THM menu for the week of Jan 9

 

MONDAY

breakfast: Greek yogurt with chia seeds and strawberries; coffee

lunch: sauteed salmon on romaine salad with EVOO and wine vinegar; green tea

snack: peanut butter fudge (sub pf flour for the cocoa powder in recipe for rich chocolate fudge in the old book, page 386); oolong tea

dinner: papster thighs (pg 165), mashed cauliflower, broccoli

snack: red wine and dark chocolate

 

TUESDAY

breakfast: eggs and avs (pg 245); coffee

lunch: leftovers; green tea

snack: pb fudge; oolong tea

dinner: S salad bowl from chipotle for a fundraiser

snack: chamomile tea with turmeric paste

WEDNESDAY

breakfast: lemon poppy seed MIM (pg 278); coffee

lunch: tuna stuffed tomato (pg 363 old book); green tea

snack: pb fudge; oolong tea

dinner: baked tilapia (pg 286 old book), quinoa, white bean mashies (pg 361 old book)

snack: chamomile tea with turmeric paste

THURSDAY

breakfast: Greek yogurt with chia seeds and strawberries; coffee

lunch: turkey and lettuce roll ups; apple slices; dunkin donuts dark roast coffee (grocery shopping day 🙂 )

snack: cheesecake berry crunch (pg. 352); green tea

dinner: zucchini noodles (pg 356 old book) with red sauce; salad

snack: chamomile tea with turmeric paste

FRIDAY

breakfast: scrambled eggs with red pepper, spinach and onion; coffee

lunch: salad with tuna; green tea

snack: chocolate nut slab (pg 372 old book); oolong tea

dinner: slim sloppy joes (pg 63) and cole slaw (pg 230)

snack: trimtastic zucchini cake (game night with friends!)

SATURDAY

breakfast: strawberry MIM (pg. 287); coffee

lunch: Shabbat fellowship (taking challah and fruit)

snack: chocolate nut slab; green tea

dinner: chili (pg 330 in old book); THM corn bread (pg 199)

snack: red wine and cheese

SUNDAY

breakfast: fried eggs; coffee

lunch: out with my in-laws (something S)

snack: chocolate nut slab; green tea

dinner: turkey burger with lots of  S toppings

snack: chamomile tea with turmeric paste

img_4747-1This post is linked at Menu Plan Monday

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Back in the THM saddle

The 18th of this month will mark my 4 year journey with Trim Healthy Mama. I have lost 40 lbs and (mostly) maintained it over this time. All while eating tasty, healthy food in any setting of life. 

I have been off plan for a few months now because I fell back into old patterns and let me tell you… I can feel the difference. Irritable, fatigued, bloated.

It is time to get back on track and RENEW my commitment to my health in 2017.

Here is this week’s menu for anyone who is interested.

Monday 

Breakfast- eggs and avs (pg 245); coffee with half and half and stevia

Lunch- low carb roll up with tuna, kale, tomato, mayo; cucumber slices; green tea

Snack- green pepper slices; cottage cheese; oolong tea

Dinner- bunless turkey burger; chamomile tea

Tuesday 

Breakfast- omelette with green peppers, onions, nutritional yeast, cheddar cheese; coffee with half and half and stevia

Lunch- sauteed salmon on kale with EVOO; green tea

Snack- apple with 1 tsp natural peanut butter; oolong tea

Dinner- meatloaf (page 158) and mashed cauliflower; chamomile tea

Wednesday 

Breakfast- oatmeal; cottage berry whip; coffee with half and half and stevia

Lunch- leftovers; green tea

Snack- celery with peanut butter; oolong tea

Dinner- chicken tenders (pg 345 in old book); salad; chamomile tea

Thursday 

Breakfast- 1 cup greek yogurt with berries and walnuts; coffee with half and half and stevia 

Lunch- leftovers; green tea

Snack- cucumber slices and hummus; oolong tea

Dinner- perfect pizza (pg 211) and salad; chamomile tea 

Friday 

Breakfast- scrambled eggs; coffee with half and half and stevia 

Lunch- eating at moe’s with friends

Snack- celery with peanut butter;green  tea

Dinner- lentil stew (pg 89) and challah (off plan)

Snack- wine and cheese

Saturday 

Breakfast- 1 cup greek yogurt with berries and walnuts; coffee

Lunch- pasta salad (made with dream field pasta); coffee. Later, veggies at a baby shower.

Snack- trimtastic cake (pg 296)

Dinner- taco salad

Mrs. Criddle’s pumpkin cheese cake pie {Pinterest: Find, Attempt}

For my first “Pinterest: Find, Attempt” post, I made Mrs. Criddle’s PUMPKIN CHEESE CAKE PIE WITH CARAMEL PECAN SAUCE. Oh yes. I did.

The point behind this series of posts is to see if the things that look so pretty on pinterest really turn out that well in real life when everyday people make them. In order to try this yourself, you will have to visit Mrs. Criddle’s blog for the recipe.

Here is how my attempt played out:

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First I made the caramel sauce. I didn’t have any heavy cream so I used half and half (this is the REAL WORLD people! substitutions must happen sometimes!!)

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It turned out lovely.

I didn’t have any pecans in my house. NEVER FEAR! When I have used pecans and walnuts interchangeably many times before. So…. in go the walnuts.

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Next, I made the crust.

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Do you see the amount of counter space I have to work with there? This really is how much room there is in my kitchen. So rest assured, if you live in an apartment or a trailer or a dorm room…..if I can do it, so can you!

I forgot to take a picture of the crust. Weird. It looked just like any other crust though. Turned out just fine.

Then I mixed together all of the ingredients for the pumpkin cheesecake filling. Well….. Do you see the size of my pie plate up there? When I see the directions to put the crust in a pie plate, I think 8 or 9 inch pie plate. Unfortunately, (or fortunately!) this recipe makes enough so that I could have made it in a 9×13 casserole dish.

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Improvise is my middle name (actually, it’s Marie) and I would never waste something that looks and sounds so delicious so I made 6 mini cheese cakes with the leftovers.

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First off, this smelled DIVINE when it was cooking! Oh lordy! I started to wonder how on earth I was going to be able to wait an hour for them to cook and another hour for them to set up in the fridge. Self-control isn’t my strongest fruit of the Spirit. Then I realized that the cupcake ones would be done sooner! After about 40 minutes, I pulled these out:

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And I did this:

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And put them in the fridge.

Since the pie plate was so full, it took about 10 minutes longer than recommended in the recipe to look done to me.

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mmmmmmmmmmm

followed by:

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And about this time I was ready to try one of the little ones even though it had only been about 20 minutes.

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Oh yeah.

After the pie set for about an hour in the fridge, I cut it, and being the amazing friend I am, I took a couple samples to two of my closest THM friends.

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Look below in the comments or on the FACEBOOK page for their thoughts on the taste test.

My rating: 10 out of 10 for ease of making, taste and appearance. I will definitely make this again.

PINTEREST PASS!

Autumn treats round-up for the Trim Healthy Mama

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It’s almost my favorite time of year! Cooler weather, sweaters, colorful leaves, apple harvest and pumpkin flavors!

Autumn!!

In celebration of many people’s favorite season, I decided to do a link up of THM friendly Fall treats. You’re welcome 🙂

APPLE FLAVORS

Let’s start things out with breakfast! Apple Pie Oatmeal from “Family Feedbag” is simple and tasty!

You could use this recipe from “Rhonda Sue” for Apple Oat Cake for breakfast or snack!

Time for lunch! How about this tuna salad with apples from “Counting All Joy”?

Make sure you get your fluids! Try this all day sipper : Caramel Apple Shrinker from Joanna at “Now I can have my cake and eat it too”.

Apples for dinner? Yes! This chicken apple sausage with cabbage noodles from “Counting All Joy” is a delicious main dish idea!

If all you need is a side dish, why not try sweet potato apple hash?

You know as a THM, you really must have dessert 😉  “Wheatless Buns” has an amazingly easy apple fritter recipe that I can’t wait to try! Also, “Joy in Our Journey”  has a tasty THM-ified (is that a word?!) apple crisp recipe.

 

PUMPKIN FLAVORS

Want a quick, easy breakfast for one? This pumpkin MIM from “C family of 6” fits the bill! Got a little more time (and mouths to feed?) Rachel from “Bubbly Nature Creations” has a yummy baked pumpkin pie oatmeal recipe for you.

If anything could make me give up my morning coffee (or 3), it would be this pumpkin pie sip.

A great snack for a fall day is a pumpkin pie smoothie from “Gal on a Mission”. DQ ain’t got nothin’ on this!

When the weather turns chilly, a hearty soup hits the spot. I’m going to try this pumpkin chili with chicken, as well as this curried pumpkin soup.

One of our family’s favorite dinners is BRINNER (breakfast for dinner). I like to put a Fall twist on it by making the pancakes pumpkin spice flavored.

And OH the desserts!! They are abounding! Pumpkin cake with cream cheese frosting! Pumpkin cream cake! Pumpkin pie cookies! Pumpkin pie cheesecake! No-bake pumpkin cheesecake moussePumpkin roll! I could go on and on! BUT….

Now I am hungry!

So off to the kitchen I go!

Do you have a favorite THM-friendly Fall treat? Post in the comments below so we can all try it!

 

Linked up at Work it Wednesday and menu plan monday

 

 

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Weekly kid-friendly/budget-friendly THM menu

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That pic above is of my favorite muffin in a mug. It’s the coffee cake for one by Rhonda Sue. *drool*

Okay! Moving right along to the menu. I’ve decided to just list 7 breakfasts, lunches and dinners, along with several snack ideas. I realized that people start their weeks on different days, eat more (or less) snacks than we do, and  run into a night where they just want to make Thursday’s dinner on Monday. So I’m hoping this new list format makes it easier to tweak and make your own!

Breakfasts

eggs and bacon or sausage (2x)

cereal for the kids and muffin in a mug for mom (2x)

thm pancakes (page 223) with berries

oatmeal with cinnamon and diced apples (brown sugar and walnuts on the kid’s, truvia on mom’s) 2x

 

Lunches

tortilla pizzas (page 280) and sliced veggies

PB&J (regular for the kids; low carb wrap with smucker’s natural PB and homemade strawberry truvia jam for mom) with sliced veggies (2x)

hot dogs and mac&cheese for the kids; crispy salmon (page 283) on romaine with EVOO for mom

leftovers from the soup dinners (2x)

lunchmeat (sandwiches for kids; roll ups for mom~ page 299) and fruit

 

Dinners

pinto bean and rice roll ups (low carb wrap for mom) and fruit

tuna melts for the family; tuna on a low carb wrap for mom; salad

all day lentil stew (page 311)  and crackers (wasa for mom)

hamburgers (lettuce “bun” for mom) and green fries (page 357)

krabby patties (page 338) made with tuna and salad (sourdough bread for the family)

my version of fotato soup (adapted from page 294) ~use the THM bullion in place of the chicken broth and add turmeric with the other seasoning

pork chops; broccoli with cheese and butter; mashed potatoes for the family

 

Snacks

nuts

string cheese

THM friendly muffins (there are many of these on pinterest)

fruit

sliced veggies

smoothies (I love the cake batter frappa. I make the kids’ smoothies with frozen banana and strawberries, almond milk and honey)

85% dark chocolate from aldi

fudge (page 386)

peanut butter cups

for the kids: chia energy balls

 

 

Linked up at menu plan monday