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Recipe Roundup ~~ Quick and Easy to the Rescue!

So, this is me from now until June 7th… Vacation Bible School is coming up fast and I’m the director. Running on fumes for sure! This is the time when having your auto-pilot be on – plan, healthy choices is what saves you. Chaos means it’s even more important to fuel your body with good food!

It is easy to go off the rails in times of business and stress. So much going on makes the desire to not have to think about what you are going to eat very enticing. It’s just a short period of time, right? How bad can it be? But the truth is, times of stress are the MOST important times to foucs hard on making wise choices. When your body and mind are under extra stress they need extra nourishment. But how do you do that when you just don’t have any time?

One thing that makes busy times easier to get through is being consitent in the “easy” times. Practicing the habit of eating well normally makes it your “auto-pilot”. When you are used to eating healthy foods on a normal basis they will be your go to when you aren’t really thinking about it. It really is about developing habits. When everything seems to be whirling around you, you will reach for what you are in the habit of reaching for.

Another thing that makes good choices easier is having an arsenal of quick and easy ideas. I asked my blogger friends to hit me up with their favorite, quick and easy meals for times like these. They came through with over 50 recipes for everything from snacks to full meals! I hope that you will enjoy this list and make use of it in your busy seasons.

Diane at Early to Bed Early to Rise suggested these two E Breakfast Recipes: Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal and Overnight Stuffed French Toast.

Josi at Yellow Glass Dish invites you to give her Asian Chicken Salad or Sausage and Brussel Sprouts Sheet Pan Dinner a try!

Dawn at Oh Sweet Mercy has a round of of 40+ quick THM snacks for you to choose from including her own Perfect Pinwheels.

Glenda at Around The Family Table suggests Nicaraguan Rice and Beans with Cabbage Salad, Baked Mac and Cheese and a Mint Chocolate Chip Okra Shake.

Taryn at Joy Filled Eats encourages you to try Crispy Baked Chicken Thighs with Lemon & Garlic, Pesto Salmon, Keto Mug Cake, Healthy Granola and Bacon Ranch Easy Keto Chicken Salad.

Rena at An Ordinary Housewife offers up THM Friendly Jambalaya and Gluten Free Beef Stroganoff for you to try!

And finally, I’d like to share a simple salad dressing recipe I put together last week. Salads are always a quick and easy go to for me in busy seasons. I am a creamy dressing fan with bleu cheese dressing being my favorite and ranch playing second runner up. I don’t always want to go super heavy on my dressing however. In fact, I often thin my store bought dressings with quite a bit of water so that the flavor of the dressing coats every bit without having to load up with tons of dressing. This dressing I kind of stumbled into and the nice thing about it is you can easily keep it FP or make it a nice S dressing just by changing the amounts in the recipe! I decided to add some goat’s cheese to a ranch style base to bring me closer to the bleu cheese feel.

Goat’s Cheese Ranch Dressing ~~ THM S or FP

Author: myhealthyjourneyforlife

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Goat's Cheese Crumbled
  • 1/4 c Mayonaisse
  • 1 c double fermented kefir
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp mineral salt
  • 1/4 tsp dried minced onion
  • 1/4 tsp dried chives
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients together and whisk well to incorporate. Taste is best after flavors have had a chance to meld for several hours.

Notes

As written this dressing has 1.5g of fat per TBSP so you can have up to 3 TBSP in any meal type as long as it is your ONLY fat souce in E or FP.
You can lighten this recipe even further by leaving out the mayo and substituting more double fermented kefir or 0% Greek Yogurt. 
If you do not have kefir, 0% Greek yogurt can be used instead, but water or almond milk may need to be used to thin the mixture.
If you desire to make a richer S dressing you can increase the mayo and/or Goat’s cheese amount in the recipe.
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Dinner, E, FP, Recipe, S

Goulash ~ THM S, E or FP

This is comfort food at its finest! Warm, savory and hearty; this will fast become a go to, family favorite recipe! I have made some additions to my go-to recipe to give this dish an even more nutritious punch. Adding some crumbled mushrooms to the ground meat bulks it up without adding any different flavor. Also, you can make this meal fit into any simply by changing the fat content of your meat and the type of noodle!

For an E, use a bean based noodle (elbow or penne shapes work great, but any shape will do. If you use spaghetti break the length into thirds) and be sure to use 96% lean ground meat. You can add a dollop of greek yogurt and a wedge of light laughing cow cheese when you serve if desired.

For an S you can use any ground meat you’d like. Use Dreamfields pasta or konjac based noodles. You can add sour cream and cheese when serving if you’d like.

For FP, make sure you use 96% lean ground meat and konjac based noodles. Enjoy a dollop of Greek yogurt and a wedge of light laughing cow cheese when serving if desired.

If you choose to use konjac noodles be sure to leave the water out of the recipe. Enjoy!!

Goulash made with Konjac Noodles

You Will Need:

  • ground meat
  • mushrooms
  • onions
  • garlic
  • water (omit if using konjac noodles)
  • tomato sauce
  • diced tomatoes
  • soy sauce or Bragg’s Aminos
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Italian seasoning
  • bay leaves
  • mineral salt
  • pasta (Dreamfields, bean pasta or konjac noodles)

Goulash ~ THM S, E or FP

Comfort food at its finest!
Servings: 8
Author: myhealthyjourneyforlife

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds ground meat
  • 1 pound mushrooms processed into crumbles
  • 2 yellow onions chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 cups water do not add water if you are using konjac noodles
  • 2 15 oz cans tomato sauce
  • 2 14.5 oz cans diced tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce or Bragg’s aminos
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 tbsp mineral salt
  • 1 box uncooked pasta Dreamfields for S, Bean Pasta for E, or Konjac Noodles for FP or S

Instructions

  • In a dutch oven or stock pot on medium-high heat, brown ground beef (be sure to use 96% lean for E or FP) till pink is almost gone and then add the finely processed mushrooms and continue to cook until meat is cooked through and mushrooms are cooked down. Remove meat mixture to a colander to drain.
  • Place chopped onions and garlic in the pan and cook until onions are translucent.
  • Return meat mixture to the pan with the onions and garlic. Add all other ingredients EXCEPT for pasta and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. (If you are using konjac based noodles you can add them now and cook for the full remaining time.)
  • Stir in the pasta, cover and simmer on low for another 25 minutes. Remove from heat, discard bay leaves and serve.

Notes

This recipe can be an E, S or FP on the THM plan.
For an E, use a bean based noodle (penne shape works great, but any shape will do. If you use spaghetti break the length into thirds) and be sure to use 96% lean ground meat. You can add a dollop of greek yogurt or a wedge of light laughing cow cheese when you serve if desired.
For an S you can use any ground meat you’d like. Use Dreamfields pasta or konjac based noodles. You can add sour cream and cheese when serving if you’d like. 
For FP, make sure you use 96% lean ground meat and konjac based noodles. Enjoy a dollop of Greek yogurt and a wedge of light laughing cow cheese when serving if desired.

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Dinner, Makeover Monday, Recipe, S

Makeover Monday ~ King Ranch Chicken Casserole

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!

This is a creamy, cheesy, comforting casserole that the whole family will love! My husband’s exact words were, “You can be sure to make this one often.” That makes me happy!

You Will Need:

  • The ingredients for Wonder Wraps (Trim Healthy Table page 251) or low carb tortillas. Please note, if you choose low carb tortillas you will need to stick to 1/12 of this recipe.
  • cooked chicken
  • sour cream
  • greek yogurt
  • onion
  • garlic
  • butter
  • salsa verde
  • rotel
  • ground cumin
  • shredded mexican style cheese

King Ranch Chicken Casserole ~ THM S

Author: myhealthyjourneyforlife

Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 5 cups chopped or shredded cooked chicken use leftovers or a rotisserie chicken
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup greek yogurt
  • 1 large onion peeled and chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves peeled and minced
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 16 ounces jarred salsa verde mild or hot
  • 10 oz can tomatoes and green chiles (rotel), drained
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 4 cups shredded mexican style cheese
  • 12 wonder wraps Recipe in THT p.251

Instructions

Instructions

  • Make the wonder wraps. The recipe can be found in Trim Healthy Table page 251 or in the Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook page 204. The recipes are slightly different but either will work.
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Place a skillet over medium heat and add the butter, onions, and garlic. Sauté for 3-5 minutes to soften.
  • In a large bowl mix the sautéed onions and garlic, chopped chicken, sour cream, salsa verde, tomatoes and chiles, and cumin.
  • Tear the wonder wraps into rough pieces. Spoon one-quarter of the chicken filling in the bottom of a greased 9×13 baking dish. Top with 1 cup shredded cheese. Then spread a single layer of torn tortillas over the top. Repeat layering the chicken filling, cheese, and tortillas three layers high, using up all the tortillas. Spread the last one-quarter of chicken filling and 1 cup of cheese over the top.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes, until golden and bubbly. Wait at least 5 minutes before cutting.

Notes

Try to keep moisture content down in this recipe. If you shred the chicken, as I did, be sure to drain out any liquid that it may have been cooking in. Also drain your can of tomatoes and onions.

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Dinner, Lunch, Recipe, S

Super Simple Taco Peppers – THM S

Sometimes a super simple idea for lunch turns into a beautiful work of art! I mean, look at that photo! My daughter had the idea to take some taco meat and put it in a bell pepper and the result was beautiful and delicious! This is so simple I am not going to give you a formal recipe. All you need is cooked taco meat, bell peppers and toppings of your choice. We suggest lettuce, cheese, tomatoes, sour cream and avocado.

Here is all you need to do to make this meal for 2 people:

  • Slice 3 bell peppers in half and remove the seeds and stems.
  • If using cheese, put a small sprinkle of cheese in the bottom of each pepper.
  • Fill cavity with cooked, warm taco meat.
  • Top with more cheese if using.

At this point, if you want you can eat them as is, or top them with other toppings and eat them like that. With the peppers “cold” they are super easy to eat with your hands. However, you may choose to warm them a bit so that the peppers soften just a tad. If you want to to do that you can either:

  • Place the peppers in a skillet on medium heat for just a few minutes to warm them, or
  • Place the peppers on a plate and microwave for 1-2 minutes

After warming, add the rest of your toppings of choice and enjoy with a fork and knife!

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Makeover Monday ~ Chicken Sausage Pasta Bake or “Fake Bake”

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!

This recipe was inspired by a recipe by Rachel Ray that I found on Food Network. It was intriguing to me so I decided to make it THM friendly and tweak the flavors for my family. This recipe wasn’t too bad on it’s own, but the pasta makes it less than figure friendly. I am including two options here for the pasta, though you could really use multiple options (like zoodles or spaghetti squash). I am always looking for new ways to incorporate konjac noodles into my recipes. I love them, but getting the whole family on board can be tricky. The preparation instructions here give the noodles plenty of time to absorb the bold flavors of this dish and soften up in the sauce while in the oven. If you choose to use Dreamfields pasta then you will use the “Fake-Bake” method.

One other note. The flavor profile of this meal is sweet-spicy because of the combination of sausage I used. You can easily change the flavor by using different sausage flavors.

You Will Need:

  • konjac noodles or Dreamfileds noodles
  • mineral salt
  • chicken sausages (I used andouille and apple)
  • coconut oil
  • bell pepper
  • onion
  • garlic
  • chicken stock
  • crushed tomatoes
  • dried parsley
  • dried basil
  • ricotta cheese
  • Parmesan cheese

Chicken Sausage Pasta Bake or “Fake-Bake” ~ THM S

Sweet and spicy pasta bake made with chicken sausages. To achieve the sweet and spicy flavor profile use half andouille sausage and half chicken-apple sausage. To change the flavor profile, just change up your sausage flavors.
Servings: 6
Author: myhealthyjourneyforlife

Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 3 packages konjac noodles or one box Dreamfields pasta
  • 1/2 tsp mineral salt
  • 1 pound chicken sausages any flavor
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil divided
  • 1 bell pepper seeded and sliced
  • 1 large onion thinly sliced
  • 3 to 4 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 tsp dried parsley flakes
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese green can is fine

Instructions

Directions

    Prepare pasta, and sauce

    • If you are choosing to use Dreamfields pasta, place a pot of water on the stove to boil for pasta. When the water boils, salt it and cook pasta according to the directions on the box.
    • Meanwhile, place chicken sausages in a large, 12-inch skillet with 1 tablespoon coconut oil, Cook over medium high heat to brown and crisp the casings, 5 to 6 minutes. 
    • Preheat oven to 375 degrees if you are using konjac noodles or preheat broiler if you are using Dreamfileds noodles. 
    • Remove sausages from skillet and add 2 tablespoons coconut oil. Add the onions and allow then to cook about 6-8 minutes, stirring occasionally to allow them to start to caramelize.
    • Next add bell peppers and  garlic and season with salt. 
    • While the vegetables are cooking, slice the peppers on an angle and add them to the peppers and onions. Cook together until peppers and onions are tender and sliced sausages are crisp at edges. 
    • Stir in crushed tomatoes and chicken stock and bring to a bubble, reduce heat to low. 
    • Add ricotta cheese, parsley and basil and stir to combine. 

    To Assemble Baked Pasta with Konjac Noodles

    • Place half the noodles, sausage, peppers, onions and sauce mixture in the bottom of a greased 9×13 baking dish. Top 1/2 cup of Parmesan and then the remaining noodles, sausage and sauce. Cover the top of the dish with the other 1/2 cup Parmesan and cook at 375 degrees for 30 minutes to allow all the flavors to meld and the noodles to soften.

    To Assemble the “Fake-Baked” pasta with Dreamfields

    • Place half the sausage, peppers, onions and sauce in the bottom of a flameproof baking dish. Top with all of the pasta and then the remaining sausage and sauce. Cover the top of the dish with the Parmesan and place until broiler 2-5 minutes to brown cheese and set pasta.;

    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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