3 posts categorized "In the Kitchen"

12 February 2013

In The Kitchen: Vegetarian Sausage


I came across this video yesterday for Vegetarian Sausage while doing a search for breakfast sausages on Youtube. Doesn't this look exactly like a real sausage? You'll never guess what it is!

Wait for it....

Wait for it...


It's Oatmeal! Can you believe it!

The recipe is really simple and it tastes pretty good too. It did taste a little unfamiliar to me I must say, of course the texture was a little different but the spices aren't familiar to what I'm use to in a sausage. I'll have to play around with different spices until I get something that I like as it relates to having a permanent sausage replacement. The spices I'm about to include below weren't horrible, just as it relates to making something that will mimic meat in a way that I'm use to I think I'll see if I can get that flavor otherwise this will do it just fine for me. Also my goal was to create a vegan sausage but I hadn't had an official meal for the day and didn't feel like trying to wrap my brain around what I could use instead of the egg so I went with the egg. I'll do an updated recipe once I try a veganized version.

Enough of my chatter, here is the recipe:


Makes 4 Large Patties


1 cup uncooked oatmeal
2 eggs  (can use an egg replacer to make these vegan)
1 teaspoon ground sage
1 teaspoon ground fennel
1/2 teaspoon ground rosemary
1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
1/2 teaspoon dill
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 – 3 cups vegetable stock

Mix all ingredients except the vegetable stock and form into four patties. Place canola oil in a frying pan, just slightly more than you'd use to coat the pan. Iif you are using a non-stick pan feel free to use just enough to coat the pan, cook over medium heat.

In a pot large enough to hold your four patties, add your vegetable stock and bring it to a boil, reduce heat, place your patties into the stock and allow to simmer for 20 minutes.

Remove patties from the liquid and drain them to remove any excess liquid. Once the patties are drained, re-browning the patties and serve.  If you do not plan on serving these right away. Hold off on re-browning them until you are ready to cook and serve them They will keep in the refrigerator for a few days. 

Be sure to pack your patties tight enough so that they don't fall enough, but not o tight that the liquid isn't able to reach the center of the patty. I packed my patties a little too tightly and had a few dry spots, it didn't take away from the flavor but made it a little dry.

Enjoy and if you like them, let me know in the comments! Also if you'd like a visual step by step, check out the youtube video. The particular vid I'm sharing uses the same technique but added more spices so you may judge which would be most to your liking or do like myself and add the seasonings you'd most associate with meat sausages:




03 January 2013

My new toy- Ninja Master Prep

So I went to Target on a mission earlier this week to buy my magic bullet and to my dismay, Target was all out!!! I stood in front of the empty self for about a good 10 minutes trying to figure out why the didn't have what I wanted, and how to rectify the situation. Also to look about a good 10 times more to ensure I wasn't overlooking it but nope they were out. All of the time that they lived there, this day they decided to be sold out. Mind you it was after Christmas so I knew exactly why yet this somehow wasn't completely acceptable to me.


I needed to get something then and there that day so that I wouldn't spend the gift card I'd received on something else and end up putting off this purchase any longer than I already have. I looked around and saw the Ninja, at the same price as the Bullet I thought this may work but I wasn't too keep about buying something for the same price without knowing much about it. In the end I got it remembering how good Target's return policy is. Got it home and let it rest until the next day when I'd go grocery shopping. I did a ton of smoothie prep once I got back from the market, I also made chickpea burgers, raw truffles and vegan mayo with my new Ninja (which reminds me, still have to get that vegan post up!) I fell in love on the spot. I wasn't able to make my smoothie until the next day when I had everything frozen and when I got the opportunity to do so I wasn't disappointed.


One thing that I love about the Ninja that I wouldn't have received if I purchased the bullet, are two containers, both with blades. So I have a big container for bigger jobs and a small one for smaller jobs. I can use it as a blender, chopper, and food processor and I can utilize the containers as containers by utilizing the lids that came with the product. NinjaproThen another thing I like about this product is the fact that the blades are removable, which I've found makes for very easy clean up. The power that you see pictured at the top is also removable which allows me to use it on either sized container. And the blades are uber sharp, proven via my first boo boo when I was trying to clean it a little bit too well.


I took this pic from amazon, my Ninja is black but it's the exact same otherwise. Since I was in such a hurry to get this all purchased and do smoothie set up I didn't get any pics of what I did with it. I'll do a post when I do my meal prep for next week. I've never used the Bullet to compare, I wanted to get it because I'd always heard good things about it and I wanted something that would be easy to clean and allow me to do a smoothie a day if I chose to which is why I was disappointed that I couldn't get the Bullet because of all of the extra cups. Yet I'm happy with this purchase and glad they were out of what I really went for that day.


With that said I've already fallen off from what I'm seeking to do. I decided to get it in starting next week, this week is harder because I just got back to work from holiday vacay so I'm doing overtime. Tuesday night, the night I would have utilized to prep for the week I was sick, my guess partially due to the healthier changes and partially due to not getting in enough nutrients with my change. So this weekend I will be sitting down, writing out my exact needs based on the calorie count I've already shared with you guys here and I'll be prepping my meals for the entire week next week. On a good note I've been doing okay portion wise, made some foul choices due to availability but still stayed within a good range of calorie intake. Oh and as I knew it would be, it's difficult doing my smoothie a day in the morning so next week I'm committing to doing one a day at Dinner time. That fits right in with me being tired when I get home anyway but I'll still need to prep in this area for my daughter so I'll get that balance I need as I commit to the changes.


That's all for now folk, as a reminder or for anyone that did not see the post, I'm committing to losing 28 pounds via clean eating and so I needed a new blender to get in a green smoothie a day, a part of what will get me there. I've learned that much of the success of my current 40 pound lost is not begin on that scale, allowing my lifestyle change to truly develop in to a lifestyle. So with that said I'll be weighting myself once a month on the 5th of the month, at least approximately according to my daughter my scale is broken which isn't a bad thing but I'll wait until the 5th to test it to avoid the temptation of getting on in event it is just in need of a new battery as I suspect. And in between time I'll continue posting my progress and what I'm doing here on the blog.


Tata for now!

27 December 2012

A Smoothie a day keeps the Dr. Away

Hi Everyone, hope you all had a great Christmas. I still cannot believe it's that time of year already and the day has come and gone and we're headed towards the new year!

Now I'm not typically one for new years resolutions but I've noticed for some odd reason when I "get it together" it's typically done at least to some degree of permanent change, in January. In January 2012 I decided to become a vegan which I'll post a blog with an update on that topic some Magicbullettime next week. My focus for January 2013 is to get back to drinking a smoothie a day, a nice habit I picked up when I became a vegan last year but got out of the habit of when my old individual blender had to be thrown out, well the cup part of it. So I'm on my way to Target shortly to invest in a Magic Bullet. So happy I can do this right now thought I'd have to wait a few weeks but was blessed with a Target gift card so I'm going to make that move.


With my old blender I'd take everything with me to work and get ice from the cafeteria, I think this time around since I'll have the extra cups, I'll set everything up for the week and make my smoothie to take with me then eat something an hour or two after  I get to work.


One of the reasons I'd decided to become a Vegan was for the purpose of losing weight. Figuring if I made a lifestyle change vs trying to focus on what I will or will not eat than I'll be successful and I was right but again I'll speak more on that experience next week. I will just add that I've lost 40 pounds thus far without feeling as though I was trying to lose, and now I feel comfortable with setting a short term goal of losing 28 pounds, that will get me out of the 200 mark. I'm still avoiding the diet mentality/feeling but I am making more conscious efforts so that the weight isn't coming off as slowly as I've been allowing myself to lose it. After losing the 28 I'll then think about rather I'll continue focusing or if I'll get back to eating what I what while making healthy choices. The difference is by me focusing I'll avoid certain foods and ensure I'm only eating x amount of calories and fat. Since my lifestyle change there are things I'll naturally gravitate to that are healthier which again was my goal but there are still plenty of fattening options out there that the old me loves to gravitate to so giving myself the needed balance to get to the end goal.


To make it official, I'm pulling out the old school tracker to keep up with my results, well old school to me, not sure if people are still using it:)



Lastly let me say I didn't lose 40 pounds this year but over several. I'd loss some weight a few years ago but gained most back, kept off about 15 and then loss 25 this year so still not too shabby but as it relates to changing my lifestyle vs dieting I am losing slower. Yet those 25 again was without a concious effort and strickly based off of choices. I've gained small amounts of weight back and just weight myself the other day to see what I'd gained and came to find I'd lost about 8 pounds so this needless to say is working for me and I'll explain what I've been doing next week!


*Sorry about any typos, don't think typepad is catching everything and I have to run, will update any later!!*