Since we have been changing over to a clean-eating lifestyle, we have become big fans of the Honeysuckle Italian Turkey Sausage

We used it for pizza, omelets, minestrone soup, and pizza soup.

It was on our list of staples… things we didn’t ever want to run out of.

As with most of the grocery items we have come to love, our local stores are no longer carrying it. Sigh.

So… I had to open my seasoning cabinet and figure out how to make my own.

Sometimes, necessity creates an opportunity for improvement.

We like this recipe even better, and it’s super easy!

Italian Turkey Sausage
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Ingredients
  1. 1 lb ground turkey
  2. 1/3 c. grated Parmesan
  3. 1/2 t. salt
  4. 1 t. granulated garlic or garlic powder
  5. 1/2 t. granulated onion or onion powder
  6. 1/2 t. ground fennel seed
  7. 1 1/2 t. Italian seasoning
Instructions
  1. Mix well.
  2. Chill overnight to blend flavors.
  3. Brown and drain for use in recipes, or form into patties for Italian Turkey Burgers.
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Green Eggs and Grapefruit

Green Eggs – No Ham!

Heat in small saucepan:

1 – 2 tsp EVOO

Saute:

1 sliced Green Onion

1 c. chopped fresh Spinach

When spinach is wilted, add:

2 beaten Eggs

In a medium frying pan, cook over med heat, pushing eggs to center as they cook.

Cook until done, but not dry.

Remove to serving plate.

Top with:

1 Tbsp. Grated Cheese

 

Makes 1 serving

 

21-Day Fix Container Count:

1 Green, 1 Red, 1/2 Blue, 1 Tsp

Photo also includes:

1/2 Grapefruit, 1 Purple

1 c. Organic Detox Tea

 

1. A coffee bean is really a berry seed.

Hmm… Never really gave this much thought, but other beans are seeds, so why  not coffee beans? 

Chocolate-covered Coffee Seeds, anyone? Just doesn’t have the same ring to it…

 

 

2. A cup of coffee has virtually no calories.

Coffee has a reputation as a zero calorie beverage, but…

Sources I found claim that coffee has between 1 and 12 calories per cup, depending on the type of bean that is used.

3. Red E Coffee, the first mass-produced instant coffee, was created by George Washington.

Well, George Constant Louis Washington, that is…

4. The drip method of brewing was invented by Melitta Bentz, a housewife from Germany.

Woohoo! The company Melitta founded was highly successful! At the time of her death in 1950, the company was worth almost $3 million U.S. dollars! Her grandchildren, Thomas and Stephen, still run the company today!

 

5. Finland consumes the most coffee per capita.

Keep in mind… per capita means all the people living in that country. If you exclude children and anyone who doesn’t drink coffee (?), the 2.64 cup per day average is bound to be higher!

6. The darker the roast, the less caffeine.

I definitely would have failed that question on a quiz…

7. Hawaii and the American territory of Puerto Rico are the only producers of American-grown coffee

Kona Coffee is highly favored, award-winning, 5-star rated coffee known for it’s wonderful aroma and bold flavor. 

 

Puerto Rican coffee is “A taste of the Enchantment Island”, and can be ordered in a variety pack! 

 

8. One coffee tree can produce enough seeds for about 7 – 10 pounds of coffee per year.

One pound of coffee will make about 36 8-oz cups, so one tree can provide 252 – 360 cups of coffee per year!

9. A coffee tree can live for 50 – 100 years.

So… let’s do the math…

50 x 252 = 12,600

100 x 252 = 25,200

The minimum amount that one coffee tree is expected to produce would provide 12,600 cups of coffee, and the sweet little house plant could max out after providing 25,200 cups! 

And, last, but not least, Fun Fact #10…

You can grow your own coffee tree!

 

Coffee trees are strong, evergreen plants that are grown indoors, unless you live in a tropical area.

They like temperatures between 65 and 80, and require little sunlight.

They can be grown as a small bush or tree, and aside from requiring a little warm water, coffee trees are very low maintenance.

 And they are very affordable! Check this out!

           

Care instructions are brief and easy to find online.

Growing Coffee Plants Indoors

All You Need to Know About Growing Coffee Trees in Your Home

 Bonus Fact

#11. National Coffee Day is September 29th!

There are lots of great giveaways on National Coffee Day! We are researching the list for 2017, but for now, here are the companies that generously participated last September – 

2016 National Coffee Day Freebies

 

 

This omelet is fairly simple to make, and it fits wonderfully in most of the healthy diets we are studying! 

Spinach Omelet
Serves 1
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Ingredients
  1. 1 T. chopped onion
  2. 1 small mushroom, chopped
  3. 3/4 c. chopped fresh spinach
  4. 2 eggs, beaten
  5. 1/3 c. grated cheese
  6. 2 T. salsa
  7. Water
  8. Cooking spray
Instructions
  1. Place the onion in a small frying pan with about 1 T. water. Cook on medium high until the water evaporates and the onion is slightly translucent. Transfer onion to a small bowl.
  2. Spray the frying pan with cooking spray, and spread the spinach evenly in the pan. Add 1 t. water, cover and heat over medium high until the spinach is wilted.
  3. Pour the eggs over the top of the spinach. Cover and cook over medium heat until the eggs are almost done. Flip the eggs and spinach at the same time.
  4. Cover 1/2 of the eggs with the onion, mushrooms, and 1/2 of the cheese. Fold the other half of the eggs over the top of the onion mixture.
  5. Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top of the omelet. Cover. Remove from heat and let set until the cheese is melted.
  6. Serve with salsa.
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Baked Tilapia

Baked Tilapia

 

I love fish! 

The photo above is Baked Tilapia – fast and easy!

I pat the fish dry with a paper towel and lay it on a plate.

Spray one side with olive oil and sprinkle it with the seasoning mix below.

Spray a cookie sheet with olive oil and lay the fish on the cookie sheet, seasoning-side down.

Spray the top of the fish with olive oil, and sprinkle it with the seasoning.

Bake at 400° for 10 – 15 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fish.

I like mine with the seasoning a little crispy, so I broil it to look like the picture.

This tastes great with a serving of brown rice, steamed broccoli, and a fresh salad!

Fish Seasoning
Not too spicy, with a little bit of a smoky taste!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Tbsp. smoked paprika
  2. 1/2 tsp. salt
  3. 1 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  4. 1/4 tsp. ground red pepper
  5. 1 1/2 tsp. crushed dried basil
  6. 1 tsp. onion powder
  7. 1/2 tsp. ground thyme
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients and use to season fish before baking, frying, or grilling. Store any remaining seasoning in an airtight container.
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NOTE: I realize that Tilapia is semi-controversial right now. This seasoning would work well on any white fish or chicken!