While shopping for breakfast protein recently, I discovered that my beloved turkey bacon brand had begun to include carrageenan in their ingredient list. This is bad news. Carrageenan is an additive with no nutritional value that is derived from raw seaweed and is widely used as a thickening agent in milk alternatives (boxed soy, almond, rice milk etc.), ice cream and yogurt. One of the main reasons I started making my own Almond Milk.
Carrageenan is known to cause inflammation to the digestive system, and in the past, drug investigators actually used carrageenan to cause inflammation in tissues in order to test the anti-inflammatory properties of new drugs. In addition, when laboratory mice are exposed to low concentrations of carrageenan for 18 days, they develop “profound” glucose intolerance and impaired insulin action, both of which can lead to diabetes. More bad news for our country’s already soaring diabetes rates. Best to stay away from Carrageenan.
Alas, a delicious homemade breakfast sausage recipe, nutritious and free of pesky preservatives! Injoy!
1. 1 lb ground chicken
2. 2 tsp fennel seed
3. 2 tsp dried rosemary
4. 1 ½ tsp garlic powder
5. 1 ½ tsp dried sage
6. ½ tsp salt
7. ¼ tsp black pepper
1. Grind the fennel seed and the rosemary in a spice grinder or mortar and pestle to break down the spices (recommended).
2. Combine all of the spices together.
3. Incorporate the spice mixture into the chicken.
4. (Optional) Fry 1-2 tsp of the meat in a skillet to see if you need to adjust the seasoning.
5. Form into 10 equal patties.
6. Heat 1 Tbsp of oil, in a large skillet, over medium-high heat and brown the patties for 4-5 minutes per side or until cooked through.
7. Serve with your favorite vegetable.