My husband and I have been making it one of our main goals this year to look into healthy alternatives for foods that we regularly eat as well as breakfasts I can mostly pre-prepare for the week to replace sugar heavy cereals. Since I have two children on two different school schedules (6:30am & 8:30am), I needed meals that I could whip up on Sunday and stow away in the fridge for a fast moving teen and a toddler. That’s where #JennieO4kids came in! I hadn’t ever tried the turkey alternative to sausage or bacon, but I was willing to give it a shot!
I thought that having partially homemade sausage & biscuits readily made in the fridge was a great on-the-go breakfast for my teen, but wouldn’t work well for my tot. I decided to try out making a healthier version of home-made pancakes with sausage for him because you can store pancake mix in the fridge for up to a week (est.). This way I could just make the batter on Sunday and pour out enough for a small pancake, cook it up in a few minutes and have it with Jennie-O Turkey Sausage!
To test out the breakfast ideas, I invited my brother, his wife (Rachel <3) and their children. This was ideal because my brother is supposed to be working on a better diet due to his Crohn’s and their children are the most picky eaters I have ever known in my life. If breakfast succeeded in their eyes, well it HAD to be delicious.
Here are the recipes for the Jennie-O Turkey Sausage w/ Homemade Biscuits & Wild Rice Flour Pancakes!
Making Homemade Biscuits is rather simple, all you really need to have are the basics – Flour, Butter, Milk, Baking Powder and Salt. Generally speaking, most of us have all these ingredients readily available and pre-making biscuits for morning sandwiches is easier than you think!
- 2 cups of Flour
- 3 tsps of Baking Powder
- 1/2 tsp of Salt
- 4 tbsp of Softened Butter
- 2/3 cup of Milk
How To Make the Biscuits:
- Pre-Heat oven to 450′.
- Mix Flour, Baking Powder and Salt.
- Add softened butter (NOT melted, soft), mix until it is crumbly.
- Pour in the milk and stir until the mix clumps together well.
- On a lightly floured surface (I use parchment paper), pour the dough and lightly knead by folding. Fold the dough over for no longer than 1 min.
- Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough to be 1/2 in thick and cut using a biscuit cutter or a round cup top.
- Place on an ungreased baking sheet and bake in the oven until the top is golden brown.
- Makes 6 biscuits.
Once the biscuits are finished, you can prepare the Jennie-O Turkey Sausage. It is really simple to cook up! One thing, when shopping at Walmart to find the Jennie-O Sausage, I located it with the frozen Turkey Burger. So if you can’t find it with the regular sausage / bacon, try looking in the burger aisle or ask an employee like I did. If the turkey sausage is frozen, place it in the fridge for 10-12 hours before cooking to allow it to thaw properly.
The only thing I noticed about the Jennie-O Turkey Sausage that was different was the absence of grease. It smelled like sausage, looked like raw sausage and browned very nicely just like sausage… it was just greaseless. I consider that a huge bonus!
You cook them the same as you would regular sausage. Once it is thawed out, slice it up into patties and cook on a skillet (or crumble it). It has directions on the package as well.
When the Sausage & Biscuits are ready, you can slice the biscuits and put a piece of sausage in the middle, wrap it up in cellophane or aluminum foil and place in the fridge (or freezer for longer life). This is a perfect on-the-go breakfast!
My next idea requires Rice Flour, I personally chose Wild Rice Flour because it is a great source of protein as well as Gluten Free. I read that Gluten Free foods are good for people with Crohn’s Disease, so I wanted to make it a healthy alternative for my son as well as my brother.
I won’t go into how to make a pancake, I’m sure you know how to do that! However, here are the ingredients and all you have to do is mix it up and place in an airtight container to keep in the fridge or freezer.
- 1 1/2 cups of Wild Rice Flour
- 2 tbsp of Sugar
- 1 1/2 cups of Milk
- 2 Eggs
- 1 tbsp of Melted Butter or Oil
The Wild Rice Flour gave it a slightly blue hue; something akin to blueberry pancake mix. That gave me the idea that you could mix in some fresh blueberries and they would be beautiful!
The Jennie-O Sausage was a hit with the kids, all of them! Those picky eaters didn’t even know the difference and honestly, I couldn’t really tell a difference either. Like I said, it was less greasy and thus tasted lighter than regular sausage, but other than that it was incredibly good. We all had a lot of fun trying out the different breakfast alternatives and before my sister-in-law left I gave her family some Jennie-O Sausage to take home and make up her own quick breakfasts. We can all use a little break with pre-made meals every now and again.
Breakfast certainly gave the kids a lot of energy. They tumbled and made a mess of things as all wonderful kids do. It’s important that kids have healthy breakfasts to start the day and aren’t bogged down with loads of sugar and salt. We can still have fun and delicious breakfasts by using low fat, protein rich alternatives that provide amble nutrition for our growing crazy monkey’s. And if these recipes don’t strike your fancy, Jennie-O has a lot of amazing Breakfast Ideas of their own.
Here’s another great idea! Like I had for my family, you can step in by doing a simple service project and share nutritional breakfast ideas with your family, your child’s class, youth group, sports club, etc. and any time you do share, let Champion for Kids know! They have a goal of #MobilizingMillions, 20 million people by 2020 to be exact, to become Champions for Kids. You can read how many people have helped by doing small things like donating a lunch to their children’s school to educating children about nutritional breakfast options. The stories are really inspiring!
Now I just have to find a Walmart near me that has the Jennie-O Turkey Bacon, because if the Turkey Sausage is any indication of the quality of their food… I am up for switching to turkey full time!