February Story Ideas
Broiling = Minimum Effort + Maximum Flavor
Math may not be our best subject, but if broiling = minimum effort + maximum flavor, bring it on! Luckily, you don’t have to be Albert Einstein to master this cooking method. With just a pinch of seasoning and one strong heat element in your oven, broiling is the sure-fire way to impress your family with a delicious meal in just a matter of minutes. Follow the simple steps
below to ace your next broiled beef dish.
Choose the right cut. Some of our favorite cuts for broiling include T-Bone, Tenderloin Filets, Ground Beef and Top Sirloin.
Prepare your beef. Set your oven for broiling; preheat for about 10 minutes. Next, season beef with your favorite spice blend, or try one of our rubs or marinades. After seasoning the beef, place beef on broiling pan under the broiler. Make sure you position the pan so that the surface of the beef is within the specified distance from heat. If you have an electric oven, check your owner’s manual for broiling instructions.
Cook your beef. While broiling, use tongs instead of a meat fork to avoid losing tasty juices when turning the meat. Cook meat to desired doneness (depending on the size and cut of beef, cooking times will vary. Use this chart as a cooking guideline). After cooking, season your beef with salt, if desired.
Break Out of Your Breakfast Funk This National Hot Breakfast Month
Admit it: there’s no better way to start your morning than with a hot, satisfying breakfast (full of protein
, of course!). February is Hot Breakfast Month, and we’ve got some beefy breakfast recipes
to help you power through your day.
Short on time? Our simple and quick Beef & Egg Breakfast Mugs are ready in less than five minutes and are great for on-the-go.
Step away from the oatmeal and break out of your boring breakfast routine with Breakfast Skillet Beef Tacos or Beef Breakfast Tartine. Both recipes utilize leftovers (pot roast or steak, you decide) from last night.
And if you’re feeding a crowd, our Southwestern Beef Breakfast “Nachos” and Spicy Beef Chorizo Breakfast Strata are guaranteed hits for even the most die-hard brunch lovers.
Show Your Heart Some Love (Nutrition)
Did you know February is National Heart Health Month? In honor of heart health, we’d like to take the opportunity to highlight new research and ways you can take action toward a healthier ticker.
Contrary to conventional wisdom, a growing body of evidence shows that a heart-healthy diet and lifestyle that includes lean beef, even daily, can reduce risk factors for heart disease, including elevated cholesterol and blood pressure. Most recently, a study conducted by Pennsylvania State University researchers demonstrated the beneficial blood pressure lowering effects of a heart-healthy dietary pattern rich in fruits and vegetables and low-fat dairy products with increased dietary protein primarily from lean beef (Beef in an Optimal Lean Diet; BOLD).1
In this latest study, the moderate protein diet, which included 153 grams of lean beef a day (or approximately 5.4 ounces), was found to be more effective at reducing systolic blood pressure when compared to the three diets lower in total protein.
The study’s authors – who had previously concluded that lean beef can be included in a DASH-like diet to reduce levels of total and LDL “bad” cholesterol 2 – noted that this evidence suggests that it is the total protein intake – not the type of protein – that is instrumental in reducing blood pressure as part of a DASH-like dietary pattern.
And the best part of all? It’s easier than ever to incorporate lean beef into meal plans for the week. Especially when you consider that favorite cuts like Strip Steak, Top Sirloin and Flank Steak are lean!
Try a simple Sirloin with Sugar Snap Pea and Pasta Salad, Asian Beef & Vegetable Stir-Fry or Sirloin Sandwich with Red Onion & Dried Fruit Marmalade. (Cost saving tip: Buy one Top Sirloin Steak and use it for multiple meals. This video will show you how.)
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