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Serve these healthy, family-approved beef meals from the California Beef Council for dinner

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — Just add beef! Incorporating this protein-rich staple is the easiest and most nutritious way to spice up the family dinner.

Beef provides nutrients like iron, choline, zinc, and selenium. Plus, it’s a high-quality protein that can help infants and children reach developmental milestones.

“It packs a protein punch,” explained dietitian Kori Dover. “You get 25 grams of protein from a 3-ounce serving of cooked beef.”

She added: “And it contains 10 essential nutrients that we need in our bodies to help us thrive and grow, not just as children but as adults to keep us functioning.”

According to the California Beef Council, nearly 20% of infants under the age of 1 in the United States fail to meet their iron needs.

Leading health organizations like the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend introducing nutrient-dense meats, such as beef, to infants when they are developmentally ready. This is because each bite provides the nutrients they need.

“Infants as young as 7 months old, you can start introducing different textures,” Dover described. “Beef is a perfect example of having your baby at the table while you eat and being part of the family, so you’re not having multiple meals, you’re having one simple, clean meal.”

Dover recommends two healthy and easy-to-prepare dishes for dinner: Farmer’s Market Beef with Vegetable Brown Rice Salad and Pasta Primavera Skillet of Ground Beef.

Watch the video above for step-by-step instructions for making each dish!

To access the recipes, go here.

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