Sunday, November 29, 2015

THM Menu for November 29 - December 5, 2015

Been a busy week and I am ready to dive back into "normal" life this week. My kitchen should be more functional this week so I can go back to cooking normally. I miss having a kitchen sink the most. Not having everything steps away is hard, but NOT as frustrating as no running water or counter tops or table. I am really enjoying my new floor. :-)

Sunday
Breakfast: Vanilla Yogurt- THM S
Lunch: 
 Pizza - THM S and Seven Layer Salad - THM S sub Truvia for Sugar 
Supper: Barbacoa Roast - THM S


Monday
Breakfast: 
Banana Kefir Smoothie - THM E

Lunch:  Mexican Chicken Soup - THM S
Supper:  Buffalo Chicken Popper Casserole - THM S


Tuesday
Breakfast:
Overnight Apple Pie Oatmeal - THM E
Lunch: Leftovers
Supper: Tacos/Nachos with lettuce, salsa, sour cream, and shredded cheese THM S

Wednesday
Breakfast: 
Breakfast Ham Cups - THM S 
Lunch: Zuppa Toscana Soup - THM S - Subbing potatoes with cauiflower
Supper:Buffalo Spaghetti - THM S

Thursday
Breakfast: Kefir Smoothie with Blueberries - THM S
Lunch: 
 Leftovers
Supper:  Teriyaki Chicken - THM S- I sweetened with Stevia drops

Fish Friday
Breakfast: Pancakes THM S
Lunch: Leftovers
Supper: Fish and Green Bean Fries - THM S


Saturday

Breakfast: Frittata - THM S
Lunch: Reubens and cucumbers - THM S

Supper: 
Chicken Pot Pie - THM S I used this recipe for the pie crusts and I used Xanthum Gum for thickening.

Goals for November 29 - December 5, 2015

Personal  
Read 1 book
Marriage
A date

Children/Homeschooling
Do 1 fun outing/activity.
  

Ministry/Family
 
Write a "love" note every other week
Visit Grandpa.
Call/Talk to my brother once a month.

Blogging
Weekly Goals
Weekly or Bi-Weekly menus
Try a 1 new recipe and blog about it
Write 1 book reviews
1 DIY projects and blog about them
1 Family or School Blog post a week
Write a OAMC sessions

Last weeks goals...
Personal  
Read 1 book
Marriage
A date

Children/Homeschooling
Do 1 fun outing/activity.
  

Ministry/Family
 
Write a "love" note every other week
Visit Grandpa.
Call/Talk to my brother once a month.

Blogging
Weekly Goals
Weekly or Bi-Weekly menus
Try a 1 new recipe and blog about it -  I have tried several actually. I hope I can get it blogged this week.
Write 1 book reviews
1 DIY projects and blog about them
1 Family or School Blog post a week
Write a OAMC sessions

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Goals for November 22 - 28, 2015

Personal  
Read 1 book
Marriage
A date

Children/Homeschooling
Do 1 fun outing/activity.
  

Ministry/Family
 
Write a "love" note every other week
Visit Grandpa.
Call/Talk to my brother once a month.

Blogging
Weekly Goals
Weekly or Bi-Weekly menus
Try a 1 new recipe and blog about it
Write 1 book reviews
1 DIY projects and blog about them
1 Family or School Blog post a week
Write a OAMC sessions

Last weeks goals...
Personal  
Read 1 book
Marriage
A date

Children/Homeschooling
Do 1 fun outing/activity.
  

Ministry/Family
 
Write a "love" note every other week
Visit Grandpa.
Call/Talk to my brother once a month.

Blogging
Weekly Goals
Weekly or Bi-Weekly menus
Try a 1 new recipe and blog about it -  I have tried several actually. I hope I can get it blogged this week.
Write 1 book reviews
1 DIY projects and blog about them
1 Family or School Blog post a week
Write a OAMC sessions

Saturday, November 21, 2015

THM Menu for November 22-28, 2015

Thanksgiving. WOW... that time of year already. I can't wait to start making Christmas treats. I was able to set some items aside to make some ON PLAN cookies. I am also going to be creating a cookie menu for myself. I can't wait.  But I know... I know we need to get going with the menu for the week. So here we go...

Sunday
Breakfast: Vanilla Yogurt- THM S
Lunch: Buffalo Chicken Popper Casserole - THM S
Supper: Leftovers


Monday
Breakfast: 
Banana Kefir Smoothie - THM E
Lunch:   Turkey Black Bean Chili- THM E
Supper:  Chicken Philly Cheesesteak - THM S

Tuesday
Breakfast:
Overnight Apple Pie Oatmeal - THM E
Lunch: Boiled Eggs - Celery with PB -THM S
Supper: 
Tacos/Nachos with lettuce, salsa, sour cream, and shredded cheese THM S

Wednesday
Breakfast: 
Breakfast Ham Cups - THM S 
Lunch: Leftovers
Supper: 
Pizza - THM S and Seven Layer Salad - THM S sub Truvia for Sugar 

Thursday
Breakfast: Kefir Smoothie with Blueberries - THM S
Lunch: 
 Thanksgiving!
Supper:  Teriyaki Chicken - THM S- I sweetened with Stevia drops

Fish Friday
Breakfast: Pancakes THM S
Lunch: Leftovers
Supper: Fish and Green Bean Fries - THM S


Saturday

Breakfast: Frittata - THM S
Lunch: Reubens and cucumbers - THM S

Supper: 
Chicken Pot Pie - THM S I used this recipe for the pie crusts and I used Xanthum Gum for thickening.

Friday, November 20, 2015

How I THM with my family

I know we are all different. Not a single one of us has the same family or the same ideals.  Just so we are clear I do NOT expect anyone to follow ME. I am just sharing how I make THM work for my family. Perhaps some of my ideas might work for you.. or not. Please take my ideas as ideas, NOT rules of the THM "trade".

THM is not a diet. It is a lifestyle.  It beautiful marriage of how I wanted to eat even before I had heard of THM.  I use to be vegetarian so I am already use to trying to sub out meat with a vegetable. Now I am doing it the "right" way for myself.  I still prefer to not eat meat, but I know it is good for me.  THM does have meals I can eat without meat. I do eat meat, but not for every meal. ;-)

I took our "regular" menu and THMified it.  I know it isn't a word, but you get the jest of it.   A friend of mine put a "name" to my method and I think she is right. My menu is sustainable for me.

For instance, On Sunday, we always do cinnamon rolls for breakfast, pizza with a salad for lunch, and beans with cottage cheese and salsa for supper.

For for cinnamon rolls I use Gwen's Bread and make this recipe.  For pizza I either use Gwen's bread with low fat cheese OR I use this recipe.  I also add a salad. Just a bag salad if I am in a rush, or if I am actually organized.. HA... I will make a 7 Layer Salad to go along with it.  Then for supper we have a West Virginia favorite, Beans and "cornbread". I don't always make "cornbread", but when we do it gets gobbled down quickly.  I add salsa, mustard, onions, canned (cough) spinach greens, and jalapenos.

Its important for me to be able to take the meals we USE to eat and make them to align with THM.   Not that new food isn't good. It is. I just can't make EVERYTHING THM for everyone.

The way I think about it is that I can use an alternative to make the food so I can eat it along with my family. That way I have no "I can't eat with my family" and I don't sit there and crave what they are having. We are all having the same thing.

I make kefir smoothies or yogurt with whatever seasonal fruit for breakfast almost everyday. I bought some Stevia and I make my own Stevia drops. We ALL use Stevia. I do have sugar... but I use it mostly in my Kombucha tea. ;-) I do have eggs or oatmeal some, but I am really a fan of yogurt. Did I say I like yogurt?

Lunch most days is leftovers. I know that sounds boring, but I hate leftovers hanging out in the fridge for so many days. There is no need. Just eat it up! If for some strange reason I am out of leftovers we will whip up some Spinach (or greens) Quesadilla. I use low carb tortillas or wonder wraps for myself and regular whole wheat tortillas for the children. I also have another trick up my sleeve.  I make bean burritos with the left over beans on Sunday. I make them up Monday and freeze what we don't eat for a later "leftovers" meal when there is not enough.  I make Quesadillas with greens because I am so bad about getting in enough greens. In that case I do use a low carb tortilla for myself.   I make a dip with yogurt or cottage cheese to dip it in.  Perfect meal.

Now for supper. I enjoy cooking, but I do not have time to make a meal every day. So I do once a month cooking or OAMC every 6 weeks or so.  I make a menu of 10-12 recipes.  I make 2 of each recipe. I prep (cut up veggies and label bags etc) the day before. It usually takes me about 6 hours to put the meals together the next day .  I have multiple OAMC menus on my site.  I make them, and then share it with you all.   In all honesty, I think of my crock pot as my kitchen helper. I usually have something cooking in it every day of the a week. If it isn't going it is waiting to get washed.

I don't make many sweets. Maybe once or twice a week. My "sweets" are usually a smoothie or yogurt. I make Skinny Chocolate 2 or 3 times a month.  I make a MIM once a week maybe?  I make whatever "flavor" is available that season. Fall is pumpkin and cranberry. Spring is blueberry or strawberry.  For a on the go snack I grab a string cheese or a handful of nuts.

I make my own yogurt and kefir. Kefir sits and cultures on the counter daily. I make Greek yogurt once a week. After I strain my yogurt I use a wisk to make it smooth.  I bought some little containers to make small serving sizes and make it easy to grab and eat on the go. I usually add sweeteners and extract to some of it, but not all of it. I use yogurt to make dressings or marinades so I don't always want it sweet. I learned the hard way to NOT sweeten my entire batch or I won't have anything for a starter.  So don't make the same mistake. I do however go ahead and make a smoothie with the kefir right away. That way it can be grabbed easily.

One of the tricks my sister taught me, is to get everything ready on the weekend for the week. That is such a time saver. Although I have done OAMC in some form or another for over 11 years. But to prep for the week on one day was a little different. But it really does help. Prepping the salad, yogurt/kefir, dessert/snack, really does cut down on time and money spent on snacks that could easily be prepped before. Think about buying a large pkg of cottage cheese or some cooked chicken breasts. Then dividing it into individual sizes so you can easily grab it to add to a salad or berries for a quick snack.  I find the more I do this, the easier it gets for ME to stay on plan.

The other things I like to do is when I have leftovers I will put it all together in a container... a meal that is. Sometimes I will get 2 or 3 servings of leftovers. So when lunch time rolls around I had out the "meals" all ready to go. Saves time and dishes. I wish I had done that YEARS ago. Not much goes to waste this way.

Now if I could just figure out how to fit a chef in the budget, so I don't have to cook at all, I'd be set.  I don't mind cooking, but sometimes I get frustrated with the amount of dishes. LOL! But I am feeding us good food that is not in a box. That has got to count for something right? ;-)

Be sure you check out my menus as well as my FB page for recipes and ideas to create a menu that works for YOU.



Cinnamon Rolls - THM E

I found this great recipe jem on a website that is no longer. So I am redoing it and sharing it with you all.

  • For Dough

    • 1 of Gwen’s Bread Recipe or loaf of bread dough
    • 3 Tbsp. of Truvia or sugar
  • For the Filling

    • 2 Tbsp Softened Butter
    • 4 Tbsp Truvia or sugar
    • 3 Tbsp. Cinnamon
  • For the icing

    • 4 Tbsp of yogurt or cream cheese
    • 2 Tbsp of Truvia or a few Stevia drops
  • For Dough

    1. Gently mix 1 1/2 Tbsp. of Truvia with 1/4 of Gwen’s Bread Recipe. Roll out the dough with a rolling pin into a 9×6 rectangle.
  • For the Filling

    1. Spread butter on to the rolled out dough. Then, mix Truvia and Cinnamon together and spread evenly over top of butter.
    2. Roll up in a jelly roll fashion and slice into 1 inch pieces.
    3. Put slices in an ungreased pan (I used a 9 x 12) and let rise as you would for Gwen’s bread.
    4. Bake at 450 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes or until done.
  • For Icing

    1. Mix well and spread over warm Cinnamon Rolls. Refrigerate any leftovers. Sit back and enjoy!
  • I trick I recently learned, is to put the cinnamon rolls into silicon muffin pans. They turn out perfectly and so much less mess.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Trim Healthy Mama Plan and Cookbook Review

I was very blessed to be able to view both the new and old book.  The newer ones are are very motivating and I LOVE the pictures in the cook book.

The new plan book is a much easier read and its not 600+ pages!  I was able to read through it in an afternoon and not feel overwhelmed. Even though I have been using the THM plan for 3 years I still learned some things I missed before. I think even if you have read the old book, read it again. You will learn something new. Something you missed.

The NEW bookbook is AMAZING. The only complaint I have is I WANT MORE pictures. LOL!  The pictures really sell the food. Everything from cookies to the famous GGMS its all in there.

So what are you waiting for? Jump on in and try THM with us. Its yummy food without all the calories. ;-)

Sunday, November 15, 2015

THM Menu November 15 - 21, 2015

Where has the time gone? It is hard to believe it is the 3rd week in November already. YIKES. I feel like the last 3 weeks just flew by and I missed them.

Sunday
Breakfast: Vanilla Yogurt- THM S
Lunch: Beans, Salsa, Greens, onions, cottage cheese, etc - THM E
Supper: Leftovers


Monday
Breakfast: 
Banana Kefir Smoothie - THM E
Lunch: Mexican Bean Soup - THM E or Quesadillas with Spinach - THM S 
Supper:  Pizza - THM S and Seven Layer Salad - THM S sub Truvia for Sugar

Tuesday
Breakfast:Breakfast Ham Cups - THM S 

Lunch: Boiled Eggs - THM S
Supper: 
Teriyaki Chicken - THM S- I sweetened with Stevia drops

Wednesday
Breakfast: Overnight Apple Pie Oatmeal - THM E
Lunch:
Leftovers
Supper: 
Tacos/Nachos with lettuce, salsa, sour cream, and shredded cheese THM S

Thursday
Breakfast: Kefir Smoothie with Blueberries - THM S
Lunch: 
 Quesadillas with Spinach - THM S 
Supper:  Turkey with hot sauce and green beans. - THM S


Fish Friday
Breakfast: Pancakes THM S
Lunch: PB&J or leftovers - THM S
Supper: Fish and Green Bean Fries - THM S


Saturday

Breakfast: Frittata - THM S
Lunch: Reubens and cucumbers - THM S

Supper: 
Chicken Pot Pie - THM S I used this recipe for the pie crusts and I used Xanthum Gum for thickening.

Goals for November 15 - 21, 2015

Personal  
Read 1 book
Marriage
A date

Children/Homeschooling
Do 1 fun outing/activity.
  

Ministry/Family
 
Write a "love" note every other week
Visit Grandpa.
Call/Talk to my brother once a month.

Blogging
Weekly Goals
Weekly or Bi-Weekly menus
Try a 1 new recipe and blog about it
Write 1 book reviews
1 DIY projects and blog about them
1 Family or School Blog post a week
Write a OAMC sessions

Last weeks goals...
Personal  
Read 1 book
Process Apples - Did some, but I am not finished
Marriage
A date

Children/Homeschooling
Do 1 fun outing/activity.
  

Ministry/Family
 
Write a "love" note every other week
Visit Grandpa.
Call/Talk to my brother once a month.

Blogging
Weekly Goals
Weekly or Bi-Weekly menus
Try a 1 new recipe and blog about it -  I have tried several actually. I hope I can get it blogged this week.
Write 1 book reviews
1 DIY projects and blog about them
1 Family or School Blog post a week
Write a OAMC sessions

Friday, November 13, 2015

THM OAMC Menu Session 14

I am using some recipes from the Civilized Caveman Site. I ADORE the muffins. I whipped them up with cream cheese frosting this week. DELICIOUS.

Cashew Chicken - THM S - replace the starch with glucci and sugar with stevia drops
Avocado Stuffed Burger - THM S
BOARS Stuffed Chicken Breasts THM E - I use only using half the amount of bacon (turkey) recommended.
Breakfast Sausages - THM S
Italian Style Chuck Roast - THM S
Coffee Cow Steak - THM S - I'm not doing the squash
Lime Butternut Squash Soup - THM E I am only using half the amount of butter.
Pumpkin Spice Chicken Cacciatore - THM S
Pumpkin Pie Muffins - THM S - I use the sweet blend instead of honey
Spicy Chili - THM S I am using beef instead of the Elk.

I use a THM friendly sweetner, Pyure instead of Honey, sugar, etc.   I make each recipe for 6-8 servings x 2 so I end up with 20 meals.

Here is your printable shopping list!

Check out all my other menus here- 1234, 56 7 8,  9, 101112, and 13