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Quick & Easy Trim Healthy Mama Recipes {that kids like too}

 

Guest post by Linda Rose.

I began my THM (Trim Healthy Mama) journey this past summer. In June I started training for a 5K using the Couch to 5K training program. Shortly after that, a friend started up a Trim Healthy Mama group at her house. At first I was like, ok sure I’ll come, but you can’t make me eat anything green or weird. After hearing people talk about THM, I still wasn’t convinced, but ordered the book out of curiosity anyway. I read the book and it just made sense. I had a light bulb moment! You see I had always thought that in order to lose weight I would have to eat weird or green food, but it turns out that isn’t the case at all.

It’s been slow going, and there are days that I find it challenging to eat on plan all the time, but even so, I’ve lost almost 27 pounds! I feel healthier, have more energy, and am still running. It almost feels strange to be able to eat some of the foods that I do eat and be able to still lose weight. And I don’t have to eat any weird or green foods (unless I’m feeling adventurous). I’m a pretty picky eater (so are some of my kids). In order to make THM work for me, I’ve had to make foods that the whole family will eat and love. I’m not about to make a meal for them and then make a separate one for me.

 

Many of the recipes in the THM eating plan are extremely quick and easy. If you are like me, you can appreciate that because honestly who has the time or the energy to slave away in the kitchen?

A couple favorite recipes at my house:

 

Chicken Alfredo (S meal for THM)

Ingredients:
6-8 frozen chicken breast tenders (or 3-4 whole chicken breasts)
1 pint heavy whipping cream
2 cups mozzarella cheese
garlic powder (or fresh if you have it)
salt and pepper to taste

Serve over Dreamfields spaghetti pasta or steamed broccoli.
Place the frozen chicken breast tenders into the bottom of the crockpot. Pour the heavy cream over the chicken. Sprinkle the garlic powder over the cream and chicken. Salt and pepper to taste. Add the mozzarella cheese. Turn the crockpot on high. I like to stir the ingredients every hour or so. It just prevents the cream and cheese from burning on the edges. As the chicken cooks it becomes tender and breaks apart easily. I use a fork to pull the chicken apart before serving. I serve the alfredo sauce over Dreamfields spaghetti with broccoli on the side. It’s so easy and delicious. I put the ingredients in the crockpot at lunchtime and it is ready by dinner time. If it’s ready sooner, then I just turn the crockpot down to warm until we are ready to eat it. The house smells delicous while this is cooking! (adapted from a recipe in the THM book, which you can purchase here)

Ham and Cheese Scrambled Eggs (S meal for THM)

Ingredients:
6 eggs
4-6 thick slices of ham–diced
1-2 tablespoons of cream cheese
1/4-1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Salt and pepper to taste
 
Directions:
Put all of the ingredients into a mixing bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste. Whisk everything together. Melt a couple tablespoons of butter into your frying pan. Add the ham and cheese egg mixture, stirring to help everything cook evenly.
 
You can use more or fewer eggs; this is what I use for our family. Alternately you could substitute the ham for some other breakfast meat–bacon or sausage is yummy too. Be careful if you choose to substitute store bought pre-packaged bacon bits as many of these have sugar in them.

 

These are quick, easy, and yummy–perfect for a quick breakfast!

 

Linda RoseLinda Rose blogs at Rose Academy and Sew Happily Ever After. She has 15+ years of teaching experience in public, private, after-school, and home school settings. She enjoys homeschooling her own children as well as teaching small group English classes in her home and at local co-ops. Sewing has become an important creative outlet for her and allows her to use her talents to bless her own family as well as others.

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Roasted Tomatoes: Preserving for Another Day

Gardening in the Inland Northwest can be risky. Especially if you are growing tomatoes.

We have had years with abundant, wonderful red tomatoes to harvest, and then we’ve had years with abundant green tomatoes that have frozen on the vines. More often than not, we have the latter. Such a waste.20131003_123852

That’s fall in Eastern Washington. We go from the heat of summer to the frosty mornings of early winter with just a quick flash of fall colors in between.

Fall here can be as short as 4 weeks.

This year I wasn’t going to let the tomatoes go to waste. The news said we were due for frost in a couple of nights, so I decided we would save those little gems and pick them before the frost. 20131003_122834

The boys and I picked every last tomato, from the smallest grape tomatoes to the biggest beefsteaks.

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A friend came to my rescue when I was trying to figure out what to do with all of the ripe ones and deal with the green ones as they ripen. She told me how roasting tomatoes is one way to preserve them.  After talking with her, I also searched online for recipes and although they differ, the methods are similar.

I didn’t use a recipe. I just added what sounded good at the time. :)

Roasted Tomatoes: Preserving for Another Day

  1. Wash and cut cherry and grape tomatoes in half and put them in a 9×11 baking pan. Cut larger tomatoes in quarters or in 1/2” rings.
  2. Sprinkle with olive oil, Italian seasoning, black pepper, and garlic salt and stir well to coat. Ideally you will only have one layer of tomatoes, so if you have more than that, use a second pan.
  3. Roast in a 350* oven for 45 minutes.
  4. Remove when your kitchen smells heavenly and the tomato skins have become wrinkled.

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I truly have never tasted anything like these! I added half of the tomatoes to a pasta dish and put the remaining ones in the freezer for another meal. They may be added to any hot dish that sounds good to you, or stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. These can be pureed (remove the skins first) and canned into tomato sauce also.

Enjoy!

What’s your favorite thing to do with tomatoes?

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Dawn (24 Posts)

Dawn is still happily homeschooling after 16 years. She teaches her two sons, 13 & 11, enjoying every minute of "the second time around". She lives in Eastern Washington with her husband, the youngest 2 of their 6 kids, and an assortment of barking, squeaking, and clucking critters. She writes at her homeschool/parenting blog The Momma Knows and her new chapter, Dawn Marie Perkins. You can also find her on Twitter @DawnMPerkins, , and Pinterest.


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Top Ten Favorite Easy Dishes

Top Ten Favorite Easy Dishes

Are you trying to finish up your school year? Maybe you are busy planning and packing for a family vacation? I’ve been so busy sitting outside enjoying the lack of winter weather that I forget to plan dinner early.

I asked the Team and some of our friends to share some of their favorite Easy Dishes. Here are our Top Ten:

  1. Cheesy Ham and Potato Soup from Laurie.
  2. Poblano Chicken Enchilada Casserole from Sprittibee.
  3. Chicken Pasta Salad (warning: not gluten or fat free… but yummy!) from Dawn P.
  4. Homemade Pizza from me
  5. Panera Copycat Spinach Power Salad from Daniele at Domestic Serenity
  6. E.H.M. Daddy Mac (a real macho mac and cheese) from Jill at Enchanted Homeschool Mom
  7. Baguette Slices Topped with Goat Cheese and Sweet Roasted Peppers from Marlene at A Diligent Heart
  8. Connie’s Taco Soup (low fat and low sodium) on her blog The Daisyhead.
  9. Shepherd’s Pie from Judy at Contented at Home
  10. Gluten Free Quinoa Greek Salad from Sharla at Chaos and the Clutter

What is your favorite go-to easy recipe? Please share it in the comments!

Lisa Baldwin (61 Posts)

Disciple of Christ, Wife, Mother of Four, Homeschooler, Crafter, Designer (Graphics and CSS/HTML), Blogger. I share too much, laugh at the wrong things, and fall on my backside regularly. Thank goodness Jesus ignores all of that and loves me anyway.


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