This super simple lunch is perfect for that Saturday or Sunday when your craving some warm comfort food. Easy to make you can throw it together in a snap.
It takes mostly THM staple items with just few you might not have on hand. If you make the Taco Pie (I just have to add this is one of our favorites! Its so good!) recipe on page 119 of the Trim Healthy Table cookbook, then you will have pizza sauce on hand, along with cheese. Most THM plan followers also keep Joseph Pitas or lavish bread on hand for quick lunches. You may not have pepperoni in your fridge but you could also use ham deli lunch meat or chicken. Add some tomatoes or mushrooms if you wish and you have a quick and delicious lunch in just minutes.
1 Joseph’s Pita (cut in half or whole) or Lavish bread cut to size
Shredded cheddar cheese
Pepperoni or other meat
Tomatoes, mushrooms or other vegetables of you choice
Either cut your Pita in half and fill with the above toppings and place in a frying pan to heat until warm or lay you whole Pita in the frying pan topping one half with toppings and fold the empty side over to create a pocket. Warm until the cheese is melted and it reaches desired warmth. Enjoy!
The holidays are gone, but the junk food around my house still exists! So I am trying to balance eating right with a little bit of non-plan chocolate or sweet treats! The good news is I started exercising before Christmas and I have kept it up through the holidays and into the New Year! I am not a New Year’s Resolution kind of person, I truly just want to make healthy decisions all year long so this post won’t be all about my New Year’s resolutions, but I do have some goals for this year.
For those of you who don’t know I have started following and creating recipes for the Trim Healthy Mama Eating Plan. On this plan I have cut out a lot of sugar and gluten products from my diet and I lost about 7 pounds in 3 months. I know that is not a lot of weight but I also have never followed the plan 100% so imagine if you did! Imagine how wonderful you would feel. The basis of this plan is to eat every 4 hours and to eat meals that fit into certain categories. S meals are Satisfying meals and have higher amounts of fats and E meals are lean proteins with a carb source and you make sure to space these meals out (about 4 hours apart) to give your body a chance to digest each fuel type. This is a very, very basic explanation of the plan, if you would like to learn more about this plan join the or visit the Trim Healthy Mama Website for more information.
One of my goals this year to drink more smoothies in the morning even though its winter! Burr! I don’t love smoothies in cold weather, but I have found that if I exercise like I want to and drink a smoothie right after when my body is still warm, its not too bad. Why do I want to drink smoothies? I feel like I loose weight faster when I start the morning with a nutrient and protein rich smoothie paired with an on plan muffin (my favorite muffin is the Peanut Butter Cookie Muffin (page 371 of Trim Healthy Table cookbook) which is a FP and pairs with any breakfast) or piece of sprouted grain toast. This kick starts my metabolism and prepares my body for the day ahead. Smoothies also make a great breakfast to eat on the run! I have even started making smoothies for my husband the night before and he tells me they are still good in the morning.
My newest smoothie recipe is an Orange Strawberry Green Smoothie (recipe below). It’s so yummy and refreshing! I bet your wondering what the “green” is in the smoothie. Well it’s Frozen Okra! Yes, okra! The THM plan uses a lot of okra and I have found if used correctly you can’t even taste it, nor will anyone know its there if you don’t tell them. I don’t have all the ideas behind Okra researched myself, but its like putting spinach in your smoothie. It packs in a green vegetable that has lots of nutrients that your body needs and you can’t even tell that is there. I challenge you to use some okra this year. My husband I love the casserole recipes that use Laughing Cow Cheese and Okra to make creamy delicious sauces. (See this post for recipes I created with this type of sauce.) Okay back to the smoothie recipe you have been waiting for, I hope you enjoy it!
1-½ cups of Almond, Cashew or Alternative Milk of Choice
½ cup of Frozen Okra (hint on using Okra below)
1 tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar (optional)
1 tablespoon Peanut Butter Powder (no or low sugar varieties)
1 tablespoon Vanilla/Plain/Strawberry Whey Isolate Protein Powder (tip below)
3-4 Whole Frozen Strawberries
2 small Satsuma’s/Madrins peeled or 1 large orange peeled (NO SEEDS)
1-3 Tablespoons Alternative Sweetener of Choice
Step 1: Pour milk and apple cider vinegar in blender and add frozen okra. To avoid your okra getting slimy blend these three ingredients right away until no green bits show.
Step 2: Add peanut butter powder, sweetener, peeled oranges and frozen strawberries. Blend until smooth.
Step 3: Add Protein Powder. We add this at the very end because if you blend whey protein powder for too long you smoothie double in volume because the more you blend whey protein powder it because very fluffy and foamy, doubling the size of your smoothie. If you like that consistency blend you protein powder as long as you wish.
Why do I love casseroles? Because they are easy to make, provide left overs or feed a crowd! Also, they smell delicious, are warm, filling and easy to pair with a side of veggies or a salad for a delicious meal on a cold winter evening.
This casserole came to life on Sunday afternoon when we had been gone all weekend, but needed a small dinner and leftovers to start our week. I created it from ingredients I knew I already had in my kitchen. Maybe I should have called it Kitchen Sink Casserole? The first time I made it, it was a THM-S dish, because I didn’t rinse my meat. Knowing I cook way to many THM-S dishes I wanted to find a way to turn it into a THM-E meal. Below is the revised recipe. Don’t forget to rinse ground beef (if you use it) really well under hot water before putting it in the casserole. This removes all that excess fat and grease.
Some things you could add to this dish to make it your own are a can of diced green chilies, diced up chicken breast instead of ground meat, diced tomatoes, or corn. (The casserole in the photos is made from shredded pork (S), diced tomatoes, onion and pepper seasoning blend without the beans and rice. Serve with baked tortilla chips for dipping.)
This is a super simple casserole to put together and if you are following THM and have made any of the cheesy casseroles in their cookbooks you might just have all of these ingredients on hand! Yes, this does contain the secret ingredient okra, you can leave it out if you wish, but it thickens the sauce up nicely and adds some good nutritional value to the dish. I hope you enjoy this recipe!
Creamy Enchilada Casserole (THM - E 8 Servings)
1.5 lbs. lean ground Grass Fed beef/Chicken/Turkey
1 jar salsa (heat intensity - your preference)
1 can pinto beans
1 cup Frozen Seasoning blend (peppers and onions)
1 cup cooked brown rice
1-tablespoon onion powder
1/2 cup Okra
4 oz. 1/3 less fat cream cheese
6 Wedges Laughing Cow Cheese
1-cup veggie broth
1/2 cup almond milk
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Heat oven to 375 degrees
Brown ground beef in frying pan, then rinse under hot water, add back to frying pan and cook with 1/2 cup salsa, pinto beans and 1 cup frozen seasoning blend.
Spray 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray.
Spread meat mixture in the bottom of baking dish.
Top with all but 2 tablespoons of salsa.
Layer with cooked brown rice, then sprinkle with garlic powder, onion powder and salt to taste.
In blender: almond milk, veggie broth and okra, blend until there are no green bits of okra showing. Add 4 oz. cream cheese, 6 wedges laughing cow cheese and 2 table spoons salsa, blend well. Pour over contents in the baking dish, top with shredded cheddar.
Bake for 25 - 30 minutes until heated through and bubbly. Serve with a side green salad or steamed veggies.
When I started creating this dish, I originally wanted it to be an E meal, but after I created the recipe and started calculating the fat content I realized I had an S with an S helper and that I was going to have to reduce some of the fat content for it to be an E. So I have included in the recipe both E and S options.
I based the idea for this dish off of a recipe I saw on Pinterest and the Queso Chicken Bake in the Trim Healthy Table Cookbook on page 123, which by the away is another family favorite. I was concerned that my new dish would not have enough flavor or that it would be dry. But I baked it and served it to my husband with the disclaimer that it was newly created recipe and asked him for an honest review. I was blown away! He loved it! As I tasted it I also enjoyed it! It reminded me of comfort food at its finest and another family favorite was born! Yes, I was honest with my husband and told him there was okra in it, but if you have picky eaters, you don’t have to tell, because they won’t even be able to see it or taste it.
We will be eating this one quite often. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.
Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole (THM-S (with S helper) or E) 8 Servings
3 cooked chicken breasts shredded (I cooked mine in the crockpot an then shredded it.)
1.5 cups of brown rice cooked
1 can of chicken broth
1 cup okra (optional, but helps thicken your sauce)
Parmesan (green can)
4 tablespoon bacon bits (1.5 grams fat or less per tablespoon)
8 slices lean ham lunch meat cubed
12 wedges laughing cow cheese
8 oz 1/3 less fat cream cheese
2 tablespoon bacon bits (1.5 grams fat or less per tablespoon)
6 slices lean ham lunch meat cubed
8 laughing cow cheese wedges
3 oz less fat cream cheese
Preheat oven to 375
Place shredded chicken, cooked rice and bacon bits in a greased 9x13 baking dish and mix, season with salt, pepper and garlic powder
lay ham across the top of the chicken
In a blender blend the okra, cream cheese, laughing cow cheese, chicken broth until smooth, pour over mixture in the baking dish
Sprinkle with a little bit of Parmesan
Bake for 30-35 mins until golden on top.