Monday, June 29, 2015

Meal Plan Monday: 6/29-7/5/15

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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, 25 Bean Recipes35 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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Can you believe this Saturday in the 4th of July??? Craziness! This summer is just flying by. If you're still trying to plan your menu for your cookout that day, I've got you covered. Be sure to check out my 35 THM BBQ ideas and you'll have plenty of options to make and stay on-plan without feeling deprived.

It's another simple meal plan this week. While I've been enjoying these simple meal plans, I can't wait until I have more time to cook and create more recipes. Soon hopefully!

Zucchini is on sale this week at my local Meijer (for those of you in the Midwest) for $.88/lb so I bought a whole bunch so I can make zucchini noodles to my little heart's content. I made this new zucchini side dish and will be sharing the recipe on the blog hopefully later this week. It's delicious!!!

Printable Meal Plan
Printable Shopping List

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

Monday:
B - 1 1/2 Low-carb Broccoli Breakfast Bombs with Sweet & Spicy Tea to drink (S) ***My very sweet friend Autumn brought  me a half dozen of these so I'm going to eat them for a couple of days, but this normally makes a BIG batch. In the shopping list I will post it for the full recipe, but just know that if you have a smaller family and make the whole thing you'll definitely need to refrigerate/freeze them or cut the recipe in half.
L - Big Salad with hard-boiled egg, cheddar cheese and Ranch dressing with water to drink (S)
S - Cottage Berry Whip with water to drink (FP) ***I made a double batch and put half in the freezer for snack tomorrow.
D - Grilled Chicken with zucchini noodles sautéed in olive oil and fresh cut up veggies dipped in Ranch with Cider Pop to drink (S)

Tuesday:
B - 1 1/2 leftover Low-carb Broccoli Breakfast Bombs with Sweet & Spicy Tea to drink (S)
L - Waldorf Cottage Cheese Salad with Cider Pop to drink (E) pg. 300
S - leftover Cottage Berry Whip with water to drink (FP)
D - "Spaghetti" with Meat Sauce and steamed broccoli with water to drink (S) ***I use 1 medium zucchini for the noodles for myself, and the rest of my family eats it over whole wheat pasta. 

Wednesday:
B - 1 1/2 leftover Low-carb Broccoli Breakfast Bombs with water to drink (S)
L - Just Like Campbell's Tomato Soup with fresh strawberries on the side with Cider Pop to drink (S) pg. 292
S - 0% Plain Greek Yogurt sweetened with 1 t. of THM Sweet Blend and 2 T. of peanut butter mixed in with water to drink (S)
D - Cabbage Rolls with green beans and butter with water to drink (S) pg. 312 ***This will be almost enough for two full meals for my family

Thursday:
B - Peanut Butter Milkshake (S)
L - leftover Cabbage Rolls and green beans with Cider Pop to drink (S) *This will feed me and my 4 kids for lunch.
S - Fruity Blend Yogurt with water to drink (E) pg. 251
D - Taco Salad topped with cheddar, sour cream and enchilada sauce with Black Cherry Zevia to drink (S)

Friday:
B - Thin Mint Shake (S)
L - Loaded Fotato Soup with strawberries on the side with Cider Pop to drink (S) pg. 294
S - Apple Cinnamon Yogurt Swirl with water to drink (E) pg. 250
D - Pizza Casserole with fresh veggies on the side with Black Cherry Zevia to drink (S) pg. 327 *I only use 1lb. of ground beef

Saturday:
B - Cheddar, Bacon and Veggie Frittata with Sweet & Spicy Tea to drink (S) ***This will feed my family of 6.
L - Grilled burgers and hot dogs (without a bun for me), No Pasta Salad, cut up veggies and No Bake Blueberry Cheesecake Bars with Black Cherry Zevia to drink (S) *This will feed my family of 6 and then some.
S - leftover No Bake Blueberry Cheesecake Bar with water to drink (S)
D - leftovers from lunch (S)

Sunday:
B - Fruity Blend Yogurt with water to drink (E) pg. 251
L - out
S - leftover No Bake Blueberry Cheesecake Bar with water to drink (S)
D - Big Salad with hard-boiled egg, cheddar cheese and Ranch dressing with Cider Pop to drink (S)

Have a great week & happy eating!!!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

6 Ways to Save on the Trim Healthy Mama Way of Eating


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One of the biggest objections I hear from people who are trying to make healthy changes to their
diets is that the cost of healthy foods is so much higher than the (processed junk) food they've been
eating. While that statement is somewhat accurate, there are many ways to save on healthy food. I
know everyone's grocery budgets, family sizes and preferences differ, but by implementing some
simple strategies everyone, yes even you, can afford to eat the Trim Healthy Mama way.

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Meal Plan – Meal plan, meal plan, meal plan and I'll say it again meal plan. I can't over emphasis
this tip enough. The old adage is true, “fail to plan, plan to fail.” By planning out what you and
your family are going to be eating for the week you're not going to purchase food that you aren't
going to use, thus saving you money. Also, you'll have a greater chance of staying on plan all week
because you already have decided what you are going to eat. No more five o'clock panic of what's
for dinner, or any need to run through the old drive­-thru. Each week I plan out what we're going to
be eating for each meal and snacks. When I'm making my grocery list to go along with my meal
plan, I ALWAYS look through my pantry, refrigerator and freezer first. You'd be amazed at how
much you already have on hand, which leads to saving you even more at the store.
If you're unsure or feeling overwhelmed with how to get started meal planning, read this more detailed explanation of how I meal plan each week. If you're not a naturally organized person this may be a stretching experience for you, but I can guarantee you that your week will run much smoother if you have a plan to follow. Even better news, I do all the work for you by posting my FREE meal plan each Monday evening and include a printable of the menu and the grocery list for the week. Now, don't get major anxiety if you planned taco salad for Tuesday and end up feeling like making a soup instead. That's the beauty of having a well stocked pantry.

Keep a Well Stocked Pantry ­- One of my favorite ways to save is by having my pantry stocked
with healthy staples. This gives me no reason to order take­out or resort back to old eating habits.
All the basic staples I need to make many meals are already in my cupboards. By having
these items always on hand, I can wait to purchase them when they are on sale which
makes building a pantry stockpile more manageable. I purchase multiples of an item (especially if it's
something I go through quickly) so I can always ensure that I have healthy "building blocks"
for most meals that I want to make. The longer I eat on the Trim Healthy Mama plan, the more
I've honed in on what I really should keep stocked in my pantry. Here's a list of 12 healthy pantry staples that I always have on hand.

Eat Meatless Meals – It's true, meat is usually one of my biggest grocery expenses. As I'm sure
we've all noticed the prices keeps inching higher and higher. To compensate for this, my family
and I are now eating one or two meatless dinner meals a week. I've replaced the meat with proteins
such as beans, legumes and eggs. In doing so I save myself $5-­10 a week depending on the cut of
meat I'm replacing. Over the course of a year that's $260­-520! I put together a list of 20 THM Meatless Meals and the Trim Healthy Mama book is also full of great meatless recipes such as: All Day Lentil or Chana Dahl Soup (pg. 311), Hearty Green Soup (pg. 334), Creamy Broccoli and Cheese Soup (pg. 335), Bean Burgers (pg. 339) and Macafoni and Cheese (pg. 359).

Buy in Bulk – Buying in bulk can be a big money saver, or a big rip off. You really have to know
your prices to know if something in bulk is truly a good purchase. I love purchasing items in bulk,
but before buying anything in bulk I compare the price of it at my regular grocery store to that of
the bulk price. To figure out the price per unit (ounces, pounds, etc...), divide the package price by
the unit and then compare to see if it's a good deal. If it's going to save me money, I go for it! To
help offset the larger up front cost of purchasing in bulk, I set aside a few dollars a week from my
grocery budget in a separate envelope so I'm ready to make those purchases when I need to.
Items I typically buy in bulk are: grass-­fed beef, chicken, oats, grains (brown rice and quinoa),
beans and legumes. For example, we purchase our grass­-fed beef in bulk (1⁄4 of a cow at a time)
directly from the farmer. He charges $2 a pound less than they charge at my local grocery store.
We eat about 2 pounds of beef a week so just by purchasing this one item in bulk we save $208 a
year!

Find Inexpensive Produce  - Produce can vary in price greatly depending upon what time of year it is. To save the most money purchase fruits and vegetables when they're in season. If applicable, freeze or can them so you can enjoy them in their "off season". During the winter, I use frozen vegetables because they are cheaper, but also they often taste better than the produce that's coming from thousands of miles away.

I find great deals at my local farmer's markets. Sometimes if you go to the market right before it closes you can get a great deal because they don't want to bring anything back home with them. Always worth a try! Of course growing a garden is one of the most inexpensive ways to acquire produce. If you have the room and some time, give a garden a shot!

Use Coupons – Now hear me out on this one. Yes it is true that coupons are mostly for foods that
are NOT on plan. However, there are plenty of coupons for things like toiletries, diapers, paper
products, cleaning products, and for on­-plan items such as almond milk, butter, cheese, frozen
fruits and vegetables and even some for fresh produce. By utilizing coupons for these on­-plan and
non-­food items that I'm already planning on purchasing, I typically save between $5­-7 a week. By
taking 10 minutes a week to clip coupons I can have up to $28 back a month in my grocery budget
to utilize for healthy food items. Every little bit helps!

By implementing one or all of these money saving strategies you will be able to afford to eat the
Trim Healthy Mama way. If this list seems overwhelming try to incorporate one of the strategies
and then when you feel like you have that one down pat, introduce another one. Pretty soon you'll
be a pro at eating healthy on a budget. You and your family's health is worth it!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Meal Plan Monday: 6/22-6/28/15

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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, 25 Bean Recipes35 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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We're continuing to get our house ready to sell, so again I'm trying to keep my meal plan pretty simple.  I feel like having a meal plan is important every week, but ESPECIALLY on weeks where you're very busy. I was thankful many times last week that I'd taken the time to organize all my meals.

Printable Meal Plan
Printable Shopping List

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

Monday:
B - 0% Plain Greek Yogurt sweetened with 1 tsp. THM Sweet Blend with 2 T. all-natural peanut butter mixed in with water to drink (S)
L - Just Like Campbell's Tomato Soup with water to drink (S) pg. 292
S - 1/2 c. 1% cottage cheese with strawberries on the side with Cider Pop to drink (FP)
D - Taco Salad with cheddar cheese, sour cream water to drink (S) ***Use this recipe for taco seasoning. I'm making 2# of ground beef so we can have leftovers for lunch.

Tuesday:
B - 0% Plain Greek Yogurt with mashed strawberries sweetened with THM Sweet Blend and 1/4 c. blueberries mixed in with water to drink (E)
L - leftover taco salad with Cider Pop to drink (S)
S - celery with peanut butter and water to drink (S)
D - White Chicken Lasagna served over zucchini noodles (over whole wheat pasta for my kids) with water to drink (S) ***I'm making this in the crock pot. Very delicious and makes for less heat in the house. To make the zucchini noodles you will need a veggie spiralizer. I have this one.

Wednesday:
B - (2) scrambled eggs with strawberries on the side with Sweet & Spicy tea to drink (S)
L - 2 Bean Zucchini Salad with water to drink (E) *I'm going to substitute black beans for the kidney beans and substituting 4 t. of THM Sweet Blend for the stevia powder. Also, this makes 8 servings so I will eat it 3 days for lunch and my kids I'm sure will have some too.
S - Strawberry Grapefruit Smoothie (E)
D - Our church is having a picnic, and the cuisine is Mexican. I'll be turning mine into a taco salad (S)

Thursday:
B - (2) scrambled eggs with strawberries on the side with Sweet & Spicy tea to drink (S)
L - leftover 2 Bean Zucchini Salad with Cider Pop to drink (E)
S - Cottage Berry Whip with water to drink (FP) ***Making a double batch and putting the other half in the freezer for snack for Friday.
D - Sweet & Spicy Stir-fry with Cider Pop to drink (E)

Friday:
B - 0% Plain Greek Yogurt sweetened with 1 t. THM Sweet Blend and 2 T. all-natural peanut butter mixed in with water to drink (S)
L - leftover 2 Bean Zucchini Salad with Cider Pop to drink (E)
S - leftover Cottage Berry Whip (FP)
D - Pizza Casserole with fresh veggies and Cherry Cola Zevia to drink (S) pg. 327

Saturday:
B - Go Bananas! Shake (E) *I'm substituting 1 tsp. of peanut butter for the peanut flour.
L - Out
S - celery with peanut butter with Cider Pop to drink (S)
D - Grilled Chicken with Peanut Sesame Zucchini Noodles and steamed broccoli with water to drink (S) ***I'm omitting the chili sauce, but will add some crushed red pepper flakes to my husband's and my portions as we like the spice. I'm omitting the white sesame seeds because I don't have them and forgot to look for them at the store this week. Oops!

Sunday:
B - Strawberry Lemon Green Smoothie (FP)
L - Out
S - 1 oz cheddar cheese and fresh veggies with Cider Pop to drink (S)
D - Southwest Chicken in the Crock Pot with water to drink (E)

Have a great week & happy eating!!!


Monday, June 15, 2015

Meal Plan Monday: 6/15-6/21/15

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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, 25 Bean Recipes35 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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This week's meal plan is going to be VERY simple. We decided that we're going to sell our house, so now we have a lot to do. Like paint every. single. wall. So I'm keeping things on the food front as simple as possible. I boiled a half dozen eggs this morning to use as a quick addition to lunch or a snack. I'm utilizing my crock pot a bit as well this week. I love throwing things together quick in the morning and not have to think about cooking dinner.

For those of you who were wondering what crock pot I use, it is the Hamilton Beach Stay or Go Slow Cooker, 6 qt. I've had it about 2 years and absolutely love it! My favorite feature is that the lid latches and makes it so easy to take to a potluck or a family get together without worry of your food spilling all over the car. I highly recommend it!

Printable Meal Plan
Printable Shopping List

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

Monday:
B - Apple Cinnamon Yogurt Swirl with Sweet & Spicy Tea to drink (E) pg. 250
L - Salad with (2) hard-boiled eggs, dressed with olive oil and red wine vinegar with water to drink (S)
S - celery with peanut butter with Cider Pop to drink (S)
D - leftover Barbacoa Beef (from my meal plan 2 weeks ago, I froze half of it) over lettuce with cheese and sour cream on top with water to drink (S) ***I added a can of black beans for my kids, which makes it a crossover for them. I will reflect this in the shopping list.

Tuesday:
B - Peanut Butter Milkshake (S)
L - Very Berry Salad with Dijon Balsamic Vinaigrette with Cider Pop to drink (S)
S - Fruity Blend Yogurt with water to drink (E) pg. 251
D - Egg Roll in a Bowl with water to drink (S)

Wednesday:
B - Strawberry Grapefruit Smoothie (E)
L - Black Bean Dump Soup with water to drink (E) ***This will serve my whole family.
S - Hard-boiled egg with fresh veggies and water to drink (S)
D - Grilled Cheesy Buffalo Chicken over salad greens with Ranch dressing with Cider Pop to drink (S)

Thursday:
B - Apple Cinnamon Yogurt Swirl with Sweet & Spicy Tea to drink (E) pg. 250
L - leftover Very Berry Salad with Cider Pop to drink (S) pg. 292
S - celery with peanut butter with water to drink (S)
D - Creamy Broccoli Soup with water to drink (S)

Friday:
B - 0% Plain Greek Yogurt mixed with 1 t. THM Sweet Blend and 2 T. peanut butter mixed with water (S)
L - Egg Salad with fresh veggies and (1) Light Rye Wasa Cracker with Cider Pop to drink (S) ***To make the egg salad, dice (2) hard-boiled eggs and mix in 2 T. mayo and 1 tsp. mustard. Add in a dash of salt and pepper.
S - 1/2 of a green apple with small handful of almonds with water to drink (S Helper)
D - Pizza Casserole with fresh veggies with Cherry Cola Zevia to drink (S)

Saturday:
B - Garlicky Spinach & Parmesan Frittata and strawberries on the side with Sweet & Spicy Tea to drink (S) ***This will feed my whole family.
L - Out
S - small handful of almonds and strawberries with water to drink (S)
D - Spicy Bean Soup with Cherry Cola Zevia to drink (E)

Sunday:
B - Fruity Blend Yogurt with water to drink (E) pg. 252
L - Out
S - celery with peanut butter with Cider Pop to drink (S)
D - various leftovers or salad with water to drink (S)


Have a great week & happy eating!!!


Friday, June 12, 2015

25 Bean Recipes



Beans are a great and inexpensive protein. They are very versatile and can be used in everything from soups, main dishes and even in desserts. Canned beans are great to use, but if you really want to stretch a buck then prepare your own beans by soaking and cooking dry beans. If you've never done that before, don't be intimidated. You can follow my easy instructions and you'll be a pro in no time at making your own beans.

It's easy to get in a rut, so I've compiled a list of 25 great recipes that feature beans.

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Desserts:


Main Dishes:


Salads:


Soups:

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

GIVEAWAY Winner!!!!

Thank you to everyone who took the time to enter the giveaway! I was blown away at the response and I had so much fun seeing which food you would make first if you were the lucky winner. Unfortunately only one person could be the winner, and it is.....

Mary S. (jmjjschmidt@....)


Congratulations, Mary! You should have received an e-mail from me.

 And again, thank you to everyone who participated. I will definitely be hosting more giveaways in the future, so keep your eyes peeled.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Meal Plan Monday: 6/8-6/14/15

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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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One last reminder to enter the GIVEAWAY for a 1lb bag of THM Sweet Blend and a personalized menu. The giveaway will close at midnight on June 9. So just a few hours left!!! The winner will be announced tomorrow. Good luck!!!

We have another busy week this week. So much for relaxing on summer break! I'm utilizing my crock pot again this week to help ease the dinner load. And I know I said it last week too, but I literally can not get enough of zucchini noodles (or zoodles). If you haven't tried them you must!! They're so delicious and nutritious and can be used in any fuel. They cook in less than 3 minutes. Talk about being able to quickly throw a meal together! I'm still loving my Veggetti that I bought a couple of weeks ago and my older girls have had fun helping me make the zoodles.  

Printable Meal Plan
Printable Shopping List

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

Monday:
B - 0% Plain Greek Yogurt sweetened with 1tsp. THM Sweet Blend and 2 T. peanut butter mixed in with Sweet & Spicy Tea to drink (S)
L - Salad with hard-boiled egg and feta cheese dressed with olive oil and red wine vinegar with water to drink (S)
S - handful of almonds with 1/2 green apple and Cider Pop to drink (S)
D - Alfredo Chicken in the crock pot over zucchini noodles and steamed broccoli on the side with water to drink (S) pg. 315 *I'm going to try and make my own alfredo. Will let you know if it turns out.

Tuesday:
B - (2) eggs scrambled in coconut oil and strawberries on the side with Sweet & Spicy tea to drink (S)
L - High Protein Mediterranean Salad with Cider Pop to drink (E) *I'm making half the recipe, which is still 6 servings so my two daughters and I will be eating this today and tomorrow for lunch.
S - 1/2 green apple with 2 T. peanut butter and water to drink (S Helper)
D - Mexican Style Crock Pot Chicken served over brown rice with water to drink (E) pg. 314

Wednesday:
B - Peanut Butter Milkshake (S)
L - leftover High Protein Mediterranean Salad with water to drink (E)
S - Cottage Berry Whip with water to drink (FP) * I'm making a double batch and putting half in the freezer for snack tomorrow.
D - "Spaghetti" with meat sauce and a small side salad with Cider Pop to drink (S) *I'm making zucchini noodles and serving my sauce over them for my husband and myself. My kids will eat it over whole wheat pasta. Make sure whatever sauce you use has NO added sugar.

Thursday:
B - Blueberry Cheesecake Protein Shake (E) *Use a wedge of Light Laughing Cow cheese in place of the instant pudding
L - Salad with hard-boiled egg and feta cheese dressed with olive oil and red wine vinegar with water to drink (S)
S - leftover Cottage Berry Whip with water to drink (FP)
D - Fiesta Quinoa Chicken Skillet with lettuce on the side and topped with a dollop of 0% Plain Greek Yogurt with Cider Pop to drink (E)

Friday:
B - (2) eggs scrambled and cooked in coconut oil with strawberries on the side with Sweet & Spicy Tea to drink (S)
L - Just Like Campbell's Tomato soup with water to drink (S) pg. 292
S - 1/2 of an avocado on top of 1/2 c. 2% cottage cheese with water to drink (S)
D - Pizza Casserole in the crock pot with fresh veggies on the side with a Cherry Cola Zevia to drink (S)

Saturday:
B - Reese Peanut Butter Cup Shake (S)
L - Out
S - 1/2 of an avocado on top of 1/2 c. 2 % cottage cheese with water to drink (S)
D - Grilled cheeseburger (no bun) with Debbie's Tangy Broccoli & Spinach Salad and fresh veggies with Dr. Zevia to drink (S)

Sunday:
B - Apple Cinnamon Greek Yogurt Swirl with water to drink (E) pg. 250
L - Big Mac Salad (made with a leftover burger from the night before) with Cider Pop to drink (S)
S - (2) Light Rye Wasa Crackers with a wedge of Light Laughing Cow Cheese with water to drink (FP)
D - Copycat Olive Garden Minestrone Soup with water to drink (E) *If you want to keep the pasta in the soup use Dreamfield's.

Have a great week and happy eating!!!

Monday, June 1, 2015

Meal Plan Monday: 6/1-6/7/15

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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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This is an exciting week on my blog! I'm giving away a bag of THM Sweet Blend & a personalized meal plan (including a shopping list) to one lucky winner. If you missed that post CLICK HERE TO ENTER. Can't wait to see who wins!

I'm utilizing my crock pot a couple of times this week. Now that it's (almost) summer and the warm weather is starting to really crank up, we don't want any additional heat in our houses. Put your crock pot in the garage and let it cook out there. You get a great dinner and didn't make your air conditioner work any harder than it has to.

As a reminder all of my breakfasts and lunches, unless otherwise noted, serve and are portioned in the grocery list for just one. The dinners are all portioned to serve six and that is reflected in the grocery list as well.

Printable Meal Plan

Printable Shopping List

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

Monday:
B - 0% Greek Yogurt sweetened to taste with THM Sweet Blend & 2 T. of peanut butter mixed in with water to drink (S)
L - leftover Egg Roll in a Bowl (from Sunday night) with Cider Pop to drink (S) *I didn't include the ingredients for this dish on the shopping list since this was leftover from last week.
S - Cottage Berry Whip with water to drink (FP) *Making a double batch and putting half in the freezer to have a serving for snack tomorrow.
D - "Spaghetti"** with Meat Sauce and a side salad with Ranch with water to drink (S) **I made zucchini noodles in place of regular noodles. 1 1/2 medium zucchini is the perfect amount for me. The rest of my family ate whole wheat noodles. You can use store bought sauce, just make sure it has NO added sugar. 

Tuesday:
B - Peanut Butter Milkshake (S)
L - Waldorf Cottage Cheese Salad with water to drink (E) pg. 300
S - leftover Cottage Berry Whip with water to drink (FP)
D - Zesty Salsa Chicken & Black Bean Casserole and steamed broccoli with Cider Pop to drink (E)

Wednesday:
B - Fat Stripping Frappa (FP) pg. 240 *I'm making the strawberry version. 
L - Just Like Campbell's Tomato Soup with Cider Pop to drink (S) pg. 292
S - leftover Fat Stripping Frappa from breakfast (FP)
D - White Chicken Lasagna and green beans with water to drink (S) *I'm going to make this in the crock pot.

Thursday:
B - Apple Cinnamon Yogurt Swirl with Sweet & Spicy Tea to drink (E) pg. 250
L - Very Berry Salad with Dijon Balsamic Vinaigrette with Cider Pop to drink (S)
S - 1 oz. cheddar cheese and small handful of almonds with water to drink (S)
D - Whole chicken in the crock pot* and roasted vegetables with water to drink (S) *Remove the innards from the chicken (if there are any), rinse under cold water (be sure to sanitize your sink), pat dry with a paper towel and place breast side up in the crock pot. Rub with a little bit of olive oil and season with salt, pepper, rosemary and thyme. Cook on low 6-7 hours or on high 3-4 hours. The chicken will literally fall off the bone and be amazing!

Friday:
B - (2) eggs scrambled and cooked in coconut oil with (2) pieces turkey bacon and strawberries with Sweet & Spicy Tea to drink (S)
L - leftover chicken from Thursday's dinner made into Buffalo Chicken Wraps and strawberries on the side with Cider Pop to drink (S) *I'm making half the Buffalo Chicken Wrap recipe and it will serve 2.
S - Dannon Triple Zero Mixed Berry Greek Yogurt with water to drink (FP)
D - Pizza Casserole in the crock pot with fresh veggies on the side and Blue Sky Mandarin Lime Soda to drink (S) 

Saturday:
B - Cheddar, Bacon & Veggie Frittata with Sweet & Spicy Tea to drink (S)
L - Out
S - Dannon Triple Zero Mixed Berry Greek Yogurt with water to drink (FP)
D - Crock Pot Barbacoa Beef served over Romaine lettuce with a dollop of sour cream with Cider Pop to drink (S) 

Sunday:
B - Apple Cinnamon Yogurt Swirl with water to drink (E) pg. 250
L - Very Berry Salad with Dijon Balsamic Vinaigrette with Cider Pop to drink (S)
S - 2 cups air popped popcorn and 1/2 c. cottage cheese with water to drink (E)
D - All Day Chana Dahl Soup with water to drink (E) pg. 311

Have a great week and happy eating!!!