Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Trim Healthy Mama Aldi Shopping List


***Updated 2/11/16***

If you've spent any time reading my blog or have hung around my Facebook page at all, you know that I LOVE shopping at Aldi. I do probably 85% of my grocery shopping there and have saved thousands and thousands of dollars over the years by doing so.

After many readers asking me for a shopping list, and me just randomly giving a list in a quick response, I decided to compile everything that I purchase in one great big list. This list is for items that are Trim Healthy Mama compliant. I do purchase other off plan items for my family at Aldi, but I'm keeping this list just foods you would use while eating THM. This list is pretty exhaustive, but I wanted to be as thorough as I could. If you purchase something at Aldi that is NOT on the list and is THM compliant, please let me know and I'll add it to the list.

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Here are two things you need to know if you've never shopped at Aldi:
  1. Bring a quarter for your cart. The carts are kept outside (typically) and you need a quarter in order to "unlock" it from the other carts. At the end of your shopping trip, return your cart, reattach it to the other ones and voila, your quarter pops back out and you get to keep it.
  2. Bring your own bags. Part of the savings of shopping at Aldi, is that they don't pay for anyone to bag your groceries. You bag them yourself. I always bring my reusable bags, but if you don't have any, I'm sure you have a million plastic bags laying around at home. If all else fails, you can buy bags at the store.
*Printable Shopping List*

Dairy:
*eggs
*egg whites
*block cheese
*butter
*Happy Farms Light Cheese (this is comparable to Light Laughing Cow Cheese)
*unsweetened almond milk
*heavy cream
*1/3 less Fat cream cheese
*sour cream
*lg. container 0% Plain Greek Yogurt
*cottage cheese
*cheese sticks
*sliced cheese (NOT American singles, the deli kind)
*parmesan cheese
 
Meat:
*deli ham (Never Any! brand)
*deli turkey (Never Any! brand)
*turkey pepperoni
*grass-fed ground beef
*ground beef
*bonless, skinless chicken breasts
*lean ground turkey
*boneless chuck roast
 
Produce: (most times their produce is great, but every once and a while it's not, so just double check it before purchasing)
*baby spinach
*3 pack of Romaine Lettuce
*2# carrots
*baby carrots
*celery
*onions (red, yellow and sweet)
*green onions
*jalapenos
*cilantro
*sweet potatoes
*green cabbage
*bell peppers (green, red, yellow and sometimes minis)
*ice berg lettuce
*asparagus
*zucchini and summer squash
*garlic
*various other veggies depending on the season
*berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries)
*bananas
*apples
*grapes
*various other fruits depending on the season
 
Frozen:
*vegetables (broccoli, green beans, peas, corn, spinach)
*berries
*salmon (4-pk)
 
Jarred/Canned:
*tomatoes (diced, stewed, Italian)
*tomato paste
*tomato sauce (double check that it doesn't contain any High Fructose Corn Syrup, some shoppers have seen tomato sauce with it, but the cans I bought last night did NOT have any)
*tomatoes with green chilies (like Rotel)
*spaghetti sauce (the one with the red label has no added sugar)
*canned beans (black, kidney, garbanzo, Great Northern)
*artichoke hearts
*tuna packed in water
*unsweetened applesauce
*pumpkin (tends to be seasonal)
*diced green chilies (tends to be seasonal)
*olives
*chicken
*salmon
 
Dry Grocery:
*assorted nuts (peanuts, walnuts, almonds, pistachios, etc...)
*basic spices (salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, red pepper flakes, cinnamon, Italian seasoning, seasoning salt, cumin, paprika, basil, oregano)
*cocoa powder
*olive oil
*extra-virgin olive oil
*balsamic vinegar
*Sweet Additions stevia packets (NOT the baking type in the big bag)
*brown rice
*quinoa
*low sodium soy sauce
*pure vanilla extract
*pure peppermint extract (this is a seasonal item)
*almond flour (my store does always have this in stock, so when you see it, stock up)
*coconut oil
*chia seeds
*flax seeds
*old fashioned oats
*steel cut oats
*hot sauce
*dried beans (pinto, black, Great Northern)
*85% dark chocolate bar
*Fit & Active Flat Bread (original kind)

 

 

Monday, December 28, 2015

Meal Plan Monday: 12/28/15-1/3/16



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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 Recipes, 38 THM Salads and Dressings35 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.

**All breakfasts, lunches and snacks are portioned for one, unless otherwise noted. All dinners are portioned for six.**

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Last week was not my finest week of eating. I indulged in too many sweet treats and off plan dishes. And boy, oh boy, did I feel it. I felt so gross for about two days. So I'm back at it this week and ready to get back with the program full time.

Printable Meal Plan
Printable Shopping List

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

Monday:
B - (2) Mufflets with a Winter Wonderland Sip to drink (S) Mufflets (pg. 237) and Winter Wonderland Sip (pg. 405) both in the NEW THM Cookbook ***The Mufflets are enough to serve my family of 6 for one full breakfast, and for me to have leftovers the next day.
L - BLT wrap on a low-carb tortilla with fresh veggies on the side with water to drink (S)
S - (2) Light Rye Wasa Crackers and (1) wedge of Light Laughing Cow Cheese with Cider Pop to drink (FP)
D - Copycat Olive Garden Minestrone Soup with water to drink (E) ***This soup is HUGE! It makes enough for two meals for my family. Reduce oil to 1 T. and I substitute dried parsley for the fresh. If you want to keep the pasta in the recipe, use Dreamfields.

Tuesday:
B - (2) leftover Mufflets with a Winter Wonderland Sip to drink (S)
L - leftover Copycat Olive Garden Minestrone Soup with water to drink (E)
S - Snickers Hot Chocolate with some strawberries (S)
D - Sour Cream Beef Enchiladas with water to drink (S)

Wednesday:
B - 1/2 c. 0% Plain Greek Yogurt sweetened with 1 T. THM Gentle Sweet (or sweetener of choice) mixed with 2 T. peanut butter with water to drink (S)
L - leftover Sour Cream Beef Enchiladas with Cider Pop to drink (S)
S - (2) Light Rye Wasa Crackers and (1) wedge of Light Cow cheese with water to drink (FP)
D - Barbacoa Beef served over lettuce with cheddar cheese and sour cream with water to drink (S)

Thursday:
B - Peanut Butter Milkshake (S)
L - leftover Barbacoa Beef served over lettuce with cheddar cheese and sour cream with Cider Pop to drink (S)
S - cheese stick and a small handful of nuts with water to drink (S)
D - Sweet & Spicy Stir-fry served over brown rice with water to drink (E)

Friday:
B - 1/2 c. 0% Plain Greek Yogurt sweetened with 1 T. THM Gentle Sweet (or on plan sweetener of your choice) mixed with 2 T. peanut butter with water to drink (S)
L - Hearty Two Bean and Lentil Chili with water to drink (E) ***This will serve my whole family for lunch.
S - Cottage Berry Whip with Cider Pop to drink (FP)
D - Pizza Casserole and fresh veggies with Cherry Bai5 Bubbles to drink (S) pg. 327 in the OLD THM book

Saturday:
B - (2) scrambled eggs cooked in coconut oil and strawberries on the side with Peppermint tea to drink (S)
L - Out to eat
S - celery with peanut butter with Cider Pop to drink (S)
D - Creamy Broccoli Soup with water to drink (S)

Sunday:
B - Thin Mint Shake (S)
L - Fiesta Quinoa Chicken Skillet with water to drink (E)
S - 1/2 c. 2% cottage cheese and fresh veggies with Cider Pop to drink (FP)
D - Dirt-E-Rice with water to drink (E)

Have a great week!

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Trim Healthy Mama Slow Cooker Recipe Roundup



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Let's face it. Life can easily get too busy and feel out of control. When this happens to me, the first thing to go unfortunately is healthy home cooked meals. Now that my kids are getting older and more involved in different activities, dinner is getting harder and harder to get on the table. That's why I've gathered 30 Trim Healthy Mama approved slow cooker dishes to help me out on nights that we have an activity on the calendar.

I'm falling more and more in love with my slow cooker. I can throw the meal together in the morning or at lunchtime and have it all ready to eat before we head out the door. It makes me so happy that I don't have to give it another thought! It has not only saved my sanity, but my food budget as well. I'm no longer feeling mad at myself that we are rushing dinner and running late. No more quick stops at a restaurant to grab something on the way home when everyone is tired and crabby.

I hope this list is as helpful to you as it is for me and my family. Don't let busyness keep you from eating on plan!

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Main Dishes:

Soups/Stews:

Side Dishes:

Monday, December 14, 2015

Meal Plan Monday: 12/14-12/20/15



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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 Recipes, 38 THM Salads and Dressings35 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.

**All breakfasts, lunches and snacks are portioned for one, unless otherwise noted. All dinners are portioned for six.**

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Printable Meal Plan
Printable Shopping List

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

Monday:
B - Cran Orange Smoothie (FP)
L - Italian White Bean and Spinach Soup with water to drink (E) ***This makes enough for me to eat for 4-5 lunches.
S - celery with 2 T. of peanut butter with Cider Pop to drink (S)
D - Taco Salad topped with sour cream and cheddar cheese with water to drink (S) ***I use this taco seasoning.

Tuesday:
B - (2) scrambled eggs cooked in butter with strawberries on the side and Sweet & Spicy tea to drink (S)
L - leftover Italian White Bean and Spinach Soup with water to drink (E)
S - Peanut Butter Milkshake (S)
D - Cheddar & Pepper Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Chicken with a side salad and water to drink (S) ***I need to double the recipe to feed my family of 6. My four kids eat 2 chicken breasts between them. Adjust according to your family size.

Wednesday:
B - 1/2 c. 0% Plain Greek Yogurt mixed with 2 T. peanut butter and 1 t. THM Super Sweet Blend with strawberries on the side and water to drink (S)
L - leftover Italian White Bean and Spinach Soup with water to drink (E)
S - Cottage Berry Whip with water to drink (FP) ***I'm making a double batch and will freeze half to eat as a snack tomorrow.
D - Spaghetti with meat sauce served over Dreamfield's Pasta with a side salad dressed with Ranch with Cider Pop to drink (S)

Thursday:
B - (2) scrambled eggs cooked in butter with strawberries on the side with Sweet & Spicy tea to drink (S)
L - leftover Italian White Bean and Spinach Soup with water to drink (E)
S - leftover Cottage Berry Whip with Cider Pop to drink (FP)
D - One Pan Mexican Quinoa with water to drink (E) ***Omit the avocado

Friday:
B - 1/2 c. 0% Plain Greek Yogurt mixed with 2 T. peanut butter and 1 t. THM Super Sweet Blend with strawberries on the side and water to drink (S)
L - Salad with (2) hard-boiled eggs with Ranch dressing and Cider Pop to drink (S)
S - Snickers Hot Chocolate (S)
D - Pizza Casserole with fresh veggies on the side and Lemon Lime Zevia to drink (S) pg. 327 in the old THM book

Saturday:
B - Nana's Fluffy Omelet with Sweet & Spicy tea to drink (S) pg. 239 in the new THM cookbook
L - Just Like Campbell's Tomato Soup with water to drink (S) pg. 112 in the new THM cookbook
S - Pumpkin Pie Smoothie (FP) ***I use unsweetened almond milk in place of the coconut milk.
D - Wicked White Chili with water to drink (E) pg. 37 in the new THM cookbook

Sunday:
B - Pumpkin Pie Smoothie (FP) ***I use unsweetened almond milk in place of the coconut milk.
L - leftover Wicked White Chili with water to drink (E)
S - celery with 2 T. peanut butter with Cider Pop to drink (S)
D - out

Have a great week!!!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Slow Cooker Chicken and Quinoa Chili



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This time of year always makes me want something hearty and comforting to eat that won't break the bank. After a long day, I just want a warm meal, but not something that is going to derail my healthy way of eating. It seems like my days (and evenings really) keep on getting more and more busy as my kids are getting older. I've started using my slow cooker more these days and it makes getting a healthy meal on the table a breeze. Don't let busyness be an excuse for not eating healthy!

My Slow Cooker Chicken and Quinoa Chili could not be more simple to throw together. The only prep work is dicing the chicken into bite size pieces. Other than that, you are just throwing things in the slow cooker. Easy peasy!

If you'd like to make this meal even more budget friendly, you can substitute brown rice for the quinoa. I just love quinoa because it is packed with so many nutrients.  You can also make this dish vegetarian by omitting the chicken and replacing it with another can of black or pinto beans. You would also want to swap vegetable stock for the chicken stock.

If you follow the Trim Healthy Mama way of eating, this is an E meal.

I hope your family enjoys this easy to make recipe as much as my family does!

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Slow Cooker Chicken and Quinoa Chili (Serves 6-8)
  • 1 1/2# boneless skinless chicken breasts, diced in bite sized pieces
  • (2) 15 oz. cans of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • (1) 14 oz. can of diced tomatoes
  • 5 c. chicken stock
  • 1 c. quinoa, rinsed well (I usually rinse it for 2 minutes under warm water)
  • 3 T. chili seasoning
  • 1 t. salt
  • green onions, chopped jalapenos, pinch of cheese, 0% Plain Greek Yogurt - optional toppings
  1. Place all ingredients, except for the toppings, in the slow cooker. Put on the lid and cook on high for 4 hours.
  2. Taste and check for seasonings and adjust as needed. Serve and top with green onions, jalapenos, a pinch of cheese or 0% Plain Greek Yogurt.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Meal Plan Monday: 12/7-12/13/15


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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 Recipes, 38 THM Salads and Dressings35 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.

**All breakfasts, lunches and snacks are portioned for one, unless otherwise noted. All dinners are portioned for six.**

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Printable Meal Plan
Printable Shopping List

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

Monday:
B - Peanut Butter Cup Shake (S)
L - Salad with (2) hard-boiled eggs, feta cheese and Dijon Balsamic Vinaigrette with water to drink (S)
S - cheese stick and small handful of almonds with Cider Pop to drink (S)
D - Slow Cooker Italian Beef & Cabbage with green beans and butter with water to drink (S)

Tuesday:
B - (2) scrambled eggs with strawberries on the side and Sweet & Spicy tea to drink (S)
L - Colorful Lentil Salad with a can of drained and diced chicken mixed in with water to drink (E)
S - (2) Peanut Butter Cups with Cider Pop to drink (S)
D - Jalapeno Chicken Bacon Chowder with water to drink (S)

Wednesday:
B - Caramel Apple Smoothie (E)
L - leftover Colorful Lentil Salad with water (E)
S - (2) leftover Peanut Butter Cups with Cider Pop to drink (S)
D - grilled chicken with Spinach Casserole and water to drink (S)

Thursday:
B - (2) scrambled eggs with strawberries on the side and Winter Wonderland Sip to drink (S) pg. 405 in the NEW THM Cookbook
L - leftover Colorful Lentil Salad with water (E)
S - (2) leftover Peanut Butter Cups with Cider Pop to drink (S)
D - Eggroll in a Bowl with water to drink (S)

Friday:
B - Strawberry Big Boy Smoothie (FP) pg. 414 in the NEW THM Cookbook. ***I'm omitting the Sunflower Lecithin and Integral Collagen because I don't have any on hand.
L - Just Like Campbell's Tomato Soup with fresh vegetables on the side with water to drink (S) pg. 112 NEW THM Cookbook
S - (2) leftover Peanut Butter Cups with Cider Pop to drink (S)
D - Pizza Casserole with fresh vegetables with Cola Zevia to drink (S) pg. 327 in the OLD THM book

Saturday:
B - 1/2 c. 0% Plain Greek Yogurt mixed with 2 T. peanut butter and 1 t. THM Super Sweet Blend with Sweet & Spicy tea to drink (S)
L - out
S - (2) leftover peanut butter cups with Cider Pop to drink (S)
D - Garbanzo Bean Soup with water to drink (E)

Sunday:
B - 1/2 c. 0% Plain Greek Yogurt mixed with an apple, 1 t. THM Super Sweet Blend and cinnamon with water to drink (E)
L - We have a family Christmas party and I'm bringing Debbie's Tangy Broccoli and Spinach Salad (S)
S - still at the Christmas party, so hoping to make it an S
D - Small group party at church and everyone is bringing appetizers. I will bring a veggie try and Mrs. Criddle's French Onion Dip (S)

Have a great week!!!


Thursday, December 3, 2015

Slow Cooker Italian Beef and Cabbage



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I really love using my slow cooker, so I'm not sure why I don't use it more often. It's so convenient and I only have to clean up one pot. That makes me very happy! I'm finding as my kids get older our evenings are getting busier and busier. I still desire to give my family a home cooked meal as much as possible, so I'm trying to utilize my slow cooker more and more.

This recipe couldn't be more easy to make. The only real "work" you have to do is to brown the ground beef and chop the vegetables. So incredibly easy! It's also very easy on the budget too. This dish is great served with a side salad or some green beans and butter.

For those of you that follow Trim Healthy Mama, this meal is a S meal.

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Slow Cooker Italian Beef and Cabbage   (Serves 4-6)
  • 1 T. coconut oil or olive oil
  • 1# ground beef
  • 1 medium head of green cabbage, thinly sliced (to save time, you could use a bag of coleslaw)
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 1 T. Italian Seasoning
  • 1 t. salt
  • 1/4 t. black pepper
  • 8 oz. can of tomato sauce
  • 1/2 tomato sauce can of water
  • green onions, optional for topping
  1. In a medium pan, heat the oil over medium heat and add the ground beef, cook until done.
  2. In a 6 qt. slow cooker, place half of the cabbage, onions, green pepper, beef, seasonings and tomato sauce.
  3. Repeat step 2 and add the 1/2 can tomato sauce can of water. Put on the lid and cook on high for 4 hours.
  4. Serve and top with green onions if desired. Eat with a small side salad or green beans and butter.