recommended healthy ideas!

recommended healthy ideas!

This is definitely going to become a staple in my THM pantry! I used it to make the CRANBERRY UPSIDE DOWN CAKE instead of following the exact recipe…

tomato basil cheese dip/log {S}

tomato basil cheese dip/log {S}

This flavor combo was quite a hit at a recent baby-shower I attended, so I thought I’d share it! [even though I have no photos ] What I used: 1- 8 oz package of cream cheese-softened at room temp 1/2 cup non-fat Greek yogurt 1 Tbsp chopped sun-dried tomatoes {they are like tomato raisins. } 2 Tbsp dried Basil 4 Tbsp grated parmesan cheese 1/2 tsp glucomannan {completely optional, but does firm up the consistency} 2 tsp good kosher or sea salt 1 tsp pepper 2 tsp powdered garlic 2 tsp powdered onion Directions Put all the ingredients in a bowl and mix with a beater for 3-4 minutes or until fully incorporated. Chill. Form a ball or log and cover with chopped  nuts or seeds {we have a nut allergy so I used sunflower seeds} or keep in a bowl to serve as a dip. Serve with your favorite crackers, but to keep this [S], serve with {THM} flax or other seed...
eggy muffins {S} or {FP}

eggy muffins {S} or {FP}

I love to have breakfast all prepared and ready to go before I even get up in the mornings…. I am NOT a morning person. These can require a heat-up; but if you use a microwave it’s just about 30 sec to READY! {I have been known to eat them cold…} Here’s what you need: {this makes 12 muffins} 12 muffin tin 3 eggs & 5 egg whites {or equivalent of packaged egg whites} bell pepper {I used 4 baby, multi-colored ones… but green are great too!} 12 pieces each of ham and turkey, thinly sliced deli meat a couple TBSP shredded cheddar cheese salt to taste insert 2 slices of meat into each muffin cup drop about a tbsp of diced peppers into each one put about the same amount of cheese into the ham cups… {trying to keep the others FP!}  for the turkey cups: whisk together 1 egg and 3 whites {or 9 TBSP of egg whites} with a dash of salt; and I use this time to add a sprinkle of turmeric to my diet {it adds nice color and a bit of flavor and it’s good for you!} spoon out 3 TBSP egg mixture into each of the turkey cups for the ham cups: whisk together 2 eggs and 2 eggs whites {or 6 TBSP package egg whites} with a dash of salt spoon 3 TBSP into each of the ham cups Bake on 350 for 12 minutes. Check for firmness, but don’t overbake They will be re-heated later! ALL PUFFED UP! but they will deflate as they cool Can be kept in the refrigerater...
a special day {S}

a special day {S}

For Valentines Day {wow… I am so behind-ha} my hubby suggested getting Chinese take-out, one of my favorite things that I don’t have to cook! And at first, I agreed. I was fatigued and a bit overwhelmed by other things going on… Then I got to thinking of the money we were going to spend for our whole {little} family to eat one meal. So I pledged that I would make it, for less, and on plan! Beef & Veggie Stir-fry   Beef: pretty much anything you can find at a decent price, sliced 1/4 inch. I think I had about 2 lbs. We had a bit of leftovers Marinade: 1/2 cup soy sauce {check your ingredients} 1 tsp sesame oil 1 clove chopped garlic 1 tsp chopped ginger [dried powder does in a pinch, but fresh is best] S/P Veggies: 1 zucchini, sliced 2 carrots, sliced [these were for the kids, as they are E] 1 stalk celery 2 heads broccoli [or a bag of frozen] 2 green bell peppers, sliced 1 onion, sliced [I did partake of these, even though they are E] other options: a head of cauliflower, green beans, shredded cabbage, spinach Directions: Heat olive oil and sesame oil in large pan, add meat in batches to get a good sear on the outside. Set aside in a bowl. I added each veggie and let it cook down a bit, starting with the carrots and celery. Then I added the bell peppers and onions, then zucchini. I had a large enough pan to keep them separate, since i was not eating the carrots… but you...

“no-mess” oppsie muffins {S}

So, I made the oopsie roll [links to original recipe I used, minus the splenda or any sweetener] the other week to use with a big, juicy grilled hamburger. I ended up loving it, and so did my kids! So, today I really wanted some kind of ‘roll’ side for our steak lunch and my brain wandered back to this recipe. The first time I made them, the batter spread in the oven much more than I had anticipated. I have heard that is because I did not get stiff peaks on my egg whites—too in a hurry. So, this time, I knew I would be in the same hurry… so I made them in a muffin tin. And since my muffin tin has seen many better days, I used cupcake liners. It is the basic recipe found up above, but I tweaked it a bit. It seems EVERYONE tweaks oppsie rolls I have found 4-5 basic tweaks, but none were exactly what I did…. so: My Oopsie Muffins ingredients: 5 eggs, separated 5 ounces cream cheese-softened 1 wedge laughing cow cheese of your flavor choice {I used a jalepeno cheddar} a pinch cream of tartar a pinch of salt 1/8 tsp baking powder directions: [preheat to 350*] 1. whip egg whites with cream of tartar [in a cold bowl] until stiff peaks form, then refrigerate until needed 2. cream yolks, cream cheese, LC cheese wedge, salt and baking powder until smooth 3. gently incorporate the creamy mixture into the egg whites 4. fill a lined, oiled [sprayed with olive oil] muffin tin 5. bake for 12-15 minutes or...