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Jun252015

Healthy Grilling & Sides for Fourth of July

Published by Amber Groeling RD LD at 3:04 AM under Coffee Shop Talk | General | Nutrition | Recipe

The Fourth of July is a great time to fire up the grill and enjoy delicious lean beef.  If you are watching your waistline, follow these simple tips to make your cookout tasty and nutritious.

 

Marinade – Lean cuts like sirloin and round are usually less tender and flavorful than a ribeye.  So, to boost flavor and tenderness try a marinade.  It is recommended to marinate in the refrigerator, not at room temperature, to avoid the growth of harmful bacteria. Marinades only penetrate the surface of the meat; therefore, flat cuts of meat such as steaks will benefit more from marinades than large cuts such as roasts. 

 

Build a better Burger – if you are going the burger route make sure to choose 90% lean or leaner ground beef.  Many companies offer low-calorie bun choices that are 80-100 calories.  Toppings can make or break your burger.  Try choosing lower fat cheeses like provolone or mozzarella.  Better yet, Sargento® makes an Ultra-thin cheese slice to help with portion control.  Load up with veggies like lettuce, tomato, onions, mushrooms, peppers and pickles.  For condiments mustard is the best choice.  If choosing ketchup or BBQ, make sure to watch the sugar.  If you must have mayo or salad dressing, choose the olive or canola based ones, or a light option.

 

Slim up your Sides

 

Go Greek - Swap half or all of the mayo in your salad recipes for plain Greek yogurt.  Make sure to use a good quality brand like Fage® to avoid it being overly tangy. 

 

Watch the Sugar – Canned baked beans, and many recipes for baked beans have a ton of sugar.  Try making your own using a lower sugar BBQ sauce like Bigg’s or Jack Stack. 

 

Choose Whole Grains – If making a pasta salad, try swapping the enriched pasta for a less processed product like quinoa, millet or bulgur.  These grains will give your salad a fiber boost, plus they add a great texture and nutty flavor to your dish. 

 

Double the Veggies – Half of our plate should be fruits and vegetables.  Doubling the amount of vegetables in your sides will help you achieve this goal. 

 

 

Citrus-Marinated Beef & Fruit Kabobs

 

Makes 4 servings

 

Cubes of Top Sirloin are marinated for flavor in a mixture of fresh-squeezed orange juice, orange peel, cilantro and smoked paprika. They are then grilled alongside skewers of watermelon, peaches, and mango.

 

INGREDIENTS 1 pound beef Top Sirloin Steak Boneless, cut 1 inch thick 1 medium orange 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro 1 tablespoon smoked paprika 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper (optional) 4 cups cubed mango, watermelon, peaches and/or plums Salt

Grate peel and squeeze 2 tablespoons juice from orange; reserve juice. Combine orange peel, cilantro, paprika, and ground red pepper, if desired, in small bowl. Cut beef Steak into 1-1/4-inch pieces. Place beef and 2-1/2 tablespoons cilantro mixture in food-safe plastic bag; turn to coat. Place remaining cilantro mixture and fruit in separate food-safe plastic bag; turn to coat. Close bags securely.Marinate beef and fruit in refrigerator 15 minutes to 2 hours. Soak eight 9-inch bamboo skewers in water 10 minutes; drain. Thread beef evenly onto four skewers leaving small space between pieces. Thread fruit onto remaining four separate skewers. Place kabobs on grid over medium, ash-covered coals. Grill beef kabobs, covered, 8 to 10 minutes (over medium heat on preheated gas grill, 9 to 11 minutes) for medium rare (145°F) to medium (160°F) doneness, turning occasionally. Grill fruit kabobs 5 to 7 minutes or until softened and beginning to brown, turning once. Season beef with salt, as desired. Drizzle reserved orange juice over fruit kabobs.

 

Ingredients:

1 pound beef Top Sirloin Steak Boneless, cut 1 inch thick

1 medium orange

1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

1 tablespoon smoked paprika

1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper (optional)

4 cups cubed mango, watermelon, peaches and/or plums

Salt

Directions

1.       Grate peel and squeeze 2 tablespoons juice from orange; reserve juice. Combine orange peel, cilantro, paprika, and ground red pepper, if desired, in small bowl. Cut beef Steak into 1-1/4-inch pieces. Place beef and 2-1/2 tablespoons cilantro mixture in food-safe plastic bag; turn to coat. Place remaining cilantro mixture and fruit in separate food-safe plastic bag; turn to coat. Close bags securely.  Marinate beef and fruit in refrigerator 15 minutes to 2 hours.

2.       Soak eight 9-inch bamboo skewers in water 10 minutes; drain. Thread beef evenly onto four skewers leaving small space between pieces. Thread fruit onto remaining four separate skewers.

3.       Place kabobs on grid over medium, ash-covered coals. Grill beef kabobs, covered, 8 to 10 minutes (over medium heat on preheated gas grill, 9 to 11 minutes) for medium rare (145°F) to medium (160°F) doneness, turning occasionally. Grill fruit kabobs 5 to 7 minutes or until softened and beginning to brown, turning once.

4.       Season beef with salt, as desired. Drizzle reserved orange juice over fruit kabobs.

 

Nutrition information per serving: 239 calories; 6 g fat (2 g saturated fat; 2 g monounsaturated fat); 70 mg cholesterol; 57 mg sodium; 20 g carbohydrate; 2.4 g fiber; 27 g protein; 11.3 mg niacin; 0.7 mg vitamin B6; 1.5 mcg vitamin B12; 2.1 mg iron; 31.0 mcg selenium; 5.0 mg zinc; 107.1 mg choline.

This recipe is an excellent source of protein, niacin, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, selenium, zinc and choline; and a good source of iron.

 

Healthier Potato Salad

Serves: 5

Ingredients:


1 ½ lbs. red potatoes, cut into ¾ inch pieces

1 lb. radishes, cut into ¾ inch pieces

Salt and Pepper (can use celery salt)

2 Tablespoons white vinegar

1/4 cup light mayonnaise (I used Olive Oil Mayo)

1/4 cup nonfat Greek yogurt (I used Fage)

1 celery rib, chopped fine

1 1/2 Tablespoon sweet pickle relish

1 Tablespoon stone ground Dijon mustard

2 scallions, green parts only, sliced thin

Directions:

1.      Bring potato and radish pieces, 1 teaspoon salt, and enough water to cover potatoes and radishes by 1 inch to boil in large saucepan over high heat. Reduce heat to medium and simmer until just tender, about 10 minutes.

2.      Reserve 1/4 cup cooking water. Drain potatoes thoroughly, then transfer to large bowl. Drizzle vinegar over hot potatoes and gently toss until evenly coated. Transfer 3/4 cup potato/radish mixture to medium bowl; reserve. Refrigerate remaining potatoes/radishes until cooled, about 30 minutes.

3.      Using potato masher or fork, mash reserved hot potatoes/radishes with 3 tablespoons reserved cooking water until smooth, adding remaining cooking water as needed. Stir mayonnaise, yogurt, celery, relish, mustard, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper into mashed potato. Refrigerate mixture until cooled, about 15 minutes.

4.      Add cooled potato dressing to cooed potatoes, stirring until evenly coated. Stir in scallions, cover, and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve. Salad can be refrigerated for up to 2 days.  Nutrition Facts: 110 calories, 1 g fat, 24 g carb, 3 g fiber, 5 g protein

 

Lower Sugar BBQ Baked Beans

Serves: 15

Ingredients:


2-3 slices bacon

1 cup yellow onion, diced

1 can pinto beans, no salt added

1 can navy beans

1 can black beans, no salt added

1 can kidney beans, no salt added

8 oz. can no salt added tomato sauce

1 ½ cups Biggs BBQ sauce, or another lower sugar BBQ

1 Tbsp. molasses

1-2 pkts of stevia

1 Tbsp. prepared mustard

1 Tbsp. adobo sauce

Directions:

Cook bacon in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until crisp.  Remove bacon from pan.  Add onion to drippings in pan; sauté 3 minutes.

Combine bacon, onion and remaining ingredients in a large bowl; toss well.  Spray a 2-qt. baking pan with nonstick spray and place the beans in the pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes to 1 hour.  Note: this can be made in a slow cooker, just stir all ingredients in slow cooker and cook on low 4-6 hours. 

Nutrition Facts per serving: 115 calories, 3 g fat, 300 mg sodium, 17 g carb, 3 g fiber, 6 g protein



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Jun182015

Father’s Day Grilling Tips

Published by Katie Sawyer at 3:16 AM under Coffee Shop Talk | General

My father has always been the grill master in our house. My mom does the prep work; my father makes it great.

 

But my dad always operated the grill with a more-is-better attitude. More heat, more time, more done. I thought it was fine. I didn’t know any different. That is until my farmer/rancher husband came along. He had a whole different take on grilling and it was, well, delicious. Thankfully, my father was a willing student and quickly amended his grilling habits to create delicious medium-done steaks we all love.

 

As we approach Father’s Day this Sunday, I know I will find at least one of the men in my life – my father or my husband – behind the grill. When you raise beef, you tend to incorporate it into a lot of family meals. Plus, summer is the perfect time to enjoy a big, juicy steak.

 

It took my 30-something husband to teach my 60-something father the tips to perfect grilling. Thankfully, the Beef Checkoff (www.beefitswhatsfordinner.com) has simple, easy tips and recipes to make anyone a better griller. http://www.beefitswhatsfordinner.com/grilling.aspx A few tips to make your Father’s Day grilling adventure the best one yet . . .

  1. Marinate your steaks and let them rest at room temperature before cooking. Don’t take your steaks directly from the refrigerator to the grill.

  2. Make sure your grill is nice and hot before adding the steaks. You want the heat to get to work immediately.

  3. Leave the steaks alone – quick poking, checking or flipping your meat. Closing the lid on your grill will keep the heat in and your fingers out!

  4. Steaks will typically require 3-7 minutes of cooking on each side, depending on thickness. You can also add marinade or salt and pepper while on the grill.

  5. Make sure your steak reaches safe internal temperatures. That’s 145°F for medium rare and 160°F for medium doneness.

  6. Don’t be quick to cut your steak. Let the steak sit for a minute or two before serving. This allows the juices to redistribute and make every bit juicy and delicious.

     

 

While you are enjoying your steak, don’t forget to wish your father a Happy Father’s Day – a great dessert to accompany your steak might just do the trick!



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Jun102015

Grill Your Fruit & Eat it Too

Published by Robin Kleine at 8:34 AM under Coffee Shop Talk | General | Nutrition | Recipe

One of our favorite summer time meals is a grilled steak, accompanied by fruits and vegetables. Any time this office working girl gets outside is a plus … and around the grill is one of my places to be. As an added bonus, June is fresh fruit and vegetable month.

 

Watermelon is a summer staple at our house; there is always one in my fridge. But sometimes it can be monotonous, so I wanted to find a new way to eat the juicy red fruit.

 

I had heard good things about grilling watermelon and decided to try it myself. Result: it was delicious.

 

Plus, it’s easy to make and you probably have all the ingredients on hand.

 

Here’s how:

  • 8 slices seedless watermelon wedges, cut 1 ½ inches thick, no rind
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • sea salt
  • fresh ground pepper

 

Lightly sprinkle the wedges on both sides with the salt. Stand the wedges on their edges on a rack over a sink or pan and let them drain for half an hour.

 

Preheat the grill to high.

 

After the watermelon has drained, rinse each piece under cold running water. Place each piece between two folded paper towels and gently but firmly press to remove excess water. You should stop just when you feel the watermelon begin to crunch.

 

Brush the watermelon lightly on both sides with the olive oil. Grill over high heat until grill marks have formed and the melon is slightly softened, about 5 minutes.

 

Remove from grill and sprinkle with sea salt and a little fresh ground pepper.

 

*Recipe courtesy of JanuaryBride on www.food.com [http://www.food.com/recipe/grilled-watermelon-317554]



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Jun052015

Perfect Summer Time Taco Salad

Published by Kiley DeDonder at 3:03 AM under Coffee Shop Talk | General | Nutrition | Recipe

Summer time seems to be a hectic time on our farm. With the warmer temperatures and longer daylight, we often end up pushing supper back until well after dark…just in time to hit the hay! For me, a hot, time-consuming meal to prep is the last thing I feel like fixing on a long summer day. Any opportunity I get to fix a quick salad is just fine by me. Plus, we always have beef in our freezer and for this particular recipe you can’t go wrong with lean ground beef for added protein!

Total Recipe Time: 30 minutes

Makes 4 servings

INGREDIENTS

1 pound Ground Beef

1 package (about 1.25 ounces) taco seasoning mix

3 cups coarsely crushed tortilla chips

1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

1 medium tomato, chopped

1 package of salad greens (about 8 cups) I often have a head of iceberg on hand

Toppings:

Sliced ripe olives, sliced red onion, prepared ranch or French dressing

 

INSTRUCTIONS FOR BEEF TACO SALAD

Heat large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. Add Ground Beef; cook 8 to 10 minutes, breaking into 3/4-inch crumbles and stirring occasionally. Pour off drippings. Stir in taco seasoning mix according to package directions; remove seasoned beef from skillet with slotted spoon.

Combine seasoned beef, tortilla chips, cheese and tomato in large bowl. Line 4 plates with salad greens. Top with beef mixture. Top with olives, onion and dressing, if desired.

Ground Beef should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160°F. Color is not a reliable indicator of Ground Beef doneness.

Since I normally cook for two, I like to use this leftover seasoned ground beef for quick soft tacos or enchiladas for another meal. It’s a great option to have in my arsenal of quick, simple and nutritional recipes!

For more quick and delicious recipes, visit www.beefitswhatsfordinner.com

Enjoy, Eat Beef!

Kiley



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May202015

How Do You Celebrate Beef Month?

Published by Kassie Curran at 7:54 AM under Agriculture | Coffee Shop Talk | General

May is full of reasons to celebrate – finishing school, graduations, weddings, and rain. May is also Beef Month so there is even more to celebrate! I’ll share some of the ways I like to celebrate Beef Month and I hope you will celebrate it too.

 

Grill Out – Throw some burgers or steak on the grill, enjoy the beautiful weather and time with family and friends. There are plenty of great recipes here and here.

Enjoy the Scenery – Take a drive out to the country and take in the beautiful scenery. In Kansas, we’ve got lots of green grass at this time of year so I love to go out and enjoy the sights of cattle on grass.

Learn More About Beef – There is always more to learn about everything and many ways to do so. I like to ask questions of people who are more experienced than me in the beef industry. The Beef Council would be happy to get you connected to a rancher who you can talk to about raising beef or even going out to see how and where they raise beef. Another way to learn more about beef is by watching videos on the internet (from trusted sources of course!). This website has a great video on how beef gets from pasture to plate, as well as lots of other educational materials about beef.  

 

These are just a few ways I like to celebrate Beef Month, but there are so many more. I hope you enjoy these and will find your own ways to celebrate Beef Month. Feel free to share them with us in the comments below.

 

Happy Beef Month!

 

Kassie



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May072015

Beef: A Mom’s Secret Weapon

Published by Katie Sawyer at 2:58 AM under Agriculture | Coffee Shop Talk | General | Nutrition

By Katie Sawyer

I’m a runner, a professional, an advocate and a wife. But most importantly, I’m a mother. I have a two-year-old son and he keeps me on my toes. In any given day I balance work, graduate school assignments, household duties, mom responsibilities and other odds-and-ends. I need energy to keep me going and meal options that keep me full without expanding my waistline.  

This Sunday, I will celebrate my mom and all of the moms who carry the weight of their kids, spouses and jobs on their shoulders; women who hit the ground running and don’t stop until the work is done and find the time and energy to fit 25 hours of work into a 24 hour day. For those mothers, time is at a premium and nutrition is everything.

In addition to celebrating mothers this weekend, the entire month of May is dedicated to celebrating beef. So it only makes sense to treat mom to a great, lean cut of beef.  Beef is a great protein source for busy mothers and the variety of cuts and preparation options means there is a beef option for every taste and budget. 

The Cattlemen’s Beef Board provides a guide to 29 cuts of beef classified as lean, meaning a single serving has less than 10 grams of fat and 4.5 grams of saturated fat. That’s important for those moms watching their waistlines.

And for those moms who need energy, all day every day, quality, low-calorie protein is essential. Every single cut of beef is loaded with protein. A single, three-ounce serving contributes less than 10 percent of calories but more than half of the daily value of protein and more than 10 percent of eight additional vitamins and minerals. Protein is vital to staying full and satisfied throughout the day and providing the energy moms need to tackle those tough, and sticky, jobs.

Beef is packed with 10 essential vitamins and nutrients and research shows that about 50 percent of women aged 20 years and older are not meeting their daily recommended intake of iron or protein. Sounds like it should be steaks for all. Women are often so busy taking care of others they forget to care for themselves and quick nutrient boost and well-rounded diet can go a long way in improving women’s health and well-being.

Every mom has one eye on the clock and the other on the family budget which means food choices must be efficient and cost-effective. Beef offers a variety of options, from steaks, to hamburger to roasts and ribs. The variety allows for beef at every meal and for any occasion.

Enjoy your mother this Mother’s Day, treat her to a quality beef meal and let her know how much you appreciate all she does.

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Apr302015

The Babysitter Cow

Published by Robin Kleine at 10:49 AM under Agriculture | Coffee Shop Talk | General

Right now on our farm, the calves (born earlier this spring) are in a really fun stage. They are still totally dependent on their moms for milk (their food source), but they are discovering new things every day.

 

Right now, I can sit in my home office and watch the calves alternately sleeping under a shade tree and running, playing and bucking with their buddies all across the pasture. Don’t worry though, the cows band together in order to keep a watchful eye over them.

 

I read an article from Northern Ag News (http://northernag.net/AGNews/AgNewsStories/TabId/657/ArtMID/2927/ArticleID/4382/The-%E2%80%9CBabysitter-Cow%E2%80%9D-Theory.aspx) recently about a theory that farmers and ranchers have – the babysitter cow. This event is one that I’ve witnessed many times. One cow is left to “babysit” the calves as the rest of the cows head to get water or mineral, leaving the babysitter cow is watch over the rest of the calves.

 

 

One Montana rancher, Nancy Okerman weighs in on the subject, ““It just seems like the last one left there nursing her calf, just by default is the one that ends up being the babysitter cow.”  Okerman has spent several decades observing the phenomena.

 

Some believe it is the cow’s natural instinct to not leave their offspring vulnerable to predators, so the last one left in the area will serve as the babysitter.

 

Whatever the theory, I think this one of the many amazing things about cattle. It seems that every farm or ranch also includes a calf daycare as well!

 

Best,

Robin



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Apr032015

Fuel your Day with Protein & The 30 Day Protein Challenge!

Published by Amber Groeling RD LD at 5:30 AM under Coffee Shop Talk | General | Nutrition | Recipe

There are many benefits to including 25-30 grams of protein at each meal.  However, most Americans only consume 5-10 grams at breakfast and 10-12 grams at lunch.  Protein, especially early in the day increase fullness, weight control and muscle retention.  I have personally seen clients lose a significant amount of weight by increasing their protein consumption at breakfast and lunch, and decreasing the serving size at dinner.  Do you get enough protein throughout your day?  Sign up to take the 30 Day Protein Challenge here 30 Day Protein Challenge. And here are two simple recipes to get you started!

 

BEEF SAUSAGE & EGG MUFFIN CUPS

 

INGREDIENTS 1 recipe Basic Country Beef Breakfast Sausage (recipe below) 1 can (4-1/2 ounces) chopped green chiles, undrained 1/2 cup shredded reduced-fat Monterey Jack cheese 5 large eggs 1/4 cup milk 1 to 2 teaspoons regular or chipotle hot pepper sauce Salt and pepper Toppings (optional): Chopped green onion or chives, chopped tomato, salsa or additional hot sauce

Preheat oven to 375°F. Spray 12-cup standard muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray. Prepare Basic Country Beef Breakfast Sausage. Stir chiles and cheese into beef mixture. Evenly divide mixture into prepared pan. Whisk eggs, milk and hot sauce, as desired, in medium bowl. Evenly divide egg mixture over beef mixture in muffin cups. Bake in 375°F oven 17 to 20 minutes or until egg mixture is set and just beginning to brown. Let stand 2 minutes. Loosen edges; remove from muffin pan. Season with salt and pepper and garnish with Toppings, as desired.

Basic Country Beef Breakfast Sausage: Combine 1 pound ground beef, 2 teaspoons chopped fresh sage or 1/2 teaspoon rubbed sage, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon onion powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper in large bowl, mixing lightly but thoroughly. Heat large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. Add beef mixture; cook 8 to 10 minutes, breaking into 3/4-inch crumbles and stirring occasionally. Drain fat, if needed. Test Kitchen Tips Cooking times are for fresh or thoroughly thawed Ground Beef. Ground Beef should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160°F. Color is not a reliable indicator of Ground Beef doneness.

Total Recipe Time: 45 to 50 minutes

Makes 4 servings

INGREDIENTS

1 recipe Basic Country Beef Breakfast Sausage (recipe below)

1 can (4-1/2 ounces) chopped green chiles, undrained

1/2 cup shredded reduced-fat Monterey Jack cheese

5 large eggs

1/4 cup milk

1 to 2 teaspoons regular or chipotle hot pepper sauce

Salt and pepper

Chopped green onion or chives, chopped tomato, salsa or additional hot sauce, optional

 

INSTRUCTIONS FOR BEEF SAUSAGE & EGG MUFFIN CUPS

1.       Preheat oven to 375°F. Spray 12-cup standard muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray. Prepare Basic Country Beef Breakfast Sausage. Stir chiles and cheese into beef mixture. Evenly divide mixture into prepared pan.

2.       Whisk eggs, milk and hot sauce, as desired, in medium bowl. Evenly divide egg mixture over beef mixture in muffin cups.

3.       Bake in 375°F oven 17 to 20 minutes or until egg mixture is set and just beginning to brown. Let stand 2 minutes. Loosen edges; remove from muffin pan. Season with salt and pepper and garnish with Toppings, as desired.

Basic Country Beef Breakfast Sausage: Combine 1 pound ground beef, 2 teaspoons chopped fresh sage or 1/2 teaspoon rubbed sage, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon onion powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper in large bowl, mixing lightly but thoroughly. Heat large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. Add beef mixture; cook 8 to 10 minutes, breaking into 3/4-inch crumbles and stirring occasionally. Drain fat, if needed.

  • Test Kitchen Tips

  • Cooking times are for fresh or thoroughly thawed Ground Beef. Ground Beef should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160°F. Color is not a reliable indicator of Ground Beef doneness.

    NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION FOR BEEF SAUSAGE & EGG MUFFIN CUPS

    Nutrition information per serving, 1/4 of recipe, using 93% lean ground beef: 325 calories; 17 g fat (7 g saturated fat; 6 g monounsaturated fat); 317 mg cholesterol; 433 mg sodium; 4 g carbohydrate; 0.8 g fiber; 37 g protein; 7.9 mg niacin; 0.5 mg vitamin B6; 2.9 mcg vitamin B12; 3.9 mg iron; 37.6 mcg selenium; 6.8 mg zinc; 264.8 mg choline.

    This recipe is an excellent source of protein, niacin, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, iron, selenium, zinc and choline.

    Nutrition information per serving, 1/12 of recipe, using 93% lean ground beef: 108 calories; 6 g fat (2 g saturated fat; 2 g monounsaturated fat); 106 mg cholesterol; 144 mg sodium; 1 g carbohydrate; 0.3 g fiber; 12 g protein; 2.6 mg niacin; 0.2 mg vitamin B6; 1.0 mcg vitamin B12; 1.3 mg iron; 12.5 mcg selenium; 2.3 mg zinc; 88.3 mg choline.

    This recipe is an excellent source of protein; and a good source of niacin, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, selenium, zinc and choline.

     

     

    SALAD SHAKERS

    INGREDIENTS 1 pound Ground Beef (95% lean) 2 teaspoons minced garlic 1/4 cup water 2 tablespoons chili powder 2 teaspoons ground cumin 1 package (10 to 12 ounces) iceberg or romaine salad mix (lettuce, red cabbage, carrots) 1 cup diced tomato 1/2 cup canned black beans, rinsed, drained 1/2 cup frozen corn, defrosted, drained 1/2 cup shredded reduced-fat Cheddar cheese, (optional) 1/2 cup prepared reduced-fat or fat-free ranch dressing 1/4 to 1/3 cup Crunchy Tortilla Strips (recipe follows) or crushed baked tortilla chips (optional)

    Brown Ground Beef with garlic in large nonstick skillet over medium heat 8 to 10 minutes, breaking beef up into 1/2-inch crumbles. Pour off drippings, if necessary. Stir in water, chili powder and cumin; cook and stir 1 minute to blend flavors. Cool slightly. Place salad mix, beef, tomato, beans, corn and cheese, if desired, in large bowl with lid. Top with dressing; close lid securely or cover bowl tightly with plastic wrap. Shake gently to combine. Top with tortilla strips, if desired.

    Crunchy Tortilla Strips:
    Cut 2 corn tortillas in half, then crosswise into ¼-inch-wide strips. Place strips in single layer on baking sheet. Spray tortilla strips lightly with nonstick cooking spray. Bake 4 to 8 minutes at 400ºF or until crisp. Test Kitchen Tips Cooking times are for fresh or thoroughly thawed Ground Beef. Ground Beef should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160ºF. Color is not a reliable indicator of Ground Beef doneness.

     

    Total Recipe Time: 25 to 30 minutes

    Makes 4 servings

    INGREDIENTS

    1 pound Ground Beef (95% lean)

    2 teaspoons minced garlic

    1/4 cup water

    2 tablespoons chili powder

    2 teaspoons ground cumin

    1 package (10 to 12 ounces) iceberg or romaine salad mix (lettuce, red cabbage, carrots)

    1 cup diced tomato

    1/2 cup canned black beans, rinsed, drained

    1/2 cup frozen corn, defrosted, drained

    1/2 cup shredded reduced-fat Cheddar cheese, (optional)

    1/2 cup prepared reduced-fat or fat-free ranch dressing

    1/4 to 1/3 cup Crunchy Tortilla Strips (recipe follows) or crushed baked tortilla chips (optional)

    INSTRUCTIONS FOR SALAD SHAKERS

1.     Brown Ground Beef with garlic in large nonstick skillet over medium heat 8 to 10 minutes, breaking beef up into 1/2-inch crumbles. Pour off drippings, if necessary. Stir in water, chili powder and cumin; cook and stir 1 minute to blend flavors. Cool slightly.

2.     Place salad mix, beef, tomato, beans, corn and cheese, if desired, in large bowl with lid. Top with dressing; close lid securely or cover bowl tightly with plastic wrap. Shake gently to combine. Top with tortilla strips, if desired.

Crunchy Tortilla Strips: Cut 2 corn tortillas in half, then crosswise into ¼-inch-wide strips. Place strips in single layer on baking sheet. Spray tortilla strips lightly with nonstick cooking spray. Bake 4 to 8 minutes at 400ºF or until crisp.

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION FOR SALAD SHAKERS

Nutrition information per serving: 286 calories; 9 g fat (9 g saturated fat; 3 g monounsaturated fat); 3 mg cholesterol; 568 mg sodium; 22 g carbohydrate; 4.4 g fiber; 29 g protein; 7.3 mg niacin; 0.4 mg vitamin B6; 2.3 mcg vitamin B12; 4.6 mg iron; 18.2 mcg selenium; 6.2 mg zinc.

This recipe is an excellent source of protein, niacin, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, iron, selenium and zinc; and a good source of fiber.



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Mar262015

Myths - Get the Facts

Published by Katie Sawyer at 10:33 AM under Agriculture | Coffee Shop Talk | General

We help more than 500 mother cows deliver baby calves every year. It’s not a quick or easy job but it’s what my husband loves to do and a part of farm life I’ve grown to enjoy.  Raising cattle is a big deal in our family and making sure those animals are safe and well taken care of is a top priority.

 

Lately the issue of antibiotics in livestock has dominated headlines. Many of the articles contain little accuracy and a lot of finger pointing. But if the authors were to look at the facts, they would see a different story. Here are few antibiotic myths, debunked:

 

Myth: All farms give antibiotics to all animals, all the time

Truth: Most farmers use antibiotics on a very limited basis. Some choose to never use antibiotics at all. On our farm, we practice limited and as-needed use of antibiotics. They are administered only to sick cows and calves as part of a well-rounded rehabilitation process. We have several other options for helping them regain their health so many times antibiotics aren’t even necessary.

 

Myth: Antibiotics given to animals is found in the meat humans consume

Fact: Farmers and veterinarians are required to log all uses of antibiotics and keep animals with antibiotics out of the food system. On our farm, any animal that is given a dose of antibiotics is tracked and kept out of the herd until the antibiotic has passed through their system. The United States Department of Agriculture checks beef for antibiotic reside, ensuring that the beef sold to consumers is safe and antibiotic free.

 

Myth: Antibiotics can be spread from animals to humans through soil and water run-off

Fact: Farms, like any business, are regulated by state and federal agencies. Run-off of water and soil is monitored and tracked and is never allowed to interact with water used for human consumption. The Environmental Protection Agency monitors all bodies of water and is notified if a potentially hazardous situation is occurring on or near a farm.

 

Myth: Animals and humans are prescribed the same antibiotics

Fact: About 75% of the antibiotics given to animals are never or rarely used in humans. There are different families of antibiotics – some are used primarily in humans while others are used mostly in livestock.

 

Myth: Farmers should never be allowed to use antibiotics in livestock

Fact: Farmers and ranchers are responsible for the health and livelihood of their animals. Removing antibiotics would deprive them of an important tool for helping their animals return to health. No rancher wants to watch a calf perish from a completely treatable disease. That’s not human animal care. Antibiotics have a place in responsible animal care.


 

For more information about cattle care or myths, get more information at http://factsaboutbeef.com/.



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Mar232015

What Happens at a Bull Sale

Published by Robin Kleine at 7:00 AM under Agriculture | Coffee Shop Talk

Cattlemen attend cattle sales throughout the year. Here they spend time analyzing the animals, visiting with their friends who traveled from near and far to the sale and ultimately planning for future generations of cattle on their farms or ranches.

 

When beef producers like my family attend these sales, we want to purchase new animals that will help add value to our herds. These animals could have the potential to producer calves with lighter birth weights or heavier weaning weights, better structure or maternal strength, for example. Every operation wants to make some small improvement in the next generation of cattle born on their ranch.

 

What happens at a cattle sale?? Today, I’m taking you inside a cattle sale – Lee’s Cattle Co. 11th Annual Bull Sale held on March 18th, 2015.

 

First, the cattle are put into pens. Cattle sales can be held at the ranch, or another facility. This sale was held at a sale barn, where weekly auctions are held.

 

 

­­Second, the cattle are on display for the cattlemen to analyze and look at live and in the flesh, rather than the pictures and videos available prior to the sale.

 

 

 

 

Finally, it’s sale time! The ringmen (standing outside the sale ring) take bids from the crowd and tell the auctioneer when people are ready to buy a bull!

 

 

 

 

Below is a video of the action from the sale. Please note that at this specific sale, the cattle were shown on video, rather than being run through sale ring.

 https://instagram.com/p/0YaQdmMAGx/?taken-by=focusmarketinggroup

 

Welcome to the life of a cattlemen!

 

-Robin

 

 

 



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