de gallo for a dish that tastes like it came from your favorite Mexican restaurant. 

And you can never go wrong with a delicious burger or sandwich, infused with the flavors of Mexico. Our Tex-Mex Torta will be a hit with the family – and it’s ready in 30 minutes! Feel like grilling? Then Fiesta Burgers Con Queso it is! Serve it on a bun or in a tortilla, and let the kiddies have their pick of toppings like diced tomato, avocado or salsa. 

 

Take a U.S. Burger Tour without Leaving Your Kitchen

Have you ever just wanted to pack a bag, hit the road and devour all the delicious burgers the United States has to offer (A Tour de Burger, if you will)? Yeah – us too, but who has the time for that?! 

Not to worry - we’ve got a solution to cure your foodie wanderlust. You really can experience all the between-two-buns deliciousness the U.S. has to offer without ever leaving your kitchen. So the question is…are you ready for an adventure? 

Let’s start our burger journey in the Pacific Northwest with a delicious, sweet and savory Fruit & Nut Burger. Crumbled walnuts combined with Ground Beef result in a flavorful, earthy grilled burger patty, topped with thinly sliced Granny Smith apples, Brie and blackberry jam. Doesn’t get much better than that! 

We’re on to Cali for a beachy twist on the classic burger. Fresh diced jalapeno pepper, onion and cilantro give your regular burger patty a flavorful kick. And forget the bread, this Western Burger is wrapped in crisp Bibb lettuce and topped with the California staples: avocado, tomato and onion. Yum! 

It wouldn’t be a proper burger tour without some BBQ action from The Lone Star State. The Barbecue Chipotle Burger is smothered in a sweet and spicy barbecue sauce made with adobo sauce for some Texas-sized heat. Sprinkle yours with pickled okra (dill pickles are just as tasty) and serve on Garlic Texas Toast. 

A layover in the Great Lakes area means cheese, cheese and more cheese. Our Cheesehead Sliders are a perfect fit for a build-your-own burger buffet. Top your grilled patty with one of the many cheeses America’s Dairyland has to offer. 

Next stop: New York. Looking for a run-of-the-mill burger? Fuggedaboutit! The Deli Burger captures the essence of a classic New York deli favorite by combining Ground Beef with Corned Beef to create a crave-worthy patty topped with Kosher dill pickle, yellow mustard and melted Swiss, all on toasted Rye. If that’s not worth standing in line for we don’t know what is! 

Let’s end our tour down south with an Old South Burger with Peach Compote. Diced peaches, Vidalia onion and brown sugar come together in mouthwatering compote, and tangy goat cheese adds a savory element to a grilled beef burger. Southern belles and beaus rejoice!

 

Not Your Average Salad: 5 Fresh Recipes (with Beef!) for the Spring

Springtime is finally here, which means fresh and colorful fruits and vegetables are in abundance. Whether you’re perusing your local Farmers Market or buying your produce at the neighborhood grocery, we’re here to give you some inspiration for a few out-of-the-ordinary salad recipes you can enjoy all spring long!

Ethnic flavors are hip, so why not jump on board and try something new?! Our North African Spiced Beef Wraps with Crunchy Confetti Slaw uses Strip Steaks seasoned with a Ras El Hanout, a staple spice used in North African and Moroccan cuisines. Scoop the beef into crunchy romaine leaves; top with coleslaw mix, apple, green onion and ginger and you’ve got a unique (and quick!) weeknight meal. Or give your favorite produce an Asian twist with our Beef Spring Rolls with Carrots & Cilantro or Simple Asian Beef Salad. Recruit the kids and make dinner prep a family affair.

If you’re feeling like something a little more classic, how about Four-Seasons Beef & Brussels Sprout Chopped Salad? Sweet, fresh strawberries, jicama, dates and poppy seed dressing pair perfectly with the savory flavor of grilled beef. Is dinner on a deadline? No problem! You can use leftover steak or roast beef in this recipe in a cinch. 

Attending a picnic or backyard party and don’t know what to bring? Steak & Sugar Snap Pea Pasta Salad takes plain old pasta salad to the next level! This dish will have partygoers hunting you down for the recipe.

 

9 Ways to Get 30 Grams of Powerful Protein at Every Meal

For some time now, researchers have known that consuming protein in balanced amounts (approximately 25-30 grams) at each meal is beneficial to improving overall health. Some of the more remarkable benefits of distributing protein throughout the day include feeling satisfied after a meal or snack that features protein, which helps reduce mindless eating. Additionally, meals with high-quality protein help to build muscle and reduce body fat. 

So how, exactly, are you supposed to balance your protein to get 30 grams of powerful protein at each meal? We’ve got a few ideas to get you started!

As we’ve all heard, breakfast is the most important meal of the day! But let’s face it – sometimes it can be hard to get the protein your body needs in the morning, especially if you’re rushing out the door. Fear not, our Beef & Egg Breakfast Mugs are a great on-the-go option, with our Basic Country Beef Breakfast Sausage and eggs as the protein source. Make a big batch of sausage at the beginning of the week and whip up breakfast in a snap. Have a little more time on your hands (or leftover steak or shredded beef)? Breakfast Skillet Beef Tacos are a delicious way to get your morning protein!

Next comes lunch. You can’t go wrong with one of America’s favorite lunch items- the sandwich! Our Roast Beef Tea Sandwiches are great for a lunch for one, or a whole group. Customize them by using your favorite kind of bread, cheese and toppings. Craving some greens? Burger on a Salad Four Ways (American, Asian, Mexican or Greek – choose the variation you like best!) is the perfect balance of fresh veggies and savory, satisfying beef. Lastly, hand-held and perfectly portable, Mu Shu Steak & Apple Wraps are great on the go – and the kids will love ‘em, too! 

Keep on that protein kick through dinnertime with hearty flavorful dishes like Saucy Beef with Baked Eggs (delicious with crusty, rustic bread) or Spaghetti Squash with Meat Sauce. And Mojo Beef Kabobs will be a hit with the adults and kids. Cubes of steak are threaded on skewers with lime and onion, then grilled to perfection. Top with tangy, citrusy mojo sauce and you’ve got a protein superstar on your dinner table!

 

Turkey Day Shortcuts: 5 Thanksgiving Dishes (Starring Beef!) in Half the Time

Are you already planning your Thanksgiving menu six months out? Meticulously timing the prep and cook time of each dish? Worrying about how you’re going to perfectly baste and bake that 20 lb. bird while also entertaining guests? Sounds stressful, doesn’t it? Luckily, we’ve got a few shortcuts to help preserve your sanity this Thanksgiving!

Try something a little out of the ordinary, but amazing…like a savory and succulent beef roast. Roasts are a great way to serve a lot of people, and they require much less attention and cook time than your traditional turkey. Our Three-Pepper Tenderloin Roast with Mushroom & Leek Barley, Herbed Beef Tenderloin with Holiday Rice or Ribeye Roast with Dijon Crust and Roasted Green Beans are all easy, no hassle options for feeding a large or small crowd. 

Or how about a pot of slow cooked deliciousness, perfect for a Thanksgiving potluck! Our Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs with Ginger-Mango Barbecue Sauce is so low maintenance you’ll want to make this dish all year long.

If you were lucky enough to get out of main dish duty, give our Beef Pinwheels appetizers a go. These little guys are sure to be the most popular app on the serving table!


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