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Healthy Bites for May:
National Beef Month
With thought and planning, beef can make meal times tasty and healthy. Lean beef is a naturally nutrient-rich source of several essential vitamins and minerals. May is beef month. Beef not only helps you meet nutrient needs, but also fuels Nebraska’s economy. Nebraska produces more beef per square mile than any other state.
A three-ounce serving of lean beef is an excellent source of protein, zinc, vitamin B12, selenium and phosphorus; and a good source of niacin, vitamin B6, iron and riboflavin. Check out the following tips and food safety recommendations for making beef a healthy part of your eating plan.
Feel free to use/adapt Healthy Bites material (with credit) for your own articles, blogs, handouts, etc. An example credit line would be: Authored by or Adapted from Lisa Franzen-Castle, PhD, RD, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension Nutrition Specialist. Healthy Bites Newsletter, http://food.unl.edu/web/fnh/healthy-bites, July 2013.
Recipes, storage guidelines, and cooking recommendations. This website provides information on recipes, how-to videos, beef storage and handling, wine pairing, beef cuts, cooking timetables, and a culinary dictionary.
Grill skills. Brush up on your grill skills with tips from this site or by referencing the Interactive Meat Case to learn which beef cuts are best on the grill.
Easy ground beef recipes from your freezer. Think of how often you could use already-browned and ready-to-go ground beef “crumbles” in recipes such as soups and sauces. Here's how to make your own and keep them frozen for ready access!
Roast beef for easy meals. Put roast in oven, insert oven thermometer, remove 1 to 3 hours later. EAT. Enjoy any leftovers for 3 to 4 days in sandwiches, soups, and casseroles.
Walk Nebraska Newsletters. Each month these newsletters cover a variety of topics related to getting active by walking year round.
UNL Extension Calendar – National Food Days, Weeks, and Months for May.