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The power of protein

Beef helps fuel an active lifestyle by providing a powerhouse of protein. These recipes are all winners, literally-not only do they provide powerful protein, they were also chosen top finalists in the 2007 National Beef Cook-Off. Neuvo Chipotle Beef in Butternut Squash Boats, (Serves 4) 1 1/2 lb. beef for stew 1/3 c. water 1/4 c. tomato paste 2 tblsp. brown sugar 2 tblsp. balsamic vinegar 2 tsp. ground chipotle chile pepper 2 tsp. ground cumin 1/2 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper 1 medium butternut squash (about 3 lbs.) 1 1/2 c. water 1 medium tomato, chopped 1 small ripe avocado, cut into cubes (optional) 1/4 c. chopped fresh cilantro Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Place beef, water, tomato paste, sugar, vinegar, chipotle pepper, cumin, salt and black pepper in stockpot. Cover and bake in 325 degree F. oven 1 3/4 to 2 1/4 hours or until beef is fork-tender. Meanwhile, cut squash lengthwise into quarters; remove seeds. Place squash cut side down in 13x9-inch glass baking dish, overlapping, if necessary. Add water. Bake in 325 degree F. oven 1-1 1/4 hours or until fork-tender. Place each baked squash quarter onto serving plate. Fill with equal amounts of beef mixture. Top with tomato and avocado, if desired. Sprinkle with cilantro. Crispy Beef, Lettuce Wraps With Wowee Sauce, (Makes 4 servings) 1 lb. ground beef 1/3 c. sliced green onions 2 tblsp. reduced sodium or regular soy sauce Pepper 8 large lettuce leaves (such as Bibb, leaf or iceberg) 3/4 c. sliced water chestnuts 3/4 c. shredded carrots Wowee Sauce: 1 can (8-oz.) crushed pineapple juice, drained 1/3 c. orange marmalade 2 tblsp. reduced sodium or regular soy sauce Combine Wowee Sauce ingredients in small bowl; set aside. Brown ground beef in large nonstick skillet over medium heat 8-10 minutes or until beef is not pink, breaking up into small crumbles. Pour off drippings, if necessary. Add green onions and soy sauce; season with pepper, as desired. Cook and stir for 1 minutes. Evenly spoon beef mixture onto each lettuce leaf. Top with equal amounts of water chestnuts and carrots. Spoon some Wowee Sauce over top. Wrap lettuce around filling. serve with remaining Wowee Sauce.