Our Weekly Menu

This weeks menu is ready! We follow the guidelines of Trim Healthy Mama developed by Pearl Barrett and Serene Allison and we encourage you to check out their websitebooks and various social media platforms. The holiday festivities have begun and with it an excitement in the air.  The kids are thrilled for Christmas decorating and baking.


Monday: Simple Tacos (S or E) For an S version we use low carb tortillas with low fat plain yogurt, cheese, a sprinkle of tomatoes and ground turkey.  For an E, however we use low carb tortillas, bean mixed with ground turkey, mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, corn and other yummy taco fixings.

Tuesday: Spaghetti (E) Made with Dreamfield Pasta or Spaghetti Squash for noodles and ground turkey with low sugar sauce.

Wednesday: Hot Dogs with a Side Salad (S) 

Thursday: Pumpkin Soup (E) * See recipe below

Friday: Low Carb Pizza, crust made with cheese flower Biscuit on page 248 of the book Trim Healthy Table. 

Saturday: Bacon Crusted Chicken Bacon and Chicken!  Yumm!  This is going to be a crowd pleasing meal.

Sunday: Southwestern Meatloaf  Simple yet delicious, this meal will be happy ending to the busy week.

For my Sweet Tooth

Lemon Bars (S)-With Lemon flavor a favorite with my kids, Buttery Lemon Bars are sure to be a hit.

Pumpkin Pie Soup (E)
  • 1 sautéed onion
  • 4 large sweet potatoes cooked
  • 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 cup pumpkin
  • 1 can of white navy beans
  • 1 bag of riced cauliflower
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • Pumpkin pie spice to taste (I used closed to 1/2 Tablespoon)
  • Dash of cayenne
  • Cinnamon to taste
  • Dash of paprika


To cook my sweet potatoes, I wrap in foil, place in the Instapot for 12 mins on manual pressure with a natural release. Let them cool then blend in the rest of the ingredients in the mixer. Place back into the Instapot and set on soup for 30 mins. Top with pumpkin seeds.

P is for Pumpkin

Halloween Preschool Projects

P is for Pumpkin

This little collection has Halloween themed learning with the letter P for Pumpkin which includes a letter P word hunt, a color by numbers, patterns and simple counting page and a fun little interactive pumpkin song. For a link to my Etsy page and more Pumpkin Activities. Here is a small sample out of the 18 pages I created.

created by venture2learn.com

Pumpkin Books

Looking for Pumpkin Books to read?  Here are some of the titles we are using:

Pumpkin Pumpkin by Jeanne Titherington

The Biggest Pumpkin Ever by Steven Kroll

My First Halloween by Tomie dePaola

Corduroy’s Best Halloween Ever! by Don Freeman

Sixteen Runaway Pumpkin by Dianne Ocholtree

The Runaway Pumpkin by S.D. Schindler

The Pumply Dumply Pumpkin


Other Activities for Pumpkin Week:

Graphing Candy Corn and Candy Pumpkins (or rainbow goldfish)

Sorting and Counting Candy Pumpkins.

We happen to have play handcuffs sitting around the house to use as sections.  Grab a couple of pumpkin plates or string to make circles and you are all set to sort and count.

Our Weekly Menu and Pumpkin Curry

Our Weekly Menu

This weeks menu is ready! We follow the guidelines of Trim Healthy Mama developed by Pearl Barrett and Serene Allison and we encourage you to check out their websitebooks and various social media platforms.


Monday: Idiots Chicken (S), Page 223 of the book, Trim Healthy Table This is Pearl Barrett and Serene Allison’s newest book and it is filled with yummy delicious wholesome recipes to try. I feel in love with the fun name and the blend of easy ingredients for a busy Monday.

Tuesday:  Whole Roasted Chicken (E) One of my favorite Insta-pot recipes, this quick and easy roasted chicken is easy as it is delicious.  With the extra juice, we freeze and save in muffin tins for chicken stock.

Wednesday: Flaky Parmesan Tilapia (S) page 227 of the new Trim Healthy Table Cookbook. With leftover fish in the freezer, this will be a quick and easy meal.

Thursday: Mung Dal Pumpkin Curry (E) * see below for the recipe.  Pumpkin season is in full swing and another pumpkin soup was requested for this week.  So, I changed it up this week for a high protein meatless stew.

Friday: Carb Friendly Pizza & Movie Night (S)

Saturday:Happy Harvest Soup (S) Briana Thomas’ recipes are always filled with flavor and delicious.  I can’t wait to try this fall soup.

Sunday: BBQ Ribs  (S)- to keep this THM, I will have to substitute the apple juice.  Instead I may go with a Zevia or Bai flavored water drink.

For my Sweet Tooth

Velvety Chai by Briana Thomas

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookie Bars This is a repeat of last week since we didn’t get a chance to make them.  (made with Sunbutter for the \peanut allergy in our family) page 429 in the new Trim Healthy Table Cookbook


Pumpkin Mung Dal Curry (E)


  • 1 cup Mung Dal
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup pumpkin
  • 1 onion
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • dash of cayenne
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1st garam marsala powder
  • 2 tsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 tsp butter
  • 2 tomatoes chopped


Set the Instapot on the saute mode. Add the 1 tsp. of butter and onion.  Cook onion until tender.  Add in spices (cayenne, cinnamon, nutmeg, marsala powder, curry & turmeric) cook for about 30 seconds to 1 minute. Turn off saute.  Add the remaining ingredients (Mung Dal, chicken stock, pumpkin, almond milk and chopped tomatoes).  Cook on manual for 10 mins.  Quick release pressure.