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Mar042016

Savor the Flavor of Lean Beef

Published by Amber Groeling RD LD at 2:08 AM under Coffee Shop Talk | General | Nutrition | Recipe

March is National Nutrition Month, and this year’s theme is, “Savor the Flavor of Eating Right”.  In order to truly savor your food, it is important to eat mindfully. Mindful eating means paying attention to your actual eating experience – while at the same time enjoying it. It means submersing yourself fully into your meal, without multitasking. This can be tough especially in today’s fast-paced world. Many studies have shown that eating while watching television or doing other activities at the same time can lead to an increase in calories consumed. The overall goal of mindful eating is to base your food intake on physical cues (i.e. hunger) versus emotional cues. Finding time to slow down during meals and enjoy the food you are eating is very important to developing a healthy lifestyle. What are some important tips to incorporate mindful eating into everyday life?

 

  • Eat slower. Take time to enjoy the food you are eating. Chew your food a little bit longer than you normally would. This will give your stomach time to tell your brain that it is full, and you might even taste new flavors.

  • Enjoy silence. Eating does not necessarily have to be social hour. Meal time can be used as a time for reflection of the day or the upcoming week. Eating in silence may not work for families with children, but it can be a time to slow down from an otherwise fast-paced world.

  • Shut off electronics (i.e. cell phones, television). Life as we know it can be very hectic at times. Make an effort to turn off the TV and put cell phones down. You may even learn something new from a family member or friend from engaging in conversation!

  • Take pleasure in the flavor of your food. When people are in a hurry, they tend to not notice what or how much they are eating. Take time to notice all the different flavors in food. This is the perfect time to try that new recipe that you have been dying to try!

 

Start today by trying mindful eating in your everyday life by preparing nutritious, delicious meals and then taking the time to sit down and enjoy your hard work with family or friends. Start thinking about how you eat, and that might even change what you want to eat – for the better!

 

Sirloin Steak and Tomato Salad

Serves 4

All you need:

1 beef Top Sirloin Steak Boneless, cut 3/4 inch thick (about 1 pound)

2 medium onions, cut into 1/2-inch thick slices

1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon reduced-fat or regular balsamic vinaigrette, divided

1/2 to 1 teaspoon chipotle chile powder

12 cups mixed salad greens

4 medium tomatoes, cut into wedges

Salt and pepper

All you do:

  1. Brush onion slices with 1 tablespoon vinaigrette; set aside. Press chile powder onto beef steak. Place steak in center of grid over medium, ash-covered coals; arrange onions around steak. Grill steak, covered, 11 to 15 minutes (over medium heat on preheated gas grill, 13 to 16 minutes) for medium rare (145°F) to medium (160°F) doneness, turning occasionally. Grill onions 13 to 15 minutes or until tender, turning occasionally.
  2. Separate onion slices into rings. Carve steak into slices. Season beef and onions with salt and pepper, as desired.
  3. Toss salad greens with remaining 1/3 cup vinaigrette and divide among 4 salad plates. Top with tomatoes, onions and beef.

Print

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION FOR SIRLOIN STEAK AND TOMATO SALAD

Nutrition information per serving: 246 calories; 6 g fat (2 g saturated fat; 2 g monounsaturated fat); 70 mg cholesterol; 411 mg sodium; 22 g carbohydrate; 6.5 g fiber; 30 g protein; 8.2 mg niacin; 0.7 mg vitamin B6; 1.5 mcg vitamin B12; 3.6 mg iron; 30.7 mcg selenium; 5.2 mg zinc; 110.5 mg choline.

Source: beefitswhatsfordinner.com

 

The information is not intended as medical advice. Please consult a medical professional for individual advice.



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Feb252016

Morning Protein

Published by Katie Sawyer at 3:37 AM under Beef Team | General | Nutrition | Recipe

I am a morning runner. There are few other things I look forward to like welcoming the sun, seeing our cows and jogging beside our two farm dogs down our dusty dirt roads. My runs help me clear my head, make my mental to-do list for the day and have a little “me time” before the hustle and bustle of kids, work and life.

 

But my pre-breakfast calorie burn means I am usually starving by 8 a.m. and often a bowl of cereal just doesn’t do the trick. We all know that protein is an important part of lunch and supper but a protein-packed breakfast can help set your morning on the right path and give you the energy to tackle whatever your day may bring. After my runs, I attempt to eat a protein-based breakfast to keep me full and active through the morning.

 

Many nutritional experts recommend you get 25 to 30 grams of protein at breakfast. That may sound like a lot, but there are great beef recipes that can help you pack that protein punch and reach the recommended 46 grams of protein for women and 53 grams of protein for men each day.

 

Here is a great recipe for Easy Beef Breakfast Rolls. Make these ahead and you can grab one as you walk out the door.

 

 

 

INGREDIENTS

  1. Country-Style Beef Breakfast Sausage (recipe follows)
  2. 2 large eggs, scrambled
  3. 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  4. 1 tablespoon water
  5. Fillings (optional): Chopped onions, salsa, chopped cooked vegetables
  6. 12 balls of frozen bread dough, thawed

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Prepare Basic Country Beef Breakfast Sausage. Remove from skillet.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly spray 12 muffin cups with nonstick cooking spray.  Combine beef crumbles, scrambled eggs, cheese and water. Stir in optional filling ingredients, if desired. Roll out one dough ball at a time on unfloured surface to 4 to 5-inch diameter circle. Place approximately 1/4 cup of beef sausage filling into the center of the circle.  Gather edges of dough and pinch together. With hands roll dough back into ball. Place seam-side down into a muffin cup. 
  3. Bake 24 to 27 minutes or until rolls are golden brown. 

    Country-Style Beef Breakfast Sausage: Combine 1 pound Ground Beef (93% or leaner), 2 teaspoons chopped fresh sage or 1/2 teaspoon rubbed sage, 1 teaspoon garlic power, 1 teaspoon onion power, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 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 1/2-inch crumbles, stirring occasionally.

 

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION

Nutrition information per serving: 409 calories; 16 g fat (5 g saturated fat; 4 g monounsaturated fat); 138 mg cholesterol; 617 mg sodium; 35 g carbohydrate; 0 g fiber; 32 g protein; 6.2 mg niacin; 0.4 mg vitamin B6; 2.2 mcg vitamin B12; 4.9 mg iron; 22.2 mcg selenium; 5.7 mg zinc; 119.2 mg choline.

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

 

Total Recipe Time: 40 to 45 minutes

Makes 12 servings



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Feb122016

I’ve Got My Eyes On MOO This Valentine’s Day

Published by Kiley De Donder at 8:46 AM under Agriculture | Coffee Shop Talk | General | Nutrition | Recipe

Earlier this week our local radio station was talking about Valentine’s Day and whether or not the talk show hosts’ had plans for surprising their “Valentines”.  Neither of the two had really narrowed down their ideas, which led into a few interesting facts shared about how many people in America actually procrastinate until the last minute to think of a special treat or adventure for their loved ones. In our house, we don’t typically go-all-out for Valentine’s Day. We might not shower eachother with flowers, stuffed bears and loads of chocolate hearts…but, we do enjoy celebrating our love of BEEF together. I wouldn’t be surprised if every Valentine’s Day my husband and I have celebrated together was commemorated with a nice steak dinner of some sort

 

In the spirit of Valentines Day I just had to share this sweet surprise our ranch received via email this week. Now, isnt that just the cutest photo ! Clearly this gal did not procrastinate!  For several years now, our farm/ranch has helped sponsor a youth program at the American Royal called the Calf Scramble. So to tell the story behind the photo, this younglady is a participant in this year’s calf scramble program, and lives in Montana! The program gives the opportunity for students 7-12th grades to compete for a heifer to take home and raise for a year and return to the American Royal Calf Scramble Show in the fall. It’s a great agrarian based educational experience for kids across the country and helps them get started raising beef cattle! And that, is something close to our heart. Not only do we love our friends and family, but as ranchers we love to care for and raise our animals too.

 

If you’re still looking for a few last minute dinner ideas for that special someone, I recommend browsing a number of the awesome Valentine’s Day dinner ideas at http://www.beefitswhatsfordinner.com/recipecollection.aspx?id=10023

Much love,

Kiley



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Jan152016

Energy for Busy Families

Published by Katie Sawyer at 9:12 AM under Agriculture | General | Nutrition | Recipe

It’s 2016 and our farm suddenly became a little more crowded. We welcomed our second son, Owen, on Jan. 5. That means I have more than a few baby pounds to drop and hope to get back into a running regimen by the spring.  That goal should be made easier by our two-year-old son, Evan, who always seems to be running on all cylinders and keeps us on our toes.

 

Meanwhile, my farmer hubby is working around the clock to help our 300-some mother cows safely and successfully deliver their new calves. That means 12-15 hour workdays and the occasional all-nighters.

 

One my new year’s goals is to prepare more meals, not only to save a few bucks, but to provide healthy and hearty meals that my family can enjoy together. Eating healthy is essential to maintaining energy levels and right now, the hubs and I need all of the energy we can get!

 

Thankfully we always have a great supply of beef cuts on hand that I can turn to for an excellent source of protein. Beef can be part of quick, healthy, family-friendly meals – from pizza to stews to casseroles to pot roasts. This winter, I hope to put my cooking skills to the test and find lots of new recipes to satisfy my family’s nutritional and energy needs.

 

Here is an example of a great recipe for a family meal that will satisfy appetites of all ages and keep everyone running on all cylinders. For more recipes and meal ideas check out www.beefitswhatsfordinner.com.

 

 

CHUCKWAGON BEEF & PASTA SKILLET

(Found on www.BeefItsWhatsForDinner.com)

INGREDIENTS

  1. 1 pound Ground Beef
  2. 1 small green bell pepper, chopped
  3. 1/2 cup chopped onion
  4. 1 can (13-3/4 to 14-1/2 ounces) ready-to-serve beef broth
  5. 1-1/2 cups uncooked wagon wheel pasta
  6. 1 cup prepared hickory-flavored barbecue sauce
  7. 1/2 cup finely shredded Cheddar or Colby cheese

 

INSTRUCTIONS FOR CHUCKWAGON BEEF & PASTA SKILLET

  1. Heat large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. Add Ground Beef, bell pepper and onion; cook 8 to 10 minutes, breaking into 3/4-inch crumbles and stirring occasionally. Pour off drippings.
  2. Stir in broth, pasta, barbecue sauce and 1/4 cup water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover and simmer 10 to 15 minutes or until pasta is almost tender. Uncover; cook 5 to 7 minutes or until pasta is tender and sauce is thickened, stirring occasionally. Sprinkle with cheese.

 

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION FOR CHUCKWAGON BEEF & PASTA SKILLET

Nutrition information per serving: 445 calories; 10 g fat (4 g saturated fat; 4 g monounsaturated fat); 79 mg cholesterol; 1307 mg sodium; 54 g carbohydrate; 1.6 g fiber; 36 g protein; 9.3 mg niacin; 0.5 mg vitamin B6; 2.4 mcg vitamin B12; 6.1 mg iron; 20.9 mcg selenium; 6.6 mg zinc; 86.24 mg choline.

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



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Jan062016

Feed Time

Published by Kiley De Donder at 3:19 AM under Agriculture | Coffee Shop Talk | Nutrition | Recipe

Over the weekend our family wrapped up the final Christmas gathering for the season. It was truly a joyous occasion! Along with the out of town siblings and cousins, came a solid storm of rain and sleet. Precipitation is welcomed 9 times out of 10 on the farm, but lately it’s turning into a nuisance. With the abundance of moisture we’ve received it makes for tougher conditions for the cattle and with shorter days, cold temps and hardly any sun it takes forever for the ground to dry up. We spend extra time feeding and providing shelter to minimize the stress of the conditions. Here’s an inside look at chore time from this weekend.

       

Cattle lined up at the bunks                         Big round bales of hay are rolled out for      pastured cattle to eat.

 

 It’s a fun change of pace to have everyone home on the farm during the holidays. There are always tons of fun and never a shortage of food. Another perk of big family gatherings, there tends to be a few leftovers. Not all families love leftovers, but ours seems to eat them just fine. So, I thought I’d share an extremely quick beef and sweet potato hash recipe that uses several common ingredients you’re likely to have on hand following a traditional family gathering on a Kansas farm… Hashes are a great way to use leftovers. The combination of ingredients is limitless and work great morning, noon or night. And at less than 350 calories per serving, you can enjoy it without the guilt of a big dish and all the “fixings”

 

For additional leftover recipe ideas visit beefitswhatsfordinner.com

 

Have a happy and prosperous New Year!

Kiley

 

INGREDIENTS

12 ounces cooked beef (such as steak, roast or pot roast), cut into 1/2-inch cubes (about 2-1/2 cups)

1 large sweet potato, unpeeled, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

1 medium yellow onion, chopped

1 tablespoon taco seasoning mix

1/4 cup water

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

2 tablespoons reduced-fat or regular dairy sour cream

1 teaspoon hot sauce

Chopped fresh cilantro


INSTRUCTIONS FOR BEEFY SWEET POTATO HASH

Combine sweet potatoes, onion and taco seasoning in large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add water. Cover and cook 8 to 10 minutes or until crisp-tender and water has almost evaporated, stirring once. Stir in oil; continue cooking, uncovered, 4 to 6 minutes or until potatoes are tender and begin to brown, stirring occasionally.

Meanwhile, combine sour cream and hot sauce in small bowl. Set aside.

Add beef to potato mixture. Continue to cook 5 minutes or until beef is heated through, stirring occasionally, adding 1 to 2 tablespoons water, if needed to avoid sticking.

Garnish with cilantro, as desired. Serve with sour cream mixture.

Nutrition information per serving: 329 calories; 10 g fat (3 g saturated fat; 4 g monounsaturated fat); 63 mg cholesterol; 387 mg sodium; 33 g carbohydrate; 5.4 g fiber; 26 g protein; 3.0 mg niacin; 0.3 mg vitamin B6; 2.6 mcg vitamin B12; 3.7 mg iron; 26.1 mcg selenium; 5.6 mg zinc; 4.7 mg choline.

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



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Dec112015

Fueling Up with Protein: Three Successful Strategies to Avoid Weight Gain

Published by Amber Groeling RD LD at 8:43 AM under General | Nutrition | Recipe

December may be one of the busiest months of the year, filled with parties and dinners and temptations lurking around every corner. If you are not careful it can be easy to leave the year with a few extra pounds to shed in January.  However, with a few simple strategies you don’t have to let this tempting time of year pack on the pounds.


1. Start your day with 25-30 grams of protein.  Research shows a high protein breakfast can reduce cravings and hunger throughout the day!  Check out the recipe below for Beef & Egg breakfast mugs.  Follow the first few steps on a day when you have more time, then you have enough to make four filling breakfast in minutes.

2. Choose protein, not carbs for munching.  Snacks can be a great way to ensure you don’t get too hungry and overeat at your next meal.  Just be wise and choose higher protein snacks like beef jerky or a slice of roast beef wrapped around string cheese.  I recommend aiming 10-15 grams of protein for in-between meal snacks.  Often my clients want to reach for carb-rich snacks like crackers, chips and granola bars.  However, these tend to leave my clients even hungrier an hour later, and then they reach for even more carb-filled snacks.  A viscous cycle that can be prevented by fueling up with protein instead.

3. Plan quick and easy lunches and dinners.  With all of the extra to-dos of the season a meal plan is often the first thing to go.  However, my clients find by taking the time to plan and shop for 2-3 easy lunches and dinners they free up time spent eating out or making extra trips to the grocery store.  Keep it simple – taco salads, meat sauce served over spaghetti squash, and Sloppy Joes served with green beans are three speedy dinner ideas that don’t require a recipe to follow.  Plus, the leftovers work great for the next day’s lunch! 

 

BEEF AND EGG BREAKFAST MUGS

Total Recipe Time: 5 to 10 minutes (breakfast preparation and cook)
Makes 8 servings.

 


INGREDIENTS
1 recipe Basic Country Beef Breakfast Sausage (recipe follows)
1 cup chopped fresh vegetables such as tomato, baby spinach, bell pepper, zucchini or green onion
1/2 cup shredded reduced-fat cheese such as Cheddar, Monterey Jack or American
8 large eggs
Salt and pepper (optional)
Toppings (optional):
Dairy sour cream, salsa, sriracha, ketchup

INSTRUCTIONS FOR BEEF AND EGG BREAKFAST MUGS

1. Prepare Basic Country Beef Breakfast Sausage. Remove skillet from heat; let cool 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Evenly divide beef and vegetables into eight food-safe quart-size plastic bags. Close securely and refrigerate up to 4 days.

2. For each serving, spray one 6 to 12-ounce microwave-safe mug or bowl with non-stick cooking spray. Add 1 egg and 1 tablespoon water; whisk with fork. Stir in 1 bag refrigerated beef-vegetable mixture.

3. Microwave, uncovered, on HIGH 30 seconds. Remove from oven; stir. Continue to microwave on HIGH 30 to 60 seconds or until egg is just set. Stir. Top with cheese. Let stand 30 seconds or until cheese is melted. Season with salt and pepper, if desired. Serve with Toppings, if desired.

 

Basic Country Beef Breakfast Sausage:
Combine 1 pound ground beef (93% lean or leaner), 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 1/2-inch crumbles and stirring occasionally.

Taco Seasoning Variation:
Prepare beef as directed above, substituting 1 packet (1 ounce) reduced-sodium taco seasoning mix for herbs and seasonings in step 1.

• 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 AND EGG BREAKFAST MUGS
Nutrition information per serving: 178 calories; 9 g fat (4 g saturated fat; 4 g monounsaturated fat); 225 mg cholesterol; 297 mg sodium; 2 g carbohydrate; 0.4 g fiber; 21 g protein; 4.9 mg niacin; 0.3 mg vitamin B6; 1.6 mcg vitamin B12; 2.3 mg iron; 25.4 mcg selenium; 3.8 mg zinc; 188.6 mg choline.

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

The information is not intended as medical advice. Please consult a medical professional for individual advice.



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Oct012015

How We Roll

Published by Heath Larson at 7:08 AM under Coffee Shop Talk | General | Nutrition

During September, I used up some vacation time in order to spend more time at home with my family than ever before.  For many people, vacation is a welcome respite from the "grind" and a much needed chance to slow down a bit. 

 

But in the Larson household, that's just not how we roll.  We didn't just go camping, we went primitive tent camping for multiple nights, during the hottest weekend of the year.  We didn't just have friends over, we had a whole crowd of friends over, as well as a longtime friend visiting from out of state.  We didn't just watch a football game, we drove across the state to attend the Kansas City Chiefs home opener vs. the Denver Broncos, with our youngest child.  In between, there were birthdays, a baptism, and board games.  Yard work, house work, and homework.  The State Fair, corn harvest, and trail runs.  To say we went "all out" is a massive understatement.

 

In fact, by the time vacation was nearly over, we were completely exhausted, and more than ready for a return to our normal, (slightly) less hectic routine.  However, with our friend coming to visit from out of town, we needed to come up with a top notch meal that was good enough to be "special," but not a complicated, messy chore to prepare.  Beef to the rescue.  We pulled out a 9x13 pan of homemade ground beef enchiladas from the freezer, along with two lean beef steaks, and served a basic salad and some fruit as sides, and cooked both the enchiladas and the steaks on the grill.  The result?  Predictably perfect.  More time spent sitting by the grill catching up with our friend, less time prepping and cleaning.  And when the steaks come off the grill in our house, they don't last long.  We went from too exhausted to cook to an "all out" celebration (that the kids would still eat) quicker than you can say "tenderloin." 

 

Now THAT is how we roll.



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Sep232015

Would you pay a premium for omega-3 enhanced beef?

Published by Kassie Curran at 9:39 AM under Agriculture | Coffee Shop Talk | General | Nutrition

I recently completed my master’s degree in Agricultural Economics at Kansas State where I was able to work on a research project that is very interesting to me so I wanted to share with you a little bit of what I found. Don’t worry, I won’t get into the econometrics with you, but the title, “Consumer Acceptance of Omega-3 Enhanced Beef in Surveys and Retail Trials” should give you an idea about what I was working on.

 

Motivation for this research stems from the fact that the retail beef industry will continue to be shaped by changing consumer demand for meat products and their increasing awareness of omega-3 fatty acids, as well as demand for healthier food. Meanwhile, the beef industry and its stakeholders continue to pursue improvements in cattle production practices, beef processing methods, and marketing strategies. One of the opportunities for the beef industry to have a more positive role in the “health and nutrition” foods sector is through further nutrient enhancement with various feeding methods, which can help to meet the increasing demand for healthy foods. In particular, by feeding cattle an algae supplement, in addition to a conventional feed ration, the level of omega-3 fatty acids, especially DHA and EPA, can significantly increase (from 16 mg/4 oz. serving for conventional beef to 400 mg/4 oz. serving for enhanced beef in this study). However, the extent to which consumers are willing to accept and pay for the nutrient enhancement can either delay or propel the advancement of this practice.

 

 

The research in my thesis measures consumer acceptance and willingness-to-pay (WTP) for enhanced omega-3 steak and ground beef products compared to conventionally raised and grass-fed beef. Data was collected from a retail trial with a small retail outlet in Colorado, and a nation-wide survey which included a choice experiment. The analysis of this data provides a better understanding of consumer acceptance and willingness-to-pay for the omega-3 enhanced ground beef and steak products.

 

While the retail trial did not provide significant results due to inconsistent sales we did find that for omega-3 enhanced ground beef and steak, higher income is associated with a higher probability of purchase and that males are less likely to buy omega-3 enhanced product than females.
 

Results from the nation-wide survey indicate that overall acceptance and willingness to pay for omega-3 enhanced beef was below that of grass-fed beef, but above that of conventional beef. When additional information about omega-3s was provided, it increased willingness-to-pay for enhanced omega-3 enhanced ground beef, but had no impact on willingness-to-pay for enhanced omega-3 enhanced steak. Still, grass-fed beef was most preferred. Additionally, there was an evident preference for locally raised product, guaranteed tender steak, and 90/10 ground beef. Regarding food safety interventions with ground beef, steam pasteurization was associated with a higher than average utility, while irradiation was lower than average as expected.

 

The analysis showed that higher prices are associated with lower utility, which was expected, and females had a significantly higher WTP for grass-fed ground beef than males.  The average willingness-to-pay for grass-fed steak was estimated at $3.69/lb above conventionally raised product, compared to an estimated premium of $1.86/lb for omega-3 enhanced steak.  For ground beef the average premium for grass-fed product was estimated to be $1.27/lb compared to $0.79/lb for the omega-3 enhanced product. 

 

Though WTP premiums were found for omega-3 enhanced ground beef and steak, the estimates found are not necessarily high enough to justify the implementation of the enhanced omega-3 diet for cattle producers. If it costs less than these willingness-to-pay estimates to produce and market the omega-3 enhanced beef product, then this could be a viable production option for the beef industry. However, further research must be done to come to this conclusion.*

 

Remember, this is a brief overview of my research so if you are interested in learning more about the study, you can contact me with questions or view the complete document here: http://krex.k-state.edu/dspace/handle/2097/20413

 

Eat Beef!
Kassie

*Research on cost of production is currently being conducted at Kansas State University.



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Sep162015

Families Who Eat Together Stay Healthy Together

Published by Amber Groeling RD LD at 8:16 AM under General | Nutrition | Recipe

September is National Family Meals Month™ and your Hy-Vee dietitians are encouraging you to eat one more meal a week at home together as a family.  Created by the Food Marketing Institute and its Foundation, this nationwide event hopes to educate all families on the importance of family meals and how greatly they benefit our youth.


Research has shown that eating more meals together at home can increase self-esteem, encourages healthier eating habits, improves grades and reduces the risky behavior among children of all ages.  Another positive that comes from families eating more meals together is that structured meals can reduce the risk of children suffering from an eating disorder or being overweight when three or more meals are eaten at home per week.


With the new school year beginning, you can use this time to get back on track with schedules and family meals.  Start with one meal at home per week and work to add more each week.  Remember to include foods from all the food groups at meals using the MyPlate way.  Keeping fruits and vegetables on hand whether they are fresh, frozen or canned can make meals simple by adding those as quick side dishes.  Lean beef can be a quick and easy start to any meal.  Ground beef cooks up fast and is super versatile.  See below for Quick & Easy Asian wraps and Southwest Sloppy Joes; both are sure to be new family favorites. Don’t forget the slow cooker isn’t just for wintertime; using your slow cooker during the week means supper is ready when everyone gets home!  Nothing beats the smell of a pot roast or beef stew greeting you when you walk in the door.


Family meal time is one thing that can be a challenge with all of our children’s activities and work schedules of parents.  Hy-Vee dietitians and Hy-Vee stores are here to help reduce the mealtime planning burden.  With services ranging from grocery shopping assistance and meal planning from your Hy-Vee dietitians from food demonstrations to cooking classes and the new addition of online shopping, Hy-Vee is here to help make our shoppers lives easier, healthier and happier. 


 Join in the celebration of National Family Meals Month™ because families who eat together stay healthy together.


ASIAN BEEF LETTUCE WRAPS

Total Recipe Time: 30 minutes

 Makes 4 servings

INGREDIENTS

1-1/2 pounds Ground Beef (95% lean)

1/2 cup hoisin sauce

1/2 cup Asian peanut sauce

1 medium cucumber, seeded, chopped

1/2 cup shredded carrot

1/4 cup torn fresh mint leaves

Salt and pepper

12 large Boston lettuce leaves (about 2 heads) or iceberg or romaine lettuce

Fresh mint leaves


INSTRUCTIONS FOR ASIAN BEEF LETTUCE WRAPS

  1. Heat large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. Add Ground Beef; cook 8 to 10 minutes, breaking into small crumbles and stirring occasionally. Pour off drippings. Stir in hoisin sauce and peanut sauce; heat through.

  2. .Just before serving, add cucumber, carrots and torn mint; toss gently. Season with salt and pepper. Serve beef mixture in lettuce leaves. Garnish with mint.

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 ASIAN BEEF LETTUCE WRAPS

Nutrition information per serving: 360 calories; 13 g fat; 97 mg cholesterol; 721 mg sodium; 26 g carbohydrate; 35 g protein; 8.4 mg niacin; 0.6 mg vitamin B6; 4 mcg vitamin B12; 4.8 mg iron; 8.5 mg zinc. This recipe is an excellent source of protein, niacin, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, iron and zinc.

 

SWEET & TANGY SLOPPY JOES

Total Recipe Time: 20 to 25 minutes

Makes 4 servings


INGREDIENTS

1 pound Ground Beef (96% lean)

1 medium yellow, green or red bell pepper, chopped

3/4 cup finely chopped onion

1 can (11-1/2 ounces) regular or reduced-sodium spicy 100% vegetable juice

3 tablespoons packed brown sugar

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

4 whole or honey wheat hamburger buns or Kaiser rolls, split


INSTRUCTIONS FOR SWEET & TANGY SLOPPY JOES

  1. Heat large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. Add Ground Beef, bell pepper and onion; cook 8 to 10 minutes, breaking beef up into 3/4-inch crumbles and stirring occasionally.

  2. Stir in vegetable juice, brown sugar and Worcestershire sauce; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 7 to 9 minutes or until most of the liquid has evaporated and thickens slightly, stirring occasionally.

  3. Evenly place beef mixture on bottom half of each bun; close sandwiches.

  • 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.

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION FOR SWEET & TANGY SLOPPY JOES

Nutrition information per serving: 331 calories; 6 g fat (2 g saturated fat; 1 g monounsaturated fat); 65 mg cholesterol; 563 mg sodium; 43 g carbohydrate; 4.9 g fiber; 27 g protein; 7.2 mg niacin; 0.5 mg vitamin B6; 2.1 mcg vitamin B12; 4.6 mg iron; 39.2 mcg selenium; 6.3 mg zinc; 93.5 mg choline.


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

Nutrition information per serving, using reduced sodium vegetable juice: 332 calories; 6 g fat (2 g saturated fat; 1 g monounsaturated fat); 65 mg cholesterol; 391 mg sodium; 43 g carbohydrate; 4.9 g fiber; 27 g protein; 7.2 mg niacin; 0.5 mg vitamin B6; 2.1 mcg vitamin B12; 4.4 mg iron; 39.2 mcg selenium; 6.3 mg zinc; 93.5 mg choline.


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



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Aug202015

Time Well Spent

Published by Heath Larson at 5:34 AM under Coffee Shop Talk | General | Nutrition

We are beginning our favorite time of the whole year in the Larson household.  For us, the months of September and October not only mean relief from the summer heat, but they also mean much more.  Fall is Church picnics, planting flowers and grass for spring, and football tailgates.  Fall is the State Fair, the first day of school, and carving pumpkins.  Fall is cross country running, our wedding anniversary, and honey crisp apples.  Each year we seem to get a little busier during this season, but each year, we look forward to it even more.  With all this fun and tradition wrapped up into just a few short weeks, our time is a very valuable commodity.

 

My favorite 10k race of the entire year is held in the middle of September.  The awards are handmade, the mountains of post-race cookies are homemade, and you can even bet a six-pack of your favorite beverage against the race director on how fast you finish the brutally tough course.  Much of the race is run in deep sand, and what isn't sandy is usually steep and rocky!  In between the sand and rocks are 4 water crossings, two of which are deep enough to swim in.  This is not a course where you go to set records!  But afterward, sharing "war stories" from the course over a cookie or two with the other finishers, you realize that you enjoyed every brutal minute in a way that's completely different from your plain old road race.  It's a truly eclectic, yet competitive group of runners that shows up to this race, so you never know who you're going to meet or what story you will hear!  Time well spent.

 

While we grill at least once per week year round, we especially love grilling during the fall.  Growing up, one of the reasons I loved seeing my father fire up his black Weber charcoal grill was that it took a while to get the coals started and the cooking done.  Why?  Because in those minutes, a game of catch in the yard was easy to squeeze in.  Today, we try to do the same thing with our children while heating up the grill.  There's bubbles to be blown, tag to be played, and some late tomatoes to be picked.  Those precious few minutes of truly slowing down and connecting are what make us who we are as a family.  And the food can't be beat, either!

 

It takes a great deal of time and sacrifice to train for my favorite race of the year, and there are easier, more accessible races out there, but the reward of camaraderie and challenge is too much to pass up.  On a similar note, it would be easier for us to look for a quick, less healthy, more processed food option for our family meals...but it wouldn't be any tastier, nor would it bring us together in the same way.  Lean beef on the grill is a guaranteed crowd pleaser, a welcome reward after a hard day of over seeding the lawn, and a satisfying, nutrient packed recovery meal after a brutal 10k run.  Now that's what I call quality time.



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