Beef Stroganoff – S (Deep S)

Do you ever think back to days growing up and remember your the food your mother whipped up that you now crave? But how do you go about THMing the recipe?? Well here is one that I will share with you!

I always loved my mothers Beef Stroganoff over spaghetti or elbow pasta. However, since being on THM pasta has been limited to those dinners you’re invited out to and have no other choice but to eat it. So here we go!!

First you have to make a cream of mushroom soup (the canned stuff my mother always used would not likely be THM friendly). A light bulb went off in my head (it happens only occasionally) and I decided I would do the next best thing I could with what I had. Make my own!

Mushroom Sauce:

  • Lots of mushrooms
  • Variety of peppers, smaller amount than what you have of mushrooms
  • Seasoning
  • Unsweetened Almond milk
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    Fry the mushrooms and peppers in butter, season well! Transfer the fried mixture to a blender and add almond milk. IMG_6168Blend until mixture is smooth and seasoned to taste. You don’t want a bland sauce! The more mushrooms you add the more it will taste like the mushroom soup mix. I added a few too many peppers to this batch so the sauce was not quite as dark and mushroomy as my previous batch (which I forgot to take pictures of).
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    Then you need to prepare the beef. IMG_6042Brown beef, add your mushroom soup mix sauce! Your beef mixture is now ready. At the same time you can work on your ‘noodles’.

 

I made zucchini noodles for this dish, using my veggetti! It’s fantastic. Fry the zucchini in IMG_6044butter for about 5 minutes you don’t want to do them to long or they will be more mushy than crispy (you can also use Not Naughty Noodles). Don’t forget to season it well! And you are just about ready to sit down for a hearty meal of Beef Stroganoff. I am supper excited that the light bulb went off in my head to find a way to made mushroom soup mix!

This is a super easy dinner to wipe up and I bet you that your kids would also enjoy it! They can have their pasta :). You could also have the sauce over spaghetti squash, or over pork (another dish my mom used to make for us), you name it this sauce would work with a number of different dishes.

I also had a side of coleslaw that I put together. I was on Deep S of a fuel cycle at the time, which you can read about HERE. I wasn’t able to use mayo that particular day so I used a mixture of oil, vinegar, cilantro, spices (cumin, thyme, salt, pepper, paprika, etc) and some unsweetened almond milk for creaminess. It wasn’t horrible but definitely a recipe I need to tweak before posting 🙂 However, it worked and it was eatable! I love the colours of the purple cabbage as well so it made the meal look complete.

You should end up with a final dish that looks something like the following…
Delicious and Nutritious!

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Baked Oatmeal – E

I was so happy when I stumbled upon this recipe! Jennifer Griffin has some great THM friendly recipes on her blog, A Home With Purpose. Personally, as an oatmeal fan, this single serving baked oatmeal caught my eye. This is just perfect for my morning cravings of fruit and oatmeal.

Gather your ingredients and get started! Sometimes I make this the night before so that I can get up turn the oven on and relax (or wake up…mostly to wake up) for the 20 min bake time.
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For this particular recipe I added a 1/4 of an apple diced, a couple mango pieces (not too many as they are high in natural sugars) and blueberries. The reason I used apple pieces was because I didn’t have any unsweetened applesauce. Actually, I never think to buy the unsweetened apple sauce so every time I have made this I use 1/4 of an apple diced. I prefer it this way anyway, love the crunch and texture of the fruit.

As you can see, I made two. This is because my husband is also a huge fan of oatmeal and if he was eyeing my dish I would rather him have a whole one for himself than to be reaching into my warm bowl of delight 😉 We do share but sometimes it’s good to have your own dish!

IMG_5441a I would also suggest adding a pinch of salt to this dish. That could be personal preference but it does help bring out the deliciousness of this wonderful creation!

On a chilly morning this is wonderful right out of the oven. I like to sprinkle THM Erythritol or Sweet Blend over the top and dig in! If you like it to be a tad watery add a touch of unsweetened almond milk. Not too much though as this is an E meal and there are already Chia seeds in the recipe. Too many fats will put you into Crossover.

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Though it may look like these are both for me I assure you one was given to my husband! We both enjoy this dish very much on occasion!!

I would say, if you like to have coffee with your morning breakfast it is best to have it black with E meals. However, if you need the creaminess, I would suggest skipping the Chia seeds in the recipe and doing the light version on Pearl and Serene’s Trimmaccino. That way you keep your meal E and still delicious. Thank you Jennifer for your wonderful recipe!!

Dig in with a thankful heart…

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 We a blessed by God to have food Daily.
He is good to us!

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Eggs Benedict – S

Okay, so who say’s you can’t enjoy a good feed of Eggs Benedict while on the Trim Healthy Mama journey! I say you can. When the cravings come there is nothing better to do than to figure out a THM friendly solution. I found the solution for a delightful, special breakfast. I made these back around Christmas time, hence the Christmas decor. Though, it is snowing here in Sarnia again today so spring hasn’t quite sprung, the pine cones and red is fine for now!

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The coffee, it goes without question that this is the start of a great day! Well….at least for some people. Not everyone enjoys this marvelous hot drink. Scott and I definitely do!

Where to start. Okay, I had to first find a hollandaise sauce that was perfect. The key to good Eggs Benedict is great sauce! I found the perfect hollandaise sauce here. You have to be careful with this sauce, I made a few attempts and it doesn’t always IMG_4973turn out perfect but once you get the concept, it’s smooth, creamy and delicious! Just don’t over heat. Sometimes, if I find that it’s too runny, I place in in the freezer for a couple of mins (this helps harden the butter a bit) then return it to the blender and it should turn out a bit creamier. You want it thick so that it stays on the bite you are about to take. I’ve had it too runny before and it’s not as enjoyable and you don’t get the full Eggs Benedict experience.

To top it off the sauce is THM S friendly:

  • Egg yolks
  • Butter
  • Lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper

Before we get to poaching the eggs you should get your bread ready. For this dish I made the Bread in a Mug, found on page 265 of the Trim Healthy Mama book. Mix together as per instructions. Let it cool a bit after it’s been microwaved. Now, you could eat both pieces but I would suggest doing the lighter version mentioned in the book if that’s the IMG_4972case. Otherwise, you can split it with your spouse, friend or significant other sitting across the table from you. I think I ate the two pieces 🙂

Carefully cut it in half and toast the two pieces when you are ready to poach the eggs, just so that they are warm when served. You can even butter the toast!! Yay for S meals!

You can fry up your meat of choice. The beauty of it being and S meal is that you can use your meat of choice – ham, bacon, turkey bacon, chicken, even steak, you name it. We used turkey bacon.

Poaching the Eggs. This is usually my husbands area of expertise. (It also helps to have two people working in the kitchen during this process. Helps for multitasking purposes.)
I am a huge MasterChef fan so Scott went right to Gordon Ramsey’s way of poaching eggs here or watch him perform his magic here. After re-watching the video today I think I would also like to try Gordon Ramsey’s hollandaise sauce. Who better to learn from than a great chef!IMG_4968

You have a sauce pan, hot – near boiling water, eggs, get a swirl on and you’re all set! Perfect poached eggs. Scott is just as good as Gordon Ramsey in my opinion! Of course I would be somewhat biased in this case 🙂

Once you have all the components necessary to assemble these delights, plate it and there you have a marvelous, delectable breakfast! If you feel the urge to complete it with “orange juice” I suggest you turn your eyes, my dear friend,IMG_4977 to the glorious Singing Canary.

 

 

 

So, anyone for poached eggs……

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BACON and Eggs – S

Okay, I have a thing for bacon. Actually a big thing for bacon! Just ask my husband. I would gladly eat a full meal of bacon. Though it would keep me in S setting alright, it probably is not a realistic long term meal plan.

However, who say’s you can’t have it for breakfast occasionally or more than occasionally! I have done a variety of bacon and egg breakfasts. Here are just a few:

IMG_5349aHere is a basic breakfast, with 3 scrambled eggs and BACON. You can add whatever veggies you wish to add. I just added some diced peppers. I also like to add fried mushrooms and other such veggies for fillers. I usually use Coconut oil, Red Palm Oil or MCT oil to fry my eggs. And I’m not going to lie, sometimes I add some bacon grease….

Then there are mornings whereIMG_1857a I like to fry my eggs over easy with BACON. Love the yolk! Not everyone does, I used to think I didn’t like it until I tried it! YUM! This is a very simple breakfast and I admit doesn’t always keep me full for the full three hours but when your mornings get busy and you have things to do the 3 hours between meals can fly by. I try to distract myself if I get a tad hungry.

But, you should try the Trimmaccino!!! Sooo delicious and it has a bit of protein in it so that help keep us ladies full!

IMG_0792aAgain, very basic. 3 scrambled eggs, BACON, and fried zucchini on the side. Make sure you season the zucchini. Of course we can’t forget the coffee on the side. If I am ever in a rush I drink my coffee black. I enjoy it either way. Though, the creaminess of the Trimmaccino is just wonderful. It takes a little more time to prepare but not much!

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Who say’s you can’t enjoy a small dessert with you breakfast. I don’t know of another diet that allows this but hey THM is freedom and this little dessert was a fantastic side dish! Over easy eggs, BACON and a quick whip-up of the Trimmaccino. I love my mornings!

The dessert post can be found here.

My apologies for the bad picture…here we have Turkey Bacon and eggs. It’s not my IMG_7302favorite type of bacon but it does the trick and it’s nice for a change once in a while….if you so desire a change from real bacon! That is nutritional yeast sprinkled over the eggs. It gives great flavor!
I will have to post the bacon that we get from a friend of my husband’s (he is now my friend too because he shares his smoked bacon with us!)! It is so amazing!! And I love to savor every bite!

These are just a couple basic Bacon and Egg varieties. Sometime we do poached or sunny side up. I have a post on eggs Benedict coming up soon so you will want to check it out. Everyone loves a great Eggs Benedict breakfast right?

Enjoy your bacon and eggs! Who would have thought it could be deemed healthy 🙂 Such bliss!

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Wonder Wraps – FP

After a review that was sent to me from my mother-in-law I decided it was time for me to try these “Wonder” wraps. I was told, in her words “I love them! They are a wonder because they do not crumble and are quite resilient!” I didn’t want something that would be falling apart on me so off I went to try the Wonder Wrap.

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If you have a book, the recipe for Wonder Wraps is found on page 274. In the older book the wraps are called Egg White Wraps. If you do not have a book I encourage you to purchase one here (Canadian site) or here (American site).

NOTE: I made a great discovery while making these wraps. I often see people on the Facebook page asking for chip replacements. Well, you may very well discover that there could be such thing as FP chips!!! Who would have thought. Find the discovery here.

This post is very similar to the Wonder Wraps S style found here. However, this one had Fuel Pull fillings and will give you an idea as to how you can change things up to see how versatile these wraps can be.

The recipe calls for red pepper sauce, I had never heard of this before. I wasn’t sure if it was something sold in the stores or just where to look for this stuff. A light bulb went off…I IMG_5534had a red pepper sitting in my fridge….I grabbed the red pepper from my fridge, diced it up, put it in my blender and voila….my version of red pepper sauce. Maybe that is exactly what they were referring to but I wasn’t sure so I did exactly what it sounded like I should do, make my own red pepper sauce! It certainly did the trick and gave the wraps a delicious fresh flavor!!
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Once the recipe mixture was complete and the psyllium husk did it’s duty, the wraps were ready to be made and the fillings needed to be prepared.

Add whatever fillings you would like, so long as they are THM friendly (ie, lettuce, mushrooms, onions, peppers,pickles, laughing cow cheese, 99% leanIMG_5377 ground turkey). If you want this meal to remain FP make sure you leave out regular cheese, one wedge of laughing cow will do. Some sauces would go great on these as well like the Hip Trim Honey Mustard found on page 412 of the THM Book or mustard. So long as they keep you in FP. I made a green puree of whatever green veggies I had, seasoned, boiled and pureed. I like sauce on my wraps so I had to create something FP.

I also made a little veggie medley to add flavor and to help fill me up. In a small frying pan (or saucepan) I brought water to a simmer/boil and added mushrooms, Brussels Sprouts, and Zucchini. Season to taste. You can add or leave out whatever you prefer.

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Once you have assembled all necessary components it is time to dig in and enjoy!
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I admit that the green sauce looks a tab bit questionable but for someone who like sauce on their wraps it was quite satisfying. Rather than adding Ranch or something that would throw you into S territory. You must taste and season your food to your taste! Please, if you want to enjoy your food season and taste! It is such a simple thing to do. When I hear people say their food is bland it’s because you haven’t seasoned! This won’t be the first time I tell you to season 🙂

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All ‘wrapped’ up and ready to devour! So delicious…Thank you Pearl and Serene for your creation!

And thank God for the food we are blessed with. He is a good God.


And my God will meet all your needs
according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:19 NIV

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Price Point: Stevia vs. Sugar

Ever wonder how Pure Stevia Extract and regular cane sugar stack up against each other when it comes to sweetness and cost? To the analytic mind, this question is certainly intriguing but if you are like me, the non-intriguing part is going back to high school where we all had to struggle through a dozen different methods of performing unit conversions! Well, my curiosity got the best of me today and I decided to scribble some information down. This post may not be of interest to everyone in the THM world but I would recommend sharing this with husbands, boyfriends/friends who are skeptical on the whole THM lifestyle and up to this point have used the excuse that the products are too expensive to justify going all in (regardless of gender, feel free to share this with your engineering friends – they speak this language!).

So here are my notes; sorry for the chicken-scratch writing!

My scribbles

My scribbles…


What I did was compare the two products below: Domino Cane Sugar (from Sam’s Club) and THM Pure Stevia Extract (click link see in THM store – Canadian readers click here). I used the THM conversion chart so my calculations are only as good as the accuracy of the chart. (Also worth noting is that I used typical Canadian prices and Canadian dollars)

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The results were not as I would have expected. Here are a few fun facts about the comparison:

1. Stevia is 170 times as potent as cane sugar by volume! So when you add it to your shakes/oatmeal/baking/icing,lemonade, go super easy on it! This stuff is powerful! Quick conversion: 1 tsp pure stevia extract = 170 tsp of regular cane sugar (or 3.5 cups).

2. Stevia is over 380 times as potent as cane sugar by mass! Think about this for a minute! The average North American consumes a ghastly 150-170lbs of sugar per year (Ouch!)! Make the switch to THM and you can have just as many sweet treats and great tasting food but only consume less than 0.5lbs of stevia! I don’t know about you but I find this fascinating. Quick Conversion: 1lb Pure Stevia Extract = 386 lb regular cane sugar

3. Stevia, although more expensive by volume and weight is actually significantly cheaper than purchasing the equivalent amount (in “units of sweetness” per se) of cane sugar. Sugar will cost you 20% extra and will keep adding on those unwanted pounds. Quick Conversion: your average 160lbs cane sugar consumption per year = $89.81; equivalent to 0.41lbs pure stevia extract = $74.46

In conclusion, I have to say that I was surprised at these findings. I knew stevia was far more potent than sugar but I had never really quantified it. The purpose of this post is not to convince someone to try THM because of price; the plethora of health related issues caused by copious amounts of sugar consumed in our diets ought to be reason enough to give this a try. Rather, my goal was to determine just how these sweeteners stacked up against each other in terms of sweetness and price. As a husband who found THM to not only work in improving my health, but to make sense in my mind, I am recommending that all skeptics and nay-sayers out there ought to give this a chance. Still unsure? Check out my post: THM Review in 3 points or THM – His Perspective

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Trimmaccino – London Fog (S)

Three words….”Trimmaccino – London Fog”

I don’t know about any of you, but I used to love going out to little coffee shops for a good latte on a cold evening or just any time of the year. One of my favorites was the London Fog. Unfortunately, most lattes…okay all lattes are sweetened. Sweetened with sugar.

Normally the Trimmaccino is referenced with coffee and I have had my coffee many times the “Trimmaccino” way and I absolutely love it and suggest you go try it if you like a good great creamy coffee!

But…what do I do about my latte cravings??

Sometimes I get bright ideas and tonight I had a brilliant one. Why not try making a latte using the Trimmaccino ingredients. I have made lattes at home before with steamed milk and sugar, before THM…so what’s stopping me from trying a new experiment!

Out came the butter. Out came the Coconut oil. Out came the tea.
Out came the Blender. Out came the Stevia.

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It wasn’t too much longer before I had my London Fog in hand, sipping on the delight, foam and all. Of course, with a small little snack to go along with it. (you only see one cookie…there may have been another one…)

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Needless to say, I was happy I attempted this little experiment! I no longer have to search for a way to satisfy my latte craving!

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  • 1 recipe of Trimmaccino
  • 2 Earl Grey tea bags steeped in 12oz boiling water (or what ever type of tea you would like to lattefy)
  • Stevia to taste
  • Vanilla

If you opt to make this the light version as per trimmaccino recipe, using only 1 tsp of butter/oil, it can be used for an E of FP setting.

Thankfully, due to Pearl and Serene’s hard work they found a way to make creamy coffee and creamy lattes possible. If you like lattes you will like this!

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Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

We live, blessed by God.

I love the verses in Psalm 139, no matter what size, shape or the genes you have, His word holds true and you are fearfully and wonderfully made. Don’t let the world around you determine or define who you are. Let God’s word speak to you and know that He has created you with a purpose and He is making you into the beautiful person you are.

O Lord, you have searched me and known me!

 For you formed my inward parts;
    you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
    my soul knows it very well.
 My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
    intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
 Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
    the days that were formed for me,
    when as yet there was none of them.

 How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
    How vast is the sum of them!
 If I would count them, they are more than the sand.
    I awake, and I am still with you.

Psalm 139: 1, 13-18

There are many definitions and ideas about what “healthy” is and looks like. It depends on who you ask. Some say its being active, some say it’s skinny, others may say it’s eating when you crave something, it could be as long as you have no major health issues the way you eat doesn’t matter, there are many ideas…knowing your body takes time. Learning the THM concepts has helped me figure out how my body works and has helped me to understand how to keep myself healthy. But most importantly God defines you as being fearfully and wonderfully made, take care of what God has given you.

The concepts in the book, Trim Healthy Mama, are wonderful and make sense! I love that the two sisters also talk about biblical truths. It is a blessing.

Some of us struggle with understanding the difference between S, E and FP. I admit, at first it took me some time and learning to understand the differences and how to put foods together. There are still some things I don’t always understand, so I am still learning! You can check out my husbands review of the THM book here.

There are many helpful blog posts that can be used as a guide in your process of reading through the book and understanding the concepts as well. Some that have been helpful to myself have been from the following blogs:

Though there are many other helpful sites they in no way are a replacement for reading through the Trim Healthy Mama book for the fundamentals of the plan. I encourage anyone who does not have the book to take the time to read the book for yourself. Listen to what Pearl and Serene have to say. It changed my view of what “healthy” means. Living and eating to keep your body healthy for God’s glory.

Above all seek God. He has blessed us with so much. 

 

 

 

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Cookie Bowl Oatmeal – FP

I strongly suggest you give this recipe a try!

If you have a book, the recipe for this Cookie Bowl Oatmeal is found on page 232. If you do not have a book I encourage you to purchase one!

The first time I made it I forgot to put glucomannan in it….OOOPS! it was runny and not what it should have been. However, the next time I added the amount of glucomannan that the recipe calls for and it turned out just fantastic!

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I found it very similar to the Coco Pudding on page 366 in taste. However,IMG_1936 I really like the texture that comes with adding the oats. It is great to bring with you as snack as well. The recipe fits well in a medium sized mason jar. I sent one to work with my husband today and it worked great (there was just a tad too much for this jar but most of it fit…the very small amount left I added to my breakfast bowl 😉 don’t tell him though). Just pack a spoon and you’re all set for your afternoon snack at work or out running errands.

I was also impressed with how large the oats grew and took up a large portion of the recipe, especially since the recipe calls for only a small amount of oats. So, if you like chocolate, pudding and texture this great FP breakfast/snack is just for you!! And tastes great!! Don’t forget it’s page 232 in the Trim Healthy Mama book.

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