Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Tasty Tuesday: Italian Mini Meatloaves

Meatloaf is always one of those meals that the kids go "ewwww" to, but now you have a chance to change their minds! The website www.BeefItsWhatsForDinner.com is packed full of creative, out-of-the-box recipes that can make dinnertime fun! Not only does it come with great recipes, but you can get nutrition information, step-by-step instructions and cooking tips there too!

For example- like we said before- kids aren't historically the biggest fans of meatloaf, but they can be with this week's #TastyTuesday recipe! Make that meatloaf mini and kids will go from turning their noses up to begging for more! 

These five-way mini meatloaves are so fun! They come with the base recipe for the meatloaf and four different cultural spins that you can add to give that loaf a little love- including Italian, Greek, Spanish and Asian. If you're more of a cheese and ketchup meatloaf fan, that's fine, but we thought the "Italian" recipe incorporated some typical pantry (or fridge!) items that could add some zest to your family's dinner. 

Check out this fun recipe that kids are sure to love!

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Nutrition information per serving, Italian version:

  • 229 calories
  • 10 g fat (4 g saturated fat; 4 g monounsaturated fat)
  • 108 mg cholesterol
  • 381 mg sodium
  • 7 g carbohydrate
  • 0.7 g fiber
  • 27 g protein
  • 7.0 mg niacin
  • 0.4 mg vitamin B6
  • 2.4 mcg vitamin B12
  • 3.4 mg iron
  • 21.8 mcg selenium
  • 6.2 mg zinc
  • 108.0 mg choline

This recipe is an excellent source of protein, niacin, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, selenium, zinc and choline; and a good source of iron.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Movie Monday: Peterson Farm Brothers Collection

It's no secret that farming can get tiring, redundant and just downright scary at times as family farmers. If you ever find yourself feeling down-and-out about it all, just remember that you are doing something amazing every single day. 

You are supplying 25% of the world's beef supply with only 10% of the world's cattle. 

You are providing a safe, wholesome, heart-healthy, nutrient-packed product that moms can confidently feed their children. 

You are part of the single largest segment of American agriculture. 

You are a vital part to the longevity of our industry, and without you, the heritage of the "cowboy" would ultimately disappear. 

The Peterson Farm Brothers (PFB) have mastered the art of loving their job and making it fun. They might can help you gain a new perspective on the whoas of everyday farm labor.

Tired of doing the same old chores? Let the PFBs remind you how much your cattle and consumers depend on you:

Wishing you could take off on a summer vacation but can't because you've got cattle to tend? The PFBs can remind you that taking care of livestock can be as fun as it is important:

Got the baling season blues? The PFBs can remind you that it's necessary to stock up for the wintertime. If nothing else, they can give you a catchy tune to sing on those endless hours of pulling a baler:

Volatile market got you dizzy? The PFBs can remind you that's important to farm, farm, farm:

And last, if you're tired of working long hours "farmer style," then let the PFBs cheer you up and remind you that you're not alone: 

At the end of the day, farmers are hardworking people. We appreciate our farmers today and everyday for the hours and hours of hard labor they put in to feed the world a safe, wholesome product! We hope these fun videos can cheer you up on a bad day and encourage you to keep on doing what you do best on a good one! Thanks, farmers!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Throwback Thursday: 1978

In honor of the 2015 AJCA Round-Up, this week’s #ThrowbackThursday will throw you back to 1978’s dapper group of AJCA officers.

Pictured from L-R are AJCA President Johnny Smith, Cullman County; Vice President Joy Yeager, Lee County; Secretary Susan Steinhilber, Sumter County; and Treasurer Kim Yates, Randolph County.

Our AJCA officers were awesome back then, and they're awesome today! Pictured above are today's industry leaders and at the Round-Up, we are working to develop tomorrow's leaders. 

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

What's Going On Wednesday: July 22, 2015

Can you believe it?! It's almost August! Where in the world did the summer go?! That's right; soon the kids will go back to school, football season will kick off, cold weather will start working its way in, the holiday season will sneak up on us, then feeding cattle in the snow and ice, calving season...WHOA...rewind. 

None of that can happen until July is over, and we have a BUSY end of July to look forward to here at the Alabama Cattlemen's Association!

2015 AJCA Round-Up

Ready, set...AND THEY'RE OFF! It's Round-Up season for the Alabama Junior Cattlemen's Association and by tomorrow, more than 150 participants, their families and their cattle will have made the trek to Montgomery to Catch a Wave with us! 

We are so excited (and, we admit, stressed!) with the arrival of the Round-Up and have our staff working overtime to get prepared for it! Last minute details, a lot of printing, coliseum set-up, organization, ballots, raffle tickets, sponsorships, stall assignemnts, check-ins, membership, collecting awards...our heads are spinning! Even some of the AJCA directors came in the office today to help with last minute labor! 

It will all be worth it TOMORROW when the Round-Up kicks off! We can't wait to see you there!

See #WhatsGoingOn in the office today to get ready for the Round-Up:

Young Cattlemen's Leadership Program

Speaking of tomorrow...the YCLP-Class II will have it's first session at the Cattlemen's building to kick off an exciting year of learning, advocating, networking and training to become better representatives and leaders of the beef industry. Led by Dr. Don Mulvaney of Auburn University's Dept. of Animal Sciences, and ACA staff, 19 young cattlemen and emerging leaders (ages 22-40) from across the state will join to begin a program to enhance leadership skills and learn more about Alabama’s cattle industry. Funded through the Alabama state beef checkoff, this program ensures development of the next generation of cattlemen leaders for the association.

Alabama's Best Steak

The contest is well underway and nominations are through the roof! We are excited to have already received 7,600 nominations representing 141 restaurants across the state! If you know of an Alabama restaurant that serves up a rockin' ribeye, nominate them at www.AlabamasBestSteak.com

The Alabama's Best Steak contest is sponsored by the Alabama Beef Checkoff, the National Beef Checkoff and the Alabama Cattlemen's Association. 

ACA Officers Working Hard

ACA President Jim Akin, President Elect Bill Lipscomb, Vice President Richard Meadows and Treasurer L.D. Fitzpatrick will be in the big city of Montgomery this week to help judge various events for the AJCA Round-Up. While in town, they will also be meeting to plan August's Board of Directors meeting and discuss legislation that may be considered in the legislative special session that's convening on Aug. 3. 

We appreciate the work and devotion of our state officer team to the betterment of our association and our industry! 

Show Others You're a Steward of the Land

How, you ask? Purchase a Cowboy Tag to support the funding of youth events and scholarships for our state's future industry leaders. Invest in a tag, invest in a future...

ACA Membership

Sign up now for your 2016 Alabama Cattlemen's Association membership by visiting www.BamaBeef.org or by contacting your county officers. There are great benefits that come with being an ACA member, including receiving our monthly magazine the Alabama Cattleman where you can learn about what's happening in the state, read up on research efforts and find producers in our directory. Sign up today- you won't regret it!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Tasty Tuesday: Beef, Bean and Corn Quesadillas

Turn your #TastyTuesday into #TacoTuesday with this beefy quesadilla recipe! The best thing about quesadillas is they are easy to make and fun to eat! Kids love them! 

So have a summertime fiesta tonight with your family and serve #BEEF. For more information on the nutrition facts of this meal or to get some great beef cooking tips visit www.BeefItsWhatsForDinner.com.

And remember- Beef, It's What's Dinner.