These little suckers are ABSOLUTELY AH-MAZING! These were actually an accident! I literally threw the ingredients together in my Vitamix blender, and hoped for the best. But, thank God that I actually scribbled the recipe down, because they are so so yummy, and these bad boys are definitely keepers!
So moist and perfect!
They are perfect for on-the-go snacks or a pre-workout boost! I am telling you…little bites of epic-ness!
Want to know the best part of these bad boys!?!? I made these in the blender!!!! Yes, the blender! So fast and easy, and so fun to serve at any event!
There really is no cool story behind these. I threw in a bunch of yummy sounding ingredients in my Vitamix: Total Nutrition Center Blender and blended them! Then, I baked them. That’s it. Simple.
They store great, and taste even better the day after!
Seriously, this dish is easy peasy! If you ever want some comfort food, but don’t want the guilt…this is the ticket!
Being a busy mom, I really love yummy dishes that are filling and super easy AND fast to make.
It aint’ pretty, but it “shore is goooood!”.
I always say that this dish “isn’t the prettiest”, but, you can’t beat a good old fashioned chicken pot pie! I adapted this recipe from an old recipe that I found years ago in an old cookbook.
I have always loved a “biscuity” kind of crust on a pot pie. Some of y’all might like the “flakey” kind of crust, but I’m a biscuit kind of girl. 🙂
The bisquit/crust is made with a tiny bit of cornmeal and almond flour, so it has the same texture of a traditional pot pie crust.
I don’t know about you, but I have some weeks where I am “pulling my hair out” in frustration. With kids, with schedules, with life. If you do not have those weeks, please email me. I’d love to take notes from you :).
With all that frustration, we get in “mom mode”. The mode where we just “don’t care”. We want to be “done” with mountains of laundry, never ending dishes and hearing the screeching version of “maaawwwwmmmaaaa!!!” ALL. DAY. LONG.
I have had one of those weeks, this week.
Let me just tell you, when you have 4 kids…keeping a clean and non-chaotic house is IMPOSSIBLE. I have had to resign myself to that realization every day and try to “just go with it”.
I am learning that it is OK to have toys on the floor every waking moment. It is OK to have a few dishes in the sink. It is OK to not finish every check-box on the school planner. It is OK to still be n your PJ’s at 10 am.
What matters most is that I spend time with my kids. That I am “present” with them. What matters are the talks where we sit down and pray together, or when we talk about what the words, “discipline and consequence” mean. Where we are able to say “sorry” to each other, forgive each other and then move on with or day.
All that chaos that causes me to go into “mom mode” is worth it because I have perspective. Perspective of what’s important.
I don’t get it right every time, but I am learning.
Back To The Food…
All that to say, sometimes you just need a simple and healthy meal. Something easy to throw together that will be “comforting” in those “mom mode” days.
Enter this amazingly easy chicken pot pie! Yes Please!
Be encouraged mama! You are doing the most important job in world! Raising children to be responsible and disciplined adults! I know it’s hard, but it matters!
I never really understood why they called veggies all thrown together in a pan and cooked like regular dishes, “Stir-fry”. I could understand if they called it “stir and then fry”, but not “stir-fry”. And even the “fry” part. There is no “frying” really involved.
I know, random. I need to focus!
But seriously now, this dish (technically) falls under the category of “stir-fry”, even though there really isn’t any “frying” going on. At least not with traditional loads of grease.
There is very little fat in this dish, so it is great to pair with quinoa.
It really is SO easy to make.
If you prefer brown rice, I think that would work too. I just love the texture of veggies and meat in a sauce. The pair works great when you are also craving a carb to go with them. This dish would probably also fall under the THM category of a “drive-though-sue”. Because of the kielbasa sausage.
Best of all, you don’t have to add flour to thicken the “sauce”, it’s simply chicken broth and a little but of xantham gum! Yay for healthy ways to thicken stuff!
Food Photo Madness
I’m sure you know this about me now, but I love food photography! It is one of those passions I never knew I had! There has always been something about making food look pretty that has been my favorite. So, when I discovered that I can take pictures of pretty food, that was it! I was sold!
For some reason though, this dish was exceptionally hard to photograph. Maybe there were just too many textures going on here? I don’t know.
So, I took it as a challenge to try to capture how pretty it actually was!
The lighting was so bad at night, so I had to wait until the next day and re-set it up (yes, the actual good photos were of my leftovers…which, by the way, was just as good as when I first cooked it).
The thing is, when you take pictures, if you have bad lighting…it could ruin what you think about whatever is being photographed. If you have a delicious dish, and it looks amazing, but you have no good lighting…then it does NOT look appetizing!
I’ve had countless recipes that I have made and then I go to take pictures of it, and the lighting is just not good (I prefer to take pics in natural light). The food wit bad lighting, most of the time, turns out un-appealing. 🙁
But, good lighting makes all the difference!
Viola! I had found the light! (Reminds me of one of my favorite songs…”I saw the light, I saw the light…no more in darkness, no more in night…now I am so happy, no sorrow in sight. Praise the Lord, I saw the light!!!”).
There is a lot I still have to learn about food photography, but I thoroughly enjoy the process!
Ok, ok…enough about photography. I just wanted to share a blurb about one of my many passions!
As for the recipe, it is very easy and quick to make. Especially if you don’t want to make a mess in the kitchen! I used one big pot for the veggies and meat and a medium pot for the quinoa.
Yay low-mess dinners!
So, Here is the recipe for this delicious and easy meal! Hope you and enjoy it! Cheers!
Sometimes you just get a hankering’ for some energy!
If you’re anything like me-a busy mom with lots to do, then sometimes you just get a hankerin’ for some good ole fashioned ENERGY! And sometimes, the yummy S (fatty) foods just don’t do it! You gotta have carbs!
Carbs are good. When they’re good carbs!
You may ask, “what are goodcarbs?”
Let’s start by looking at what the different kinds of carbs are…
“Whole” vs “Refined” Carbs
Not all carbs are created equal.
There are many different types of carbohydrate-containing foods, and they vary greatly in their health effects.
Although carbs are often referred to as “simple” vs “complex,” I personally find “whole” vs “refined” to make more sense.
Whole carbs are unprocessed and contain the fiber found naturally in the food, while refined carbs have been processed and had the natural fiber stripped out.
Examples of whole carbs include vegetables, whole fruit, legumes, potatoes and whole grains. These foods are generally healthy.
On the other hand, refined carbs include sugar-sweetened beverages, fruit juices, pastries, white bread, white pasta, white rice and others.
Numerous studies show that refined carbohydrate consumption is associated with health problems like obesity and type 2 diabetes (1, 2, 3).
They tend to cause major spikes in blood sugar levels, which leads to a subsequent crash that can trigger hunger and cravings for more high-carb foods (4, 5).
This is the “blood sugar roller coaster” that many people are familiar with.
Refined carbohydrate foods are usually also lacking in essential nutrients. In other words, they are “empty” calories.
The added sugars are another story altogether, they are the absolute worst carbohydrates and linked to all sorts of chronic diseases (6, 7, 8, 9).
However, it makes no sense to demonize all carbohydrate-containing foods because of the health effects of their processed counterparts.
Whole food sources of carbohydrates are loaded with nutrients and fiber, and don’t cause the same spikes and dips in blood sugar levels.
Hundreds of studies on high-fiber carbohydrates, including vegetables, fruits, legumes and whole grains show that eating them is linked to improved metabolic health and a lower risk of disease (10, 11, 12, 13, 14).
Of course, having those yummy “S” (satisfying and fatty) meals, are great. Especially when there are healthy fats (i.e. extra virgin olive oil, grass-fed butter, avocado etc). They definitely have their place in our diets, and that’s yet another reason I love the THM lifestyle.
With all that being said, there is still a need for healthy carbs. You have to find the balance. What works for you and your family, and also what works for your own personal health.
It’s definitely a no-brainer that growing kids need a lot of carbs. Their little bodies crave carbohydrates to function.
“Children who are 2 to 3 years old need 1 cup each of fruits and vegetables and 3 ounces of grains daily. Between the ages of 4 and 8 years, they need 5 ounces of grains, 1.5 cups of vegetables and 1 to 1.5 cups of fruit every day. At the age of 9, their daily consumption should increase to 1.5 cups of fruit, 2 to 2.5 cups of vegetables and 5 to 6 ounces of grains. When they turn 14, they need another 0.5 cup of both fruits and vegetables and should eat 6 to 8 ounces of grains daily.” -http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/carbohydrate-needs-children-8050.html
My boys are so full of energy, that sometimes I think that I can never curb their appetites. They are bundles of energy! That is why healthy carbs are so important for them to consume.
That’s where these Energy Bites come in! Easy to make and so full of healthy carbs!
At first, I was trying to make a cookie, something that was “cinnamony” and full of yummy carbs. But this yummy recipe emerged. I asked my kids to taste test these and they were begging for seconds!
So, this recipe was born! I hope that you enjoy them as much as my kiddos and I did!
Are you looking for a yummy and crowd-pleasing dinner to make this weekend? You’ve found it!
These enchiladas are so easy that they seems “too good to be true”. If you know anything about Trim Healthy Mama, you know there is a type of mama called a “drive-thru-sue”. These types of “mama’s” are the type that don’t generally like to cook, or are too busy to cook “from scratch” meals.
Hey…Although I am generally not a “drive-thru-sue”, I sure do like to make a meal that is easy and healthy from time to time. Especially after long days with the kids, chores and other responsibilities . These enchiladas are all the way “drive-thru-sue”-easy to make and very little ingredients.
Despite them being not completely “made from scratch”, they are a great alternative to traditional enchiladas, that tend to be time consuming and labor intensive.
Because I use the low carb tortillas, you can make them an S or an E. I consider them to be an THM-E because I usually eat two whole enchiladas, add back beans, tomatoes, lettuce and a dollop of low-fat sour cream. Eating one enchilada is an S meal, so I usually just omit the black beans and add extra cheese, and full fat sour cream. As you can see, it is a versatile dinner!
The great thing about this versatile dinner is that it makes a lot! I usually make two pans full, and we have leftovers for the next days lunch. Believe me, they are even better the next day!
After I get them out of the oven, I usually just dish them all up at the same time. Viola! Easy peasy family-style dinner!
Seriously the best peanut butter I’ve ever eaten! And I’m not just saying that because I made it! [chuckle]
I use a Vitamix (Main Shopping Page), and I will always brag about how amazing it makes things! As I said in my peanut butter cookies post, I literally put the ingredients in the Vitamix and pushed start. It took 2 minutes, and it made the perfect peanut butter!
What a wonderful way to eat a piece of Ezekiel toast!
Well, this post is short and sweet. Time to introduce the wonderfully simple recipe!
Hey Everyone! Hope y’all had a great Christmas with family and friends! I sure did! I wanted to share one of the recipes that I made for our Christmas dinner. It is such a versatile recipe, that can be paired with so many great dishes!
I am “famous” for these potatoes…meaning that everyone my family loves when I make them, and says that they are my “famous potatoes”. Heres the funny part of the story…Ive been making these since I was 7 years old! So, basically, I have been cooking this dish for 25 years!!!
My husband especially loves them, and for us they are a treat (being on the THM lifestyle for 2 years, they are a crossover). They are the perfect side to a “man meal”, I.E. steak or ribs.
I literally wash the potatoes, chop them up and throw everything in a big pan or pot! Yesterday I just used my dutch oven, and they cooked great, but usually I use a big non-stick pan.
They super duper easy. below is the recipe. I hope you enjoy these! Please feel free to let me know how yours turned out!
Wash all potatoes and leave skin on. Put olive oil in pan. Cut potatoes in half, and then slice about 1/4 inch thick. Put all cut up potatoes in pan, and toss until coated in oil. Place on medium heat and cook. Toss intermittently until cooked on all sides, adding 1 TBS of garlic salt and a couple shakes of pepper each time you toss (that allows for all the potatoes to get a lot of flavor!). Cook until soft. If you like your potatoes a little "browner", allow to brown before tossing. Serve hot with fresh parsley (optional).
Cuisine: family favorites |Recipe Type: easy recipes
I made these bad boys tonight, with my Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Chicken (Recipe to follow soon;). They pair great with a savory and creamy dish like Chicken! The thing is..they are SO easy! Did you hear that?? EASY! I pride myself on discovering easy recipes, because….I have 4 kids, and a lot of times, I don’t have time to spend on extravagant dishes.
“Aint nobody got time for that!!!”
There is a “secret ingredient” in these that makes them soooo good! Can you guess it? NUTRITIONAL YEAST! I know..its a THM thing (trimhealthymama.com), or at least they made it popular lately, but it really is good! It adds so much flavor to things, and has great health benefits…Heres a link to check out the benefits-Nutritional Yeast .
These two guys are my go-to’s for flavor! I love, love, love garlic salt! It can be used in so many ways, but it just has that perfect flavor…especially for veggie dishes!
Heres my happy zucchini…
I just cut them in half (after chopping off the ends), and then cut them in thirds. Then toss them all in a bowl…
Put all the ingredients in a bowl, and toss. Look at all that texture! Yum!
These would also be great for grilling in the summer! If you want even more flavor, you could broil them for a few minutes to get them a little toasty, and then bake. But, I like them just like this.
Heres the ingredients and instructions….
Parmesan Garlic Zucchini
6 medium size zucchini
3 tbs olive oil (or melted Butter for THM-S)
4 tbs garlic salt
3 tbs nutritional yeast
1 tsp course black pepper
Cut the Zucchini in half, and then cut in thirds. Put in Bowl. Put all ingredients in bowl, and toss until well coated. Place on baking sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes, tossing at about 10 minutes. Garnish with lots of shredded parmesan cheese. Enjoy!
This is my favorite breakfast lately! Its very easy, but jam-packed with nutrition! Ive been drinking one every morning for a few weeks now, and I’ve noticed a huge bump in energy and a light feeling in the tummy! I love it!
You can make all sorts of variations of this! Ive used blackberries, Acai, and other berries by themselves, but my favorite is the berry blend.
The great thing about these berries, is they have kale in them! daily veggie intake-CHECK! They are also pre-proportioned…so that makes it so easy! Want to know the other great thing? I buy these at Costco!!
So, here are the other ingredients I use…
This almond milk is awesome! Guess what? Costco! Yes, two of these ingredients are Costco finds!
The Protein powder that I use (its called JYM) is one that my husband loves and buys, and it comes from jimstopanni.com. It has three different forms of protein that breaks down slowly, which allows for muscle building, but also energy. It also tastes great. My favorite is Tahitian vanilla. The great thing is, you dont have to be “building muscle” to get the great benefits of the protein!
I also use Integral collagen from trimhealthymama.com, and the Gentle sweet is from them too. I love their products! Ive noticed such a difference with my hair and skin since I started using collagen! You should try it!
because of the low fat and low carb ingredients, this smoothie stays in the FP (Fuel Pull) category. Yay for guiltless pleasures!
Of course, you can use your own brands of these products…they do not have to be these brands.
Also, My husband spoiled me rotten and bought me a Vitamix. Can I just tell you…it makes making smoothies quite the expereience! I love my vitamix!
Heres my baby! His name is Theadore. Teddy, if you love him as much as I do. 😉 He’s named after one of my favorite Presidents. 😉
So, here are the ingredients you will need for this awesome smoothie!!!
EASY Berry Protein Smoothie
1 package of triple berries (or 1-2 cups berry of choice, you can also add more veggies if you like;)
1 scoop of protein powder (at least 25 g protein. Also, I prefer vanilla)
1 scoop of collagen (preferably grass-fed)
1-2 packages of gentle sweet (or 1-3 tsp sweetener of choice)