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.

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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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Cold weather beverages: “cheater” coffeehouse hot cocoa

If you’re like me, this is what your house and surrounding areas looked like this weekend:

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Yes, that’s my road. Things are still pretty icy around these parts.

While the snow is lovely, I am really starting to get some cabin fever…but the roads still look like this:

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I miss leaving the house. I miss human interaction with people older than the age of 5. I miss my local coffee shop.

I actually did find a remedy to that one. It’s technically cheating, but it tastes sooooo good.

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All you need is a packet of Swiss Miss Instant Cocoa mix, a can of Reddi-Whip whipped cream, and some powdered cocoa.

I use a Keurig, so I just pour the Swiss Miss into my favorite Pioneer Woman mug here, run hot water over it, give it a good stir, and top with the whipped cream. Then, I sprinkle the powdered cocoa on it and enjoy! It tastes just like my local coffee shop’s hot cocoa…and it surely does lift my spirits on these snowed-in days.

Come see me again soon!

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Recipe: Pioneer Woman’s “Marlboro Man sandwich”

I don’t know about you guys, but I really love The Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond. I’ve been reading her blog for awhile and I’ve become addicted to her show while on maternity leave.

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I have made several of her recipes, but this week, we found a new favorite.

Pioneer Woman’s “Marlboro Man Sandwich” is fantastic. To see her original recipe, you can go here.

The only changes I made to her recipe was to leave out the hot sauce. My nursling was grateful.

Just like Ree, I started melting butter into the skillet, then with slicing and browning the onion. Then, I removed the onion.

I then chopped the meat and melted two more tablespoons of butter into the skillet. I sprinkled seasoning salt on the meat and then browned the meat.

Then I added two more tablespoons of butter and a half cup of Worcestershire sauce.  I also added the onions back in.

I toasted the rolls and added the meat.

If I were making this sandwich for just me, I’d have added green peppers, some mozzarella cheese and some red peppers, but my hubby isn’t down with bell peppers. Or mushrooms.

Still, this sandwich is delicious and it’s great just the way I’ve made it. Pop on over to the Pioneer Woman’s blog and check out how she makes this sandwich. Like me, she is into being flexible with recipes and encouraging others to make it their own. Happy cooking, and please come back.

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Healthful eating: Southwest Salad

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Maybe you’ve tried the Southwest Crispy Chicken Salad at “fast food restaurant known for its golden arches” (they’ll sue me, ya’ll).

I have tried and loved that salad, but I am trying to eat healthier. If I go to Golden Arches, I’ll leave with something that isn’t a salad. Lots of somethings. Like fries, a Big Mac and a milkshake. Plus, it’s cold outside and I don’t wanna take my babies out in it.

Before I get too far into this, I need to tell you I cheated a bit and used frozen chicken strips and bacon bits. I also used canned corn and canned black beans. Everything else you see is fresh. I promise.

As always, customize this recipe. Make it your own. I love onions and would have added them to this salad, but I’m nursing and my two-month-old does not love onions. Other than that, I wouldn’t change a thing!

Here is what you’ll need:

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Breaded, cooked chicken strips, cherry tomatoes or sliced tomatoes, bacon bits (optional), sliced bell pepper, shredded lettuce, cooked sweet yellow corn, cooked black beans, grated cheddar cheese, and grated mozzarella cheese.

The first thing I did was cook the corn and black beans, and throw those chicken tenders in the oven.

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Next, I chopped up those veggies.

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Yes, that’s an awful lot of bell peppers and tomatoes for just one serving. I can’t help it. I just like the things!

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Next, grate some cheese!

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I combined those veggies and some bacon bits in a bowl…

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…added the chicken…

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…added the corn and black beans…

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And lastly, I added the cheese.

It was a great salad. It tasted just as good as it looked. The corn added a little sweetness to balance out the spicy chicken. Squeeze a sliced lime over the salad for an even greater taste. Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoy this salad.

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