With times being as busy as they are, it can be hard to sit everyone down for a family meal. Hubby might work late, our oldest daughter might go to a friends but we always try to make it a thing at least several times a week. If I could demand it every single night, I would. Family meals are an important part of being a family and an important part of growing up. It's our time to sit down, reconnect and just be a family. It's what we all remember doing with our families when we were young and something we want to pass on to our own. 

Our meals aren't usually fancy, they are quick and many a typical Canadian go-to. One of the main ingredients in many staple meals we eat in our home is of course beef. Ground beef, beef steaks, beef cubes etc can all be created into simple and delicious home-cooked meals for the family with a little help from a good recipe.

During a busy weeknight I may turn to my classic "anything goes" pasta and meat sauce, featuring beef! It's simple to put together and you can use almost any veggies you have in the fridge that need to be used. I like onions, green/red/yellow peppers, carrots and sometimes peas. Brown the beef and drain, chop up your veggies and simmer with the cooked beef for a few minutes. Add in a jar or can of your favourite pasta sauce (store bought ones are so plain jane I love adding my own mix of meat and veggies) and let the sauce simmer with the beef and veggies for a few minutes. Serve over your favourite pasta and enjoy! 

Do you know where your beef comes from? 

Team approach
Canadian Beef heads up a league of farmers and ranchers from each and every province that work together? They are greater than the sum of the parts as they continue to work together towards a common goal. 

- The beef industry contributes almost $25 billion to the Canadian economy annually.
- Canada is the 8th largest exporter of beef in the world. 
- 35% of Canada's beef is exported.

Sustainable farming
- In Canada, 1 in 3 acres of agricultural land is not suitable for growing crops but is suitable for grazing cattle.

- Canada enjoys around 930K tonnes of beef a year

- Feeding high energy grains lowers the environmental footprint of finishing cattle. 

Another one of my family's favourite meals is Shepherd's Pie. It's a classic Quebec dish that's nutritious, tastes great and feeds more than just a couple of people. It can be eaten freshly baked or you can freeze it for another day. 

Although there are many ways to make this dish, here is a yummy and simple Sunny Day Shepherd's Pie recipe from Canadian Beef! 

Next time your family is hungry, #makeitCDNbeef! You can find Canadian Beef on social media:

Twitter - @loveCDNbeef and #makeitCDNbeef
Facebook - facebook.com/ILoveCanadianBeef
Youtube - youtube.com/user/LoveCDNBeef
Instagram - instagram.com/lovecdnbeef/ 

Canadian beef brand also has a great video on YouTube!

*Posted in participation with the #makeitCDNbeef influencer program. Comments and opinions on this blog are my own. 

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1 comment:

  1. making stew this morning with Canadian beef!! I work the noon shift so I often make supper early and just let hubby heat it up


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