The New Year is a time that brings new ideas and resolutions to the forefront. Ring in the New Year by serving a new lean beef recipe at your party.
Lean beef is a nutrient-rich food. Nutrient-rich foods are low in calories, yet high in nutrients that your body needs. Beef is a great way to make the most of your calories. A 3-ounce serving of lean beef contributes less than 10 percent of the calories in a 2,000-calorie diet, yet supplies more than 10 percent of the Daily Value for protein, zinc, vitamin B12, vitamin B6, iron and niacin.
Don't forget that protein will help satisfy your hunger and curb your appetite. By curbing your appetite, you won't be quite as tempted to snack on unnecessary treats during a party, which can easily increase your total calorie intake. It's also a good idea to have a variety of fun games and activities planned for your guests to participate in. This will help keep people engaged and active, which also helps prevent overeating.
When planning a party menu, remember to offer an assortment of healthy options for your guest to choose from. Nutrient-rich foods like low-fat or fat-free dairy foods, fruits and vegetables, fiber-rich grains and lean meats, are not only healthy choices, but also quick and easy to prepare as well.
This delicious Beef Spring Rolls with Carrots and Cilantro recipe will surely be a hit. Your guest will not only enjoy this snack, but they will also feel good about eating something healthy too. Wishing you and your loved ones a Happy New Year!
For more beef holiday recipe ideas, contact Holly Swee, RD, LN at the South Dakota Beef Industry Council at 605-224-4722 or go to http://www.beefitswhatsfordinner.com.
Beef Spring Rolls
with Carrots and Cilantro
Marinade time: 30 minutes to 2 hours
Total recipe time: 25 to 30 minutes
Makes 4 servings
1 pound beef top sirloin or top round steak, cut 3/4 to 1 inch thick or flank steak
1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons stir-fry sauce and marinade, divided
8 rice paper wrappers (8 to 9 inch diameter)
1 cup shredded carrots
1 cup lightly packed fresh cilantro
Additional prepared stir-fry sauce and marinade (optional)
Cut beef steak lengthwise in half, then crosswise into 1/8 to 1/4-inch thick strips. Combine 1/4 cup stir-fry sauce and beef in medium bowl. Cover and marinate in refrigerator 30 minutes to 2 hours.
Heat large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Add 1/2 of beef; stir-fry 1 to 3 minutes or until outside surface of beef is no longer pink. (Do not overcook.) Remove from skillet. Repeat with remaining beef.
Fill large bowl with warm water. Dip 1 rice paper wrapper into water for a few seconds or just until moistened. Rice paper will still be firm but will continue to soften during assembly. Place on work surface.
Spoon 1/4 cup beef, 2 tablespoons carrots and 2 tablespoons cilantro evenly in a row across center of wrapper, leaving 1-inch border on right and left sides; drizzle with about 1 teaspoon reserved stir-fry sauce. Fold right and left sides of wrapper over filling. Fold bottom edge up over filling and roll up tightly. Repeat with remaining wrappers and filling ingredients. Cut each spring roll diagonally in half. Serve with additional stir-fry sauce, if desired.