Low-carb adventures: Homemade chicken sausage patties

A breakfast plate of chicken sausages, an egg, half of an English muffin and some raspberries.As previously mentioned, I’m trying to watch my eating habits a bit more than I have in the recent past but I’ve found myself craving my old stand-bys. So this was a recipe I tried out of a craving for sausage. I had some ground chicken in the fridge and figured I’d give it a go. Surely, this would also mean the sausages would be lower in sodium, as they’re not pre-processed.

These are based on Rachel Ray’s Chicken Sausage Patties recipe on the Food Network’s website. The only adjustment I made was instead of pan-frying them, I popped them in my George Foreman grill for 6-8 minutes, flipping halfway through (as mine cooks hotter on the top than the bottom for some reason, so one side gets brown faster than the other).

Pop over to the Food Network’s site to check out the recipe. Hers says it makes up to 12 patties. I somehow got 15. And the nutrition values below are per patty.

I definitely give this one the two-thumbs up!

Nutrition Info

Serving: 1 patty

Calories: 112
Carbs: 2g
Fat: 5g
Protein: 15g
Sodium: 166mg
Sugars: 1g

Too hot to bake? Try microwaving! Apple-raisin-cinnamon nuked muffin.

A white rectangular plate holds an apple-cinnamon muffin which has been baked in a cup in the microwave.It’s been too hot to cook, too hot to bake, but I’ve had a craving for muffins. So of course, I went scouring through search after search, just making myself more and more hungry, until I stumbled across a recipe called “Blueberry Muffin for One”, which gave baking instructions for both the conventional oven, as well as the microwave!

I didn’t have all of the same ingredients, so I played around with it a bit and substituted some things out with what I actually had. Here are the results… Continue reading

Apple-baked chicken & noodles with apple cream sauce

Apple-baked chicken with noodles drizzled with an apple cream sauce, accompanied by asparagus tossed in a balsamic vinaigrette dressingBefore I start to explain, go to this Food Network recipe for Apple Cider Chicken by Sunny Anderson. This is what I based my chicken dish off of. The main difference is that instead of finishing the entire dish off on the stove, I baked mine in the end. I still seared the chicken breasts (and I had 6, not 4) in the pan and sauteed the apples, onions, garlic, seasonings, etc. in the pan. Then after the apple cider was added and cooked down a bit, it was then poured over the chicken , I added a bit more cider, and I baked it all off at 350F for 30 minutes until the chicken’s internal temperature was 165F.

Then, while the chicken baked off, I got to work on a sauce for some egg noodles as a side dish. Here’s what I did:  Continue reading

Gorilla Cheese: a review

gordIf you live in the Hamilton, Ontario area, you have likely heard of the Gorilla Cheese truck. If you haven’t… what rock have you been living under?? Seriously, though, point your browser at www.gorillacheese.com, twitter.com/gorilla_cheese and/or www.facebook.com/gorillacheeseonfb and see what these cats are all about. They tweet and Facebook their weekly schedule, so keep your eyes peeled.

This black food truck emblazoned with Gord, a gorilla, on the side, cranks out some serious grilled cheese sandwiches. No, they’re not on fancy bread. The bread is great, sure, but it’s simply a vehicle for all the yumminess they pack between the slices of bread. Are you a ham-lover? They have a sandwich for that. Bacon and maple syrup fan? Yep, there’s a sandwich for that. Pulled pork? Oh yes, you heard me right.

Their menu changes from time to time, but some staples seem to be the Lumberjack (a personal favourite), the Sarducci, the Bubba and the O.G. (original grilled cheese, I think?), just to name a few. The Lumberjack is stuffed with apple slices, bacon, cheddar and maple syrup. Yes. Bacon, apple and maple. What a fantastic combination.

I recently tried the Hammer, which had ham and honey mustard in it (I believe there was apple in that too). Now, I have to confess, I was talked into that one. I’m not a ham or mustard fan by any stretch of the imagination. I avoid ham at family dinners and hubby and I just threw out a bottle of mustard that had been in our fridge (at the very back) for so long, I was considering charging it rent. But the Hammer was delicious! I would likely get it again.

The Bubba is loaded up with cheese, mouth-watering pulled pork and coleslaw. Again, I’m  not a coleslaw fan, but man, this sandwich was tasty.Very filling but very tasty. I’d recommend it to anyone. And I found it had a bit of a kick at the end, but then, I have sensitive tastebuds.

Tonight’s dinner contained two Lumberjacks and their elusive, homemade tomato soup. They don’t have the soup every time and I’ve been hearing for weeks about how good it is. After a week of relatively nice weather, we’ve had a sudden cold snap, so it was the perfect day for soup. I just lucked out that the Gorilla Cheese folks had some soup available.

It’s served in a styrofoam cup and I believe it was only $2.50. They should be charging more. This was the best tomato soup I’ve ever had — a lovely puree of herbed tomato soup that is fresh, warming and comforting. I wish I had bought two cups, honestly, then reheated the second one for tomorrow’s lunch! Oh, and did I mention that I have always despised canned tomato soup? This is not canned. This is the real deal. Look at the picture: do you think I enjoyed it??

A picture of the inside of a now-empty styrofoam cup with a spoon sitting in it.

All gone!

(Also, I found two sandwiches and the soup a bit too much for my tummy. The tastebuds were wanting, but the stomach was saying, “Nae more!” Next time, one sammy if I’m getting soup.)

Bottom line here is that everything I’ve tried has been to die for. It’s good, old fashioned comfort food out of the side of a truck. There is nothing about that which I don’t like! And the staff are just wonderful, sweet people. You’re always greeted with a smile and you’re always treated as though you’re an old friend. After a few visits, you’ll probably be surprised that some of them remember your name, or at least your face!

If you haven’t tried it, get your butt out there and put one of their sammies in your mouth! (Don’t forget to tip! They’re worth it!)

Rainy Day Twists: Reinventing an old favourite

Brie, apple and cranberry-almond preserve sandwich with apple sliceson the sideOn the weekend, I was craving comfort foods (as I so often do); specifically, grilled cheese sandwiches. As it so happens, my city has a great gourmet grilled cheese food truck (Gorilla Cheese!). I was able catch them at some point and tried their original grilled cheese sandwich (OG for Original Grilled, I think) and their Sarducci sandwich (words cannot even describe how good this one was). So this weekend, I got thinking of this lovely food truck’s fare and thought, “Why do I need to have plain old white bread and cheese slices in a frying pan? I want to get creative!”

Continue reading