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Chicken & Bacon Salad w/ Honey Mustard Dressing- S

Chicken & Bacon Salad w/ Honey Mustard Dressing- S
 
Author:
Recipe type: Lunch, Dinner
Ingredients
  • Chicken Breast (I cooked mine in a crockpot with xylitol sweetened bbq sauce)
  • Spinach leaves
  • Roasted or fresh red peppers
  • Banana Peppers
  • Feta Cheese
  • Bacon
  • Tomatoes
  • Pecans or other nuts
  • Mustard, Sweetener, and water
Instructions
  1. Make a honey mustard dressing using the THM recipe or simply by combining mustard, sweetener or xylitol sweetened honey and a little water to make it more runny.
  2. Cook bacon and chicken (or warm up leftover chicken)
  3. Cut up veggies
  4. Plate the cold veggies on top of spinach leaves first and then add the warm chicken and green beans
  5. Drizzle honey mustard dressing over and sprinkle on nuts and cheese
Notes
I apologize for the "nailed it" Pinterest- type picture, but it was a hectic day with the kids. I didn't even have enough counter space to create a nice picture;)

I enjoy putting warm chicken and veggies on my salads to give it more of a dinner feel and because cold chicken can sometimes get boring.

 

Chicken and Broccoli Salad- S

Chicken and Broccoli Salad- S
 
Author:
Recipe type: Lunch, Dinner
Ingredients
  • -1 large cooked chicken breast cut into pieces (already cooked from the store makes it really easy)
  • -2 cups raw broccoli florets cut into pieces
  • -1 cup cabbage "slaw" mix
  • -1/2 block of cheese (4 oz) cut into small cubes, ( I like mine with a little kick to it)
  • -2 TBL chopped cilantro
  • -1 handful salted sunflower seeds
  • -Your favorite oil and vinegar salad dressing, (my favorite is Good Seasonings Italian in the packet made as indicated)
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients together and pour on the dressing! Simple as that. I add different ingredients all the time...be creative. This can be made ahead or enjoyed right after preparation.

White Enchiladas- S

White Enchiladas- S
 
Author:
Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: Mexican
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups Cooked, Shredded Chicken
  • 1 cup Chicken broth
  • 3 Tablespoons Butter
  • 6 low carb tortillas
  • Diced onion
  • 1 Can Whole Green Chilies, Diced (4oz)
  • ½ cup cream cheese
  • ¼ cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 cup Sour Cream
  • 1 plus ½ cups Monterey Jack Cheese/cheddar blend, Grated
  • Salt And Pepper, to taste
  • Picante Sauce
Instructions
  1. Cook chicken with onion and some butter.
  2. To assemble, spoon chicken mixture on top of tortillas, one by one. Top with cheese and roll up. Place seam side down in dish.
  3. Melt the butter, add broth, cream cheese, heavy cream, sour cream, until smooth.
  4. Pour cheese mixture all over the top of the tortillas. Top with extra cheese if you'd like, then bake at 350 degrees for 30-35min. Serve with a spall amount of picante and cilantro sauce if you wish.

Photo: Creamy Chicken n Cheese Enchiladas...(S) 

1 1/2 cups Cooked, Shredded Chicken
1 cup Chicken broth 
3 Tablespoons Butter
6 low carb tortillas
Diced onion 
1 Can Whole Green Chilies, Diced (4oz)
1/2 cup cream cheese 
1/4 cup Heavy Cream
1 cup Sour Cream
1 plus 1/2 cups Monterey Jack Cheese/cheddar blend, Grated
 Salt And Pepper, to taste
 Picante Sauce 
Preparation Instructions
Cook chicken with onion and some butter. 
To assemble, spoon chicken mixture on top of tortillas, one by one. Top with cheese and roll up. Place seam side down in dish.
Melt the butter, add broth, cream cheese, heavy cream, sour cream, until smooth.  
Pour cheese mixture all over the top of the tortillas. Top with extra cheese if you'd like, then bake at 350 degrees for 30-35min.  Serve with a spall amount of picante and cilantro sauce if you wish.

Fun Friday- Mini Pepper Chicken Nachos, Chocolate Strawberry Truffle Pie

For those of you who missed this recipe, it definitely looks like a FUN recipe to try and much healthier than the version with chips ;)

Mini Pepper Chicken Nachos- S

Food for Thought- Believe in yourself and believe that this will work and it will!!! It’s all about the power of believing. You are worth it!!!

Photo: Just keep going!!

A FUN dessert to try:

chocolate strawberry pie

Chocolate Strawberry Truffle Pie- S- I would make this without the crust to keep it THM friendly ;)

 

Tasty Thursday- Salad Tacos- S

With my mom being out of town, it was hard to do our throwdown this week, so I’m giving you another week of Tasty Thursday. I love taco salad, but sometimes I miss a good crunchy taco. Today, I had the best of both worlds. I used the fabulous butter lettuce leaves I found at Costco that I used for my Copycat Pf Chang recipe from last week, and made salad tacos. It was so fun to feel like I was eating tacos again without the carbs, I got the crunch, and my veggies in all at once. Here’s the recipe, simple but tasty;)

Tasty Thursday- Salad Tacos- S
 
Author:
Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: Mexican
Ingredients
  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • taco seasoning or cajun seasoning
  • onion powder and garlic powder
  • butter lettuce leaves
  • salsa
  • black beans
  • avocado
  • bell peppers
  • banana peppers
  • tomatoes
  • sour cream
  • feta cheese
  • onions
  • bell peppers
Instructions
  1. Brown meat, add taco seasoning, onion and garlic seasoning and diced onions and bell peppers (I skipped these today bc we were in a hurry)
  2. Wash lettuce leaves, pat dry with a paper towel, set on a plate
  3. Cut up any veggies you like to eat on your taco
  4. Take individual lettuce leaf, fill leaf with taco fixings of your choice, fold and enjoy!
Notes
*To stay in S territory, use a sprinkling of black beans;)
* Enjoy 3-4 as a serving

Throwdown Thursday update: We’ll have our favorite salads published soon so keep working on your best salad and let us know when you have a favorite!!!

Tasty Thursday- My PF Chang Lettuce Wrap Copycat-S

We have decided to change Thursdays up every once in awhile. Today we have Tasty Thursday. On Tasty Thursdays, I’ll post one of my favorite recipes that I’ve created or tweaked and I encourage you to Try it for yourself!!!

My husband and I were given a gift card to PF Chang’s for Christmas and were finally able to go on a date! We loved the infamous lettuce wraps, so I came home and made my own version. Of course, you can tweak it to your liking, but this is now one of our new favorite meals!!! As you know my photo skills are not the best, inspite of having a professional photographer for a father in law, but you get the gist;)

Tasty Thursday- My PF Chang Lettuce Wrap Copycat-S
 
Author:
Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: Asian
Serves: 4-5
Ingredients
  • 2 large carrots, diced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • ½ onion, diced
  • ½ inch ginger root diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 12 chicken tenderloins
  • 1 T. Liquid Aminos
  • ½ c. chopped cashews or peanuts
  • sesame seeds (optional)
  • butter lettuce leaves
  • hot mustard
Instructions
  1. In a med. pan, Satuee veggies in 1-2 T. coc oil until soft
  2. In a large skillet, Stir fry chicken tenderloins in 1-2 T. coc. oil, add ginger, garlic and soy sauce
  3. Break chicken with a spatula as it cooks
  4. Add sauteed veggies to chicken, cover, and let simmer for 5 minutes on low heat
  5. In the meantime, wash butter leaves individually and pat dry with a paper towel
  6. Add nuts and sesame seeds to skillet
  7. To serve, spoon about ¼ c. of chicken and veggies onto the middle of a butter lettuce leaf, wrap up like a taco and enjoy!
Notes
*You can add hot mustard and soy sauce to your lettuce leaf before wrapping or make a dipping sauce with hot mustard and soy sauce. Unsweetened chili sauce would be a good addition as well;)

Up next week for Throwdown Thursday: Our favorite spring salads- We encourage you to participate and make your favorite salad recipe and share it. We’d be happy to feature it on our blog or link it up to your blog;)

Menu Planning Monday- Menu 7

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all were able to enjoy some Spring weather over the weekend;) We had an egg hunt at the beach in our community and it was absolutely gorgeous weather!!! Life seems so much more pleasant when it’s warm outside. What can I say, it was a LONG winter!!! With this warmer weather, I’m continuing to enjoy lots of fresh produce in my salads and lots of smoothies and shakes.

Here’s my tentative menu for the week:

Monday: Breakfast: Veggie Omelette- S

Lunch: Chicken Salad in a Joseph’s Pita- (canned chicken, mustard, cucs, celery, onion, a few carrots, tomatoes w/ laughing cow cheese- E

Snack: Apple, and 1 tsp. PB w/ cinnamon- E

Photo: Need E meal inspiration/ideas? Here's one! I know I've posted about this meal before, but it's been awhile, and it's worth posting again for our Beginners! :) This is, hands down, one of my favorite meals! Balsamic chicken (p. 324), quinoa, and creamless cream green beans (p. 352).

Dinner: Balsamic Chicken (THM p. 324) & Creamless Creamy Veggies (THM p. 352)-E  Courtesy of Tammy Schlievert

Photo: Key Lime Cheesecakes - S!Kristin J is converting her friends (and their husbands) to the THM way of eating one dessert at a time. She posted up her lovely looking cheesecakes on the group wall. She made delicious almond based crusts and topped the cheesecakes with sweetened, lime flavored whipped cream.Kristin’s crust is 1 cup almond flour combined with 2-3 Tbs melted butter and 1 Tbs Truvia (if using THM Sweet Blend use only 2 tsp.) Bake the crusts for 10 minutes in foil lined muffin tins then fill with cheesecake mix. The cheesecake recipe itself is on page 373 of Trim Healthy Mama. To get the lime flavor Kristin added 5 True Lime packets (found in most grocery stores in the dry mix drink isle). She put the muffin tins in a water bath to bake. For the topping she sweetened ¾ cup cream with 1-2 Tbs. xylitol  and added 2 True Lime packets before whipping to stiff peaks (you can use 1 Tbs. THM Sweet Blend if that is what you have… or 2 Tbs. Truvia).Note - THM Sweet Blend (which is a blend of organic, stevia extract powder and non GMO erythritol) can be found at www.trimhealthymama.com

DessertKey Lime Cheesecakes- S

Tuesday:

Breakfast: Oatmeal w/ a splash of almond milk, 1/2 apple and scrambled egg whites and salsa- E

Lunch: Leftover Balsamic Chicken over greens with light dressing- FP

Of course, it's even better with a little bit of whipped cream. ;-)

Snack: Chocolate Chip Muffin in a Mug-S (I don’t have these chocolate chips, so I’ll probably just break up a piece of dark chocolate;)

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DinnerFish Tacos-S

 

Wednesday:

Breakfast: Big Boy Smoothie, Caprese Ezekiel Toast (Ezekial toast, basil, tomatoes, LC cheese)- E

Lunch: Leftover fish w/ steamed veggies- S

Snack: Greek Yogurt w/ a TRUE lemon packet mixed in, blueberries, and some ff whipped cream- E

Photo: Asparagus Egg and Bacon Salad – In less than 1 hour I was able to cook, photograph, eat and post this simple Spring salad to my blog. What are you having for lunch?#weightwatchers 6pp #glutenfree #paleo #springhttp://www.skinnytaste.com/2014/04/asparagus-egg-and-bacon-salad-with.html

DinnerAsparagus Egg and Bacon Salad-S

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DessertChocolate Chip Cookies-S

 

Thursday:

Breakfast: 2 eggs w/ butter, protein shake- S

Lunch: Cobb Salad-S

Snack: PB muffin in a bowl- S

Dinner: Crockpot Meal- White enchiladas- S

Friday: Breakfast: French Toast w/ Ezekiel Bread and 1 T. polaner’s jam (made with egg whites)- E

Turkey Wrap with a Delicious  Creamy Chipotle Avocado Spread

LunchTurkey Wraps with Chipotle Avocado Spread-S (Make sure to use a low carb tortilla or a Joseph’s pita or tortilla;)

Snack: Joseph’s pita, nuked for under 2 minutes  to make chips w/ LC cheese and salsa- FP

DinnerPizza Puffs- S

Dessert: Butter Pecan Coconut Ice Cream – S (I found this at Wegman’s this weekend and I’m so excited about this flavor!

 

Saturday:

Trim Healthy Mama {Berry Coconut Crisp - S}

BreakfastBerry Coconut Crisp-S

Lunch: Joseph’s Pita pizza w/ chicken, spinach, feta, and tomatoes- FP

Snack: Celery and PB- S OR

blueberry muffin in a minute_low carb and paleo

Blueberry Muffin in a Minute-S

DinnerMexican Burgers- S

 

Sunday:

BreakfastCoconut Crepes-S  (I have also subbed oat fiber for the coconut flour to make them a little lighter;)

Easter Meal:

Rosemary Mustard Crusted Bake Ham-S

with some of these ideas: Easter Menu or this for dessert: Lemon Coconut Cloud Cake - Life Made Full.. THM…S dessert by swapping out the maple syrup for Susan Hitchcock's homemade truvia "maple" syru...

Lemon Coconut Cloud Cake- S

What’s on your menu for the week?

Tip Tuesday- Crockpot Meals for lunch AND dinner

I’ve mentioned before how my crockpots are some of my favorite kitchen appliances. I love that I can throw lunch or dinner in when I have time and then it’s ready for meal time. These days my schedule is especially busy, so I’ve been really utlizing my mini crockpot for lunches. At breakfast, I throw in a piece of salmon or tilapia with sesasonings and veggies or some chicken tenderloins and I have some cooked meat by lunchtime that I can use on salads, in wraps, as a soup, or to be eaten with some warm veggies on the side.

In case you need a visual, here is my mini crockpot:

Crock-Pot® Slow Cooker - 2 Qt

I purchased mine at Target, but you can also get it off of Amazon.

Just this last week here are the lunches I cooked in my mini crockpot:

*Note: Do not cook broccoli in a crockpot or it will stink your house up terribly! I learned this the hardway;)

1. Mexican chicken (FP)- Frozen chicken tenderloins, salsa, laughing cow cheese

2. Salmon (S)- salmon filet, sweetener packet, hot mustard, green beans

3. Chicken Bacon Soup (FP or S)- Bacon, chicken broth, red peppers, chicken tenderloins, laughing cow cheese wedge, a small scoop of 1/3 reduced fat cream cheese- ate this as a soup and then the next day ate it over konjac noodles.

4. Tilapia and green beans (FP or S)- Tilapia, pesto, basil, green beans- cooked on low

5. Garlic Chicken (FP)- Frozen chicken tenderloins, garlic powder- that was it! I used it to put on top of a salad and ate some for a snack later

6. Chicken and Sweet Potatoes (E)- Chicken tenderloins and sweet potatoes- A fabulous quick and easy E meal;)

I’m sure there are several options you can try. Have you used a mini crockpot before? What is a favorite meal you have cooked in it?

Crockpot Dinner Ideas:

1. Sweet Potato Chili (E)- I had some cooked ground meat in the freezer and threw this in the crockpot along with all the other ingredients needed for the chili. I came home from church to a house smelling like homecooked chili and we were ready to eat in literally 5 minutes!

2. Spicy Cheesy Chicken (FP or S)- Rotel, large spoonful of 1/3 reduced fat cream cheese, chicken tenderloins, chicken broth- this combo is pretty amazing! Our favorite way to eat it is in a low carb wrap with some spinach.

3. White Enchiladas (S)- Chicken tenderloins, sour cream, reduced fat cream cheese, handful of mozarella cheese, a small can of green chilis, chicken broth- throw this mixture in some warm low carb tortillas and you have a quick, tasty, enchilada. You could even wrap up the fixings, sprinkle some cheese on the top and broil for a few minutes if you want them more like an enchilada;)

4. Italian chicken (FP)- italian seasonings like basil and oregano, chicken broth, chicken tenderloins, plan approved italian dressing- serve over spaghetti squash noodles or zucchini noodles

5. Parmesan chicken (FP or S)- chicken tenderloins, plan approved marinera sauce, mozerella cheese- you can throw in some veggies too or eat it with a side salad

*NOTE: When a meal is labeled as FP or S, it means that the meal can be considered FP as long as you don’t add too much fat to it. If you use a lot of cheese or other source of fat, then it goes into S territory.

There are truly numerous possibilities! These are just some of my favorite. Do you have any favorite crock pot meals? Pearl and Serene also give a lot of crockpot ideas in the book so be sure to check those out as well.

Here are some more crockpot ideas!

Stacy Makes Cents Crockpot Meal Ideas

Pinterest Crockpot Meals

Mexican Burgers- S

Mexican Burgers- S
 
Author:
Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: Mexican
Ingredients
  • 1 lb. of ground turkey or beef
  • ½ c. salsa
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tsp. taco seasoning
  • handful of chopped cilantro
  • 1 laughing cow wedge
  • handful of mozerella or mexican cheese
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl using your hands to mix ingredients well or if you're too grossed out by this, a large fork will do;)
  2. Form patties with your hands
  3. Heat a large, greased skillet to medium/high heat
  4. Put about 5 small patties on skillet and cook evenly on both sides
Notes
Makes about 12 small burgers or 8 large ones
Serve in a Joseph's pita, plan approved bun, or over some greens with salsa and sour cream, guac, and/ or some Joseph's pita chips

Egg Roll in a Bowl- S, E, or FP

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Egg Roll in a Bowl- S, E, or FP
 
Author:
Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: Asian
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil (or oil of your choice if you don’t have sesame, but the sesame really makes the dish!)
  • 1 lb. ground pork or beef (S) or lean ground turkey (E or FP)
  • 6 cups finely sliced cabbage (about 1 medium head)
  • 1 cup shredded carrots (4g carbs per ¼ cup serving so fine for this S meal)
  • 1 medium onion
  • chopped 3 cloves garlic
  • finely chopped or minced 1 teaspoon ground ginger/ginger powder
  • (if you choose fresh ginger for this recipe, you'll need to use quite a bit and be sure it's grated/minced very fine; I love fresh, but ground really works better in this recipe)
  • ¼ cup coconut aminos (soy sauce alternative) or Bragg's Amino
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Chicken Broth
  • Optional: 2-3 green onion stalks, finely chopped
  • Optional: ¼ tsp red pepper flakes adds a nice kick!
Instructions
  1. Brown the ground pork (or beef) in large frying pan until fully cooked.
  2. Turn heat to medium-high and add chopped onion (not the green onions yet) and sesame oil, increase heat to lightly brown the onions.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together the garlic, ginger and aminos and add to pan, and then immediately add the sliced cabbage and stir.
  4. Cook for a few minutes, stirring often, so that it doesn't burn and so all cabbage slightly wilts and reduces in size.
  5. Then add shredded carrots and cook for another few minutes.
  6. Turn off heat, add chopped green onions, salt and black pepper to taste, stir one last time and serve warm.
  7. Same great taste you’ll get in an eggroll, minus the deep fried wrapper, so MUCH healthier!
Notes
To make it E: Use extra lean meat instead (like 99% lean ground turkey, or skinless chicken breast - ground, chopped, or shredded) and because of the lack of juiciness (fat) from the meat, add ¼ cup of fat-free chicken stock (or water). To make it E: You may want to also add a bit more of the aminos and ginger, and feel free to add extra carrots too! Serve over brown rice. To make it FP: Use extra lean meat instead (like 99% lean ground turkey, or skinless chicken breast - ground, chopped, or shredded) and because of the lack of juiciness (fat) from the meat, add ¼ cup of fat-free chicken stock (or water). You may want to also add a bit more of the aminos and ginger. However, with the above said, it's by far best as S using ground pork (not sausage!) or ground beef. ENJOY!

by Diana Rodbourn Brown 1 lb ground pork/beef in a large frying pan. Turn heat to med-high. Add 1 med. chopped onion & 2 tsp. sesame oil, increase heat to lightly brown onions. Mix together 3 cloves of minced garlic, 1 tsp. ginger powder and 1/4 c. aminos and add. Stir in 6 c. shredded cabbage. Cook for a few minutes, stirring often. Add 1 c. shredded carrots and cook another few minutes. Turn off heat, Add 2 finely chopped gr. onion stalks, and salt and pepper to taste and serve warm.