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I really like lean meat…
It’s not because I am trying to limit fat or that I think it is more virtuous somehow…. I just don’t like fatty meat! It feels weird in my mouth. So I have always preferred chicken breast, fish and lean ground turkey and beef. My husband is quite the opposite. “The fattier the better” he would say! And that, right there, is what is so amazing about this recipe! The flavor and texture is so good that he actually likes these little sausage gems!
I sometimes buy different brands of chicken-apple sausage and they are mostly pretty good… but there always seems to be added ingredients that I prefer to stay away from. I started experimenting with making my own. I chose 96% lean ground turkey for the meat, mostly because it is what is most available in the stores I shop… but you could use chicken too, if you have access to it. It is really the apples & onions with all the spices that give it an amazing flavor!
Making these from scratch takes a tad bit of effort but they store well and I love having them on hand to add to any meal. They are delicious with breakfast or with salad & veggies for lunch. You can dice them to add to fried rice or eggs. So many options once you have them on hand!
I usually do this in my food processor because my kids don’t like the chunks of apple and onion, and having them pureed makes the finished sausages a bit more moist with the flavor incorporated throughout. They are the perfect addition to breakfast or serve them with veggies for lunch or dinner. You could even stick some toothpicks in them to serve as an appetizer or a party platter.
Hope you enjoy these too.
Turkey Apple Sausage
Full of flavor but low in fat, these little sausage patties are a perfect addition to any meal.
- 1 small onion, diced
- 1 tsp oil
- 1 medium apple ( about 3/4 cup), diced
- 1 Tbls Gentle Sweet or Sugar
- 2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp ground sage
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1.5 pounds lean ground turkey
- 1/3 cup egg whites
- 1 tsp maple extract
- Step 1 Dice onions and sauté with 1 tsp of oil over medium heat for 5 to 10 minutes or until soft and browed.
- Step 2 Dice apples and add to pan with onions.
- Step 3 Add sweetener and all the spices to the pan and toss until well incorporated and apples are tender.
- Step 4 Into a food processor, add ground turkey, egg whites and maple extract. Process until well mixed.
- Step 5 Add apple and onion mixture to meat and process until well incorporated or pureed, whichever you prefer.
- Step 6 Portion into patties, about 2 Tbls each. (I use a cookie scoop). Spraying hands with a little oil spray can help you to form the patties without them sticking to your hands.
- Step 7 In a non-stick pan (I used a good cast-iron) spray with oil or use about a teaspoon of oil per batch. Heat to medium and add patties.
- Step 8 Cover with lid and cook for 2 to 2.5 minutes and then flip to the other side, cover again and cook another 2 minutes or so.
- Step 9 Repeat batches until done.
- Step 10 Serve hot or store in refrigerator or freezer for later use.
These Turkey Apple Sausages are a perfect on-plan recipe for any THM E-Meal (I use a tablespoon of Gentle Sweet and they come out perfect). They add lots of lean protein and flavor.
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We have the privilege of living next-door to my parents for half of the year, so my three younger boys have grown up knowing their “Papa” well. As I was running around the kitchen the other day, out of the blue my 8 year old asked me “What did you like best about Papa when you were growing up?”
I replied “I think my favorite things were that he spent time with me playing games, and that he would take me running whenever I wanted to go” (even though looking back, I am sure I slowed him down considerably).
Hearing this my three boys chimed in “I like it when we go over to his house for breakfast”
“I like it when he teases us”
“He is so funny, he always makes me laugh”
“It is so fun to play games with him and Oma too. No offense or anything mom, but they are just so much funner to play games with!”
“He gives us candy!”
“He lets me watch TV on his lap”
“He is the best Papa”
Aren’t the candid moments with kids the best? This soup from “the best Papa” is a family favorite in our home (always better when he makes it!) and will always be on the menu when I have fresh green beans in the fridge. I personally think it tastes best when made a little extra creamy with a little heavy cream added, but tastes amazing without it too.
Creamy Hamburger and Green Bean Soup
A creamy soup chock full of vegetables and meat, perfect for a winter evening
- One large or two small onions
- 1-2 tablespoons oil
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1/2 pound chopped carrots
- 6 ribs of chopped celery
- 4-5 small peeled and chopped potatoes
- 1 pound of fresh green beans (ends removed and cut in one inch lengths)
- 5 cups of chicken broth
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 pint (2 cups) of half and half
- salt and pepper to taste
- Step 1 Saute onion in oil over medium heat until soft (about 8 minutes)
- Step 2 Add garlic and saute another minute
- Step 3 Add chicken broth, carrots, celery, potatoes and green beans and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer until vegetables are tender
- Step 4 Crumble ground beef into soup and cook for a few minutes until ground beef is cooked through
- Step 5 Stir in half and half and heat but do not boil
- Step 6 Season with salt and pepper to taste
Sunday afternoons in Hawaii would often find us at Kaimana beach with friends, new and old and a big order of Gina’s Korean food to go! After church the kids would all get a nap in and then we would pick up food and head out to splash in the waves and dig in the sand until the sun went down over the ocean.
The kids would wade in the water, make sand castles, eat, and play little made up games together (the order is important here, the kids would first play in the sand and THEN eat, which would always add a little “texture” to the food. It tasted so good though, that we didn’t mind a “crunch” now and then.) We often took relaxing swims or just sat in the sand while the warm water washed over us and took our troubles away. Those are beautiful memories that we will always cherish.
With our stomachs full and our hearts even fuller, we still had to drag ourselves off the shores as it started to get dark.
Today, we are mainland dwellers and live a thousand miles apart, so gone are the days of lazy afternoons at the beach with our families. We also miss the delicious Korean food that completed those dreamy days at the beach.
Enter one of our favorite Korean recipes.
The recipe isn’t really authentic because it uses ground beef, but the flavors are just right to bring up those delightful memories. It is spicy and sweet with lots of garlic and a touch of ginger to round out the flavors!
As a bonus, this recipe is made in twenty minutes start to finish, so it is perfect for those busy evenings. It also works well as a low carb (for THM an S ) meal using appropriate sweeteners and served alongside cauliflower rice or other vegetables. You can give the kids rice and you have a quick meal that is sure to be a family favorite!
A spicy, sweet and flavorful beef perfect for those busy evenings!
A spicy, sweet and flavorful beef perfect for those busy evenings!
For the low carb version of this recipe, our favorite is Gentle Sweet from THM but if you have another favorite sweetener, use whatever you have.