So the chance to work on a Champions for Kids simple service project with Jennie-O seemed like a perfect fit for me. The plan? Cook up a healthy, yummy breakfast, with a lean protein like Jennie-O Turkey Sausage or Bacon, to show how a good protein in the mornings helps kids focus and stay alert in class. I can do that! And since F&B get the concept of cooking healthy, they had the perfect idea--turkey sausage pancake dogs.
The mini corndog maker was an find of mine a few months ago, for only $5 and shipping. It was a must-have, since I knew I could make healthier corn dogs with it. Even better, the breakfast ones are yummy too and the kids love dipping any kind of food. We picked up our Jennie-O turkey sausage links at Walmart the night before and got to work.
For breakfast pancake dogs, you MUST cook the sausage first. I love cooking turkey sausage as it is so much less greasy than regular sausage, which makes it much easier work with in the machine. While the sausage was cooking, I mixed up a basic pancake batter to use. Each sausage was cut in two pieces to better fit the machine. Then just a spoonful of pancake batter on the bottom, a piece of sausage, and another spoonful of pancake batter on top. Shut the lid and cook for about 5 minutes!
And voila! Sausage pancake dogs and pure Canadian maple syrup for dipping. (I'm from Canada, it is necessary to get that syrup.) We also added yogurt and fruit as sides for a well-balanced breakfast.
A typical weekend breakfast at our house involves both kids and usually Faith's BFF. However, tween girls are not apt to let you take pictures of them in the mornings, so Mr. Ben agreed to be my blog helper. The verdict? He loved them! One package of Jennie-O Turkey Sausage yielded 27 mini sausage dogs, with one small piece of sausage leftover (Ben ate that). I also made a second batch to put in the freezer for school mornings. They can be reheated in the toaster oven for a healthy protein breakfast in only a few minutes.
He also suggested I take this picture to show off what is inside the sausage dogs, so I did. He's an awesome blog helper. He also made a request that if any of the sausage dogs were leftover, he wanted them in his lunch today. So I obliged, again.
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