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Gluten-Free ‘Spaghetti’

If you’re like me when you think of spaghetti, you automatically think of long, thin noodles.  Well, there is nothing saying you have to use those kind of noodles.  In fact, you can use any kind of noodle you want to.  For me, I need to have a Gluten-Free Spaghetti. So, whatever your need or want is, use your imagination.  Anything goes.  As long as you have noodles and tomato based sauce, you have spaghetti!  🙂

You can used brown rice pasta, corn pasta, rice pasta. There are any number of choices out there. For my THM friends there is Dreamfields Pasta. It is, however, not gluten-free so that is not an option for me.  When I make dinner, my whole family eats gluten-free because I don’t want to have to make two separate meals because I can’t have gluten.  That’s just too much work for my taste.

For quite some time now, I have been making my own spaghetti sauce. Sort of… I start with a canned sauce and add to it. If I wanted to , I could make one totally from scratch, but I got this ‘recipe’ from a full-blooded Italian woman who makes her spaghetti sauce like this so I figure if it’s good enough for her, it’s good enough for me!  😉

So here’s the recipe…

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Gluten-Free Spaghetti

Get This:

  • 1 lb. gluten-free pasta, or spaghetti squash works too (whatever noodles you like, I’m not the boss of you!) (If you are a THM’er, use Dreamfields Pasta and only cook what you will eat in one sitting as it cannot be reheated)
  • 1 lb. lean venison, turkey or chicken
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 c. fresh mushrooms
  • garlic salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 can or jar of spaghetti sauce (make sure to get one WITHOUT high fructose corn syrup or added sugar)
  • 1 can all natural organic diced tomatoes
  • Italian seasoning, garlic powder and pepper to taste
  • Truvia, to taste (or your favorite sweetener) (yes, you add ‘sugar’ to the sauce to cut the acidity)

Do This:

  1. Cook your pasta until JUST done. You will cook with the sauce a bit. If using Dreamfields Pasta, cook according to packaging.
  2. Brown onion, lean ground meat, mushrooms and garlic together in medium pan until hamburger is no longer pink and onion is translucent. Season with garlic salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Once the hamburger mixture is done, add sauce, tomatoes, Italian seasoning, garlic powder and pepper.
  4. Add cooked pasta and stir to mix well. (If you are a THM’er, DO NOT add pasta to sauce, as you cannot reheat pasta).
  5. Simmer sauce for about 5 minutes.
  6. Add Stevia or sugar to taste.  My husband likes his sauce on the sweet side.
  7. Enjoy!

**note: for every 4-6 people just add another can of sauce and another can of tomatoes**

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Fruit Parfaits

Greek Yogurt Parfait

So I was trying to think of something to do with some greek yogurt I have sitting in my fridge.  It’s great stuff.  Packed with protein and calcium.  So good for you. I also have these natural sugar-free sweeteners just sitting here waiting to be used.  So I thought why not mix them together?!? I love the fruit parfaits at that one popular restaurant…you know, the one with the golden arches… 😉 I took some inspiration from there and came up with what you see above…my blueberries are a little freezer burned from being in the freezer too long, but the parfait was really good anyway.

Strawberry Brownie Greek Yogurt Parfait

Once the creative juices were flowing, I just went with them.  Brownies go so well with strawberries, as everyone knows! I was going to add a swirl of chocolate syrup, but thought better of it as I’m trying to keep the calorie count low, but feel free to add some to your fruit parfaits! My chocolate granola would have been yummy in this, too!! Maybe I’ll have to make another tomorrow!  😉

Any Who… here’s the quick and super easy recipe for these yummy parfaits.

Fruit Parfaits (Click HERE to print recipe)

Get This:

  •  1 1/2 c. 0% nonfat plain greek yogurt (about 3/4 c each parfait)
  • 1/4-1/3 c. PreSweet™ Tagatose (depending on how sweet you want your yogurt)
  • 10-12 drops Pure Liquid™ Vanilla Alcohol Free NuStevia™ (again, depending on how sweet you want your yogurt)
  • app. 1 c. frozen strawberries, thawed
  • app. 1/2 c. frozen blueberries, thawed
  • 1 gluten-free brownie, cut into pieces

Do This:

  1. In a bowl, combine your yogurt, tagatose and liquid vanilla; mix well.

For Fruit Parfait:

  1. Layer fruit and yogurt in a fancy glass, starting with fruit in the bottom, followed by yogurt.
  2. Repeat, ending with fruit on top.
  3. You could add granola to this and it would be fabulous!

For Brownie Parfait:

  1. Layer fruit, brownie and yogurt in a fancy glass, starting with a bit of brownie in the bottom, followed by yogurt, then fruit.
  2. Repeat, ending with brownie bit on top.
  3. This could be done with granola as well.

PLEASE make these delicious fruit parfaits, they are so good and HEALTHY, too!!

Merry Christmas and a Very Happy and Healthy New Year to you all! May God Bless you beyond measure!

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Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

Goodness me, I just could not figure out what to eat this morning. Do you ever have that problem? I kinda need to go to the store, but that has to wait til Friday, so I’ve been using what we have on hand, which doesn’t make for great inspiration. BUT it does make for great IMAGINATION!! I remembered seeing a recipe for pumpkin oatmeal and I thought that sounded good so I had to search for that.  Finally found it and tried it. YUM! I really liked it so I thought I would share it. Here’s my recipe for pumpkin pie oatmeal…

Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal (Click HERE to print recipe)

Get This:

  •  1/4 c. THM sugar-free brown sugar
  •  1/4 c. pure pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie filling)
  •  1 c. unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  •  1 t. vanilla
  •  1 t. pumpkin pie spice
  •  pinch of sea salt
  • 1 c. rolled oats

Do This:

  1. Add THM brown sugar and pumpkin to a medium saucepan and begin to heat over med-high heat.
  2. Add almond milk and slowly stir into pumpkin and THM brown sugar.
  3. Now add vanilla, pumpkin pie spice and salt.
  4. Bring everything to a gentle boil; stir in oatmeal.
  5. Reduce heat and simmer about 4 minutes or until oatmeal is soft and creamy.

Serve in a pretty bowl with a little whipped topping and enjoy! This pumpkin pie oatmeal is a delicious ‘E’ breakfast for my THM friends… so if you want whipped topping on it, be sure to use just a tad, or use fat-free!

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Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

There are few things that feel like comfort food to me more than warm oatmeal. Now, normally I would add tons of brown sugar and raisins to my oatmeal, but now that I am a Trim Healthy Mama, or on my way to being one anyway, I no longer use brown sugar OR raisins, as they are not conducive to weight-loss. So I got creative and made this… it’s apple cinnamon oatmeal. Apples, and cinnamon are a great combination. Add them to creamy, warm oatmeal and it’s a match made in heaven…And it’s perfect for this time of year! Just look how yummy this looks!

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Here is the delicious recipe…

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal (Click HERE to print recipe)

Get This:

  • 2 c. water
  • dash sea salt
  • 1 c. gluten-free old fashion oats
  • 1 small apple, washed and diced
  • 3-4 packets sweetener of choice
  • splash of unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • cinnamon to taste

Do This:

  1. In a medium size sauce pan, bring 2 c. water to a boil.
  2. While waiting wash your apple well and dice.
  3. Once water is boiling, add oats to water and boil about 1 minute.
  4. Add diced apple and sweetener; continue boiling apples and oats for another 4 minutes or so.
  5. Once apples and oats are done, take off heat and spoon into bowls.
  6. Pour desired amount of almond milk over oats and sprinkle with cinnamon.
  7. This will serve 2 people.
  8. Enjoy!

Notes:  You could do this with any fruit…peaches, pears, blueberries. Adjust cooking time accordingly. The oats still need 5 minutes, just add fruit in later…for all my THM’s out there, this is a fabulous ‘E’ breakfast (lunch or dinner works, too)! I really hope y’all will try this, it’s sooo good and perfect for this time of year!

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Steel Cut Oats

Udi’s Steel Cut Oats, to be exact. I had never had steel cut oats before today. I have to say, I really like them. These happen to have currants, flax and chai seeds added to them. Udi’s makes some really good gluten-free products. I have been happy with most of their products.

What I like most about these steel cut oats is that there is no added sugar. It’s just certified NON-GMO, gluten-free steel cut oats, currents, flax and chai seeds. Just good, wholesome all-natural, good for you food!

The directions for making the oats is right on the outside of the package, which is nice. I added a little extra something special to mine, cuz that’s just how I roll, yo!

Here’s my fancy lil’ recipe…

udis steel cut oats

MMmmmm, don’t they look delicious?!?!

Udi’s Steel Cut Oats Made Delicious (Click HERE to print recipe)

Get This:

  • 1 1/2 c. water
  • a pinch of sea salt
  • 1/2 c. Udi’s Steal Cut Oats
  • splash of vanilla
  • 1 t. cinnamon
  • 1-2 T. THM brown sugar
  • 1-2 T. unsweetened vanilla almond milk (optional, if needed for consistency)

Do This:

  1. Boil water and salt.
  2. Stir in oats and vanilla; reduce heat, cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in cinnamon.
  4. Spoon into a bowl and top with brown sugar and almond milk, if using.
  5. Enjoy!

I really liked this warm cereal. It’s perfect for a fall/winter morning! I had this and  cup of coffee with a splash of half and half. For my THM peeps, this is an E meal, so keep your fat to less than 5g and your carbs between 20-45.

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Sweet and Sour Chicken

I love sweet and sour chicken. It’s a dish I like to get when whenever we go out for Chinese. The problem is, it’s usually breaded and has sugar in it. So I was super excited when I found a recipe for sweet and sour chicken that had neither.

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Sweet and Sour Chicken (adapted from here)  (Click HERE to print recipe)

Get This:

  • 3 chicken breasts cut into bite size pieces
  • 2 green peppers, sliced or cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 onion peeled and sliced into rings
  • garlic salt and crack black pepper to taste
  •  1 1/2 c. (1 can) of pineapple chunks in just fruit juice, no sugar added (save the juice from the can)
  • pineapple juice
  •  1/2 c. vinegar
  • 6 T. soy sauce
  •  3 T. THM brown sugar (or favorite sweetener to taste)
  • 2 t. xanthan gum (or cornstarch)
  • salt to taste
  • water if needed to thin out the sauce (1 to 2 cups)

Do This:

  1. Cut the chicken into chunks and cook in a big pot.
  2. Slice onions into rings and bell peppers into strips or chunks.
  3. Drain the juice from the can of pineapple chunks, saving it and set aside.
  4. Add the veggies to the chicken, season with garlic salt and pepper and cook for 10 minutes.
  5. To make the sauce: stir the THM brown sugar (or other sweetener) into the pineapple juice. Add the vinegar and soy sauce. Stir the sauce while you add the xanthan gum (or cornstarch).
  6. Pour the sauce over the chicken mixture and add the pineapple chunks. Allow to simmer for another 8-10 minutes and add water if needed to thin the sauce down.
  7.  You can serve your sweet and sour chicken over cooked brown rice, if desired. Enjoy this yummy Asian dish!!

My whole family really like this sweet and sour chicken. I recommend you try this. For all my THM friends, this is an E meal. So keep your fats under 5g and your carbs 20-45.

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E pancakes

I love pancakes. I really do. But I don’t like how I feel after I’ve eaten them.  You know, that feeling like you’ve just eaten a ton of bricks… Until now! I have a recipe for E pancakes (Trim Healthy Mama) that taste good, don’t call for bananas AND don’t taste like eggs!!  Also, they don’t have a weird texture. Which is huge for me, because I have texture issues!!  I’ve hit the pancake jackpot!!

WooHoo!!

THM pancakes w-blueberry syrup

See how pretty they are? And what you see is what you get for one serving…amazing, right?!?!? Here’s the recipe for the E Pancakes…

E Pancakes  (Click HERE to print)

Get This:

  • 1 1/2 c. oats
  • 1 c. egg whites
  • 1 c. 1% or non-fat cottage cheese
  • 2 t. aluminum free baking powder
  • 3-4 t. truvia or sweetener of choice
  • splash of vanilla

Do This:

  1. Put oats in blender first and blend until oat flour.
  2. Once you have made your oat flour, add remaining ingredients to blender and blend until smooth, scraping the sides of your blender pitcher as needed.
  3. Heat griddle or skillet over medium high heat.
  4. Once griddle is heated, spray with cooking spray and pour batter onto griddle about 1/3 c. at a time, forming pancake shapes. You may have to spread batter out a little.
  5. Let pancakes cook until browned on bottom side and top is almost set.
  6. Flip and allow to brown on other side.
  7. When you’re sure pancake is done in the middle, remove from griddle and continue until all batter is cooked.
  8. Serve with my blueberry syrup, sugar-free maple syrup, fresh berries, whathaveyou…

This recipe makes about 9 medium pancakes. 3 is a serving, so you can feed 3 people or 1 person 3 times.  A reminder for my THM friends, these are E pancakes, so do not fry in butter or oil! Spray your griddle with non-stick cooking spray, make sure your griddle is hot, and do not flip before browned on the bottom and spray again lightly before flipping each pancake. Also, use only sugar-free syrup (or my sugar-free blueberry syrup) on these, no butter! There you have it. Delicious pancakes that won’t leave you feeling like you’ve just eaten a ton of bricks!

**TIPS FOR MAKING PERFECT PANCAKES EVERY TIME**

  1. Make sure your pan/griddle is hot before you start cooking your pancakes.
  2. Do not try flipping your pancakes before they are done.
  3. Make sure your pancakes are done in the middle before removing from the pan.

Hope you enjoy these as much as I do!

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Caramel Apple Smoothie

I have a yummy caramel apple smoothie to share with you guys today. Yes, I know it’s fall and y’all are drinking everything warm now, but I just had to try this recipe.  It sounded so good and I finally had everything I needed for it.  I am so glad I did, too. It’s delicious!. Just bundle up in a blanket and try it! You won’t be sorry, I promise! And since it was so good, I had to share it with all of you!

caramel apple smoothie.nowicaneatcake

As you can see from the photo, I did not peel my apple. You can if you like. It’s up to you. I washed my apple well before cutting it up. I just cut it into large chunks before throwing it into the blender.

Caramel Apple Smoothie (Click HERE to print recipe)

Get This:

  • 1 medium apple (or 1/2 c. unsweetened apple sauce), washed, cored and cut into large chunks
  • 1/2 c. 1% cottage cheese (or non-fat cottage cheese)
  • 1/4 c. water
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 1 t. caramel extract
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • 1/2 t. xanthan gum
  • truvia, xylitol, erythritol to taste
  • 8 ice cubes

Do This:

  1. Toss everything into the pitcher of your blender and pulse to get started.
  2. Blend til smooth.
  3. Top with low-fat or non-fat whipped cream if you wish.
  4. Enjoy!

I thought leaving the peel on the apple made this caramel apple smoothie beautiful and added depth of color AND flavor. If you don’t like the idea of that, feel free to peel your apple. For all my THM ladies, this is an ‘E’ so make sure you keep your fat to 5g or less!

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Apple Pie Muffins

I have seen several recipes for these apple pie muffins online. Some call for oat fiber, some for whole wheat flour. I have seen some that called for greek yogurt and some that didn’t.  So I looked at all of them, compared them and came up with one that I thought I would like.  I wasn’t disappointed.  I don’t think you will be, either… At least I hope not. I added a couple things I didn’t see in any of the recipes I saw online. You know, my little stamp to make them my very own.

apple pie muffins

Gluten/Sugar-Free Apple Pie Muffins (Click HERE to print recipe)

Get This:

  • 1 c. oat flour (just put 1 1/4 c. gluten-free oats in your food processor and process til fine)
  • 1/2 c. gluten-free oats
  • 1 T. ground flax seed
  • 1 1/2 c. cored, diced apple (I used gala apples)
  • 1 T. baking powder
  • 1/4 t. sea salt
  • 1/3-2/3 c. sweetener of choice (more or less depending on how sweet you like your muffins)
  • 2 t. cinnamon
  • 1 t. nutmeg
  • 1/4 t. ginger
  • 1/4 t. cloves
  • 1/2 c. egg whites
  • 2 T. butter, melted
  • 1/2 c. unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 8-10 drops liquid vanilla stevia
  • 1/4 c. almond milk

Do This:

  1. Prepare a muffin pan by spraying it with non-stick cooking spray and preheat your oven to 375° F.
  2. In a medium size bowl mix together the dry ingredients until they are blended well.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine wet ingredients.
  4. Once wet ingredients are well combined, pour them into your dry ingredients and mix well.
  5. Ladle batter into prepared muffin pan, filling to 3/4 full.
  6. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until slightly browned and set in the center.
  7. Allow to cool for a few minutes in the pan before removing and placing on a wire rack to cool completely.
  8. Enjoy!

For my THM peeps, these are an E snack (2 is a serving) and are perfect for this time of year. You could make these with pumpkin for a nice treat, too! That would be perfect with a dollop of FF whipped topping! YUM!

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ChocoCookie Bowl Oatmeal

Day 5 and still going strong. How could I not be with meals like ChocoCookie Bowl Oatmeal, I mean c’mon!  I am loving this plan.  I am not weighing myself til the 1st. But I am starting to feel a difference in the way my clothes are fitting.  I wore a skirt to church on Sunday that I couldn’t even get over my hips a few weeks ago.  Yay!   🙂

I did my first ‘E’ aka, ‘Energizing’ meal this morning.  I messed up and used the almond butter I have when I made it.  Not sure why I read the ingredients while taking care of it but I’m glad I did!  It has organic unrefined cane sugar in it.  Now, that might not raise a red flag for someone who is at goal weight and just wants to eat healthy.  But I am no where near goal weight.  And while it only had 3g sugar in it, they were all from that organic unrefined cane sugar.  So I gave that to the hubs to eat (I HATE throwing away food) and I made a new batch of…. ChocoCookie Bowl Oatmeal!! OMGoodness!!!  It is sooooo good!!! Like I could eat this every day good!  Not quite as good as a no-bake good.  But if you can’t have a no-bake this is a close second good!!  😉

So glad I decided to try this for my first ‘E’ meal!!  It was fantastic!  I did tweak the recipe a bit, so I will share the tweaked recipe with y’all.  It was so thick and rich, with a deep chocolate flavor… PERFECT!

chococookie bowl oatmeal

ChocoCookie Bowl Oatmeal (Click HERE to print recipe)

Get This:

  • 1 1/4c. water, divided
  • 1/2 c. old fashion oats
  • pinch sea salt
  • 1/4 c. unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • heaping 1 T. cocoa powder
  • 1/2 t. xathan gum
  • 5 t. truvia (5 packets)
  • 1 1/2 t. all-natural, no sugar added peanut butter

Do This:

  1. Put 1 c. water in a medium size saucepan and heat over medium-high heat; bring to a boil.
  2. Once boiling, add oats and sea salt; reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes.
  3. While oats are cooking, put remaining ingredients, except peanut butter, in the pitcher of your blender; blend for a couple minutes, scraping the sides of your blender pitcher as needed.
  4. Once oats are done, remove them from heat and pour contents of pitcher into saucepan; stir well.
  5. Stir peanut butter into oats pour into a pretty bowl to enjoy!

Feel free to follow the original recipe if you wish, it’s page 232 in the book.  It was perfect the way I made it.  The texture was great! Thick and creamy and Oh so chocolaty!! ChocoCookie Bowl Oatmeal is a delightful E meal, so be sure to keep your fat to 5g or less with this meal!

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