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St. Pat’s Beef Recipes Worthy of a Pot o’ Gold

With St. Patty’s Day is on the horizon, many of us are looking for the perfect dish to make to celebrate their Irish heritage. Or maybe you’re just a fan of the color green and Corned Beef. We don’t judge! Good news is, you don’t need the luck of the Irish to create tasty beef dishes this St. Patrick’s Day. Check out a few of our favorite dishes to celebrate the holiday – they may even be better than a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow!

If you’re a fan of classic Corned Beef and cabbage, our Homestyle Corned Beef with Dilled Cabbage is about as classic as they come. And Dijon-Glazed Corned Beef with Savory Cabbage & Red Potatoes offers the perfect combo of spice, sweetness and acidity. Wondering how to include a side of leafy greens or your favorite veggies with your beloved Corned Beef? Our Corned Beef & Roasted Vegetable Salad with Lemon-Dill Dressing has got you covered!

And for those of you with picky eaters, don’t worry – your little ones can still enjoy the festivities with a good old fashioned Reuben Sandwiches.

Got leftovers? We’ve got solutions. Whip up a quick and simple Corned Beef Hash to enjoy for breakfast the next day or a hearty and comforting Rustic Corned Beef & Potato Bake for dinner.

Not a lover of Corned Beef, but still want to celebrate with something green? We’ve got Green Chile Beef Mini Sandwiches, Beef Green Chili or Aporreadillo con Salsa Verde (Shredded Steak & Eggs with Green Salsa). 

 

7 Nutritious Beef Recipes Your Kids Will Love

March means the end of Spring Break, which also means parents are yet again looking for ways to pack lunches and cook dinners that are both nutritionally satisfying and kid-friendly.

We know juice boxes, PB&Js and macaroni and cheese are “easy,” but why not consider a new approach to your child’s meals? Making sure your child has balanced meals will help keep them mentally and physically active during the day. Check out a few of our favorite kid-friendly beef recipes, packed with protein, iron and zinc to help fuel your little one’s day.

Quick and easy breakfasts are a necessity during busy weeks, so we rely on handheld favorites like Beef & Cream Cheese Bagelwiches or Beef & Egg Breakfast Mugs, both ready in under 15 minutes.

For lunch, send them to school with something tasty, like Mu Shu Steak & Apple Wraps, Mediterranean Beef & Veggie Wraps or Roast Beef & Veggie Wrap, which offer the perfect balance of protein, fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

And for dinner? How about something starring Ground Beef? It’s a classic kid favorite and extremely versatile for whatever dish you choose to create. Get the kids involved in dinner prep - Rock & Roll Beef Wraps and Personal Beef Pizzas are quick and customizable for each family member. 

 

Comfy, Cozy Beef Dishes to Get You through the Depths of Winter

Depending on where you are in the country, March can sometimes serve as the chilliest time of year – the depths of winter. However, our kitchens and meals can provide some extra warmth, and luckily, beef is a favorite comfort food!

Want something warm, savory and protein-packed? Stir-fries are the way to go! With our Steak, Asparagus & Walnut Stir-Fry or Beef Stir-Fry with Couscous, not only do you get to enjoy deliciously pan-seared beef, but you also get a serving (or two) of veggies and whole grains if you include brown rice or quinoa. Master the art of stir-frying with these simple steps.

And let’s face it, sometimes there’s nothing better than the idea of curling up on the couch with your favorite takeout, but we all know it’s not the healthiest option. Don’t worry, we’ve got a few nutritious spins on classic takeout foods, like Korean-Style Beef & Rice Bowl, Pizza with a Purpose or Curry Beef & Aromatic Rice.

For those of you that enjoy the traditional comfort foods, like meatballs, pasta or meatloaf, we’ve got a few crowd-pleasers to warm your tummy. Beef & Parmesan Pasta is so simple, it may just become a wintertime staple in your household. And our Poblano-Stuffed Meatloaf offers a flavorful take (with a little kick!) on the classic meatloaf recipe. We think you’ll love it just as much as we do. 

 

NUTRITION: How to Enjoy a Perfectly Balanced Plate This National Nutrition Month

Top of mind this National Nutrition Month (and every day), is that we’re all in a constant balancing act when it comes to food and our health. Of course we all want our food to taste good, but we’re also 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 that’s simply not the care. Read on to learn more about how to make creating more nutritious meals feel easier.

As the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans say, lean beef is a nutrient-rich food, which is one reason we think beef is a wholesome, high-quality protein for health that helps us get back to the basics of healthy eating. Additionally, lean beef pairs perfectly with your favorite fruits, vegetables and whole grains, making it simple to create a healthful, well-balanced plate at breakfast, lunch or dinner.

You may be surprised to learn that a 3-oz. serving of lean beef (about the size of a smart phone), has an average of about 150 calories, and is a good or excellent source of 10 essential nutrients.1 And perhaps most importantly, a single serving of beef provides nearly 50 percent of the Daily Value for protein, a nutrient that keeps you feeling full and satisfied.1 

Here are some of our favorite recipes bringing a balanced plate to life!

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: http://www.ars.usda.gov/nea/bhnrc/ndl.

 

LONG LEAD: Back to School with Delicious, Nutritious Lean Beef

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. Oftentimes the drive-thru is the solution. But, with a little creativity and not a lot of prep time, you can make delicious homemade dinners in 30 minutes or less, perfect for busy weeknights.

Focus on using lean cuts, like 93% lean Ground Beef or steak (try Top Sirloin, Flank Steak or Strip Steak) as your home base. Prepare some lightly seasoned Ground Beef 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! You can even substitute deli roast beef for steak or sliced roast when you’re really in a hurry.
  • 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.

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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