Planning a Trim Healthy cooking day

As you know, we are preparing for “back to school” in our house. One way that we’re doing this is planning and prepping meals.


To do so, I have planned and created four separate meal planning days: one for breakfast, one for lunches, one for dinners, and one for condiments/sauces and snacks. 

My family follows the Trim Healthy Mama way of eating, which is a sugar free plan. Natural sweeteners, such as stevia, are used, as are gluten free flours. 

Today I’d like to show you my breakfast planning day. I cooked for four hours and ended up with almost three weeks of breakfasts. 

Pictured below: breakfast burritos (S), waffle breakky sandwiches (S), chocolate waffles (S) and regular waffles (S). 

Pictured below: breakfast burritos with egg, cheese and sausage on low carb tortillas, and some with bacon, egg and cheese. Both of these are S breakfasts.


Pictured below: six chocolate waffles (e), six regular waffles (e), two loaves of sprouted grain bread (e).


We are often in a hurry in the mornings, so having these breakfasts already prepared means we can just grab what we need and take it with us, if need be. This way no one goes without breakfast and everyone is well nourished and happy!

To see recipes, click the links below. All of these recipes are in the cookbook, but these links go to other websites.

Trim Healthy Waffles (e)

Chocolate waffles (e)

Wafflized breakky sandwich (S)

Breakfast burritos (S)

Soft sprouted bread (e)

In the next few weeks, I will show you the lunches and dinners. I hope this has been helpful to you!

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A much more organized pantry


Our pantry used to be very well organized, but we got a little lazy.


And then we got even lazier. Things weren’t put away, things weren’t paired down and thrown away, and things were just…chaotic. 


It was definitely time to do something about it.

I decided to take everything out and assess the space. While it was empty, I gave the room a good cleaning.

I then decided to categorize everything and organize it as according to category. 


I also used some smaller baskets to house fruits and veggies, and two wood crates to make a shelf for my cookbooks. 



I moved some items out of the pantry that didn’t need to be there. 


When I was finished, I had a much more organized space. I love that I can see everything and I know where everything is. 


The space functions so much better for us now. 

Our printer is currently on the brink of death so as soon as I fix it, I’ll make new ones. Then this pantry will be complete.

What space makeovers have you done recently?

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Planning a Trim Healthy Mama cooking day…and a free printable menu planner 


First of all, I am not affiliated with Trim Healthy Mama, or its founders Pearl Barrett and Serene Allison. I am just a loyal follower and a greatful fan. 

Have you heard of make ahead freezer meals? We are on a quest to make meal times easier and more simple at our home. I have always wanted to have a cooking day so I could make some meals ahead of time and freeze them. 

I decided to create a seven day meal planner so I could plan what meals we’d eat each week and then create a shopping list for each week as well. 

I am printing off four of these seven day planners, filling them out, and then buying the ingredients needed to make the meals. Here’s a little snapshot of what I’ve done so far:


I intend to have about a month’s worth of meals in my freezer when I’m finished cooking. The idea is to cook all day and have a whole month of foods to eat. In order to have a successful cooking day, you must plan ahead as much as possible. I want to make sure I have all the ingredients I need before the cooking day begins. 

You can find all the Trim Healthy Mama recipes in their cookbook, but you can also find tons of them on Pinterest or BrianaThomas.com.

You can download this meal planner as well. Just right click on the images below to save them to your device and print them. 


Happy cooking!

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Recipe: THM style Joseph’s Pizza

I’ve been actively on the Trim Healthy Mama plan for about 16 months now, and I’m slowly but surely getting my family on board as well.

I recently tried this pizza recipe from the THM cookbook. It calls for a Joseph’s pita, but all I had were flatbreads. Also, you’re going to need a sugar free pizza sauce. You can make your own or you can purchase the No Sugar Added sauce at Aldi’s. I originally tried to use Classico but it does contain sugar, so it’s off plan.


Swap out the Classico for a sugar free sauce and here’s your cast of characters.

First, preheat your oven to 400 and bake those pitas or flat breads for about 5 minutes so they’ll be crispy.


Let them stand for two minutes before saucing them up. Add your cheese and pepperoni.


Then, pop these guys back in the oven for about 5 minutes.


See? Super easy. And pretty cheap. And totally customizable. Since these are “personal pan” sized, you can make them with whatever toppings you please.

Cheap, easy, customizable AND healthy. What could be better than that?

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Five things Friday

I have been doing Farmhouse Friday, and I’ll get back to that next week. This week I’m taking a break to share five of my absolute favorite things with you. I call it (wait for it) Five Things Friday! So original, huh?

The entire purpose of this is simply for me to share five things that I love with you.


1. Spring’s Eden candles, $18 at Anthropologie

I love, love love these! They burn well and they smell amazing! And how cute is that container? This one is amber bergamot scented, which I love.


2. Pioneer Woman dishes, assorted sizes and prices at Wal-Mary

I love Ree Drummond and her line of kitchen goodies at Wal-Mary. Such pretty, bright colors. They’re both cute and functional, and I love everything I’ve bought from this line.


3. LL Bean fisherman sweater, $89

These sweaters are so comfy and they’re really cute. I have two of them (that I bought on sale) and since our weather is super unpredictable this time of year, I’m getting a little extra use out of them. They really are worth the money.


4. Chalk paint and mason jars

I showed you this sweet chalk painted mason jar last week. This is one of my simplest, yet cutest projects to date. I just love how the chalk paint makes the details on the jars pop. And how cute are they with these flowers?

And finally,


5. Trim Healthy Mama mufflets

These tiny omelets in a muffin disguise are amazing. They are super easy to make and super cheap. They are also the perfect grab and go food, and everyone in my family loves them!

Have a wonderful weekend.

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Kitchen hacks: grease disposal

I enjoy cooking, but with two little children and one with homework, it isn’t always easy.

Lately I’ve been thinking of sharing some life hacks I’ve learned along the way.

When we cook, we often drain away the grease to make the meal healthier, but also to enhance the flavor. Browned hamburger meat with too much grease tastes bad!! 🤢

You don’t want to put hot grease in your trash can and you should never pour it down your sink.

Here is what we’ve learned to do:

Take a colander and put it on top of a bowl.


Pour your meat out of the skillet and into the colander.


Stir it up a little and all the grease will fall into the bowl.


Gross, I know. But at least all that grease isn’t in my dinner…or my tummy. Yuck!

Then, you can wait until the grease cools to put it in your trash.

Stay tuned for more kitchen hacks!!

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Easy fall soups: chicken noodle soups

I love making soups! It’s cheap, easy, and there is usually a lot left over. I have made veggie soups, taco soups, and chili, but have never before made chicken noodle soup. I decided I wanted to make a really simple recipe with only a few ingredients, so here is what I came up with. You will only need the following ingredients: chicken broth, No Yolks noodles, carrots, celery, parsley flakes, oregano, and chicken.

Making this soup is ridiculously easy:

1. Combine your thawed chicken and chicken broth in a stock pot. Boil until the chicken is cooked through. I use boneless chicken breasts so I can save the time I would have spent deboning them.

2. Remove the cooked chicken, chop into bite sized pieces and set aside.

3. Bring chicken broth to a simmer. Add celery and carrots, and heat until the veggies are soft.

4. Bring noodles to a boil, drain, and add them to the broth. Add the chicken pieces to the broth. Add parsley and oregano to the broth.

5. Bring the broth and all ingredients to a boil. Let the soup boil 5 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Want a printable recipe card? Right click on the card below to print the recipe. For best results, print on a 5X7 recipe card.

Enjoy your week!!

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Easy Homemade Pizza 


A few days ago,  my husband came home from work talking about making homemade pizza.  I was skeptical but decided to humor him. 

The pizza recipe he gave me was delicious and easy.  I enjoyed it and will make it again. 

You will need some frozen canned pizza dough.  You’ll find it in the freezer cases next to the biscuit dough in a cylindrical can. You will also need your choice of pizza sauce,  your choice of toppings, grated cheese,  butter, and  a baking sheet. Also, preheat your oven to 425 degrees. 

Take your dough out of the can and gently roll it out onto the lightly greased baking sheet.  Make sure you roll the dough flat. 

We wanted some sausage and pepperoni on our pizza,  so we browned our sausage while our dough baked. After your sausage cooks, drain it and crumble it up. 

When your pizza crust has baked for seven minutes and is completely cooked,  Put your pizza sauce on your pizza, taking care to spread it evenly. 

Next,  add your grated cheese to the top of the pizza. 

Add your toppings 

Cook your pizza at 425 door three minutes, or until the cheese has melted. When it’s done cooking,  let the pizza cool for a few minutes before eating. 

Enjoy!!

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Grocery shopping made simple part one 

Grocery shopping is my least favorite chore.  No,  I’m serious.  I’d rather do laundry AND clean toilets than go grocery shopping. 

I literally put off going to the grocery store until the last possible minute.  I hate it hate it hate it.  

I have learned a few tips in recent years that make me hate grocery shopping a little less.  Most of them are probably no brainers to everyone else, but I’m a slow learner.  

1. Don’t take your kids. 

Haha.  Yes,  I’m serious. I have a five year old and an almost one year old and I do NOT take them to the grocery store unless it is a very quick trip.  My baby just doesn’t have the patience and while she’ll be a perfect little angel for most of the trip, and will get tired and she will let everyone know about it.  My five year old actually does pretty well if it’s just the two of us,  but I do have to keep her from putting things in our cart that we don’t need. Besides- the grocery store with no kids? That’s like vacation!! 
2. Know what you need 

This one might seem like overkill but it really does help me a lot. Have you ever needed an item but didn’t realize you needed it until after you get home from the store?  I use this grocery inventory to help me keep an eye on our pantry, fridge and freezer.  I walk around checking off what we have and making a list of things we are out of or running low on. It’s really cut down on those second trips. 

3. Know what you need part 2

Keep your grocery inventory and a shopping list right beside your fridge..  Or you can get magnets and put them on your fridge.  As soon as you run out,  add the item to the list.  If you wait,  you’ll forget.  
4. Plan your meals 

The first tip I have for meal planning is to see what you already have. What can you make from what’s already in your pantry or fridge? Then, plan some meals according to your schedule.  For example, we tend to eat something we can pick up on nights that my daughter has gymnastics,  because we don’t have time to cook.  Sometimes we’ll make crock pot meals if we have church that night and need a quick meal. 

After you plan your meals, add the ingredients you don’t already have on hand to your list.  This makes sticking to your list way easier.  I’m not saying impulse purchases never happen, they just happen less often. 

What meal planning and grocery tips do you have?  

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Recipe: baked ziti with meat sauce

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Now that I’ve gone back to work from maternity leave, I’ve been on the search for quick and easy recipes. My favorite recipes to look for are make ahead and freeze recipes, or slow cooker recipes. I know I’ve posted several slow cooker recipes, but very few make ahead.

Prepare to be introduced to the easiest make ahead meal ever! The hardest part is browning the hamburger meat.

First, boil some ziti noodles on medium heat until they’re soft. Drain the water from the noodles. Next, stir in about a cup of ricotta cheese, until the noodles are coated. I then add a cup and a half of marinara sauce to the meat. I use Classico Cabernet Marinara, but you can use whatever you like.

I then mix the meat and marinara to the pasta. I sprinkle fresh, grated Parmesan and mozzarella over the top. If you’re going to make this later, pop it in the freezer. If not, pop it in the oven for 45 minutes at 350 degrees.

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It’s so easy and cheap to make, and my family loves it!

 

 

 

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