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Food for Thought

I'm so excited! In my area there is a really awesome dietitian who has this incredibly balanced approach to food and fitness. It makes it so much less intimidating, like fitness isn't just for people that are already fit *gasp*. She's super relatable and a lot of fun to talk to because she's passionate about her work. I've been DYING to work with her since I met her 1 year and 3 days ago, lol. I'm happy to report that I've finally gotten the chance to pair up with her and my readers (hi mom) get the benefit!



Micca is a diet drop out (oh yeah, and a Registered Dietitian!). She loves inspiring others to find joy in eating again while ditching the guilt. She loves dancing, eating, and is the owner of Flexible Fork.


Every Wednesday, Thick Fit Mom and Flexible Fork will pair up to bring you recipes that work with our busy lives and that can actually be completed to look like the pictures you see posted with the recipe! Many of these recipes will be great for meal prep or weeknight dinners. It's not always easy to put a balanced meal on the table that isn't just like the one you had the night before and hopefully these recipes help with that. As a bonus, because Micca is a fantabulous dietitian, she has created recipes that give us all of the flavor, but are better for us. This first recipe is for Not Your Mama's Biscuits & Gravy Casserole.

Can I tell you that I do not eat biscuits and gravy? I've never understood it. Why am I putting gravy on my biscuits when I can add butter and lemon curd? Why is white gravy so thick? Can't it be prettier? Is it a side dish or a main dish?! I don't know. Additionally, the first time I had white gravy it was horrible, seriously lacking flavor. So, no thanks B&G, I'm good. So obviously, the first recipe that she uploaded for me to try was biscuits & gravy. :-| I couldn't believe it. I know there will probably recipes I won't like because I'm pretty picky, but the first one? Come on! Then I thought about it and I thought, I haven't tried sausage gravy in years and whenever someone asks, I automatically reply, "I don't eat biscuits and gravy". Maybe it was time to give this confusing (to me) food a chance. I mean, As we get older, our palates change and our personalities change. If they didn't I would only drink wine coolers instead of actual wine or I'd be hoping to marry Howie the Backstreet Boy. I decided to take the appearance of this recipe as a reminder that we should sometimes revisit our preferences and and really see how we feel about them now. Just because it was the right choice for us at one point doesn't mean it will always be. Second chances are a good thing, right? I'm so glad I tried it. It's yummy, it reheats well and I'm 99% certain it can be cut and frozen in individual servings to eat later. I can't say for certain because it didn't really last that long in the house for me to test that theory.

Not Your Mama's Biscuits & Gravy


Most of the ingredients are pantry staples. The rest I was able to pick up, inexpensively, at Aldi.

Ingredients:

  • 3.5 tbsp white flour

  • 1 tbsp butter

  • 1 tsp, pepper, black

  • 3 c, 1% Milk

  • 1 container (12 biscuits ea.), Canned Biscuits Small

  • 1 lb(s), Ground Turkey Breakfast Sausage

Instructions


1. Cook ground turkey sausage until brown then remove from pan.


I have this tool that breaks up ground meat evenly as you cook it and it's one of my favorite things!

2. In same pan, melt butter, white flour, and black pepper until thick. Stir in pan until mixture starts to brown. I was expecting it to be a little softer, more roux like and I panicked when it was crumbly. It was fine though. Micca says that over a lower heat you'll wind up with a paste like consistency, higher heat gets you crumbles like you see below.



3. Whisk milk in with flour mixture and continue to stir until mixture become smooth and slightly thick.