Sunday, March 21, 2010

Breakfast Confessions

Since Sundays, and the weekend in general, seem to be a fairly quiet time here on my blog, this seems like a good time to make a confession to you all.  It's rather dark in nature and I'm not proud of it.  But I need to get it out there.

I have an addiction.  I've tried to stop.  I've tapered off.  Gone cold turkey.  Tried mental imagery.  But I always go back.  
I know in the big picture it's not really "good", and definitely not good for me.  But something coded into my DNA needs it, and needs it in a bad way.

You guessed it, it's McDonald's Sausage McGriddle.


I know, many of you are just shaking your heads, possibly making little gagging noises.  I just can't explain it.  Like millions before me, why do I continue to run back to something that only harms me, and takes my money?

I don't know the answer to that question.  But I may have found a solution.  Once again thanks to Hungry Girl.

This little guy is the fake McGriddle.



I think I could grow to love him too, and he'll be much kinder to my arteries and my thighs.

These are the main components to the pancake part of the fake McG.


Here's how you make it:

1.  Melt 1 tsp light buttery spread in the microwave.
2.  Add 2 1/2 tbsp sugar free syrup, 1 1/2 tbsp whole wheat flour, and 1/4 tsp baking powder and mix well.
3.  Bring a skillet sprayed with non stick spray to med heat.  Add batter to form 2 small pancakes.  Cook for 3-4 minutes each side until golden brown.  Then set pancakes aside
4.  Cook a veggie sausage patty (I used Morningstar Farm's) according to package directions.  Place between pancakes and enjoy.

Here's how I think the nutrition info breaks down.
The sausage patty is 80 calories.
The components of the pancakes add up to about 70 calories.
So about 150 calories compared to 420 for the real deal?  It's time for me to finally let go of my addiction.


Now if I can figure out how to put an "M" on top and mass produce it, I'll be in business.


28 comments:

Evolving Mommy Catherine said...

Maybe you should "brand" a J on top and go into business as a rival to your former addiction. I'm not a fan of McDonald's, but I do have other addictions that I am not quite ready to disclose. Cost wise how does the knock off compare to the original?

Julie said...

It's hard to say. The sandwich I usually buy costs about 2 bucks. I'm sure I spent more than 2 bucks to buy the stuff to make this, but I can probably make a whole lot more :) Can't wait to hear about your addictions!

Kim said...

I can appreciate your addiction for the McG, but for me it is their biscuits and gravy. To make matters worse, I also need a hashbrown to sop up the extra gravy with. Terrible, I know. It goes straight to my thighs too.
I haven't seen the recipe for this in Hungry Girl, but it looks great to me. I like the morningstar products and I bet these are really tasty. My problem would be eating two of them;D

Julie said...

Eating 2 would still be better than eating one original!

theUngourmet said...

I think I've only had a McGriddle once. I love your homemade version! I'll have to try it out on my family this next week.

P.S. I was totally craving a Big Mac for the longest time. I finally gave in...it was so yummy! Love that two all beef patty, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickle, onion on a sesame seed bun! :D

From the Kitchen said...

Before I started this "reply", I tried to change my "identity" to "anonymous" just in case any of my followers were to see it. Most of them think I am gourmet all the way. My addiction is to sausage biscuits and, when I am south of the Mason-Dixon line, country ham biscuits from McDs. Whew, I feel good confessing and maybe now I won't have to hide all the evidence!

Best,
Bonnie

Michelle said...

When I was in college I worked at fine dining restaurant and on Sundays they had a huge bunch and served Sausage McMuffins. The cooks could never keep enough of these on the table. They would fill the serving dish and it was empty in minutes.

Me, Myself and Pie said...

the Mcgriddle is my hubby's all-time favorite road trip breakfast. Can you believe he covers it in ketchup!? I'll have to make these for him some morning. He'll be eternally grateful to you! Thanks. =)

Monica H said...

If/when I go to McDonald's for breakfast (which is hardly ever) I order their bacon and egg McGriddle. It is the most fattening thing on their menu and I love it! Maybe it's a good thing I only get 2 a year :-)

♥peachkins♥ said...

At the McDonald's here we have garlic rice and sausage for breakfast...

Julie said...

Garlic rice, that sounds interesting!

Krista said...

Love the McGriddle! I am so glad that you've found a healthier alternative. I'll have to give this a try. All of the pleasure, none of the guilt...

Mimi said...

This would be a great breakfast to hand the kids as they are going out the door. So much healthier than McD's
Mimi

teresa said...

lol, i have had many addictions like this one, don't be ashamed! i love your homemade version!

Ty'sMommy said...

Oh, I know! Those little sammies are too tempting! If you haven't tried the steak, egg and cheese bagel though...well, its a grease-lover's dream for breakfast. I always hate myself afterward, but I do love them, too.

The Japanese Redneck said...

I make my own version of McD's egg mcmuffin.

The Blonde Duck said...

I have never had a McGriddle. I feel deprived.

Live.Love.Eat said...

I don't blame you. Those brakfast sandwiches are sinfully good. But I do like your version better!!!

Juliana said...

Love your version...and you don't need the "M" :-)

Leslie said...

I swear..I think McDonalds puts crack in their food. Even the Ketchup tastes better!

Cara said...

Nice job making a homemade healthier version of something you love!

Cinnamon-Girl said...

I never had one! Your version looks much better!

5 Star Foodie said...

Your homemade version looks terrific, yum!

grace said...

ha--i love the idea of branding a massive 'j' on the top, as you've certainly made this your own--nicely done!

CakeBatterandBowl said...

I love your homemade version! I'm completely addicted to breakfast sandwiches too. My favorite one from McD's is the biscuit one - SO good!

sanjeet said...

Can't wait to hear about your addictions!
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Ingrid said...

I think it's great that you've found a healthier version of something you love. That way you're not depriving yourself and tempted to "cheat".
~ingrid

Keeley said...

Oh, I LOVE Sausage McGriddles! I rationalize eating them because I prefer the version without the eggs and cheese. McD's is the cheapest breakfast around these parts and I'll admit that I take a spin through the Drive-Thru at least once a month!