July 28, 2021 at 6:02 AM | Posted in Wild Idea Buffalo | Leave a comment
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This week’s Wild Idea Buffalo Recipe of the Week is – GREEN CHILI CHEESE KETO BURGER WITH CILANTRO LIME BUTTER and PUREED CAULIFLOWER. This one is made using the Wild Idea Keto Burger. You’ll be using the Wild Idea Keto Burger along with the ingredients of Olive Oil, Salt, Pepper, Green Chili or Poblano Pepper, Cheddar Cheese, Avocados, and Cilantro Lime Butter. No Buns needed for this recipe! You can find this recipe and purchase all the Wild Idea Buffalo Products along with all the other Wild Idea Products at the Wild Idea Buffalo website. So Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2021! https://wildideabuffalo.com/

Lose your buns with Jill’s fork and knife keto burger recipe!
Burger Ingredients: (per serving)

1 – 4oz. or 8oz. Wild Idea Keto Burger
1 – teaspoon olive oil
salt and pepper
1 – green chili or poblano pepper, roasted peeled and seeded
1 – oz. jack or cheddar cheese, sliced
avocado slices
Cilantro Lime butter


1 – Rub the pre-portioned burger with a little olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
2 – In a large, heavy skillet over medium high heat add the prepped burger to the pan, nestling it up against the edge of the pan.
3 – Turn the burger every minute, keeping the uncooked edge nestled to the side. Cook 4 oz. burgers for about two minutes each side and the 8 oz. burgers about 3 minutes each side for medium rare.
4 – During the last minute of the burger cooking, add the roasted pepper to the pan and heat for about 15 seconds on each side. Place the heated roasted chilies on top of the burger and top with the cheese.
5 – Transfer the burger to a plate and tent with foil. Let rest for three minutes before eating.
6 – To serve, place a scoop of the pureed cauliflower in the center of a plate. Top with the Green Chili Cheese Keto Burger and garnish with avocado slices, chopped tomato and drizzle with cilantro lime butter! So good!

Pureed Cauliflower with Cilantro Lime Butter


1 – head cauliflower, flowerets removed
1 – teaspoon salt
Cilantro Lime Butter


1 – In a pot bring a quart of water to a boil.
2 – Add the salt and the cauliflower, cover and cook until tender. About 8 minutes.
3 – Drain the water from the cauliflower and return the pan with the cauliflower back to the stove over low heat for about 7 minutes. Stir occasionally to keep the cauliflower from browning. This process helps pull some of the extra moisture away.
4 – Remove from the heat and mash the cauliflower with a potato masher. Transfer the cauliflower then to a food processor.
5 – Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of the cilantro lime butter and puree.
6 – Season with black pepper to taste. Reheat if needed.

Cilantro Lime Butter


1 – stick butter
1 – lime, juiced
1 – head cilantro leaves, washed and dried
*Optional – a pinch of cayenne pepper

Preparation: Melt the butter and transfer the melted butter to smoothie blender. Add the lime juice and cilantro. Blend on high until incorporated. Season with a pinch of cayenne. Leave at room temperature, stirring occasionally to keep ingredients incorporated. Or serve hot.
Photo Credit: Jill O’Brien



Lose your buns with our fork & knife Keto Burgers to eat clean & get lean! Our keto-licious, pre-portioned Burgers are a 20% fat to 80% lean ratio, giving our 100% grass-fed/grass-finished meat a more subtle and buttery flavor. Available in 4 – 4 oz. patties or 2 – 8 oz. patties.

Jennie – O Turkey Recipe of the Week – Turkey Blend Burger Bowls FRIDAY

May 28, 2021 at 6:02 AM | Posted in Jennie-O, Jennie-O Turkey Products | Leave a comment
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This week’s Jennie – O Turkey Recipe of the Week is Turkey Blend Burger Bowls. To make this week’s Recipe some of the ingredients that you’ll be needing are JENNIE-O® Turkey Burger Blends,  Sweet Potatoes, Baby Spinach, Black Beans, Quinoa, Honey, and more! You can find this recipe along with all the other Delicious and Healthy Recipes at the Jennie – O Turkey website. Stay Safe and Make the SWITCH in 2021!   https://www.jennieo.com/

Turkey Blend Burger Bowls
Swap out the bun for Southwestern mix-ins to make this bowl an easy go-to dinner or meal-prep favorite. Sweet potatoes, black beans, quinoa, and avocados make for a satisfying, mouthwatering meal that works all year ‘round.

Total Time – under 1 hour
Serving Size – Makes 4 Servings

1 (16-ounce) package JENNIE-O® Turkey Burger Blends

2 sweet potatoes, peeled, cubed and roasted

3 cups baby spinach leaves, chopped

1 (10-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained

1 cup cooked quinoa

1 cup halved cherry tomatoes

4 green onions, chopped

3 avocado, sliced, if desired

4 tablespoons fresh lime juice

½ cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves

4 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons honey

½ teaspoon kosher salt

¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper

1) Cook turkey as specified on the package. Always cook to well-done, 165°F as measured by a meat thermometer.

2) Place sweet potatoes, spinach, black beans and quinoa in individual serving bowls. Top with burgers, tomatoes, green onions and avocado slices.

3) In small bowl, whisk together dressing ingredients. Drizzle over bowls.

Calories 490
Protein 22g
Carbohydrates 59g
Fiber 13g
Sugars 13g
Fat 22g
Cholesterol 30mg
Sodium 440mg
Saturated Fat 4g

Southwest Pesto Turkey Burgers

May 14, 2021 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Jennie-O, Jennie-O Turkey Products | Leave a comment
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I have a recipe for Southwest Pesto Turkey Burgers to pass along. Made using JENNIE-O® Lean Seasoned Turkey Burger Patties with toppings of a Mayonnaise and prepared Cilantro Pesto mixture, Pepper Jack Cheese, sliced Avocado, Chi- Chi’s Salsa, and served on a split Kaiser Roll. You can find this recipe along with all the other Turkey Burger Recipes at the Jennie – O Turkey website. Enjoy and Make the SWITCH in 2018! https://www.jennieo.com/

Southwest Pesto Turkey Burgers
Avocado? Salsa? PEPPER JACK CHEESE? These are the makings of an epic burger. The addition of cilantro pesto cinches it. Get ready for a tasty southwestern weeknight dinner that’s ready in under 30 minutes.
Total Time – 30 Minutes
Serving Size – 4 Servings

1 (19-ounce) package JENNIE-O® Lean Seasoned Turkey Burger Patties
4 slices pepper jack cheese
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 tablespoon prepared cilantro pesto
4 Kaiser rolls, split
1 ripe avocado, peeled and sliced
4 tablespoons CHI-CHI’S® salsa, divided

1) Spray skillet with nonstick cooking spray or add 1 to 2 teaspoons of oil. Preheat skillet over medium heat.

2) Place burger patties in hot skillet. Cook approximately 15 to 17 minutes turning occasionally (2-3 times). Always cook to well-done, 165°F. as measured by a meat thermometer. Add cheese to patties during last minute of cooking.

3) While patties are cooking, combine mayonnaise and cilantro pesto in small bowl; mix well. Top cooked patties with mayonnaise mixture.

4) Serve on rolls with avocado and salsa.
* Always cook to an internal temperature of 165°F.


Calories 450
Protein 36g
Carbohydrates 34g
Fiber 1g
Sugars 4g
Fat 19g
Cholesterol 95mg
Sodium 900mg
Saturated Fat 6g

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

April 3, 2021 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Don’t Use The Wrong Avocados………..

When making Guacamole the best avocados to use for the guacamole are the little Hass varieties. Don’t be tempted to buy the big avocados that come from Florida because it means more guacamole, but those avocados contain more water which doesn’t make for a great guacamole. Enjoy the Guac!

Diabetic Dessert of the Week – Avocado Ice Cream

March 18, 2021 at 6:02 AM | Posted in dessert, diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetes Self Management, Diabetic Dessert of the Week | 2 Comments
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This week’s Diabetic Dessert of the Week is Avocado Ice Cream. To make this week’s recipe you’ll be needing Avocados, Bananas, Vanilla Extract, Unsweetened Milk and Optional Sweeteners. The recipe is from the Diabetes Self Management website where you can find a huge selection of Diabetic Friendly Recipes, Diabetes News, Diabetes Management Tips, and more! You can also subscribe to the Diabetes Self Management Magazine. Each issue is packed with Diabetes News and Diabetic Friendly Recipes. I’ve left a link to subscribe at the end of the post. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2021! https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/

Avocado Ice Cream
Looking to get your green on for St. Patrick’s Day? You’ll love this emerald-colored homemade ice cream treat. Featuring a creamy avocado base sweetened with bananas, it requires just a few easy steps to prepare.

3 ripe avocados
3 medium bananas, peeled, chopped and frozen
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup favorite unsweetened milk (e.g. cow’s, almond, cashew, etc.); can add 1 tablespoon at a time in addition as needed
Optional sweeteners and add-ins (see below)

Yield: 8 servings
Serving size: 1/2 cup

1. Cut avocados in half, remove pits, and scrape out the edible flesh into a food processor.

2. Add frozen banana pieces and vanilla extract to food processor. Tip: Peel and slice ripe bananas and keep in freezer to have prefrozen and on hand.

3. Process ingredients together until the mixture is smooth. Splash with milk as needed to soften the mixture. You may need to stop processing and scrape the edges a time or two.

4. Once smooth, lightly mix optional add-ins. (Read on for tasty flavor combinations!)

5. Serve and enjoy, or freeze until use. Once frozen, the ice cream may need to be thawed prior to serving.

*Note: Nutrition per serving using unsweetened vanilla almond milk without optional flavor add-ins.

Optional flavor add-ins
Chocolate Mint – Use fresh mint or mint extract for a soothing ice cream product. Mix in a few dark chocolate chips or cocoa nibs for the ultimate mint chocolate concoction!

Berry Cool – Mix in or top avocado ice cream with fresh or frozen berries. Blueberries, strawberries and blackberries are “berry” cool ice cream contenders!

Citrus – Squeeze fresh lemon or orange juice into ice cream for an invigorating, citrusy flavor.

Hawaiian – For an extra-tropical treat, mix fresh or canned pineapple into ice cream. Top with shredded coconut and macadamia nuts for added crunch.

Pumpkin Spice – The spicy flavors of pumpkin pie meet the freshness of ice cream! Blend canned pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg in food processor with avocado mixture. Top with toasted pecans for a light crunch.

Nutty Monkey – Mix in natural peanut butter, sliced bananas and chopped peanuts for a treat that not only monkeys will love!

Peaches ‘n Cream – Enjoy the freshness of ripe peaches by adding them into this creamy treat.

Nutrition Information:
Calories: 140 calories, Carbohydrates: 10 g net carbs, Protein: 2 g, Fat: 9 g

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Kitchen Hint of the Day!

February 20, 2021 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Brown bagging it……………….

To speed up the ripening of fruits such as apples, avocados and kiwis store them in a brown paper bag folded closed. This traps the gas inside the bag (while allowing a slight amount of breathing) so the fruit sugars mature and acids break down. That’s because of the fast ethylene.

Healthy Pumpkin Recipes

September 24, 2020 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell website and Magazine its Healthy Pumpkin Recipes. Find Delicious and Healthy Pumpkin Recipes with recipes including Roasted Pumpkin-Apple Soup, Avocado and Pumpkin Salsa, and Pumpkin Ravioli with Olive and Fennel Tomato Sauce. The Pumpkin Season is here! Find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. You can also subscribe to one of my favorite Magazines, the EatingWell Magazine. So find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2020! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Healthy Pumpkin Recipes
Find healthy, delicious pumpkin recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Roasted Pumpkin-Apple Soup
Apples add just a hint of sweetness to this velvety pumpkin soup. Try it as a delightful first course for a special meal…………………..

Avocado and Pumpkin Salsa
Store-bought salsas are convenient and come in many varieties. However, this avocado and pumpkin salsa–one you won’t find on any grocery shelf–is worth making from scratch. Creamy avocados, fresh tomato, and canned pumpkin are jazzed up with cilantro, lime juice, and a touch of hot pepper sauce, resulting in a salsa that’s seriously delicious. Serve with baked tortilla chips or over grilled chicken breasts……………………..

Pumpkin Ravioli with Olive and Fennel Tomato Sauce
This easy ravioli recipe features exotic North African Mediterranean flavors. The sweet pumpkin takes on the fennel and oregano flavors well; the salty olives and cheese combined with acidic tomatoes and lemon balances everything out. Look for wonton wrappers in the refrigerated section of the deli………………………

* Click the link below to get all the Healthy Pumpkin Recipes

Appetizer of the Week – Black Bean-Avocado Salsa with Home-Baked Tortilla Chips

September 5, 2020 at 6:02 AM | Posted in Appetizer of the Week, CooksRecipes | Leave a comment
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This week’s Appetizer of the Week is – Black Bean-Avocado Salsa with Home-Baked Tortilla Chips. This includes recipes for the Tortilla Chips and the Black Bean-Avocado Salsa. To make the Home Baked Tortilla Chips you’ll be needing Soft Corn Tortillas, Canola Oil, Garlic Powder, Ground Black Pepper, and Salt. To make the Black Bean-Avocado Salsa you’ll be using Avocados, Tomatillo, Jalapeno Chili Pepper, Cilantro Leaves, Red Onion, Black Beans, Canola Oil, Lime Juice, Cider Vinegar, and Salt. The recipe comes from the CooksRecipes website. At the Cooks site you’ll find a huge selection of recipes to please all Tastes, Diets, or Cuisines so be sure to check it out today for any of your recipe needs! Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2020! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Black Bean-Avocado Salsa with Home-Baked Tortilla Chips
Enjoy this tasty heart healthy snack for your next celebration!

Recipe Ingredients:
Tortilla Chips:
6 (6-inch) soft corn tortillas
1 tablespoon canola oil
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt

Black Bean-Avocado Salsa:
1/2 ripe medium avocado, peeled, seeded and diced
1 medium tomatillo, papery skin removed, rinsed and diced
1 large jalapeno chili pepper, finely chopped (seeded, if desired)
1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
1/4 cup diced red onion
1/2 of a (15-ounce) can no-salt-added black beans, rinsed and drained*
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 1/2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1/4 teaspoon salt

Cooking Directions:
1 – Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).
2 – For Tortilla Chips: Stack tortillas and cut into eight equal triangles (48 wedges total). Put triangles in single layer on two baking sheets. Drizzle triangles with canola oil and sprinkle with garlic powder and black pepper. Bake for 10 to 11 minutes or until chips are light brown and beginning to crisp. Remove from oven, place baking sheets on cooling racks, sprinkle evenly with 1/4 teaspoon salt and cool completely (about 10 minutes). As chips cool, they will become crisper. Store in airtight container up to 24 hours for peak flavor and texture.
3 – For Black Bean-Avocado Salsa: Combine avocado, tomatillo, jalapeno, cilantro, red onion, black beans, canola oil, lime juice, vinegar and salt in medium bowl. Serve with tortilla chips.
Makes 6 (1/3 cup) servings.

*Note: The leftover black beans may be stored in an airtight container in the freezer up to one month for later use.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/6 of recipe): Calories 130; Total Fat 10g; Saturated Fat 1g; Cholesterol 0mg; Sodium 200mg; Carbohydrates 9g; Fiber 2g; Protein 2g.


July 22, 2020 at 6:02 AM | Posted in Wild Idea Buffalo | Leave a comment
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This week’s Wild Idea Buffalo Recipe of the Week is a GRILLED BACON, TOMATO, AVOCADO AND CHEESE SANDWICHES. A BLT made even better using Wild Idea Buffalo Bacon! A perfect Sandwich for this Summer Heat, delicious, light and easy to prepare. To prepare this week’s recipe you’ll be needing Wild Idea Buffalo Bacon, Tomatoes, Avocados, Mozzarella, Basil Pesto, and the Bread. Fix plenty of Bacon because you know you’ll sneak a few slices as your cooking it! You can find this recipe and purchase the Wild Idea Buffalo Italian Sausage along with all the other Wild Idea Products at the Wide Idea Buffalo website. So Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2020!

Sensational flavor in every bite!

Ingredients: (Makes 3 to 4 sandwiches)

1 – 10oz. package Wild Idea Buffalo Bacon
4 – Oroweat, Thin Sandwich Buns (or other bread of choice)
2 – tomatoes, sliced thin and seasoned with salt and pepper
2 – avocados, sliced thin, with a squeeze of lime and seasoned with salt & pepper
4 – ounces mozzarella or provolone cheese
Olive Oil
Basil Pesto


1) In a large, heavy skillet, heat about two tablespoons olive oil, over a medium high, gas grill burner. Add bacon and pan fry until crispy. This process may need to be done in two or more batches based on pan size.
2) Transfer cooked bacon to a paper lined platter and let rest for a minute. Place the bacon on a cutting board and chop coarsely (this makes it easier to eat).
3) Preheat gas grill to medium heat, around 350*.
4) While the grill is heating, generously brush the outside of the sandwich buns with olive oil and place the oiled side on a cookie sheet. Spread the inside of the buns with the basil pesto, and then layer each side with cheese. Divide and place the chopped bacon on one side of the buns and layer the other side with the sliced tomatoes and then the avocado.
5) Place the cookie sheet on the pre-heated grill and close the lid. Grill for about 6 minutes, or until the bottom of the buns are browned and crispy.
6) Remove the cookie sheet from the grill. Place the bacon side on top of the tomato avocado side and gently press together. Cut in half and serve.
So good!



Wild Idea Buffalo Smoked Buffalo Bacon

Bacon lovers, this is for you! Our Wild Idea Buffalo Bacon is a staff favorite and a customer favorite. It is 100% grass-fed, and has a hint of sweetness for full bacon flavor. No need to deny your love of bacon any longer with Wild Idea Buffalo Bacon! Available in a 10 oz. package.

Ingredients: 100% Grass-fed Buffalo, organic sea salt, maple syrup, brown sugar, veg stable [ celery powder, sea salt, silicon dioxide (anti-caking)]

*All products are made without the use of added nitrites or nitrates, except for those naturally occurring in sea salt and celery powder.

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

July 4, 2020 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Storing Avocados………………………..

When whole avocados are perfectly ripe, use them immediately or store in the refrigerator for up to five days (and perhaps longer, depending on your refrigerator). The taste and texture should closely resemble a fresh, room-temperature avocado. You can also store whole avocados in the freezer!

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