Turkey Sausage & Trader Joe’s Preserves

It’s time for a couple of food finds! You know when I find a food that tastes good I have to share it with you. Finally I found the Jimmy Dean Hearty Sausage Crumbles made from turkey. For a couple of months I have looked for these at the grocery store and it has always been sold out!

The nutritional information is pretty impressive for sausage. Yes, it is high in sodium so be aware of that if sodium is an issue for you. If you like sausage this is a lower fat option that also has good flavor.

Please note that when I weighed the sausage, 57 grams was way less than 2/3 cup. In fact when I put 57 grams into a measuring cup it was more like 1/2 cup! This is not the first time I have encountered a big discrepancy with the serving size listed on a package. I usually go with weighing instead of measuring as weighing is so much more accurate.

This product has good flavor and it’s convenient since it is already cooked. Add it to an omelet, quiche, pizza, breakfast casserole, pasta sauce or a breakfast burrito.

I have been enjoying turkey sausage crumbles in egg white scrambles with fresh veggies. Shown below is an egg white scramble using two egg whites, 57 grams sausage crumbles, chopped green pepper, green onions, fresh tomato diced and chopped kale. This is a hearty, filling breakfast that is packed with protein and fiber. I burned my last piece of Eziekel bread in the toaster so I did what my mom did when I was a kid. I used a butter knife and scraped off the burnt edges! Waste not, want not! A little bit of Trader Joe’s reduced sugar strawberry preserves makes the perfect spread for toast.

We like the Organic reduced sugar jams from Trader Joe’s. They are not overly sweet and you can actually taste the fruit! They are available in several flavors and we like them all but strawberry is a favorite! Yummy!

40% less sugar and calories than regular jam and no artificial flavors or sweeteners. Love that!

These Food Finds are items I found and purchased myself. I was not given these products for free or asked to do a review of them.

Nutmeg Notes

Yesterday at the last minute I ended up leaving at noon with hubby Tom to attend an open house for one of his clients. It was a 4 hour drive one way! The drive in the day light gave me time to catch up on reading some magazines. I subscribe to several magazines but since I have become a blogger I don’t always get around to reading them. Yesterday I got caught up on my O magazines, Cooking Light and Clean Eating.

We had a nice time at the open house but didn’t get back home until almost midnight! Thank goodness we got in our 3 mile walk in the morning as it was a long day of sitting in the car!

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I do weigh and measure my portions when I am trying to lose weight and I also find it helpful for maintenance. I have found the measured amount for cereal often times doesn’t jive with the weight given. I weigh it instead of using a measuring cup.


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  1. Jenn @ Cooking Aweigh the Pounds says:

    I always weigh my food too. Not only do I find that the weighted portions don’t match up with the measured portions, but it keeps me honest as well. With weighing something, I don’t have the option to cheat myself by using a heaping tbs or fudging the 2/3 cup just a little bit. I know myself too well! 🙂

    I will have to keep an eye out for those sausage crumbles at the store!

    1. Tami says:

      Jenn I had to chuckle where you wrote, “I don’t have the option to cheat myself by using a heaping tbs or fudging the 2/3 cup just a little bit.” We must all be guilty of doing that!

  2. Janine says:

    I’d heard of a Trader Joe’s sausage sub that was supposedly good as well. Your brekkie looks beautiful–lots of color and healthy stuff there. Yep–I weigh most of the food products, rather than going by their measurement. Big discrepancy the other day in the Orange Chicken. Offhand, I know I’ve found a lot of discrepancies, but I go by wt to be more accurate.

    1. Tami says:

      I just read on the WW board that others have found that 2/3 cup is not the accurate serving size! It’s not just me!

      I will have to look for the Trader Joe’s sausage substitute. Thanks Janine.

  3. Biz says:

    Okay, I need to find that sausage stat! Thanks for the heads up – and hopefully my store has it in stock.

    I too weigh everything when I am in weight loss mode – its so easy to add a couple tablespoons of this here, and extra lick there – it all adds up.

    Wow, long day in the car – but glad you got some magazine reading done – I have too many too, but I can’t seem to part with them.

    Happy Tuesday!

    1. Tami says:

      Biz it was a long day in the car! I use to read my magazines from cover to cover before I got into reading blogs and having a blog!

      You are right those extra bites and licks can add up a lot of calories!

  4. Erin says:

    My grocery store is always sold out of the Jimmy Dean Turkey Sausage Crumbles too! And I also prefer to weigh versus measure. It’s more accurate, and there’s less temptation to “round” or “smoosh” my measuring cup but still call it one serving. Ahh…protecting me from myself is a full time job sometimes. 🙂

    1. Tami says:

      Oh Erin I can relate to the temptation to “round” or “smoosh” a little extra into the measure cup! We are sometimes our own worse enemy!!

  5. Andrea@WellnessNotes says:

    I’ll have to look for those preserves. I’m really trying to cut back on sugar.

    And when it comes to measuring, I know I should do that more… 🙂

    1. Tami says:

      If what you are doing is working maybe you don’t need to measure or weigh your portions! You are so fit and thin, you are doing it right!

  6. Roz says:

    Hi Tami, yup, I’m pretty diligent about weighing and measuring. When I first started, I was so sad to see how small an oz of cheese was. However, getting used to it…
    Have a great day.

    1. Tami says:

      Me too Roz! I like to use finely shredded cheese because 1 ounce of it looks like more volume than a 1 ounce chunk! It is a mind game. 🙂

  7. Karen@WaistingTime says:

    About the only thing I measure (weigh) is nuts. For portion control. I am pretty good about my serving sizes with what I eat right now because it is healthy stuff. Now give me a box of crackers and that is another story all together!!

    1. Tami says:

      Nuts are a good one to weigh or count out, it’s so easy to go overboard on them!

      1. Karen@WaistingTime says:

        Tami – someone asked me about subscribing to replies on my blog. Can you tell me the exact name of the new plug in you used to email comments? I might need to make a change. Thanks.

        I never can tell from plug ins like this if someone will get just a reply to theirs from the admin or all the following comments. Yours works like the latter, which is what I want.

        1. Tami says:

          Karen here is a link to the plug in that my son installed.

          I thought it only sent an email if there was a reply to the commentors comment. Do you get all the comments on a post from here? If so that’s not what I wanted!
          Let me know. It can be so confusing. 🙂


  8. Jody - Fit at 53 says:

    I love your comment on maintenance & you know I have written about it! 😉 People tend to get lazy or too lax once they hit that goal & weight has a way of sneaking back on – say 3 months down the line all these little bits & not paying attention to portion & all that – you done good Tami!

    I don’t weigh but I know my portion sizes & anything new added in gets measured out!

    Going to check for that jam at TJ’s next trip!

    1. Tami says:

      Jody you are such a good role model! I almost have to be more diligent about food portions on maintenance because at a lower weight I need fewer calories and there is less wiggle room so to speak!

  9. fittingbackin says:

    Yes and Yes! I absolutely weigh/measure food (well recipes) whether i’m trying to lose or not -I think it’s important to make sure i’m putting the right amounts of ingredients into dishes to not make them too high in calories OR too low! And absolutely, I find the discrepancies a lot on crackers and cookies – they say 5 but really it’s 4; they say 7 but it’s 5. It’s BAD!!

    I have these in the freezer – haven’t gotten around to trying them yet – glad to see your review!

  10. Susie says:

    Hi, new follower. I am still trying to find the right tasting crumbles. I will have to see if I can find these to try. For the most part I use the soy Boca crumbles.

    I do not measure, although i probably should as I know I “over estimate”.

    I am also a N CA Gal 🙂

    1. Tami says:

      Hi Susie and welcome to my Notebook! I like the Boca crumbles for chili and lasagna. They are so low calorie! These sausage crumbles have a lot more flavor and are nice for a change of pace.

  11. LisaT says:

    Just happened upon your blog from the WW boards – love it!
    I also weigh my food rather than measuring (have to justify purchasing the food scale!).
    I found a treat at Trader Joe’s – Pumpkin Butter! It’s delicious on toast with a little bit of cream cheese (tastes like pumpkin cheesecake to me!) and for WW it’s low in points.

    1. Tami says:

      Hi Lisa T and welcome to my notebook! The TJ’s pumpkin butter is good! I started making my own last year and it’s so easy and delicious! Recipes are on the blog!

      Thanks for leaving me a comment. I hope you visit often and I look forward to getting to know you!

      Happy Eats!


  12. Barbarainnc says:

    Newbie here, I like the Jimmy Dean Sausage Crumbles. 2/3 may be a serving but I use 1/3 c instead. I just scoop 1/3 c out of the bag, cook it and add an egg to it. 🙂 🙂

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