By Registered Dietitian Elesha Ergle

Changing leaves, football season, cooler weather…it’s definetly October! Here in Alabama, October is Beef Month, so let’s get some new recipes to highlight beef’s awesome taste and nutrition. Beef is a great source of protein with 25 grams per 3 ounce serving and only 173 calories. Beef is also a good source of zinc, which helps promote a healthy immune system.  Proper nutrition to include high quality proteins like beef, helps keep our bodies healthy and strong, especially after all that Halloween candy!

Beefy Stews      
Beef stew is a staple recipe that starts to make its appearance as the cooler weather approaches. Change up your basic beef stew with some new recipes like Rachel Ray’s Autumn Beef Stew with Apples, Onions, and Garlic, or Tyler Florence’s Ultimate Beef Stew with Horseradish Sour Cream. Try using sweet potatoes instead of white potatoes like this Spiced Beef Stew with Sweet Potatoes. If you’d rather use an instant pot, give this recipe a try. 

Slow Cooking, Fast Eating
Slow cooking works great by tenderizing tougher, less expensive, cuts of beef, and also makes weeknight meals a breeze. Beef up your tailgate, or your busy weeknight, with this Easy Slow Cooker French Dip, which utilizes a rump roast. Lasagna is a beefy favorite, but can be time consuming to cook. Try this Hearty Slow Cooker Lasagna for a one-pot meal with just a little prep and it will be ready when you get home from a busy day. 

Beefy Campfire Classics
After you're done Trick-or-Treating, build a fire in the backyard! P.S.- you can cook more than s’mores on that fire! Bring the beef out and cook up some Campfire Dutch Oven Chili with Cornbread, or Campfire Steak Fajita Foil Packets. Grab you some all-beef hotdogs or sausages for campfire roasting and serve on a bun with all the fixings. It's a sure way to keep the fun going on Halloween night!

Beef is a staple for fall recipes and all year long! For thousands of beef recipes and to learn more about beef from pasture to plate, visit BeefItsWhatsForDinner.com.

Happy October Beef Month, Alabama!
This newsletter is brought to you by the Alabama Cattlemen's Association and the Alabama Beef Checkoff Program. Learn more at www.BamaBeef.org. Funded by Beef Farmers & Ranchers.
Photos courtesy of BeefItsWhatsForDinner.com.