Beverages, Breakfast, Dessert, Dinner, Drinks, E, FP, Lunch, Recipe, S, Sauces, Dressings, Sides, Snack, Veggies

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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Bread, Breakfast, Dessert, E, Recipe, S

Makeover Monday ~ Strawberry Bread Two Ways

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!

E Slice on top
S Slice on bottom

This recipe was a request from a friend. She sent me a link to this recipe and asked if I could convert it. I decided to make a recipe that you can use in either an E or S setting. The recipe is so similar either way that I did this in just one recipe card. The variations are specified in both the ingredient list and the directions so just look for the E and S designations for the option you are choosing.

A few notes about this recipe: Much of the “pop of flavor” is from the glaze. I highly encourage you to poke holes in your bread as the recipe directs so the glaze gets down into the loaf. When you are making the batter for the S version it will get very thick. It is going to seem like it will be too dry, but it is not. The E version takes about 20 minutes less time to cook than the S version. When looking at the pictures below, the S version is always on the bottom or the right with one exception. The final picture in step 4 under the glaze has the E version on the bottom. I used a 12 oz bag of frozen strawberries, thawed, and it was the perfect amount to put in both the bread and the glaze.

You Will Need:

I always use oat fiber to make my baking blend stretch farther. If you do not have oat fiber you can always sub equal amounts of baking blend unless it is stated otherwise.

Strawberry Bread – THM E or S

Servings: 10
Author: myhealthyjourneyforlife

Ingredients

For Bread

  • ½ c xes sweetener or gentle sweet
  • ½ c almond milk
  • ½ c Greek yogurt for E
  • ½ c coconut oil melted for S
  • 1 egg
  • 1 ½ tsp vanilla
  • 2 c rolled oats ground into flour for E
  • 1 c baking blend for S
  • ½ c oat fiber for S
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp mineral salt
  • 2 c. diced strawberries
  • 2 tsp. oat flour or oat fiber

For Glaze

  • ½ c xes sweetener or gentle sweet must be powdered
  • 2 tbsp Greek yogurt for E
  • 2 tbsp melted butter for S
  • ½ tsp vanilla or almond extract
  • 1 pinch mineral salt
  • 1/3 c diced strawberries

Instructions

To Make Bread

  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Mix together sweetener, milk, (yogurt if making E), egg and vanilla.
  • In a separate bowl mix together oat flour, baking powder and salt.
  • Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and stir to combine.
  • If making S, add melted coconut oil to batter and mix to combine.
  • Toss diced strawberries with 2 tsp oat flour or oat fiber.
  • Fold strawberries into the batter.
  • Pour batter into a greased bread pan and bake E loaf for about 40 minutes, The S loaf will take about 60 minutes. A toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf should come out clean.
  • Allow to cool in the pan for 10 minutes.
  • Remove to a rack to cool further.

To Make Glaze

  • Combine all ingredients and mix until smooth.
  • Poke holes in the top of your loaf (this is primarily for the E loaf but I recommend it for both versions). I used the thicker end of a chopstick to do this, you could use a knife, but you want the glaze to be able to get into the holes.
  • Spread glaze over loaf while it is still just barely warm.
  • Allow to cool completely and enjoy.

Notes

A few notes about this recipe:
Much of the “pop of flavor” is from the glaze. I highly encourage you to poke holes in your bread as the recipe directs so the glaze gets down into the loaf.
When you are making the batter for the S version it will get very thick. It is going to seem like it will be too dry, but it is not.
The E version takes about 20 minutes less time to cook than the S version.
When looking at the pictures below, the S version is always on the bottom or the right with one exception. The final picture in step 4 under the glaze has the E version on the bottom.
I used a 12 oz bag of frozen strawberries, thawed, and it was the perfect amount to put in both the bread and the glaze. 
When divided into 10 slices, each slice of the E loaf has a grand total of 12.5 net carbs, so you can easily add this to an E meal. This bread could be made exactly the same using any other fruit you like. To be able to make it both ways you would want to stick to berries, but for the E version, you could use any fruit you like!

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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Bread, Breakfast, Dessert, E, FP, Recipe, Snack

Air Fryer Apple Fritters ~ THM E or FP

A friend showed me a post on Facebook the other day asking for someone to THM-ify an apple fritter recipe. I was pretty excited to try this out. The trick was how to keep the treat from being a crossover. If I fried them and put apples in them they would be at least an S-helper if not a crossover. So my first thought was to make just the fritter dough and use apple extract. This would be perfect… in theory. However, in reality this made the following:

Not a Fritter

That pile of crumbs is not a fritter…While the dough held its shape out of the oil, it immediately disintegrated upon frying. So I had to re-think things. I had just gotten an new air fryer, had never used it at all, but I thought I would give these a try in it. And it worked! I did 2 versions, mainly because I already had the “S” version made up. However the S version was only going to be S if I fried it. Since this was no longer going to be fried in oil I went ahead and added the apples.

This is the air fryer I purchased:

The first batch I made was with the baking blend/oat fiber mixture. This version is FP as long as you stick to a 1/4 of the batch and don’t add any more carbs. This version was a slightly dryer dough and held it’s shape well in the air fryer.

FP version

The second batch I made with the oat flour/oat fiber mixture. This version is E. The entire recipe has 50 g net carbs. I would still not eat more than a 1/4 of the recipe at a time. This makes it a great dessert for an E meal. This dough was slightly wetter and spread a bit in the air fryer making a flatter fritter.

E version

You Will Need:

I always use oat fiber to make my baking blend stretch farther. If you do not have oat fiber you can always sub equal amounts of baking blend unless it is stated otherwise.

You will also need coconut oil spray, parchment paper and, although it is optional, a small cookie scoop like this one makes the job easier.

Air Fryer Apple Fritters ~ THM E or FP

Author: myhealthyjourneyforlife

Ingredients

For E Fritters

  • 3/4 cup rolled oats ground into flour
  • 1/4 cup oat fiber

For FP Fritters

  • 1/2 cup THM Baking Blend
  • 1/4 cup Oat Fiber

Add the rest of these ingredients to your chosen fritter flour

  • 1/4 cup xes sweetener or gentle sweet
  • 1/2 teaspoon mineral salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup almond or cashew milk
  • 1/3 cup egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon apple extract optional
  • 1 cup chopped apple

Glaze Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup xylitol ground into powder
  • 2 pinches mineral salt
  • 4 teaspoons almond or cashew milk

Instructions

  • Combine wet ingredients with dry ingredients and mix until smooth.
  • Using a spatula, fold in apple until apples are covered with batter.
  • Line the bottom of the air fryer basket with a sheet of parchment paper. Lightly spray with coconut oil spray.
  • Using a small scoop, drop batter into mounds on the parchment paper. (My air fryer fit about 9 fritters so I did this in 2 batches.) Lightly spray the tops of the fritters with coconut oil.
  • Cook the fritters for 10-12 minutes at 370 degrees.
  • In a coffee grinder or Vitamix, powder sweetener and salt. Add milk and mix to make the glaze.
  • Remove fritters from air fryer and when cool to touch, dip each side of fritter in glaze and return to a pan or rack to cool.

Notes

This entire recipe when made in the E version has a total of 50 net carbs.
When making the FP version be sure to eat no more than 1/4 of the recipe to stay in FP mode. Do not add any other carb source to your FP snack.

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E, Favorite Things, Recipe

My Favorite Way to Sweet Potato!

Are you still learning to love sweet potatoes? I didn’t grow up eating them so for me they were an adjustment. However, they are now one of my favorite things to eat! Recently I have discovered my very favorite, super simple way to enjoy them!

First, I cook several sweet potatoes in the Instapot. It only takes 10 to 15 minutes depending on how big your sweet potatoes are. Just prick the potatoes with a fork, put them in the pot and add a cup of water. Set the pot to seal and cook. You can use a quick release when they are finished cooking. After the potatoes are cooked I peel them and put them in baggies and freeze them till I’m ready to use them. When I’m ready to eat one I just heat it up.

While it is heating, in a small bowl I mix together two teaspoons of XES sweetener or gentle sweet, half teaspoon of cinnamon, a couple shakes of cayenne, and about a quarter teaspoon of salt. I mix that all together and sprinkle it over my sweet potato. Then I drizzle with about a teaspoon of MCT oil. It is delicious!

Honestly, if you love this sweet potato topping as much as I do you may want to make up a small container of it to always have on hand. Mix together 4 TBSP XES sweetener or gentle sweet , 12 shakes of cayenne and 1 1/2 tsp of salt. stir or shake it together and put in a small shaker bottle. 

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