Beef in the early years

Tiny Tummies Need Big Nutrition in Little Bites

Every bite your baby takes counts, especially in the first 24 months of life. Starting your baby with beef as a complementary first food can ensure they get the nutrients they need for healthy growth and development.

Serving nutritious foods babies and toddlers love to eat, like beef, is simple and easy--puree, mash, chop or shred meat at various stages to meet their changing needs.

Enjoy these nutritious beef recipes that tiny tummies will love!

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Family Nutrition

Beyond the special memories around the table and the tasty delights we experience across a lifetime, the foods we eat also provide our bodies with fuel to thrive and grow. From toddlers to teenagers to busy, active adults to pregnancy to fueling life as we age, beef is part of a balanced plate offering high-quality protein that helps build and maintain muscles and offers 10 essential nutrients. Learn more about Beef For All Ages.

Looking for menu ideas that fit with your family's schedule and lifestyle? Try the "30 Minutes or Less" and "5 Ingredients or Less" recipe collections from

The Ultimate Trifecta: Fruits, Vegetables + Beef, United on the Plate

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Wendy Reinhardt Kapsak, president and CEO of the Produce for Better Health (PBH) Foundation, is on a mission to get you to increase your fruit and vegetable consumption. And one of the ways to do this is by pairing produce with beef. "United on the plate," Kapsak said, "they're the ultimate culinary combo! It's like the chic little black dress meets the eye-popping statement accessory--you can't go wrong."

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Beef Chili

This traditional chili couldn't be any easier. Simply brown lean Ground Beef, add in pantry-friendly ingredients and simmer for 20 minutes. The result? A chili that tastes like it's been cooking for hours. This Beef. It's What's For Dinner. recipe is certified by the American Heart Association.

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