Monday, May 16, 2011

Beef...It's What's For Lunch!

I recently had the exceptional opportunity to network and lunch with some of the loveliest local bloggers I could ask for. On top of that, I was hosted by the most gracious staff at the Texas Beef Council, and privileged enough to get to sample delectable cuisine from celebrity chef Richard Chamberlain of Fort Worth, listen to nutrition information and meal ideas from the lovely and knowledgeable Stacy Bates, and get to just let loose for an afternoon.

I learned a lot, which surprised me. Not that I didn't expect the luncheon to be inspirational and well done, but seeing as how I studied nutrition at UT for a couple years before changing to child development and psychology (whomp, whomp), I wasn't expecting to come away with a lot of new information. Wrong again :)

One of the most interesting things I learned at the event was that there are 29 cuts of beef leaner than poultry! Who knew?! Certainly not me! As a bride-to-be and general worrywart, I am obviously concerned with my figure, not to mention the health of my family, and so this was definitely reassuring motivation to prepare more lean beef dishes!

And what would this post be without pictures?! These are the last pictures taken of me as a non-engaged woman ;)

First, we had a demonstration by Chef Chamberlain that led to two of the tastiest dishes I've had in a while...

Then, after hearing from the nutritionist, we split into teams and prepared dishes of our own. My team prepared a farmer's market vegetable, beef, and brown rice salad that - despite not sounding like the best dish initially - was remarkable!

Our ingredients to prep:

The lovely ladies on my team!

Cooking area:

All of our dishes lined up for presentation:

Our completed dish:

Afterwards, we got to eat what we made, sampling all six dishes and washing it down with what else? Sweet Texas tea and cake balls! Delish! I have since made two of these dishes at home! That's how easy they are!

I would be remiss if I left out how much amazing swag we picked up while there, including a signed copy of the Healthy Beef Cookbook. Score!

Thank you so much to Gigi at A Kludgy Mom and the Texas Beef Council for making this all possible!


  1. I'm jealous! I've never been much of a beef eater... I just never liked the texture and wasn't crazy about the taste either, well... that is until I became pregnant with baby dos. Now, all I want is BEEF! I've been struggling with trying to figure out what to make, as I'm not familiar with cooking with it obviously and Nic is totally not the BBQ king ;) I'll have to check out the book :) Glad you got to go!

  2. You are so cute!!! And girl, you don't need to worry a minute about your figure!!! :)


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