superdumb supervillain: My Plate, My Way with Kansas Beef

Thursday, August 02, 2012

My Plate, My Way with Kansas Beef

It's been so hot lately that my brain is totally frazzled by suppertime. I can use any help I can find to get dinner on the table in a timely manner. The Kansas Beef Council introduced me to a fun online assessment tool called My Plate, My Way that offers personalized recipe suggestions based on your answers to a few simple questions.

"Research shows that people who follow a personalized eating plan have greater success at meeting dietary goals than those following a standard diet. Therefore, personalized information and resources further aid in success to adopt healthy eating habits." Based on this assumption My Plate, My Way seeks to help individuals establish healthy eating habits that line up with the USDA dietary guidelines– using beef, of course!

Which of the 8 personalities is most like you? Will you be a Cost Slicer, Flavor Saveur or Lean Lover? I took the quiz and discovered my personality is, not surprisingly, Family Chef. It suggested two delicious-sounding recipes for me to try and I thought I would go with Beef Breakfast Pizza Olé:

When I went to the store to buy my ingredients, though, I saw some ribs in the beef case that changed my mind. The cut is referred to as "flanken" and it's unusual to see at most supermarkets unless you're shopping at an Asian grocery store. They are butchered differently than traditional American ribs, cut lengthwise across the bone. I decided to marinate them for my own interpretation of Kalbi, or Korean-style ribs. You can buy pre-made marinade or mix up your own. I like this Kalbi recipe from Maangchi, which also features some background history and cooking instructions. Anyway, I added a bunch of sriracha paste to one batch for grown-ups and then I marinated the ribs for about 3 days before making Bob cook them all up on our teeny tiny Smoky Joe (our big grill has rusted out, wah!). The end result was pretty spectacular:

I found a similar recipe to try on the Beef, It's What's For Dinner site, for Korean-style Beef and Rice Bowls.

What's your favorite cut of beef? I'm a tenderloin girl, myself. Take the personality quiz at My Plate, My Way and let me know your results in the comments below!

In accordance to the FTC Guidelines and the WOMMA Code of Ethics, I am disclosing that I received a gift card to pay beef to facilitate this reviewNo other compensation was provided. All opinions are, as usual, entirely my own.

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