Maine Beef Council
Maine Beef Council

Adding Beef to the Thanksgiving Menu

While Thanksgiving is traditionally considered "Turkey Day," many consumers may want to incorporate beef into their celebrations to help enhance the flavors on their tables. Here are some suggestions for this important American holiday from the beef checkoff:

  • Although beef roasts are not often associated with being the center of attention on Thanksgiving Day, they can nonetheless be a welcome change from turkey. Consumers can serve a small roast, such as a Tenderloin Roast, alongside a smaller turkey. 
  • If beef isn't in the main course budget, suggest starting off their meal with a delicious beef appetizer. Crisp and tasty, a beefy salad such as a Simple Asian Beef Salad or a classic Grilled Skirt Steak Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing make an excellent start to any meal. Keep kids happy with fun finger foods such as Crazy Quesadillas or Sweet Hawaiian Mini Burgers.
  • Skillet steaks are quick and easy, and sure to be a crowd pleaser. Check out the Skillet Steak section of the Beef Recipes and Photography section for recipe suggestions.
  • A vat of spicy chili or a big pot of steaming stew provides protein to keep the football games going all day long. Be sure to view the Hearty Lean Beef Stews and Chilis brochure.

There are plenty of ways to include beef on and around Thanksgiving. For more great ideas, visit the checkoff-funded Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner website.

29 cuts of beef are lean according to USDA. That means there's less than 10mg total fat, 4.5g saturated fat, and 50mg cholesterol per 3-ounce serving. When compared to boneless, skinless chicken breast, beef has the competitive advantage with more iron, protein, and zinc per serving.

source: USDA Research Service 2007
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Building A Better (Strawberry!) Burger – Jaeger Stoltz from Seattle, Wash. took the grand prize at the 20th anniversary of the Sutter Home® Build a Better Burger® contest, sponsored in part by the Beef Checkoff Program. Stoltz walked away with a $100,000 check (provided by non-checkoff sponsors) for his Strawberry BBQ Bacon Burger. Subsequently, he appeared on NBC’s Today Show, where he prepared his culinary masterpiece on-air. Check out Build A Better Burger to find the winning recipe and videos from the event and the Today Show appearance.

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Consumers can feel good about loving beef because the protein in beef is a powerful nutrient that strengthens and sustains their bodies. A substantial body of evidence shows protein can help in maintaining a healthy weight, building muscle and fueling physical activity – all of which play an important role in a healthful lifestyle and disease prevention. There are 29 cuts of beef that meet government guidelines for lean, with less than 10 grams of total fat, 4.5 grams or less of saturated fat, and less than 95 milligrams of cholesterol per serving and per 100 grams. It’s easy for people to “go lean with protein” and follow the U.S. Dietary Guidelines


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Americans Love the Sizzle and Energy that Come from Steak

 Steak tops the list of foods that deliver the most energy according to a recent consumer survey.

Grilling is a popular pastime for 79 percent of Americans and 63 percent say the food they most often cook on the grill is beef.

The survey reveals that consumers feel beef is the protein that delivers on the eating experience and health benefits. A substantial body of scientific evidence shows protein can help in maintaining a healthy weight, building muscle and fueling physical activity – all of which play an important role in a healthful lifestyle and disease prevention. Beef is an excellent source of protein.

When Americans are in the mood for a comfort food to cook on the grill, beef wins over other proteins, with steaks at the top of the list at 39 percent and hamburgers coming in second with 26 percent. The consumer survey was funded by The Beef Checkoff.

“Today’s health-conscious consumer knows that beef satisfies the craving for a food that tastes great and is good for you,” said Mary K. Young, M.S., R.D., vice president of nutrition, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. “Everyone can feel good about loving beef because the protein in beef is a powerful nutrient that strengthens and sustains their bodies.”

Additional survey findings include:

  • The Fourth of July is the number one grilling holiday with 63 percent of respondents saying the Fourth is their favorite holiday to cook out on the grill.
  • Grilling isn’t just for the guys – 83 percent of men say they grill but so do 76 percent of women.
  • 41 percent of Americans say they grill out year round.
  • When cooking beef on the grill, consumers choose hamburgers (56 percent) more often than steak (42 percent).
  • America’s favorite hamburger is a classic – a lean beef patty on a plain white or whole wheat bun with lettuce, tomato, onion and ketchup.
  • Many Americans also like mustard on their burgers but ketchup won the condiment battle by a small margin. Slightly less than half (49 percent) of respondents say they also like mayonnaise on their burgers.
  • Ribeye, T-bone and sirloin steaks were listed as favorite cuts to grill.

“Not only is grilling a great way to experience beef’s versatility, but you can feel good about using this naturally lowfat cooking method for your favorite steaks,” Young said.

There are 29 cuts of beef that meet government guidelines for lean, so it’s easy for people to “go lean with protein” and follow the U.S. Dietary Guidelines. These lean cuts include many popular cuts such as tenderloin, T-bone, top round and top sirloin steaks, as well as 95% lean ground beef. Among the 29 cuts, all have less than 10 grams of total fat, 4.5 grams or less of saturated fat, and less than 95 milligrams of cholesterol per serving and per 100 grams. Lean beef is a naturally rich source of nine essential nutrients that are needed for a healthy, active lifestyle, including: protein, zinc, vitamin B12, selenium and phosphorous, and a good source of: niacin, vitamin B6, iron and riboflavin.

Discover the power of protein by visiting www.BeefItsWhatsForDinner.com.

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