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Review by Debbie Mazo


Full of flavor, beef has long been the main attraction at many holiday and family meals. Although meatless dishes now take center stage more often, diehard beef fans are still in abundance. For the latest news on the state of beef, the Wisconsin Beef Council serves up 
When it comes to healthy eating, some red meat lovers have been cutting back. However, calorie for calorie, a lean cut still has more nutrients than many other choices. Check out beef's nutritional profile at, and you'll discover that beef is an excellent source of zinc, iron, and protein. The good news doesn't stop here with the latest studies also confirming that lean red meat can be incorporated into a heart-healthy diet. According to one recent study, a diet including six ounces of lean red meat, consumed at least five days a week, may actually reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.

Beeftips.comWhen shopping at the market for beef, the wide variety of options can make it confusing when it comes to selecting the right cut and storing it when you get it home. has all the answers with suggestions on choosing, storing, slicing, freezing, and defrosting your beef choices. For example, when selecting a cut from the fresh meat case, make sure the beef is bright red in color. For vacuum packaged selections, choose beef that's firm to the touch with little or no excess liquid.

At, the real meat is in the recipes. From Cheap Eats to Lean and Healthy to Entertaining Options, you'll find recipes with easy-to-follow directions and handy preparation tips. Try a low-cost alternative like Southwest Beef and Chili Pizza cooked to perfection in 15 minutes. Or, stir up some Thai Beef with Noodles featuring thin slices of steak slices served over Ramen noodles or linguine. with recipe choices guaranteed to satisfy just about any taste, is definitely a cut above the rest.


About the Writer

Debbie Mazo is a writer and editor based in Vancouver, Canada. She's been writing the NetFood Digest column for FoodWine since 1997. You can contact her at djmbc@[email-address-removed].

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