This morning I was too lazy to make breakfast. In the middle of the night our Christmas tree had fallen over` and by morning it was dangerously close to taking out the TV. What causes a Christmas tree to topple over? Well, my roommate’s cat walking around covered in pine needles was our first clue. I didn’t know cats had so much holiday spirit! Anyway, after that debacle I really couldn’t be bothered to use anything other than the microwave to feed myself. So I heated up this mis-match of tubers and steak and added half and apple with almond butter.
Breakfast of champions? Maybe not by conventional standards, but after eating Chinese food and Redbull for days during college nothing phases me. My leftover breakfast kept me full and happy even while competing with what seemed like every Cambridge resident for the last avocado at the grocery store. During the week I’m a little more traditional with breakfast. My roommate and I carpool most days and have our morning routine down to a 35 minute science. She wakes up at 5:00AM, feeds the cat and showers first. This allows me to ‘sleep-in’ until 5:15, shower second, and gives me just enough time to grab my already packed lunchbox before we head out at the crack o’ 5:35… or maybe 5:40 if one of us (usually me) is feeling especially sluggish.
Today, I decided to us the Pats game to make myself a little breakfast treat to break up the hard boiled egg monotony that has become my Whole30 world. Plus, I had some ground turkey leftover and apples were on sale… a win-win. I added some diced apples and onions to the ground turkey just like with last week’s turkey burgers. I also added sage, one of my favorite herbs because it looks like the fuzzy leaves of a plant my mom used to have in the garden… rabbit’s ear? Cow’s ear? Botany isn’t my favorite subject but the plant looked pretty cool. Oh, and sage tastes delicious.
Apple and sage turkey sausage
1 lb ground turkey
1 apple, diced
1 shallot or 1/2 a small onion, diced
1 to 2 tbs minced sage leaves
salt and pepper to taste
Heat oil/clarified butter over medium-high heat. Add shallots and cook until starting to become transparent. Add apples and cook about a minute until softened. You can omit this if you want crunchy apples in your sausage, just a personal preference. Add shallots, apples to other ingredients and form into small pattys. Cook over medium heat.
I always make a small ‘tester’ patty first to check if I need to add more sage/salt/apples and I was distracted by the game and completely burnt it, setting off the smoke detectors in the process. I guess the cat isn’t the only one wrecking havoc in our house! These turned out awesome and I even had some leftover apples to make apples sauce.
6 apples diced
1 tbs lemon juice
1 1/2 cup water or more to just cover apples
1 tsp cinnamon or more to taste
Add all ingredients into a large pat and bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer and cook until apples are soft, this took me 45 minutes. Mash apples with potato masher for chunky applesauce or blend for a more Motts-like texture. Add more cinnamon if you’d like.