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Do you have more venison recipes?

I am preparing the Southwestern Venison Cheeseburger recipe today. Are there any more ground venison recipes available on your food program? If so, I would like to have them, as we have quite alot of ground venison that we would like to use. We are doing well on your plan. I have lost 12 lbs and my husband has lost over 20 so far.

Dr. Gourmet Says...

a hamburger garnished with a slice of tomato, lettuce, and ketchup

Congratulations on the great progress you and your husband are making! Words like yours make our day at Dr. Gourmet.

You could substitute ground venison in many Dr. Gourmet recipes. Any recipe that calls for ground beef or ground turkey would work just fine. Venison is a healthy choice because it's leaner and lower in saturated fat than beef and often even chicken or turkey.

For instance, 4 ounces of broiled venison top round has only 170 calories and 2 grams of fat (1 gram saturated fat). There's only 95 mg of cholesterol. The same 4 ounce beef top round contains 208 calories and 7 grams of fat (2 grams saturated fat). There's about the same amount of cholesterol at 74 mg.

It's best to trim your venison (and beef) as lean as possible before grinding.

Here's some links to recipes that would work just fine:

Chili Con Carne
Meatballs
Meatball Hoagie
Meatloaf
Pasta Bolognese (Meat Sauce)
Sloppy Joes
Spaghetti with Meatballs
Mike's Lamb Burgers
Asian Lettuce Wraps
Turkey Burgers
All ground beef recipes »

Thanks for writing.

Eat well, eat healthy, enjoy life!

Timothy S. Harlan, MD, FACP
Dr. Gourmet