Snausages! (Spicy Turkey Breakfast Bites)

Oh, my goodness. The twelve year old inside me cannot stop giggling at calling something bites. (It’s a French thing, you’ll have to google it.) But! Saw this idea while scouring the Pinterest for low carb breakfast ideas other than eggs.

I’ll give this a good grade – it’s yummy. Ground turkey mixed with some grated butternut squash and onion for moisture and flavor, with some fresh rosemary, sage and red pepper flakes to add spice. I am actually looking forward to mornings this week for the first time in a while.

Spicy Turkey Breakfast Bites
(Can we call it sausage? I don’t know if we can….but that’s the idea.)

1 lb. 85% lean ground turkey
1/2 c. grated white onion
1/2 c. grated butternut squash (or zucchini)
1 Tbsp. AP flour
1.5 Tbps. dried sage (leaves, not powder)
1.5 Tbsp. minced fresh rosemary
1 tsp. crushed red pepper

Preheat your oven to 400″. Line a baking sheet with silver foil and spritz with baking spray.
In a medium bowl, mix together everything but the turkey, then add in the turkey and mix well. I use clean hands, but use a paddle attachment in your mixer if you need to. Make twelve meatballs out of the mix, about the size of a golf ball. This is really sticky, btw, so just be mentally prepared. Then, wet your hand or the bottom of a glass and smoosh the balls down so they’re about 1/2″ thick and look like slider patties. Bake 20 minutes, turn, bake 10-15 more minutes. If they didn’t get brown enough, broil for 2-3 minutes. (Don’t bake much longer because you don’t want dry little hockey pucks.)

And, are you asking yourself why there’s a tablespoon of flour in there? It’s a back-up sponge; the ground turkey, grated onion and squash have a LOT of water between them. A little dash of starch (like bread crumbs in your meatloaf) keeps the moisture in the meat instead of running out the sides. I think. Since, you know, this is theoretical as I am not a food scientist.

Cool, and serve for brekkie. We had ours with an oven frittata, although a three-pack of these would be a great breakfast on their own.

The next time I make these, I am adding chopped spinach. Just for the added color and nutrients.

servings: 12

According to the verywell.com recipe nutrition analyzer, each patty has:
Cal 89
Fat 5.8g
Sodium 24mg
Carbs 1.9
Protein 7g

Ham & Green Chile Breakfast Bake


We’ve been getting a little nuts on the sugar thing (snort. we. you guys totally know who is to blame for this.), so we’re hopping on the no sugar bandwagon for a little bit to get that back in line. That means a fast and already prepared hearty breakfast (mainly so I don’t get a green chile bacon burrito in the Blake’s drive-thru every single day), and we love our little oven omelettes over here.

My obsession with Hatch green chile continues, so they’re the flavor in this iteration. Instead of the little silicone baking cups, I went with a square pan to slice in to servings. Honestly, those little cups are a pain in the ass to clean – and I can’t put them in the dishwasher because it’s like the soap never really comes off them or something. Ok, I digress. Breakfast, bitches!! And a serving comes in at 141 calories and 11 grams of protein. That is what my blood sugar calls a WIN.

Ham Green Chile Breakfast Bake
1.5c. diced ½” thick ham slab
10 eggs
1 c. mushrooms, sliced
1 c. hatch green chili
1 Tbsp. olive oil
½ medium white onion, diced
4 c. fresh baby spinach (or 1 c. frozen chopped, thawed and drained)
S&P
Dash pecorino cheese

Preheat your oven to 325*, and grease an 8” square cake pan. Spread out the diced ham in the bottom of the pan.
In a medium skillet over medium heat, add half the olive oil and mushrooms with a little S&P and saute the mushrooms until they are slightly golden and have shrunk by about a quarter. Spread them over the ham in the pan. Next spread the green chili over the ham and shrooms.
Put the other half of the olive oil in the skillet and add the onion, season with S&P. Saute until they are mostly translucent and maybe a little brown on the edged. Toss the chopped fresh spinach on top, season w/ S&P, put on the lid and remove from the heat. This will wilt the spinach.
While that’s doing it’s thang, crack the ten eggs in to a medium bowl and whisk them with a little salt and pepper. Stir the spinach and onion to combine, and spread over the mixture in the square pan. Gently pour the eggs over everything, and smoosh down any floaty bits that pop up. Dash the top with a little cheese. Bake about 35-40-ish minutes until golden and puffy. It should not jiggle when you shake it, and a tester will come out clean. Cool. Slice. Serve at room temp or put into individual servings to eat during the week. My plan is to serve this with those little turkey sausage patties. If that works, we’ll have that recipe in a couple weeks!

Servings: 9
According to the verywell.com recipe nutrition analyzer, each serving has:
Cal 141
Fat 8.8g
Sodium 494 mg
Carbs 4.4g (sugars 1.7g)
Protein 11.1g
AND!
226% of your vitamin D, or
Vit D 45mcg
Calcium 60mg
Iron 2mg
Potassium 238mg

Jalapeno Cilantro Slaw with Lime


My new favorite coleslaw is easy, fast, zesty and bright. And easy. Wait, I said that. Oh! And no mayo! This is zippy the day you make it, the next day it will have more juice from the cabbage and it will be hotter because the jalapeno has been infusing everything.

We love this with grilled chicken, or pork. As a side with tacos, and actually ON fish tacos. It is super yummy.
You ready? Let’s do this!

Whisk together:
3 Tbsp. mild oil
¼ c. agave sweetener (or 2 Tbsp sugar)
¼ c. freshy squeezed lime juice.
Pour over:
3 c. napa or green cabbage, chopped for slaw
¼ c. chopped cilantro
¼ c. white onion in wafter thin crescents
½ to 1 small fresh jalapeno, in wafer thin rings or crescents.
Toss. Eat. Add S&P to taste.

Nutritional info for four servings (according to verywell.com recipe analyzer).
Cal 164
Fat 10.3g
Carb: 19.1g (sugars 17.2g)
Protein: 1g
Vitamin A 79%, Vitamin C 49% of daily allowance.

Lemony Carrot Salad with Fig & Pistachio


SUMMER! The rains are finally here. It took a long time this year, so long we began to wonder if they would ever get here. But now it is officially summer. Hot, sticky days beg for cold, crunchy salads.

You know how much I love me some carrot salad. It’s a summer staple in our house. I made this one for my mom’s birthday lunch, and loved it so much I’ve made it again and again.
This is an easy-peasy salad, almost like that carrot raisin salad from childhood, but with a grown-up (and mayonnaise-free!) twist.

1# fresh carrots, peeled and grated (about 3 to 4 c.)
¼ c. dried figs, sliced in thin rounds
¼ c. toasted pistachio meats, coarsely chopped
Zest of ½ lemon (1 tsp.)
Juice of ½ lemon (2 Tbps.)
1 Tbsp. agave sweetener (or sugar, or honey)
1 Tbsp. mild vegetable oil

Use a food processor to grate the carrots. Or use children – free labor, quick healers, and all that.

In a medium-sized salad bowl, whisk together the lemon, agave, oil. Dump in the rest, stir and serve. Or, you can stick it in the fridge and eat it later. It is good both ways: crisper with less sauce the first day, crunchy and juicier the next.
This is fantasic for picnics and barbecues (no mayo!), or with a sammie at lunch.
Going with four servings, the calorie calculator at verywell.com says each serving has:
Calories 163
Fat 7.3g
Carbs 23.9g
Fiber 5g
Sugars 14.8g
Protein 3.1g
and…..632% of your Vitamin A for the day!

Butternut Coconut Curry Soup

November will be here in a few days. It is still ninety forking degrees here (You guys are all watching ‘The Happy Place’, right?) I am thoroughly disgusted. As Himself enjoys saying, “Love that global warming!” Oy. But still, that autumnal food urge is upon me. The markets are filled with winter squashes – butternut, acorn, turban, delicata, sweet dumpling, kabucha. Makes my head swim with happiness. I’ve got a cashew cream kabucha gratin idea floating in my mind, but it hasn’t fully formed yet. Maybe in a few weeks.
In the meantime, this behemoth of a butternut keeps winking at me every time I walk past it on the kitchen counter. It’s a four-pound giant. Gonna get two meals outta that mofo.
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I think the hard squashes scare off a lot of people. Did you know you can peel him with a vegetable peeler? (Mainly because it isn’t lumpy like an acorn.) Goes quickly, and you can peel and cube him in a few minutes – toss half in a ziplock in the fridge to make a couple days later. Here, check it out.
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This and a big salad, and dinner is done. Or, if you’re really hungry, a grilled cheese and fresh jalapeno sandwich would be awesome with this: melty crunchy spicy contrasting with slightly sweet and creamy. Such happiness!
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Butternut Coconut Curry Soup
3 stalks celery
½ white onion
2# (about six cups) butternut, peeled & in 1” cubes
2 Tbsp. oil or butter
3 Tbsp curry powder
1 (-ish) quart chicken (or veg) stock
Coconut milk, the full-fat kind.
Fried onions for garnish

Over medium heat, stir together the curry powder and oil. Let it get a little toasty (when you really smell the spices, time for the next step.) Ad the celery and onion, cook over medium until the onion is translucent around the edges. Add the squash and just barely cover with the chicken stock. (It if boils down, you can always add a little more. Harder to take it away if you do too much, though.) butternuecoco2med
Simmer on medium for about half an hour, until the squash is tender.
When it’s done, purée. (With a stick blender, in an actual blender (remember to allow for steam escape!), or in the food processor. It should be like loose mashed potatoes, almost thick enough to hold up a spoon. Return it to the pot, stir in about ¾ can of coconut milk just to heat it back up. Ladle in to bowls, garnish with a swirl of the remaining coconut milk and or fried onions.
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Bon apétit!

Beef & Avocado Salad with Wasabi Vinaigrette

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Crispy romaine base with sliced radish, perfectly ripe avocado, sliced cucumbers and roast beef slices, with pickled ginger, white & black sesame seeds. Delicious!

This adventure all began because I asked my lovely husband to pick up some sliced roast beast for sammiches at The Costco.  When he got home, I realized we didn’t have any horseradish.  Now, to most households that is probably meaningless. But, at ours, we have to have horseradish on a roast beast sammich.  Anything less is uncivilized.  So, no horseradish. But, hey! I do have wasabi in the fridge – maybe I’ll make some wasabi mayo. Then the work week happened.  I started to have guilt about making my low-carb man have a sammich. I started to think about that roast beast in cute little rolls on a salad.  Plus, I had some gorgeous avoschmados. Mmmmmm. Wasabi vinaigrette! Our Google overlords proved it had been done, and that was all she wrote. 

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It turned out fantastic. Truly an outstanding salad. Totally making this again.  As I was eating, it helped me figure something out.  I love sushi. But I hate raw fish. This little salad adventure made me realize what, exactly, made me like sushi.  It’s a combination of flavors – the creamy beauty of ripe avocado, the salty soy sauce, the piercing wasabi, the sweet crispness of ginger, and the crunchy nuttiness of sesame.  Ok, flavors and ironically, textures. (Since I hate the texture of raw fish.)  All the interwebs used this kind of dressing on a seared ahi salad. Living in the desert, I save the seared ahi for our trips to San Diego. Plus, this is much less expensive.  I also think cubed firm silken tofu would be awesome on this salad if you’re not in to the whole beef thing.

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What a fantastic dinner, with a gorgeous bowl of miso soup. (Wait. What? You don’t know how to make miso? Ya gotta be kiddin’ me! Easiest soup EVER. Seriously – do this, too!
Ingredients
2 Tbsp prepared wasabi
1/2 c rice wine vinegar
¼ c low sodium soy sauce
2 tsp. toasted sesame seeds
½ tsp. toasted sesame oil
½ tsp. sugar or honey
About 1 c. lightly flavored oil
Instructions
Put everything in the blender (or your smoothie maker) and pulse a few times
serves 8
calories 264
fat 29
cholesterol 0mg
sodium 266mg
carbs 2g
-fiber 0g
-sugars 0g
protein 1g

Blueberry Sorbet

This is one of those cheater posts, where its so easy I feel guilty even sharing it. A two-ingredient wonder.   But this is yummy. And easy. And fast.   So, we’ll just have to suck it up and know it’s really close to the blueberry cheatagranita recipe I posted last year.

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So, this serves like gorgeous soft serve when you first make it. But, I wanted perfect little boules so I froze it before scooping.  And, I’d say just make this and eat it.  Honestly, once it was frozen it actually flaked gorgeously in to a a granita…but that’s already here, so …. yeah.

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The longest part of this is the waiting. But hey, set out the blueberries when you sit down to supper, and then just whip together dessert.
Ingredients
3 c. frozen blueberries
6 packets Truvia or PureVia sweetener
Instructions
Put the frozen blueberries in the food processor, and walk away for 20 mins.
Once they’re partially thawed, sprinkle them with the sweetener.
Pulse until everything is mostly smallish and then leave the processor going for 1-2 minutes.
Scrape down the sides halfway through.
Stop when it looks like soft serve.
Garnish with some whipped cream or coconut cream or nothing.

serves 4
calories 65
fat 1
cholesterol 0mg
sodium 1mg
carbs 15g
-fiber 3g
-sugars 11g
protein 1g

Posole’s Pork-Free Cousin

I want posole. But It’s hot.  I don’t want to have the oven on for six hours to roast a pork shoulder.  Plus, pork sounds so heavy. But I want posole.  I wonder how it would be w/o the meat? …..

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Answer: fucking delicious. And, as a bonus, totally crockpot-able. Hells to the yeah!

What makes this posole-esque is the puréed chile and the hominy in the broth, then serving it with the crushed red pepper and mexican oregano, shredded cabbage, lime, radish and tortilla strips.  Plus we added some avocado (because avocado!). 

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With all those lovely condiments, this is just scrumptious!  I used chicken broth, but use veg broth if you want to go 100% vegetarian.

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Please make this. You will be so happy!

 
Soup
2 celery stalks, in soupy size chunks
½ white onion in ½’ dice
1 carrot, in ½” dice
3 cloves garlic, sliced thin
2 fat zucchini, in 1“ dice
5 or six button mushrooms, quarted
1 can no salt diced tomatoes
1 can hominy, rinsed and drained
1 tsp. mexican oregano leaves
2 chile california or guajillo, seeded, soaked and puréed in the blender
2 quarts chicken broth
Garnish
tortilla strips
radish slices
cabbage shreds
lime wedges
cilantro
mexican oregano
red pepper flakes
olive oil
avocado slices
Instructions
Plug in the crockpot.
In a big microwave safe bowl, bring 2 c. of the stock to boil. Toss in the seeded chile pods and let them soak a half hour.
Chop all your veg, throw them and the rest of the soup ingredients (except the soaking chiles) in the crockpot.
Throw the chile and liquid in the blender and puree. Mine takes about 2 minutes.
Strain the chile puree in to the soup.
Set on high for 2-3 hours, or low for 4-ish.
Serve with the selection of garnishes.

6 Servings; 194 calories, 7g fat, 881 mg sodium, 28 g carbs, 10 g proteinn

Nectarine Sorbet: Hello, summer!

 

Another three-ingredient miracle thanks to magic of the season.

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Ever have one of those recipes in your mind, and you can just imagine and taste how it will be. And then you make it, and it’s good. It’s yummy.  It is just not the mind-blowing deliciousness you had in mind? Yeah – that’s me this week.  But this was still a yummy treat, and it froze and reserved beautifully.

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My only complaint is I thought this would have a deeper nectarine taste. Then I remembered the ice cream Alton Brown lesson – d’oy – if it’s going to be frozen, it needs to be super-saturated in flavor and sweetness or it won’t taste right at the end.

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See how the color lightened up, and it looks fluffy? That’s done!

 

That said, we totally ate this. It was delicious. Next time, I might try roasting the nectarines like the pears.

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Or maybe leaving the fruit out until it is almost too ripe. Time will tell – stay tuned!

I am just not happy with shots for this post. Dammit. The pear shots turned out so great, and these are….meh. 

Kvetching aside, Bon apétit.
For the frozen nectarines
6-8 just ripe to almost too ripe nectarines.
1 lemon, washed and chopped in to chunks.
¼ c sugar.
For the sorbet
You *may* need a couple Tbsp of simple syrup or fruit juice.

DIRECTIONS
Blanche/peel the nectarines. Cut in to chunks (Mine were not free-stone, so I cut them up like a mango). Squeeze the lemon chunks with the sugar in a big bowl. Toss in the nectarines, and mix to coat with the lemony sugar mixture.
Line a cookie sheet with parchment. Spread out the coated nectarine chunks in an even layer. Put the tray in the freezer, and freeze until they’re hard. Remove from the parchment, and keep in a zip bag in the freezer for up to a couple months. (Ha! Yeah – like they’ll last that long)
OK – to make it, set in the cuisinart for 10-15 mins.
Once you’v tempered the frozen fruit, you just pulse it until it is creamy and lightens in color. You may need to add a couple tablespoons of simple syrup (or apple or orange juice).
Be sure to pulse – because one second you’ll have crumbles and then whoosh it comes together.
Fantastic fluffy texture using this technique
Could you do this without peeling the fruit? Totally – it will just have tiny flecks of skin throughout. I’ve tried it that way, but didn’t like the texture.
I thought this would be awesome in a bellini, btw. Haven’t tried it yet.

Servings 4
Calories 54
Fat 0 g
Sodium 1 mg
Carbs 14 g
Protein 0 g

Roasted Pear Sorbet

Dude – this has four ingredients. Four. And it is AMAZING. Remember those roasted pears from last week?

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So, I put some in the freezer. Yes, fine, so I wouldn’t just eat all of them in one sitting. You got me. Then I started to think of that awesome banana “ice cream” you can make with just frozen bananas, and thought, “Hey! I wonder if I could do that with that bag of frozen roasted pears?”

 

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The answer is YES.  It was amazing. But himself was not impressed. So, I added some minced candied ginger – and pop! He liked it!  I’ve read about this flavor combo tons, but never thought I’d like it so didn’t try it. This is delicious!

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There isn’t really a recipe for this – take the Roast Pears post from last week, freeze it and then puree it in the Cuisinart. Stir in some candied ginger and serve. I can’t tell you if it freezes well at this time because….uh…..there wasn’t any left. Yeah. Try it, tell me what you think. 

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And, hey! That garnish is those Martha pear chips I linked to last week.

 
Ingredients
1 batch roasted pears (peel/core/cube 4 pears, toss w/ lemon juice & sugar & roast 375* 40m), frozen
2 Tbsp. minced candied ginger
Instructions
Put the frozen pears in the food processor. Spin till a beautiful soft serve is formed. Stir in the ginger, and serve in frozen dishes.
Servings 4
Calories 2
Fat 0 g
Sodium 1 mg
Carbs 7 g
Protein 0 g