Taco Pie – S

Tonight’s dinner was a delight. Simple. Easy. Tasty.
Someone had posted a picture of this on the Trim Healthy Mama Facebook page – what better thing to do than look up the original creator of this delight? It was super easy to make, and if you are on the run it won’t take you long to prepare, have cooked and on the table for your hungry family!

IMG_7785.jpgYou can fine the recipe for this taco pie HERE.

IMG_7788Although I cannot take credit for the taco pie delight, that fresh dollop and dish of salsa you see….that makes me smile – I can give credit to my husband for his amazing salsa making skills – so fresh and so tasty every time!
Such an nice pair for the taco pie. Adds a hint of summer-fresh-garden.
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Check out this link for FRESH SALSA for the recipe!!

When you pair that delicious taco pie with salsa you have a beautiful and mouth watering meal! My husband also thought adding the taco pie to a lettuce roll-up would be a good idea. Looks a bit messy but delicious if you ask me!
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Really, you could have this for breakfast, lunch or dinner – YOU CHOOSE and while you do that enjoy!

 

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Lemon Cake – FP

There are some summer days when I get this craving for something lemony…today was one of those days…in fact it was for breakfast that I whipped up this cake with a side of coffee…**be sure to check out the update below and a new photo!

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Since finding out I had a sensitivity to dairy I have been tweaking recipes to fit my need….I have been experimenting with several lemon ‘cake in a mugs’ and thought I would try creating my own recipe…

LEMON CAKE IN A MUG

1/3 cup egg whites
3 Tbsp lemon juice (less if you don’t like tart, more if you like it super tart)
2 1/2 tsp sweet blend or 2-3 doonks of THM Stevia
1 Tbsp Oat Fiber
1 Tbsp Baking Blend
1 Tbsp non-gelling gelatin (if you are not dairy sensitive you could try 1 Tb of whey protein powder)
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp glucomannan (if you don’t have this then you can omit it and I;m sure you’ll still have a lovely cake!)
pinch of salt

NOTE: When it comes to the dry ingredients like Oat Fiber, Baking Blend and Non-gelling geletine you can use 3-4 tbsp of either or a combination of all. I like a combination. However, if you don’t usually have the non-gelling gelatin in stock then you can omit it completely. I just use it for a little extra protein.

Mix all ingredients together until well combined and pop it in the microwave for 1-2 mins. You could also do this in the oven…but hot summer days call for microwave action 🙂

I doubled this recipe for breakfast and couldn’t finish it as it filled me up! My husband gladly ate the remaining pieces.IMG_3882

Making a berry puree or sauce would also be a lovely touch to top off this cake!
I tried raspberries over top the other day and it was fabulous! Keep your berries to a minimum and you will still keep it in FP territory!!

 

IMG_7310 Just a little update. For one of the many I have been making I made a raspberry sauce to cover the top of this gem. I love the combination of raspberry and lemon. Though a beautiful mix of raspberries and cream cheese would make a delightful S option I decided on a FP friendly topping…

  • Raspberries
  • Water
  • Sweetener
  • Glucomannan

I created this mix on a whim so I don’t have exact measurements but it’s super easy!
Heat your water (appx 1/4 – 1/2 cup), add the raspberries, stir while adding the glucomannan not too much as it can get thick (appx 1.2 – 1 tsp) and then add sweetener to taste! Again, it you like tartness don’t add too much sweetener 🙂
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HOPE YOU ENJOY!!
Let me know if you have any suggested tweaks!
Live Loved.

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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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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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Morning Oatmeal – E

Some mornings there is nothing more warming and welcoming than a bowl of porridge. I remember growing up as a child when morning porridge was on the menu…lets just say we would tend to give mother a hard time. To her great joy, eventually we grew to enjoy it and topped it with the brownest brown sugar, milk and other such non-nutritious foods. My brother loved the packaged ones that had dinosaur eggs that cracked open with the heat of the boiled water. Since those days, things have changed and we enjoy it THM style (ie. not loaded with brown sugar) and I must say it is just as delicious and warming.IMG_4616And not just a bowl of porridge but with coffee! Coffee has been a funny thing for me. Before my THM and married days, I used to drink my coffee with cream and sugar but I could only ever drink 1/4 mug. I never really completely enjoyed my coffee. After meeting my husband-to-be (who drank cream only in his java), there would be times I would finish off his drink. I realized that maybe I didn’t like the coffee with sugar so I went cream only. Since a camping trip we took with our Irish friends, cream was not always ready in the cooler so I drank the rich, strong, dark coffee my friend would make. Now, cream is rare in my coffee, I love it black; although when I do want it creamy, I make the THM sisters Trimmaccino recipe. I absolutely love and recommend it!

The 0% greek yogurt and strawberries give such a great fresh taste. I sweeten the 0% Greek yogurt with THM stevia (1-2 doonks is plenty) and flavor with vanilla as I don’t like the flavor of plain yogurt. I also love to sprinkle truivia or Erythritol over the top, this gives it the sugary texture that the brown sugar used to give. This is a wonderful, simple breakfast to be enjoyed on a cold winter morning!

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