Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins Rich, sweet buttery goodness on the inside, with a perfectly crunchy top. At first I added some butter to my warm muffin, but I soon found that it didn’t even need it. These are good to go – nothing needs to be added. These Banana Muffins, I can confidently […]
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I give you part 2 of photo-documenting some amazing Trim Healthy Mama foods that I enjoyed this week. If you missed part 1, you can find it here. As a reminder, these are photographs to provide a visual for the recipes in the Trim Healthy Mama book. For the actual recipes, you’ll need a copy of the book. It can be bought on Amazon here.
Oh my goodness. Crepes. I can’t recall anyone talking about these on the THM FB group. They are so good and super versatile. And there’s nothing “diety” tasting about these, so my family will not balk at eating them. In fact, the first time I tried them one of my kids was standing by gobbling them up before I could even finish cooking the whole batch.
I’m showing sweet crepes here. I filled the crepes with a little sweetened cream cheese with some lemon extract and sweetener (KAL) and then warmed some blueberries until they burst and poured them on top. Oh yes, berry good.
You can also make savory crepes. No sweetener in the mix for these, and fill them with your favorite sandwich fillings. They will definitely hit the spot.
Even though my crepe making skills are sorely lacking and I could never have been hired on as head crepe maker at the Magic Pan, it gets easier with a little practice. I’ve been making them in a cast iron skillet, but I’d LOVE a crepe pan now! Maybe one like this one…
2. Chocolate Nut Slab.
Ok, let’s get serious. This is about a slab of chocolate. And this is good. Oh, so very good. Trim Healthy Mama has quite a few ways to satisfy your chocolate cravings, and so far, this is my favorite one. Just a note of caution: this is not a meal. Repeat that 3 times. This is not a meal. You need to know that, because you will want to eat a lot of it once you try it.
One more warning that comes with the chocolate nut slab: after you make it, check yourself in a mirror before going out in public, because you will likely have chocolate smeared on your face from licking the bowl clean. Don’t ask me how I know. Now go make some.
3. Spicy Chicken Wings.
Winner winner chicken dinner. I have no idea where that saying comes from, but perhaps it was made up after someone ate Buffalo Chicken Wings. Do you like Buffalo wings? Good! Then you’ll like these, because that’s exactly what they are. And yes, they are “on plan”. Make ’em as mild or spicy as you like, and eat up. Sorry the picture is so dull. Perhaps a nice bowl of ranch dressing and some celery would have dressed it up more, but once my son smelled these cooking, there was no way he was going to wait around for me to photograph all that. It was a quick shoot and serve situation.
4. Just Like Wheat Thins Crackers.
Have you ever wanted to hug someone you’ve never met? That’s how I feel about Pearl & Serene after trying these crackers. I don’t think they should be called “Just Like Wheat Thins”, because they’re not. They’re better. Especially if you’re eating wheat/gluten free. There’s no wheat or gluten at all in these, so I’d like to refer to them from now on as “Better than wheat thins because they taste great AND are wheat & gluten free crackers” (abbreviated BTWTBTTGAAWAGF crackers, to keep it simple) I don’t see a career as a “recipe namer” anywhere in my future.
Besides the name, there’s much to be said about these BTWTBTTGAAWAGF Crackers. My first thought upon making them successfully was, “I actually made crackers, and they’re crunchy and tasty!” I tend to have simple thoughts. So back up to the “successful” part. The first time I tried them, I didn’t roll them thin enough. After that time, I did, and they were perfecto. Yum. Make these. Eat these. Be happy.
I’ll be straight-up honest with you on this one. It scared me. Not the making part. It’s actually really easy. It was the eating part that worried me. Can I really eat food that just went through “that” process? Well, I did, and I’m just fine. And guess what it tasted like…? Sauerkraut!! Really good, non preservative filled, sauerkraut!
So of course this native New Yorker decided that it would be great on a hot dog with some mustard, but I didn’t have any nitrate free dogs thawed out. So I looked to my friend Google for more ideas, and you won’t believe what I found.
On a forum post somewhere, someone had suggested that eating sauerkraut on a cracker with peanut butter was tasty. And since I had some BTWTBTTGAAWAGF crackers ready to go, I tried it. Ya know what? It wasn’t all that bad! I still think it would be better on a hot dog with mustard, but I enjoyed my little bizarre concoction just fine.
If you have a special way you like to eat sauerkraut, by all means, leave a comment and let me know!
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Here are some visuals from my week eating Trim Healthy Mama foods – specifically those from the book. I love a good cookbook, especially when there are pictures. Unfortunately, THM does not have pictures, so I figured I’d shoot some as I make the foods from the book. The recipes aren’t included here, you’ll need the book for that. But the visuals and my thoughts on the recipes are here for your reading and pinning pleasure ;).
Just Like Campbell’s Tomato Soup – S
Page 292 in Trim Healthy Mama.
Wow. Amazingly delicious. I didn’t do a side-by side comparison with the name brand, but think this recipe may actually be better. Like, by a lot.
I made it with the chicken stock option, and sprinkled some Bragg Nutritional Yeast Seasoning, Premium, 4.5 Ounce on top. Love.
I would serve this to my family without hesitation. And along with it, maybe a chicken quesadilla on a low carb tortilla and a green salad.
It’s the new “grilled cheese & tomato soup” meal in our home.
Choco Pudding – S, E, or FP
This was really yummy. And incredibly filling. I added a little caramel flavoring to mine. Mmmm. So filling I could not finish up what’s in that glass in the picture. In Trim Healthy Mama, the authors mention that it is good when you make it, but even better after it’s been in the fridge. Absolutely TRUE! I made it in the evening and had some. Then the next day I had more. It’s almost like a different food after it’s had time to really set up and become a creamy pudding. Not sure how that happens, but IMO, it’s worth the wait.
Basic Treat Squares – S
These are truly a lifesaver. If you are not a breakfast person (I’m *SO* not a breakfast person) it’s fantastic to have these on hand so you can get something into your system in the a.m. with pretty much no effort whatsoever.
They’re also a great grab-and-go kind of food. You do need to keep them cool if the weather is warm, because that coconut oil in them will melt, but who doesn’t have a cooler and some ice when they really need it, right?
I’ve made these many times, and will continue to do so.
Mexican Cottage Cheese Salad – FP
This salad is a fantastic light lunch. It’s a Fuel Pull meal, so it has a little more of a “diety” feel to it, but honestly, there are some times when that’s what I’m in the mood for. Definitely not all the time, but sometimes.
It’s also super fast and easy to throw together, and it won’t leave you feeling all bogged down.
Southwestern Chicken – S, E, or FP
If you read the recipe in Trim Healthy Mama, you’ll see that it calls for green salsa, and I used red. It’s what I had on hand when I felt like making it, and it’s super delicious either way. I actually prefer it with salmon, but this one was for my husband. And he enjoyed it, so that’s another THM recipe that got his “thumbs up”. He’s kind of picky…
I’ve made this probably more than any other recipe in the book (with salmon). Right now it’s definitely a favorite.
And like so many of the other recipes, it’s so easy to make. I mean, seriously easy.
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This coconut strawberry smoothie is so creamy and luscious, it’s addicting. I’ve had it twice today. So far. I was inspired by these strawberries and cream popsicles on Coconut Mama’s Blog. They are amazing, and if you love strawberries, you should make them. Everyone in my family gave these two thumbs up. Mine looked a […]
Orange Creamsicle Smoothie
Every Spring we are inundated with oranges, so we squeeze a lot of fresh O.J. for the kids, and I often find myself enjoying a delicious orange creamsicle smoothie. If I don’t use them up, the kids will use them to practice their juggling, and I’ll have orange juice all over the house.
We have an orange tree in our back yard, plus we have friends with trees who love to share. The difference is, our tree is really a bush.
You see, when we first purchased our little orange tree, we lovingly planted it in our backyard. Soon after we planted it, we adopted an adorable little Lab-mix puppy from the shelter. Well, that sweet puppy chewed on everything, as puppies do. And everything included our brand new orange tree. She turned our promising little tree into a sad stump. Literally. She chewed it down until it was nothing but about 10 inches of trunk sticking out of the ground.
Why we left it planted in the ground is beyond me. It surely seemed hopeless, but then something wonderful started to happen. Little buds started forming, and soon we were watching our tree come back from what we thought was certain death. Now, a few years later, we have a little miniature orange tree that produces deliciously sweet oranges for us every year! You may not be able to tell from this picture, but our little orange bush is only about 4 feet tall.
I really want a lemon tree and a lime tree. I’m hoping if I bring those home, she’ll leave them alone.
But let’s get back to the orange creamsicle smoothie. It’s really good, and I believe one of the reasons I like it so much is because of the orange zest. It gives it a little “zip”. After it’s blended, there are still tiny pieces of orange zest in the smoothie, which I love.
If you don't like cottage cheese in your smoothies, you can swap out the cottage cheese and add in a scoop of vanilla protein powder.
- 1 cup plain unsweetened almond milk
- 1/3 cup 1% cottage cheese
- 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
- zest of 1 orange
- 1 Tbsp Orange Juice
- stevia to taste
- 10 ice cubes
- Zest one orange.
- Add all ingredients to blender and blend until the cottage cheese is smoothed out - no lumps should be left.
- Add ice (you can add more or less depending on your preference).
- If you'd like it thicker, add 1/2 tsp. of glucomannan powder.
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