Tip Tuesday- Make some on plan Thanksgiving food!

Happy Thanksgiving week! I hope everyone is prepping for your big feasts where you get to spend time with your loved ones and give thanks for the blessings we have :) I love Thanksgiving because I get to see my family from out of town. My parents are on their way here and my mom and I are going to be busy in the kitchen concocting some yummy THM food!

I wanted to give you some THM Thanksgiving options. Even if you are taking the day off, it might be fun to make a recipe or two to add to your menu or take to the house you are celebrating at and then you can have some yummy THM leftovers to eat for the rest of the week guilt free;)

Here is what I did last year;) I had an E Thanksgiving dinner and then 3 hours later, I had a S Thanksgiving dinner!

Here is my tentative Thanksgiving menu: (I will probably not make all of this, but it’s good to have ideas and options!)

E meal:
light turkey meat
Gwen’s E rolls
green salad w/ light dressing
Creamless Creamy Veggies- p. 352 in book

sugar free cranberry sauce
sugar free jello w/ diced apples and pineapple

Sweet Potato Cassarolle

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*To keep it in E territory, use a sprinkling of pecans to give it a little crunch
apple crisp

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S meal: ( 3 hours later;)

dark turkey meat w/ gravy

Green bean cassarolle- p. 358 in book

Baked Macafoni and Cheese
Cheesy cheese rolls

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Sweet potato cassarolle- see Pinterest post below
Stuffing- (I used a different recipe last year, but want to try this one this year!)

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Pumpkin Cheesecake

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Pumpkin Roll

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Pumpkin Pie- see recipe for Pumpkin Treat in THM book and make a crust using crushed pecans and butter ;)

What’s on your menu for Thanksgiving?

 

 

Menu Planning Monday- Soups and Pumpkin desserts!

Hi there fellow THMers! I have started blogging again, but because I’m pregnant I still have some good weeks and some not so great weeks so please bear with me as I will be posting on and off.

I hope everyone is getting excited for Thanksgiving and enjoying the yummy foods that accompany cold weather. With this in mind, I planned my menu with pumpkin desserts and soups included. Hopefully you can get some good ideas to add to your menu this week! As a reminder, if you click on anything highlighted in blue it will take you to the link of the recipe ;)

Dinners:

Monday- Balsamic Chicken ( I just sauteed chicken tenderloins in balsamic vinegar and olive oil, and then added no sugar marinera sauce), dreamfields pasta, salad with Olive Garden Dressing- S

Tuesday- Fajitas- S

Wednesday- Mock Mack and Cheese Cassarolle- S

Thursday- Baked Chicken, Sweet Potatoes- E

Friday- Speedy Thin Crust Pizza- S (THM p. 278)

Saturday- Mock Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana Soup- S

Olive Garden Low Carb Zuppa Toscana Soup. Photo by Laney RDH

Sunday- Baked Oatmeal- E (we like having breakfast for dinner on Sundays)

 

Dessert Ideas:

Cookie Dough Shake- FP (meaning you can have this after any meal;)

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Low Carb Pumpkin Cheesecake- S (one of my favorites!)

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Mom’s yummy pumpkin cookies-S ( I have to have these on hand at all times now ;)

Snack Ideas:

Joseph Lavash Chips, Cottage Cheese and Salsa- FP

Greek Yogurt, cocoa powder, peanut flour, sweetener to taste- E

Popcorn, Apples dipped in stevia sweetened greek yogurt and cinnamon- E

Pumpkin Pie in a Mug- E (I substituted the egg for an egg white and it turned out great!)

Pumpkin Pie in a Mug

 

Breakfast Ideas:

Oatmeal, diced apple, vanilla protein powder, cinnamon, splash of almond milk, Ezekiel toast w/ polaner’s jam- E

Breakfast Burritos- low carb tortilla, scrambled eggs, any veggies, salsa, cheese- S

Other breakfast Ideas: I found this great link with lots of breakfast ideas using no special ingredients ;)

 

Lunch Ideas:

Leftovers ;)

Lite Progresso Soups, Ezekiel toast w/ some laughing cow cheese- E

Ham Wraps w/ Lettuce, Tomatoes, and Laughing Cow Cheese- E

Southern Dill Pickle Chicken Salad- S (I ate this in a low carb tortilla- yum!)

 

Yummy Warm Drinks:

Hot Cocoa w/ Peppermint Extract- heat 1 c. almond milk in microwave, stir in 1-2 T. cocoa powder, liquid stevia to taste, 1/4 tsp. peppermint extract, and whipped cream on top- I have this almost every night!

Snickers Hot Cocoa

Trim Healthy Mama Snickers Hot Cocoa

Winter Wonderland Sip

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Happy Halloween! new Pumpkin Cookie Recipe- S

My mom is in her THM test kitchen once again! Here are some fabulous pumpkin cookies just in time for Halloween and Thanksgiving ;)

Pumpkin Cookie Recipe- S
 
Author:
Recipe type: Dessert
Ingredients
  • ½ c. pumpkin
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ c. soft butter
  • Sweetener (I used ¼ c. Truvia)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • ½ tsp. almond extract
  • ¼ c. almond flour
  • 1 heaping T. coc flour
  • 1 hpg T. shredded coconut
  • 3 hpg T. peanut flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ¾ tsp. gluccie
  • pinch of salt
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ 85% dark chocolate bar chopped into pieces
Instructions
  1. By hand, mix wet, mix dry, and then combine
  2. Drop onto greased baking sheet and bake @ 350 for 10 min
  3. Let rest for 3 min. on sheet, then place on rack to cool
  4. Makes 20 cookies

 

Tip Tuesday- Greek Yogurt trick

Here is a quick and easy tip for today:

To flavor my greek yogurt, I use TRUE lemon flavored drink packets and just sprinkle about 1/4-1/3 of the packet into my 1/2 c. or so greek yogurt serving. I mix and taste until it tastes just right and it’s a quick and yummy way to flavor your yogurt. I also add some reddi whip for some extra yumminess! My favorite flavor is the Raspberry Lemon ;)

Menu Planning Monday- I’m back!

I am so sorry it’s been such a long time. I had some ongoing health issues and am now pregnant and after getting through my first trimester, I’m finally feeling like myself again. I am excited that I have the energy to blog again and hopefully I can help you along your THM journey. Please feel free to share your successes and tips and ask questions.

Sticking with tradition, I’m starting up again with Menu Planning Monday, so here is what’s tenatively on the menu. Just FYI, anything that is highlighted is a link to a recipe ;) Also, I tend to eat more E meals because I’m preggo, so adjust according to your individual needs.

Breakfasts:

Oatmeal, diced apples, cinnamon, almond milk, 1 or 2 tsp. PB- E

Ezekiel bread French Toast w/ applesauce and fat free reddi whip, egg white scramble- E

Fried Eggs, bacon, strawberries- S

 

Lunches:

Sweet Potato Chili, apple cinnamon cookies (recipe coming soon!)- E

Chicken, bacon, ranch, low carb wrap with lettuce and tomato, skinny chocolate- S

Cobb Salad, strawberries and cream- S

Warm Chicken Sandwich (THM book) w/ tomatoes, laughing cow cheese, mustard, lettuce on Ezekiel bread , cantaloupe- E

 

Dinners:

Dreamfields angel hair pasta, spaghetti squash, marinera sauce- green salad w/ olive garden dressing- S

Enchiladas, crudities- S

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup w/ konjac noodles, grilled quesadilla w/ tomatoes- S

Sweet Potatoes, Baked Chicken, and Green Beans- E

Speedy Thin Crust Pizza (THM book)- S

German Pancakes, Eggs- S

Turkey Burgers, Macafoni and Cheese- S

 

Snacks:

Cottage Cheese and blueberries- FP

Greek  Yogurt w/ TRUE lemon to taste- FP

Apple, String Cheese- E

Nuts, dark chocolate- S

 

Recipe to try this week- perhaps in place of the macafoni and cheese ;)

Cauliflower Mac and Cheese Cassarolle- S

 

What’s on your menu for the week?

 

 

Fun Friday- Cheesecake Brownies- S

Hello Fellow THMers!!! I hope everyone is having a fabulous, healthy, happy week ;) It was National Cheesecake day, and I was in the mood for cheesecake AND brownies, so I combined them and got this final product which I’m pretty thrilled with ;)

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Here’s the recipe:

Cheesecake Brownies- S
 
Author:
Recipe type: dessert
Ingredients
  • 1 stick of butter (melted)
  • ¾ c. of your favorite sweetener (I used a mix of erythritol and xylitol- use about ½ of that amount if using the THM sweet blend, I have also used ½ c. truvia which works well)
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 T. almond milk
  • ½ c. pumpkin
  • ½ t. vanilla
  • ½ t. caramel extract
  • ⅓ c. cocoa
  • ½ c. almond flour
  • ¼ t. baking powder
  • ¼ t. salt
  • 1 block of ⅓ fat cream cheese + 2 T. sweetener
Instructions
  1. Cream the sweetener, eggs, and butter together
  2. Add in remaining wet ingredients (not the cream cheese)
  3. Add in the dry ingredients
  4. Pour mixture into a 8 x 8 greased pan
  5. Using a mixer or fork, mix the cream cheese with the 2 T. sweetener
  6. Spoon cream cheese mixture into a baggie
  7. Cut a hole in the tip of the baggie and pipe the cream cheese onto the brownie mixture
  8. This will not look pretty!!!! But don’t worry it will turn out ;)
  9. Use a knife to swirl the cream cheese into the brownie
  10. Bake @ 350 for 45-50 min. or until the center is firm
Notes
1. This is more like a brownie cake when you first take it out of the oven, which is excellent with some THM ice cream ;) But once you let it sit in the fridge overnight, they set up pretty nicely!

2. You can also make the brownies without the cream cheese mixture and you just need to bake them for 20-25 min ;)

 

 

Throwdown Thursday- Pumpkin Peanut Butter Cookies- S

I know it’s not fall yet, but I’m in the mood for pumpkin year round. I wanted to try another cookie recipe and I remember my mom making a peanut butter pumpkin cookie, so I thought for our throwdown I’d create my own version. Try them both and see what you think ;)

Pumpkin, Pecan, Peanut Butter Cookies- S
 
Author:
Recipe type: Dessert
Ingredients
  • ½ c. pumpkin
  • ¼ c. butter (melted)
  • ¼ c. coconut oil (melted)
  • ⅛ c. almond milk
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ c. THM sweet blend or ½ c. truvia, xylitol, or erythritol
  • 1½ c. almond flour
  • ¼ c. peanut flour
  • ¼ c. oats
  • 1 t. baking powder
  • ¼ c. pecans (chopped)
  • ¼ c. 85 % dark chocolate (chopped)
  • 1 t. pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ t. cinnamon
  • dash of salt
Instructions
  1. Cream together butter, coconut oil, sweetener, and eggs
  2. Add in pumpkin
  3. In a separate bowl, mix flours, oats, baking powder, and spices
  4. Add dry to wet
  5. Add in almond milk until you get a dough like consistency
  6. Add in pecans, chocolate, and coconut flakes
  7. Shape into balls and flatten with your palm
  8. Bake for 11-15 min at 350
Notes
Makes 2½ dozen

My kiddos smelled cookies baking while they were getting ready for bed. They came down and said “Are those THM cookies Mom?” (they are sometimes my biggest critics, but hey I know if a recipe is a keeper or not because they give me brutally honest feedback!) I let them have 1, and when I turned around they were both sheepishly eating a second (don’t worry, I didn’t let them eat the whole plate- I’m a little more responsible of a mother than that ;). They love sugar just as much as any kid, but they gave these THM cookies a big thumbs up with their big grins, so I guess the recipe’s a keeper!

Sneaking their second cookie !

Tasty Thursday- Fresh Strawberry Pie w/ a Lemon Cheesecake Crust

It’s summer time and when I was growing up one of my favorite desserts to eat in the summer was a slice of fresh strawberry pie from Marie Calendar’s- SO GOOD and refreshing. I wanted to create a THM version and Mom suggested we make a lemon cheesecake crust, so we did! Let me tell you, it is GO-O-OD and it is one my new favorite THM recipes! My hubby and dad went back for seconds;) It truly took me back to my childhood summers. We added a little reddi whip and the whole dessert really hit the spot.  I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!!

Fresh Strawberry Pie w/ a Lemon Cheesecake Crust- S
 
Author:
Recipe type: Dessert
Ingredients
  • Crust:
  • 1 c. almond flour
  • 1 block reduced fat cream cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • Juice from ½ a lemon
  • ½ tsp. lemon extract
  • ¼ c. sweetener of choice (I used 12 packets Truvia)
  • Strawberry Filling:
  • About 5½ c.whole fresh strawberries rinsed and de-stemmed
  • 1 t. strawberry extract
  • ¾ c. powdered sweetener (I used xylitol)
  • 2 c. water
  • 1½ tsp. glucomannan
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Mix crust ingredients together with an electric beater or mixer until well combined
  3. Pour in a greased tart pan and scrape sides with a spatula; put in a preheated oven
  4. Bake for 20 min. or until the crust is firm to the touch but not overcooked
  5. While the crust is cooking, boil the water, sweetener, and extract in a small saucepan; boil for several minutes continuously stirring.
  6. Remove from heat and immediately mix in gluccie until well combined. If you don’t do it immediately and don’t mix well enough, you may end up with little jellyfish in your strawberry gel ;) Your gel will get quite thick which is what you want.
  7. Let the cheesecake crust and strawberry gel cool down to room temperature
  8. ( I put my crust in the freezer for a bit to speed up the process)
  9. Once the gel is cooled, mix it with the fresh strawberries
  10. With a spatula, spoon it on top of the cooled crust
  11. Serve with a squirt of reddi whip on top if desired and enjoy!

The Crust:

The Strawberry Gel:

The Complete Strawberry Filling:

The Final Product:

Wouldn’t you like a slice? ;)

 

Fabulous Friday- My favorite “G Jimmy S” (GGMS) recipes

Hello BTTW readers! I hope you are all experiencing success and enjoying your THM journeys;) I have good days and bad and I am still undergoing tests. I continue to eat THM because it’s my way of life now and I know I would be feeling worse if I didn’t.

One thing that makes me feel fabulous and gives me a pick me up is a good GGMS drink, or as my 5 year old calls it, a G Jimmy S! Here she is sipping one on 4th of July with Ariel as we watched the boys set off fireworks.  She is one of the pickiest eaters I know and she will drink my whole G Jimmy S if I let her, so if she likes them, anyone can!

See how much she’s enjoying it!!

My first attempt at a GGMS was the caramel apple and I didn’t like it a bit. I gave up on it for awhile until my mom came to visit and insisted I try some new flavors. We had fun mixing and matching extracts. I encourage you to find your favorite flavors because the ACV really does give you a pick me up and they are great for drinking in between meals and for getting in your water intake. Here are some of our favorites that we came up with:

Matsumoto GGMS (named after my favorite Shave Ice place in Hawaii bc it tastes just like I’m eating a shave ice there!)

2 T ACV (apple cider vinegar)

1/2 t. coconut extract

1/2 t. banana extract

1/2 t. orange extract

12-15 drops liquid stevia (My favorite brand is the Trader Joe’s brand)

Fill a large tumbler or quart jar with ice, fill with water, and then mix all ingredients. Drink with a straw. We’ve decided they just taste better this way !

 

Berry Cherry

2 T. ACV

1/2 tsp. strawberry extract

1/2 tsp. cherry extract

12- 15 drops liquid stevia

Repeat process above

 

Rasberry/Lemon/Coconut

2 T. ACV

1/2 tsp. coconut extract

1/4 tsp. lemon extract

1/4 tsp. raspberry extract

12-15 drops liquid stevia

Repeat process above

 

Recipes to try from other THMers (I’m sorry I don’t know the original authors to these):

Mountain Dew GGMS 

use 1/2 water and 1/2 club soda

1 packet stevia

4 T ACV

2 T lime juice

 

Strawberry GGMS

In a blender add:

2 c. water

2 T ACV

3 packets stevia

Juice from 1/2 a lemon or lime

1/2 tsp. ground ginger (I don’t use ginger but I know it’s super good for you!)

4 or 5 frozen strawberries

Handful of ice

Blend well and enjoy

 

What’s your favorite GGMS recipe?

 

 

Tasty Thursday- Patriotic Dessert Ideas for the 4th of July!

Hello fellow THMers! I’m finally starting to feel good this week and hopefully I will get some more answers today after I see some specialists. Having said that, I am still eating THM inspite of feeling crummy and I like I said before I know my symptoms would be worse if I was not eating food that nourished and strengthened my body.

Tomorrow is 4th of July! I thought I’d share some recipes that I found that would make great additions to your holiday ;) Enjoy celebrating with your family and friends!!

Patriotic Cheesecake Cookies-S

Patriotic Cheesecake Cookies

Red White and Blue Tart-S

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Light Summer Berry Yogurt Pie- S (I probably would go crustless on this or just make a THM crust with almond flour and butter which is found with the cheesecake recipe in the book)

Berry Pie

What are you planning on making for dessert? I was also thinking Jennifer Griffin’s rock n roll cake with some whipped cream and strawberries and blueberries would be a great idea for an easy patriotic blueberry/strawberry shortcake ;)

Rock N Roll Cake