There’s a common misconception that you have to spend a lot of money to eat well. False! Not only are many of America’s favorite beef cuts lean, but the leanest cuts in the meat case are often some of the most affordable. At you’ll find shopping tips, preparation guides and recipes for delicious, healthy meals that won’t break your budget.

Picture 527Smoky Chipotle Pot Roast with Cornbread

Chuck Shoulder Pot roast, one of the top-selling cuts in the country, is an affordable lean cut that’s perfect for comfort food classics. For less than $1.00 per 3 oz. serving, plus a few ingredients from your pantry, you can serve our hearty Smoky Chipotle Pot Roast with Cornbread – a simple slow cooking recipe that will make your taste buds tingle.

Say Goodbye to Separate Meals

SteakedPitaPizzaThere’s one in every family: the picky eater who refuses to eat what everyone else is having. Preparing separate meals to please one palate can be expensive and time-consuming, so look for recipes that will please the whole family. Our Steaked-Out Pita Pizzas can win over any steak fan while Beef Sirloin Pasta Portabella can coax pasta lovers to be more adventurous. Still having trouble? Use the ingredients filter on our Recipe Search to find dishes customized to your family’s tastes.

Jill JohnsonJill Johnson
Illinois Beef Association
Director of Communications


Are you tired of playing the same board games with your kids?  How many times can one adult really hear “Buzz Lightyear to the rescue!” without losing their mind?  And if this is a normal saying around your house; “Moooooom, I’m bored! There’s nothing to do!”  Well, I think it might be time to break out something new to occupy the kids this winter.  Why not try out some fun corn art!

Edible Corn Flour Paint


2 cups of corn flour
1 cup of cold water
4.5 cups of boiling water
Liquid food coloring


Mix the corn flour and cold water together.

Pour in the boiling water one cup at a time, stirring between each one.  Keep stirring until it turns into a custardy consistency.

Then separate the mixture into different jars/boxes before adding your colors.

Refrigerate after using and it will keep for a few days.


For the month of January (National Soup Month), Thursdays are our days to feature yummy, hearty soup recipes!  Today you can plan to warm up with a bowl of Zuppa Toscana, almost exactly like the Olive Garden makes!

Today’s fact:  The most popular theory of where the word “soup” originated is that it stems from the word “sop”. People would pour broth over a slice of bread which would “sop” up the broth.

Today’s tip:  To make soups or stews thicker, try adding a tablespoon or more of instant potatoes or one-half cup rolled oats or wheat flakes.

Today’s recipeZuppa Toscana Soup

zuppa toscana, soup, potatoes, kale(This is a rip-off recipe from the Olive Garden’s delicious soup.)


1 lb Hot Italian Sausage, crumbled
4 strips bacon, crumbled
3 cups water
4 cups chicken broth
4 large potatoes, cubed
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cups kale, chopped
1 cup heavy whipping cream
Salt & pepper to taste
Parmesan cheese


1. In a skillet over medium-high heat, brown sausage.  Drain and set aside.
2. In same skillet brown bacon.  Drain and set aside.
3. Place water, broth, potatoes, garlic, and onion in a pot.  Simmer over medium heat until potatoes are tender.
4. Add sausage and bacon to pot and simmer for 10 minutes.
5. Add kale and cream to pot, season with salt and pepper, heat through.
6. Add parmesan to individual servings.

Becky Finfrock
ICGA/ICMB Communications Assistant