If you want to improve your family's protein intake, serving up juicy cuts of meat like ham and steaks is a sure way to do it. Of course, frying flanks isn't the only way to prepare these foods, nor is it necessarily the best. Instead of just tossing a slab of meat in the pan or on the grill, consider the ways it can interact with other foods, creating flavor combinations that have everyone -- even the kids -- asking for more.
Pouring a bowl of cold cereal isn't the only way to make breakfast. By introducing meats like ham and steak into your breakfast routine, you get your family a dose of protein early in the day, giving everyone a jolt of energy. While simple grilled or fried steaks and ham steaks may accompany breakfast staples like eggs and toast, try mixing things up -- literally. Dice ham and mix it with scrambled eggs and grated cheddar cheese for a hearty hot breakfast that you can prepare in minutes. Make this meal even more savory by seasoning the eggs with ranch seasoning mix.
When your kids are reluctant to eat their greens and veggies, mix in tender cuts of steak to give a simple salad a warm, juicy, chewy addition of texture and flavor. Grill top loin or tender fillets and cut them into small, manageable medallions that can adorn the top of any salad. Mild mixed greens are agreeable to children, while more adventurous eaters may prefer the peppery flavor of arugula. Mix in a strong-flavored cheese like bleu cheese and top it off with your choice of dressing -- a healthy balsamic vinaigrette or a creamy ranch each complement the flavors of the steaks and the greens. Chopped tomato, onion, peppers and corn are all possible additions for a steak salad, so tailor it to your family's preferences.
Ham and barbecue sauce are natural companions -- combine them with a love of pizza, and you have a homemade meal for a casual night with the family. Instead of adding pizza sauce to a whole grain crust, use barbecue sauce -- throw in sliced or cubed ham, drained pineapple and Swiss and cheddar cheeses to make a classic barbecue pizza. If you want to make a snack-sized version, add the same ingredients to sliced English muffins.
Whether your kids are adventurous or selective eaters, a grilled steak sandwich is sure to please. Fry up flank steaks in a pan and add them to a bun with your kids' favorite ingredients. For the picky eater, this may just be steak sauce or creamy dressing, provolone cheese, and some shredded lettuce. If your young eaters are more willing to try new things, though, add some healthy ingredients that bring out the steak's flavor -- sauteed onions, thyme leaves, balsamic vinegar and sliced tomato, for example, all give your kids nutrients they need while adding to the sandwich's flavor.
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