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Power Up Breakfast Bowl

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The secret’s out.  We need more protein.

As consumers we’re paying closer attention to nutrition labels (or at least taking note of numbers listed other than just calories).  Consequently, food merchandizers are onto us and marketing strategies have shifted to emphasize protein content in foods.  Lucky for us, our beef product is notorious for protein and we’re proud of that!  Not only is lean beef a tasty and nutrient-packed source of protein, it’s also considered a high-quality protein, which not all foods labeled for protein can tout.

Here’s why:

What is High-Quality Protein?
When it comes to choosing proteins, it’s important to realize that all proteins are not created equal. High-quality or complete proteins contain all the indispensable amino acids in the appropriate amounts needed by humans.  The quality of a protein is also related to its digestibility, and animal proteins are highly digestible. For example, meat and cheese have a digestibility of 95 percent, whereas cooked split peas are about 70 percent digestible.  Beef, milk, yogurt, pork, eggs, cheese, fish and poultry are complete high-quality proteins that contain all the essential amino acids your body needs to build and maintain muscle mass and manage weight, sarcopenia, osteoporosis/osteopenia, cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. These animal proteins are nutrient powerhouses, providing the essential vitamins and minerals you need to be healthy.

Here’s a recipe that’s packed with high-quality proteins that will surely power up your day!

Power Up Breakfast Bowl

Ingredients:

1 lb. lean ground beef
1/2 onion, chopped
Red pepper, chopped
Mushrooms, sliced
2 Cups kale, chopped
1 Cup plain non-fat Greek yogurt
4-6 large eggs

Directions:
1. Brown ground beef, draining and rinsing any excess fat.
2. Add onion, red pepper, mushrooms, kale and yogurt to ground beef.  Mix together and cover.  Reduce heat and let simmer.
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3. Meanwhile, prepare eggs as desired.
4. Remove beef mixture from heat and top with eggs.
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5. Serve and enjoy!

Crustless Meat Lovers Pizza

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And just like that, summer is closing in.  The school year has started (or soon will) and fall is in the air.  This time of year has the tendency to overwhelm us.  Getting ourselves and our families back into a routine is a task much easier said than done.  While you may still be scrambling to scratch off the last few summer bucket list items, I’m sure you’ve also thought ahead for what’s to come.  Ball games, dance recitals, practices and more- getting a wholesome meal on the table at the end of the day is never an easy feat.  But before you resort to pre-cooked convenience foods, consider the short-cut creations that help make putting a nutritious home-cooked meal on the table a reality.

Try this recipe for “Crustless Meat Lovers Pizza”.  We love the steam pouch cauliflower crumbles as a quick crust alternative to the classic meat lovers pizza recipe that every family enjoys.  If you’re consuming fewer carbs or trying to add more veggies into your diet- give this protein packed recipe a try! It’s simple to make and can be on the table in under 30 minutes!

Crustless Meat Lovers Pizza
Ingredients
1 bag cauliflower crumbles (or whole cauliflower head, diced)
1 lb. lean ground beef
Italian seasonings
1 Cup pizza sauce
1 Large egg, beaten
Shredded Cheese
Additional toppings of choice; Pepperoni, Canadian Bacon, Sausage, mushrooms, peppers, etc.

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 425°
2. Cook cauliflower in microwave according to directions.

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3. While cauliflower cooks, brown the ground beef.  Drain and rinse any excess fat.
4. Add Italian seasoning and pizza sauce.  Stir until evenly combined and reduce heat.  (If you’re using extra veggies in this recipe, add them here!)
5. In a large bowl, mix the steamed cauliflower crumbles with an egg. Press cauliflower mixture into the bottom half of a sprayed muffin tin and top with ground beef mixture.

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6. Cover with shredded cheese and additional toppings of choice.
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7. Cook for 15-20 minutes, or until cheese is golden-brown.

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8. Enjoy!

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