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How to Conquer the Meat Case

We’ve all been there, standing at the butcher counter or meat case, wondering which cut of beef to buy. Steak? Roast? Grass-fed? Grain-fed? The choices are almost endless! This month, we’re covering a topic that every beef eater must address: which beef choice is right for me? Check out the resources below and you’ll be navigating the meat case like a pro in no time.

Today’s meat case has lots of option—like grass- and grain-finished, natural and organic, even different grades and aging methods—so you’re in luck when it comes to finding your perfect beef choice. Learn more about finishing methods, the difference between the grades of beef (prime, choice and select) and aging options (wet aged vs. dry aged) in this helpful infographic.

Now that you know more about the types of beef available to you, let’s dive into choosing the perfect cut of beef. Look no further than our Interactive Butcher Counter resource for all things beef cuts. You can explore the cutsGround Beef, Steaks, Roasts & Ribs or Prepared Cuts – and some of our favorite recipes for each cut, or we can guide you to the right cut. Looking for an economical cut you can put in your slow cooker? A BBQ-worthy cut you can grill? We’ve got you covered. 

And of course, once you’ve chosen your perfect cut of beef, we’ve got a variety of delicious, triple-tested beef recipes, cooking tips and videos available to you!

 

NUTRITION: 10 Reasons Why Beef is Your Pick for Practical Nutrition

Sure, beef tastes great, but did you know a single 3-oz serving also provides great nutritional value, in just about 150 calories? Believe it! When it comes to choosing healthy proteins, lean beef is a naturally nutrient-rich food that provides you with all the essential nourishment, like protein, iron and zinc, you need to dominate your day. Here are our top 10 reasons why beef is a powerful nutrient package worth enjoying every day: 

Protein helps your body build and maintain muscle, while iron helps your body use oxygen to power through your day.

Beef also provides vitamins B6 and B12 that work to convert food to energy, and support brain function. 

Zinc, anyone? This important nutrient helps your body maintain a healthy immune system.  

Then there’s niacin, supporting energy production and boosting metabolism, and choline, which aids in nervous system development. 

Don’t forget selenium and riboflavin, which help with cell protection and converting food into fuel, respectively. 

And finally, phosphorus, which along with calcium (found in milk and other dairy items) helps build bones and teeth. 

There you have it –10 essential nutrients to give you and your family more oomph to tackle the day, 10 essential jobs to keep your body moving, and 10 essential reasons to enjoy beef any day of the week.

 

NUTRITION: 5 Ways You Can Benefit from Consuming More Protein

Research continues to stress the importance of consuming protein throughout the day for overall health and wellness, for people of all ages. Protein has some remarkable benefits, which is great news for beef lovers, because a single serving of nutrient-rich beef provides 25 grams of protein (50% of recommended Daily Value)!1 Read on for four more (of many!) reasons to consume high-quality proteins, like beef, throughout the day. 
  1. Heart-healthy diets that incorporate high-quality, lean protein helps lower cholesterol (the bad kind), reduce the risk of chronic disease and reduce high blood pressure.
  2. Protein helps support strong, lean bodies, and may help you get more from your workout! Studies show exercise is more effective when paired with a higher-protein diet, and beef provides the amino acids necessary for building and replenishing muscles.1
  3. When coupled with physical activity, high-quality protein, like that found in beef, can help you maintain a healthy weight or sustain weight loss.2,3 
  4. People who eat a higher-protein diet (about 30% of daily calories from protein) feel more satisfied, which may help prevent overeating.1 

To help you jump start your protein consumption throughout the day, take the 30 Day Protein Challenge, a fun step-by-step program to help you get the optimal amount of protein each day.  To learn more about what consuming a higher-protein diet can do for you, visit the Nutrition section

1. http://www.beefitswhatsfordinner.com/proteinsbenefits.aspx.
2. Layman DK, Evans EM, Erickson D, Seyler J, Weber J, Bagshaw D, Griel A, Psota T, Kris-Etherton P. A moderate-protein diet produces sustained weight loss and long-term changes in body composition and blood lipids in obese adults. J Nutr 2009;139:514-21.
3. Paddon-Jones D, Westman E, Mattes RD, Wolfe RR, Astrup A, Westerterp-Plantenga M. Protein, weight management, and satiety. Am J Clin Nutr 2008;87:1558S-61S.

 

Simple Ways to Boost Flavor with Rubs & Marinades

Give you favorite steaks a little extra love this grilling season with a boost of flavor from rubs and marinades. Utilizing a rub or marinade is a fantastic way to add big flavor without adding tons of extra sodium or fat. Keep reading to learn how to DIY your own rubs and marinades, sure to wow your friends and family at your next cookout. 

Spice it up. Rubs are seasoning blends applied to the surface of uncooked steaks, burgers, ribs or roasts to add a kick of flavor. Dry rubs include only a blend of spices, while paste-type rubs typically include a wet ingredient, like a bit of oil, minced garlic or mustard. Keep in mind, rubs don’t tenderize the meat, so pick cuts that don’t require tenderizing, like a Top Sirloin Steak, Strip Steak or T-bone Steak. A rub can be applied just before grilling or up to two house in advance and refrigerated until they’re ready to hit the grill. We love this Lemon-Pepper Rub on a Top Sirloin Steak - yum! See more DIY rub recipes here

Marinate on this. Marinades are seasoned liquid mixtures that serve two purposes: to add flavor, and to tenderize tougher cuts of beef, such as Top Round Steak, Skirt Steak or Flank Steak. If you’re marinating for flavor and not tenderization, you can marinate (in the fridge) in as little as 15 minutes or up to two hours. If you’re marinating for tenderness, the marinating time is longer – six to eight hours, or up to overnight, in the refrigerator. Tougher cuts of beef also like acidic-based marinades that use liquids like wine, vinegar, citrus or other fruit juices and soured milk products like yogurt or buttermilk – the acidity helps to break down meat fibers, resulting in a more tender steak. As a rule of thumb, allow about 1/3 to 1/2 cup of marinade per pound of beef. This Tangy Lime Marinade is one of our favorites. See more DIY marinade recipes here.

 

6 Super Saucy Recipes to Celebrate National BBQ Month

May is National Barbecue Month, so what better way to celebrate than with a few super saucy, super beefy barbecue recipes. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite barbecued beef recipes in honor of this glorious holiday. These recipes will be undoubtedly be a hit – just make sure you have some wet wipes handy for your guests to mop up the saucy satisfaction.  

Looking for that classic BBQ flavor in a short amount of time? Then these burgers will satisfy! Our Carolina Barbecue Burger is served with a brown sugar, mustard and vinegar sauce and crunchy, tangy slaw for the perfect balance of savory and sweet. Barbecue Chipotle Burgers pack a Texas-sized spicy punch with chipotle-infused barbecue sauce, served on Texas Toast, of course. 

Thinking steaks? Us too. T-Bones, to be exact. Smoky T-Bones with Chunky BBQ Sauce are grilled with wood chip foil packets, giving it an extra smoky flavor that perfectly complements the sweet, chunky pineapple-based barbecue sauce topping. Or keep it quick and simple with Grilled T-Bone Steaks with BBQ Rub

Lastly, it wouldn’t be a proper ode to National Barbecue Month without beef brisket! Our traditional Texas BBQ Beef Brisket only requires a handful of ingredients, but the result is big flavor! For an easier version, our BBQ Beef Brisket with Smoky Cheddar-Chili Potatoes utilizes refrigerated fully-cooked sliced brisket from the grocery store, making it a perfect weeknight option. Serve alongside creamy, spicy mashed potatoes and your veggie of choice.

 

5-Ingredient Recipes That Will Make You Say "Wow!"

Who says delicious meals have to be complicated? Since when does a recipe need to include a refrigerator’s worth of ingredients and a novel-sized step list? We’re all for keeping it simple, which is why we’ve put together this killer collection of recipes using 5 ingredients or less. These recipes are so tasty and flavorful, you almost won’t believe they only use a handful of ingredients. 

Looking for ways to utilize that Ground Beef in your freezer? Defrost your beef with this simple guide, and turn it into Basic Beef & Vegetable Meatballs, which uses 93% lean Ground Beef and shredded zucchini for a hidden veggie boost. And choose one of these dipping sauces for an extra kick of flavor! 

Fire up the grill for our fresh and simple Sizzling Steak and Potato Salad, tossed with grilled potatoes and zucchini, served atop a crisp bed of Romaine lettuce! Or try Three-Way Marinated Flank Steaks – the only thing you have to decide is which marinade to use: Italian, Mexican or Asian?  


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