Monday, May 26, 2014

Meal Plan Monday: 5/26-6/1/14


Wondering how or why to meal plan? Read this first. Wondering what all the letters (S, E, FP) mean after each meal? Check this out. I've also added page numbers if the recipe comes from the Trim Healthy Mama book. If you're still in search of even more meals take a look at my top 30 "E" meals and my top 30 "S" meals. Also be sure to follow me on Pinterest so you never miss a meal plan, tip or recipe.

I hope everyone has had a great Memorial Day weekend. I am so thankful to all the men and women who are serving or who have faithfully served in the past. A special thanks to those of you who have had family members who paid the ultimate price to protect and preserve our freedom.

I have enjoyed getting to see quite a few friends and and family members this weekend. And of course I've enjoyed all the food! I stayed on plan for most of the weekend but did allow myself a few indulgences. I'll be back at it in full force tomorrow.

Here is what we'll be eating this week:

Monday:
B - Peanut Butter Cup Shake (S)
L - Grilled chicken and roasted vegetables (S)
S - Celery with 2 T. peanut butter (S)
D - Cheeseburger (without the bun) and a salad with Ranch (S)

Tuesday:
B - THM Pancakes with strawberries (E) pg. 223
L - Cheese quesadilla with sour cream and salsa (made with a low-carb tortilla), fresh veggies dipped in Ranch (S)
S - Thin Mint Shake (S)
D - Chicken Stir-fry with brown rice (E)

Wednesday:
B - Cinnamon Apple Swirl (E) pg. 250
L - Just Like Campbell's Tomato Soup (S) pg. 292
S - handful of almonds and 1 oz. cheddar cheese (S) 
D - Wet Burritos - chicken and fajita vegetables, cheese, salsa, sour cream, lettuce, low-carb tortilla and topped with enchilada sauce (S)

Thursday:
B - Big Boy Smoothie (FP) pg. 242
L - Comforting Chicken Noodle Soup (E)
S - (2) Lite Rye Wasa Crackers with wedge of Lite Laughing Cow Cheese (FP)
D - Buffalo Ranch Stuffed Peppers with guacamole (S)

Friday:
B - Fruity Blend Yogurt (E) pg. 251
L - leftover Comforting Chicken Noodle Soup (E)
S - Dark Chocolate Bark (S)
D - Deep Dish Pizza with fresh veggies (S) 

Saturday:
B - Eggs & Bacon (S)
L - Salad with hard-boiled egg and cheese and topped with Ranch dressing (S)
S - 1/2 c. 1% cottage cheese sprinkled with some paprika (FP)
D - Loaded Cauliflower & Chicken Casserole with green beans (S)

Sunday:
B - Raspberry Cheesecake Shake (S)
L - Big Mac Salad (S)
S - Crispy Cheddar Cheese & Green Onion Chips (S)
D - leftover Loaded Cauliflower & Chicken Casserole (S)

Have a great week and happy eating!!!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Meal Plan Monday: 5/19-5/25/14


Wondering how or why to meal plan? Read this first. Wondering what all the letters (S, E, FP) mean after each meal? Check this out. I've also added page numbers if the recipe comes from the Trim Healthy Mama book. If you're still in search of even more meals take a look at my top 30 "E" meals and my top 30 "S" meals. Also be sure to follow me on Pinterest so you never miss a meal plan, tips or recipe.

My goal for the week is simply to drink more water. I feel like I have the eating healthy down pat but I never feel like a I get enough water. Today I started putting a squirt of lemon and lime juice in my water to help it be more flavorful. Also this week I will be trying strawberry lime GGMS as well as a Mountain Dew version as well. 

Here's what we will be eating this week:

Monday:
B - Handful of almonds, peanuts and 1/2 apple (S) ***I woke up really late today and didn't have much time for breakfast, but knew that I needed to eat something
L - Fotato Soup (FP) pg. 294
S - Celery with 2 T. peanut butter (S)
D - Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls (S)

Tuesday:
B - Caramel Apple Smoothie (E)
L - Broccoli Cauliflower Salad (S)
S - Popcorn (E)
D - Crock Pot Chicken and Quinoa (E)

Wednesday:
B - Peanut Butter Cup Shake (S)
L - leftover Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad (S)
S - 1/2 C. 2% Cottage Cheese with Paprika (FP)
D - Girl's Night Out Potluck!!! I'm bringing Easy Quinoa Salad (E)

Thursday:
B - Scrambled eggs and bacon (S)
L - Waldorf Cottage Cheese Salad (E) pg. 300
S - Crispy Cheddar Cheese & Green Onion Crisps (S)
D - Chicken Lo Mein (E)

Friday:
B - Snickers Protein Shake (S)
L - Jalapeno & Cheddar Muffins with a salad with Ranch (S)
S - 1/2 C. Greek yogurt with strawberries and Truvia to taste (E)
D - Zucchini Pizza Casserole (S)

Saturday:
B - Blueberry Cheesecake Protein Shake (FP)
L - Lettuce wraps with turkey and a side of strawberries (FP) pg. 297
S - Peanut Butter Cups (S)
D - No Tortilla Enchilada Bake using this recipe for the enchilada sauce (S)

Sunday:
B - Apple Cinnamon Swirl (E) pg. 250
L - Chicken, Bacon & Avocado Chopped Salad (S)
S - Peanut Butter Cups (S)
D - Steak with roasted vegetables and green beans with butter (S)

Have a great week and happy eating!!!

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Enchilada Sauce (S, E or FP)

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I love Mexican food. Like I really really really love Mexican food. If my family would agree to it, we would eat some form of Mexican food every. single. day. But since they don't share my love as much I usually have to make do with only once or twice a week.

One of my most favorite Mexican dishes is wet burritos. I used to just use a canned enchilada sauce, but since starting Trim Healthy Mama, I've tried to eliminate as much processed and gross ingredients as possible. Almost every store brand enchilada sauce I checked had some form of sugar or other preservative in it that I just didn't feel comfortable serving my family. I found a few other enchilada sauce recipes online but none of them made me fully satisfied. So after months of tweaking my own recipe I've FINALLY come up with the most scrumptious enchilada sauce.

This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled if needed. It uses basic ingredients that most people would have on hand: tomato sauce, chili powder, onion powder, garlic powder, oregano, cumin, salt and crushed red pepper flakes (only if you like a little extra spice).


My favorite way to use enchilada sauce is for a wet burrito - a low-carb tortilla, some taco meat (or chicken), fajita vegetables, rolled up and topped with the sauce and cheese, lettuce and sour cream on the side. It is a very yummy S meal. You could easily make this an E meal by using boneless skinless chicken breasts and not using any cheese or sour cream. You could have Greek yogurt on the side instead.



Enchilada Sauce             Makes 1 Cup
  • 8oz. can of tomato sauce
  • 1 1/2 t. chili powder
  • 1/2 t. onion powder
  • 1/2 t. garlic powder
  • 1/4 t. sea salt
  • 1/4 t. cumin
  • 1/4 t. oregano
  • pinch of crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
Combine all ingredients in a small sauce pan and simmer on low for 15 minutes.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Meal Plan Monday: 5/12-5/18/14


Wondering how or why to meal plan? Read this first. Wondering what all the letters (S, E, FP) mean after each meal? Check this out. I've also added page numbers if the recipe comes from the Trim Healthy Mama book. If you're still in search of even more meals take a look at my top 30 "E" meals and my top 30 "S" meals.

Here's what we are eating this week:

Monday:
B - Almond Raspberry Swirl (S) pg. 252
L - Buffalo chicken on a low-carb tortilla with celery, green pepper and Ranch dressing (S) pg. 324
S - Popcorn (E)
D - Chicken Stir-fry over brown rice (E)

Tuesday:
B - Cinnamon Apple Swirl (E) pg. 250
L - Leftover Stir-fry (E)
S - (2) Wasa Rye Crackers with a wedge of Lite Laughing Cow Cheese (FP)
D - Loaded Cauliflower and Chicken Casserole (S)

Wednesday:
B - Thin Mint Shake (S)
L - Power Salad (S) ***Omit the corn
S - Peanut Butter Cups (S)
D - Quick Lime Cilantro Chicken with Spanish rice and fajita veggies (E) ***Substitute brown rice for white

Thursday:
B - Scrambled eggs with green peppers and onions and bacon (S)
L - Harvest Minestrone with Kale and Quinoa (E)
S - 1/2 of a Big Boy Smoothie (FP) pg. 242
D - Zucchini Noodle Lasagna with ground beef (S)

Friday:
B - Peanut Butter Cup Shake (S)
L - Leftover Harvest Minestrone (E)
S - Dark Chocolate Bark (S)
D - Deep Dish Pizza (S)

Saturday:
B - Vegetable Quiche Cups (E)
L - Big Mac Salad (S)
S - Creamy Peanut Butter Dessert (S)
D - Buffalo Chicken Chili (S)

Sunday:
B - Fruity Blend Yogurt (E) pg. 251
L - Leftover Buffalo Chicken Chili (S)
S - Paleo Pumpkin Spice Cookies (S)
D - Dinner with our Small group ***Hoping  to stay on plan but may end up a cheat meal :(

If you have a recipe that you think I should try, please leave the link to it in the comments. Have a great week and happy eating!!!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

My Top 30 Satisfying (S) Meals


I've been eating the Trim Healthy Mama (THM) way since August 2013. I love eating this way and the freedom that it brings, not to mention the energy and feeling of health that I've gained. One other thing I love about THM is all the yummy recipes that I've come across that are on plan, or easily tweaked to be on plan. I finally decided that I should put together a list of my top 30 "S" meals. "S" meals are those that are low in carbs, and higher in good fats. There are plenty of delicious meals in the book, but these are meals that I've found online that are loved by my family. Be sure to check out my top 30 "E" meals as well.

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My Top 30 Energizing (E) Meals




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I've been eating the Trim Healthy Mama (THM) way since August 2013. I love eating this way. Not only have I lost close to 30 pounds, but I've gained energy and renewed health. I've always been someone who loves to cook and try new recipes. I've found many, many recipes in the book to be delicious, but have found a whole host of recipes online that are great too. I decided it was time to compile my favorites in one spot. "E" meals for me don't come as naturally in my meal plans as "S" meals do, mostly because I love the heavier more satisfying foods of the "S" meal. So know that I'm posting this resource for myself, as much as for you. It is my hope that on those days when you can't expend any energy on figuring out what to eat, that you can turn to this list and find some ideas. Be sure to check out my top 30 "S" recipes as well.

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Monday, May 5, 2014

Meal Plan Monday: 5/5-5/11/14


Wondering how or why to meal plan? Read this first. Wondering what all the letters (S, E, FP) mean after each meal? Check this out. I've also added page numbers if the recipe comes from the Trim Healthy Mama book.

I keep finding so many wonderful looking recipes to try on Pinterest. Be sure to follow me, so you don't miss a single one. I'm excited for the prospect of much warmer weather on the horizon. I've found quite a few yummy salads to try as well as some new marinades and rubs for meat to use while we grill.

To all of my readers who are Moms, or Moms-to-be, have a Happy Mother's Day on Sunday. I'm very thankful for my own Mom, Grandmas and women whom have had great influence in my life. The older I get, the more I appreciate all the love, sacrifice and wisdom that my Mom has imparted to me over the years. Motherhood is the hardest, yet best job on the planet.

Here's what we'll be eating this week:

Monday:
B - Scrambled eggs cooked in butter with 2 pieces of bacon (S)
L - Cabbage Soup (E) ***Omit the meat, or use turkey sausage to keep this an E meal.
S - 2 Wasa Light Rye Crackers with a wedge of Lite Laughing Cow Cheese (FP)
D - Grilled Cheesy Buffalo Chicken with a side salad and Ranch (S)

Tuesday:
B - Big Boy Smoothie (FP) pg. 242
L - leftover Cabbage Soup (E)
S - Popcorn (E)
D - Crock Pot Balsamic Roast with mashed cauliflower (S)

Wednesday:
B - Almond Raspberry Yogurt Swirl (S) pg. 252
L - Salad with Ranch and hard-boiled egg (S)
S - Celery with 2 T. peanut butter (S)
D - Crispy Sriracha Chicken over brown rice and steamed broccoli (E)

Thursday:
B - Cinnamon Apple Yogurt Swirl (E) pg. 250
L - Cauliflower Chowder (S)
S - Peanut Butter Cups (I typically eat 2 at a time, 3 if I'm having a particularly stressful day) (S)
D - No Tortilla Enchilada Bake with lettuce, tomatoes and sour cream on the side (S)

Friday:
B - Reese Peanut Butter Cup Shake (S)
L - leftover Cauliflower Chowder (S)
S - Celery with wedge of Lite Laughing Cow Cheese (FP)
D - Eating out at Olive Garden with extended family, not quite sure what I'm going to order yet

Saturday:
B - Raspberry Cheesecake Shake (S)
L - Lettuce Wrap with Turkey and a side of strawberries (FP) pg. 297
S - handful of almonds and 1/2 apple (S)
D - Pizza Casserole (S) pg. 327

Sunday:
B - Thin Mint Shake (S)
L - Grilled chicken thighs with roasted veggies and green beans in butter (S)
S - 1/2 apple with 2 T. peanut butter (S)
D - Chicken Pot Pie Soup (E) ***Omit the puff pastry, as much as it saddens me to not eat it. :( I'm also using boneless, skinless chicken breasts.

Have a great week and happy eating!!!