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What's Your Beef with Beef? 
Aug. 25, 2013 9:52 am 
Updated: Aug. 27, 2013 3:56 pm
As an Allrecipes Allstar Brand Ambassador I have had an opportunity to work with a variety of brands over the course of my involvement with the program.  My husband has been the lucky recipient of many test recipes.  Some he has liked, some not so much.  The question I usually get from him at the end of the month is "What is the food you are working with next month?"  I can see him cross his fingers, look toward the heavens & mouth please let it be bacon or beef, or bacon, or beef, OR BACON OR BEEF!!  I just smile and tell him each time to keep on wishing, honey.
This month I couldn't believe it.  The day had finally arrived.  He asked the question as usual and waited with bated breath as I said......beef.  His eyes glazed over and had a blank stare like a deer in the headlights.   For a minute I thought I may need to shake him out of his trance, but, I just said a little louder that I was not joking with him.  It was BEEF!  A great smile came over his face and I think he might have just heard the Hallelujah choir in the distance.  I just rolled my eyes at him and his next statement to me was "What's your beef with beef?"
Hmmm.....what is my beef with beef?  Typically I only prepare beef once every 7-10 days.  My thought was that it is high in fat and cholesterol and I wanted that limited in our diets.  I decided to do some research before I began the activities for "the glorious beef month."
I always knew beef was a good source of protein, but, I was surprised to find that the USDA has regulated that a 3-1/2 oz. serving of lean beef only has 10 grams of fat and 95 mg of cholesterol and that extra lean cuts of beef only have 5 grams of fat.  I was particularly surprised to find out that there are 29 cuts of beef that the USDA considers lean or extra lean. My husband was very pleased by this new found information and is determined to try all 29 cuts. 
Here is the link to the USDA pdf file if you are interested in those cuts.
I tried three of the recipes on the National Cattlemen's Beef Association Recipe section on recipes.

The first was the Greek Seasoned  T-Bone Steaks with Cucumber and Tomato Salad.   This was by far our favorite recipe and received extra high marks from my husband.   Generally we just lightly season our steaks, but, the Greek seasoning and lemon zest took the flavor over the top.  I used a Greek seasoning recipe from AR that I had all the ingredients for right in my pantry.  I just used fresh garlic instead of the dry minced.


I also tried two different recipes using lean ground beef.
The first was the Mediterranean Beef Meatball Kabob recipe.  I topped with a tzatziki sauce made with fat free Greek yogurt, cucumber and dill.  This was also a big hit.


The last recipe I decided to go all out -  Burgers with Grilled Onions.  Who doesn't love an All-American cheeseburger?  I guess everyone deserves to splurge once in a while.


This month has opened my eyes to the leaner options of beef available and most importantly made my husband a very happy man.
Now...if we can just get that bacon month!


I am an Allrecipes Allstar Brand Ambassador (a voluntary position) and I’m not compensated for my work with Allrecipes.com.

Products received from advertiser are only used for experienced-based reviews on Tasty Tales of Biscuit and Tater Tot.  The reviews, content and opinions expressed in this blog are purely the sole opinions of  Beckie BergeronThis blog was written in support of National Cattlemen's Beef Association and their  Campaign.

Aug. 25, 2013 10:21 am
I live on a working cattle ranch so we have beef all the time...well, at least when we aren't eating home raised lamb or homegrown chicken. Your pics are mouthwatering! Gonna have to check out those recipes for sure!
Aug. 25, 2013 10:48 am
Thanks, Petey! My husband is a HUGE beef fan. He is very happy that I will be serving beef more often!
Aug. 25, 2013 12:40 pm
The steak and meatball kabobs recipe looks delicious!!
Aug. 25, 2013 2:05 pm
It was good! I added some extra toppings to the kabob recipe, but, it reminded me of a gyro. The steak was my husband's favorite. I typically add a vinaigrette to tomato & cucumber salad, but, this was very refreshing just having some lemon juice and seasoning instead of a heavier oil and vinegar dressing.
Aug. 25, 2013 4:32 pm
Yep that's a T-Bone.
Aug. 25, 2013 6:02 pm
All mouth watering recipes. Great blog.
Aug. 25, 2013 6:52 pm
Thanks, Brian!
Aug. 26, 2013 6:37 am
Great info on the beef! I love the fact that you can get a high protein/low fat serving depending on the cut. Your plates have me drooling. Hubs must have been a real happy boy!
Aug. 26, 2013 8:23 am
I agree cookin cyn. I am going to start incorporating more lean beef on salads instead of chicken. It will be a nice change!
Aug. 26, 2013 12:46 pm
Grain or corn fed beef has the bad fats, but if you can get grassfed beef it is wonderful, less fatty and the fat it has is healthy! We buy grass fed Angus from a rancher and it tastes wonderful. I try to avoid processed and smoked meats but buy nitrate free bacon rather than giving it up too :-)
Aug. 26, 2013 6:17 pm
Thanks, jjluvs2cook! I didn't realize that. I will look for grass fed beef next I go shopping. Great information!
Aug. 26, 2013 7:09 pm
My beef with beef is that I much prefer the taste of chicken or fish or turkey. I'm not a big fan of bacon either!!
Aug. 27, 2013 6:01 am
We have sort of backed off on beef, but sometimes I find myself just craving it. I'm so glad to find out that it's not quite the monster food that the American Heart Association makes it out to be. Everything in moderation, I say! (Great pictures, b.t.w.)
Aug. 27, 2013 6:13 am
InvisiblePickles - I am a huge fan of any type of seafood, but, if I let him my husband would make all his meals either beef, bacon, or peanut butter sandwiches. ; )
Aug. 27, 2013 6:15 am
Bibi - I have done the same thing in our house because of high cholesterol and high blood pressure that runs in my husband's family. I am going to try some of these leaner cuts of beef in the smaller portions and see if that will help him with his beef craving.
Aug. 27, 2013 8:03 am
Nice pics kid!!!!
Aug. 27, 2013 3:56 pm
Thanks, Mauigirl!
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Growing up I wasn't allowed to do too much cooking in the kitchen. By the time I was out on my own I realized I didn't know how to cook and considered it a chore. Every time I had a dinner party - what should have been fun turned into a stressful event for me. I followed recipes, but, it seemed they never turned out. When I got married , I learned my husband is one of those cooks who never follows a recipe and just seems to "know" what goes together and it turns out wonderful. After watching him, watching all those cooking shows, and this site I suddenly discovered what used to be a chore was now something I loved to do. I found a style of my own and discovered it really is ok to put your own spin on a recipe. My husband used to do most of the cooking and now I cook every night and love it!
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