A healthy and delicious alternative to packaged pork sausage!
Savory breakfasts are how I start my day. Since I like to limit carbs first thing in the morning and get enough protein, eggs are a huge breakfast staple in my kitchen. They’re quick, easy, inexpensive, and there are so many delicious variations! But sometimes I like to switch things up, while still getting adequate protein. That’s where beef breakfast sausage comes in!
Growing up, any kind of sausage was my favorite. Slicing up and browning a roll of pork sausage was always my favorite addition to our “Breakfast for Dinner” nights.
As I grew more health conscious, I started actually reading labels. I discovered that the list of ingredients on the back of your typical breakfast sausage included WAY more than just meat and spices.
Even recently, I’ve still mistakenly assumed that because of the merits listed on the FRONT of a label (“no added sugar“, “all-natural“, etc)….well that just meant that everything about it must be healthy, right?
Word to the wise: never think for one minute that you don’t need to read a label, no matter how informed you think you are.
It’s HARD to find quality sausage without sugar or corn syrup solids, and there are usually other nasty things as well (MSG, artificial sweeteners, BHA, caramel color, and other preservatives don’t belong in my food). I gave up on buying sausage altogether, because it just didn’t seem worth it.
But, since I’m a DIY-kind-of-girl, it wasn’t long before I was looking up recipes to make my OWN breakfast sausage. Way less complicated than it sounds.
Something I found when trying out different recipes for sausage, was that many of them call for spices like fennel or coriander. While those are delicious additions to any spice cabinet, they just weren’t likely to be in my pantry. So I seasoned it up with spices I had at the moment (and that YOU will likely already have on hand). And, as much as we all love those salty, spicy, SWEET Italian sausages, you won’t find any sweeteners in THIS sausage recipe. All part of my quest for less sugar. 🙂
Most sausage recipes call for pork, not beef.
Pork is a controversial meat. I’ve always heard how pork is so bad for you, because of what pigs eat, etc. Personally, I think some of this trepidation towards pork comes from the low-fat craze, which is why bacon especially is frowned upon in “healthy” circles. But there are legitimate reasons to avoid pork in general. The fat is actually one of them. Not because it’s FAT, but because of what KIND of fat it is. Pastured pork is simply a BETTER alternative to conventional, and here’s the main reason why.
Before I get to the details of this delicious breakfast addition….
I eat pork sausage.
*GASP* I know, right? Why would I be writing all about the merits of homemade BEEF sausage as a healthy alternative to that poisonous roll of pork, if I’m sitting here eating the “bad” stuff myself?
Well, I’m glad you asked. 🙂
I am sharing with you, the negative sides of conventional pork sausage, to inform you, and enable you to avoid unnecessary junk. I am sharing my recipe for beef sausage, because it’s a healthy and delicious alternative to packaged pork sausage, that I love! The reasons why I occasionally eat conventional pork: pastured pork is a little too expensive for our budget right now, and I consider the pork I do buy to be a treat. So, we don’t eat it often. I buy a brand that doesn’t have any sugars or artificial sweeteners, and a minimum of preservatives. In the spirit of last week’s post, I tell you this, so you don’t think I’m perfectly “perfect” with my diet.
So 2 ways I get around the high cost of pastured pork:
- occasionally buying a roll of conventional pork
- buying local grassfed beef in bulk, and using it for a batch or two of my breakfast sausage
YOU get to decide when you’re going to compromise on healthy ingredients, and how you’re going to work with your unique tastes, budget, local availability, etc.
Now, on to the good stuff!
Just a quick recap of why I think this sausage is the bomb:
- uses spices already in your pantry
- steers clear of sugar and sweeteners
- perfect for a high-protein breakfast
So grab a pound of beef, open up your spice cabinet, and enjoy this spicy breakfast sausage!
What’s your favorite breakfast food? Join the conversation below!
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