First Week in October Menu with new Pizza Crust Creation

Our First Week in October 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: Idiots Chicken (S), Page 223 of the book, Trim Healthy Table An easy recipe for a buy week ahead! Love the name love the taste.

Tuesday:  Easy Low Carb Spaghetti Night! (FP) Grab the Instapot, roast the squash and cue an easy meal.

Wednesday: Pan Seared Cajon Salmon (S) My husbands creation, I’ll have to write down the recipe as he cooks his famous fish.

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)

New Crust Creation:

  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tablespoon cream cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup baking blend
  • 1/4 cup psyllium husk
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning.

Place the both the mozzarella and cream cheese into the microwave for a 1 minuet and 1/2. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well.  If the dough is to soft, add more parmesan cheese or baking blend until easy to roll out. Place the dough between to pieces of parchment paper. I prefer to use a fondant roller to stretch the crust or you can use a rolling pin. Cook at 400 degrees for 10 mins until browned.  Place desired toppings on crust and cook for an additional 10 minuets or until the cheese is browned.

 

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)

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions:

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.

Hello September Menu

Hello September Menu

You have to love the Easter Plate, LOL

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: Hardy Lentil Soup Chicken Sausage and Soup (E) Page 85 of the book, Trim Healthy Table.

Tuesday:  Sweet Lime Taco Joe (FP/S/E) Page 93 of the book Trim Healthy Table.

Wednesday: Creamy Chicken Enchilada with Spaghetti Squash (S) I’ll omit the beans and corn but add a bag of riced cauliflower for this tasty meal. Spaghetti noodles with sauce for the kids.

Thursday: Teriyaki Beef and Broccoli (S/E or FP), Page 82 of the book, Trim Healthy Table. Beef is a favorite meat in our family and one we don’t often create.  This kids will be excited!

Friday: Carb Friendly Pizza & Movie Night (S).  Here is the crust recipe my husband and I use for our pizza.  Make sure to double the recipe add baking powder for a thick crust.

Saturday: Hubby lovin’ Chicken (S), Page 218 of the book, Trim Healthy Table Our family has falling in love with this easy and flavorful meal.

Sunday: Traditional Chili (E)-Who doesn’t love an easy and quick meal for a Sunday afternoon.  Fall, are you here yet?

For my Sweet Tooth

Pumpkin Gummy Candy I’ll be using the tart cherry recipe but with pumpkin juice to make these gummy candies.

 

Summer Family Adventures Week 6

Week 6

Looking for a way to organize your summer goals, check out our Summer Family Adventures.  Each day, during the the week, we have an academic goal, life skill or sports activity.  Weekends are reserved for a fun family adventure.

Here are our week 6 goals:

Monday: Cooking with Math- Making Popsicles 

Tuesday: Aberdeen Beads and Brushes hosts a Weekly Toddler Art lesson for $5.00.  Time to get out and create!

Wednesday: Life Skill Discovery-Water Safety at the Swimming Pool

Thursday: Sport’s Day-Born Learning Trail in Cartage, NC

Friday: Science Fun: Weymouth Center and Gardens

 

Family Adventure

Prepare for Camp

Summer Family Adventures Week 3

Summer Family Adventures

Week 3

Looking for a way to organize your summer goals, check out our Summer Family Adventures.  Each day, during the the week, we have an academic goal, life skill or sports activity.  Weekends are reserved for a fun family adventure.

Here are our week 3 goals:

Monday: Math Magic- Card Tricks from PBS!

Tuesday: Aberdeen Beads and Brushes hosts a Weekly Toddler Art lesson for $5.00.  Time to get and create!

Wednesday: Life-Skill Preparing and Packing for a trip – Our kids will learn why lists are important as they sketch their own and help us pack for the move.Family Trip Packing List

Thursday: Exploring Science  We are headed to a local park with friends hiking and exploring nature with friends.

Friday: Sports Day- Count Down/Count Up

  • 10-Jumping Jacks
  • 9- Burpees
  • 8-Sit-ups
  • 7-Frog Hops
  • 6- Bear Crawls
  • 5- Pull-ups
  • 4- Forward punches
  • 3- Squats
  • 2- Yoga Poses
  • 1- 1 minute of plank
  • 2- Yoga poses
  • 3-Squats
  • 4-Kicks
  • 5-Swings
  • 6-Bear crawls
  • 7-Frog Hops
  • 8 Sit ups
  • 9-Burpees
  • 10 Jumping Jacks

Family Adventure

Road Trip

On the road again!! Our family is traveling to see family this week!

Our Weekly Menu Designed by our 7 year old

 

Last week our menu took on a little twist. 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.  Not to be outdone by her sister, here is last week’s menu from our 7 year old. The week before, our oldest had request to create the menu so this last week, our middle girl wanted to give it a try.  Read to see what she requested:

Menu

Monday: Spaghetti (FP) with ground turkey, Dreamfield Pasta for the kids and Spaghetti Squash for the adults.

Tuesday: Tacos (E) with low carb tortillas, beans, and low fast cheese

WednesdayQuiche (S) with eggs, cheese, bacon and peppers. I also created a fun crust from riced cauliflower, cream cheese and baking blend. I’ll post the recipe soon once it’s perfected.

Thursday: Chicken Thighs- Baked (FP) with

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

Saturday: Grass Fed Steak with Grilled sweet potatoes and roasted Brussels sprouts! (E)

Sunday: Chili (E) – with spouted grain rolls

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!!

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

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

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 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.

Our Weekly Menu

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: Chef Salad (E) 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.

Tuesday: Breakfast for Dinner (E) Pancakes or oatmeal, kids choice tonight.

Wednesday: Valentine’s Tea (S) For Valentine’s Dinner, we are treating our kids to a lovely tea party.  Baby quiche, little plate of salad and sugar-free cookies for dessert.

Thursday:  Easy Tacos (E), low carb tortillas, tomatoes, black beans and low fat cheese make a quick and easy dinner

Friday: Low Carb Pizza, (c/o) crust made with Cheese bread sticks on page 252 of 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, baby corn and sprouts.

Sunday: Piggies in a Blanket (S)  Another favorite for my little ones. This was a request from my 4 year old!

For my Sweet Tooth

Strawberry Almond Ice Cream (S) Found on page 232 of the book Necessary Food By Briana Thomas

Double Chocolate Cookies (S) Page 321 of the book Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook


Our Weekly Menu and Pizza Chili

 

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: French Onion Soup (E) Grab some green peppers, red onions and a couple avocados for a tasty treat!

Tuesday: Spaghetti  (E) Homemade sauce with low carb noodles.

Wednesday: Trim Mac Salad (S) Page 181 from The Trim Healthy Cookbook

Thursday:  Insta-Pot Pizza Chili *See Below!

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

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

Sunday: Taco/ Nachos (E or S depending on cheese and chips) Hummingbird Pancakes

For my Sweet Tooth

Strawberry Almond Ice Cream (S) Found on page 232 of the book Necessary Food By Briana Thomas

Double Chocolate Cookies (S) Page 321 of the book Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook

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.