9 Years!

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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Chicken in tomato and basil cream sauce

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.

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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!

Ingredients:

  • 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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My Favorite Low Carb Recipe Websites

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:

Here is one of my favorites from I Breathe I’m Hungry:

My Favorite Trim Healthy Mama Products

Trim Healthy Mama has been more than a diet. I hate diets by the way never been on one and never will. So, when I made up my mind that I needed to lose a little weight like 20lbs (a toddler) I decided I wasn’t going to do a diet, but a lifestyle change. Well, it has been almost 2 years since I started my THM journey I have lost well over 20lbs and feel great. I do not feel deprived nor starved. I am now a Trim Healthy Mama of 4 wonderful kids with more energy, better self-image, and loving the way I eat. I get to eat things like butter, cookies, chocolate, and wonderful protein filled almond milkshakes. Can you tell I love desserts? I actually eat less desserts now that I now longer have sugar cravings.

I bet you’re wondering now what is this Trim Healthy Mama way of life. Well, to briefly describe it Trim Healthy Mama is keeping your fuels and your fats separate, removing all sugar, white starches (rice, potatoes, pasta) out of your diet. We THMer’s mainly use Stevia, Swerve, Xylitol, or Erythirtol as sweetners and brown rice or quinoa as our carb source. I’m not going to give away all the details you need to join the Trim Healthy Mama facebook page and get the book.

On to my original intention the wonderful Trim Healthy Mama products. I absolutely love everything they have in their product line. They actually care how their products are processed and what’s in them. My favorites so far are the Whey Protein Powder, Stevia Concentrate (last forever), Sweetblend, and Erythirtol. These are all essentials when starting the THM plan. I personally would start with the Whey Protein Powder, Stevia Concentrate, and the Sweetblend. If your interested in purchasing any of the above products please follow this link. I hope you enjoyed by little blurb about THM if your interested in learning more or need help feel free to comment.

Note: I was not paid to endorse these products, but this post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a small portion of your sale as compensation.

Oh and here is a picture taken about a year ago — Thanks to THM 20+lbs gone forever.

20+lbs gone forever. Thanks THM!

20+lbs gone forever. Thanks THM!

Refrigerator Dough Recipe

I have been on THM or Trim Healthy Mama for well over a year now and have now lost well over 20lbs. I absolutely love the way I eat now and I do not feel guilty nor deprived. Heck, I get to have pizza as much as I want. So here comes a recipe! This recipe is from Gwen’s Nest except I changed the flour up and used 100% spelt instead of the wheat version. I absolutely love the ease of making this and just tearing off a chunk (after the 3 days of fermenting) when I want to make pizza. Of course, I use turkey pepperoni because its lower in fat and if I use chicken I use the breast because this is an “E” for energizing. You have to be careful with your fats otherwise, you will be having a “Crossover”.   I get my spelt in bulk from Azure Standard. They are a great company and have tons of great bulk items you can purchase plus, they have drop points all over the country.

Ingredients
Easy Bread Recipe Dough
In a large, 5 quart container, combine:
  • 3-3½ c. warm water- I use more water for whole wheat version
  • 1 ½ T. kosher or coarse salt
  • 6- 6½ c. of flour (I recommend using 6 cups of all whole wheat if you want this to be THM friendly or Spelt)
  • 1½ T. yeast (2 packets-any type works)
Toppings
  • ½ t. coarse kosher salt for the crust
  • Greek seasoning blend sprinkled for the crust
  • 2 t. Parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup of tomato or pizza sauce of your choice
  • 1½ cups of part skim mozzarella cheese
  • 4 cloves of fresh garlic, minced
  • or any other toppings of your choice! (fat free to keep this in E territory)
Instructions
Dough Instructions
  1. Stir with a wooden spoon until the dough is evenly wet with no dry spots.
  2. Cover your container and allow to rise on the counter for 2 hours.
  3. The dough should double (if using whole wheat) or almost triple in size (white flour) and begin to collapse on itself and flatten on top. You can allow it to rise longer, and it won’t hurt anything.
  4. Chill dough for at least three hours or for 3 days for a THM fermented E bread.
  5. Dough keeps for up to 2 weeks, and yields 2 large pizza crusts.
To Assemble the Pizza:
  1. Preheat the oven to 450º, with a pizza stone on the middle rack.
  2. While oven is heating, lay out a square of parchment paper, and smush out half of the batch of bread dough into a large circle, leaving a thicker rim for the crust. Sometimes, the dough is very wet, and other times it’s very elastic and tough, but it always turns out tasting great…just manhandle it however you need to.
  3. Sprinkle on the crust area with Greek seasoning (or your favorite blend), coarse salt, and Parmesan cheese shreds.
  4. Slide the paper and the dough onto the pizza stone, and bake for 10 minutes. You can make a salad, or gather and prep toppings at this time.
  5. Remove crust, and spread sauce.
  6. Add any “under cheese” toppings, like fresh garlic or mushrooms.
  7. Add cheese in one big mound in the center, and then just spread it to the edges.
  8. Top as desired.
  9. Return the whole deal to the oven for another 10 minutes until it’s browned and bubbly.
  10. Allow to cool slightly, and cut into 16 pieces. Serving size is 2 slices, which has less than 2.5 grams of fat per slice and around 15 grams of carbs.
Notes
You may add additional cheese and any other toppings for a THM Crossover pizza.
For a photo tutorial, and more amazing homemade pizza recipes, head over to http://www.gwens-nest/family-favorite-recipes/

Slow Cooker Meatloaf Low Carb

Here is another low carb easy dinner you can use on the Trim Healthy Mama (an affiliate link).

Slow Cooker Meatloaf Low Carb

2 Eggs Beaten
1/2 cup half/half
1 small Joseph’s Flax Oat Bran Whole Wheat Pita toasted and ground in food processor/blender into bread crumbs
2 tablespoon’s dried onions or onion powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon sage
1.5 lb of turkey meat or ground beef

Sauce Topping:
1/4 cup sugar-free ketchup or your own homemade sugar-free ketchup
1 teaspoon of dry mustard

Combine egg with half/half, Joseph’s bread crumb, onion, sage, salt, and ground meat. Mix well. Line the bottom of your slow cooker with parchment paper,
pour meatloaf mixture into slow cooker and form into a loaf. Add seasonings to top of meat (pepper, garlic powder, onion powder).

Cook on Low for 5-6 hours
Add topping and Switch to high for last 5 minutes.

Pair it with your favorite side of greens beans and cauliflower casserole.

This meal equals S for Satisfying.

Enjoy!

“Samoa” Chocolate Chip Cookies Low Carb

I’ve been following the Trim Healthy Mama way of eating and absolutely love it plus it doesn’t hurt that I’ve lost 20 pounds changing the way I eat. Gwen’s Nest recently posted a “Samoa” Milkshake that is THM ingredients approved.  It is an absolute must try. So I decided since it was so good to make a cookie out of it. The base recipe is from Detoxinista.com with a few modifications so that it will fit Trim Healthy Mama.

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“Samoa” Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 1/2 cups of almond flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg
2 heaping tablespoons of coconut oil (melted)
1/4-1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
3-4 big shakes of Stevia concentrate or 3-4 dropper full of liquid stevia (to taste)
1/4 cup Hershey’s sugar-free chocolate chips
1/2 cup of unsweetened coconut flakes
1/4 teaspoon of maple flavoring
1 teaspoon of butter

First take the unsweetened coconut flakes, butter, maple flavoring, teaspoon of almond flour, 1 shake of stevia concentrate and toast until golden brown in a pan. While toasting take almond flour,baking soda, salt and mix together — Add toasted coconut mixture and mix. Then take coconut oil add to warm pan to melt. While that is melting add egg and sweetener (stevia) to mixture. Once coconut oil has cooled a bit add it to the mixture with vanilla extract. Mix well. Mixture should start to look like a cookie batter…then add sugar-free chocolate chips and mix.  Scoop out or shape into balls then flatten with palm of hand.
Line baking sheet with parchment paper and Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes until golden brown . If you want to get real fancy you could drizzle skinny chocolate over cookie and cool in fridge.

Enjoy!