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Roasted Turkey Breast

The best part of a turkey dinner, nice, tender and juicy!

I found an awesome deal on turkey breast a couple of weeks ago. Normally over $16, I got it for under $3 at just 30¢ a pound. I actually bought two of them but wish I had bought several more.

I thawed it and seasoned it with some salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, and a little poultry seasoning. Baked it for a couple hours and it was delicious!!! It tested at 165º.

Seriously, it is that simple!

Roasted Turkey ~ Lifeofjoy.mePrepped Turkey ~ Lifeofjoy.meSeriously, it’s that simple. Sprinkle it with the desired spices/seasonings and put it in the oven until the temperature is 165º.

A couple hours later, it smelled delicious and the juices were browning in the pan. The temperature was right on 165º.

Roated Turkey Breast ~ Lifeofjoy.meRoasted Turkey too ~ Lifeofjoy.meIt really seems odd to me. They just cut off the legs and wings and sell it like that. But that is the part that is favored around here anyway.

I’d give a recipe but there really isn’t one. Just sprinkle it with the seasonings you like and bake according to the package directions checking it for temperature rather than staying strictly with time.

Until next time, God bless,

 Michele ºÜº

Food Log

I thought I’d share with you how I have been keeping track of what I eat lately. Most people probably don’t need to track their food but it can be helpful in a number of instances. The first of which is when one is trying to lose weight and change old habits. I follow the Trim Healthy Mama lifestyle of eating. It is a low glycemic approach to eating. One of the big points of this way of eating is to not eat more often than every three hours, so my food log only needs room for about 5 things eaten each day.

Since I use a bullet journal I decided it would be a good place to keep the log. I’m not big into pre-planned pages so this went a little against my grain in the beginning but I needed it to be easily read. I attempted something a little differently with my first week of logging my food and it was a jumbled mess. It was only useful as a log not as any kind of idea bank for future menus. See!

food log bujo ~ Lifeofjoy.meI added some thin washi tape around it when I was prettying up my pages. See, I fill may pages in very sparsely when I create them and then go back and pretty them up later when I have time and desire to do something crafty. If I tried to make my pages pretty from the outset, I’d never get them done.

So what I did next was create a place to put the food eaten. This is what it looks like on the first few days of the week.

food log bujo ~ Lifeofjoy.meI don’t really care if I make mistakes on my lines. The important thing is to get it there so that I can have it to use without fuss. I’ll pretty it up later, maybe. ;)

I like to write down what “fuel type” it is too, so I can see if I’m shuffling it enough. For the longest time I was having nearly all “S” foods for breakfast every morning (that would be mostly eggs but even most of our pancakes are in the fats category). I’ve since added an oatmeal that I love and really enjoy–now if I can just make it so it is still hot when I eat it. ;) (Oatmeal is an “E” fuel type, a good healthy starch that energizes the body.)

This log helps me see what we’ve actually eaten and when, as opposed to a menu plan that shows what I’m planning to eat throughout the week. I don’t know if it works the same for you, but I seldom follow a plan exactly as written; I end up changing it somewhere along the line. Last night was one such instance. I thought I had another chicken breast in the freezer but I had unexpectedly used it for Michael’s dinner on Sunday–we had pork carnitas and at present he doesn’t eat pork, so I fixed him some chicken carnitas. So last night’s dinner had to change; thankfully I have a freezer with lots of meats in it. :)

Here is what my food log looks like after being filled in.

Food Log Bujo ~ Lifeofjoy.meI don’t always write it down when I eat it, so sometimes there are blanks where I couldn’t remember what I had. :( But the goal is to fill it in as I eat it. The colors have absolutely no meaning. I like color and change use whatever color I’m feeling like using at the moment. I’m not worried about colors that go together so much, just what I want to use. :)

This food log is also helpful in making menus. I can look back and remind myself of what we’ve eaten to get ideas for what to put on the menu for a different week. I can also see how long it has been since we’ve eaten a particular recipe.

I don’t use a whole page for the food log and put a little tracker on the lower portion of the page, and leave space to make notes and items I want/need to make or bake.

Bujo Food Log ~ Lifeofjoy.meThe one above was last week’s log. I made a big list of items to make or bake near the end of the week, so I’ll be pulling from that list over the next week or so. :D

I hope this look into my bullet journal and food tracking has been helpful to you in some way. There is no right or wrong way to use a bullet journal. Some people use them more as a scrapbook and other’s use it more for a planner. Part of mine is to help me in my weight loss journey. :) If you have questions, I’ll try to help.

Until next time, God bless,

 
Michele ºÜº

Sugar Free Chocolate Almond MIlk ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Chocolate Milk and It’s Sugar Free

Milk (made from nuts) that is sweet and chocolatey are a favorite of mine!

Sean wanted chocolate milk one day and made this recipe up. Of course, he doesn’t really measure, he just adds a little of this and a little of that but it hits the spot. :)

So he starts by pouring the milk into the glass you wants to fill, so he has a full glass. ;)

Not yet chocolate milk ~ Lifeofjoy.meThen he pours it into a blending cup but you could use a blender. Next add in about 2 tablespoons of cocoa.

Almond Milk with cocoa powder ~ Lifeofjoy.meThen add 3-4 tablespoons of Gentle Sweet (this is a THM powdered sweetener but you can use your favorite one).

Milk, cocoa and sweetener ~ Lifeofjoy.meHe said he usually adds the sweetener first because then he doesn’t have to wipe off the scoop. Then add a dash of vanilla.

Dash of vanilla ~ lifeofjoy.meI may add a small pinch of salt next time to round out the flavor; I just thought of that.

Then blend blend blend!

Blending Chocolate Milk ~ Lifeofjoy.meThe cocoa will be resistant to blending but persevere and it will surrender. :)

Blending Chocolate Milk ~ Lifeofjoy.meThen pour back into your glass and enjoy!

Sugar free Chocolate Almond Milk ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Chocolate Milk and It’s Sugar Free

Ingredients

  • 1-2 cups nut milk (we use almond milk but cashew or coconut milk would probably work fine)
  • 3-4 tablespoons Gentle Sweet (or sweetener of your choice, best if powdered)
  • about 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • dash of vanilla
  • maybe a pinch of salt?

Instructions

  1. Pour your milk into either a blender or blending cup.
  2. Add sweetener
  3. Add cocoa powder
  4. Add vanilla
  5. Add the pinch of salt if desired
  6. Blend blend blend!
  7. Pour into your glass and Enjoy!
http://lifeofjoy.me/chocolate-milk-and-its-sugar-free/

I hope you enjoy this chocolate milk, we sure do.

Until next time, God bless,

 Michele ºÜº

Birthday Meals

Happy Birthday Sean ~ LifeofJoy.meThis week was Sean’s birthday so he got to pick his meals for the day. He asked for pancakes for his breakfast, shocker, the boy loves pancakes. Then his eyes lit up and he asked if I could do Dutch Boys. Normally this wouldn’t be a problem but I had not yet worked out how to do this recipe and stay on Trim Healthy Mama plan. Thankfully I did find a recipe online for a THM version and he loved it. I’ll share it another day, since I didn’t get pictures taken while we were putting it together.

For lunch he wanted Macaroni and Cheese. This too is a feat because although we do make do with konjac noodles most of the time when we want this meal, I didn’t think that would live up to expectations of a birthday meal (mostly my expectations, as I am a tougher critic on a lot of foods). So we opted to have our rare occasion use of Dreamfields pasta. Unfortunately there was only spaghetti shaped pasta at Walmart but we used it anyway and broke the noodles up into small pieces. We did serve this with some bacon and broccoli for a full meal, since I think a serving of pasta is only 1/2 cup we definitely needed something more in our bellies.

We decided to eat our dessert for our afternoon snack–Pecan Pie! OMGoodness! It is sooo good. I use Kristie Sullivan’s original recipe with Sukrin gold syrup and granular gold. We all enjoyed it tremendously. My thought on eating it earlier in the day was so I wouldn’t be eating such richness too late in the evening. (For those familiar with THM, I’m a Turtle Loser, so it is best for me to eat lighter things in the evening.)

Then came the major labor of love. Sean asked for chicken enchiladas. As you can see from that link, it was a simple recipe: cook some chicken, add cream of chicken soup and cheese, then roll up in flour tortillas. Well I cannot use cream of chicken soup, so I had to find a substitute, which I did but it required a bouillon recipe be made. Then there were the tortillas, which I also made from scratch. Then I proceeded to put it all together. The homemade tortillas were not as supple as what I’m used to and they cracked a bit but not in a way that was unusable.

Sean and Tiffany loved them. I think it needs a lot of work but, as I mentioned before, I have pretty high standards. ;)

Birthday Meals ~ Lifeofjoy.meHe took the lone surviving enchilada to work to eat yesterday. He liked it and that is what is important.

The pecan pie did not make it through the night. We all caved in and had a second piece for dessert. So much for my will power! :D

I’m sorry for the lack of recipe here today. I hope to have one for you next week. We are currently in a season of trying some things, which is necessary before I share here.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Four Homemade Corn Tortillas ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Corn Tortillas

Easy, homemade, corn tortillas. I use them in a THM-E meal.

These easy tortillas are sooo good. They are much better tasting that the corn tortillas I used to buy in the store. They are okay for use on Trim Healthy Mama lifestyle of eating because the corn flour is treated with lime. So the lime does the work in the corn like the process that happens when wheat dough is in the refrigerator for 72 hours. It is all similar to what happens when wheat is sprouted. :) You can read over on Gwen’s Nest about this corn flour and get the nitty gritty on why it is okay to use on THM.

So, I was a bit of a detective in getting this recipe. I had seen a post about homemade corn tortillas over on Dawn’s site, Oh Sweet Mercy dot com but the recipe was not visible. It was an old post, so I searched for it on the internet archive and found the recipe. :) It was very similar to the recipe on the package of corn flour I purchased.

Now I am going to admit here that I have not seen anyone on THM do anything like this, so I guess you have to use your own judgement on whether you want to give it a go or not. ;) I have seen others use the masa flour in addition to other flours in S and FP tortillas or wraps but mostly with eggs whites and I didn’t want any egg whites.

If you use butter as suggested in the recipe there are about 3g fat and 23g carbs for all four tortillas; per tortilla it is about .75g fat and about 5.75g carbs.

When I told Sean I could make tortillas but it would be easier with a tortilla press, he told me to pick it out and he’d get it for me. :D I got a heavy duty cast iron one. I read somewhere online that the best way, and most authentic way, to press them is with cut grocery sacks. I was opposed at first but they say that it is really the best thing to use for easy removal.

So here is the super simple recipe.

Place 1/2 cup Masa flour (treated with lime) in a bowl.

Maseca Corn Tortillas ~ Lifeofjoy.meCorn flour in bowl ~ Lifeofjoy.meThen add 1/8 – 1/4 teaspoon salt (the original recipe said to use Kosher salt but I used pink Himalayan).

Corn tortillas ~ LIfeofjoy.meAdd 1/4 tsp to 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon hot water and let it melt. Then add to the flour and salt and stir.

Corn Tortilla Dough ~ Lifeofjoy.meIf it is a little too dry, add a tablespoon of water, one at a time, and stir until it comes into a cohesive ball. If it is too wet, you can add a tiny bit (1/4 tsp or so) at a time, until it is not longer sticky. Knead it for a minute or two.

Corn tortilla dough ~ Lifeofjoy.meDivide it into 4 balls, about the size of a golf ball.

Corn tortilla dough ~ Lifeofjoy.meNow, place one piece of your cut grocery bag on the tortilla press (or down on your hard surface).

Preparing to press corn tortilla ~ Lifeofjoy.mePlace your other piece of bag on top of it.

Corn Tortilla Press ~ Lifeofjoy.meLower the top part of the press, if using press.

Using tortilla press ~ Lifeofjoy.meRaise the handle and press on the top.

Pressing corn tortilla ~ Lifeofjoy.meIf you don’t have a tortilla press, you can use a heavy flat bottomed pan.

Remove the tortilla from the press and gently peel the bag from it.

pressed corn tortilla ~ Lifeofjoy.meCorn tortilla ~ Lifeofjoy.meremoving tortilla from liner ~ Lifeofjoy.mePlace on a medium hot skillet, sprayed lightly with oil spray.

Quick cooking tortilla ~ Lifeofjoy.meCooked Corn Tortilla ~ Lifeofjoy.meRepeat the process with each dough ball.

Four Homemade Corn Tortillas ~ Lifeofjoy.meAnd there you have it! Four lovely, delicious corn tortillas. These are soft and pliable. Unfortunately to fry them up crispy would make them a crossover. Hmmm, I wonder how they would turn out cut into triangles and baked?

Corn Tortillas

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Masa (corn flour, not corn meal and be sure it has lime in the ingredients)
  • 1/8-1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp butter (or coconut oil)
  • 5 tablespoons hot water

Instructions

  1. Melt the butter in the hot water.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
  3. Form into a ball and knead for a minute or two.
  4. Divide into 4 golf ball sized balls
  5. Press between two pieces of cut grocery bag.
  6. Remove from press and bags.
  7. Cook on a medium hot skillet, lightly sprayed with oil to keep it from sticking.
  8. Cook for about a minute on each side.
  9. Fill with your favorite low fat toppings.
http://lifeofjoy.me/corn-tortillas/

In future weeks I’ll share some ways we enjoy these with some low fat ingredients.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Breakfast Burrito ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Sausage Veggie Breakfast Burrito

Nice mix of veggies, sausage, and egg without any one ingredient being overbearing.

Last week I was hungry for a breakfast burrito and was so glad that I still had a Joseph’s Lavash left in the refrigerator. Half of one lavash is allowable once in a while on Trim Healthy Mama in an S meal. So I cut a lavash in half and Tiffany got half and I got half.

Cut a Joseph's Lavash ~ Lifeofjoy.meI put two to four ounces of sausage in my skillet and began to brown it.

Bulk Sausage in Pan ~ Lifeofjoy.meThen I grated a small to medium zucchini into the pan.

Grating in Zucchini ~ Lifeofjoy.meNext dice up a mini pepper or about a quarter of a medium bell pepper. I used a yellow one this time but any color will do.

Yellow Pepper ~ Lifeofjoy.meAdd it to the pan and saute.

Cooking vegetables and sausage ~ Lifeofjoy.meDice up one large mushroom and either one some tomato and add them as well. Season with salt, pepper, and nutritional yeast, if desired. (The salt helps to draw out the moisture and cook the veggies.)

Breakfast burrito ~ Lifeofjoy.meYou can either add a bit of oil, like coconut oil, or just a bit of water, if things start sticking to your pan.

Slightly beat two to four eggs. The first time I made this I only used two eggs because we didn’t want egg to over power the taste but even though I wrote looked at what I’d written down previously, I did four eggs before I realized it. 😯 Not to worry though, we were still on plan, the egg did not over power the taste, and we had a lighter lunch.

Beat eggs ~ Lifeofjoy.meAdd these to the pan and mix in.

Eggs added to Burrito filling ~ Lifeofjoy.me (I was dealing with a very overcast morning, so some of the pictures did not turn out very good.)

When the egg is nearly cooked through, add two wedges of light laughing cow cheese. You could use the pepperjack version if you want it spicy.

Breakfast Burritos ~ Lifeofjoy.mePlace half of the filling on a lavash half, roll and enjoy. :) Tiffany puts hers on he length of the lavash.

Skinnier Burritos ~ Lifeofjoy.me

And I put mine down the width. Hers are skinnier than mine.Sausage Breakfast Burrito ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Sausage Veggie Breakfast Burrito

Ingredients

  • 2-4 ounces sausage
  • 1 Roma tomato, about 7 grape tomatoes, or a couple of slices of larger tomato
  • 1 mini pepper
  • 1 small to medium zucchini, shredded
  • 1 large mushroom, diced or sliced
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 wedges of Light Laughing Cow Cheese
  • 1 Joseph's Lavash cut in half
  • salt and pepper, as desired
  • Nutritional yeast, as desired (optional)

Instructions

  1. Brown the sausage and add the vegetables and cook to desired doneness.
  2. Season with salt, pepper, and nutritional yeast (optional)
  3. Add beaten eggs and stir as they cook.
  4. Add the cheese wedges and blend with cooked sausage, veggies, and eggs.
  5. Place half the filling in a lavash half, roll up, and eat.
  6. (If you put the filling in the lavash over the length of the lavash, you may need to cut it in half to eat it properly. 😉 )
http://lifeofjoy.me/sausage-veggie-breakfast-burrito/

I hope you enjoy this yummy breakfast with hidden veggies. :)

Until next time, God bless,

 Michele ºÜº

Wasa Cracker Snack ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Snack Crackers with Cheese and Peppers

A light snack to keep the munchies at bay. Sweet veggies on a crunchy cracker with a creamy cheese wedge.

On Trim Healthy Mama you eat every three hours or so to keep your blood sugar level. Of course this means that you should not over indulge at any one eating. ;) I love food, so it is often difficult for me to eat slowly enough and drink something with my meal so that I realize that I am satisfied and no longer need to eat.

I start my day with a cup of oolong tea with collagen and sunflower lecithan in it. The collagen is super good for me and gives my body some protein to start revving my metabolism. Michael fixes this for me first thing every morning. :) He’s good like that.

About an hour and a half later Tiffany and I have breakfast. Then about three hours after we finish eating breakfast we have lunch. Another three hours and it is time to eat again. :) I love this way of eating! It is at this snack time where I am the most challenged. My body does not need another full meal. Some days I eat a nice rich dessert at this time because it gives my body longer to burn it off while I am away and moving. Many times I will save my piece of dessert from the night before and eat it for this snack. But I cannot do that all the time or I will never be out of the “losing weight” portion of this lifestyle. So some days I have a lighter snack.

Today I’m sharing one of those lighter snacks with you. It is very flexible but this is the way Tiffany and I prefer it.

Two Wasa light rye crackers. It is important that you have the kind with rye because it is better on your blood sugar than others. (If anything says wheat without the word sprouted, don’t buy it; it is not the right one.)

Wasa Snack ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Smear half of a LIGHT laughing cow cheese wedge on it. Here again, don’t get the original swiss because it is not the right one. The light swiss is good. However the pepperjack or asiago are okay as well. You are looking for the ones that have 35 calories. I do like this brand better than the Aldi brand because it is more pure and it seems like the wedges are larger too.

Wasa Snack Cracker ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Next add some sliced veggies. We like peppers with ours. Although I do like cucumbers sometimes.

Cutting Red Bell Pepper ~ Lifeofjoy.meWasa Bell Pepper and Laughing Cow Snack ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Sometimes we add just a single thin slice of turkey lunchmeat to up the protein a bit. It’s nice and lean and low calorie, which is helpful when you struggle losing weight. ;)

Wasa Snack with Turkey ~ Lifeofjoy.me

That’s it. A nice little snack to keep the munchies at bay until dinner, in three hours. It is a very light snack so it helps my body release weight more readily.

I hope this idea helps you in your weight loss endeavors.

Until next time, God bless,

 Michele ºÜº

Roasted Green Beans ~ lifeofjoy.me

Green Fries (a.k.a. Roasted Green Beans)

Another tasty roasted vegetable! These are not pretty but they are good.

I had never thought to roast green beans before. Mostly because the majority of the green beans I have eaten over the years have been from a can. Many years ago though, I was introduced to frozen thin whole green beans. It was in a crockpot meal that I really should fix again and share here with you.

You see, my experience with fresh green beans was that they were crunchy. Ewww, yep, that is not a word I liked associated with my vegetables in the past. (I’ve gotten a bit better now.) At any rate, that recipe has frozen (or fresh) whole green beans in the crockpot with chicken and they come out like we love them! :) Super flavorful and yummy and nary a crunch around.

When I did the hCg diet, I learned to roast vegetables other than potatoes, like cauliflower, broccoli, brussels sprouts, and even mushrooms, onions, and peppers. So I don’t know why it surprised me when I started Trim Healthy Mama (THM) and heard about roasted green beans but I was surprised. I gave it a shot anyway and we all love them. We can easily go through two bags for our family of four (adults).

So, I thought I’d share this simple easy “recipe” with you today. It isn’t exactly a recipe as much as it is a process. You see, we use the same process for most all of our roasted veggies, mostly because we like them this way. (If it ain’t broke, don’t be trying to fix it. ;) )

We take two bags of these frozen fancy green beans and pour them out onto a large baking sheet.

Roasted Green Beans ~ Lifeofjoy.meSprinkle with salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, and nutritional yeast, the last of which is a newer addition and thus optional. Really use whatever seasonings you like. If you like a spicy seasoning, use some Tony’s creole seasoning (just skip the salt though) or add cayenne pepper, chili powder, paprika, and/or cumin. If you want more of an Italian flair, use herbs to season them like basil and oregano. Seriously, it’s hard to mess these up if they are seasonings you like. :)

Roasted Green Bean Seasoning ~ Lifeofjoy.meRoasted Green Beans Seasoned ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Drizzle a little oil of choice over them. (We use olive oil but some people think that baking that oil at high temperatures ruins it, so use whatever you desire.)

Drizzle Oil on green beans ~ Lifeofjoy.meSeasoned green beans ~ Lifeofjoy.meToss to distribute all the oil and seasonings. I forgot to sprinkle with nutritional yeast, so we did it on the table. :)

Bake in the oven. Now here’s the deal. You can bake these in a higher heat for a shorter time or a lower heat for a longer time. I do whatever I need to at the moment. I’ve done it on 350º for somewhere around 45-60 minutes but I’m usually a bit more impatient and crank it up to 400º or even 450º and they bake in 30-45 minutes, to our liking. Really just check on them after about 15-20 minutes and stir them. Then keep checking them every t minutes or so, depending on how high you have the temperature.

Roasted Green Beans ~ Lifeofjoy.meTake them out and gobble them up. If you are a dipper, you can make a dipping sauce to go with it. One I’ve seen and liked was mayo with a bit of tomato paste and a dash of cayenne.

Serving Roasted Green Beans ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Green Fries (a.k.a. Roasted Green Beans)

Ingredients

  • 2 bags of frozen fine green beans (about 12-16 ounces each)
  • seasonings to taste:
  • salt
  • pepper
  • onion powder
  • garlic powder
  • nutritional yeast (optional but yummy)
  • Oil

Instructions

  1. Put frozen green beans on a rimmed baking sheet.
  2. Sprinkle with desired seasonings.
  3. Drizzle with your preferred oil.
  4. Bake on 350º-450º for 30-60 minutes depending on temperature and desired doneness.
http://lifeofjoy.me/green-fries-a-k-a-roasted-green-beans/

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

THM Tips and Treats

If you do healthy eating at all, you really should get the two cookbooks from Trim Healthy Mama! They are simply wonderful. I know there are a lot of people that struggle with things not tasting as right to them and struggle eating them. The best thing you can do in that situation is get completely off of sugar and the high carb foods (white flour, white rice, POTATOES, and yes, pasta) for a while. Eat simply cooked foods for a few weeks, grilled, sauteed, and baked meats with vegetables you do like. If you are not a fan of veggies, try roasting them, as it brings out the sweetness in them.

The other thing to do is to find an alternative natural sweetener. Xylitol is a good place to start. But you need to know two things, first that you can overdo it and it can cause you to have some intestinal discomfort and/or very loose bowel movements. So, you want to use it in moderation. And secondly, when you are looking for a xylitol to use, read the source of the xylitol. I choose not to use one that is derived from corn because it is hard to find a pure corn. (Oh! and if you have a dog be sure it doesn’t eat anything with xylitol in it because it can be deadly for them.)

The other natural sweetener you want to find a version you can acquire a taste for is stevia. My preferred stevia is stevia glycerite but I have learned to like Trim Healthy Mama’s Pure Stevia Extract Powder as well. We use a variety of sweeteners to avoid intestinal distress. But yet, it still sneaks in on us occasionally and we need to assess where we overdid it. It can be a bit of a puzzle some times (but worth it for all the delicious yumminess). ;)

Stick with more natural flavors when you first give up sugar. Try to find the natural sweetness in lower glycemic fruits. Stay away from chocolate desserts in the beginning because it is harder to get the sweetness right with them. After your tastes have adjusted to a lower glycemic diet and you have found the sweeteners you prefer, then you can begin to find low carb, sugar free version of your old favorite desserts. Know that it won’t taste exactly like the version you used to eat but that it can be just as pleasing in its own right.

For Valentine’s Day I made Michael, Sean, and Tiffany each a sweet treat. Sean’s was “rice krispy treats”. This is the one with which I was the least happy but Sean enjoyed it and so did Tiffany. I’m going to have to work with this recipe some more to make it crispier; currently it is not crispy. ;) I’m told it has good flavor though. (This one was in Trim Healthy Table.)

For Michael, I made some candies that are like a Payday candy. I made them in bars and they really turned out good this time. I was careful to measure the chopped peanuts so there was enough syrupy part to cover them completely. I’ve been generous with the peanuts in the past and it made the candies so that they didn’t stay together well. For those that have the Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook, the one I made is the payoff candies.

I made four batches of two-minute truffles (from Trim Healthy Table) for Tiffany. They are a chocolate peanut flour truffle. I made it with my kitchenaide mixer which made it much easier. We have found that they only stay fresh in the refrigerator for two days. Next time I make enough to last a few days, I will freeze the extra. (As usual, I was too busy to even think about snapping pictures . . . so sorry about that . . . I really am trying to improve on this. ;) )

And finally, I made the trimtastic mostess cupcakes which resemble Hostess cupcakes. Oh my gracious! They were delicious!!! Even though the ganache on top needed adjusting when I made it, it turned out great.

THM cupcake ~ Lifeofjoy.meI had a little bit of an issue with the cream filling though because I let the gelatin cool down too much and I ended up with some lumps in it. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing except that I was trying to pipe the swirl on the top and the clumps wouldn’t go through the tip very well. Sometimes I had to press very hard. One time, the cream shot way across the table. :D

Mostess Cupcake ~ Lifeofjoy.meWe had these for three days because it made twelve and there are only four of us. We refrained ourselves because I wanted to make them last. :)

Well, I’ve gotten a bit wordy today. Sorry it isn’t a recipe but more a list of some of the ones we have enjoyed recently.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Light Laughing Cow Cheese

Laughing Cow Cheese ~ Lifeofjoy.meYeah, sorry this is not a recipe today. What it is, is a rave about Light Laughing Cow Cheese. It reminds me of a cream cheese. It is a creamy wedge of low calorie cheese.

I use it on sandwiches for moisture and flavor instead of mayonnaise since I cannot have my beloved Miracle Whip. It can be used with cooked veggies to give them a bit of a creamy sauce. It melts up really well.

I’ve even used it instead of block cheese on an omelet for a low calorie option. Now, I must say that Trim Healthy Mama is NOT necessarily about low calories but my body is currently in a place where I need to ensure that I do not abuse calories. When I was on keto I did abuse them quite bit and thus did not lose weight after the initial losses. In order to lose weight, I have to cut back a bit and have lots of non-starchy veggies.

Regular cheese can cause my weight loss to stall. To be fair, I do tend to over do it a bit (a lot) where cheese is concerned. I love cheese! Cheese makes everything better. :)

Aldi has a version of this cheese but it has carrageenan in it so it is not as pure as Laughing Cow. Sometimes my budget requires that I use the cheaper Aldi brand though, but it is possible that it causes inflammation in my system. I’m looking into it a bit more but am concerned about it in dairy products, so better to stay with Laughing Cow.

Now, most of the Laughing Cow flavors are good to use in any setting of the THM plan but I know there are a couple that have higher calories and fat, so they should not be used in the E (carbohydrate) or FP (low in both fat and carbs) meals. Stay clear of the Original Swiss but the Light Swiss is great. But the Creamy Asiago and Pepperjack flavors are also the lower calorie flavors. You are looking for the ones with 1.5 fat grams and 35 calories.

I hope this helps your creamy, cheesy craving if you need to limit your dairy, if but for a season.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº