Growing up, my sweet grandmama had a pressure cooker. She cooked quite a bit of meals in it, but my favorite was her fried chicken. My mouth is watering just thinking about that chicken–juice on the inside, crispy on the outside… Sorry, I’m getting a little distracted by the memory.
Unfortunately, today’s pressure cookers don’t fry chicken like the old ones, but they are much safer. We recently acquired a Cuisinart Pressure Cooker. I know lots of folks who have an Instant Pot. I think the Instant Pot is the more popular brand, but I from what I understand they are about the same.
We’ve made several recipes like cubed steak, whole frozen chickens (cooked in about half the time it takes to roast a fresh one), dried beans, brown rice, chicken and rice, and more. I think my favorite recipe right now is this spaghetti squash recipe I’m sharing below.
I love that pressure cooking shaves so very much time off of my cooking tasks. I’m always looking for ways to lighten my load and give more time to my family. Pressure cooking has been such a lifesaver for us. In fact, my husband is so intrigued by it that there have been many times when we’ve both had something on our evening schedule, and he has come home, thrown ingredients into the pressure cooker, and prepared dinner for us. I think it’s a bit of a Tim Taylor–MORE POWER grunting mentality, but that’s okay…whatever gets it done!
Pressure Cooker Spaghetti Squash
1 cup water
Place rack and 1 cup of water in pressure cooker. Cut spaghetti squash in half and remove seeds. (You can remove seeds after cooking, but it’s much easier before. I forgot on to do it beforehand on this particular day.) Place it in pressure cooker. Using high pressure, cook for 8 minutes on high pressure and use quick pressure release.
Using a fork, scoop out squash, which fluffs out into strands like spaghetti noodles. Serve with your favorite meats and sauces.
A sweet aroma is in the air… Well, love is in the air too since it is Valentine’s Week. Today, I’m sharing a new cookie recipe I’ve been making for my sweet valentines lately. It’s a delicious peanut butter cookie recipe that is healthy, sugar free, gluten free, and low carb. For Trim Healthy Mamas, these cookies are a satisfying S that shows how much you love yourself and your family.
Peanut Butter Cookies, low carb, sugar free, THM S
Using mixer, cream butter, gentle sweet, and stevia. Add eggs and vanilla and mix well. Mix in peanut butter. Add baking blend, baking powder and salt. Stir in optional chocolate chips. Scoop tablespoon-sized amounts of dough and roll into a ball and place on prepared cookie sheet or stoneware. Gently smash down with fork and sprinkle each one with gentle sweet. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes. Allow to cool slightly before removing from pan.
Summer break is here and that means it’s time for lots of fruits and frozen treats! My children have really been craving slushes and ice creams. They have summer fever! We made this strawberry lemonade cream slush, and it was better than the ones I used to purchase at a certain fast food joint! It’s my new favorite dessert!
Spring is on its way! I usually enjoy winter, but it seems the older I get the earlier I look forward to spring. Of course, I have everything is connected to food. The fresh fruits and vegetables of spring and summer simply delight my taste buds–the colors, the flavors, the variety!
Even though it’s not strawberry season, I’m already experimenting with recipes for spring and summer! I always look forward to strawberry shortcake. It’s more of a summer dessert, but I’ve really been craving those bright, plump, juicy strawberries.
In anticipation of spring and summer, here’s a delicious strawberry shortcake cupcake recipe that is gluten free, low carb, and sugar free.
Whisk the wet ingredients. In a separate bowl, mix the dry ingredients together. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and beat with a hand mixer until combined. Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full and then place hulled strawberry down into center of each batter filled cupcake liner in pan. Bake on 350 for approximately 20 minutes or until toothpick tester comes out clean. There will be a little more moisture around strawberry.
You can serve with a dollop of homemade whipped cream sweetened to taste or you can make a thicker topping with 4 oz softened cream cheese, 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream, 2 tbsp Gentle Sweet Blend or add more to taste. (I like subtle sweetness in my whipped topping.) Pipe onto top of cupcake. Enjoy!
Cheesecake is one of my all time favorite desserts, but it is no small feat to bake a cheesecake. My grandmama used to make no bake cheesecake from a box. She wasn’t one to use boxed desserts often but that was one of her ways of cutting down on the time and work to make cheesecake. Cheesecake in a box is full of chemicals and fake foods, so it’s not something that appeals to me any more. You can make your own no bake cheesecake without a box of powdered chemicals.
This weekend I was craving chocolate cheesecake so I experimented and whipped up this little beauty:
In a medium mixing bowl, using an electric hand mixer, whip heavy cream until soft peaks form. Set aside in refrigerator.
Meanwhile, in a mixing bowl using an electric hand mixer, whip cream cheese until smooth and fluffy. Mix in cocoa, sweetener, and extracts. Next fold almost all of whipped cream leaving a tablespoon or two for garnish. Sprinkle nuts evenly into bottom of four jars or dessert dishes. Layer cheeescake mixture over nuts. Pipe or spoon whipped cream over top and sprinkle with a few chocolate chips. Chill in refrigerator 2 hours.
Chop chocolate chips and pecans until they are small enough to fit through a straw and reserve. Put remaining ingredients into blender and blend until smooth. Fold chopped chocolate and pecans into mixture, reserving a few for garnish if you wish. Once you’ve poured it into a glass, garnish the top with chopped chocolate and nuts. Enjoy!
Have you ordered your copy of the Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook yet? It’s on sale right now for $15.49 which is a steal because the regular price is $27.99. The Trim Healthy Mama Plan book is also on sale right now for only $12.49! I wish I’d paid those prices, but then again I’m glad I purchased early. I have really been enjoying learning about the new special ingredients and updated information, and the new recipes.
How is the journey going for you so far? You’re probably thinking: Trim Healthy Mama special ingredients – do I need them?” As you may know, I started Trim Healthy Mama a few years ago. When I started the plan, I didn’t purchase any of the special ingredients for the first couple of months except Stevia. I wanted to see how the plan worked using basic ingredients. There are tons of recipes that don’t require special ingredients. I was also worried about the expense of the special ingredients. I was completely successful without using the special ingredients, so rest assured that the plan works without them.
I made many of the recipes using simply the grains, meats, fruits and veggies, or dairy ingredients. It’s really simple because you basically just read labels to stay away from off plan ingredients and chemicals. You make sure to pair the right foods from the lists with each type of fuel (fat or carb). If you find these recipes are simple and you want to kick things up a notch, you can find plenty of recipes that fall into these categories on Pinterest. Sometimes recipes on Pinterest aren’t necessarily THM approved, so I’d be would be sure to post the recipe on the Trim Healthy Mama Facebook pages so that an administrator can let you know if it’s approved.
After I successfully lost weight and began to feel healthier, I decided it might be beneficial to buy some special ingredients. I have to admit that after drooling over pictures of the recipes on blogs and Facebook and reading about the health benefits in the book, I was dying to try them! I figured out which recipes I wanted to try and decided to purchase some.
There are many benefits to the special ingredients. One ingredient I felt I really needed to try was gelatin. I have arthritis and diastasis recti. Gelatin can repair tissue and it is very good for your joints. I put gelatin in smoothies as well as in blended coffee drinks. This adds more protein as well.
Collagen is another ingredient that is very beneficial for repairing and maintaining healthy tissues, muscles, joints. One scoop has 11 grams of protein so it is a wonderful addition to your smoothies, blended coffees, foods. Extra protein from collagen means longer lasting energy and a more filling meal. I’ve noticed a boost in my energy levels with the collagen, and I also love the fluffy texture it adds to smoothies! It is amazing!
As a busy homeschool mom, I am on the road quite a bit. I am always running, and many times I don’t have time to make a nice meal for myself. Smoothies are my go-to meal. When I started THM, I made the smoothie recipes that did not include protein powder because I didn’t understand the difference between the protein powders in the store and protein powder isolate. I also didn’t want to spend the extra money. However, I have to say I cannot live without my protein powder now. The smoothies I made without protein powder didn’t last very long; I was starving an hour later. There just wasn’t enough healthy protein. The protein powder also makes them nice and fluffy, which makes me feel like I’m drinking a milk shake. The health benefits are amazing, too. Protein powder is an immunity and metabolism booster.
I use protein powder and collagen in smoothies and blended coffees and other drinks. I also bake with protein powder. If I could only buy two ingredients, stevia and protein powder would be the two I would not be able to live without.
Actually, I don’t think I could limit myself to two. I must have peanut flour as well. The great thing about peanut flour is it is defatted. That means I can use it in any setting. If I want to limit my fat and have an energizing E (carb meal) but I’m craving peanut butter, I can use defatted peanut flour instead. I also add it to chocolate smoothies, skinny chocolate, and nonfat Greek yogurt. Okay, so I can’t live without three of the ingredients!
One of the cool things about THM is the baked goodies. They are made of healthy ingredients so you can make cake, cookies, all sorts of goodies for yourself and your family for breakfast or meal time without the guilt. Baking blend is a perfect blend of flours for this. Ever had your children ask you if they can have dessert first or if they can eat cake for breakfast? Now you can say “yes” and they’ll think they are breaking the rules. Only you’ll know they’re eating healthy foods. Many of the flours used for baking THM recipes are an acquired taste. It just takes a while to get used to the texture of almond flour. It’s doesn’t taste like white flour, and now I’m so thankful for that. I recently made something for my husband who is not on the THM plan (I’ve tried but he’s too stubborn). Anyway, I made a cake with regular white flour. Just looking at it made me sick. It was like baking with that paste we used to use in kindergarten. YUCK! THM baking blend makes healthy baked goods taste comparable to the old, unhealthy ones.
You can succeed at the Trim Healthy Mama plan without the special ingredients, but they sure do make life easier and they have made my journey a whole lot better. I am a lot less tempted to eat the junk food when I know I have ingredients to make the healthier and alternative. Now my body and taste buds are so accustomed to THM that many of the old unhealthy foods don’t even appeal to me anymore.
If you are interested in reading more about these special ingredients, just click on the ingredients within in the post above. They are typed in red text. You can also visit check out more products on the Trim Healthy Mama site here: Trim Healthy Mama products and on Amazon at this link: Trim Healthy Mama on Amazon. You can also visit my Trim Healthy Mama Store or my Amazon Store in the right sidebar of my blog.
I hope this post answers your question: “Trim Healthy Mama special ingredients – do I need them?” Praying you enjoy your Trim Healthy Mama journey. Keep me posted on your progress.
I began my Trim Healthy Mama journey in October of 2013. I purchased this life-changing book at that time not realizing the difference it was going to make in my life:
If you are curious and interested in taking a look inside, you can view excerpts by clicking on the picture above or by clicking here: Trim Healthy Mama. It includes the faith-based plan, tips, helps, sample menus, and over half of the book consists of delicious recipes.
Here are some of my blog posts and recipes regarding Trim Healthy Mama: Trim Healthy Mama posts. Check these out when you have a moment. You’ll find my weight loss journey, tips, advice, and recipes.
Since I already had the first book, I simply purchased the cookbook. I’ve read and heard some interesting things about the new plan book, so I wish I’d purchased it as well. I probably will do that at some point.
Today I’m going to give you a little review of the new cookbook and also of the basic planned outlined in both the old book and the new plan book.
Trim Healthy Mama is NOT a fad diet. It is a plan for changing your life, and since life is a journey, so is the THM plan. I am a purist and became one long before THM entered my life. In other words, I have been eating whole foods for a long time. Years ago, The Lord showed me what “fake foods” do to your body. Through my health and food allergies of my children, I cut out processed foods, chemicals. I am still on my journey of transitioning into all organic foods and away from GMO’s as well, but like I said it’s a journey.
The THM plan isn’t just for purists. I’ve seen many reviews from purists complaining about the fact that there are suggested foods that aren’t pure, whole foods. That’s because Pearl and Serene know life is a journey. They know that not everyone is going to be able to make every change necessary to lose weight and eat healthier all at one time. Some people won’t be interested in whole foods at all. Some people may need convenience foods to suit their lifestyle (the authors call them “drive-thru Sue”). So they have written a plan that appeals to many different types of people with different lifestyles and situations. That being said, there are plenty of recipes using whole foods and many times they offer alternatives for a purist or a drive-thru Sue. That is one of the very reasons I love the book. They have done their very best to show how this plan can work for a multitude of people.
The plan helps you remove sugar and chemicals from your diet. It helps you balance your intake of fuels. What do I mean by fuels? Well, your body only needs two types of fuel: carbs or fat. If you eat them both at the same time, then your body burns one of them, but holds onto the other which prohibits weight loss or even causes weight gain. THM teaches you not to tandem both fuels, but to base your meals on one or the other in a way that doesn’t make you feel deprived.
I cannot begin to count how many THM’ers I know of who have been able to stop their prescription medications because of diabetes, high blood pressure, heart problems, etc. THM is a plan of low carbs, healthy fats, and superfoods that improve your health and well-being.
Trim Healthy Mama also helps you learn to like new foods you never thought you’d eat before, but you must have an OPEN MIND. I’m a Southern Belle, so grits were my hot cereal of choice my entire life. I detested oatmeal. THM taught me why oatmeal is so important, and how to prepare it in such a way that makes it easily digested and more palatable for me. Now I like oatmeal. I also never really liked cauliflower or okra. I still don’t eat okra cooked in it’s regular form, but I’m working on it. THM has enabled me to eat okra as a secret ingredient in several recipes in the new cookbook so that I am able to consume this superfood without having a suffer through it.
Speaking of ingredients, THM has recipes that include special ingredients like stevia (all natural sweetener), almond flour, coconut flour, glucommanan, collagen, and many more. Some of these ingredients are at your regular grocery story, but some are only sold online. You can check these products out by clicking on these links: at my Amazon Store or Trim Healthy Mama store or on the pictures for my stores in my sidebar of this blog on the right side.
You DON’T have to use special ingredients to be successful on the program. There are tons of recipes that do not include special ingredients and many of them have alternative ingredients you can use. The special ingredients last a long time so you do get your money’s worth out of them. They are used to help you make some of your old favorite recipes into THM recipes without the chemicals, high carbs, refined flours, etc.
I have to say that I am very proud of my family. My two oldest girls saw how much better I was feeling, and read about the health benefits of going sugar free. So they began the THM journey as well. They’ve never been overweight so they didn’t do it for weight loss and are more or less on the maintenance plan. They have seen improvement in their health and energy. My oldest is a very picky eater and even she loves almost everything I’ve made from both THM cookbooks. My sweet husband and twins also love the recipes as well.
I cannot say enough about Trim Healthy Mama. It has changed my life. Not only have I lost weight, but I have been able to go off of medication as well. I have more energy than I had as a teenager. That’s probably because I may have been thinner as a teen, but I wasn’t nourishing my body with healthy foods. I am the healthiest I’ve ever been.
Beware of negative reviews. Some people are not reviewing objectively and are not seeing the big picture: a plan that works for many types of people with different lifestyles and circumstances. They are only reviewing from their own choices and circumstances.
The main thing I like about THM is the prioritization. It prioritizes faith first, then shows you how to bring your eating habits in line with the way God created our bodies. It’s like owning a car. You wouldn’t put diesel or any other substance in a car requiring gasoline. Just as the manufacturer created your car to use gasoline for fuel, God created your body to require certain foods. Why do we fill them with things God did not create for our bodies?
If you have any questions or need advice on the Trim Healthy Mama plan, please feel free to comment below or contact me via the contact tab at the top of my blog.
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I love the colors, scents, and most of all the food. I have always had a traditional Thanksgiving with all the trimmings. This time last year I was feeling kinda down because I wanted the traditional menu but I was one year into my Trim Healthy Mama journey. Trim Healthy Mama is NOT a diet. It is a lifestyle, a journey to health. I was feeling great and was having no symptoms of my SVT or hormonal imbalance. I didn’t want to regress. I knew if I ate those scrumptious (but unhealthy) Thanksgiving foods, I would spend my holidays battling illness and fatigue. However, my taste buds really wanted the traditional menu and my sweet grandmama’s recipes.
I prayed about it, and God was so faithful to show me some alternatives that tasted just as just as good. I want to encourage you–you don’t have to cheat on Thanksgiving. Unhealthy food is not a “treat” for your body. When we succumb to this temptation, we are actually doing our bodies a great disservice. You don’t have to give in to temptation, because there are other options. Today I am sharing with you my menu for a traditional Thanksgiving the Trim Healthy Mama Way.
Turkey – This is our favorite turkey recipe from Food Network: Good Eats Turkey, but you could really use any simple roasted turkey recipe with seasoning and aromatics. Beware of turkey glazes, pre-marinated or glazed turkeys. You have no idea what is in the ingredients.
Dressing – Make this paleo cornbread muffin recipe from Empowered Sustenance: Paleo Cornbread, cool cornbread and then crumble or chop in chopper. Then follow the recipe below to make delicious THM dressing.
6 cups crumbled paleo cornbread
2 ounces melted butter
1 cups onion, chopped
1 cups finely chopped celery
2-3 cups chicken broth
1/2 tbsp dried sage
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Preheat oven to 350. Mix all ingredients together. Bake in greased rectangular baking dish for 30 minutes.
Sweet “Potato” Casserole – If you want to lose weight even on Thanksgiving, try this recipe that tastes JUST like sweet potatoes without crossing over your fuels of fat and carbs. However, if you don’t mind crossing over (which inhibits weight loss but is still on plan). you could use any sweet potato casserole recipe just omit any ingredients with sugar like marshmallows, brown sugar, etc. Sub sweet blend instead.
Puree Cauliflower. Mix in pumpkin and all other ingredients. Bake in greased pan on 350 for 30 min. Mix all ingredients for topping in a small bowl. Sprinkle topping over top of casserole. Bake an additional 5-10 minutes or until golden brown.
Macafoni and Cheese
2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese, divided
1/4 cup butter
16 oz bag cauliflower
1 teaspoon mustard
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
pinch of nutmeg
Steam cauliflower. Using a food processor, gently pulse cauliflower to make it a little smaller, about the size of macaroni noodles. On stove or in microwave melt butter, cream and 1 cup of cheese. Mix well and add remaining ingredients. Bake in greased baking pan on 350 for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
We recently went on our last family camping vacation for the year. Camping is a retreat we indulge in often, so we have our customary list of foods and recipes that work well for camping. However, I wanted to try something new. We don’t rough it completely (we have a camper), so we have access to electricity. I decided it would be a fun idea to have “Family Fondue Night”. Why not? Four of my addictions (family, camping, cheese and chocolate) all wrapped up in one night. Then I remembered. I’m a Trim Healthy Mama. I’ve got to make this recipe plan-friendly. Remember, you can always tweak recipes to make them healthier! I think we’ll start with the chocolate fondue first since it’s probably everyone’s favorite!
Combine all three ingredients in crock pot. Cover and cook on low for 1 1/2 hours or until the chocolate melts. Watch carefully!
Whisk the melted chocolate together until smooth. If you leave it in the crock pot, you may need to stir occasionally. Prepare THM muffin in a mug or muffin in a bowl recipes, on plan cookies, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, and even a variety of nuts (but may be a little difficult to dip).
Cheese Fondue THM S
1/3 pound Swiss Cheese
2/3 pound of your favorite cheese
2 tsp Glucomannan
1 cup chicken broth
1 garlic clove
2 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1/8 tsp nutmeg
Grate cheeses in small or medium slow-cooker. Add all other ingredients except glucomannan. Allow cheese to melt with broth. While it’s melting, prepare and chop any of these foods for dipping: Bread in a Mug (THM recipe p ), broccoli, zucchini, squash, steak, chicken bacon, raw mushrooms. Once the cheese is completely melted, hot and gooey, it will probably be a little soupy. Slowly sprinkle in glucomannan while stirring. Mix well and keep on low or warm setting. Dip and enjoy!
I did not put my cheese fondue on early enough so we ate it while it was probably not quite melted enough and definitely not smooth, which is why it looks a little lumpy in the picture. You know how it is when your family is STARVING!
Lots of yummy dip-ins!
For dip-ins that are on the Trim Healthy Mama Plan: