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drinking health shot ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Health Shot

We’re fighting a lot of sinus pain from . . . well, it is miserable.

Sean’s first line of defense is a health shot. It’s something that a co-worker showed him but I’d seen online too. I think I actually have had it before for allergies but really dislike it. In all honesty, this isn’t really a “Tasty Tuesday” recipe but it can be helpful so I’m including it today. Plus, I’m not feeling great and need to get this post done as quickly as possible.

So, here are the ingredients he uses.

Health Shot Ingredients ~ Lifeofjoy.meWe’d just gotten some fresh lemons, so he used it instead of lemon juice.

Roll the lemon to get the most juice out of it.

rolling lemon ~ LIfeofjoy.meSqueeze the juice of half the lemon into a glass.

squeeze emon ~ Lifeofjoy.meAdd some shakes of ground ginger (you can use some fresh ginger or ginger juice).

Ginger ~ Lifefojoy.meAnd then add some cayenne pepper.

Cayenne Pepper ~ Lifeofjoy.meAdd a couple tablespoons apple cider vinegar.

Add ACV ~ Lifeofjoy.meOops! Almost forgot to add the sweetener; a doonk or two of stevia for us.

add stevia ~ Lifeofjoy.meStir and drink! OH! Wait, be sure to have a glass of water ready! You’re going to need it. Of course you could water it down, but then you’d have to drink more.

I have tried this but it really helps Sean. I prefer Trim Healthy Mama’s Good Girl Moonshine and Shrinker. The first has apple cider vinegar and ginger, and the second has the cayenne pepper. I’ve also drank the Singing Canary which has lots of vitamin c.

So, if you find yourself fighting some nasty suffiness, give it a shot. ;)

Until next time, God bless,

 Michele ºÜº

THM Sausage Sandwich ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Sausage Sandwich (low carb version)

All the cheesy deliciousness of the full carb version sandwich. :)

One meal I really enjoyed before Trim Healthy Mama and keto was Sausage Sandwich which is a creamy, cheesy sausage meat filling on sub roll.

The picture I have here is not a very good one so I will try to get another next time I make this and upload it. ;)

I used turkey sausage this time but you can use any kind of bulk sausage you like. I’ve done it with both pork and turkey.

Start by browning the sausage.

Brown sausage ~ Lifeofjoy.meI cook my veggies in a separate pan because of picky eaters. ;) So I just used 1/2 and onion, about 1/3 green bell pepper, and about 4 ounces of mushrooms, all diced. I cook them with a little bit of coconut oil.

Cooked veggies ~ LIfeofjoy.meI started with the onions and mushrooms and had completely forgotten the green bell peppers, so I just pushed them to the side and added the peppers in. Saute until desired doneness.

Unfortunately, I forgot to get pictures after this point. :(  But when the sausage is browned, add the cream cheese and spices. I add onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper to season the meat up for those picky eaters. ;) Also add in the Parmesan cheese.

I decided to use THM 15 minute focaccia bread in my largest glass baking dish. Next time I’ll make it in a cookie sheet, making it thinner.

Spread the meat mixture on top of the bread. Then top with cheese; I used mild cheddar this time but have used colby jack or mozzarella cheeses before enjoyably.

Put in the oven and melt the cheese. I prefer this as an open-face sandwich but you could just put the sausage filling on half of the bread and put the other half of the bread on top. :)

Sausage Sandwich (low carb version)

Ingredients

  • 1 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 1 medium onion, chopped Or some onion powder
  • ½ cup chopped green pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, minced or some garlic powder
  • 8 oz. package cream cheese (neufchatel works great)
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh mushrooms
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 batch of low carb bread (I used THM 15 minute focaccia bread)
  • 6 oz. shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Instructions

  1. Brown the sausage and drain the fat.
  2. Either saute the onions, peppers, and mushrooms in with the sausage or in a separate pan.
  3. If not using the veggies or sauteing separately, add about 4 or 5 shakes of onion powder, about 2 or 3 shakes of garlic powder, and oregano to the meat and stir.
  4. Now add in the cream cheese and shredded Parmesan cheese, melt and stir until combined.
  5. Then place 1/2 of your bread on the foil lined baking sheet.If you prefer your crust crisper, just put it on the cookie sheet.
  6. Sprinkle half the shredded cheese across the bread.
  7. Spread the cheesy meat filling on top of the cheese across the bottom of the loaf.
  8. Place the rest of the cheese on top of the sausage mixture.
  9. Place the remaining half of the focaccia on top of the meat and cheese.
  10. If using foil, wrap the foil up over the sandwich.
  11. Place in the oven.
  12. Bake on 375º for about 15 minutes to melt the cheese.
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I hope you enjoy this recipe makeover.

Until next time, God bless,

 Michele ºÜº

Matcha Nin

Energy Boosting drink with great health benefits.

Matcha Ninny is the newest of the Trim Healthy Mama drinks. It can be served hot or cold. It’s summer, so we are drinking ours cold. Here’s the link to the video on the benefits and how to make it. If that link doesn’t work for you, here’s a different one.

So we make a few tweaks to their recipe. We use chocolate protein powder!!!! They use plain protein powder but we love the hint of chocolate that the other gives to the drink. I’m not a huge fan of milk, but chocolate milk, that’s a different story entirely. :)

Sooo, in this house, you don’t make one of anything. :D So we are making two here. For yours, you’d just use half of your chosen container for both almond milk and water. Ours are these cute pint jars. We got the red one at Dollar Tree, so cute. The other has a chalk board label and was about $3 at TJMaxx or Ross or someplace like that. ;)

By using half almond milk and half water it lightens the caloric load.

water in jar ~ Lifeofjoy.meAlmond Milk in pint ~ Lifeofjoy.meIngredients ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Add the liquid to the blender.  Then add the other ingredients: matcha, sweetener (We use Super Sweet.), vanilla, coconut oil, and salt. We just get inexpensive matcha at Walmart. It probably isn’t the best quality but we like it and can afford it.

Matcha add sweetener ~ Lifeofjoy.meAdd matcha ~ lifeofjoy.mecoconut oil ~ lifeofjoy.mepinch of salt ~ lifeofjoy.meDon’t forget the vanilla.

Blend.

Blend matcha nin ~ lifeofjoy.meThen add the protein powder and give it a quick whirl. Now if you like it frothy/foamy, then blend it longer but we don’t like foam.

Pour into your containers. We add a couple ice cubes because it is so hot right now that we need cool refreshment. Enjoy!

Matcha Nin ~ Lifeofjoy.meYum!

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Caulirice ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Caulirice

When fresh cauliflower is inexpensive, make ‘rice’ from it yourself instead of paying over $2 for a 12 ounce bag. It’s easy!

It can be frustrating to have to make so many things just to make dinner, so the convenience of having riced veggies in the freezer is tempting. But I have a hard time paying ($2.48 for 10 oz and $2.48 for 12 oz.) $3.31 a pound for it when I can make it so easily at home. Lately I’ve been able to get a whole head of cauliflower for only $1.69 at Aldi or 98¢ a pound at Sprouts.  At 98¢ a pound, I can get nearly 3 times the amount of cauliflower for the same price.

When buying fresh cauliflower by the head, I get the biggest head I can find. But it’s really important when buying by the pound to get the best trimmed heads so that there is very little going into the compost bin. ;) When buying by the head, it isn’t as important to get the best trimmed head because you’re not paying for the leaves and such per pound, it’s just part of the head.

Making riced veggies is soooo easy and takes a really short amount of time. I break or rough cut the cauliflower into similarly size pieces and then give it a quick whirl in the food processor. Then simply put it in a pot with some water and cook it for a few minutes or sauté it in a pan either with water or good healthy fat.

So here we go. I got a head with little leaves.

Cauliflower Head ~ Lifeofjoy.meRemove the leaves.Remove leaves ~ Lifeofjoy.meGreen removed cauliflower ~ Lifeofjoy.meRough chop into similar size pieces.

Rough chop cauliflower ~ lifeofjoy.meThis was a large head, so I could only do half of it at a time.

Cauliflower in Food Processor ~ Lifeofjoy.mePulse 5-10 times until it is broken into rice size pieces.

Processing Cauliflower ~ Lifeofjoy.meCaulirice ~ Lifeofjoy.meCauliflower Rice ~ Lifeofjoy.meI then put about an inch of water in my pot and add the riced cauliflower. Cook until desired softness is achieved.

Cook Caulirice ~ Lifeofjoy.meI put a lid on it and cook it about 10-15 minutes. Serve with salt and butter or sauce.

I hope this helps you save some money. I know it helps my budget.

Until next time, God bless,

 Michele ºÜº

 

Sweet Potato Fries Salad ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Sweet Potato Fries Salad

I’ve found a love for sweet potatoes since starting Trim Healthy Mama. :) I never found them very sweet before but now I think they are pretty sweet without anything on them. I used to like them candied with brown sugar and now I’m good with them plain. My family likes to add syrup to theirs though.

One of the ways I like them is made into fries. Tiffany and I have had them with chocolate “shakes” or frappes. So reminiscent of fries and a milk shake–one of my favorite treats long ago.

So, on to how to make it . . .

Cut the the sweet potato into “fries.”

Cut sweet potato ~ Lifeofjoy.meSweet Potato slices ~ Lifeofjoy.meCut them a bit thinner to get done quicker.

Sweet Potato Fries ~ Lifeofjoy.meWhen I finished cutting this one potato it was enough for two people.

I used my air fryer but you could bake them in the oven with just a light spray of oil and a sprinkling of salt. If you are baking in the oven be sure to put them on either a silpat, foil, or parchment paper.

My air fryer is also a toaster oven, so I have a rather large “basket.”

AIr Fried Sweet Potatoes ~ Lifeofjoy.meThis day Tiffany and I used these in a huge salad.

Salad with Sweet Potato Fries ~ Lifeofjoy.meI added low-fat ham lunch meat for protein and tomatoes for moisture.

Sweet Potato Fries Salad ~ Lifeofjoy.meIt was delicious!

Bake the sweet potato fries for about 15-20 minutes on about 400º, turning as they brown on one side.

I hope you enjoy this “recipe.”

Until next time, God bless,

 Michele ºÜº

Breakfast THM-S Round-Up (not egg focused)

There are some people that either don’t like eggs or can’t eat eggs, which makes having a THM-S (healthy fats) for breakfast a bit more difficult, at least at first look. So, I thought I’d round up some of those yummy S breakfast ideas.

  • We like to cook up some sausage with onions, mushrooms, and peppers. Sometimes we add some egg but this is not necessary. You can also add other non-starchy veggies like zucchini, spinach, or even radish.
  • We love pancakes and make them many different ways for all fuel types. Now these usually have eggs or egg whites.
  • We also love Baked Bacon!!! Yum Yum! This can be enjoyed all by itself or you can add a muffin (remember to keep it a THM-S muffin, so you don’t have a crossover, unless that is what you are needing to have). You could also do turkey bacon, it just isn’t as yummy. ;)

 

From the Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook there are:

Single Serve Recipes-

  • bring on da buttah pancakes pg 262
  • welcome back waffles pg 263
  • chocolate waffles with strawberries pg 265
  • french toast in a bowl pg 266
  • many muffin pg 275-279

Multi-Serve Recipes-

  • DONUTS pg 268-260
  • various muffins

From Trim Healthy Table there are:

Single Serve-

  • chocolate chip pancakes pg 341*
  • cinnamon sugar toast (special bread) pg 358
  • wwbb french toast pg 360

Family Serve-

  • no-bake breakfast cheesecakes pg 334
  • blender freezer waffles pg 336
  • cinnamon pecan baked pancakes pg 338*
  • sausage and cheese breakfast biscuits pg 360
  • various muffins and cakes
  • cinnamon butter bundt cake pg 380*
  • cini-minis pg 436
  • beauty blend cereal pg 509
  • can-do cereal pg 347
  • pint jar chia pg 352
  • cream of treat hot porridge pg 353

*favorite meals

If you can do it, there are a number of shakes that you could drink for breakfast. We are not ones that like to drink our breakfast.

I also LOVE leftovers, so any S dinner you had can be eaten for an S breakfast the next morning.

If you like yogurt, some Greek yogurt with some nuts, berries, and such would be good. If you need to be cautious about dairy, try no gurt (Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook pg 342-343)

If you like(d) to eat protein bars for breakfast, you could try:

Trim Healthy Table-

  • happy bites pg 427
  • chocolate chip peanut butter cookie bars pg 429 (be sure to add some collagen to your coffee or tea for the extra protein you need)
  • chocolate berry boost bars pg 431

I hope this gives you enough ideas to give you some help with having nice healthy fats for breakfast. :)

Until next time, God bless,

 Michele ºÜº

So Many Pancakes!

We love pancakes around here. Well actually, we like waffles too but you can make twice as many pancakes in a shorter period of time than waffles. So, we have to be able to have pancakes.

Pancakes on Griddle ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Well there is no lack of pancake recipes to choose from. Last Saturday we had the Giant Blueberry Baked Pancakes from Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook page 261.

Then Sunday when we had company for breakfast we had Baked Pecan Pancakes! Yum! They are in Trim Healthy Table (THT) page 338.

Baked Pecan Pancakes? ~ Lifeofjoy.me

My current favorite pancakes are the Chocolate Chip Pancakes THT page 341.

Chocolate Chip Pancakes ~ lifeofjoy.meThere is also Bring on the Buttah pancakes from the Trim Healthy Cookbook (THC) page 262.

I don’t remember which pancakes these were but they were good. These must’ve been an E pancake topped with a bit of jelly and a dab of Greek yogurt.

Pancakes ~ Lifeofjoy.meWe also like Chocolate Monkey Crepes on page 267 of THC. These are fuel pull. Tiffany and I usually do this one during the week when the guys aren’t home. ;)

Chocolate Monkey Crepes ~ Lifeofjoy.me

I think these are the Banana Pancakes, THC page 339.Banana Pancakes ~ Lifeofjoy.me

There are pancakes for any fuel type you want. The syrup on page 480 of THC is good. If you add the tiny bit of molasses it is even dark brown like regular syrup. (Some people, like my Sean, can eat the Sukrin Fiber Gold Syrup on pancakes and such but it does mess with some people’s blood sugar; so if your weight has stalled, you might want to avoid this one.)

I couldn’t find any more pictures of my pancakes, so I guess I’ll stop there. Those are our favorites. I hope you find this round up helpful.

Until next time, God bless,

 Michele ºÜº

Warm Veggie Salad and Roased Okra ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Warm Veggie Salad

Okay, I am probably going to mess with some of your thoughts on salad here, so hold on to your hat. ;) The first time I was introduced to having warm foods on my salad was when I ate in my cousin’s restaurant, where I had Steak and Fries Salad. I loved it soooo much I recreated it at home using chicken since my hubby cannot eat beef right now.

That experience opened up a whole realm of possibilities to me. There was something about adding French fries to a salad that unlocked my salad eating, although I must admit, it wasn’t completely unlocked until the last couple of years or so.

I’ve realized that you can sauté or otherwise cook almost anything and add it to a salad. You are only limited by the items you have on hand. ;)

Today I’m going to share the salad Tiffany and I had for lunch yesterday. We started by putting some cut okra in the toaster oven to roast. Then proceeded to sauté some cauliflower and broccoli for Tiffany (I’m currently cutting back on cruciferous veggies so I didn’t have any).

Cruciferous ~ Lifeofjoy.meWe also sautéed some onions, mushrooms, and radishes for us both, as well as some squash for me.

sauté squash ~ Lifeofjoy.meThe we added some ground beef for our meat choice and cooked it with the onions, mushrooms, and radishes.

Meat and veggies  ~ Lifeofjoy.meWhile that was all cooking away we tore some lettuce leaves. We used some green leaf and some baby artisan lettuces from Aldi this time.  We added some diced colored peppers and some shredded carrot.

Lettuce and Peppers ~ Lifeofjoy.meLettuce carrot peppers ~ Lifeofjoy.meWhen the veggies and meat were cooked to our liking, we added them to the salad.

Warm Veggie Salad ~ Lifeofjoy.meWe could have added the okra too it but we decided we wanted to enjoy that on the side. (For the record, before THM I did not like okra. It’s pretty good roasted and sprinkled with nutritional yeast.)

Roasted Okra ~ Lifeofjoy.meWarm Veggie Salad ~ Lifeofjoy.me

There really isn’t a recipe to write down. Cook veggies to your liking and add them to what cold veggies you want. Tiffany and I have also added cooked salmon to a salad like this. Yum!

Oh! Don’t forget the salt and pepper! It’s the key to a good salad.

Until next time, God bless,

 Michele ºÜº

Slice Zucchini Chocolate Cake ~ lifeofjoy.me

Mostess Bundt Cake

Think Hostess cream filled cupcakes but bigger. :)

So, I took the Mostess Cupcake recipe from the Trim Healthy Table cookbook page 395, doubled it, and baked it in a fluted pan.

Mostess Bundt Cake ~ Lifeofjoy.meThe reason I doubled it is because it makes twelve cupcakes and I know that a usual cake batter that can be baked as cupcakes, bundt cake, or two layer cake makes 24 cupcakes, so I figured it would be a very short bundt cake. Doubling it made it the right height. :)

I made the cake one day and then the next day I made the cream filling and ganache, combined it and refrigerated it to eat the next day. It was scrumptious! :)

Inject Cream in Cake ~ Lifeofjoy.meI shared a video about filling it with the cream on my instagram account on Saturday. The next picture shows the injector I used. It was a cheap one but it has a tip that allows you to inject the cream in the cake without removing any cake bits. :) Then it has other tips for decorating.

Cream blobs on top ~ Lifeofjoy.meTiffany’s is better but we couldn’t find hers. They can be found rather inexpensively. We found her nice one for $2 at TJMaxx, I think. Mine was a little bit more at Walmart. Mine holds more cream but isn’t all that great. ;)

Every time I make the ganache, it is too thin and I have to add more chocolate chips. It thickens nicely at first but it is like I pour it the cream too slowly and it gets too warm to thicken after that. Hmmm, I may be on to something here . . . I do mine in a double boiler . . . maybe I need to turn the burner off when I add the cream so it doesn’t get too warm.

Well, anyway, just be aware that you may need to add more chocolate chips or not add all of the cream but it is worth the effort. :)

Mostess Bundt Cake ~ lfieofjoy.meCut Mostess Cake ~ Lifeojfoy.meSince my ganache is so thin, it makes a bit of a mess. ;) But we eat it anyway. :)

Slice Zucchini Chocolate Cake ~ lifeofjoy.meWell, I hope you enjoyed my spin on the Mostess Cupcakes.

Until next time, God bless,

 Michele ºÜº

Pizza Skillet ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Pizza Skillet

The best part of pizza is the cheesy toppings and are very low carb. :)

I love pizza! No seriously! Life without pizza is not an option, so every diet/lifestyle change I have been on, I have found a way to get the yumminess of pizza legally for that way of eat. Some of them were more of a stretch than others, like the time we used Corn Thins as the crust and spread on tomato paste and added toppings or the time we used chicken breast for the crust.

Well, I’ve been at this for so long that I don’t always have to have the crust. Sometimes I just want the toppings. I made this recipe the other day because it is too hot to use the oven to make pizza right now.

This meal is all about the toppings you like most. I used 1/2 pound of ground turkey, 1/2 pound of ground chicken, some turkey pepperoni, and some turkey bacon. (I use turkey products because Michael cannot have the beef or pork right now.)

Cooking ground meat ~ Lifeofjoy.me

I gave the ground meats a head start, then added the turkey bacon, broke it all up and combined well.

Then added the turkey pepperoni slices. Some times I cut them into quarters but I wanted to bite down into whole pieces this night.

Add pepperoni to other meats ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Once it’s all browned up and the juices cook off, add in some tomato paste, water, baking soda, and oregano.

Add Tomato Paste to meats ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Pizza toppings and sauce ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Add herbs to pizza toppings ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Stir to combine.

I like some green pepper and mushrooms on my pizza but my kids don’t prefer it. So I cook it separately. :) Cut the veggies how you like them; we like ours diced.

Diced pizzza veggies ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Then either add them in with the meats as you brown them or in a separate pan to saute. I like mine caramelized.

Veggies cooked ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Add cheese to the top of the meats and let it melt.

pizza toppings ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Pizza Skillet ~ Lifeofjoy.me

It is ready to eat when the cheese is melted nicely.

Pizza Skillet ~ Lifeofjoy.me

It kind of looks like my lasagna. ;) Oh, I’m looking forward to creating that one.

I serve it with the veggies on top and with a side salad.

Pizza Skillet ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Pizza Skillet and Salad ~ Lifeofjoy.me

If you miss the crust, you can serve it on a piece of low carb bread. I’ll adjust the recipe to incorporate that in a future post.

Pizza Skillet

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound ground meat (I used turkey)
  • 1/2 pound sausage (I used chicken sausage)
  • several slices of turkey bacon (I guess you could use regular bacon)
  • most of a 5 ounce package of pepperoni (I used turkey pepperoni)
  • 3 ounces tomato paste
  • 6 ounces water
  • sprinkle of baking soda (about 1/8 teaspoon)
  • dusting of oregano (about 1/2 - 1 teaspoon)
  • veggies of your choosing
  • 8 ounces cheese, shredded (I used colby jack)

Instructions

  1. Brown the ground meats in a skillet over medium high heat.
  2. Add bacon and break up the meats.
  3. When nearly cooked through add pepperoni.
  4. Either add veggies cut as desired to the meat or saute in another pan.
  5. When juices have nearly evaporated, add the tomato paste, water, baking soda, and oregano.
  6. Combine well. Sprinkle with grated cheese.
  7. Reduce heat to Medium Low, cover.
  8. Serve when cheese is nicely melted.
  9. (Add veggies if you cooked them separately.)
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I hope you enjoy this as much as we do.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº