Category Archives: Recipes

Keep the Faith ~ Inspiration

To those that may be struggling with disappointments, life, diet, lack of results…

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Meal Prep Time

It’s a new year

and if you’re like me, you’re more determined than ever to lose a few pounds and find better health. What better time to do some meal prep for the week so we can stay on track?

These divided containers look like the perfect tool to help us in our efforts!

meal-prep-7-piece-linkPerfectly sized divided  areas in the tray  hold the perfect amount of food.meal-prep-2Seven containers with lids allows meal prep for a week!

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Click HEREto learn more about or to purchase these handy containers.

For Meal Prep Also See:

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Here’s to a happy new year and a happier healthier you and me!

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Amazing Grass Green Superfood for your Smoothies

Can I just say how much I really love this product?!

It may not be for everyone, but it has made a difference in how I feel

and the price can’t be beat, either!

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While the lemon-lime flavor is my favorite right now, there are other flavors that I have tried, one being chocolate.  I blend this superfood powder right into my smoothie in the morning and it makes a difference in my day.  I love that this product is gluten free!  and also vegan if that’s a concern.

When I use the Amazing Grass Lemon-Lime, I add it in the blender with frozen strawberries and blueberries, some extra ice, filtered water, a pack of stevia, and a scoop of collagen. Then I blend away until I have a nice smooth drink that I pour in my jar and I’m off to work.

When I use the Amazing Grass Chocolate, I add it to the blender with about a 1/2 cup low fat cottage cheese, cashew milk, a tablespoon of cocoa to amp up the chocolate flavor, a tablespoon of natural peanut butter, ice, a pack of stevia, and a scoop of collagen.  Then I blend until a I have a nice thick smoothie.

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(As always, if you have any medical issues and are currently under medical care, please check with your doctor before using supplements.)

Amazing Grass nutritional info label

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If you are interested in purchasing Amazing Grass Superfood Lemon-Lime Energy, click here.

If you are interested in purchasing Amazing Grass Superfood Chocolate Infusion, click here.

If you are interested in purchasing Amazing Grass Superfood Alkalize and Detox, click here.

 

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Helpful Household Hints ~ Orange Peels

It’s summertime and who doesn’t want their home to smell like citrus?

Here’s a great household tip for those orange or citrus peels.

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Check out this nifty citrus peeler.

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Starting the Trim Healthy Mama plan

Are you wanting to get started on the low-glycemic Trim Healthy Mama plan and just don’t know where to start?  I’ve put together some ideas on how to get started and stick to the plan.  Try it for a week and see if you feel better.  🙂

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There are more tips and meal pictures on THIS page.  Remember healthy fats and slow burning carbs are welcome on this plan, just not at the same meal.

If you’re starting the THM plan, a good blender will be needed to make all the delicious blended drinks, like this Peanut Butter Milkshake, and even some of the new baked goodies.

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The new Trim Healthy Mama cookbook is very affordable and full of healthy recipes and tips to continue on your THM journey.   Click on the picture below to purchase the cookbook.

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The original plan book is a thick book full of recipes, plan tips, health tips, and even tips on your relationship with your spouse.

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The new plan book is in an easier-to-read format and is all about the plan.

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Some more great items to have on hand for your journey to weight loss and health.

Trim Healthy Mama Baking Blend

Super Sweet Blend

Gentle Sweet

Pristine Whey Protein Powder

Great Lakes Collagen (great for hair, skin, and nails)

 

To find out more about Trim Healthy Mama, visit their website.

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~Monday Motivation~

Never give up.

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Deep Dish Pizza ~ Low Carb • Grain Free • Gluten Free

This low carb pizza recipe has been around for years and I’m probably the last blogger to share it! 

It’s the pizza that I always make for the whole family and they love it.

The crust is neither crusty, thin, or crispy, but it’s delicious and a great base for all your favorite pizza toppings.

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DEEP DISH PIZZA ~ Low Carb • Grain Free • Gluten Free

CRUST:

4 oz. cream cheese, softened
2 eggs
1/3 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
8 oz. shredded mozzarella

TOPPINGS:

½ cup no sugar added pizza sauce
assorted pizza toppings
4 oz. mozzarella cheese

Mix all crust ingredients but the shredded cheese in a bowl until smooth.
Spread shredded cheese evenly in a greased 9×13 dish.   Pour egg/cheese mixture evenly over cheese.

Bake at 375º for 20 minutes, or until golden brown.  Remove from heat, let cool 10-15 minutes.

Spread on ½ cup no sugar added pizza sauce, top with favorite pizza toppings and more mozzarella cheese.   Return to 375º oven for another 15 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly.  I prefer to let mine brown just a little.

Makes 12-15 servings.  I like to add a nice green salad along with my pizza.

Enjoy!

*On the Trim Healthy Mama plan this is an S meal.

Use these cute salad hands for serving your guests.

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Helpful Household Hints ~ Coffee Grounds

It’s Springtime and many will be starting their gardens.

Here’s a handy hint for your compost pile.

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Coffee grounds can be an excellent addition to a compost pile.

The grounds are relatively rich in nitrogen, providing bacteria the energy they need to turn organic matter into compost. About 2 percent nitrogen by volume, used coffee grounds can be a safe substitute for nitrogen-rich manure in the compost pile.  (Provided by ScienceDaily.)

My blog’s 2014 in review ~ Happy New Year!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 710,000 times in 2014. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 30 days for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Chicken Fried Steak with Cream Gravy ~ Low Carb and Grain Free

I’m adding this recipe to my low carb comfort foods file!

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Totally filling and very satisfying, this meal has it all.  It’s fried and topped with gravy.  I felt like I was eating off plan!

On to the recipe…

Process the pork skins and almond meal for the breading until crumb-like.

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Put the pork steak into the egg wash then the “breading”.

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Cook the steaks one at a time until done.

photo 3Top with gravy when serving.  Enjoy!

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Chicken Fried Pork Cubed Steak with Cream Gravy

4 pork loin cubed steaks, medium size
1/3 cup almond milk
1 egg, beaten
1 cup pork skins
1/3 cup almond meal
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
½ tsp garlic powder
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 tablespoon butter

Gravy:
3/4 cup cream
½ cup water
salt and pepper

Put the cubed steaks on a plate and place in the freezer while preparing the egg wash and breading.  The ones I used were very tender and almost fell apart.  Slightly chilling them in the freezer should help firm them up for the breading process.

For the egg wash: In a small flat bowl, combine the almond milk and egg. Beat with a fork until well blended.

For the breading:  In a food processor, process the pork skins and almond meal together until crumb-like.  Add the Parmesan cheese and pulse again.  Add some garlic powder and stir.  Pour into a flat bowl that will be usable for breading the steaks.

Melt coconut oil and butter in a skillet over medium heat.

Dip pork cubed steaks in egg wash and then the breading (on both sides).   Slightly press in the breading on the steak.  Place one steak in the skillet and fry on the first side about 4 minutes, flip and then cook 2 minutes or until done.  (It didn’t take too long and I cooked one at a time so they’d have plenty of room in the skillet.)  Remove from pan and drain if necessary.  Mine didn’t seem greasy at all.

After the steaks are cooked, pour the cream and water into the skillet for de-glazing and making a tasty gravy.  Cook until some of the water has evaporated and the cream has thickened.  Season with salt and pepper.  To serve, spoon over the steaks.

I served mine with buttered steamed broccoli and radishes.  I added cooked rice to my family’s plates.

Serves 4.

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Southern Style Salmon Patties (low carb)

This is one of my favorite meals! Total comfort food.

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Low Carb Southern Style Salmon Patties

16 ounces pink salmon, canned

1 egg

1/3 cup onion, minced

1/2 cup Carbquik (or 1/4 cup almond flour and 1/4 cup crushed pork skins)

dash each of salt, pepper, Old Bay Seasoning

almond flour for dredging

oil for frying

Drain salmon thoroughly.  Flake it with a fork in a large bowl.  Add remaining ingredients (except dredging flour and oil) and mix well.  Form into patties.   Add oil to a frying pan and heat to medium-high heat.  Dredge each patty in almond four.  Place patties in pan.  Brown on each side, turning once gently. Drain on paper towels and serve with Heinz reduced sugar ketchup  or homemade tartar sauce for dipping.  Add a green veggie or garden salad to complete the meal.

Cook’s Note:  Mom always used corn meal for dredging. 

 

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Almond Flax Bread ~ Low Carb • Grain Free • Wheat Free

I miss a good sandwich bread, so I wanted to try to make this when I saw a similar recipe.  This bread is sturdy and not real tall but can be sliced thin like I like it, so the loaf will make a few sandwiches.

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Almond Flax Bread ~ Low Carb • Grain Free • Wheat Free

1 cup blanched almond flour (I use the Honeyville brand)
2/3 cup golden flax seed meal
1 tablespoon coconut flour
½ teaspoon sea salt
1 tablespoon aluminum free baking powder
3 whole eggs, room temp
¼ cup water
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon local honey (I used sugar free maple syrup)

Preheat oven to 350º.
Grease a bread pan with butter, lard, or coconut oil.
In a mixing bowl, combine almond flour, flax meal, coconut flour, salt, &
aluminum free baking powder.

Using your mixer,  beat eggs, honey, water & oil together.
Add wet ingredients into dry and mix well. Let mixture rest in bowl for 5  minutes.  Place bread mixture in the prepared greased bread pan and bake for 30-35 minutes.  Let cool for 1 hour before removing bread from pan.

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COOK’S NOTE:  This recipe makes a dense loaf that does not rise much, but is great toasted in butter and topped with  all natural fruit preserves.  I also used it to make a Black Forrest Ham-mayo-avocado sandwich that was really tasty.

Also optional:  I added sprinkled some poppy seeds over the loaf just before baking.

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Handyman’s Jambalaya

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My hubby has these boring hunting videos…

well, boring to me anyway.  That’s where he got the inspiration and recipe for this Jambalaya.  (Actually it’s the Duck Commander who taught my hubby how to make this wonderful dish!)

That hubby is holding a spoon in his hand and putting this dish together all by himself is totally amazing!

When it comes to grilling, he’s a pro…but to actually cook something in a pot that has lots of ingredients?!  I’m impressed.  🙂

Love you, baby!  Keep up the good work.

What’s that famous saying...”Make Jambalaya.  They will come.”  Just kidding.  I made that up.

Nevertheless, it’s true!  This is some good stuff.

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Sausage and chicken thighs simmering in the dutch oven.

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Here he’s added the peppers, onions, and spices.

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Right after adding the chicken broth, tomato paste, and rice.

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….and the finished…

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Summer Squash Casserole

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With an abundance of yellow summer squash from our garden, I’m using it in almost more ways that you can count!

I made this casserole for our Sunday dinner and some of it was left over.  It made a delicious breakfast this morning!  I think it has gotten better with age.  Some things just do that .  🙂

I found the recipe I used at Allrecipes.com.

Summer Squash Casserole

4 cups sliced yellow squash
1/2 cup chopped onion
35 buttery round crackers, crushed
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
2 eggs, beaten
3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 teaspoon salt
ground black pepper to taste
2 tablespoons butter

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

Place squash and onion in a large skillet over medium heat. Pour in a small amount of water.  Cover and cook until squash is tender, about 5 minutes. Drain well…

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