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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Italian Sausage, Peppers and Mushrooms over Pasta - perfect to get back on plan

Hello friends! Sorry about the abandonment my blog has suffered! I just moved from an apartment to our new house and these days have just been too hectic and busy! Packing, unpacking, cleaning, etc... But it's all worth it! We're thankful, excited, happy and a bit scared like with every change!

Now if you are a Trim Healthy Mama like me... I will tell you some "THM related things ahead" if you're not... you can skip all my ranting/venting and go directly to the recipe! This is an "On plan" recipe but ANYBODY can enjoy it! If you love the recipe... then come back to learn more about this plan that is designed to help you improve your health, lose weight and enjoy food freedom!

Now... so... let's see some of the discoveries I made during this move and that I will share just for the sake of "keeping it real" and to show you that we are all on the same boat... yes this plan is easier for some than it is for others but it is definitely doable for everyone!
  • I don't do very good with food when moving! I totally went off plan just because "I felt like it"... I just wanted to eat, eat and eat! I had lots of ice cream too!
  • I am not like one of those people who find "sugar loaded things" horrible after they've been on plan for a while... ice cream tasted just as good as ever! (maybe even better? Don't know!)
  • I could've totally stayed on plan if I had planned ahead... now... I don't plan on moving again but if it ever happens I will make sure I plan, cook and freeze meals ahead of time!
  • Now... this is not "news" to me... but I will share it again! all that "off plan" food was definitely not worth it... Not only my shape is suffering the consequences but also my skin, mood and my poor stomach! I won't even go into details!
But the good news! This plan is for life... so ... we just pick up where we left off! After eating the way I did it's comforting to know that I can have fried eggs and bacon for my "first meal" when on plan again! And that's what I did! Don't "punish yourself" for going off plan! That's the problem with many diets! After you "sin" then you have to suffer through horrible "cleanses" or you feel like you should now eat less than 1400 calories a day and you spend your days eating "rabbit food" just because "you deserve it" for being such a bad girl! Who can live like that though? that "punishment" only makes you want to be "a bad girl" again and binge! That's not the case with THM! You can have really yummy, satisfying food that will make you realize you didn't even need to go off plan to begin with! So... that's my focus right now that I am on plan again! I am pretty much cooking Comfort Food "THM Style" and that's what I will be sharing with you today!

I am also making lots of delicious THM Smoothies with their amazing Pristine Whey Protein! I had been pacing myself when using it because it was out of stock but it's back along with all their amazing sweeteners (my favorite is their pure stevia extract) and their yummy peanut flour! You can find it all here:


And now... The recipe I promised: 



Italian Sausage, Peppers and Mushrooms over "Pasta" (S)
Yield: 4 generous servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. raw mild -or hot- (I use mild so my children can eat) Italian sausage (I use jennie-o Lean Turkey Italian Sausage)
  • 1/2 large white onion (chopped)
  • 1 large green bell pepper (seeded and cut into chunks)
  • 2 large cloves of garlic, finely chopped.
  • 2 tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano 
  • 1/2 a can (14 oz.) can of fire roasted diced tomatoes (undrained) - you can also use regular diced tomatoes.
  • 1/4 tsp. salt (I use Himalayan Salt)- or to taste -
  • roughly chopped fresh basil for garnish (optional)
  • Grated/Shredded Parmesan Cheese For topping
Directions for Stove Top:

  • Using a large skillet, heat the oil over med-high heat. Once the oil is hot, add the sausages and turn occasionally making sure all sides are browned (this will take about 10-12 minutes). Stir in the oregano and cook for 1 minute. Stir in the onions and peppers and cook until the onions are translucent, add the garlic, stir and cook for about 2 more minutes. Stir in the tomatoes, mushrooms, season with salt, reduce heat to low and let it all simmer together while you cook the pasta (or cauliflower)

Directions for slow cooker: (I would double the recipe for the slow cooker)

  • Using a large skillet, heat the oil over med-high heat. Once the oil is hot, add the sausages and turn occasionally making sure all sides are browned (this will take about 10-12 minutes). Stir in the oregano and cook for 1 minute. Add the diced tomatoes with the juices, mushrooms and add some water (about 1/4 a cup), salt; simmer for 3 minutes.
In the bottom of a slow cooker arrange ONLY half of the onion-pepper mixture and then cover with half of the sausages and their sauce, cover with the rest of the onion-pepper mixture to form another layer and top it all with the rest of the sausage/sauce. Cover and cook for 4 hours on low.

Now... "The Pasta"

Instead of Pasta I use (for myself) steamed cauliflower (and then slightly "crushed" with a Potato Masher), while still hot I add some butter, garlic powder and salt to taste. I also use Roasted Spaghetti Squash (buttered as well and with garlic powder and salt)

For non-purists (I am not necessarily a purist but I am not fond of Frankenfoods if I can avoid them) but you could use 1 serving of Dreamfields Pasta) and still keep it an "S"

For a crossover for my family I use my very favorite (not-franken food) Tinkyada Brown Rice Pasta but that's an E so if you are going to use it with this stew it would be a crossover (great for you but not weight loss inducing)  
 
Right before serving remove the sausage links from your stew and cut them on a cutting board (carefully, they are hot!), return them to the skillet or slow cooker and stir! Serve your "pasta", top with the Italian sausage and garnish with fresh basil (optional). Top with grated parmesan!

Enjoy!!!


Now... I can't promise I'll be blogging again too often too soon.... another discovery I made is that I don't actually have a desk! Our apartment had built in desks and shelves so I am typing right now with the computer on my dresser in my bedroom using a chair from my dining set... trust me... it's as uncomfortable as it sounds!

I'll be back as soon as I can!

© Paloma K.

Disclaimer: Some links in this post are affiliate links, this means that you pay the same price, but I also receive a very small compensation. I recommend products I have tried and love.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

THM Snacks for Moms on the Go


Every girl needs some chocolate! Having skinny chocolate at hand is life saving!

Hello beautiful Trim Healthy Mamas! am in the middle of moving so I am packing and cleaning and not much time of blogging! I am missing supporting newbies on fb, helping answer questions or give them encouragement... I'll be back soon! I promise! Once it's all settled!

For now... I am sharing some great ideas for snacks that you can enjoy "on the go" ... Last week it was all about sharing everyday THM menus It's all here on this Pinterest Board  and this week is all about Easy/quick recipes or those meals that you can prepare ahead and have them ready when you need them.

Last week's menus I put it together mostly from my own recipes... This week I am needing help from great fellow bloggers (Briana Thomas and Darcie from Darcie's Dishes)... I hope you will enjoy them, would you please let me know?

First, here are some tips of my own for quick/easy snacks on the go:

  • Hard boiled eggs (S), always have a few cooked, peeled and refrigerated. They are great protein source and easy to just grab and eat.

  • Prepare your veggies ahead and keep them in ziploc bags. Celery sticks are great (they sell the bag of pre-cut celery at Costco). Non starchy veggies are great for any setting so have them ready. Triple washed organic salad mixes are awesome! You can quickly fix yourself a great salad (those hard boiled eggs from point number 1 might help you too!)

  •  Oikos Triple Zero yoghurts are always a life saver! And it's a great FP snack on its own! Lots of protein there!

  • Protein Powder! always have some on plan protein powder close by! Smoothies sound more "intimidating" than they really are! Just throw 1 cup frozen berries in the blender, about 1/2 cup of unsweetened cashew or almond milk, some cocoa powder (optional), 1/2 scoop of whey protein, a splash of vanilla and stevia sweetener to taste and voila! You got yourself a great, delicious snack that will keep bad cravings away!

  • Shop Smart: Always keep in your freezer, fridge or pantry (accordingly) sliced deli meat, cheese sticks, 1 - 2% cottage cheese, wasa crackers, almonds, unsweetened peanut/almond butter, and apples! Having the right ingredients on hand will help you stay on plan. You don't have to go hungry, ever!
  • Please make some "Skinny Chocolate" There are many versions out there... The book has the basic recipe but I tweak my skinny chocolate to my own liking.. I don't even have a recipe I just keep tasting and tasting until I like it...  I substitute cocoa powder for Unsweetened Baking Chocolate and I use about 1 oz. of chocolate for each 1/2 cup of coconut oil (I don't like it too bitter) and I do grind my Truvia for a smoother texture:


A coffee Grinder works great: 



Now... enjoy some of the great THM snacks wonderful Briana Thomas and Darcie want to share with you today right here at The Coffee Shop:

Briana's:

- Favorite 5 Minute Drinks, Snacks, Shakes and Meals
- Easy Snack Balls

Easy Snack Balls, you have to get this recipe!


Darcie's:

30 Snack Ideas



So... I am coming back with some more recipes or tips for dinners/lunch that will hopefully make you make the big decision of joining Trim Healthy Mama or will make your journey even easier! If I am not here tomorrow just be a bit patient, like I said... I am in the middle of boxes and bags right now.


© Paloma K.

  Disclaimer: Some links in this post are affiliate links, this means that you pay the same price, but I also receive a very small compensation. I recommend products I have tried and love.

Monday, March 16, 2015

10 Easy THM Breakfasts for Moms on the Go

 Hello everybody! Today is a whole new day! If you didn't do too good last week or yesterday... just scratch that and take advantage of the new mercy that's available to you TODAY!

I hope you enjoyed my series of menus from last week... I am so happy to see many of you got inspired by them! Thank you for your comments (here on facebook), likes and shares! You are all too kind!

Now... last week I told you I want to put together a menu for Moms that are "on the go" recipes/tips for quick meals/snacks or just things that you can just prepare ahead to enjoy later...

I asked for help from fellow THM bloggers that I know and trust and I am going to share with you today some of those recipes that might help you feel like you don't have to spend "all day/everyday" in the kitchen. Some of these do require work and preparation, but they can be made in those times when you do have the time to be in the kitchen and then just store for when you are on the run.

Today it's all about breakfasts:

We got for you:

1. (S) Salted Caramel Chocolate Covered Strawberry Shake by Cate at The Fabuless Wife I love shakes like this! Packed with protein, just throw it all in the blender and TAKE IT with you! If you have a blender with individual cups like a Ninja you don't even have to worry about transferring your drink to any other container.

Easy Salted Caramel Chocolate Covered Strawberry Shake

2. Or how about you take some time during the weekend and prepare this delicious (E) Sprouted Wheat Cinnamon Scones by Judy at Wonderfully Made and Dearly Loved. She told me these store great and they are delicious! They sure look it!



3. Or try Jennifer's (E) Baked Blueberry Oatmeal from A Home with Purpose, she prepares this, puts it away in the fridge and eats it cold! It sounds yummy, and you're getting your e meals in!


4. You could also try her Warm Chia Porridge Dry Mix, she keeps it on hand and ready to avoid throwing things together in the morning.



5. If you are more of a "cereal in the morning" kind of person, you won't miss that on THM ... You can always get Ezekiel Cereal:



 and just have it with unsweetened almond or cashew milk for a perfect "E" and there's almost no preparation involved!

6. If you want you can also make your own cereal, I loved (S) The Nutty Banana Crunch Cereal also from Judy at Wonderfully Made and Dearly Loved, it's a great low carb cereal that you can prepare ahead, store in a glass jar and have it ready when you need it! I would double her recipe, here at home we liked it better with a bit of almond extract instead of banana extract. It really has a great crunch! I love it on its own!



7. You could also just have a slice of Ezekiel Bread toast with 1 tsp. of butter, 1 individual container of Triple Zero Yogurt and 1 cup of berries (I love it with strawberries). This would be an "E"



8.  You can never go wrong with Scrambled Eggs! Whole eggs are always an S (just some quick THM info) And Teresia from Nana's Little Kitchen has a very easy (S) Quick Spinach and Egg Breakfast


9. Leftovers! Yes... have dinner (or lunch) for breakfast! The most important thing you have to do is EAT! Don't skip a meal... Don't stay too long without food in your stomach... just make sure you stay within the appropriate setting (S, E or FP)

10. Fruit... If you go for fruit make sure it's not an abundant amount... Have some protein with it (Extra lean protein) to keep it an E (Fruit is always an E, except berries... those can be used in any setting -up to 1 cup- except for berries up to 1/2 cup if you want to use them in any setting. You can even grab 1/2 a banana and have one of those triple Zero Yogurts. The Chia Pudding from the book is a great breakfast option on the go as well.

 I hope this has been helpful for you... Let me know!

Got your Book yet???


© Paloma K.

 Disclaimer: Some links in this post are affiliate links, this means that you pay the same price, but I also receive a very small compensation. I recommend products I have tried and love.