Herbed Chicken Sausage Patties

March 6th, 2012 at 2:02 pm

organic chicken patties recipe

I spent the majority of the last few days slogging through the hours trying to stay awake as I battled some serious jet lag. Leave it to a significant time difference and 24 hours of traveling to extend me a warm welcome back to reality!

Hawaii was, in a word, bliss. I’ve come home bronzed from the tropical sun, high on vitamin D, and with plenty of wonderful family memories tucked away to pull out whenever I want a taste of the island spirit. What’s even more valuable, though, is the mental clarity and sense of peace I’ve taken away from the trip.

Several days before leaving, I wrote about my soul searching process and just how difficult it could be to press on through challenges. On the long trip out to Hawaii, I determined that I would use the time wisely to recharge, refresh, and refocus my attentions. When you find yourself in the midst of what I call an “emotional flux,” sometimes the best thing to do is step back and let things lie as they are for a while. Detaching myself from my struggles in Hawaii was the best thing I could have done.

I’ve returned home with a new vigor for my vocational path, stronger belief in myself and achieving my goals, and brand new aspirations to work towards in the coming months. Something about the salty air and warm breezes of Maui also seemed to loosen me up a bit, infusing a bit of the relaxed island vibe into my spirit. I feel more at ease and content with where I’m at right now in life. It’s a good place to be.

One day in Hawaii, I read a quote that went something like this: “Don’t compare your beginning to someone else’s middle.” I don’t remember who said it or where I read it, so I may be paraphrasing here, but it stuck with me nevertheless.

Before the trip, I was over-thinking details of my life that I had no business worrying about. I struggled with comparing myself to others on almost a daily basis, only growing more anxious by the day in fear of not measuring up or setting a high enough standard. Over the past few weeks, though, I’ve realized what I always knew to be true in my heart: the only person I should be comparing myself to is me. I’m my worst enemy.

But on the flip side, there’s a silver lining. Because if I can be my worst enemy, then can’t I also be my greatest friend? My biggest cheerleader? My fairest judge? My go-to source for positive encouragement?

Hawaii helped me recognize and tear down the negative lens I was viewing my life through. I’m seeing things in a far brighter light now than I have in quite a while.

Negativity stifles, but positivity stimulates.

And the places we can go from that stimulation are as limitless as we want them to be.

The Recipe

I don’t have a smooth and eloquent transition into today’s recipe. Food is such an integral part of my life that no matter what I’m going through emotionally, I’m always cooking. It’s both a stress reliever and a creative outlet. Even when I’m on vacation, I cook and I eat. And I love it!

I’ve been enjoying these sausage patties for months as a high-protein breakfast option with steamed kale and carrots, or over a bed of greens for lunch. After baking them off, I let them cool and then freeze them between sheets of waxed paper. A quick steam on the stove reheats the frozen patties in a flash.

Poultry seasoning gives them that comforting sausage flavor. If you prefer a sweeter sausage, try adding a tablespoon or two of Grade B maple syrup to the patties before baking.


Herbed Chicken Sausage Patties

Makes 8-10 patties

1 pound lean ground chicken or turkey, preferably organic
1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
2 tablespoons finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a medium bowl, combine all of the ingredients with your hands. Shape the mixture into 8-10 patties of equal size. Place them on the baking sheet and bake for 18-20 minutes until cooked through.

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  1. So many great thoughts in this post Hallie. I’d never heard that quote, but how true it is!

    I need a good dose of that vitamin D too! Though I’ll never be bronze – just reddish :)

    Love the sausage patties – we make them homemade a lot too. Always tastier that way.

  2. Lovely post Hallie. I think so many of us struggle with comparing ourselves with others. A habit worth breaking.

  3. Rebecca said on March 8, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    Hi Hallie — I just recently discovered your site and wanted to tell you how much I enjoy it. Your positive attitude and amazing recipes are so uplifting. Your book is next on my “must have” cookbooks list! Thank you so much for the work you are doing — it makes life so much easier and better for those of us who want to eat well in every sense of the word.

    Many Thanks!

  4. i just happened upon your site by chance (or maybe not) and read this post! i can identify with so much of your process and thoughts. it’s amazing how life opens up when we just allow ourselves to be who we are in our own truth and in our own power! as i say, everything else is somebody else’s solutions in the making :)

    looking forward to following you and your insights here!

  5. Thanks for another great post – important words & a great breakfast recipe!

  6. Thanks for this recipe – I made them this morning. I’m very allergic to alliums (onion/garlic etc) and thought I’d never taste sausage again. This recipe brought the flavor and aroma back into my home. McCormick poultry seasoning is allium free & is also very flavorful. The seasoned meat was super easy to mix with my hands and took exactly 18 mins, didn’t have to flip. It tasted wonderful and we may even try it with ground pork someday soon. I could see you rolling the meat into logs like little sausages as well. Thank you!!!

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