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.

Ingredients
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)

Directions
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
https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/recipes/desserts-sweets/avocado-ice-cream/

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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
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/19315/ingredients/vegetables/pumpkin/

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.
https://www.cooksrecipes.com/appetizer/black_bean-avocado_salsa_with_home-baked_tortilla_chips_recipe.html

Wild Idea Buffalo Recipe of the Week – GRILLED BACON, TOMATO, AVOCADO AND CHEESE SANDWICHES

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!
https://wildideabuffalo.com/

GRILLED BACON, TOMATO, AVOCADO AND CHEESE SANDWICHES
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

Preparation:

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!
https://wildideabuffalo.com/blogs/recipes/grilled-bacon-tomato-avocado-and-cheese-sandwiches

 

 


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.
https://wildideabuffalo.com/collections/charcuterie/products/10-oz-uncured-smoked-buffalo-bacon

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!

Wild Idea Buffalo Recipe of the Week – BUFFALO CHORIZO QUESADILLAS

May 6, 2020 at 6:02 AM | Posted in Wild Idea Buffalo | 3 Comments
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This week’s Wild Idea Buffalo Recipe of the Week is – BUFFALO CHORIZO QUESADILLAS. Made using Wild Idea Buffalo Chorizo Sausage, Flour Tortillas, Shredded Cheddar Cheese, Avocados, and Pico de Gallo. Wow, what a Dinner this will turn out to be! 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! https://wildideabuffalo.com/

BUFFALO CHORIZO QUESADILLAS
Great for casual family dinners or for parties, when you are looking for a little south of the border flavor!

Note: Quesadillas can also be prepared in 375* oven. Bake until tortillas are lightly browned.

Ingredients: (makes 8 quesadillas)

1- 1 pound Wild Idea Buffalo Chorizo Sausage
16 – flour tortillas
2 – cup shredded cheddar cheese.
4 – avocados, peeled and each sliced into 12
2 – cups pico de gallo

Preparation:

1 – In skillet over medium high heat, crumble Chorizo into pan and brown. About five minutes.
2 – Spread eight of the tortillas out onto flat baking sheets.
3 – Layer ingredients on top of tortillas: First, sprinkle with one cup of cheese, then top with Chorizo, top chorizo with 6 avocado slices per tortilla, then spoon on pico de gallo, finish with remaining cup of cheese and cover with other tortillas.
4 – Preheat outdoor gas grill to medium high. With large spatula gently transfer quesadillas to grill. Close grill lid and allow to cook for two minutes, checking half way through.
5 – Using large spatula, with support of hand on top of quesadilla, flip quesadilla over and repeat step above. (The melted cheese will help hold the quesadillas together.)
6 – Remove from grill and let rest for a few minutes before cutting. Cut in to six pie-shaped pieces or smaller sizes for hors d’oeuvres.
Pass with extra pico de gallo and sour cream. Muy Bueno!
https://wildideabuffalo.com/blogs/recipes/buffalo-chorizo-quesadillas

 


WILD IDEA BUFFALO – CHORIZO SAUSAGE
Our Mexican-style Chorizo makes any dish taste delicious! Wild Idea Buffalo Chorizo has a flavor that is every bit traditional Chorizo, seasoned with just the right spices, but our 100% grass-fed bison meat adds a lighter twist with powerful health benefits.

1 lb. package

Ingredients: 100% Grass-fed Buffalo, Organic: Red Wine Vinegar, Chili Pepper, Salt, Oregano, Red Pepper, Cumin, Paprika, Black Pepper, Coriander.
https://wildideabuffalo.com/collections/brats-sausages-hot-dogs/products/1-lb-chorizo-sausage

Jennie – O Recipe of the Week – Turkey Nachos

January 3, 2020 at 6:02 AM | Posted in Jennie-O, Jennie-O Turkey Products | Leave a comment
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This week’s Jennie – O Recipe of the Week is Turkey Nachos. Nachos made healthy! You’ll be using the always delicious JENNIE-O® Lean Taco Seasoned Ground Turkey along with fresh avocado, fresh cilantro and fresh jalapeño! You can find this recipe along with all the other delicious and healthy recipes at the Jennie -O website. Enjoy and Make the SWITCH in 2020! https://www.jennieo.com/

Turkey Nachos

This is na-cho average nacho recipe! Dig in to homemade tortilla chips topped with savory ground turkey, fresh avocado, fresh cilantro and fresh jalapeño. Kid-friendly and ready in under 30 minutes!

INGREDIENTS

1 (16-ounce) package JENNIE-O® Lean Taco Seasoned Ground Turkey
12 CHI-CHI’S® soft taco-size tortillas, cut into quarters
cooking spray
1 cup salsa verde
½ cup low-fat sour cream
¼ cup diced red onions
1 avocado, sliced
½ cup cilantro sprigs
2 jalapeño, thinly sliced
lime wedges, if desired
DIRECTIONS

1) Cook turkey as specified on the package. Always cook to well-done, 165°F as measured by a meat thermometer.
2) Spray tortillas with cooking spray. In large skillet over medium-high heat, cook tortilla quarters in batches 1 to 2 minutes per side or until golden brown.
3) Arrange tortilla wedges on serving plate. Top with salsa verde, turkey, sour cream, red onion, avocado, cilantro and jalapeño slices. Serve with lime wedges, if desired.
* Always cook to an internal temperature of 165°F.

RECIPE NUTRITION INFORMATION
PER SERVING
Calories 400
Protein 20g
Carbohydrates 45g
Fiber 5g
Sugars 2g
Fat 16g
Cholesterol 55mg
Sodium 790mg
Saturated Fat 4g
https://www.jennieo.com/recipes/804-turkey-nachos

Jennie – O Turkey Recipe of the Week – Turkey Ham Stuffed Avocados

August 9, 2019 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 a Turkey Ham Stuffed Avocados. Its Jennie – O Turkey Snacks and Appetizers this week! To make this delicious and healthy Snack you’ll need; JENNIE-O® Turkey Ham, Avocados, Cream Cheese, Tomatoes, Salt, Pepper, Cayenne Pepper, Egg Substitute, and Cotija Cheese. You can find this recipe at the Jennie – O Turkey website along with all the other Delicious and Healthy Jennie – O Recipes. Enjoy and Make the SWITCH in 2019! https://www.jennieo.com/

Turkey Ham Stuffed Avocados
In the mood to ham it up? Turkey Ham Stuffed Avocados are like loaded baked potatoes only better. Make them to enjoy a fast and nutritious snack with JENNIE-O® Turkey Ham anytime.

INGREDIENTS
4 avocados, halved and pitted
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
¼ cup chopped tomatoes
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
1 pinch cayenne pepper
1 cup egg substitute
10 ounces JENNIE-O® Turkey Ham, diced and browned
½ cup crumbled Cotija cheese

DIRECTIONS
1) Scoop flesh of each avocado, leaving about a ⅛-inch border and place in medium bowl. Add cream cheese, tomatoes, salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper; mix well to combine. Spoon mixture into avocado halves.
2) In medium non-stick skillet, over medium heat, cook eggs just until set. Place a small amount of egg on top of each avocado. Top with turkey ham and crumbled cheese.

RECIPE NUTRITION INFORMATION
PER SERVING

Calories 260
Protein 12g
Carbohydrates 10g
Fiber 6g
Sugars 2g
Fat 22g
Cholesterol 20mg
Sodium 580mg
Saturated Fat 6g
https://www.jennieo.com/recipes/1240-turkey-ham-stuffed-avocados

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