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Beef: A Nutrient-Rich Component of School Lunch Menus

Beef is an important part of a healthy diet for kids and an essential component of healthy school meals. Schools are faced with providing meals that help growing kids get all the essential nutrients they need for optimal health while still meeting the USDA requirements for healthy school meals.

To help schools include high-quality protein, like beef, on the menu, a team of culinary experts developed five new beef recipes that can be easily incorporated into a school lunch menu.

The recipes were tested in schools across the U.S. to evaluate students' response, but also ensure they are cost-effective and efficient to prepare and source. Click here to learn more about the pilot test results.

The recipes and images are free for your school to use as part of your school lunch program. Contact us today for more information.

For consumer versions of these recipes that you can make at home, visit BeefItsWhatsForDinner.com.

       
Sweet Potato Beef Mash-up
Southwest-seasoned Ground Beef and sweet potatoes served hash-style and topped with a mixture of plain yogurt and hot pepper sauce. Can be served in a small whole wheat tortilla.

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    Sweet and Sloppy Joe
A mixture of Ground Beef, bell peppers, onions, raisins and tomato sauce seasoned with dried oregano and ancho chili powder. Can be served on a whole wheat roll/bun and topped with chopped mango, jalapeno, tomato, cilantro or green onion.

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  Spy Thai Beef
A mixture of Ground Beef, sunflower (or peanut) butter, reduced-sodium soy sauce and other seasonings. Can be served over whole wheat noodles, in lettuce cups or over baked wonton crisps, and topped with red bell pepper strips, shredded carrot, pea pods and chopped fresh basil or cilantro.

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Wrangler’s Beef Chili
A mixture of Ground Beef, chopped onion, canned pinto beans, tomato puree and frozen corn seasoned with garlic powder, chili powder, ground cumin and dried oregano. Chili can be made Cincinnati-style by adding cinnamon and served over whole wheat noodles, or Moroccan-style by substituting white beans for pinto beans and adding green beans served over whole wheat couscous. Greek yogurt can be used as a topping to add calcium.

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    Rock and Roll Beef Wraps
A mixture of ranch-seasoned Ground Beef, coleslaw/broccoli slaw and quinoa served in either whole wheat or spinach tortillas or lettuce cups.

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