Tuesday, March 20, 2018

How to sub ground turkey for sausage

I know this isn't a typical recipe, but I wanted to keep it here because I know I will use it again and again.  I often find recipes that call for sausage, but I don't love buying it because I think its kind of gross (taking the casings off, etc) and its usually really high in fat.  I made soup tonight that called for sausage and actually couldn't find any at the store, so I googled this recipe and it turned out so delicious, had the same exact flavor as sausage, was more cost effective and better for you!
How to sub ground turkey for sausage
From New Leaf Wellness Blog


  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1.5 teaspoons Italian seasoning (or equal parts dried basil, oregano, and thyme)
  • 1 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon packed light brown sugar (optional, but recommended)
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground or whole fennel seeds


  1. In a small bowl, combine all spices (including brown sugar, if using) and set a aside.
  2. Brown ground turkey in a large pan on stovetop.
  3. Add red wine vinegar and stir.  Add spice mix and stir to combine.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Drumsticks from heaven

A friend brought me dinner the other day and brought copies of her recipes along with dinner which I thought was a great idea. The main were a tray of baked drumsticks that were to die for and when I looked at the recipe I was shocked to see how simple it was! The ingredients (other than the chicken) are something I always have in my pantry anyway. They go great with pretty much any sides and are a neutral but absolutely delicious flavor.

1 large pack chicken drumsticks (4-5 lbs)
1 onion grated
1 tsp cracked pepper
1 tbsp course salt
2 tbsp greek yogurt or mayo

  1. Mix all marinade ingredients together.
  2. In a large bag or bowl, toss the marinade with the drumsticks, coating them evenly.
  3. Marinade overnight or 6-8 hours, of you think ahead. If not, it was still delicious without marinading!
  4. Coat a baking sheet with foil for easy clean up and load up with the drumsticks, skin side up.
  5. Bake at 400 for 45 minutes, then flip over and bake for 15 minutes more.
  6. Flip back to skin side up for serving!
  7. Let sit for 10-20 minutes before serving.