Wednesday, October 30, 2013

A fool and his sausages are soon parted.

Touch my sausages and die!
Variety's the very spice of life, that gives it all it's flavour.”    

William Cowper

This is true about a lot of things.. new adventures keep me from getting bored and I always learn something new. My favorite adventures are food related, of course.. Trying a new restaurant, new method of cooking or a new food.  I seem to get stuck in the "boneless, skinless chicken breast" rut and always enjoy it when I break out of that.  This month Allrecipes partnered with Johnsonville Sausage for the second year in a row and this meant I got to eat yummy sausages!!  These are the two I decided to work with : Mild Ground Italian Sausage and Chicken Sausage Chipotle Monterey Jack Cheese

Mild Ground Italian Sausage
Chicken Sausage Chipotle Monterey Jack Cheese

The first thing I made was this Easy Sausage Pizza by Johnsonville®   and I used the ground Italian sausage in this dish

Easy Sausage Pizza by Johnsonville®
 I added mushrooms just because I like them.... a really delicious easy dish that would lend itself to any veggies or cheese you like. The sausage is so flavorful, you don't need to add any spices to the dish

I had some leftover ground Italian sausage so I tried it in another recipe Spicy Breakfast Meatballs

Spicy Breakfast Meatballs
I used the sausage with ground turkey and it was really good.. Had this for dinner a few nights and really enjoyed it. Who doesn't love breakfast for dinner???

Last night I cracked open the Chicken Chipotle Sausage and made Fettuccine with Roasted Tomatoes, Vegetables and Sausage

Fettuccine with Roasted Tomatoes, Vegetables and Sausage
Another winner... all this needed for me was some fresh cracked pepper and a little pink sea salt. Roasting veggies really changes their flavor so if you've never tried it, give it a whirl. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised. The sausage itself was delicious, and since it's made with chicken, it's a healthy and lighter choice.

I am really happy to have had the opportunity to test Johnsonville recipes. I had never used the product before but now, when I need sausage, I look at this brand first

Monday, October 28, 2013

I'm pretty much a couch potato - Ore-Ida and me

Have you ever heard the saying. " I am not fat. I am fluffy." ?  I love this saying and it let's me continue to live in a state of denial over my  waistline. I eat healthy... I really do, I just eat too much healthy food. I work out at the gym, but the rest of the time.....

So this month Allrecipes partnered with Ore-Ida potatoes and asked us to use some of their products in recipes or meals. Oh BOY!  Potatoes for this couch potato.. and a business reason to eat fries.. I am so there! Since it is just me eating these, I thought one bag made three different ways would be plenty of french fries at my house.  So I selected the Zesty Twirls

I started out with my favorite type of meal - Breakfast!!

Breakfast Spaghetti

I baked up the fries per the package directions til they got nice and golden brown.  On the stove top,  I cooked up some peppers, onions, mushrooms, garlic and Canadian bacon  and then added in some egg whites to make some loaded scrambled eggs. I topped a plate of fries with the eggs. had a yummy meal. I really like the twists because I am an immature adult and why can't I still have fun with my food??

The next recipe I created was the classic chili cheese fries. I had some leftover chili so let's give this a try been 10+ years since I had them

Chili Cheese Fries
Yeah they were yummy... a filling meal. Not a diet disaster either as the chili was made with ground turkey and soy chorizo.. lots of tomatoes onions and peppers rounded it out. Was a nice treat

My last creation was an easy one... just a little augmentation to the baked fries.

Garlic Parmesan fries

 You can almost smell them, can't you? I tossed them with a little olive oil when they came out of the oven, sprinkled with garlic powder, fresh Parmesan and a little fresh parsley. Yum yum. Simple way to make store bought fries special. Any cheese and herb combo is an easy way to perk up baked fries... when you have the craving but are tryinnnnnnnng to not be so bad , diet-wise.

French fries are a treat in my house and Ore-Ida's are nice. Lots of varieties. Just wish they made calorie free ones  :D so I could eat them more often.