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Lean Beef + Superfoods = One Powerful Combo

This year, SELF Magazine named lean beef a “superfood.” What, you might ask, makes lean beef so super? Not only is it delicious, lean beef delivers many of the nutrients your body needs (10, to be exact) on a daily basis – like protein, iron, zinc and B vitamins. Not to mention, its versatility and flavor make lean beef the perfect partner to some of the other major players in the superfoods game. Let’s take a look at some of our gotta-try superfood combos that are sure to make you feel like a champ. 

Our Beef Filets with Ancient Grain & Kale Salad recipe packs a powerful nutritional punch with not one, but three superfoods – lean beef (in the form of tender, succulent Beef Tenderloin), kale and almonds! 

Or how about a super tasty superfoods breakfast? Our Beef and Spinach Breakfast Sandwich combines protein-rich lean beef with eggs and spinach (a source of vitamin K). Not only is this recipe delicious and simple to make, but studies show eating protein at breakfast may help maintain a healthy weight – protein helps promotes satiety (the feeling of being full), reducing the urge for unnecessary snacking throughout the day.1 

Finally, let’s talk beef + avocado! Spicy Steak & Avocado Bruschetta brings together two tasty ingredients (lean beef and avocado!) that also happen to be superfoods. Both beef and avocados are sources of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats. In fact, beef is considered one of the top source of monounsaturated fats, and more than half of the fatty acids in beef are monounsaturated.2,3

1. Leidy H, Bossingham M, Mattes R, Campbell W. Increased dietary protein consumed at breakfast leads to an initial and sustained feeling of fullness during energy restriction compared to other meal times. British Journal of Nutrition. 2009; 101, 798–803.
2. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Resource Service. 2013. USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 26. Available at:
3. 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.

Best Beef Recipes to Win Over the Tailgating Competition


It is officially that time of year again – tailgating season! Which means many sports fans across the country are dedicating their weekends to rooting for their favorite teams. And what’s the fun in tailgating without a little friendly competition? These recipes – you might even call them appetizer touchdowns – are guaranteed to win over the taste buds of your tailgating competitors. 

Our bite-sized Beef & Blue Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms are the ideal snack to keep the tailgating crew at bay until the next app is served. Stuffed with a savory blend of Ground Beef, blue cheese and chives, these little things are sure to score you some points. 

Next in the lineup are Cheesehead Sliders. These perfectly portioned sliders are just what you need to tackle growling tummies. And did we mention there’s cheese?! Fellow tailgaters won’t be able to resist these, so you might want to make a few extra. 

Last, but certainly not least, is Beef & Kale Queso Fundido. This dip is anything but your average queso – savory beef and earthy kale adds a boost of flavor! Ahh, cheesy deliciousness. Serve it with your choice of dipping devices – carrots, celery, tortilla chips – and get ready to hear the crowd roar.

Favorite Fall Comfort Foods 

Soups and Stews and Pot Roasts, oh my! Celebrate the arrival of fall with the comfort foods that hold a warm spot in so many hearts and stomachs. From a perfectly simmered chili to a classic meatloaf, we’ve got the recipes that will keep you cozy all season long. 

Let’s start with a recipe that delivers a little kick! Savory, delicious and tangy, our Slow Cooked Whiskey Molasses Shredded Beef will definitely be a new favorite! Serve it atop a bun with a crunchy coleslaw, or with mashed potatoes and your favorite veggies. There’s no wrong way to serve this dish!

Or how about whipping up a batch of Baked Mighty Mini Meatballs on a Sunday afternoon. Not only will your kitchen smell amazing, but these mini meatballs are a great option for meals throughout the rest of the week. Think spaghetti or meatball sandwiches. Yum!

And it wouldn’t truly be fall without a Pot Roast or two (or 10)! Get a little nostalgic with our American Beef Pot Roast & Cheesy Mashed Potatoes - just like mom used to make!

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