*** Thanks so much for all of the comments but this giveaway is now officially closed! ***
I am so excited guys! It’s my first OFFICIAL giveaway! Sing with me – aaaaahhhhhhhhh.
Alright so a quick recipe (since this is a food blog) and then I’ll get to the product review and how you could be the proud new owner of an OXO scale – the perfect tool on a healthy eating journey…or baking journey…or super scientific kind of Alton Brownish journey, whatever suits your pleasure!
I was skimming through a recent Cooking Light and loved the idea of this recipe when I saw it. But lately I’ve been noticing that my carb intake has been higher than I like and I’ve been trying to cut back a bit.
So it was time for some modifications to cut back on the carbs, customize it to our tastes, and make the recipe quicker in general. I skipped the idea of making individual sliders and instead decided to do open faced burgers. Honestly, next time I’m probably going to skip the bread entirely or just eat it on the side. It’s a bit easier to consume that way since the burger is a knife and fork affair.
This recipe is a winner, repeat after me, winner. Seriously delicious, turkey and pork combine with basil, garlic, pasta sauce and cheese to make a burger that your friends and family will be begging for…literally, my husband keeps asking for it.
For the side I kept it simple and made a quick balsamic basil vinaigrette to toss with a spinach salad topped with thinly sliced red onion and sliced roasted red bell peppers.[divider_flat]
If you'd like to make the same salad and dressing as I did it's easy. To make the dressing combine 1/4 cup fresh basil (about 1 1/4 oz), 2 1/2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar, 2 Tbsp water, 1 Tbsp honey, 1/2 Tbsp olive oil, 1/2 tsp onion powder, 1/4 tsp garlic powder and freshly ground pepper. Blend together in a food processor or blender until well combined. Toss this with 3 - 4 oz baby spinach and some thinly sliced red onion and roasted red pepper to make 4 servings of salad.
- 8 oz chicken or turkey Italian sausage (about 2), casings removed
- 4 oz pork Italian sausage (sweet or hot, your preference) casing removed
- 1 Tbsp olive oil, divided
- 4 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 small onion, minced
- 1/4 cup part-skim ricotta
- 3 Tbsp chopped fresh Italian parsley
- 3 Tbsp whole wheat panko
- 1 tsp Italian seasoning
- ¾ tsp oregano
- ½ tsp dried basil
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp black pepper
- ¼ tsp crushed red pepper (can use more if desired – I definitely did)
- Dash of salt
- 1 large egg
- 1 cup pasta sauce (try to get a version under 2g of fat and lower in sodium)
- 1/3 - ½ cup basil (2 - 3 oz), thinly sliced (depending on how much you like)
- 1/3 cup (about 1.5 oz) part-skim mozzarella
- Heat 1 tsp of olive oil in a large oven-proof skillet. Sauté the garlic and onion over medium heat for 10 minutes, until very soft. Place in a large bowl and allow to cool slightly. Add in seasonings (Italian, oregano, basil, garlic powder, black pepper, crushed red pepper, salt), whole wheat panko, ricotta, parsley, egg and the meat. Combine, being careful not to overmix and pat into 4 patties (and yes I do the trick where you put a thumbprint in the middle of the bug to help the burgers stay together).
- Preheat oven to 450. Heat the remaining 2 tsp of olive oil in the same large oven-proof skillet. Brown the burgers for 3 minutes on each side, turning once. Spoon pasta sauce over burgers (yes some will drip off the sides, don’t worry about it). Then place thinly sliced basil on top of each burger and divide the mozzarella evenly between the burgers.
- Place the burgers in the oven and bake for another 10 minutes until burgers are cooked through and cheese has melted. You can either serve with buns or just as patties. Enjoy!
Nutritional Info Does Not Include Spinach Side Salad or Any Bun/Bread
On to what you’re here for, the review! But first, we have to get the legal stuff out of the way. Ready?[hr]
OXO sent me two of the company’s new food scales for free. Yes, that’s right, free. Which means OXO gave me a scale for free to use and review. But that also means that the company gave me an extra scale to give to you!
But here’s the deal, dear friends. I’m still going to be giving you an unbiased review of the product so all the opinions expressed in this post are still mine…mwahahahaha![hr]
So now that we have that out of the way, let’s get to the good stuff.
Here’s the scale, still in its box, that you have the potential of winning. Clicking on any of the food scale pictures will take you to this scale’s product page on OXO’s website. When I first started getting more into healthy cooking, it was sometimes frustrating reading recipes and trying to put them into action, in the vein of “4 (6 oz) chicken breasts”.
Well unless you buy organic meat, which can get pricey (although in full disclosure I now buy organic meat but back then I didn’t) it is extremely hard to find a 6 oz chicken breast. Most breasts are 8 oz or more and without a scale you’re never entirely sure how much you’re actually eating. When you’re making the switch to a healthier style of eating you don’t want to throw in any additional frustrations in there, ala the quest for the mythical non-organic 4 – 6 oz chicken breast.
Either way, getting my first scale was a revelation. Instead of having to guess I now knew exactly how much we were consuming. 4 oz protein + 6 – 8 oz veg + 3 – 4 oz whole grain/starch, check! Plus I’m not much of a baker, but on the occasions I do bake, out comes the food scale.
So let’s compare the new OXO to my old scale side by side (shh…ignore the fact that my old scale isn’t the cleanest).
As you can see the OXO has a slightly smaller footprint which is nice, considering how overstuffed my poor tiny kitchen is. The OXO also weighs slightly less at 15.9 oz in comparison to my old scale’s weight of 1 lb 4.25 oz (and yes I used each scale to weigh the other – fun!)
I will say this, while I’m loving the fact that the OXO is smaller and lighter, I do wish it came in a different style (and actually looking at OXO’s site, there’s another 5 lb scale in black and an 11 lb scale in stainless steel). I prefer the glass styling of my old scale versus the OXO’s all white body. Plus, every tiny spec of food displays prominently against the white housing of the OXO. I can understand why OXO designed the scale that way, it’s definitely a hallmark of their brand, but I would have preferred the 11 lb scale’s aesthetic.
Above you can see the screen of the OXO. It unfortunately does not have a backlight, but makes up for it with its large, clear and easy-to-read screen. I do like the little bar on the right hand side of the screen that shows you how much of the scale’s max capacity you’re using up. It’s a helpful little reminder to not go overboard and break your scale.
OXO has chosen to use a fractional display, which I’m liking. I’m used to food scales weighing out in, for example, 10.8 oz. The OXO scale actually measures to the hundredth’s by using 10 7/8 oz which is really 10.875 if you wanted to be technical. And yes, the scale does measure both ounces and kilograms.
Finally, the feature that I absolutely love is the pull-out display featured below. With my old scale I was constantly trying to lean in under large bowls and plates in order to see the display screen. The pull-out is ingenious and really helps solve that problem.
I’ve been using the scale for the past week and a half and overall I’m loving it. It’s extremely user-friendly and accurate. With its smaller footprint it’s easy to stash away until you need it and the fractional display is intuitive. Plus the fact that the display is both big and has the pull-out feature makes this a winner in my book.
Ok so how do you win this awesome OXO Scale?
You leave a comment below telling me how you would use it if you won! (Sorry guys – no international entries accepted, I don’t think the FedEx postage will go that far). For one additional entry, you can like Food Jaunts on Facebook. I know the standard giveaways also want you to do the Twitter/Google Plus/Pinterest thing, which I have nothing against, but that’s a lot of work for both you and me. You have to do all of that and I have to keep track of who’s doing what!
I’ll announce the winner of the OXO Healthy Eating Food Scale Giveaway by 8pm EST Monday night during my next post so check back then.
And I hope whoever wins takes full advantage of all the features the OXO Scale has to offer – and uses it on the road to a healthier life through healthier eating!