Back to school with Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner.

Autumn Velez| August 16, 2018

To help get the school year off to a happy and healthy start, Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner. is making it easier than ever to incorporate beef into packed lunches with the Best. School. Lunch. Ever! recipe collection.

The Best. School. Lunch. Ever! recipe collection features a variety of simple, yet nutritious recipes with nutrition-packed beef as the superstar main ingredient. The collection can be found at Beef. It's What's For Dinner., with nutritionals and serving information for each delectable recipe.

A few standout recipes from the collection include:

  • Twist on a classic. While you can’t go wrong with a good old PB& J Sandwich, Beefy PB & J Wraps take this lunchbox favorite to the next level. The recipe combines peanut butter and jelly to make an Asian-style sauce that gets paired with beef and wrapped in a warm tortilla.
  • Easy and portable. Mediterranean Beef and Veggie Wraps are not only easy to prepare, thanks to a simple ingredient list, but they also allow for ultimate customization. In a crunch for time? Packaged hummus will do the trick. Have a few minutes to spare? The Garlicky White Bean Spread (included in the recipe) makes for a super tasty treat.
  • Family fun. Looking for a way to involve the kids in preparing their lunches? Try making Personal Beef Pizzas. This simple recipe gives kids an opportunity to create their very own personal pizza topping creations. While toppings like olives, bell peppers and onions are always a good idea, any veggie goes!

“Beef is the perfect addition to any school lunch,” said Shalene McNeill, Ph.D., R.D., executive director of nutrition research for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, a contractor to the Beef Checkoff “Beef is packed full of ten essential nutrients, including protein and iron, giving kids the fuel, they need to thrive in the classroom. As a registered dietitian and mom, beef is my go-to protein for my kids’ lunchboxes.”

About the Beef Checkoff
The Beef Checkoff Program was established as part of the 1985 Farm Bill. The checkoff assesses $1 per head on the sale of live domestic and imported cattle, in addition to a comparable assessment on imported beef and beef products. States may retain up to 50 cents on the dollar and forward the other 50 cents per head to the Cattlemen's Beef Promotion and Research Board, which administers the national checkoff program, subject to USDA approval.

About BeefItsWhatsForDinner.com and NCBA, a Contractor to the Beef Checkoff
BeefItsWhatsForDinner.com, managed by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) is the authority on all things beef. From creative recipes and beefy inspiration, to nutrition facts and information about how beef is produced, there’s something for everyone. NCBA is a contractor to the Beef Checkoff Program. The Beef Checkoff Program is administered by the Cattlemen’s Beef Board, with oversight provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.