I’ve never tried a meat-replacement food product before so I was intrigued when Bzz Agent invited me to participate in their new MorningStar Farms campaign. For some reason, my perception of vegetarian “meat” has been that it tastes bad and is expensive. Spoiler alert: I was proven wrong.
During a Target run this afternoon (I scooped up some Prabal Gurung stuff! More on that later.), I picked up a box of MorningStar Farms Original Sausage Patties. Target had them on sale for $3.50 each, which dispelled its pricey stigma for me. I chose the sausage patties because 1) I haven’t had a sausage patty in forever and I love them! and 2) Real sausage patties are chock full of fat and cholesterol, hence the reason why I haven’t had one in forever.
Once home, ST got to work making brunch. I tore open the box and was a bit disappointed that they were so tiny. The good thing is, since they’re fully cooked (all you need to do is reheat) there weren’t getting any smaller. Whew.
Since I was up early and hadn’t eaten for hours, I was feeling ravenous. So ST decided to reheat them all. He tossed them into the cast iron skillet on low heat and covered it for about 15 minutes.
They were reheated to perfection: crispy on the outside, hot and yummy on the inside. Good things come in small packages because these little guys were delicious! The seasoning was on point and I couldn’t tell I wasn’t eating real meat at all. ST said he could tell they weren’t meat but he didn’t hate them either, which is actually quite a compliment. He served them with a mushroom omelet (my man makes the BEST omelets ever).
Each patty contains only 3 grams of carbs so my tummy felt totally fine and flat after eating three in one sitting. They were very filling and completely satisfied my craving for sausage patties. I think I’m hooked for life.
If you’re curious about MorningStar Farms’ products, I highly recommend you pick up a box. At $3.50 per box, they’re cheaper than real sausage patties and much healthier. These would be the perfect sandwiched between some scrambled eggs and an English muffin or crumbled over pasta. The possibilities are endless. MorningStar Farms also has some yummy-sounding recipes posted on their website here.
Growing up, spam and eggs were a staple in my house. Whenever my mom was short on time, she’d slice up some spam, throw it in the pan with a few eggs and serve it over rice. Simple, delicious, and filling.
ST and I love Spam. We make it like my mom, with eggs. We also fry it up and serve it over ramen. Unfortunately, despite containing no carbs, Spam has a lot of fat. Ever since my declaration, I’ve stayed away from it.
Then I had a serendipitous moment in the store the other day. As I gazed longingly at the Spam display, I noticed something new – a brown can of Spam made with turkey. Since it contains about a quarter of the fat of regular Spam, it made its way home with me.
As soon as I got home, I chopped up some turkey Spam and got to work making my mom’s Spam dish, with a twist. My new no carb and lean protein dish is baked eggs. So, I threw a few chunks of turkey Spam at the bottom of a ramekin with a bit of olive oil. Then I cracked two eggs on top and seasoned with salt and pepper. After baking at 400 F for twenty minutes, out came this:
I love baked eggs! This dish gave me all the familiarity of mom’s comfort food with no carbs and much less fat. Huzzah!
ST wasn’t feeling the turkey Spam so I made him baked eggs with salsa. Add a bit of olive oil to the bottom of a ramekin and spoon in some salsa. My mom gave us a big container of salsa from Costco and it rocks. Then, I cracked an egg on top, sprinkled some chopped scallions, and baked it along with my Spam and eggs.
I love baked eggs for brunch.
Are you a Spam fan? What’s your favorite way to make it?
We spent this past weekend celebrating the birth of my youngest sister Melody.
On Saturday, we started with brunch at Palo Santo in Park Slope. At noon, there was no wait – score! Mel got the steak and eggs, Kim had the huevos bañados, and I indulged with the bacon, egg and cheddar sandwich. I’ve been breaking my meat/carb rule left and right.
The birthday girl!
I channeled my inner Retta and had a mimosa. I don’t really like mimosas…
After consuming the yummiest grilled yucca ever and a lot of girl talk, we headed to Red Spa Nails in Sunset Park for manicures and pedicures. Their work is okay. Don’t go if you’re in a rush – they are really slow because they work very carefully.
While we were getting our toes exfoliated and our nails polished, the men bought tickets to The Hunger Games and went ahead to wait on line for us. They’re too cute. Luckily there was no line. ST and Tommy were the first in line for… an hour and a half. But better safe than sorry, right? At least we had great seats.
The next day, we had a family dinner and gorged ourselves on sushi and cupcakes from Butter Lane. What a splendid weekend.
Happy birthday, my dear Melogee. It’s not over yet – we’re going to Harry Potter World in two weeks!