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Your Christmas prime rib recipe could prevent colds and flu (5 beef recipes)

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In the days before Christmas many of us will be on the hunt for a Christmas prime rib recipe and in the days following, we'll be looking for prime rib leftover ideas. While the reasons might be that we're having a love affair with this delicious cut of beef ala Anthony Bourdain in his "House of Prime Rib" episode, the reality is, this is just a staple dish for many this holiday season. The good news is this favorite Christmas recipe also can be good for our bodies and counts as one of the foods that prevent colds and flu.

Christmas and New Year Cocktail Recipes to go With Your Prime Rib

How Red Meat Helps Prevent Colds

More specifically, it's red meat that Spoonful.com calls one of the foods that prevent colds. (I recently touched on the topic of food as a way to prevent cold and flu when I wrote about a healthy pudding recipe from Whole Foods.) Spoonful.com says it's the iron and zinc that help make red meat one of the foods that prevent colds and flu.

That being the case, I've collected some recipes for prime rib to make as well as recipes to help you get rid of your prime rib leftovers this holiday season. This collection of Christmas prime rib recipes include samplings like Lawry's prime rib recipe, something from Food Network's Bobby Flay and Simply Recipes as well as from my own recipe box.

Christmas Prime Rib Recipes

  • Bobby Flay's prime rib recipe includes garlic plus some wine and fresh thyme leaves which help him to make an excellent au jus.
  • The recipe from Simply Recipes for prime rib is very simple, but delish. A little roast plus salt and pepper is all it takes to make this Christmas prime rib recipe.
  • Lawry's prime rib recipe asks cooks to cook the beef with plenty of Lawry's seasoned salt and a bag of rock salt. Years ago, I learned that this may just be the best way to cook prime rib when my mom made a similar recipe for Christmas -- at least to my way of thinking.
  • My recipe for Standing Rib Roast with thyme and dill as well as my recipe for an Easy Prime Rib Roast with butter and garlic.

And My Contribution to the Christmas Prime Rib Recipe as a Cold Preventer

I learned to love prime rib when I was a teenager and my Dad took me to Manley's Restaurant here in Boise. That restaurant doesn't exist anymore, but my memories of it do. I had a French dip sandwich made from Manley's prime rib. It's what inspired me to put French dips on my list as a favorite recipe for Christmas leftovers. Follow the links in this sentence to be taken to my favorite prime rib recipes for your leftovers.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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