Western Bison Burger w/ Grilled Fennel and Spiced Ketchup

Serves 4


  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 4 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 pound ground grass-fed bison
  • 1 fennel bulb, sliced
  • 4 hamburger buns, wheat, white, or seeded
  • optional toppings: romaine lettuce, cheese (pepper jack or cheddar), avocado, pickles, tomato, onion (raw or cooked)


  1. Spray the grill rack with nonstick spray. Preheat the grill to medium-high.
  2. Meanwhile, make the spiced ketchup. In a small saucepan, combine ketchup, vinegar, garlic, and pepper flakes in a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until thickened, about 5 minutes. Take the sauce off the heat and stir in the basil.
  3. Shape the bison meat into 4 (1/2 inch thick) patties.
  4. Place fennel on grill rack and grill, turning occasionally until lightly charred and tender, about 8 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Place patties on grill rack and grill 4 minutes. Grill about another 4 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 160F.
  5. Remove burgers from grill to a clean plate. Place buns cut side down on grill rack and grill until lightly toasted (1 minute).
  6. Place bottoms of buns on 4 plates. Top each with the burger, fennel, spiced ketchup, and any additional toppings, finishing with the top bun.

Calories Per Serving: 324 Cal

*Any nutritional information provided is an estimate. The accuracy for any nutritional information on this website is not guaranteed.

Thank you to the big community of food visionaries out there in the world, working together to inspire and pass on food traditions and flavors. This recipe began in the Weight Watchers: Family Meals book.


Healthier Buffalo Chicken Dip

Serves 10


  • 1 large chicken breast, cooked and shredded
  • 4oz Neufchatel cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt (plain)
  • 1/2 cup buffalo wing sauce
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1/3 cup crumbled blue cheese or feta, divided
  • for serving; carrots, celery, crackers, or bread


  1. Cook and shred the chicken breast. 
  2. Preheat oven to 350F and spray an 8×8 baking dish with non-stick spray.
  3. In a large bowl whisk together the softened cream cheese, yogurt, buffalo sauce, garlic powder, and onion powder.
  4. Fold in the green onions, chicken, 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, and 2 tablespoons blue or feta cheese.
  5. Spread the mixture into the prepared baking dish and top with the remaining 1/2 cup mozzarella.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes.
  7. Remove from the oven. Optional: top with the remaining cheese crumbles.
  8. Serve immediately.


Make Ahead: If you want to make this dish ahead of time, complete steps 1-5 and refrigerate until ready to heat and serve.

Thank you to the big community of food visionaries out there in the world, working together to inspire and pass on food traditions and flavors. This recipe began in here.

Halloween Menu

Finding Halloween dishes that are not only delicious, but kid-friendly was a challenge for me during the planning for my son’s first birthday. He was born on October 23rd, and I’m assuming every year that birthday plans will include something surrounding fall or Halloween. This year I decided to do a “Monster Smash”, with the consideration that most first birthday parties include a smash cake.

A monster themed cake and cupcakes was not that difficult to find, but kid-friendly foods that I could pull off myself, was a bit more challenging. So, after hours of planning and executing (a pretty awesome party), I decided to write this post in the hopes that others would benefit from it.

I also included a few dishes I put together the week of Halloween that might be tasty to include in your next 31st get together or family meal, enjoy!

Spooky Spiderweb Seven Layer Dip

A spooktacular dish to have at your next Halloween bash. Easy to throw together and delicious. Unfortunately there wasn’t any left because it was so darn yummy. Happy Halloween! Recipe here.

Wrapped Up Mummy Dogs

Wow these went quick at my last get together. Easy, delicious, quick, and kid-friendly! A perfect appetizer or pairing for a main dish during an October get together. Let us know how it goes. Recipe here.

Mummy Cupcakes

Cute and delicious! Dark chocolate cupcakes with a cherry compote filling and almond buttercream! Recipe here.

Monster Mac and Cheese

This recipe is simple, yes… but it just makes sense. Kids love mac and cheese! This recipe is easy and my suggestion is to make one box per 4-6 guests depending on whether it is a main dish to fill people up or if it is more like a side. If you want to save yourself some time and prep ahead, make this dish and put it into a crockpot on warm until guests arrive. Recipe here.

Halloween Candy Nachos

What to do with all that leftover Halloween candy, make dessert nachos! A good mix of sweet and salty in a fix. Recipe here.

Spooky Spiderweb Seven Layer Dip

Serves 10-12


  • 1 can of Frito Lay Bean Dip (found in the chip aisle)
  • 1 cup of prepared guacamole
  • 1 cup of sour cream + 1/2 cup for the decorative spider web.
  • 1 ounce pouch of taco seasoning (2 tablespoons)
  • 8 to 10 black olives sliced in half, reserve two whole olives to make the spider
  • 1 cup of cheddar cheese
  • 1 tomato, seeded and diced
  • 1 cup of kale, shredded thinly
  • chips for serving (corn tortilla or blue corn chips)


  1. Use a circular or round tray for platting the dip. Start by spreading the bean dip across the plate in an even layer, making sure to leave a 1-2” perimeter of open plate (this will be for your sour cream mixture).
  2. In a small bowl, mix 1 cup of sour cream with the taco seasoning. Spread the sour cream mixture around the perimeter of the plate surrounding your bean dip.
  3. On top of the beans and just in the center of the sour cream ring, spread the prepared guacamole.
  4. Put 1/2 cup of sour cream into a small ziplock. Using scissors, cut a small piece off the corner and use the bag to draw the spider web on top of the guacamole.
  5. Sprinkle kale, cheese, tomato and olives on top of the sour cream.
  6. To make an olive spider, place one whole black olive in the center of the web, then slice the other olive into 8 thin strips to make the legs.
  7. Serve with your favorite chips! I enjoy corn tortilla or blue corn chips.

Thank you to the big community of food visionaries out there in the world, working together to inspire and pass on food traditions and flavors. The recipe found on this page started here.