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Vegetable Scrambled Eggs ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Veggie Scramble

Use whatever veggies you have on hand and make this delicious scrambled egg breakfast dish.

Eating vegetables at every meal is a very healthy thing. :) It is also a great idea when trying to lose weight. I’m in a season where I am pushing to lose some weight. If I just do what I have always done, I will stay what I have always been. I am carrying way too much weight on this little five foot frame of mine and I need to lose some weight. That is going to mean cutting back somewhere.

Now it does not mean I will have to live there forever but in order to get where I want to be, sacrifices must be made. I am choosing to eat smaller portions and include more veggies in my day. This summer I have been part of a group online that has been focusing on getting healthier this summer. One of the goals has been to eat veggies with each meal. I am here to tell you, that is not easy to do. I mean, what veggies taste right with  pancakes? Well, thanks to this challenge, I decided to eat a small salad before some pancakes for lunch this past Sunday. It was good because we were waiting for the pancakes to cook and I was very hungry, so the leftover salad from pizza night was a good decision. Another time, I ate some green pepper before eating pancakes for dinner. :D Yeah, my family has a thing for pancakes. ;)

The “recipe” I’m sharing today is one of those veggie breakfast ideas. Basically, take your favorite veggies or whatever you happen to have on hand, sauté them, add in the egg and cook to desired doneness.

Today I used some diced onion, (heat the pan and some of your favorite oil–I used some bacon fat)

cook onions ~ Lifeofjoy.meAdded some diced mushrooms,

sautéing diced onions and mushrooms ~ Lifeofjoy.meWhen they are nearly as done as you like them, add in the spinach, which I chop into thin strips. We like our onions and mushrooms very well done but our spinach barely cooked at all.

Added spinach ~ Lifeofjoy.meMeanwhile, slightly beat the eggs, so there is no solid white part left and add them to the pan.

Added beaten eggs to sautéd veggies ~ Lifeofjoy.meCook as desired, adding salt and pepper, as desired as well.

Tiffany is very particular about her eggs. She did not even used to like eggs but now she is okay with them as long as they are well done. I have a friend who likes his the complete opposite of Tiffany, he likes his just done and zero browning at all. Tiffany likes hers nice and golden. So, all that to say, cook it how you desire or as the THM authors would say, “own it.”

Scrambled veggies ~ Lifeofjoy.meCooked this way, these are a deep S THM meal. We added a touch more bacon fat on top of our eggs on our plates but would have been great with a drizzle of MCT oil as well.

Scrambled Eggs and Veggies ~ Lifeofjoy.meIt was delicious! I hope you like it too.

Veggie Scramble

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • a couple of slices of onion, diced
  • a mushroom or two, diced
  • about a cup of spinach, sliced
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • choice of fat (coconut oil, bacon fat, butter, etc.)

Instructions

  1. Melt about a teaspoon or so of fat in a skillet.
  2. Add onions and mushrooms. Sauté until nearly caramelized or however you prefer them.
  3. Add spinach.
  4. Beat eggs slightly and add to veggies.
  5. Cook until they are done to your liking.
  6. Serve with a smidgen more fat on top.
http://lifeofjoy.me/veggie-scramble/

Until next time, God bless,

 Michele ºÜº

Baked Okra ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Baked or Oven “Fried” Okra

Don’t like slimy okra? Then this is for you. :) Okra has so many benefits that it is worth trying.

Yep, you read that right. AND I’m going to go ahead and say it, these pictures aren’t that great. The okra probably looks overcooked to you but let me just say, that’s how we like it, at least Tiffany and I. :) There are some vegetables that just need to be DEAD when I eat them. :) I like them better that way. Generally speaking, over time, I can enjoy them less dead.

The thing about okra is that I don’t like the sliminess of it when it isn’t completely cooked. It has to get dried out. :) Now, that level of “dried out” is different for each person. So, just adjust this picture to see it how brown YOU like it.

One thing I’ve learned with recipes is that people like quick and easy. This is one of those recipes. But like many of my recipes, it isn’t really a recipe. ;)

So here’s what we do.

Line a pan with foil. Because we like ours well done and that leaves its mark on the pan, so for easy clean-up we line the pain with foil.

Line pan with foil ~ Lifeofjoy.meNext, dump on desired amount of frozen okra pieces.

Frozen Okra ~ Lifeofjoy.meDrizzle with some coconut oil.

Add coconut oil ~ Lifeofjoy.meAdd seasoning of choice, we use a generic Mrs. Dash kind of seasoning.

Season Okra ~ Lifeofjoy.meSprinkle with salt.

Add salt to okra ~ Lifeofjoy.meStir it all around to get it evenly coated. Tiffany likes to just get in there and use her hands but you could use a rubber spatula if you so desire. ;)

stir to coat evenly ~ Lifeofjoy.mePut in air fryer, toaster oven, convection oven, or regular oven and bake until desired browning has occurred. Ours takes about 20 minutes on 450º. It would probably be a toastier brown if we weren’t always so impatient and baked it on like 350-400º for about 30 minutes or so. (We use air bake–which is convection–in our toaster oven/air fryer.)

baked okra ~ Lifeofjoy.meYou see that green part on the edges? Yeah, that went back in after we removed the nicely burnt ones to our mouths. ;)

It really is easy. If you are trying to time it for a meal, give yourself 30-45 minutes depending on amount and method of baking. You can always keep it in the oven, with the heat turned off while the other things finish cooking.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

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.
http://lifeofjoy.me/sausage-sandwich-low-carb-version/

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