Delicious Beef Recipes
Flank Steak, Broccoli and Green Bean Stir-Fry
Double-Duty Pot Roast
Video: How to Make Roasted Beef Tenderloin
Curried Beef and Biscuits
Video: How to Sear Steak
Beef & Cheddar Sliders
Steak & Caesar Salad
French Dip Sandwich
Sirloin Over Fettuccine Alfredo
Decoding Beef Labels
The supermarket meat case can be a confusing place. If the butcher's not available to ask, keep these definitions in mind when shopping for dinner.
Lean: A 3.5-ounce serving qualifies as "lean" if it has less than 10g total fat, 4.5g or less saturated fat, and less than 95mg cholesterol per serving—comparable to an equal-size piece of chicken thigh.
Grass-Fed or Grass-Finished: Animals are pasture-fed through the spring, summer, and fall. When they winter in the barn, they are fed hay—no grains or other feed. These animals usually do not need antibiotics or hormones, and their meat has higher vitamin and omega-3 content, and is leaner than traditional grain-fed beef.
Certified Organic Livestock: Animals are given full access to the outdoors, fresh air, water, sunshine, grass and pasture land, and are fed 100% organic feed. Animals can be given vitamins and minerals, but no growth stimulants or antibiotics. Any shelter provided must allow the animal the opportunity to exercise. Also, production and handling operations must undergo on-site inspections and farms must have operating plans in place for the meat to be certified organic.
Originally published in the May 2011 issue of Family Circle magazine.