Woo! More diner food. Get excited.
What I mean to say is "Get excited, you're going to be one skinny bitch or dude!"
Yum! The sausage is a *mite* time-consuming, but it's delicious and easy to freezey. Here, lemme show you.
This called for a number of spices I don't normally use, hence the unappealing array of unsightly jars. It even looks better on raw meat, somehow.
Since turkey comes in 1.25 lb packages, and since I haven't tested the spice blend with that much turkey (I saved the extra quarter pound for a chili), I would say to use generous 1/2 tsps of the spices. Because we're talking an extra 1/8 tsp, and my measuring spoons don't even get that small. It's about a pinch.
Now weigh out 1.1 oz patties. I know that's kind of a weird size, but they were just the right size. If you don't have a scale, divide your meat into about 12 parts. Ball up the meat, then pat it down, and stack between little squares of wax paper.
Now chill it for an hour. After the hour's gone by, wrap whatever you aren't going to use in saran wrap, then throw them in a freezer-safe bag in the freezer. To thaw later, microwave on high in two 10 second intervals, allowing a minute or so between nukings.
After the hour's up, get a pan hot, then lay down a patty. Let it sit for a couple minutes, then flip. Let sit another couple minutes. Cut into one to be sure you've cooked all the way through (these should be rather thin, so if both sides look white, you're probably all set).
And there you are! Money shot in a bit.
Now for the eggs. I love love LOVE egg substitute, and I use it anywhere I can get away with it. I don't care what anyone says, for a scramble, these are fantastic. And oh so low calorie. I put a pinch of cayenne and probably a 1/4 tsp of garlic powder. Garlic powder is this amazing thing that you can put in fat free food to make it a thousand times more satisfying. You may have heard of it.
Next, some stuff to add a little fiber to your meal.
In addition to being delicious, these are lovely additions to your eggs. First you want to salt and pepper these . . . because they are particularly low-fat, the salt helps bring out a lot of otherwise neglected flavour. Sautee on medium-high for a few minutes, then set the burner to medium and lid it for another few minutes to let the broccoli get nice and tender.
Aaaaahhh!! Egg substunami!
Scramble it up in your awful pan that sticks to everything even when you use cooking spray.
You are perhaps thinking "But Aleta, I only like broccoli when its flavour is completely masked by cheese!" Have no fear, cheese-lover . . . there is such a thing as fat free shredded cheddar, and it goes on top of these eggs.
Now turn off the burner and, without moving your pan, lid it again to melt the cheese without burning the shit out of your eggs.
And that's dinner.
Maple Turkey Sausage
adapted from a recipe by A Taste of Home
1.25 lbs ground light turkey
1 tbsp maple syrup
One generous half-teaspoon each:
1/4 tsp cayenne powder (plus a pinch for the adventurous)
Mix the turkey with the spices and maple syrup. Pat into tight 1.1 oz patties (about 14 total). You want these pretty thin so they don't have to cook for very long. Layer between squares of wax paper and chill in the fridge one hour.
No no, the turkey patties, not you. Get out of there.
Heat a nonstick pan to HOT, then cook each side of the patty 2-3 minutes. Cut into one to be sure that there's no pink in the middle.
These freeze and reheat fantastically, and I highly recommend making a month's supply at a time. To do so, wrap each patty individually with plastic wrap, then store in a freezer bag in your freezer. They should last a good few months that way.
Easy Fo-cheesey Egg Scramble
1/2 c egg substitute
pinch of cayenne
pinch of garlic powder
1/3 c (or more) chopped broccoli
1/4 c chopped onion
1 slice packaged ham, chopped
1/4 c fat free shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 medium tomato, chopped, with the gutsy part left out, for garnish
Spray your pan with cooking spray, and heat to medium-high. Sautee the veggies until the onions start to look translucent (a few minutes), then cover the pan with a lid to help the broccoli cool.
Meanwhile, whisk the egg with the cayenne and garlic powder.
Remove the lid, turn heat to medium, and add the egg. Scramble it up. These cook pretty quickly. When the egg is no longer runny, sprinkle the cheese on top, turn off the burner, and lid the pan again to melt the cheese without burning the egg. About two minutes later, you, my friend have a cheesey egg scramble.