Thursday, November 20, 2014

Ruinous Sage Sausage Stuffing for Thanksgiving

Why ruinous? This recipe has honestly ruined me on all others. I can't do them, I can't eat them, I can't even look at them without weeping because I don't have this stuffing. 

This is a recipe you'll need to do the day before T-Day. But the good news is that, once you throw it all together, it gets covered up and thrown into the fridge. That way you just toss it in the oven about 45 minutes before serving time for a no-muss-no-fuss, audible groaning plate of deliciousness! 

The measures below are guesses, but should be close – trust your judgment if you think you need more or less of something and let me know how this comes out!

You'll Need: 
  • One small cornbread (in 8 inch iron skillet)
  • One baguette (sliced and lightly toasted)
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • ½ cup chopped celery
  • ½ cup chopped mushrooms
  • ½ cup chopped water chestnuts
  • 2 hard boiled eggs (diced)
  • ½ lb of sage breakfast sausage (cooked and crumbled)
  • 2 raw eggs
  • Chicken stock
  • Rubbed sage
  • Salt/pepper

Crumble the breads, then mix in the chopped veggies, eggs and sausage. 

Whisk the raw eggs and gently mix them in, adding chicken stock as needed to get a moist/wet mixture. Add seasonings to taste (it takes quite a bit of the sage). 

Pack It
into a baking dish, add a little extra chicken stock to make sure it does not dry out. 

Bake it
for about 30 minutes or until brown on top. 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Ask Will: No Time To Eat At Work

Dear Will
I have no time to eat. No time. Like No.Time.To.Eat! 

What do I do??

No Time Is My Present


Dear No Time,

Wouldn’t it be great if we lived in a place where we had 2 ½ hours to eat our lunch? Wouldn’t it be awesome if our happy world allowed us the freedom to sit down, fluff our napkin, and taste food with our pinky knowingly extended?

However, welcome to Earth. I know there are people on this planet who have that kind of world, but that may not be the place where we live. If not, you have to tuck your pinky back in and manage what it’s like to have less than no time to eat. Negative time.

The first thing to do is to make sure that your schedule doesn’t dictate your eating behaviors. If you don't, and you find that you have 90 seconds to eat 20 minutes worth of food, you’ll end up gobbling your meal with anaconda bites, unhinging your jaws to inhale the entire carnitas burrito or whatever. 

The short term consequence of this behavior is overeating, with too many calories, and therefore something that frustrates your weight loss efforts.

The long term problem with doing your best anaconda impersonation is that it trains your physiology to expect more food more often, leading to more overconsumption more of the time and, ultimately, larger pants. 

That’s how this eating behavior can work against you even long after the hoo-ha of your current schedule has finally calmed down for a microsecond.

A solution for you is to plan to be with your food for some time, even if your life is wooshing by like a Class-5 rapids. Un-tether the pace of your life from the pace of your eating. Just because you’re doing a ton of things at a million miles per hour doesn’t mean you have to eat a ton of things at a million miles per hour.

And when you find yourself in a Negative Time Zone, and you truly have no time to eat, don’t feel like you have to have to have to get it all “over with” in 3 minutes so you can get back to the “important things” in your life … you know, like figuring out why your printer has decided to take a break from printing today! 

Just take whatever you’re eating and plan on having it over time. Even if you taste that ham-n-cheese sandwich or leftover lunch morsel for two seconds, and THEN do your emails or whatever, and then taste again, this one behavior will help prevent your inner anaconda from causing you serious long term, larger-pants problems. Seriously. This one habit will help, making you less likely to over-consume, and teaching your body the lessons of controlled consumption over time. 

Recipe For Good Health. First, Cook Your Own Food. Then, Eat It Together.

A principle we coach our people on is to "Return To The Family Table", and "There Is Health In The Hearth." 

This seems intuitively obvious, but is also backed up by research showing it to be true. 

The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (made up of 9,569 people, aged 20+) found that families that cook dinner more frequently at home eat higher quality foods whether or not they're actively trying to lose weight. 

By the way, people who go out to eat -- even though they eat together -- tend to gain weight

This is another reason why Thanksgiving is the best holiday of the entire year! Enjoy. 

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