What? This sausage will help you lose fat? Well, that's not entirely true, but eating plenty of lean protein and limiting your fat intake is one of the ways to lose fat . . . remember, healthy foods aren't necessarily fat-loss foods. Not that you'd think sausage is a health food. You wouldn't think that, right? But if you know me off-blog, you know I love sausage. Even from those vendors outside sporting events, or on the streets of NYC. Yup, I'd go there. Spicy, juicy, greasy . . . all the way up to homemade, couture sausage in little restaurants where everything is locally sourced. Yes, I've dined along the whole sausage spectrum and enjoyed every lip-smackin' minute.
But right now I'm trying to keep my physical gains and take them further, and sausage is not on the list of foods that'll get me there. Until now.
Enter this recipe. I'm amazed at how sausagey and delicious it is. You can dial the red pepper up or down, depending on your spice preferences. You can brown the turkey & spices for a sausage crumble (how amazing would this be with refried beans & cheese, rolled up in a tortilla??), make it into little breakfast-sausage-sized patties, form it into burger-sized disks (this is what I did), make it into meatballs. Whatever. It's damn good and is sure to satisfy a hankering for sausage, without blowing your plan. Enjoy!
- 1 lb. ground turkey breast
- 1 clove garlic, crushed
- 2 heaping t. ground sage
- 3/4 t. red pepper flakes (or to taste, this does give a kick)
- 1/2 t. celery salt
- 1/2 t. ground cumin
- 1/2 t. Kosher salt
- 1/2 t. freshly ground black pepper
- Place all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl and mix thoroughly. Form into patties, meatballs, etc. or place in a skillet and break it apart to brown. Cook until no longer pink.