Sausage, Cheese and Potato Waffles
Whole Wheat Sausage, Cheese and Potato Waffles…perfect for the Picky Eater
It hurts my heart a wee bit to admit this but, ” I am the mother of a VERY picky eater.” Wow, that is hard to say. I was the mom who pureed all sorts of organic vegetables when my children were wee tots. I mean, I’m the mom who LOVES to cook and try all sorts of new foods and whose list of foods she doesn’t like ends at #3. In fact, other than lamb, I’m hard pressed to name a food I really don’t like! O.K….I’m really not fond of game meat…and I could easily do without salami. There are my 3 foods that I don’t like.
But my buddy Rob…not sure his list could be quantified, it is so long. In general, all vegetables are on his ‘won’t eat’ list, in addition to sauces of any kind and eggs. If there is a whiff of ‘healthy’ it’s a non-starter. My boy regularly sits at dinner without eating a bite of the food set before him. Forever, I’ve refused to cook a separate meal, so it’s very common for him to not eat dinner. Lest you think that I need to be reported to Child Protective Services, I will let you know that Rob is a 6 foot tall, 180 pound young man who hasn’t had so much as a cold in years! So the moral of this story is that the human body is a remarkably resilient machine and for all you moms of young children who are picky eaters, I say this, don’t stress about it.
All that being said, I do endeavor to get healthy food into the boy. We all know that ‘breakfast is the most important meal of the day’, so that’s the meal I really focus on. But once again, he won’t eat eggs or oatmeal. He’ll eat bagels and cream cheese until the cows come home, but I hate sending him to school with just empty carbs in his belly. Oh, and he won’t eat the lunch served in the school cafeteria, and oh yeah, sandwiches are on his ‘don’t like ‘ list. So…breakfast is a REALLY important meal.
Enter Whole Wheat Sausage, Cheese and Potato Waffles! My young man devours these hearty waffles, which truly makes my heart sing! ?❤? And these aren’t your light and airy Belgian waffle. These are hearty waffles meant to deliver a good dose of rib-sticking protein to get you through the better part of your day. These waffles for breakfast, accompanied with a big bowl of fruit (yes…he really does like fruit…need to be thankful for that!), make me feel like I’ve done my mom job in making sure he’s prepared for a day of learning.
And, as if it can’t get any better, you can easily make a bunch of these waffles in advance! I freeze them, thaw them in the morning and then pop them in the toaster to warm and crisp them up! Done and Done!
- 12 ounces sausage (I use Smithfield All Natural to avoid preservatives)
- 3 cups whole wheat (I use half white/half whole wheat, you could also use all white flour)
- 3 eggs
- 3 1/2 cups milk, buttermilk, or half yogurt/half milk (I use half Greek yogurt for extra protein)
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2/3 cup butter, melted
- 1 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese (I use sharp)
- 1 large potato, grated
- Maple Syrup (optional)
- Saute sausage and chop into small pieces while in pan.
- Drain and set aside
- Grate potato and set aside
- Mix flour, baking powder and salt into large bowl
- Combine milk and egg and mix to combine and then pour over flour mixture, along with melted butter.
- Mix gently, adding in sausage, potato and cheese. Don't over mix, just mix to combine
- I use heaping 1/4 cup of mixture into each waffle section and cook until done.
- Serve with maple syrup (optional)
- Can be made ahead and frozen. Thaw and toast to crisp and warm.
One last parting anecdote about Rob and his disdain for healthy. You know from my past posts that I’m all about foods that are as close to the earth, and as far from a lab, as possible. As such, shelling out the extra money for Grade A, Pure Maple Syrup was a no brainer. Well, Rob spent the night at a friend’s home several years ago and came home swooning over their syrup, which was called ‘Aunt Jemima’, whose first two ingredients are high fructose corn syrup and corn syrup. To this day, many years later, he won’t consume the real maple syrup I have, opting instead for the fake, which I have capitulated and purchased. Oh well…he’s been consuming it for years and has continued to thrive and grow and hasn’t sprouted a third eye yet, so I guess all my neuroses were for naught. Live and Learn…and laugh.
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