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Warm Up with Melt-in-Your-Mouth Slow-Cooked Beef

It’s hard to deny that a warm, savory bowl of chili brings a certain nostalgia to the table – no pun intended! Whether it’s a weekly tradition (chili Sundays, anyone?) or a special occasion dish, chili is one of our favorite ways to beat the winter blues. Read on for a few of our tastiest, coziest beef chili recipes.

Let’s start with a basic beef chili – Beef Chili Five Ways. The glory of this recipe is that you can customize it to your liking. Whether it’s Mexican, Italian or the Cincinnati variation, this base can be your starter for the perfect pot of chili. 

Now, if you’re the type that prefers Ground Beef in your chili, we’ve got a few recipe for you. Santa Fe Corn Chili combines sweet corn and mild green chilies for a delicious and filling dish, ready in 30 minutes or less. And if you’ve got a little more time to spare – and like it on the spicier side – our Beef & Chorizo Chili and Beef Chili Carnivale will really help you step up your chili game. 

But wait, we didn’t forget those of you that enjoy a hearty bowl of Texas-inspired chili, with tender chunks of steak or beef roast – we’ve got you covered, too! Hearty Steak & Bean Chili is packed full of tasty chunks of beef and fresh toppings like avocado, red onion, tomato and cilantro…yum! Or turn up the heat with a batch of Smoky Chipotle Chili or our beefy take on the classic Green Chili

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.


The Most Amazing Pot Roast Meals That Ever Happened 

Do you have fond memories of Grandma’s Pot Roast? Or maybe you’ve never really had – or made – a homemade Pot Roast. Well we’re about to equip you with the only tips and tools you’ll ever need to make the most amazing Pot Roast meals that ever happened!

First, what is pot roasting (also known as braising)? It’s a method of slow cooking larger, less tender cuts of beef, like Chuck Pot Roast or Brisket, using a small amount of liquid. This cooking method results in delicious, melt-in-your-mouth beef. Let our 3 Simple Steps to Pot Roasting infographic be your guide when it comes to perfecting the cooking method. 

Once you’ve got the cooking method down pat, check out our Pot Roast recipe roundup, which includes favorites like Smoky Chipotle Pot Roast with Cornbread and Pot Roast with Cider-Maple Gravy and Mashed Butternut Squash.  


Awesome Comfort Foods That Will Make You Say "More!"

There’s something about cold weather that make us all want to hibernate and eat delicious hot meals that remind us of the comfort foods mom used to make. To celebrate the change of weather and the approach of the holiday season, we’ve got a few nutritious meals we think you might like to add to you traditional comfort food repertoire.

If you like the classics, you can add our Classic Meatloaf and Cowboy Beef Stew to your list of favorites. And our “Veggified” Spaghetti & Meatballs packs a nutritional punch with extra pureed veggies in the tomato sauce. The kids will never know they’re eating their veggies – and enjoying them!

For a quick and easy recipe that still offers the filling warmth of your go-to comfort foods, we suggest our Beef & Asparagus Pasta Toss. Top this simple 30-minute meal with a little Parmesan cheese and pepper and enjoy!

Finally, for those days you can put a little extra TLC into dinner, Beef Picadillo-Stuffed Acorn Squash or Slow Cooked Beef & Mushroom Braciole are the perfect Sunday meals – you might even go back for seconds!

NUTRITION: Powerful Protein Additions You Need to Know About Now

Protein is the big buzzword in food and nutrition, and it should be! Protein gives you the control you need to take on the day, and make the right food choices – all day. However, most Americans either don’t know how much protein to consume throughout the day, or just plain old don’t get enough of it.

A growing body of research shows it’s better to balance your protein intake over the course of the day (aim for about 25-30 grams per meal, plus snacks), instead of eating it all at one meal. To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of a few powerful protein additions to up the protein ante of your favorite meals. 

Add a serving of peanut butter to your morning toast or mid-afternoon apple. A tablespoon (about the size of your finger if no measuring utensils are available) provides about 4 grams of protein. 

Give your oats a protein boost by adding ½ cup of non-fat or low-fat milk instead of water (4 extra grams of protein). Or add a few dollops of non-fat Greek yogurt as a creamy topping – a 3-oz. serving offers up about 8 grams of protein. 

Top your lunchtime salad with a 3-oz. serving of beef, salmon or pork for a delicious and filling 21 grams of protein.

Pack a single serving of beef jerky in your gym bag for a pre- or post-workout treat. Just 1 ounce provides 15 grams of protein. 

NUTRITION: Beef's Competitive Leg Up on Other Protein and Nutrient Sources

Did you know not all protein and nutrient sources are created equal? When it comes to choosing a food that offers both protein with a host of other nutrients, lean beef is a nutritious choice with unbeatable taste. In fact, a single serving of naturally nutrient-rich lean beef gives you more essential nutrients (10 to be exact!) and high-quality protein in fewer calories than many other plant-based proteins or nutrient sources in around 155 calories, on average. That’s a lot of nutrition in a small package!

Let’s take a look at beef’s leg up on the competition when it comes to the caloric cost of 25 grams of protein1:

• You’d have to eat the 6 tablespoons of peanut butter (564 calories) to get the same amount of protein in a single 3-oz. serving of lean beef.
• It would take a whopping 666 calories worth (3 cups) of quinoa to get the 25 grams of protein that a serving of lean beef offers in about 155 calories.

Now how about beef’s competitive advantage over other foods when it comes to nutrients1:

  • To get the same amount of vitamin B12 in a 3-oz. serving of lean beef (155 calories), you would have to consume 9 3-oz. servings of skinless chicken breast (about 1,265 calories).
  • And you would have to eat 11 cups of raw kale to get the same amount of B6 in a single serving of lean beef. 
  • It would take 7½ 3-oz. servings of salmon (1,156 calories) to get the same amount of zinc that serving of lean beef provides.

You may also be surprised to learn that beef is considered one of the top sources of monounsaturated fat. In fact, about half of the fatty acids found in beef are monounsaturated fatty acids, the same kind found in heart-healthy fats found in olive oil and avocados.1,2

And Researchers agree that when it comes to living healthy and reducing risk of chronic diseases, the best things we can do is to eat a healthy, balanced diet which includes lean protein, get plenty of physical activity and maintain a healthy weight.

1. US Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Nutrient Data Laboratory. USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 28. Version Current:  September 2015.  Internet:
2. Cotton Pa, Subar AF, Friday JE, Cook A. Dietary sources of nutrients among US adults, 1994 to 1996. J Am Diet Assoc 2004; 104:921-30.

NUTRITION: Easy Ways to Balance Your Plate with Nutrient-Rich Beef

A balanced plate doesn’t have to mean a bland plate. Leading experts agree that the healthiest diets include a balance of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy and lean meats, like beef. After all, as the saying goes, everything in moderation, right? Read on to learn more about how to balance your daily diet with nutrient-rich lean beef.

You may be surprised to hear that a 3-oz. serving of lean beef (about the size of a deck of cards, or a smart phone), has an average of only 155 calories, and is a good or excellent source of 10 essential nutrients your body need.1. Additionally, a single serving of beef provides nearly 50 percent of the Daily Value for satisfying protein1, which may help curb your cravings and keep you feeling full longer.2

Versatile, flavorful lean beef cuts – like Top Sirloin, Strip Steak and 93% lean Ground beef, to name a few (there are more than 30!) – are the perfect partner for fruits, vegetable and whole grains, making it even easier to build a colorful, healthy plate. See some of our favorites below:

  • Caribbean Beef Burgers made with lean Ground Beef automatically have the fruit portion taken care of with tangy, sweet mango salsa! Serve on a whole wheat bun and a side salad or veggie sticks and you’ve got your bases covered.
  • Mediterranean Beef & Salad Pita is heavy on the veg, and the whole grain pita offers the right amount of whole grains. All you need is your favorite piece of fruit for dessert!
  • Beef, Pepper & Mushroom Kabobs feature a delicious combo of mushrooms and peppers. Serve on a bed of wild rice and a wedge of lemon – yum!

Finally, researchers agree that when it comes to living healthy and reducing risk of chronic diseases, the best things we can do is to eat a healthy, balanced diet which includes lean protein, get plenty of physical activity and maintain a healthy weight.

1. US Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Nutrient Data Laboratory. USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 28. Version Current:  September 2015.  Internet:
2. Layman DK, Evans E, Baum JI, et al. Dietary protein and exercise have additive effects on body composition during weight loss in adult women. J Nutr. 2005; 135:1903-10.

NUTRITION: Get Strong and Stay Satisfied with High-Quality Proteins like Beef

Research continues to stress the importance of protein before and after exercise. That’s excellent news for beef fans, because beef offers a unique nutrient package and protein punch that can help provide Americans of all activity levels the fuel they need to finish their favorite workout.

So, what exactly is it about beef’s nutrient package that is so great? Read on to learn more!

When paired with a regular exercise regimen, the protein in lean beef can help you maintain a healthy weight, sustain weight loss and keep a favorable body composition, over time.1

Individuals who ate protein within an hour of exercise achieved more muscle growth than those who just ate protein in the morning and the evening. Individuals lost more body fat when eating protein closer to the time of exercise.

In addition to protein, beef offers up some other essential nutrients to help get you through your workout, like iron. Iron provides necessary oxygen to your muscles and lungs during exercise to keep you from feeling fatigued or tired too quickly.

Lastly, researchers agree that when it comes to living healthy and reducing risk of chronic diseases, the best things we can do is to eat a healthy, balanced diet which includes lean protein, get plenty of physical activity and maintain a healthy weight.

So whether you’re a seasoned athlete, or just getting started with your workout regimen, eating protein- and nutrient-rich beef before, during and after exercise will maximize performance and recovery.

1. Layman DK, Evans EM, Erickson D, Seyler J, Weber J, Bagshaw D, Griel A, Psota T, Kris-Etherton P. A moderate-protein diet produced sustained weight loss and tong-term changes in body composition and blood lipids in obese adults. J Nutr 2009; 139:514-21.
2. Cribb, PJ and Hayes, A. Med Sci Sports Exerc, 38(11):1918-25, 2006.

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