Breakfast can be a challenge for those wanting to follow a Paleo diet. Maybe they grew up eating a sugary cereal for breakfast and they find it hard to break a comforting habit. Yes, I’m talking about myself. I still struggle with finding a satisfying breakfast sometimes even though I now “get” it (the necessity for a high protein and fat breakfast). My taste buds are just waking up and they want something sweet to ease their way into the busy day ahead. Oh how I wish that Mini Wheats were –number one, gluten-free and number two, high in protein and good fats. Sadly that was my idea of the quintessential breakfast in my teens and well into my twenties. But we all must grow up and that means we must train our taste buds to prefer the fare that is nourishing to the body. Now, thankfully, I’m mad for eggs anything…and these little critters–Turkey Breakfast Patties adapted from Paleo Planet’s Breakfast Sausage.
I’m a mom now so I have to be extra extra grown-up–right? I’m making intelligent choices for another person other than myself so I don’t want to screw it up too much. My husband rolls his eyes when I start babbling on to my daughter about how important it is to have enough raw materials to make the neurotransmitters that will keep us happy and calm throughout the day. And he rolls them again when I tell her that we want to keep her blood sugar balanced so she has extra energy to do all her extracurricular activities. I swear she gets it…or she will one day. I’m expecting she’ll recite back these exact words to daddy one day. From her, they may sink in.
So back to the issue of making a paleo breakfast that pleases the morning palate–let’s talk turkey. I love these little breakfast patties especially when you add a bit of an Asian flare by using a Chinese 5 Spice blend. It makes them a little sweeter than normal but detracts nothing from its nutrition. Of course, I’m also very fond of adding in vegetables when I can so you’ll see little bits of orange and green popping up all over–dice them teeny tiny if you don’t want the kids to question your use of salad ingredients for brekky. If my daughter starts with something healthy like this, I’ll usually allow a small bowl of granola. She’s happy and I am too. Life is a compromise sometimes.
So let’s get on with it. Make these the evening before if you know you’ll be running short on time. You can easily double or triple the batch and freeze some for those mega-hurried mornings. And let’s be very clear–just because I called these “breakfast” patties, doesn’t mean they’re not nummy anytime of the day. They’re equally suited to a evening meal with a bit of spicy salsa and guacamole after your taste buds have warmed up.
Turkey Breakfast Patties
You can use any ground meat for these breakfast patties but I love turkey. If I have cranberry sauce around, I put a bit on top--it's sort of like having jam in the morning.
- 1lb ground turkey or chicken
- 1/2 red or orange pepper
- 2 scallions, finely chopped
- 1/2 tsp Chinese Five Spice
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1/8 tsp pepper
- 2 T coconut syrup
- 2 T coconut flour
- 2 T coconut oil
- Step 1 In a large bowl combine all ingredients and mix by hand
- Step 2 Place bowl in fridge for 15 minutes
- Step 3 Form 8 patties
- Step 4 Heat skillet to Medium High then add coconut oil
- Step 5 Fry 4 patties at a time, about 5 minutes each side