Our Weekly Menu with fun Recipes

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.

Menu

Monday: Spaghetti with low carb pasta (E/FP) Our sweet middle child is turning 7 and requested spaghetti with noodles for her birthday.  For the adults we’ll use spaghetti squash for our noodles.

Tuesday: Little Sweet little spicy drumsticks (S), page 221 of the book, Trim Healthy Table. For a fun little treat tonight, flavorful chicken legs with our favorite Brown “Sugar” Air-Fried Brussel Sprouts!*

WednesdayBBQ Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf, (S) rich with flavor, this quick and easy menu choice will be perfect for the first week of school.

Thursday: Chicken Pot Pie (S) with leftover chicken made with Mozzarella Bread 

Friday: Low Carb Pizza, (c/o) crust made with Cheese bread sticks on page 310of the book Trim Healthy Table. 

Saturday: Chicken Cordon Blue Casserole (s), Quick & easy, this recipe will be a welcome treat!

Sunday: Chicken Enchiladas (S) – I’m excited about this delicious meal choice!

Sweet Treats

Gorilla Bread:  This recipe was as huge hit! I even had couple with my breakfast the next morning.

Sugar Free Cinnamon Donuts * See Below!!

 

*Recipes*
Air Fried Brussel Sprouts
  • 1 Bag of Frozen Brussel Sprouts
  • 1 tsp xylitol
  • 1 tsp black strap molasses
  • salt and cayenne paper to taste
  • coconut spray

Line the Air-Fryer with foil.  Spray the Brussel Sprouts with coconut spray. Sprinkle salt and cayenne paper xylitol and molasses onto sprouts.  Mix and add to the air fryer. Cook for 15-18 mins until toasty.

Cinnamon Sugar Donuts (S)

INGREDIENTS
  • 2 c baking blend
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ¼ c natural sweetener
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ c greek yogurt
  • ¼ c nut milk (coconut or almond)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 T oil
Cinnamon “Sugar” Mixture
  • 1½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup melted butter
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Mix dry ingredients, sugar and cinnamon
  2. Mix in yogurt, milk, egg and oil
  3. Stir well
  4. Fill greased muffin pans ⅔ full
  5. Bake @375 for 15 minutes
  6. Remove immediately from pan and roll in melted butter
  7. Combine cinnamon & natural sugar (Sweet Blend)
  8. Roll donuts in cinnamon mixture

Or look check out the Basic Donut on page 268 of the Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook for a different recipe on THM donuts.


			

Our Weekly Menu with Sugar Free Donuts

Our Weekly Menu with Sugar Free Donuts

 

 

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.

Menu

Monday: Blackened Salmon with Air Fried Okra (E) The blogger, Oh Sweet Mercy,  is one to follow with amazing Trim Healthy Mama options and delicious, easy to make recipes.

Tuesday: It’s Taco Tuesday so Slow Fajitas on page 53 in the book Trim Healthy Mama, is on the menu 

Wednesday: Pizza Chili * See Below

Thursday: Light and Fluffy Quiche * See Below

Friday: Low Carb Pizza, (c/o) crust made with Cheese bread sticks on page 310of the book Trim Healthy Table. 

Saturday: Insta Pot Honey Bourbon Chicken  In order to blend into our Trim Healthy Lifestyle, I will substitute glucosamine for the thickener and use Braggs Liquid Amino Acids for the soy sauce

Sunday: General Tso’s InstaPot Shredded Chicken In order to blend into our Trim Healthy Lifestyle, I will substitute glucosamine for the thickener and use Braggs Liquid Amino Acids for the soy sauce.  I’ll also replace the sugar with xylitol.

Sweet Treats

No Bake Cheesecake, just check out this amazing recipe again from Oh Sweet Mercy!

Sugar Free Cinnamon Donuts * See Below!!

 

Light and Fluffy Quiche

Ingredients:

  • Optional Pie Crust
  • 1 cup Shredded Mexican Blended Cheese
  • 1 cup mozzarella Cheese
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese
  • 4 oz Cream Cheese
  • Green Onion
  • Handful of Kale
  • Cooked Sausage Bites
  • 4- slices Cooked and Bacon Crumbles
  • 8 Eggs
  • 1 cup Whipping Cream
  • 1 Tablespoon Italian Spice Blend
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Layer the Pie Crust or Baking Dish with Cheese, Kale, Sausage, Cooked Bacon and onion.  
  2. In medium bowl, combine eggs, milk or cream, and then add salt, pepper and Italian Spice blend . Beat until smooth and pour over cheese and meat.
  3. Place prepared pie in preheat oven (375 degrees F)  If using a crust you may choose to cover with foil to protect it. 
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes, or until filling is set and crust is golden brown. Remove the foil, if used and continue to bake for 15 mins if the quiche is not set. 
Insta-Pot Pizza Chili
  • 2 pound ground turkey
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 1 tsp butter
  • 2 cans RoTel Diced Tomatoes with Green Chilies
  • 2 cans of the following beans (Black, any kind of White & Kidney)
  • 1 – 2 Tablespoons chili powder (depending on how spicy you like your chili)
  • 1 Tablespoon cumin 
  • 1 Tablespoon Italian Seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • Himalayan salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup chicken stock low sodium
  • 3 ounce can of tomato paste.
  • 2 cans of sugar-free pizza sauce

Press Sauté button and add butter and onion and ground turkey. Once the onion and turkey has been cooked, turn off Sauté mood and add the rest of the ingredients. Close lid and pressure cook on chili at High Pressure for 30 minutes, followed by Natural Release. Open the lid carefully.

Another Sweet Treat for this week

Cinnamon Sugar Donuts (S)

INGREDIENTS
  • 2 c baking blend
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ¼ c natural sweetener
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ c greek yogurt
  • ¼ c nut milk (coconut or almond)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 T oil
Cinnamon “Sugar” Mixture
  • 1½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup melted butter
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Mix dry ingredients, sugar and cinnamon
  2. Mix in yogurt, milk, egg and oil
  3. Stir well
  4. Fill greased muffin pans ⅔ full
  5. Bake @375 for 15 minutes
  6. Remove immediately from pan and roll in melted butter
  7. Combine cinnamon & natural sugar (Sweet Blend)
  8. Roll donuts in cinnamon mixture

Or look check out the Basic Donut on page 268 of the Trim Healthy Mama Cookbookfor a different recipe on THM donuts.

A Rainbow of Fun

A Rainbow of Fun!

 

 

 

A little touch of Easter a flavor of spring. My little preschooler was fascinated by rainbows on this particular day and kept keeping these magical arrays in everything we did. So for a fun extra projects we found this easy science lesson to blend colors to create a rainbow effect. Give it a try for yourself and see what you think!

Rainbow Walking Water Science Experiment 

For our experiment, we set up the cups, added the water, color and then paper towels.  The walking color didn’t magically appear right away so we decided to head to art class. Upon our return the it really did look wonderful!!

While at art class, Jackie, Cayden’s teacher at Aberdeen Bead and Brushes had a variety of projects with rainbow’s as well!  Check out this fun science lesson with jelly beans and skittles!! Tuesday Mornings at 10:00am in Aberdeen, there is toddler art for $5.00. Cayden always has a fun time creating and meeting out with friends! So, if you are in the Sandhills area of Southern Pines/Pinehurst, come and join us!

 

So how do you recreate this rainbow of colors?  Grab a white disposable plate, a bag of skittle or jellybeans and a small cup of water. Line the ring of the plate with your candy, poor a little water and watch the magic happen.  Additionally, Cayden create a chalk egg project that same day!  So much to do so little time!

 

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.

Menu

Monday: Butternut Squash Soup (E) Hearty with an added curry flavor, I’m excited to try this soup!

Tuesday: Twice Baked Spaghetti Squash (FP) Another zero fat/carb recipe for this week.  This one looks amazing!

WednesdayJalapeno Chicken Bacon Chowder (S) from Darcie’s Dishes. My oldest daughter is really into soups and this delicious recipe is a favorite of hers.  I do adjust the dish so it’s not spicy for my three children.

Thursday: Butter Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole (S) page 56 of Necessary Foods.  The picture in the book sold me on this recipe.  I’m excited to try however, I know my kids won’t be thrilled with a casserole so I may put some chicken aside for them.

Friday: Low Carb Pizza, (c/o) crust made with Cheese bread sticks on page 310of the book Trim Healthy Table. 

Saturday: Eggroll in a Bowl (S) It’s been a while since we this meal made it to the dinner table.  Easy, delicious and quick, this is a crowd pleasing meal for the whole family. Found on page 63 of the Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook with our own added additions such as water chestnuts and sprouts.

Sunday: Piggies in a Blanket (S)  Another favorite for my little ones. Who wouldn’t love this low carb options.

Sweet Treats

These Mint Brownies (S) look delicious and easy!

Cinnamon Rolls

Our Weekly Menu with Air Fried Mahi Mahi Tacos

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.

Menu

Monday: Little Sweet Little Spicy Drumsticks (S) page 221 in Tim Healthy Table with Air fried Brussel Sprouts (S) Full of flavor with a little sweet and a little spicy flavor just as the name suggests, we love this easy recipe.

Tuesday: Air Fried Mahi Mahi Tacos (E) see recipe below. We love our air frier!  It sure makes life easy and dinners fast.

Wednesday:Low Carb Alfredo Chicken (S) with Low Carb Stromboli (S) A fun little recipes for a midweek dinner.

Thursday:Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes (S) with low carb tortillas in place of hamburger buns. I’m excited to try this new recipe!

Friday: Low Carb Pizza, (c/o) crust made with Cheese bread sticks on page 310of the book Trim Healthy Table. 

Saturday: We are off for Easter Weekend!

Sunday: Traveling to see family for Easter

 

Sweet Treats

These Mint Brownies (S) look delicious and easy!

Cinnamon Rolls Easter Treat

Air Fried Mahi Mahi Tacos (E)

Ingredients

For the Fish:

  • 3- 4fillets of Mahi Mahi
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 lime
  • pinch of salt
  • pepper
  • 1 cup baking blend

For the Taco:

  • low carb tortillas
  • 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
  • Tablespoon of lime
  • 1 can of drained and rinsed black beans
  • 1 bag of baby kale
  • sugar-free salsa

Instructions

  1. Preheat airfryer to 390 degrees. Cut Mahi Mahi into fork sized pieces and add to a bowl. Blend onion powder, paprika, the juice of half a lime, salt and pepper. Marinade for 20 mins.
  2. Coat the Mahi Mahi and coat with baking blend. Place fish into airfyer and cook for 15 minutes. If you airfryer is smaller, you may have to do in shifts.
  3. Combine greek yogurt with a Tablespoon of lime and some salt and pepper in a small bowl.
  4. You may choose to toast or broil your low-carb tortillas in the oven to warm them.
  5. Assemble your tacos with fish, beans, yogurt blend, kale and salsa.

Disclaimer:
We are not affiliated with Trim Healthy Mama nor endorsed by them. As with all resources, you should review them with care. We have done our best to make the recipes and all menu plans THM compliant in an effort to assist you on your journey.

Egg Adventures

Egg Adventures!

How is Easter already next weekend?  Didn’t we just celebrate Christmas?  In the spirit of the holiday, I created a few fun projects for our kids this week.  With each one of our children at different academic levels, I wanted to develop an activity that would address each individual’s needs. Also as a combined family project, I brought back our Christmas Kindness Challenge and revamped it for Easter.

 

Kindness Challenge

Be Grateful, Be Kind, Believe in Kindness

Little toys, tiny trinkets, a coin or maybe a dollar, these are some of the possibilities that fill our kindness challenge eggs. Over the next week, our family will find places around town or even on our spring break travels to place these little gifts of love.  What would you put in your own kindness eggs?

Sight Word and Beginning Letter Challenge

Egg Fun for Four

 

Our four year old this week is working on beginning letters and recognizing site words in preparation for Kindergarten in the fall.  On the outside of each egg is the letter of the word inside. At the $ section of Target I found an egg puzzle. On one side I placed shape stickers and the other number for review.  Story starters are also typed up on other pieces of paper as a fun way to travel.  Open up each egg, read the story starter and create a family story as you drive or fly towards your family adventure.

Motor Skills and Movement Challenge

Eggs & Movement

Our middle girl is working on strengthening her muscles. So for her eggs, we placed a variety of movement exercises to get her up, moving and engaging those muscles in a fun challenge.

 

Stem Questions in Context Challenge

Stem Stories

Our oldest is working hard to master Stem questions in reading context. For her, I typed up a list of questions sent home by the school to use for her story retell.

What Egg Creations do you have planned for your Easter Celebration this year? 

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.

Menu

Monday:Hillbilly Chicken with Air fried Brussel Sprouts (S) Similar to bacon wrapped chicken, this is a similar find with a creative yummy twist.

Tuesday: Enchilada Stuffed Spaghetti Squash Casserole (S) page 132 of the book Trim Healthy Table.

Wednesday: Chef Salad (E/S or FP) Pile the veggies on a bed of kale or spinach and enjoy. For protein consider boiling eggs, cutting up deli meat or adding some cheese.

Thursday: Trim Mac Salad (S) page 181 of the Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook

Friday: Low Carb Pizza, (c/o) crust made with Cheese bread sticks on page 310of the book Trim Healthy Table. 

Saturday: Grass Feed Beef STEW (E) paired with the Grain Free Irish Soda Bread and we have St. Patrick’s dinner all over again!

Sunday: Chicken Marsala- (S) from Bake at Midnite .  In order to make it fit Trim Healthy Mama guidelines, I am omitting the pasta and using baking blend with parmesan cheese as my breading.

 

Sweet Treats

These Mint Brownies (S) look delicious and easy!

Grain Free Irish Soda Bread


			

Our Weekly Menu with a St. Patrick’s Day Treat

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.

Menu

Monday: Baby Quiches (S). Looking for a small little treat?  Cook the quiche in little muffin tins and have leftovers ready for breakfast.

Tuesday: Hot Dogs and Zucchini Fries  (S) Tonight I have a local Rodan+Fields Event that I’m co-hosting so the kids and my husband are having and easy meal of hot dogs and “fries”.

Wednesday:  Pizza Chili * see below (S) I don’t know why this cold weather insists on hanging around North Carolina but, at least a warm bowl of soup on a chilly night helps!.

Thursday:BBQ Ribs  with Saffron Cauliflower (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.

Friday: Low Carb Pizza, (c/o) crust made with Cheese bread sticks on page 310of the book Trim Healthy Table. 

Saturday: St. Patrick’s Day Feast (S), Which meal to choose? This THM St. Patrick’s Day Recipe Roundup has a variety of yummy treats!

Sunday:Hillbilly Chicken with Air fried Brussel Sprouts (S) Similar to bacon wrapped chicken, this is a similar find with a creative yummy twist.

 

Sweets for the Week
Air Fried Brussel Sprouts
  • 1 Bag of Frozen Brussel Sprouts
  • 1 tsp xylitol
  • 1 tsp black strap molasses
  • salt and cayenne paper to taste
  • coconut spray

Line the Air-Fryer with foil.  Spray the Brussel Sprouts with coconut spray. Sprinkle salt and cayenne paper xylitol and molasses onto sprouts.  Mix and add to the air fryer. Cook for 15-18 mins until toasty.

Insta-Pot Pizza Chili
  • 2 pound ground turkey
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 1 tsp butter
  • 2 cans RoTel Diced Tomatoes with Green Chilies
  • 2 cans of the following beans (Black, any kind of White & Kidney)
  • 1 – 2 Tablespoons chili powder (depending on how spicy you like your chili)
  • 1 Tablespoon cumin 
  • 1 Tablespoon Italian Seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • Himalayan salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup chicken stock low sodium
  • 3 ounce can of tomato paste.
  • 2 cans of sugar-free pizza sauce

Press Sauté button and add butter and onion and ground turkey. Once the onion and turkey has been cooked, turn off Sauté mood and add the rest of the ingredients. Close lid and pressure cook on chili at High Pressure for 30 minutes, followed by Natural Release. Open the lid carefully.

Yay Our Weekly Menu is Here with Brown “Sugar” Brussel Sprouts!

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.

Menu

Monday: Spaghetti with low carb pasta  (E). My three sure love their spaghetti.  For them we pair it with low carb pasta. For the adults we use spaghetti squash for our noodles. Looking for an easy and quick way to cook your squash?  Check out this blog for directions for a InstaPot Version.

Tuesday: Tacos (S) Low carb tortillas with ground meat, avocados, cheese and whole fat yogurt in place of sour cream and we have an easy but quick meal.

Wednesday: Easy Bacon Cheeseburger Soup (S) I don’t know why this cold weather insists on hanging around North Carolina but, at least a warm bowl of soup on a chilly night helps!.

Thursday: Teriyaki Beef and Broccoli (E) page 82 of the book Trim Healthy Table. This recipe has an S (satisfying fats) or E (energizing healthy carbs)  option.

Friday: Low Carb Pizza, (c/o) crust made with Cheese bread sticks on page 310of the book Trim Healthy Table. 

Saturday: Little Sweet little spicy drumsticks (S), page 221 of the book, Trim Healthy Table. For a fun little treat tonight, flavorful chicken legs with Brown “Sugar” Air-Fried Brussel Sprouts!*

Sunday: Brinner night (S), page 279 & 336 of the book Trim Healthy Table. Waffles, bacon and eggs for dinner?!  Yum!

 

Sweets for the Week
Air Fried Brussel Sprouts
  • 1 Bag of Frozen Brussel Sprouts
  • 1 tsp xylitol
  • 1 tsp black strap molasses
  • salt and cayenne paper to taste
  • coconut spray

Line the Air-Fryer with foil.  Spray the Brussel Sprouts with coconut spray. Sprinkle salt and cayenne paper xylitol and molasses onto sprouts.  Mix and add to the air fryer. Cook for 15-18 mins until toasty.

 

Our Weekly Menu plus Light and Fluffy Quiche

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.

Menu

Monday: Lentil Soup for the Soul (E). I fell in love with the name of this soup and with a rainy day in the forecast, is there a better day for a bowl of soup?

Tuesday: Light and Fluffy Quiche (S) * See my recipe below!

Wednesday: Pizza Chili (E) * See my recipe below!

Thursday: Chicken Nuggets (S)- One of our favorite family recipes, our chicken is baked not fried but just as popular.

Friday: Low Carb Pizza, (c/o) crust made with Cheese bread sticks on page 252 of the book Trim Healthy Table. 

Saturday: Blackened Fish Tacos (E), page 60 of the book, Trim Healthy Table. Crispy fish packed with a yummy beans and low carb tortilla

Sunday: Instant Pot Crack Chicken  (S) Adventures of a Nurse 

 

Sweets for the Week
Soft Double Chocolate Chip Cookies (S) page 400 in the book Trim Healthy Table

Light and Fluffy Quiche

Ingredients:

  • Optional Pie Crust
  • 1 cup Shredded Mexican Blended Cheese
  • 1 cup mozzarella Cheese
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese
  • 4 oz Cream Cheese
  • Green Onion
  • Handful of Kale
  • Cooked Sausage Bites
  • 4- slices Cooked and Bacon Crumbles
  • 8 Eggs
  • 1 cup Whipping Cream
  • 1 Tablespoon Italian Spice Blend
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Layer the Pie Crust or Baking Dish with Cheese, Kale, Sausage, Cooked Bacon and onion.  
  2. In medium bowl, combine eggs, milk or cream, and then add salt, pepper and Italian Spice blend . Beat until smooth and pour over cheese and meat.
  3. Place prepared pie in preheat oven (375 degrees F)  If using a crust you may choose to cover with foil to protect it. 
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes, or until filling is set and crust is golden brown. Remove the foil, if used and continue to bake for 15 mins if the quiche is not set. 
Insta-Pot Pizza Chili
  • 2 pound ground turkey
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 1 tsp butter
  • 2 cans RoTel Diced Tomatoes with Green Chilies
  • 2 cans of the following beans (Black, any kind of White & Kidney)
  • 1 – 2 Tablespoons chili powder (depending on how spicy you like your chili)
  • 1 Tablespoon cumin 
  • 1 Tablespoon Italian Seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • Himalayan salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup chicken stock low sodium
  • 3 ounce can of tomato paste.
  • 2 cans of sugar-free pizza sauce

Press Sauté button and add butter and onion and ground turkey. Once the onion and turkey has been cooked, turn off Sauté mood and add the rest of the ingredients. Close lid and pressure cook on chili at High Pressure for 30 minutes, followed by Natural Release. Open the lid carefully.