Finally, exercise that I LIKE to do!

I actually look forward to it. And then I get the songs stuck in my head for the rest of the day. Actually, so does everyone else. ๐Ÿ˜€

I’m talking about ReFit Revolution. I stumbled across their YouTube videos after a Mandisa concert. (That girl can get her groove on!)

In fact, here’s a little taste of their workouts (not to mention the song that gets stuck in my head the most). You’re welcome. ย ๐Ÿ˜€

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Menu Plan Monday – February 3rd, 2014

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It’s been a crazy couple of weeks here. I was in a minor car accident about 2 weeks ago & the recovery is taking longer than I thought. Lots of resting & Chiropractor appointments. But, thankfully, I’m starting to feel better. My family has been very supportive & helpful through the whole thing, but I still feel a bit behind the eight ball. So I’m going to make this short & sweet! E meal & S meal recommendations are based on the book Trim Healthy Mama.

Monday – Baked Cod, Rice, & Broccoli
For E meal – Decrease butter to 2 tsp.
For S meal – No rice & lots of butter ๐Ÿ™‚

Tuesday – Tacos/Taco Salads
For E meal – Use ground turkey/chicken for the taco meat, no dairy or other fats, no taco shells or tortilla chips, add beans
For S meal – Use ground beef for taco meat, can use dairy but no beans, again no taco shells or chips

Wednesday – Italian Chicken, Green Beans, & Potatoes
This will have to be an S meal because the chicken is marinated in a no sugar added Italian Dressing. No potatoes & add butter or Italian Dressing to the green beans

Thursday – Black Bean Dump Soup
E meal

Friday – Beef Stir Fry with rice
S meal – Make sauce with coconut oil or butter, no sugar; no rice
E meal – use chicken, use only a small amount of oil/butter, small amount of rice

Saturday – Hamburgers, Corn & Salad
S meal – No bun or corn, good olive oil dressing on the salad
E meal – Turkey burger, use egg white to bind the turkey together, corn or plan approved bun

Sunday – Sloppy Joes, corn, green beans
S meal – use ground beef, no sugar added sloppy joe sauce, no corn, use butter/oil on the green beans
E meal – use ground chicken/turkey, no sugar added sloppy joe sauce, small amount of corn, no oil/butter on the green beans

If you need to add a little more to your meal, you can always add a FP like 0% fat Greek Yogurt with a handful of berries & sweetened with stevia
For S meals you can add a Muffin in a mug like THIS or THIS.

I'm working on a recipe for Pepperoni Cheese Bread in a Mug that I hope to post for you soon!
I’m working on a recipe for Pepperoni Cheese Bread in a Mug that I hope to post for you soon!

I hope you have a wonderful week!

Antoinette

Gingerbread in a mug

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Head on over to Gwen’s Nest for more Trim Healthy recipes. ๐Ÿ˜€

It all started with Gingerbread Friends by Jan Brett.

We borrowed it from the library, which lead us to a fun sensory experience.

And since there’s a recipe in the book for Gingerbread cookies, we ended up making Gluten Free Ginger Molasses Cookies for our church potluck.

Needless to say, even though the cookies are gluten free, they are a Trim Healthy Mama no-no. Big time fat & carb collision!

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Trim Healthy Pizza Salad

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Hello there!

This is my first post since before the Holidays & I’m anxious to see how everyone did with all the temptations out there. Let’s just say that I could’ve done a whole lot worse.

We had family in town for Christmas, then I did some traveling for New Year’s. We also had my Dad come & stay after New Year’s for a bit. He just left yesterday which means I’m getting back to my Trim Healthy Mama life style. I found myself thinking that next year should be totally different. Next year I should be so used to the lifestyle that I won’t have to even think about what to eat. It’ll just come naturally. Right?

On to my recipe… I made Pizza Casserole for the kids last night & decided to make a Pizza Salad for myself while the casserole was in the oven. You see, my Dad closed down his pizza shop on New Year’s eve. Therefore, my freezer is full of pizza sausage, pepperoni, mozzarella cheese, pizza sauce… You get the picture? Pizza Casserole only made sense. ๐Ÿ™‚

Here are the fixin’s for the salad…

Lettuce, purple cabbage, green onion, green & black olives, tomato, pepperoni, canadian bacon, mozzarella, & caesar dressing. What? How did that wine get in the picture? ;-)
Lettuce, purple cabbage, green onion, green & black olives, tomato, pepperoni, canadian bacon, mozzarella, & caesar dressing. What? How did that wine get in the picture? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Trim Healthy Tuesday {December 17th, 2013}

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Happy Tuesday to you!

I have been struggling along with Trim Healthy Mama for quite some time now. I really have a problem “following the rules.” And I know this is not a diet, but a change of lifestyle. Yet I still cave to temptations that are no good for me. Therefore I’ve been yo-yoing back & forth with no real weight loss. Every once in a while I would hint at my husband that maybe he could read THM & give me his thoughts on it, maybe help me figure it out better. And he meant to do it, but there are just so many other things he needs to do.

Then he decided that he wanted to read it & maybe try it. So he read it over Thanksgiving break & got serious about it! I watched him be faithful to the program the first week & it inspired me to try harder too. He’s lost about 7 lbs & I’ve lost 2 & 1/2! Those numbers may not seem very big to you, but they are a great start!

So this is my plan for the week following THM.

SUNDAY night I made this…

Chicken Ragu - click picture for recipe (it's at the bottom of the post).
Chicken Ragu – click picture for recipe (it’s at the bottom of the post).

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Menu Plan Monday – December, 16th, 2013

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Are you ready to start off the last week before Christmas? I think I am. ๐Ÿ™‚

First, I need to share a new recipe I tried this week…

Chicken Ragu
Chicken Ragu

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Menu Plan Monday – December 09, 2013

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How’s everybody been doing? I’m not even going to touch the subject of weather, but at least the kids have been able to enjoy it a little (when it’s not ridiculously below zero). Enough said! ๐Ÿ™‚
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Menu Plan Monday – November 11, 2013

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I’ve been keeping a couple of these salads in a jar in my fridge. And let me tell ya, they are so handy! (Blog Post to come!)

Salad in a jar

On to the menu plan for the week…

MONDAY – (M cooks) Tacos (THM taco salad)

TUESDAY – (C cooks) Garlic Basil Cod, rice, broccoli & pomegranates (THM no rice)

WEDNESDAY – (M cooks) Sausage, potatoes & green beans (THM sausage, green beans & salad)

THURSDAY – (M cooks) Tuscan Chicken Soup (THM – will skip the bread bowls & cook up some pasta for everyone else to add to their soup)

FRIDAY – (C cooks) Cheeseburger Pie with potatoes (THM – no potatoes, but perhaps a Muffin in a Mug)

SATURDAY – (S cooks) Easy Breakfast Casserole & Breakfast Cake (Mom will help with the cake) (THM Eggs & probably some Strawberry Cheese Cake Mousse

SUNDAY – (E cooks) Mini Meatloaves, potatoes & salad (THM no potatoes)

How about you, what’s on your plan for the week?

Thanks for stopping by & have a great week!
Antoinette

Creamy Cauliflower Soup {Trim Healthy Tuesday}

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Soup. I love soup. I have acclimated my children to love soup because I love it so much. It’s definitely one thing I look forward to when the weather turns cold. Warm drinks & hot soup. Mmmmm

The recipe I’m sharing today is Cream of Cauliflower Soup. It’s very similar to the Loaded Fotato Soup in the Trim Healthy Mama book.

Cream of Cauliflower Soup
Cream of Cauliflower Soup

Doesn’t Loaded Fotato Soup sound so much better? Kudos to Pearl for coming up with that. ๐Ÿ™‚

CREAMY CAULIFLOWER SOUP

Ingredients:
1 Head of cauliflower, cut up
1/4 c chopped onion
1 stalk of celery, chopped
1 – 2 cloves of garlic
4 – 6 cups of chicken broth
1/4-1/2 tsp salt
pinch of pepper
2 wedges of Laughing Cow Swiss Cheese or cream cheese
a wee bit of Worcestershire Sauce (optional)

Garnishes:
sour cream
green onions
crumbled bacon (the real thing)

Directions:
Add cauliflower, onion, celery, garlic and chicken broth to a 3 quart saucepan. Bring to boil, reduce heat & let simmer until veggies are soft enough to blend.

Once veggies are soft add to a large Magic Bullet cup with a bit of the broth and the cheese. Don’t overfill! Pulse until nice & smooth. (At this point you could also pulse in some xanthan gum or glucomannan to thicken it up.)

Return to saucepan and mix with remaining broth. Then add your salt, pepper, and Worestershire to taste.

Ladle into a bowl, add your toppings and enjoy!

I eat this as an S meal because I love me some bacon!

How about you, do you love soup… hate it?

Thanks for stopped by today.
Antoinette

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Menu Plan Monday {October 28th, 2013}

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How’s everybody doing this week? We’re looking forward to Halloween this Thursday. One of our favorite parts of Halloween is carving pumpkins. Pictures to come!

Before I get to the menu, I wanted to share my current favorite drink. It’s my Creamy Warm Chai Smoothie. It’s so yummy & filling it could almost be your lunch! Let me know if you give it a try. ๐Ÿ™‚
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