Got beef? You could win $25,000 in the National Beef Cook-Off.
Create a delicious beef recipe that is convenient and healthy for your shot to win a trip to the Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show in Washington, D.C. and the coveted cash prize.
Drawing upon the USDA’s “My Plate” food guide, the contest encourage healthy beef recipes that incorporate ingredients from a variety of food groups. Recipes will be evaluated on taste, appearance, convenient preparation and nutritional balance.
How to enter: Enter your recipe online by Apr. 15. Multiple entries accepted.
Enter in one of these four categories:
● Belt-Tightening Beef Recipes – Home cooks will create healthy and affordable beef recipes that are great values to prepare. Recipes should include a maximum of nine ingredients including beef, and flavorful, low-cost ingredients from the fruits or vegetables, grain products and dairy products food groups.
● Semi-Homemade Beef Recipes – Home cooks will demonstrate how easy it is to cook with beef when they combine any fresh beef cut and fresh ingredients with prepackaged food products. Recipes should include a maximum of six ingredients including the beef, and fruits or vegetables, grain products and dairy products food groups, and be prepared and cooked in 30 minutes or less.
● Real Worldly, Real Simple Beef & Potato Recipes – Home cooks will create original easy-to-make lean beef and fresh potato centered recipes that feature international flavors and maintain a healthy profile. Recipes should include no more than ten commonly available and affordable ingredients including the beef and potatoes, along with at least one other ingredient from the fruits or vegetables, grain products or dairy products food groups. Recipes should be prepared in no more than 15 minutes and cooked in 30 minutes.
● Craveable Fresh Beef and Fresh California Avocado Recipes – Home cooks will produce easy recipes using all fresh ingredients, featuring one of the lean beef cuts and at least one fresh California avocado. Recipes should include no more than eight ingredients, including the beef and avocado, along with a least one other ingredient from the fruits or vegetables, grain products or dairy products food groups, and be prepared and cooked in 30 minutes or less.
Prizes and selection process: A group of 20 finalists will be selected in June. One additional finalist will be chosen through an online voting process. In July, the field will be narrowed to seven regional winners, each of whom will receive $1,500. The grand prize winner will be announced at the November Metropolitan Cooking & Entertainment Show.
–by Jenny Turknett, Food and More blog