March Story Ideas
No-Luck-Needed Corned Beef Dishes
You don’t need the luck of the Irish to create tasty beef dishes this St. Patrick’s Day. What would be more appropriate for March than Corned Beef? We’ve got a collection of St. Patrick’s Day-approved recipes
that may even be better than a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow!
Try our classic Dijon-Glazed Corned Beef with Savory Cabbage and Red Potatoes. The combination of black peppercorns and Dijon-orange glaze packs the perfect amount of spice, sweetness and acidity! Or give your Corned Beef a kicked up flavor twist with Slow-Cooked Corned Beef in Beer with Red Currant-Mustard Sauce.
Use up those leftovers (or buy prepared corned beef at the deli) to make a quick fix like Corned Beef Hash, Reuben Sandwiches or Reuben Bites (great for a crowd!). Both deliver on all the flavors you’d expect of a traditional St. Patrick’s Day meal without the fuss.
Quick & Easy Skillet Cooking with Ground Beef
There’s almost nothing easier than a skillet meal with Ground Beef. Not only does a skillet meal usually only require one dish—a skillet!—but it’s almost always guaranteed to be quick and simple. In a matter of minutes, you’ll have an affordable, mouth-watering meal on the table the whole family will enjoy. And did we mention the endless flavor possibilities?! Check out some of our favorite tips
for creating flavorful Ground Beef meals in a skillet:
Choose your grind. Different grinds of Ground Beef are good for different dishes, however, 93% lean or leaner Ground Beef is a great way to keep your skillet meals on the lean side, and you won’t have to worry about draining excess fat.
Prep your Ground Beef. Remove your thawed Ground Beef from the refrigerator or freezer (see our >5 minute thawing method for frozen Ground Beef here!). Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. Tip: For even cooking, choose a thick bottomed skillet with a strong coating.
Cook your beef. Add Ground Beef to skillet. Cook 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, and breaking beef into ¾-inch crumbles. For best cooking results, use a 12” skillet; this size allows the beef to be browned without crowding the pan. When finished cooking, don’t forget to remove drippings.
Need some inspiration for delicious Ground Beef skillet meals tonight? Then our skillet meal inspirations and Meals in the Skillet recipe collection are just for you!
Spring into Fresh Beef Dishes
Before you know it, the days will get longer and the temperatures warmer. What better way to welcome spring than with fresh, delicious beef dishes? Since the weather will be warming up, we’re focusing on quick-to-the-table (or lunch sack) meals made with lean beef.
Grilled Steak and Asian Noodle Salad is perfect for weeknights filled with sports practice and evening activities. Make it a family affair Grilled Steak and Fresh Mozzarella Flatbread – Dad can grill and the kids can pick out their favorite toppings.
Grill the night before and wonder what to do with those leftover burgers or steaks? Our fresh and crisp Burger on a Salad Four Ways or Beef Spring Rolls with Carrots and Cilantro make a great brownbag lunches!
National Nutrition Month
Top of mind this National Nutrition Month (and every day), is that we’re all in a delicate balancing act when it comes to food and our health. Of course we all want our food to taste good, but we’re also constantly looking for food items that will fit within our goals for health and wellness. As if we didn’t already have enough barriers to healthy meals, add on the fact that we’re pressed for time. Meals that meet all our requirements may seem out of reach, but here are a few tips to make creating more nutritious meals feel easier:
Now let’s put these tips into action with simple, quick recipes like East West Flank Steak Wraps and Grilled Steak and Vegetable Salad. (Hint: Flank Steak benefits from a tenderizing marinade. Start the marinade when you get home from work. While you cut up some veggies, the marinade will do its trick and then you’ll be ready to cook up a delicious beef meal.)
And make sure to take a look at our meal inspirations for salads, tacos, stir-fries and burgers. With a few easy steps, you’ll be whipping up a meal that meets all your flavor and nutrition requirements in no time!
Long Lead: Back to School
As summer ends and back-to-school rolls around, parents across the country are searching for quick and nutritious meals they can feed the kiddies while juggling homework and hectic extracurricular activity schedules. Often times the drive-thru is the solution. With a little creativity and not a ton of prep time, you can make a homemade dinner for those on-the-go nights.
Consider using lean Ground Beef or steak (try Top Sirloin, Flank Steak or Strip Steak) as your home base. Prepare some lightly seasoned crumbles or grill a few steaks on a Sunday evening to use throughout the week. Store them in the fridge and then all you have to do is add them into easy recipes throughout the week.
- Confetti Beef Tacos can be prepared in less than 30 minutes (even less if you’ve already cooked your Ground Beef) for a quick and tasty dinner the kids will love.
- A Mediterranean Beef & Veggie Wrap can be served chilled or warm, using your family’s favorite vegetables and hummus. What a great way to get leafy greens on the go!
- Citrus-Marinated Beef & Fruit Kabobs (pull them off the skewer for easy transport) or our Korean Beef Skillet can be packed into individual small containers for easy transport. (Wouldn’t they be cute in Mason Jars with a fork and napkin tied on with color ribbons?)
The possibilities really are endless. By taking a few moments on a Sunday night, you’ll save time and money later in the week and you’ll know you’re serving up nutritious meals to your loved ones.
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