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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? ;)

 

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

0122 300x251 Red White and Blue Tart {Trim Healthy Mama, GAPS, Grain Free, Paleo, Egg Free, Dairy Free, Sugar Free}

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

Tasty Thursday- Pumpkin Peanut Butter Cookies- S

Mom’s in her test kitchen once again! Try out this tasty new recipe she invented ;)

Pumpkin Peanut Butter Cookies- S
 
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Author:
Cuisine: dessert
Ingredients
  • Wet ingredients:
  • ½ cp pumpkin
  • Less than ¼ cp Truvia
  • ¼ cp melted butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Dry ingredients:
  • ¼ cp Almond flour
  • 2 heaping TBL shredded coconut
  • 3 heaping TBL Peanut flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • Pinch salt
  • ¾ tsp glucomannan
  • 2 TBL chopped walnuts
Instructions
  1. Mix dry and wet ingredients separately first.
  2. Stir dry into wet ingredients
  3. Carefully form into balls and place on lightly greased cookie sheet, gently pressing with fingers to flatten OR leaving them in ball form and push a piece of 85% dark Choc bar into each cookie...then they become "Chocolate Mouth Cookies", which my grand kids love!
  4. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 10 min, remove and let rest on cookie sheet 3 min before transferring to a rack.
  5. Allow to cool completely.
  6. Makes about 20 cookies
Notes
I love to experiment making cookies. This is my latest...the family loved them including the non-THMers!
PUMPKIN PEANUT BUTTER

Tasty Thursday- Rum and Cherry GGMS

I’ve been busy this week with my part-time job, so Mom generously consented to coming up with a recipe for Tasty Thursday. Thanks Mom!!!

This is from Jo (aka Mom):

Since starting my THM journey back in November 2013, I kept reading about GGMS and how so many THMers love it. I finally learned that it stood for “Good Girl Moonshine”, and was usually made with natural apple cider. I had no desire to try it. So I stayed with my tasty amazing THM shakes and frappes. Then I heard about a THM drink called “Singing Canary”. I liked the name so I thought I’d try it. WOW!! At first I couldn’t decide if I liked it or not; and as I kept sipping I decided I kind of loved it, and made it almost daily. I kept seeing more posts about GGMS…a tropical one grabbed my attention. I tried it and loved it immediately! Since then I have been experimenting with a lot of different flavors. I’ve been making one mid-morning in my quart jar filled with ice; and as I sip it down, I add more water. The drink, of course gets more watered down but still has a lovely flavor; and I am drinking a lot mire water these days. I know ginger is sometimes added (my hubby likes it that way), but I mostly like:

2T vinegar, 1T lemon juice, liquid stevia to taste, a different mix of extracts – rum and cherry is yummy too-water and lots of ice. It’s so fun experimenting with all the different flavors! I still love my “Singing Canary”; now I have more to enjoy during those hot summer days ;)

Tasty Thursday- 31 Tummy Tucking Ice Cream Flavors

Mom was out of town unexpectedly this week so we didn’t get a chance to do our throwdown, but I DO have some TASTY ice cream flavors for you. Some are Tried and True and some are ones I’d like to try!!! If you haven’t made the tummy tucking ice cream, DO IT!!! It’s so tasty and easy to make. I like to double or triple the serving size so I have a lot of ice cream cubes ready to go.

My favorite way to make it:

Take 1 Ice Cube tray of tummy tucking ice cream cubes, 2 T. cream, 3 tsp. truvia, 4 T. Almond Milk and mix it in a blender- I have a Ninja. The easiest way to get the ice cubes is out is to run the tray under hot water for a few seconds. Serves 3-4

Fun flavors to try: (Always make the original recipe and add the ingredients to it!)

1. Chocolate raspberry- cocoa powder and 1/2 tsp. raspberry extract OR use frozen raspberries

2. Chocolate Almond- cocoa powder, handful of almonds (nuts are best added right at the end of mixing)*

3. Strawberry- add a handful of frozen strawberries to the original

4. Mint Chip- My family LOVES this one- 1/4 tsp. mint extract, several pieces of skinny chocolate or 85% dark chocolate- (add in the chocolate after you mix the other ingredients for bigger chunks)

5. Raspberry & Walnut- Frozen raspberries, handful of walnuts*

6. Dulce De Leche- homemade caramel or 1/2 tsp. caramel extract, 1/2 tsp. butter extract, pecans*

7. Hazlenut Crunch- 1/4 tsp. hazlenut extract, pecans, peanut butter, skinny chocolate*

8. Butter Pecan-handful of pecans, 1/2 tsp. butter extract*

9. Peanut Butter- swirl in Peanut Butter*

10. Cinnamon- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon

11. Maple Walnut- 1/2 tsp. maple extract, handful of walnuts*

12. Key Lime- 1 T. lime juice, 2 T. reduced fat cream cheese, dash of cinnamon, opt. THM ginger snap cookies broken up and sprinkled on top or this graham cracker pie crust (replace the honey for on plan sweetener)*

13. Lemon Cheesecake- 1 tsp. lemon extract, 2 T. reduced fat cream cheese, dash of cinnamon*

14. Nutty Coconut- handful of almonds, handful of unsweetened coconut, 1/2 tsp. coconut extract*

15. Turtle- 1/2 tsp. Caramel extract, handful of Pecans, a few pieces skinny chocolate*

16. Chocolate Peanut Butter- 1 T. cocoa, 1 T. peanut butter*

17. Snickers- 1 T. Peanut Butter, handful of Peanuts, 1/2 tsp. Caramel extract*

18. Butterfinger- 1/2 tsp. butterscotch extract, 1/2 T. cocoa, 1/2 T. peanut flour, 1 T. chunky peanut butter*

19. Chocolate Chunk- 1 T. cocoa, skinny chocolate

20. Egg Nog- 1/4 tsp rum extract, 1/4 tsp. nutmeg extract, cinnamon, 1/4 tsp. additional vanilla extract

21. Brownie Sundae- add your favorite THM S brownie *

22. Chocolate Chip- Add skinny chocolate chunks or dark chocolate

23. Chocolate Chip Cookie- add skinny chocolate chunks and THM chocolate chip cookies or make the chocolate chip cookie for one and add it! *

24. Almond Joy- Almonds, coconut flakes, skinny chocolate*

25. Cookies and Cream- add THM oreos*

26. Orange Dreamsicle- 1/2 tsp. orange extract

27. Chocolate Mint- 1 T. cocoa1/4 tsp. peppermint extract

28. Reeses Peanut Butter Ice Cream- peanut butter, skinny chocolate chunks*

29. Strawberry or Raspberry Cheesecake- add frozen strawberries or raspberries , and frozen cheesecake bites at the very end of mixing*

30. Fudge Swirl- Just like Hershey’s chocolate sauce, swirled in to the original with a spoon

31. Blueberry- Frozen blueberries added to the orginial, dash of cinnamon

Note: The flavors with a * next to them are going to be a slightly heavier S because of the addition of nuts, brownies, cookies, cheesecake etc. They should not be used in a Deep S setting ;)

How fun is THM ice cream creating??? The possibilities are endless. This list is just to get you thinking.

Have you tried any flavors that you’d like to share with us?

Here are a few other THM friendly ice cream flavors and recipes you might want to try:

Pumpkin ice cream THM-S

(This pic is from rohndasue, mine never LOOKS this good, but it sure TASTES GOOD!!)

Eating tummy tucking ice cream with some skinny chocolate hardshell, whipped cream, and nuts is my favorite!! How lucky are we?!

 

 

 

 

Throwdown Thursday- Chicken and Broccoli vs. Chicken and Bacon Salads!

Jo’s Chicken and Broccoli Salad (note her beautiful picture, her kids have moved out of the house, at least most of them!!)

vs.

Molly’s Chicken and Bacon Salad w/ honey mustard dressing (note my “nailed-it” Pinterest type picture, I have 3 small kids under the age of 6, clean counters are not always available to take beautiful pics on!! ;) It is good though, I promise!!! I had it twice this week ;)

Try them for yourselves! and take a better pic of mine please ;)

Up for our next Throwdown: Tummy Tucking Ice Cream flavors- you have to join in on the fun of this one. What kinds of flavors can you create? If you haven’t made it yet, you need to!!!

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!!!

Throwdown Thursday- Some “Egg”celent Recipes- Bacon Deviled Eggs, Step by Step Veggie Omelette, Breakfast Cassarolle

We decided to do eggs this week since Easter is coming up. I was wanting to do some deviled eggs,  or a more Eastery type dish, but I ended up making a veggie omelette which really hits the spot for breakfast and leaves me satisfied!  Mom made a sausage breakfast cassarrolle. Try out the recipes for yourself, make some tweaks, and let us know what you changed and what you liked! Without further adew, here are our egg dishes:

What I was planning on making:

Bacon Deviled Eggs

Bacon Deviled Eggs- S (use the yogurt vs. mayo, unless you homemake your mayo THM style;)

What we actually made:

Sausage Breakfast Cassarolle- S

Veggie Omelette- S

What is your favorite egg dish for Easter or otherwise?