Recently, I had the honor of competing in the Entertaining Recipes Challenge sponsored by the wonderful team from Beef. It's What's for Dinner. My amazing friend Amee from Amee's Savory Dish invited me to participate- we should all have friends like her! The challenge was to take a traditionally indulgent entertaining recipe and create a healthier take on it. Right up my alley! Although I didn't win the contest, I felt like a winner just being selected to participate (cheesy but true). And I was happy to learn that top honors went to my dear friend Ally from Ally's Kitchen with her North African Spiced Beef Ribeye Wraps. Yum!
I learned quite a few things about beef while participating in this challenge. Did you know that there are many cuts of beef that are as lean as a skinless chicken thigh? These lean cuts of beef have less than 10 grams of fat, 4.5 grams or less of saturated fat, and less than 95 milligrams of cholesterol per 3 ½-oz cooked serving. Beef is also packed with protein, which keeps you feeling full and satisfied, builds muscle and gives you long-lasting energy. It's also a rich source of several important vitamins and minerals like B vitamins, iron, zinc, selenium, phosphorus and choline.