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Turkey Breakfast Sausage (Paleo and Whole30 compliant)

Friday, May 15th, 2015

I am doing some diet experimentation.  And trying to cut out sugar and up my protien. My biggest hurdle is breakfast. Today for a treat I made myself some breakfast sausage. I have found that whole3o and paleo recipes are great resources even if you don’t follow the plan. My original inspiration is from Primal Palate but I couldn’t find ground pork and I failed to follow the recipe, so I am presenting mine here.

Turkey Breakfast Sausage #whole30 #paleo

It’s pretty good (for turkey sausage). The smoked paprika helps is feel a little more savory and gives it a little extra heft, makes it a little porkier.


Turkey Breakfast Sausage
Makes 10 patties so serves 3-5 ish

1 pound ground turkey (not turkey breast only or extra lean)
1 teaspoon fennel seeds
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon italian seasoning (or any combination of dried oregano, basil and parsley)
1/2 teaspoon smoked salt (or salt if you don’t have smoked)
2 tablespoons coconut oil (or other oil for pan frying)

  1. Combine ground turkey with herbs and spices, I use the spoon then hand method like with meatloaf)
  2. Separate in to 10 equal amounts (8 for larger patties) and form in to patties.
  3. I’m not the best at patty making, I expect it comes with practice. I did make a ball, flatten a little then squish between clean hands. Your mileage may vary.
  4. Heat cooking oil in large saute pan over med-high to medium heat.
  5. Cook the patties in two batches about 6 -7 minutes depending on thickness, flipping once. I covered the pan for the second half of cooking.
  6. Check for doneness, turkey should be cooked through to at least 165 degrees F.
  7. Remove from pan and enjoy. Refrigerate or freeze leftovers.

Whole30 Turkey Sausage

Indestructible Applesauce Oat Muffins with Pears

Monday, October 20th, 2014

I have made these applesauce oat muffins many, many times. It isn’t my recipe. It is almost exactly this one for healthy oats and applesauce muffins. I’ve made these with store bought apple sauce, homemade apple sauce, apple-pear sauce and straight pear sauce. All good.

I have also messed up this recipe a million times and it always still turns out great. Forget the sugar? With the pears you can’t tell. Switch the baking powder and baking soda amounts? Delicious, but slightly flatter. Forget the butter? Can’t even tell. Make the muffins while holding a baby? Easy! While wearing a baby? Even easier.

I make a double batch and pop them in the freezer. I put a frozen apple oat muffin in a tupperware the night before and it is perfect in Spencer’s lunch. These muffins are one of the only things he requests ever single day. He even defies the no sharing food at school rule and grants his best friend that is a girl a secret bite. Apparently, she demands one.

The muffins are the best.

The only major differences from the original recipe is a reduction in the sugar and the butter and I use regular flour instead of whole wheat.

Pear Oat Muffins

Applesauce (or Pearsauce) Oat Muffins

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce or pearsauce
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Line a muffin tin with papers or spray with pam (recipe makes 1 dozen regular sized muffins)
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients (in order) mixing to combine between each one. (I am lazy and also have found that they turn out just fine even if you don’t mix the wet/dry ingredients separately and combine)
  4. Spoon into muffin pan, dividing equally.
  5. Bake for 15-18 minutes until tops are lightly browned and a toothpick inserted in the muffin comes out clean
  6. Remove from pan and cool on rack. When completely cool, freeze or store in an airtight container.

Apple Chips

Friday, September 12th, 2014

We have so many apples this year, I don’t even know what to do with them all. It’s the first year in this house, so I am still figuring out what works for us to use them up. Something that was a hit for sure – apple chips. I also discovered that I do, in fact, like apple chips; I don’t like dried apples, the chewy kind. These are perfect and crisp all the way through.

Apple Chip Recipe

To make:

  • Preheat oven to 200 degrees
  • Slice 2 or 3 apples as thinly as you can. I used a V-slicer (which is like a mandoline). A food processor might also work.*
  • Spread apples in a single layer on a baking sheet on top of parchment paper or a sil-pat*. My oven can do two sheets at a time
  • Bake for 90 minutes, turn each apple over and bake for an additional 60 minutes
  • After the total 2.5 hour cookie time, start checking for doneness. They should be crisp all the way through with only they smallest amount of chewiness, if any. The apple slices will also be a light tan.
  • Turn off the oven and leave the sheets in to cool all they way. (If making multiple sheets, take them out)
  • Store in an air tight container for up to a week. I read online that you can store them for longer, but we have never had them last long enough to find out.

Cinnamon-Sugar option: mix equal amounts of cinnamon and granulated sugar and sprinkle on one side before baking

Oven baked apple chips


Bacon Blue Cheese Hot Dog

Friday, August 8th, 2014

This isn’t so much a recipe so much as a I had this a bacon blue cheese hot dog in a restaurant and made one at home and they are awesome sort of thing. If you want the original (it comes with tomato) head to Frank’s Famous Hot Dogs in San Luis Obispo. We go every time we visit the area.

Bacon Blue Cheese Dog

Directions (because this certainly isn’t a “recipe”)

Bacon Blue Cheese Hot Dog

per hot dog:

  • bun
  • hot dog
  • yellow mustard
  • one strip cooked bacon
  • blue cheese, crumbled, about a tablespoon
  1. Cook hot dog(s) like you normally do. These were grilled.
  2. Cook bacon (I am not inserting myself into the hotbed of debate that is how to cook bacon per the internet)
  3. Bun – toast, grill, plain, up to go. I prefer and untoasted bun
  4. Step 1, put your dog in the bun
  5. Not really, spread a thin layer of mustard on one side of the bun, then layer in hot dog, bacon, blue cheese
  6. Stuff in face
  7. Repeat

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