If I don’t eat enough protein for breakfast, there’s trouble later. Long about 10:30 a.m., I’m up from my work, hunger pangs clanging, searching for something to eat. And all too often that “something” might not be the best choice.
Oh look, there are those cookies calling my name from the cookie jar. Or that leftover piece of pizza from Friday night. Or something salty from the cabinet, like pretzels. If I’m out, 10:30 might find me rummaging in my wallet for quarters for the vending machine, and you know that isn’t going to end well. Breakfast of a piece of toast and cup of juice isn’t going to cut it, folks, for me and probably not for you, either.
And I don’t even want to hear about it if you’re skipping breakfast, because that’s just a terrible idea.
This is a better idea.
So my challenge is to make sure I get enough protein starting first thing in the day, and to eat some protein with every meal. So I went searching for help, and found it on the Beef website. Yeah, we’re used to hearing “Beef, it’s what’s for dinner,” but I want to say, “Beef, it’s also for breakfast.” On the beef site I found several useful resources:
- a 30-Day Protein Challenge , which is a step-by-step guide to getting an optimal amount of protein throughout the day. (And remember folks, as always, we’re trying to do this within our own personal calorie goals.) Once you sign up, you’ll get a short email reminder for 30 days, telling you a helpful hint — for a meal or snack idea, how to include more protein naturally in your meals, etc. I have been doing the protein challenge for the past 30 days, and I feel better! I have no crazy cravings mid-morning, and I am better able to withstand the siren call of the kitchen in a mid-afternoon slump, as well.
- a single sheet you print that tells you how to stock your protein pantry , so you always have what you need on hand (there is nary a cookie on the list!). It includes the protein counts for meat/eggs/poultry, fish, grains, dairy, beans and nuts/seeds. There are 50 different ideas on this list, so no chance for food boredom. I have it printed out and taped to the inside of my pantry door.
Today I’ve joined with 19 other Sunday Supper bloggers to help you get your protein deliciously. We’re offering recipes and ideas for breakfast, lunch and dinner, to make every meal count. I’m offering Beef Migas, a shaggy, raggy, rustic breakfast that normally uses up leftover tortillas and pairs it with scrambled eggs. I’m making it more beefy, of course, and we’ll cook it with onions and peppers for flavor, and cheese and pico de gallo for a garnish. It’s basically a delicious excuse to use stuff up. (Hmmm, isn’t that what most good recipes are?) I took a bit of a shortcut today by using prepared fajita mix and prepared pico de gallo. And I got them both on markdown, so score! Let’s get started by charring the tortillas first. You can skip this step, but it adds so much interest and flavor, don’t skip it unless you are pressed for time. All good beef dishes start with onions and peppers, don’t they? That was a rhetorical question. Rise and shine, and dig in!
This week our Sunday Supper cooks are celebrating protein, and showing you how to make every meal count, sponsored by The Beef Checkoff. For more breakfast, lunch and dinner ideas, see our 20 delicious recipes below, and follow our Sunday Supper Protein-Packed Recipes Pinterest board . Join me in following The Beef Checkoff on social media: Website  | Twitter  | Facebook  | Pinterest . I don’t know about you, but I enjoy being at the top of the food chain. 😉
Today’s Sunday Supper Recipes
Check out our collection of 20 recipes we have lined up for you today from the Sunday Supper cooks. Try my Beef Migas for breakfast (or shhhh…I would also eat it for dinner!), or choose another recipe from the menu below to serve around your own family table. Now let’s hit the kitchen. Sunday Supper will be here before you know it!
Start your day deliciously:
- Avocado Crostini with Beef and Eggs  by Whole Food | Real Families
- Beef and Cheddar Quiche  by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Beef Migas  by Shockingly Delicious
- Chicken Fried Steak and Eggs  by Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen
- Mexican Shredded Beef Breakfast Burritos  by Magnolia Days
- Philly Cheesesteak Breakfast Wrap  by Family Foodie
Power up at lunch:
- Beef Gyros  by Peanut Butter and Peppers
- Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches  by Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch
- Shaking Beef Cobb Salad  by Nosh My Way
- Flank Steak and Caramelized Onion Flatbread  by In The Kitchen With KP
- Taco Pasta Salad  by Alida’s Kitchen
- Ultimate Mushroom Swiss Patty Melt  by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
- Yam Nuea Yang (Spicy Thai Beef Salad)  by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Make a fantastically satisfying Sunday Supper:
- Bacon Cheeseburger Quinoa Skillet  by Cupcakes & Kale Chips
- Beef Tenderloin with Ratatouille  by Recipes Food and Cooking
- Beef Teriyaki Kabobs  by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Gochujun (Korean Stuffed Pan-fried Peppers)  by kimchi MOM
- Pan Seared Steak with Garlic Butter  by Life Tastes Good
- Whisky Marinated Skirt Steak with Chimmichurri Sauce  by Food Done Light
- Spinach Stuffed Steak Pinwheels  by The Dinner-Mom
Get your knife supply ready:
- Four Essential Knives  by the Sunday Supper Movement
Join us around the family table for #SundaySupper
- Twitter how-to: Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag throughout the day on Twitter to see our recipes. To join the conversation anytime, simply use the #SundaySupper hashtag to share your favorite tips and recipes.
- Pinterest: Check out our #SundaySupper Pinterest board  for more recipes and photos.
- Join: To join the Sunday Supper Movement, sign up by clicking here → Sunday Supper Movement .
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by The Beef Checkoff in conjunction with a social media campaign through Sunday Supper LLC. All opinions are my own.