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How to Perfectly Pair Beef with the Freshest Summer Produce

For anyone that loves cooking, it’s a no-brainer that summertime provides some of the most delicious fruits and vegetables to experiment with in the kitchen – it’s a chef’s dream! We’re here to show you how to use up your abundance of fruits and veg (hint: it’s not just in salads, although, we have some of those!), and how to pair those summer produce staples with another summertime favorite – beef! 

While there is almost an endless amount of delicious and unique produce available in the warmer months, we have a few tried-and-true favorites we’d like to share, along with our favorite recipes for each. Let’s get started! 

Corn: Sweet summer corn, seasoned with chili powder, brown sugar and lime juice, pairs perfectly with lean, sizzlin’ Strip Steaks in our Smoky Strip Steaks with Mexican-Style Grilled Corn. Tip: When picking your corn, make sure the husks are bright green in color and the stem end of the ear is still moist. 

Cucumbers & Tomatoes: We love the combination of crunchy cucumber, sweet cherry tomatoes and savory Top Round Steak in our Thai Beef Cucumber Salad. Talk about fresh! Tip: To avoid mealy tomatoes, keep them at room temperature – not in the refrigerator.

Green Beans: Stir-fries are a great way to incorporate your favorite vegetables into a meal, and out Beef Stir-Fry with Green Beans is no exception. Add more veggies if you prefer, or stick with green beans only if that’s your thing. Tip: Get the kids involved in the kitchen by enlisting them to “trim” the green beans by snapping the ends off. 

Figs: Succulent Top Sirloin Steak, crisp radicchio and figs are grilled then chopped and topped with thinly sliced pear and pistachios in our tasty Treviso, Fig & Pear Steak Salad. Not your typical salad! Tip: You typically know a fig is ripe when the color changes from green to purple or brown. 

Apples: Use up your leftover steak in our Mu Shu Steak & Apple Wraps. Coleslaw mix and thinly sliced tart Granny Smith apples add a delicious crunch to these handheld wraps. Tip: Julienne your apples to evenly distribute that delicious tartness!  


Almost No Cook Meals Perfect for Hot Summer Days

As summer approaches and temperatures rise, the last thing anyone wants to do is slave over a hot stovetop at the end of the day. That’s why we’re bringing you some of our favorite almost no cook salad and wrap ideas! We recommend using leftover steak or Ground Beef to make things even easier. Grill up a batch of steaks, or brown up a pound or two of Ground Beef and you’ve got your protein covered for the next few meals – just add vegetables! Read on for more inspiration. 

Summer Steak Salad: Start with a base of your favorite greens, add your favorite summer fruits (we like pineapple and blueberry!), toss with red wine or champagne vinaigrette and top with slices of your leftover grilled steak. Want a recipe? Try our Four Seasons Beef & Brussels Sprout Chopped Salad.

Beef & Veggie Wrap: This concept is great for a quick weekday lunch! Start with a whole grain tortilla, spread on your go-to flavor of hummus, slice up your leftover steak and favorite combo of veggies (cucumber, red onion, carrots – you choose!) and wrap it all up for a handy and portable meal in minutes. Want a recipe? Try our Mediterranean Beef & Vegetable Wrap

Ground Beef Taco Salad: Season pre-cooked Ground Beef with taco seasoning. Layer seasoned Ground Beef atop your favorite salad greens, top with chopped tomatoes, olives, shredded Cheddar cheese and serve with a side of ranch dressing. Want a recipe? Try our Confetti Beef Taco Salad

Ground Beef & Quinoa Wraps: Mix together your pre-cooked Ground Beef and pre-cooked quinoa with a pinch of dry ranch seasoning mix, spoon into a whole grain tortilla and add your choice of fruit and/or vegetable toppings, like shredded carrots, sliced apples, cucumber slices or strips of red bell pepper. Want a recipe? Try our Rock & Roll Beef Wraps.


Safe & Healthy Grilling Tips for Beef Steak Month

Grilling season is upon us - finally! In honor of Beef Steak Month, we’re bringing you tips on how to enjoy safe, nutritious and delicious beef meals on the grill all summer long. 

Grilling is a fantastic natural method of dry heat cooking, but there are some precautions to take before firing up. Fear not, by monitoring things like heat levels and doneness, you can feel good about serving up a tasty grilled beef dish to the ones you love. Let’s get started! 

  1. Trim, if necessary. To prevent fire flare-ups and smoke while grilling, trim any excess fat from your steak.
  2. Up your flavor game. Marinades help add even more flavor to a tasty steak, while also tenderizing less tender cuts. Stick to marinades with little to no sugar – these types of marinades may help protect your steak from charring, and have also been shown to reduce Heterocyclic amines or HCAs, which are compounds of protein that form on charred meat. 
  3. The heat is on…medium! Use medium heat while grilling to ensure delicious, flavorful steak. Higher heat can overcook or chart the outside of your steak while the interior remains underdone. 
  4. Don’t play with the meat. Don’t flip your steaks too often, just turn occasionally for even cooking in browning. Don’t press, flatten or pierce the meat, otherwise you’re missing out on those flavorful juices. 
  5. Determine doneness. Steak’s tender, juicy texture is optimum when cooked to medium rare (145 degrees Fahrenheit) to medium (160 degrees Fahrenheit) doneness. To test temperature, insert an instant-read thermometer horizontally into the side of the steak. 

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