So we are 15 days into our 30 day real food challenge. Â Half-way there! Â On the downhill slope! Â Other than a couple little snaffoos things have been going pretty well.
After more carefully studying the ingredients in some of our typical foods, I had to rethink some of my breakfast and lunch menus. Â For breakfast, I’ve been on an instant oatmeal kick of late. Â I know making the oatmeal myself is better for me, but it just takes too long for me to do before work. Â (I have a slight problem getting up in the mornings…)
Lisa raved about her homemade granola cereal so frequently on her blog that I decided to give it a try. Â But, Â along side my oatmeal, I’ve been having two small Jimmy Dean turkey sausage links and an orange. Â Well, after giving a hard look to the contents of my fridge, the Jimmy Dean had to go, leaving me in search of a real food alternative as I had serious doubts that a simple bowl of granola would tide me over until lunch time.
Enter Gwyneth Paltrow…
I know what you are thinking. Â “Seriously? Â Gwyneth Paltrow solved your real food problem?” Â And the answer is – yes, she did! Â Well, she helped at least. But let me back up…2 yrs ago to be exact.
In April 2011, I entered a giveaway on my friend, Beth’s, blog and won. Â The prize was Gwyneth Paltrow’s recently released cookbook, My Father’s Daughter.
I won! Â I was super excited because I’d never one a blog giveaway before. Â I started a post about winning the cookbook, but because I was a bad, bad blogger for a while I never finished and published it. Â I made a couple items out of the cookbook then put it on the shelf amongst the gazillions of other cookbooks I have and kind of forgot about it…until recently.
I remembered that her cookbook contained several options for vegetarian meals as well as some recipes for homemade pantry staples. Â Â So, I grabbed it off the bookshelf, knocked the dust off of it, and started perusing. Â Guess what I found…
A RECIPE FOR HOMEMADE TURKEY SAUSAGE PATTIES! Â Hazzah! Â I don’t have to forego my morning boost of protein after all! The recipe is super simple and tastes
the same as much better than those prepackaged Jimmy Dean things I was buying.
Here’s all you will need:
(cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes, fennel seed, herbs de provence, salt, sage, ground turkey, Vermont maple syrup)
AAAAAND it’s as easy as 1-2-3. Â See…
1. Combine the spices and ground turkey
2. Â Form into small meatballs and flatten into patties. Â (When forming meatballs, I use a little trick I learned from Martha Stewart. Â I use a small spring loaded ice cream scoop so that they are more uniform in size than if I just grabbed a hunk of meat out of the bowl.)
3. Â Cook in a skillet
In re-reading this recipe for this post, I realized that Gwyneth’s instructions actually call for you to use a mortar and pestle or mini food processor to “bash” the spices together. Â Somehow I missed that bit, as I’ve just been dumping them all in a bowl and stirring them up. Â Mine have still turned out tasty, though it would be nice not to bite into a big ole fennel seed every now and then…
The whole process takes maybe 15-20 min. Â Gwynnie says that her recipe makes 12 patties…but I’ve only been able to get Â 8-10 per 1lb of ground turkey and that’s using a ????? ice cream scoop. Â Since it’s such a quick and easy process, what I’ve started doing is doubling or tripling the recipe, putting a week’s worth in the fridge, and freezing the rest. Â That way I make these once a month and I’m set.
First I let them cool on paper towels to absorb any excess oil from the skillet.
Then I layer them in a freezer appropriate container, placing wax paper between the layers.
Then I label them and pop then in the freezer.
You’ve just gotta love these Martha Stewart food container labels from Staples.
A bowl of Lisa’s homemade granola with local milk, one of these turkey sausage patties, and a piece of fruit is now my favorite breakfast. Â And, I’m telling you, it absolutely keeps me satiated! Â I usually eat breakfast around 6:30a. Â With my previous breakfast, I would always notice the first twinges of hunger around 11:00-11:15a. Â With this breakfast I’m good to go until 12:30p. Â For me, going 6 HOURS without feeling hungry is a freakin’ miracle!
Prior to publishing this recipe in her cookbook, Gwyneth published it on her website,Â goop.com. Â You can find this recipeÂ here. Â One of the things that I love about My Father’s Daughter is that Gwyneth has coded each recipe to indicate whether it is a recipe that can be prepared ahead of time, it’s quick, it’s vegetarian or vegan or can be adapted as such, whether it is a one-pot meal, or a “dress-up” meal. Â Over the last couple weeks, it has proved to be excellent resource for vegetarian meal recipes as well as recipes for homemade pantry staples. Â More posts to come on those later!
With my renewed appreciation for this cookbook gem, imagine how excited I was when I spotted this in Target last week.
Gwyneth’s got a NEW cookbook! Â You can pick it up at Target or Amazon for around $20. Â Or if you so desire, you can order a personalized signed copy for $55 from goop.com. Â I think Gwynnie’s cool and all…but I don’t think I’ll pay an extra $35 for her signature. I’ll get all the fun and 5% off for picking it up at Target with my Target Red Card. Â I can’t wait to see what goodies it has in store.