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Beefing Up School Lunch

Wed, 02 Sep 2020 10:14:20 CDT

Beefing Up School Lunch As beef advocates, we know that beef is a great addition to any meal or recipe. And as the school year gets underway (whether virtually or in-person) and schedules get busier, recipe inspiration that is tasty and packs a nutritious punch will be in high demand. That makes September a great time to continue sharing your favorite beefy school lunch ideas and how you get family meals quickly to the table as we celebrate Family Meals Month in September!

Beefing up School Lunch
While heading back to school may look a little different this year, what hasn't changed is the need for simple, nutritious, tasty recipes that kids love.
Whether returning to school in-person or learning virtually from home, here are some great ideas to share this month.
• Share your kid's favorite beefy school lunch recipes.
• Highlight how beef is a great food for fueling the school day.
• Lastly, share your tips and tricks for packing a stellar school lunch.

Here's a tasty recipe for Chessburger mac that the whole family will love!

1 pound Ground Beef (93% lean or leaner)
1-3/4 cups water
1 cup dry elbow macaroni
6 ounces processed cheese spread, cut into cubes
8 to 10 dill pickle slices (optional)

Heat large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. Add Ground Beef; cook 8 to 10 minutes, breaking into 3/4-inch crumbles and stirring occasionally.
Cook's Tip: Cooking times are for fresh or thoroughly thawed ground beef. Ground beef should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160°F. Color is not a reliable indicator of ground beef doneness.
Stir in water and macaroni; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 9 to 11 minutes or until macaroni is tender.
Stir in cheese cubes. Cook 1 to 2 minutes or until heated through, stirring occasionally.
Season with salt and pepper, as desired. Serve beef mixture topped with pickle slices, if desired.



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