Sarah waited 25 years to see Promises fulfilled even when it looked like it would never happen. For goodness sake she was “old and well stricken with age, and it ceased to be with Sarah the manner of women” Gen 18:11. Sarah wasn’t even able to physically get pregnant. She needed divine intervention to see the Promises spoken come to pass. Do you think Sarah had given up? We know that she tried to intervene and usher the Promise in with using Hagar her handmaid, (Gen. 16) but nothing good comes from us mere humans meddling in God’s handiwork. Didn’t Sarah’s meddling caused not only jealously or even hate for Hagar “her mistress despised her in her eye…” Gen 16:4, but also sorrow. She wasn’t the only one affected by her rush to see God’s promises fulfilled; everyone suffered Abraham, Sarah, Hagar, and even the child Ishmael. Nothing good comes from Human intervention. We need to relinquish the control and sit back and watch God’s hand at work. Why do you think God made Sarah wait for her promise? Do you think she needed a lesson in patience or faith? There are so many lessons learned in waiting. Giving God Control, Waiting on God, Believing in God, having the Faith that his word and work will not return void, and just Resting in Him not worrying about making it happen. Because sometimes our promises need to show up in times where they don’t look possible in order to renew our faith in God and to be a testimony to the Goodness and Faithfulness of our Father.
Meatloaf — The word spreads dread through the house when uttered, but no longer with changed up version to fit the Trim Healthy Mama plan Low Carb Parmesan Meatloaf. It is a cross between Meatloaf, a Meatball, and it’s kid approved.
Recipe: Original courtesy of Creative Me Inspired You
Low Carb Parmesan Meatloaf “S” for Satisfying (4-6 servings)
- 1 lb of ground turkey
- 1 egg
- 1 regular size low carb Joseph Pita (toasted and ground into bread crumbs)
- 1.5 tablespoons Italian Seasoning
- 1/4 cup Parmesan
- 1/2 tablespoon of Garlic Powder
- 1 tablespoon of Dried Minced Onion
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon Parsley
- Salt and Pepper
- 1/2 a Jar of Spaghetti Sauce
- Mozzarella Cheese
Combine all the ingredients and mix well, but do not mix to death, as it makes the meat tough. Put the mixture into a pan, or form a loaf on a baking pan. I prefer a baking pan so that there is more crispy crust. Pour about 1/4 the jar of sauce over the meatloaf.
Cook in a 400 degree oven about 30-45 minutes. Top with mozzarella cheese, and add a little more of the spaghetti sauce. Add parsley over top of the cheese.
Pair this satisfying “S” meal with your favorite salad with a creamy dressing, a side of steamed or buttered veggies like broccoli, zucchini, or cauliflower, and you have a completely yummy meal.
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My first encounter with Nick’s Sticks came when participating in a bulk co-op order and boy I have been hooked since!
Nick’s Sticks make a perfect lean protein snack or quick-lunch if you follow the Trim Healthy Mama plan or even if you don’t. Why you may ask? Nick’s Sticks are made of all natural ingredients which include lean protein, dye-free, nitrate-free, hormone-free, sugar-free, and antibiotic-free snack. Can you get any better than that? Well it does get better, Nick’s Sticks beef sticks are grass-fed and the turkey sticks are free-range but, my personal favorite reason is my kids love them and it makes me feel good to be able to offer a wholesome less processed version of a Slim Jim. They also come two to a pack and are a good size beef or turkey stick. You can’t get any better than that — make sure you head over to their website and check them out. Nick has a great story behind the beginnings of Nick’s Sticks.
Soul Shine Pizza Factory is absolutely delightful. It is nestled in the trendy Nashville area of Division Street. Entertainment, Patio, and Pizza you can not go wrong.
We had the pizza more specifically “The Kitchen Sink”, the name says it all it has everything. Although, all the black olives made it to my side of the pizza because the other half doesn’t care for them. I also had a small Greek salad which was enough for two. The pizza crust was not to thick and not to thin; the perfect combo of crunchy and chewy. The pizza was by no means greasy especially with all the delicious meat toppings of pepperoni and sausage. Soul Shine’s menu has everything from salads, pizza, calzones, Po Boys, and some typical southern Louisiana dishes like Red Beans and Rice.
Now that I’ve finished my Restaurant review. We can get on to the juicy Anniversary stuff. You know how I said on a previous post we don’t usually do Anniversary gifts well the husband did. Don’t you hate that when he gets you something, but you didn’t get him anything! Of course, my husband is just happy to sit, have dinner, and listen to live music. So, I guess you can say that was my gift. Anyways, he surprised me with a Pandora bracelet with the charm #9 for the 9 years of marriage and later as we were talking he surprised me with another charm, a star. Now this one has a special story……
When we were dating my husband then boyfriend bought a Star with one of those National Star Registries. It was a really sweet gift and he even named it “Arzalone”. Isn’t he romantic?
So, there you go a little glimpse into our Anniversary date. What is your favorite place to go on your Anniversary? Do you do the “lets not do gifts this year and still give a gift”?
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I love spaghetti! Since, starting Trim Healthy Mama I’ve had to modify my spaghetti and meatballs recipe to fit the plan. If you don’t know anything about Trim Healthy Mama make a point to get the book. I absolutely love the way I eat now and how it makes me feel. I am completely satisfied and do not miss all the carbs. I bought a neat little kitchen gadget the Veggetti to help me make vegetable noodles and I absolutely love how easy it is the use and the lovely spirals it makes. It has two sides one on top and one on bottom for wide or skinny noodles. I prefer to use the wide and I find they hold up better with spaghetti sauce.
Here is a picture of a bowl full of zucchini noodle goodness. I typically will chop up the end of the zucchini and add it to the noodles for some extra texture and to prevent waste. I hate to waste good veggies.
The great thing about the Veggetti is you can also use it for yellow squash and any other vegetable that you want to spiral of course some are easier to work with tham others.
Now on to the Meatball recipe.
- 1 package of ground turkey meat
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon of dried parsley
- 1 tablespoon of garlic powder or more depending on your taste
- 3-4 tablespoons of onion flakes
- 1 small Joseph low carb pita (toasted and ground into bread crumbs
- 1/2 cup of Parmesan or Mozzarella cheese
- 1/4 teaspoon of red pepper flakes (optional)
- salt and pepper
- Coconut or Olive Oil for browning
Mix all ingredients together. Form into meatballs. Brown in oil of your choice – do not cook all the way if adding to slow cooker. If you are not adding to a slow cooker you need to cook the meatballs till no longer pink in the center.
Spaghetti Sauce recipe:
- 1 jar of store-bought no sugar or less than 1 gram of sugar sauce
- 1 jar of tomatoes crushed or whole (I used some home canned whole tomatoes that I blended in my Vitamix)
- 1 tablespoon of Italian Herb Mix
- 1 tablespoon of Garlic Powder
Add above into slow cooker with meatballs and cook for 3-4 hours until meatballs are cooked and sauce thickened. Helpful hint: remove slow cooker lid for last 30 minutes to help thicken.
Here is a picture of the final product and what I like to call Zucchinetti and Meatballs. Yum and a satisfying Trim Healthy Mama “S” meal. Serve with a side salad with a creamy no sugar dressing or some steamed broccoli.
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9 years! Today is the day I have been married 9 years. Yes, it is April Fools, but this is no joke. We actually picked the date on purpose as a joke that if we decided to run we could tell everyone the wedding was April Fool’s joke. Well, we didn’t fool anyone and now 9 years later with 4 kids we are embarking on a new adventure. I’ll have to leave you in suspense for right now and I’ll save that for another blog post. My husband and I don’t really do anything special for our Anniversary we typically go out to eat. We don’t even do cards or gifts because we don’t really need anything and well I’d prefer a hand written note or poem than a card someone else wrote.
This year we are having a pizza date. I know you’re thinking pizza something you can get every day, but this isn’t just pizza it’s music as well. There is this pizza place I’ve never been, Soulshine Pizza Factory and they serve up pizza and entertainment. Oh, and I know its off the Trim Healthy Mama plan, but your allowed to splurge every once in a while plus, I’m maintaining and not actively trying to lose more weight. That is what is so great about eating the THM way you can restart your weight loss in 3 hours. I’ll update you later and let you know if Soulshine Pizza Factory is any good.
So, what better way to celebrate than with a pie and some tunes. What do you do for your Anniversary? Are you low-key or do you like to really like to do it up?
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This looks so yummy and a perfect Trim Healthy Mama “S” for satisfying dish. Add a side of steamed broccoli or cauliflower and a nice salad to make perfect “S” dinner.
We have been in kind of a food slump lately; nothing seems to sound very good and we needed a bit more variety. I needed to eat something new and different! I also didn’t want to be prepping and cooking food all evening when I want and need to spend more time with my baby and husband. I looked around on Pinterest (which makes me mostly just want to bake) and was inspired by a photo on The Big Oven. I wasn’t a fan of all the ingredients so I came up with my own version and used tomatoes instead of pimentos and left out a few ingredients. The result? DELICIOUSNESS. I’m making this chicken again, soon!
- Boneless, skinless chicken breasts (we used 5)
- Fat of your choice for cooking chicken
- 2 tsp Italian Seasoning, or to taste
- 2 tsp garlic powder, or to taste
- 2 cup heavy…
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Ok, so I’ve been on Trim Healthy Mama for almost 2 years now and will continue it for the rest of my life. Why you may be asking? Well, I no longer have knee pain. I have more energy. Belly bloat is gone. Plus, I lost over 20 pounds. So, Why wouldn’t I keep eating this way!
Now on to websites. I get tired of the same food day in and day out so, I like to try new recipes especially, dessert recipes. My favorite dessert recipe websites are All Day I Dream About Food and I Breathe I’m Hungry. Gotta love the names! I have never had a bad recipe from either of these sites and that is really important when baking low carb because some of the ingredients can be a bit pricey. I look at it this way, do I want to spend the extra money on what is good for my body or on Doctor bills. I prefer good yummy wholesome food so, I’ll pay the extra money for the occasional treat. Both of these sites also include savory recipes, but I have to admit I haven’t tried any yet so I can’t testify to their worthiness. I will say though if their savory dishes are as good as their desserts you do not want to miss out. I’ll update you later when I make that attempt. Happy Baking!
By the way some of my favorite recipes from All Day I Dream About Food are:
- Sticky Bun Coffee Cake
- Cinnamon Roll Coffee Cake
- No-Bake Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cheesecake
- Brownie Cheesecake
- Low Carb Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars
Here is one of my favorites from I Breathe I’m Hungry: