Since necessity is the mother of invention, we might wonder how many necessities brought about the invention of new recipes…Our kitchen was the scene of an ‘invention’ of a recipe that was new to me.
We had settled on a chocolate cereal for our breakfast. You can buy a hot cereal like that, and I have found it at Tecumseh Central Market, but we did not have that product on our pantry shelf. I had combined a mostly empty package of wheat cereal with a nearly empty package of rice cereal, so I thought I’d give that combo a new twist: I added a couple of tablespoons full of the Chocolate Magic Mix I shared with you that makes cocoa or pudding. I prepared the cereal according to the instructions on their package, adding the mix and a smidgeon more water than the recipe required.
For those of you who do not know how much a smidgeon is, I can tell you that it’s not much.
Well, when we put our toes under the breakfast table, we had a winner! We filled our tummies with something to give us a great start to a cold, sunshiney winter day and we are off to the races!
The whole episode reminded me of a landlady we had once who always managed to morph leftover oatmeal into the yummiest cookies in town!
I hope necessity can inspire YOU to be creative and I hope you’ll appreciate the recipe I have listed here for you. Out of the necessity to use the last of the Thanksgiving turkey, this is my discovery:
YUMMY TURKEY PATTIES
1# lean turkey (you can use ground turkey or leftover cooked, chopped turkey or chicken)
2 or 3 buds of garlic, finely chopped
1/3 yellow onion, chopped (Don’t stress over what kind or how much; you know what your family likes!)
1 rib celery, finely chopped
2 tablespoon dried parsley
1 teaspoon dried oregano
salt and pepper to taste
1 egg, slightly beaten
1/2 cup dry oat flakes
1 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard (Prepared mustard would do, as well)
Heat a large skillet with a small amount of oil. When the oil is hot you are ready to put the patties into the pan.
While the skillet heats, mix all the ingredients and form into patties. Turn after they have browned on one side. Watch them closely so they do not get too brown.
A nice variation of this recipe would be to form the mixture into BALLS and bake in a 350 degree oven until brown. These could be scattered over a platter of pasta and served with your favorite spaghetti sauce and a garnish of Parmesan cheese. Is your mouth watering?
Serve this nutritious protein with your family’s favorite vegetable and a large green salad or coleslaw. They will be way too full to ask for dessert!
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