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Makeover Monday ~ “Spaghetti” Carbonarra

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It is  Monday, so it is time for another recipe makeover. I love to take favorite recipes and make them THM friendly. One of the biggest hurdles people have to overcome is thinking that healthy eating means never having their favorite foods again. The truth is that you can make a healthy version of almost any meal. And most meals don’t require that much work to re-make.

One of my clients recently mentioned that she was craving a carbonarra type dish, which instantly made me start craving a carbonarra dish! I had never made this particular dish before (though I have enjoyed it before) and I was astounded how simple the recipe was. Very few ingredients and it goes together super fast.

I wanted to use my favorite konjac noodles for this dish, but I also wanted a veggie to go with it. I decided to combine both konjac noodles and spiralized zucchini to get the best of both worlds.

One note about the sauce for this recipe. The sauce is made with raw eggs that get cooked by being tossed with the pasta. This step is done off the heat to ensure that the eggs don’t scramble on the heat. You really have two options for this step. You can stir the sauce directly into the “pasta” as suggested, or you can pour the sauce directly into the hot pan (off the heat) and whisk like crazy while the sauce heats through and then toss it into the “pasta”.

I hope you enjoy this as much a I did!

You Will Need:

  • konjac noodles – optional
  • zucchini spiralized – optional
  • bacon, pork or turkey
  • coconut oil if using turkey bacon
  • eggs
  • Parmesan, green can or fresh grated
  • garlic cloves, minced
  • pepper
  • mineral salt
  • nutritional yeast
  • dried parsley

“Spaghetti” Carbonarra ~ THM S

Quick and easy carbonarra
Prep Time15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4
Author: myhealthyjourneyforlife

Equipment

  • 12 inch skillet

Ingredients

  • 2-4 bags konjac noodles
  • 2-4 zucchini spiralized
  • 8 strips bacon pork or turkey
  • 3 TBSP coconut oil if using turkey bacon
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup Parmesan green can or fresh grated
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp mineral salt
  • 2 tsp nutritional yeast
  • 2 tsp dried parsley

Instructions

  • If you are using konjac noodles empty them into a colander and rinse them well. Pat the noodles dry as much as you can. This is important. You are going to add the noodles to hot oil and wet noodles will cause a lot of splatter. (Don't ask how I know…)
  • Beat the eggs well in a bowl then add parmesan cheese, parsley, nutritional yeast, salt, pepper, and garlic. Mix well with a whisk or handheld mixer. This will be a thick sauce. Set aside.
  • In a 12 inch skillet, fry the bacon until it is crisp. If you are using turkey bacon be sure to add the coconut oil to the pan. This is not really for cooking the bacon, but rather for the sauce that you will be making after. You want the oil to have the bacon flavor. When bacon is crisp, remove it to a plate. Crumble the bacon when cool.
  • Add the konjac noodles and/or zucchini to the skillet and toss to coat in the bacon fat. Continue stirring and cooking until the pasta is hot and the zucchini is cooked to your desired doneness. (You cannot over-cook the konjac noodles so don't worry about cooking them too long.)
  • Remove the skillet from the heat and pour the sauce into the pasta, stirring quickly until the sauce is hot, (this is done off the heat to ensure that the eggs do not scramble.) Thin out the sauce with a bit of hot water if you wish, until it reaches the desired consistency.
  • Add the crumbled bacon to the skillet and stir it into the pasta.

Notes

You can use all konjac noodles, all zucchini or a mixture of the two in this dish. I used 2 bags of noodles and 2 zucchini. 
You can use either the “green can” Parmesan or fresh grated. The green can kind does not really “melt” so the texture of the sauce is a little drier with the canned kind and a little creamier with the fresh. They both taste great.
Prepare the sauce first or while the bacon is frying to ensure that the noodles will be hot and ready when the sauce is finished; it is very important that the pasta is hot when adding the sauce, so the heat of the pasta cooks the raw eggs in the sauce.

Do you have a favorite recipe you would like me to THM’ify? Comment below and I will see what I can do!

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Have you ever considered getting a coach to help you on your journey but you aren’t sure what a coach could do for you? Contact me for a free consultation. I can explain to you how I would help you with no strings attached.

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Beverages, Dessert, Drinks, Holiday, Recipe, Sides

Independence Day Round Up!

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4 Recipes for the 4th of July!

Are you ready for the Independence Day picnics next week? Everyone will be firing up their grills and summer will be officially underway! Do you know what to have along side your main course? I want to give you four options to put alongside those burgers and brats! These options will keep you satisfied. There will be no room for feeling left out with these items on your plate! Click on the pictures to go to the recipes.

Broccoli Salad (S)

You need a cool creamy salad for sure and this one is the bomb! Everyone at your gathering will love this salad.

Amazing Baked Beans (E)

Yes, if you add this to your meal it will make for a crossover but this is a special day, and baked beans just scream summer cookout! Enjoy this sweet recipe with no sugary guilt.

Cherry Limeade GGMS (FP)

This recipe is actually for a concentrate. The concentrate will make 2 gallons of GGMS so you’ll have enough for everyone to share. This flavor is so refreshing you will keep going back for more!

Vanilla Pound-cake Strawberry Shortcake (S)

This cake recipe has been by far, the most popular on my blog! It makes a fantastic base for strawberry shortcake! You can use plain fresh berries or let your berries sit in a bit of sweetener for a few hours to make a nice strawberry sauce to go with them. Make some whipped cream and you have a dessert that is out of this world!

I hope you enjoy these recipes at your 4th of July celebration. I also want you to know about the accountability group I have coming up in July. I hope you will join me for my Shine~On Summer Group!

As always, I appreciate it when you choose to shop through my affiliate links. It costs you no extra but provides me with a small compensation that helps me keep adding valuable content to this blog.

Have you ever considered getting a coach to help you on your journey but you aren’t sure what a coach could do for you? Contact me for a free consultation. I can explain to you how I would help you with no strings attached.

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SHINE~ON SUMMER GROUP

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I hope you will join my July accountability group. We will meet daily for the month of July in a private Facebook group to encourage each other. You can register to be a part of the group through this link. Once you have registered I will add you to the group! Challenge begins Monday, July 1st and goes through Wednesday, July 31st. My previous clients contact me to get a $5 discount!

Shine~On Summer Group

July Accountability Group

$20.00

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Summer E-zine and Sale!

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Did you know that the summer E-zine is out? It is packed with recipes and articles to help you on your journey. You can get to the E-zine by clicking on the image below.

Also there is a sale going on right now AND the hydrates are back in stock! Click on the image below to head to the sale and I thank you for considering shopping through my affiliate link!

Motivation, Testimony, Words of Encouragement Wednesday

Words of Encouragement Wednesday ~ The Journey

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You may have noticed that I have changed the look of my blog just a bit lately. I’d like to take just a minute to tell you why.

I’ve spent the last couple of months reflecting on my first year as a Trim Healthy Mama Lifestyle Coach. It has been such a pleasure for me, and such a great learning opportunity as well.

I’ve been teaching people the THM plan for 6 years now. Last year, when I decided to take the leap and become a certified coach, I had this big broad vision in my mind. But lately I have been focusing in on the journey. I have always had it in mind (it is part of my business title after all) but it has been becoming more central in my mind.

And that is why I wanted the look of my site to reflect my focus. My daughter found the picture that you see in my header now and I thought it was a perfect pictoral description of my focus as a coach. This lifestyle is just that: a LIFESTYLE. It is not a diet. It is not a sprint to a goal. There is nothing fast and furious in this approach to health. It is a JOURNEY. And as you know, most journeys don’t take a straight path. The path meanders, it winds around, sometimes, it actually winds back around on itself and you feel like you are going backwards! But all these twists and turns are for a purpose. Each bit of struggle, each hill and valley, makes you stronger for the next portion of your journey. Each twist and turn has something for you to learn.

Take a good look at that path through the mountains you see in my header picture. Could you get through the valley faster if your path lead straight on? Sure; but you’d miss a whole lot along the way. Sometimes faster doesn’t equal better. We know that, we really do. We’ve heard of lottery winners who’ve had to declare bankruptcy just years later. We’ve heard of people who’ve lost lots of weight really quickly, only to put it back on with a little extra to boot. We know in our own lives we’ve gotten gifts we thought we wanted desparately only to discard and forget about them within a few months. But those things that we work for. The things that take time and discipline to acheive, those are the things we value and maintain over time.

Are you enjoying your journey? Are you learning from the twists and turns? Don’t despise the slower portions of your journey. Sometimes those curves that seem to slow us down are just preparing us for the next portion of our journey. Keep your focus on why you are doing what you do. You are choosing health and wholeness. You aren’t “dieting”, you are choosing health. You are not depriving yourself to reach a false goal quickly, you are nourishing yourself to gain health that will bless you for your entire lifetime. Don’t despise the journey, EMBRACE IT!

Have you ever considered getting a coach to help you on your journey but you aren’t sure what a coach could do for you? Contact me for a free consultation. I can explain to you how I would help you with no strings attached.