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Fast and Flavorful Meals to Enjoy This Summer

It’s hard to deny that summer very well may be the best time of year! Fresh and delicious fruits and vegetables are everywhere, and guess what – they pair great with beef! We’ve got nutritious recipes and more to make your beef dishes more colorful all season long. 

For a more flavorful summer (or fall and spring!), we recommend taking a trip to your local farmers market to pick out a few fresh veggies that taste wonderful with beef. Tomatoes, avocados and corn are the perfect partner for a refreshing summer beef dish. 

Toss together an East Meets West Steak Salad, Radicchio, Pear and Fig Steak Salad or a Grilled Beef, Summer Squash and Onion Salad for something quick and light. Need it on-the-go? Stuff your favorite salad into a pita for a convenient and portable meal! 

Wondering how to incorporate seasonal fruits into your beef meals? A little sweet and savory combo never hurt! Whip up a quick salsa with fresh fruit like mango, peach or pineapple; the sweetness from the fruit is the perfect complement to a delicious savory beef dish. Let our Grilled Steak with Mango Salsa serve as inspiration for endless fruit-filled flavor possibilities.

Build a Better Lunch the Whole Family Will Love

We’re on a mission. A mission to build a better lunch! With a little planning you can send your family off to tackle the day with a nutritious, satisfying mid-day beef meal you can feel good about. 

Let’s start with something the kids will love, but don’t worry – these kid-friendly recipes are adult favorites, too. Our Mu Shu Steak and Apple Wraps or Roast Beef and Veggie Wraps are perfectly portable, making them great brown bag options. And our Roast Beef Tea Sandwiches and vegetable-packed Mediterranean Beef and Veggie Wraps can be customized to each family members’ liking. Believe me, these sammies are so tasty, it’s a guarantee your kids won’t be swapping lunches! 

Don’t forget to treat yourself to a nutritious lunch! Our Salad Shakers or Layered Beef Salad On-the-Go can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge for an easy grab-and-go meal. Wondering what to do with leftover cooked Ground Beef? Try this Mediterranean Beef and Salad Pita for a crisp, refreshing mid-day meal. 

 

LONG LEAD: Transform Your Diet This Year with the Protein Challenge

Want to ring in the New Year with more protein and less snack attacks? Then try the 30 Day Protein Challenge! Are you planning a “New Year, New You” story or perhaps a feature about the best new ways to build a healthy year? The Protein Challenge could be your solution to eliminating mindless snacking. By simply shifting the way you consume protein throughout the day – 25 to 30 grams per meal, plus snacks – you can begin to feel the difference! Protein throughout the day can help you avoid that hungry feeling, giving you more control over the foods you choose. When you’re already satisfied, you’re less likely to reach for those unhealthy snacks.

Check out some of our favorite protein-powered meals, perfect for keeping you (and your appetite) satisfied throughout the chilly winter months, while also delivering the 25-30 grams of protein your body needs.

For a simple and convenient dinner that will still pack a nutritious punch, we like to rely on our trusty slow cooker. Four-Way Slow Cooker Shredded Beef offers four different and unique flavor twists on slow cooked shredded beef. Make a big batch and use leftovers for a variety of meals and flavors throughout the week!

Need something on the table in a pinch? Saucy Beef with Baked Eggs is ready in about 35 minutes and can be served for breakfast, lunch or dinner! Or try our Beef Steak Soft Tacos – all you need is 25 minutes and 5 ingredients (plus your favorite toppings!).

And who can turn down a steamy bowl of soup when the temps outside are freezing?! Our Beef, Bean and Spinach Ragout and Ginger Beef and Noodle Bowl are only two from the long list of delicious beefy, brothy goodness we have to offer.

 

LONG LEAD: 7 Ways to a Beefed Up 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 andlet us knoww 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.  



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

 

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