October's Top Story Ideas

One Pot Meals = Less Dishes

Busy parents need to get meals on the table quickly. No news there. But something that makes it even better is if the quick meal is nutritious and simple! 

We developed a brand new recipe with Oh! Sweet Basil—one of our favorite bloggers! The recipe for One Pot Lasagna Pasta delivers on taste and ease without sacrificing nutrition. Saucy Ground Beef and zucchini are simmered with noodles and topped with ricotta for a family favorite with fewer dishes to clean up!

One-Dish Beef Stroganoff is exactly what the title says. It’s a nutritious version of the family favorite—made easy since the noodles cook right in the same pot with the cooking liquid. Made simple since it features Ground Beef, and nutritious with whole wheat noodles, mushrooms and peas.

Korean Beef Skillet also features lean Ground Beef along with super-simple jarred Korean BBQ Sauce. It’s a great way to use leftover rice, and it will introduce your family to bok choy, red cabbage and bean sprouts!


Halloween's Savory Side

Candy corn, sugar pumpkins and bite sized candy bars. Is this all that Halloween is about? Not in our books! We’ve been brewing up some hauntingly healthy dinner ideas, perfect for ghosts and goblins alike.

Our Crunchy Beef Bites with Vampire Blood Dipping Sauce may sound frightful, but they’re more delightful when served beside your favorite vegetables and fruit!
Yummy Mummy Beef Pizzas and Chili Pizza are great options for little ones not ready to be introduced to the creepier side of All Hallows’ Eve. The colorful mummy and pumpkins featured on their plates will only stir up smiles (not screams).
Spooky Sloppy Joes are ready in 30 minutes and leave the creativity up to you with several ideas for ghoulish garnishes like black olive spiders or green onion broomsticks. 


Fall Flavor Highlight: Pears and Beef 

Pears are in season and the best news is how well they pair with beef.

Try our pear and beef pairings with Treviso, Fig and Pear Steak Salad or Gazpacho Steak Salad. And if you’re looking for a great roast to impress your guests, don’t miss the Thyme-Rubbed Beef Round Tip with Roasted Onion and Pear Wild Rice.





The Key to a Successful National Chili Month

Chili cook-offs, secret ingredients and award-winning recipes – chili certainly has a way of uniting people around a warm bowl of goodness. How you like your chili is another story. Some people like it chunky while others prefer something with more broth. Many like beans in the mix, but some purists stick to beef only. Whatever tickles your chili fancy, there are a few key ingredients that make any pot a hit!

Let’s start with the basics: beef! Steak or Ground Beef—we happen to like both! Chilly Day Beef Chili features meaty chunks of steak while Beef Chili Carnivale uses ever-popular Ground Beef.   

Now what about the sauce? Lots of chili recipes start with canned tomatoes. Chili Beef Express is a prime example of how using chili-style chunky tomatoes with your Ground Beef mixture bring much needed moisture in a quick and simple way.

Finally, the “extras.” Do you throw in corn for a little crunch like Santa Fe Corn Chili calls for? Perhaps you like your chili spicy like Chili Con Carne with some ancho chili powder stirred in.

And if you’re looking for a recipe with even more room for customization, check out our Beef Chili Five Ways…Cincinnati, Moroccan and Italian flavors are just around the corner.

No matter how you like your chili, one thing is certain…if you’ve started with beef, it’s going to be a crowd-pleaser.


Give Him a Roast to Carve 

If your families are like most around the country, you’ll be spending more time in the kitchen this fall, preparing delicious feasts for family and friends. This year, while you’re busy finishing up the side dishes and setting the table, why not give the man in your life a beautiful, juicy roast to carve? He’ll make use of those knife skills and find great pride in carving up the main course.

And what better center-of-the-plate to provide him with than a beef roast? From the manly BBQ-Rubbed Beef Roast and Peppery Beef Rib Roast to the awe-inspiring Hearty Glazed Tri-Tip Roast with Creamy Gorgonzola Sauce, he’ll be the center of attention in the kitchen for once!

Just make sure you have his favorite beer ready after his feat is complete. You’ll have one less step as you get dinner on the table and he’ll be ready to admire his work with the first mouth-watering bite.



Forgot to Thaw Ground Beef? No Problem! 

Problem: We’ve all been there. We meant to take our Ground Beef out of the freezer and place it in the fridge last night. But here we are: It’s 5:00 and dinner needs to be on the table pronto!

Old Solution: Place the meat under running water. Place the meat on the counter top. Do just about anything you can to get that frozen mass in an edible form. (All these solutions take too much time and can potentially be unsafe)

New Solution: After conducting research with consumers and identifying a safe and QUICK new process, we developed tips to defrost Ground Beef in the microwave in less than 5 minutes. And the added bonus? You can still form burgers, patties or meatballs this way!

Check out those few easy thawing steps in this infographic and don’t miss our entire Ground Beef page for recipe inspiration, videos and more! 


Long Lead: Spring Forward with Light, Fresh Recipes 

As the weather warms up and spring approaches, we’re beginning to think about lighter dishes made with fresh ingredients. The grill is the perfect tool to get you to those light, fresh recipes. Even if the weather isn’t warm enough in your neck of the woods, an indoor grill pan will do the trick!

Let’s start with Beef Strip Steaks with Grilled Balsamic Vegetables, a basic recipe that incorporates onion, squash and zucchini. Lean, delicious Strip Steaks sizzle alongside the freshest vegetables for an entire meal on the grill.

Nothing makes us think about warm weather like island-inspired Caribbean Flank Steak with Coconut Rice. The addition of lime juice, cilantro and coconut make this recipe a wonderfully tropical experience. Serve with fresh pineapple or mango for some island sweetness.

And finally, a Southwest Steak and Many Layered Salad will awaken your senses with crunchy lettuce, creamy avocados, tangy tomatoes, the spice of chipotle pepper and the succulence of Flank Steak. The stars of the salad, Flank Steak and corn, are grilled for a unique flavor only obtained from the easy, direct heat cooking method.

Please contact kmillspaugh@beef.org to obtain high resolution images and full recipes.

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