Chicken Sausage and Snickerdoodle Pancakes

Over the past few weeks, heck the past months, I’ve tried to sit down and share food, exercise and other healthy topics on Cat Hair. Time and time again, I’d find myself snapping a photo of food, or writing down a recipe, yet not doing anything with it. At first I thought, “Well, maybe I have some kind of bloggers block. Yeah, that’s got to be it.” Then I realized that I was actually just being kind of lazy. To my defense, I did have some cat drama involving food allergies and ear infections. That’s the stuff that pushes me to the limit. Deadlines, bills, utility issues don’t even get my feathers slightly ruffled, but if something is going on with my cats, LOOK OUT. To say I was a mess would be giving me too much credit. ANYWAY.

I guess I’ll start off with my current food obsession: chicken sausage. Now, I know a few short months ago, I was a dedicated vegetarian. I’m still mostly meatless, but lately, I’ve been venturing into meat territory. I’m not sure what changed, but I found myself craving it more and more until I snapped! I hopped on PBFingers blog and started paroozing her recipes, when I ran across a few meals she created using chicken sausage. I was intrigued and decided to give it a whirl. I headed to the store in search of this new-to-me item. Once I found what I was looking 2013-08-28 18.40.38for, I realized I had no idea how to serve it. My first try was pretty basic. I threw a few slices of it in the skillet with garlic and olive oil and then topped off a bowl of wheat pasta and marinara with it. My next stab at serving was involving another new-to-me item, the glorious leek. I received a bundle of leeks in my veggie delivery, courtesy of Round Right Farm, and decided to throw it in a skillet with the sausage to see what I got. This was much more successful! I added a cup of great northern beans and some green pepper to make the perfect little dinner for myself. Yum-o.

The next yummy dish I whipped up took place over my birthday weekend. I wanted to treat myself to something sweet for breakfast, but didn’t want to be terribly unhealthy. I knew I wanted something involving maple syrup, so I scooted on over to Chocolate Covered Katie and found a recipe for snickerdoodle pancakes! They weren’t fluffy like traditional pancakes, but they were very delicious and more than satisfied my craving. Perfect!

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Ok, that’s all I’ve got for now. I promise to try to make more of an effort to update, as I do anticipate lots of fall cooking coming up very soon. Enjoy the rest of your day!

Instead of a healthy tip, I’m going to share a workout challenge. Tonight, while you’re watching the premiere of The X Factor on Fox, complete 10 regular pushups (girl always welcome) and 10 downward dog pushups. If you aren’t sure about the latter, watch this video to learn how.

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