Thursday, May 28, 2015

Debbie's Tangy Broccoli & Spinach Salad

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We have a family friend named Debbie and she is an incredible cook and baker. I've known her my entire life and I've never had a bad meal or treat from her kitchen. She gave me this recipe at my wedding shower almost 12 years ago. Unfortunately it wasn't Trim Healthy Mama approved, so I've tweaked it to make it an on plan salad. It tastes just like the original and is so good.

I served it at my Dad's birthday party this past weekend and it was gone before I even got a helping. Good thing I tasted it ahead of time! Most people there are not on plan and couldn't tell that it had stevia based sweeteners in it rather than regular old white sugar. :)

This salad is a great addition to a great low-carb S meal, or as a stand alone salad for lunch. It's packed with protein from the spinach and might be an easier way to get your pickier eaters to try broccoli.

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Debbie's Tangy Broccoli & Spinach Salad (Serves 8)
  • 1 c. mayo
  • 2 1/2 T. white vinegar
  • 1 t. THM Sweet Blend or 2 t. Truvia
  • 1/4 t. paprika
  • 1/8 t. garlic powder
  • 1 medium head of broccoli, cut into small florets
  • 1/2 c. sweet onion, minced
  • 10 slices turkey bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
  • 4 c. baby spinach
  • peanuts or sunflower seeds, optional to sprinkle on top
  1. In a small bowl mix together the mayo, vinegar, THM Sweet Blend, paprika and garlic powder. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl combine the broccoli, onion and bacon. Pour the dressing over top and mix well. Put it in the refrigerator and chill for at least one hour before serving.
  3. When you are ready to serve the salad, toss in the baby spinach and stir to coat the spinach in the dressing. Top with a few peanuts or sunflower seeds if  desired. Serve immediately.  

Monday, May 25, 2015

Meal Plan Monday: 5/25-5/31/15

 

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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 or drinks take a look at my top 30 "E" mealsmy top 30 "S" meals20 Meatless THM Meals35 THM BBQ ideasmy 20 favorite THM soupsmy 20 favorite shakes, smoothies and cold drinks and my 30 THM snack ideas. Also, be sure to follow me on Facebook and Pinterest so you never miss a meal plan, tip or recipe.

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I trust you all had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. My unending gratitude goes to those who have served this great country and ultimately sacrificed their very life so my family and I may enjoy freedom. Thank you is not enough.

I've been getting quite a few comments, messages and emails from women who are struggling with staying on plan. I can totally relate. We all have times when life kicks into high(er) gear and things just seem to be out of control. I wrote a post last week about what to do when it seems difficult to stay on plan. I hope that those of you who are struggling find encouragement and some practical advice of how to get back and stay on plan.  

For the past couple of weeks I've been creating meal plans that require no special ingredients. If you missed them, you can find them here and here. This week's meal plan also contains NO special ingredients.

I also wanted to make note that all my breakfasts and lunches are portioned for one, unless it is a large egg dish at breakfast or large soup or salad at lunch. I will make a note next to the recipe link if that is the case. All dinners are portioned for 6 and the shopping list reflects that.

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Printable Shopping List

Here's what we'll be eating this week:
Monday:
B - (2) eggs scrambled in coconut oil with strawberries on the side with Sweet & Spicy tea to drink (S)
L - Very Berry Salad with Dijon Balsamic Vinaigrette with Cider Pop to drink (S) * This salad is serving 4 
S - 2 cups air-popped popcorn sprinkled with cayenne pepper and 1/2 c. 2% cottage cheese with water to drink (E)
D - Simply Delicious Marinated ChickenCreamy Cucumber Salad, Mashed "Potatoes" and Berry Ambrosia Salad with water to drink (S) *I don't have pure stevia, so in the cucumber salad I'm going to substitute 1 t. of THM Sweet Blend

Tuesday:
B - Peanut Butter Milkshake (S) *You can omit the gluccomannan, it has no effect on the flavor, the shake will be a bit runnier. Also, if you do not use protein powder, you can eat a hard-boiled or scrambled egg on the side to replace the lost protein.
L - Just Like Campbell's Tomato Soup topped with cheddar cheese with Cider Pop to drink (S) pg. 292
S - Dannon Triple Zero Vanilla Greek Yogurt with (2) strawberries diced and mixed in with water to drink (FP)
D - Mexican Stuffed Peppers with steamed broccoli on the side with water to drink (E)

Wednesday:
B - Peanut Butter Cup Shake (S) *You can omit the gluccomannan, it has no effect on the flavor, the shake will be a bit runnier. Also, if you do not use protein powder, you can eat a hard-boiled or scrambled egg on the side to replace the lost protein.
L - leftover Mexican Stuffed Peppers with Cider Pop to drink (E) *These leftovers will feed 4 out of 6 in my family.
S - Cottage Berry Whip with water to drink (FP)
D - Zucchini noodles with Creamy Parmesan Sauce and a side salad with Cider Pop to drink (S) *My kids are going to eat regular whole wheat pasta, so I'm only using 3 zucchini. To make the zucchini noodles I'm using this fun Veggie Spiralizer.

Thursday:
B - (2) eggs scrambled in coconut oil and served in a low-carb tortilla with strawberries on the side and water to drink (S)
L - Cheese Quesadilla with fresh veggies and Cider Pop to drink (S) pg. 307
S - Dannon Triple Zero Strawberry Greek Yogurt with water to drink (FP)
D - Taco Salad with water to drink (S) pg. 347

Friday:
B - 0% Plain Greek Yogurt sweetened with 1 t. THM Sweet Blend and 2 T. peanut butter mixed in with water to drink (S)
L - Black Bean Dump Soup with Cider Pop to drink (E) *This will serve 5 people
S - 1/2 avocado with 1/4 c. cottage cheese and bell peppers with water to drink (S)
D - Pizza Casserole with fresh veggies and Blue Sky Mandarin Lime Soda (S) pg. 324

Saturday:
B - (2) scrambled eggs cooked in coconut oil with strawberries on the side with Sweet & Spicy tea to drink (S)
L - out
S - 1/2 avocado with 1/4 c. cottage cheese and bell peppers with water to drink (S)
D - Spanish Rice Quinoa served over lettuce with Cider Pop to drink (E)

Sunday:
B - 0% Plain Greek Yogurt sweetened with 1 t. THM Sweet Blend and 2 T. peanut butter mixed in with water to drink (S)
L - leftover Spanish Rice Quinoa served over lettuce with Cider Pop to drink (E)
S - handful of almonds and sliced strawberries with water to drink (S)
D - Egg Roll in a Bowl with Cider Pop to drink (S)

Have a great week and happy eating!!!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

When Staying on Plan Seems Difficult


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I absolutely love the Trim Healthy Mama way of eating. It has literally transformed my life. I look and feel better and just have more zest for life. But staying on plan isn't always the easiest, especially when life happens. Since I've started eating the THM way we've encountered a job loss, financial strain, illness, a death in the family and the stress of owning a business all the while raising and nurturing four precious kids. When life gets stressful (or let's be honest, when I get lazy), I unfortunately want to abandon all the good habits I've established. Why oh why do I self sabotage myself?

Throughout my almost two year THM journey, I've learned some tricks of the trade to help me refocus. My hope is that in this post you will find encouragement to get back and stay on plan. Trim Healthy Mama is truly a lifestyle. Of course we all have those occasions where we might have a cheat meal, but don't let one cheat derail you forever.

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Here are some helpful ways to get back and stay on plan:
  • Go to God First ~ If you are a Christian, start here. Pray and ask God to give you the desire to eat well and take care of your body. Ask Him to help you choose self-control and self-discipline. So many times I've just skipped right over this step, when in reality it's the most important part. I CAN'T do this on my own. I NEED His help, and He desires that we bring all things to Him, even our desire to eat healthier. 1 Corn. 6:19 "Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own."
  • Stop Beating Yourself Up ~ It's so easy to get caught up in the vicious cycle of constantly reminding ourselves of all our bad choices. But you know what, that's not going to do anyone any bit of good. Instead, make a clean break and move forward!
  • Re-read the Book ~ The NEW version of the Trim Healthy Mama Plan book is incredibly helpful to read. The plan is broken down into very simple terms and is very easy to understand. I find that by re-reading the book occasionally (about 2 times a year) really helps me to remember why I wanted to start eating the THM way in the first place. It helps to keep me focused. Also, it's a good reminder of the details of the plan. If you only have the older version I don't usually re-read the entire book, but I find that chapters 6-14 in the original THM book beneficial to re-read as they really lay out the "meat" of the plan.   
  • Get Back to the Basics ~ There's no need to make super fancy meals and desserts to be successful on the plan. The fancy meals and desserts are just added bonuses and add variety to the plan. You could eat the most simple meals from the book and still have just as good of success as someone who spends numerous hours in the kitchen. Especially for those of you who do no enjoy cooking, KEEP IT SIMPLE, otherwise you will burn out from food prep. Simple meal ideas from the OLD THM book: Simple Fried Eggs with some berries (pg. 215), Cottage Blueberry Porridge (pg. 230), Greek Yogurt Breakfast Swirls (pg. 250-251), Just Like Campbell's Tomato Soup (pg. 292), Chicken Broth Anything Soup (pg. 293), Lettuce Wraps (pg. 297), BLT Salad (pg. 306), Boneless Wings (pg. 324) Chile Relleno Casserole (pg. 325) and Pizza Casserole (pg. 327)
  • Don't Let a Lack of Finances Keep You Off Plan ~ This may be the biggest reason why people get off plan. I know I already said it in the last point, but you don't need fancy meals and desserts to be successful on this plan. By eating simple proteins, fruits, vegetables, plan approved sweeteners, good healthy fats and plan approved grains and beans you will be successful. Often times you can find much of the food you need on sale, especially if you buy in season produce and mark-down meat. Consider having meatless meals once or twice a week to keep the cost down. It is a myth that you have to have tons and tons of special ingredients. Here's a sample meal plan that I did that contains NO special ingredients at all.
  • Meal Plan, Meal Plan, Meal Plan ~ The old adage is true, "fail to plan, plan to fail." For those of you that read my blog on any kind of regular basis know how important I think it is to have a meal plan, right down to what you're snacking on and drinking. While some think it's over the top, it really keeps me on track. I know exactly what I'm making for every meal and snack. I know what I need to pull out of the freezer ahead of time and it really leaves me little room to derail. This is why and how I meal plan. Each Monday evening I post a FREE meal plan and shopping list for the week. If this is an area of struggle for you, let me do the work for you! Again it's FREE!
  • Find an Accountability Partner ~ This has been VITAL for me. My sister-in-law and I check in with each other a couple of times a week. It's usually just a quick text, but it helps to have those check-ins. We also share new ideas and recipes with each other when we come across them. She's been a great encourager and kindly tells me when to get back with the program when I'm slacking. :)
  • Continue to Ask Questions ~ If you're still a little confused or wondering if certain items are on plan, etc... don't be afraid to ask questions. The Trim Healthy Mama board on Facebook is an incredible forum of Admins and other women who can help to clarify. If you're on the newer side to THM the THM Beginners board of Facebook is also great.
  • Just Get Going! ~ No matter how long you've been off plan start again today! Don't wait for Monday to come around (you know you do it too), just jump right back in today! Your body will thank you for getting back to eating healthy, life giving food. You are worth it and you can do it!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Meal Plan Monday: 5/18-5/24/15


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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 or drinks take a look at my top 30 "E" mealsmy top 30 "S" meals20 Meatless THM Meals35 THM BBQ ideasmy 20 favorite THM soupsmy 20 favorite shakes, smoothies and cold drinks and my 30 THM snack ideas. Also, be sure to follow me on Facebook and Pinterest so you never miss a meal plan, tip or recipe.

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Printable Shopping List

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

Monday:
B - Peanut Butter Milkshake (S) - you can omit the gluccomannan, it has no effect on the flavor, the shake will be a bit runnier
L - Cheese Quesadilla with fresh veggies and Cider Pop to drink (S) pg. 307
S - Cottage Berry Whip with water to drink (FP) ***Making a double batch and throwing half in the freezer for tomorrow's snack
D - Fiesta Quinoa Chicken Skillet with lettuce on the side with water to drink (E)

Tuesday:
B - Apple Cinnamon Yogurt with Sweet & Spicy Tea to drink (E) pg. 250
L - Just Like Campbell's Tomato Soup with fresh veggies and water to drink (S) pg. 292
S - Cottage Berry Whip with Cider Pop to drink (FP)
D - Grilled Chicken with Crunchy & Tangy Bacon Coleslaw and green beans with butter with water to drink (S)

Wednesday:
B - Thin Mint Shake (S) - you can omit the gluccomannan, it has no effect on the flavor, the shake will be a bit runnier
L - High Protein Mediterranean Salad with strawberries on the side Cider Pop to drink (E) * I don't have any flax oil so I'm going to use all olive oil
S - (1) Hard-boiled egg seasoned with salt & pepper with cucumber slices on the side with water to drink (S)
D - Philly Cheese-steak Casserole with side salad and water to drink (S)

Thursday:
B - (2) eggs scrambled with green pepper and onion and cooked in coconut oil with strawberries on the side and with Sweet & Spicy tea to drink (S)
L - leftover High Protein Mediterranean Salad with Cider Pop to drink (E)
S - (2) Peanut Butter Cups with water to drink (S) *I used THM Sweet Blend in place of the Xylitol for the dark chocolate portion of the peanut butter cup
D - Jalapeno Chicken Bacon Chowder with Cider Pop to drink (S)

Friday:
B - Apple Cinnamon Yogurt with Sweet & Spicy Tea to drink (E) pg. 250
L - leftover High Protein Mediterranean Salad with Cider Pop to drink (E)
S - (2) Peanut Butter Cups with water to drink (S)
D - Pizza Casserole with fresh veggies and Cherry Cola Zevia to drink (S) pg. 327

Saturday:
B - Fruity Blend Yogurt (I'm using strawberries) with Sweet & Spicy Tea to drink (E) pg. 251
L - Out
S - (2) Peanut Butter Cups with Cider Pop to drink (S)
D - Copycat Olive Garden Minestrone Soup with water to drink (E) * I only use 1 1/2 T. of oil, rather than the 3 that is listed in the recipe. If you want the pasta in the soup, use Dreamfield's.

Sunday:
B - Berry Lemon Shake (FP) - you can omit the gluccomannan, it has no effect on the flavor, the shake will be a bit runnier
L - leftover Copycat Olive Garden Minestrone Soup with water to drink (E)
S - (2) Peanut Butter Cups with Cider Pop to drink (S)
D - Chicken Lo Mein with water to drink (E) *Substitute Dreamfield's Pasta for the whole grain pasta. I omit the mushrooms (because we don't like them) and I add 1/3 bag of frozen peas. I also use Bragg's Liquid Aminos in place of the soy sauce, but feel free to use the soy sauce. You need to double the recipe to get 4 servings.

Have a great week & happy eating!!!


Friday, May 15, 2015

THM Baking Blend - Now back in stock!

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I've had quite a few emails from readers about when the THM baking blend would be back in stock. Well I'm happy to report that today is that day. If you missed out last time and want to get some this time around, I suggest you get some today. It sold out in less than a week last time and many have been waiting for it to be restocked.

I have really enjoyed the new Baking Blend and have found that my baked goods come out feeling lighter in taste and texture. I'm excited to keep finding new ways to use it.

Here's a couple of recipes I've enjoyed so far:

Berry Cobbler

Tea Cookies ( I couldn't keep my kids out of these!)

Fried Chicken Breading
 

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Jalapeno Chicken Bacon Chowder


The weather turned rainy and cooler earlier this week. We had to run a bunch of errands so we got soaking wet. When we finally got home all I wanted to eat was soup. Something comforting with a bit of spice is what I wanted. I had a soup similar to this at a restaurant a few years ago when we lived in Charlotte, NC and I've wanted to make it ever since, just never got around to it. This spicy and creamy chowder warmed me right up and I was a happy girl again.

For those of you that eat the Trim Healthy Mama way, this would be a heavy S. This is comfort food baby! It is also low-carb and gluten-free. When you're in need of something comforting, give this delicious chowder a try.

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Jalapeno Chicken Bacon Chowder (THM: Heavy S) Serves 4-5
  • 1 T. olive oil, divided
  • 1 lb. chicken breasts or thighs, diced into bite size pieces
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and diced
  • 1 large celery stalk, diced
  • 5 small jalapenos, ribs and seeds removed and diced ***Wash your hands thoroughly after working the jalapenos and DO NOT touch your eyes for at least a few hours.
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 t. chili powder
  • 1 t. oregano
  • 1 t. cumin
  • pinch of cayenne OR red pepper flakes
  • 10.5 oz. can of diced tomatoes with chilies, i.e. Rotel (mild or original)
  • 2 c. chicken broth or stock
  • 8 oz. 1/3 less fat cream cheese
  • 1/2 c. heavy cream
  • 8 oz. turkey bacon or regular bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
  • green onions, optional for topping
  1. Cut chicken breasts or thighs, into small bite size pieces. Season with salt & pepper. Heat 1 1/2 t. of olive oil over medium heat in a soup pot. Add the chicken to the pot and cook until no longer pink in the center. While the chicken is cooking prepare your vegetables. Once the chicken is cooked, remove from the pot and set aside on a plate.
  2. Heat the other 1 1/2 t. of olive oil over medium heat in the soup pot. Add the onion, carrot, celery, jalapenos and garlic to the pot. Cook until the onions are tender and translucent. Put the cooked chicken back into the pot and add the spices. Cook for 30 seconds.
  3. Add the can of diced tomatoes with chilies and the chicken stock to the pot and bring to a simmer. Let it simmer for 25 minutes uncovered.
  4. Reduce the heat to medium-low and add the cream cheese and heavy cream. Stir until the cream cheese has completely melted. Turn off the heat and stir in half of the bacon.
  5. Serve immediately and garnish with green onions and the remaining bacon.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Meal Plan Monday: 5/11-5/17/15


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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 or drinks take a look at my top 30 "E" mealsmy top 30 "S" meals20 Meatless THM Meals, 35 THM BBQ ideasmy 20 favorite THM soupsmy 20 favorite shakes, smoothies and cold drinks and my 30 THM snack ideas. Also, be sure to follow me on Facebook and Pinterest so you never miss a meal plan, tip or recipe.

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

Monday:
B - (2) eggs scrambled in butter and strawberries with water to drink (S)
L - Big salad with half a chicken breast, hard-boiled egg and Ranch dressing with Cider Pop to drink (S)
S - Cottage Berry Whip with water to drink (FP) ***I'm making a double batch and putting the other half in the freezer for snack tomorrow.
D - Taco Salad with cheese and enchilada sauce on top with water to drink (S) ***Use this taco seasoning in place of store bought.

Tuesday:
B - Omelet filled with green peppers, onion and zucchini and water to drink (S)
L - leftover Taco Salad with Cider Pop to drink (S)
S - Cottage Berry Whip with water to drink (FP)
D - Sweet & Spicy Stir-fry with Cider Pop to drink (E)

Wednesday:
B - (2) eggs scrambled in butter and strawberries with Sweet & Spicy tea to drink (S)
L - Just Like Campbell's Tomato Soup with fresh veggies and water to drink (S) pg. 292
S - Oikos Triple Zero Greek Strawberry Yogurt with handful of almonds with Cider Pop to drink (S)
D - White Chicken Lasagna and side salad dressed with oil and red wine vinegar with water to drink (S)

Thursday:
B - Apple Cinnamon Greek Yogurt with water to drink (E) pg. 250
L - Big salad with 1/2 chicken breast, hard-boiled egg and Ranch with Cider Pop to drink (S)
S - Texas Guacamole Dip with fresh veggies with water to drink (S) ***I'm sharing this dip with my kids. You can have 1/2 an avocado in a S setting
D - Spicy Bean Soup with water to drink (E) ***I'm omitting the chicken and making this a meatless meal.

Friday:
B - Small container 0% Plain Greek yogurt sweetened with 1t. (or more if you like) of THM Sweet Blend and 2 T. of natural peanut butter mixed in with water to drink (S)
L - leftover Spicy Bean Soup with water to drink (E)
S - 1/2 of an avocado with 1/2 c. of 1% cottage cheese with water to drink (S) 
D - Pizza Casserole with fresh veggies and Zevia Black Cherry Soda to drink (S)  pg. 327

Saturday:
B - Cheddar, Bacon & Veggie Frittata with Sweet & Spicy tea to drink (S) ***I've been making this up the night before and then baking it off in the morning and it comes out beautifully.
L - out
S - 1/2 of an avocado with 1/2 c. of 1% cottage cheese with Cider Pop to drink (S)
D - Cheeseburger Pie with small side salad and water to drink (S) pg. 326

Sunday:
B - leftover Cheeseburger Pie with water to drink (S) ***Yup I'm that girl who will eat dinner food for breakfast, but doesn't love breakfast food for dinner. Plus it's quick before church. :)
L - Simply Delicious Grilled Steak, roasted vegetables and green beans with butter and Cider Pop to drink (S)
S - Oikos Triple Zero Greek Strawberry Yogurt with handful of almonds with water to drink (S)
D - We have our small group and food hasn't been determined yet.

Have a great week and happy eating!!!



Thursday, May 7, 2015

Let's Have a BBQ ~ THM style!



I love barbecues! The food is fantastic and there is a lot of fun happening with family and friends. I love the casualness of barbecues. Much more my style of a get together! Oh and did I mention I how great the food is???

I've been eating the Trim Healthy Mama way now for over a year and half. Sometimes it's hard to be at gatherings because there is so much off-plan food. But have no fear, I've got your back for these summer barbecues. For me, eating an S meal at a barbecues is the best plan. That way I can enjoy a juicy burger (bun-less of course) or steak and still have many great sides and a dessert. However, sometimes I like to keep it a little lighter and have a wonderfully grilled chicken breast with some great E sides and dessert. Either way, all the food is delicious!

With the help of some of my blogging buddies, I've put together this great list of 35 Trim Healthy Mama dishes to bring to your next barbecue. Let's enjoy summer guilt free!!!

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Desserts:
Dips:


Dressings, Marinades and Sauces:
Salads:

Sides:


Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Today I'm Guest Blogging...

Today I'm guest blogging over at Sunbeams and Heartstrings. This site is full of great family friendly tips and crafts. I'm posting a family friendly recipe that is THM approved. Thanks for checking it out!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Meal Plan Monday: 5/4-5/10/15



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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 or drinks take a look at my top 30 "E" mealsmy top 30 "S" meals20 Meatless THM Meals, my 20 favorite THM soupsmy 20 favorite shakes, smoothies and cold drinks and my 30 THM snack ideas. Also, be sure to follow me on Facebook and Pinterest so you never miss a meal plan, tip or recipe.

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We have a busier week this week. A couple of activities that my kids have been participating in throughout the school year are wrapping up this week with award ceremonies. We also have some different appointments and play dates throughout the week too. This makes it all the more important for me to have my meal plan in place and ready to go. It's weeks like this that make me want to derail and just eat out. That's not good for our budget or waistlines. I'm trying to keep this week more simple.

On a completely unrelated note, I feel the need to do a PSA for Cider Pop. Oh. My. Word. If you haven't tried this, you must this week! I'm not joking! It's incredible and I want to drink it constantly. I've been holding myself to two a day, trying to cut back down to one. I need an intervention! :) Thank goodness this is an all day sipper.

Whew, now that I got that off my chest, here's what we'll be eating this week:
Printable Meal Plan
Printable Shopping List

Monday:
B - Peanut Butter Milkshake (S) 
L - Just Like Campbell's Tomato Soup with strawberries and Cider Pop to drink (S) pg. 292
S - Cottage Berry Whip with water to drink (FP) ***I'm doubling this so I have a snack ready for Tuesday. Just pop it in the freezer, and take it out about 10 minutes before you want to eat it.
D - Taco Salad topped with cheese, sour cream, enchilada sauce and hot peppers with water to drink (S) pg. 327 ***Use this recipe for the taco seasoning.

Tuesday:
B - (2) eggs scrambled and cooked in coconut oil with Sweet & Spicy tea to drink (S)
L - leftover Taco Salad with Cider Pop to drink (S)
S - leftover Cottage Berry Whip with water to drink (FP)
D - Fiesta Quinoa Chicken Skillet with strawberries and water to drink (E)

Wednesday:
B - Apple Cinnamon Greek Yogurt Swirl with Sweet & Spicy tea to drink (E) pg. 250
L - Salad with hard-boiled egg and Ranch dressing with strawberries on the side and Cider Pop to drink (S)
S - 1/2 avocado sliced and seasoned with salt and pepper on top of a Light Rye Wasa Cracker with Cider Pop to drink (S)
D - Sweet & Spicy Stir-fry with water to drink (E)

Thursday:
B - Peanut Butter Cup Shake (S)
L - Loaded Fotato Soup with water to drink (S) pg. 294
S - 1/2 of avocado seasoned with salt and pepper on top of a Light Rye Wasa Cracker with Cider Pop to drink (S)
D - Grilled Chicken with Crunch & Tangy Bacon Coleslaw and raw veggies with water to drink (S) ***I'm having my husband grill up an extra chicken breast that I can use on salad for lunch for the next two days.

Friday:
B - Thin Mint Shake (S)
L - Salad with grilled chicken (leftover from last night) topped with cheddar and Ranch with Cider Pop to drink (S)
S - roasted chickpeas seasoned with chili powder and cumin with water to drink (E)
D - Pizza Casserole with fresh veggies and Cherry Cola Zevia to drink (S) pg. 327

Saturday:
B - Cheddar, Bacon and Veggie Frittata with water to drink (S) ***I'm going to assemble this the night before, refrigerate it and then bake it off in the morning.
L - Salad with grilled chicken (leftover from Thursday night) topped with cheddar and Ranch with Cider Pop to drink (S)
S - celery with peanut butter with Sweet & Spicy tea to drink (S)
D - Black Bean Dump Soup and strawberries with Cider Pop to drink (E)

Sunday:
B - Apple Cinnamon Greek Yogurt Swirl with water to drink (E) pg. 250
L - Out
S - 1/2 c. 2 % cottage cheese with strawberries and Cherry Cola Zevia to drink (FP)
D - Grilled burgers (no bun) with Fiesta Creamed Cauliflower and fresh veggies with Cider Pop to drink (S) ***I'm cutting the cauliflower recipe in half

Have a great week and happy eating!!!