A long time ago I dabbled at making homemade turkey breakfast sausages and I don’t know why I stopped doing it. For the past week I have been thinking about making them again and finally on Saturday morning I did just that. These really are the best tasting turkey breakfast sausages I have ever had! Katy said they are a blue ribbon winner in her book! Darn it, the whole family loved them and I thought I was going to freeze most of them to enjoy for my breakfast for the next couple of weeks. Ha – ha. I guess I will be making another batch this week.
A little sauteed apple and onion with just the right blend of herbs combined with lean ground turkey breast is all it takes. Well that and just a little bit of time to make the meat mixture into 24 patties and cook them up.
You can take this basic recipe and play with it if you wish. If you like a little sweeter breakfast sausage add a little real maple syrup. Prefer things to be in on the spicy side – add more crushed red pepper.
This is how I enjoyed them for breakfast. So satisfying and it kept me full for hours.
Turkey Breakfast Sausage
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
- 1/2 cup shredded peeled Fuji or Braeburn apple (I didn’t peel it and tossed it in the food processor with the onion)
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon chopped fresh or 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh or 1 teaspoon dried rubbed sage
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 2 pounds ground turkey breast (93/7)
- Cooking spray
Heat olive oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and apple; sauté 3 minutes. Add garlic; sauté 30 seconds. Remove onion mixture from pan; cool completely.
Combine onion mixture, thyme, sage, salt, pepper, and turkey, stirring well to combine. Divide mixture into 24 equal portions, shaping each into a 1/2-inch-thick patty.
Heat a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium heat. Cook in 2 or 3 batches depending on how large your skillet is but don’t over crowd the skillet. I did 3 batches of 8, cook 3 minutes on each side or until done. Keep warm. Repeat procedure with remaining patties.
Yield: 8 servings (serving size: 3 patties)
CALORIES 155 (15% from fat); FAT 2.5g (sat 0.5g,mono 1.4g,poly 0.4g); PROTEIN 28.1g; CHOLESTEROL 70mg; CALCIUM 23mg; SODIUM 349mg; FIBER 0.7g; IRON 1.5mg; CARBOHYDRATE 3.4g WWPP 4
Adapted From Cooking Light, DECEMBER 2002
Saturday was a beautiful sunny day so after our hearty breakfast we decided to go for another hike near where we went last week. Since the packages of ground turkey come in 1.25 pound each I had some leftover from making sausages. I browned it in a skillet with some chopped onion, seasoned it with cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper. At the end I tossed in some salsa. After it cooled it was transferred to a to go container over a bed of lettuce, topped off with little salad tomatoes, chopped green onions and cilantro. A nice salad for our hike and still with in the guide lines of the 17 day diet.
We didn’t go on the same route as last week but part of this hike did intersect with part of a trail we were on last week. Saturdays hike was a challenge as we started out on a training route for firefighters! What were we thinking? It was a rocky mess to say the least. You can’t tell how much of an incline it was from this photo. The trail was a steep grade up the hill side for almost a mile with no switch backs. It took us nearly an hour to climb our way up. Talk about a work out – we were so proud of our 50 something selves when we reached the top.
This sign was at the top of the hill.
Break time! I enjoyed snacking on this sweet, juicy apple.
The view at the top was amazing.
Late afternoon it was snack time again. Almonds are not included in the first cycle of the 17 Day Diet but I swapped them for a serving of healthy oil since I needed something to fuel my body while hiking. We hiked a total of 10 miles and it took us about 5 hours. I think we burned a ton of calories!
I started the 17 Day Diet on Friday and so far so good. I wasn’t perfectly on plan all weekend but I am not getting hung up on being perfect. Perfectionism has gotten me into trouble in the past – it’s that all or nothing thinking. Modifications to the food plan had to be made while we hiked, like eating nuts instead of having a healthy oil that day. Three cups of green tea were not consumed on Saturday but I managed to drink two. Yesterday we had dinner with friends. Before we left our house I ate a little protein to take the edge off my hunger. Not everything was on my plan so I skipped the appetizers, took a small serving of the entree and loaded up on the salad I took, skipped dessert and had a great time! Again I was not perfect but I made the best choices I could!
Sunday hubby Tom smoked a whole chicken, chicken legs and thighs so we have lots of protein to bag and freeze for easy heat and eat meals. I also stocked up on a variety of frozen fish, tons of veggies, fresh and frozen berries and FF Fage yogurt. I have some new recipes lined up to try that are low carb and will fit nicely into my food plan.
Life has been so busy that I almost forgot to mention that Nutmeg Notebook is 2 years old this month! A lot has changed in two years. Hundreds of new recipes have been made and posted on the blog. We have tried many new foods. Traveling and hiking have fed our adventurous side.
Health and body wise in the past year I have:
Completed my adventure with Invisalign braces to straighten my teeth and had two mouth surgeries. (Yipee!)
I had a personal milestone by hitting menopause this month! (Is this a good thing?)
Discovered that despite a healthy diet I am borderline high cholesterol! (Yikes!)
Gained 12 pounds the latter part of the year. (Ouch – that stinks )
I must say that it’s embarrassing to have gained weight after all this time. At one point I thought I had this weight thing handled and would be maintaining my happy weight with no struggles. What I have learned is that I have to be flexible and adapt my food plan as needed. I have to stay keenly aware of my tendency to be an emotional eater. At this stage in my life I gain weight easily and lose it slowly. It is what is. I have no choice but to keep trying new things to see what works best for this changing body of mine. I am looking forward to another year of blogging.
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