Shepherd’s Pie (S)

I have a deep love for one-dish dinners!  Can I hear an “amen”?  I also LOVE to take family favorites and to make them friendly to my Trim Healthy Mama lifestyle!  Comfort foods are a big favorite for me.  One meal I’ve always enjoyed is a good Shepherd’s Pie.  At a restaurant or before THM, I’d have loaded a bunch of potatoes on top of my yummy casserole in this recipe.  I have a new love and appreciation for cauliflower these days.   Some of you may have tried my Loaded Cauliflower Casserole already!  I figured, why not put that on top of my Shepherd’s pie!   (and the Heaven’s opened up and the angel’s sang a special song!)

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Shepherd’s Pie (S)

  • 1 lb. of hamburger
  • 1 cup of tomato sauce (sugar free)
  • 1 small onion (chopped)
  • 1 cup of green beans (frozen, canned or fresh)
  • 1 bag of cauliflower
  • 4 oz. of cream cheese
  • 1 cup of cheddar cheese
  • 3 Tbs. of butter
  • 4 pieces of bacon(cooked and diced up)
  • 1 tsp. of minced garlic
  • salt and pepper

 

First, I brown 1 lb. of hamburger with the small, chopped onion.  When the meat is cooked you can drain the fat if you have any and add the tomato sauce.  I mix this all together and place it in a 9 by 9 inch baking dish. Add a layer of green beans. I used about 1 cup.  I just wanted to make sure it was covered well with beans.  You can use more if you want.   I didn’t cook my beans,  they were straight from the freezer. Canned green beans will work fine as well just make sure you drain the beans first!  I’m excited for summer and fresh green beans in the near future!

In a separate pan, cook your cauliflower until tender.  I drain it and chop or mash it up til it’s in small pieces.  You could even blend it in a blender or food processor to get it to the mashed potato consistency.  I put the cauliflower back in the empty pot and add the butter, cream cheese, bacon,  garlic, salt and pepper.  I mix them well until the butter and cream cheese melts into the cauliflower.  I pour this mixture over top of the green beans.  I then layer the cheese on top!!  I did season the casserole one more time with salt and pepper.

Place in a 350 degree oven for 25 to 30 minutes.  At our house this serves 4.  You can easily double this for  a larger family.

It is GOOD!!!

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For another great one dish casserole, you should try my Meat Roma Pie or Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas!  They are HUGE favorites at my house too!

 

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Chocolate Mug Cake! {S}

I know what you may be thinking!  “Jen, there are a bunch of chocolate cake recipes out there already!”  I agree!  Well, I happen to be on a mission in my kitchen to find recipes I enjoy baking that suit my tastes and I figured they may suite yours too!  Everyone has a different way to make mug cakes.  I LOVE them as you can see by other recipes I’ve posted.  I love them for breakfast, a snack or for dessert!  I NEVER feel deprived on the Trim Healthy Mama eating plan.   I enjoy my sweet, sugar-free treats!  The ballgame has changed for me this past week!  I got my new THM Sweet Blend in the mail!!!  I was so excited to get it and see the beautiful packaging.  I’ve been using Truvia for over a year plus some stevia extract powder at times as well.  I was excited to taste the new sweeteners when I knew how much hard work went into getting them to market.  Being organic is a HUGE deal and takes lots of time and hard work.   I was BLOWN away by the taste!  I’m not kidding!  It doesn’t take as much of the Sweet Blend to sweeten my desserts as it did Truvia, which is a huge plus!  If you aren’t sure on the conversions or which sweetener you want to try, check out my friend Gwen’s post about it on her blog: Gwen’s Nest.

Here is the store link if you want to pick up some Sweet Blend or one of their other new sweeteners!  THM Store

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Chocolate Mug Cake! {S}

  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbs of water
  • 1 Tbs of coconut oil
  • 1 Tbs of 0% Greek Yogurt
  • 1/2 tsp. of baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. of vanilla
  • 1 & 1/2 Tbs. of coconut flour
  • 1 & 1/2 Tbs. of flax flour
  • 1 Tbs. of Ghirardelli’s cocoa powder(my personal preference)
  • 2 tsp. of Sweet Blend by THM  (or 1 tbs of Truvia or Xylitol)

I stir all of these ingredients until they are very well mixed together.   I microwave this for 1 minute and 20 seconds.  I check it and if it’s super wet on top I just go a bit longer until it’s done. You can use a 350 degree oven and bake it in a mason jar or oven safe small dish for 12 minutes or so.  Just keep your eye on it! Cooking times vary so, I always go a bit shy on time when I try a new recipe and check it until it’s done!

Cream Cheese Icing!

Mine is easy!  It’s 1 Tbs. of cream cheese and 1 Tbs of butter with a little sweetener and vanilla.  I soften these with 10 seconds in the microwave and mix them together!  This is a great single serving amount of frosting for me. 🙂  In the picture..I may have used extra..just maybe! 🙂

So, there you have it!  This is just one way to do it.  I love a nice chocolate cake that is moist!  If you want too..you can add in a few Lily’s chocolate chips to the mix.  Oh dear!!!

For my other mug recipes you can look in the THM Recipes up top or at this link for Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Single Serving Cake...you can find them all posted!

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Warm Chia Porridge {S}

Warm, yummy and filling breakfasts are my favorite!  I found out recently that I don’t do so well on oatmeal in the morning.  This was a sad moment for me as I really enjoyed a nice bowl on a few mornings of the week.   Someone on the Ohio THM page posted a recipe she had found for an Oatmeal type recipe and I tried it!  It was okay but, for me it needed adjustments.  I don’t mind experimenting in the kitchen, as I’m sure you’ve guessed.  This Drive-Thru Sue would’ve NEVER said that 15 months ago!   So, after my test kitchen kicked into high gear I’ve come up with something that truly replaces my yummy bowl of oatmeal!  I’m NOT saying to dump your bowl of oatmeal if you love it and it works in your E meals!  NOT AT ALL!!  Some can enjoy it and do fine with it.  So, just clearing that up!   This is just something to try if you are like me or if you just want a new breakfast/snack idea!

One thing I like about this is that I make a jar up of the dry ingredients and I keep it ready to go!!  There are 8 servings in the jar so it’s a quick thing to make in a jiffy if you are a gal on the run!

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Warm Chia Porridge  {S}

Dry Mix:

  • 1 cup of chia seeds
  • 1 cup of golden flax meal/flour
  • 1 cup of unsweetened coconut

When ready to eat, scoop out 1/3 of a cup of the dry ingredients and put them in a microwave safe bowl!  If you are really wanting to save time you could figure up the amount of sweetener you like and even put the protein powder in ahead of time and store it in the fridge!

Add:

  • 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract or another extract you like!
  • 1 tbs of sweetener.  (Sweet blend or xylitol)
  • 1/2 cup of unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 Tbs of Swanson’s Vanilla Protein powder (optional but, I like the extra protein)
  • 1 tbs of heavy cream(optional)

I mix this all together and let it sit on the counter for about 10 minutes.  If you like it a bit looser you can add more of the almond milk.  This will expand in your bowl and be much thicker after the 10 minute wait! You could always do this the night before if you don’t have 10 minutes in the morning to wait!  I just mix it together before I hop in the shower!

After the 10 minutes, I pop it in the microwave for about a minute until it’s nice and warm.  Times may vary for your microwave.  After I pull it out from warming I add the heavy cream and stir it in.  This has MADE my mornings!!  I seriously love it!  It’s super filling too!  I ate this today with a few pieces of bacon.

Above is the basic recipe.  I often add 2 TBS of cocoa powder to the mix when I’m getting ready to eat it!  After it’s warmed, I add 1 TBS of Lily’s Chocolate Chips and swirl those in!  OH MY GOODNESS!!!!  This is my favorite! It reminds me of cocoa grits or cocoa cream of wheat that I used to like eating!

The second thing I enjoy is taking a 1/2 cup of so of frozen strawberries, microwaving them for 45 seconds to a minute and sweetening them with a little Sweet Blend.    I pour that over the top of my warm porridge!  Either version is a HUGE hit!

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or the Chocolate Version…

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There you have it!  I hope you will enjoy this recipe like I do!  It’s a time saver, filling and yummy!!!  Trim Healthy Mama is a great book for you to purchase if you are looking for a healthier lifestyle and a great way of eating!   Make sure you check out their BRAND NEW line of organic sweeteners!!!

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Peanut Butter- Chocolate Chip Single Serving Cake! (S)

Single serving desserts are one of my favorite things to eat on Trim Healthy Mama!  I’ve tried a few different mug/bowl recipes for cake or muffins in a mug.  I’ve been trying to come up with one that really hits the spot for my taste buds!  After many attempts, I have one that I really like!  This is great for anyone on a low sugar/low glycemic eating plan!

 

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Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chip Cake in a Mug! (S)

  • 1 egg or 1/4 cup of egg whites
  • 1.5 Tbs. of almond flour/meal
  • 1.5 Tbs. of coconut flour
  • 1 Tbs. of Truvia or xylitol
  • 1/2 tsp. of baking powder (aluminum free)
  • 1/2 tsp. of vanilla
  • 1 Tbs. of water
  • 1 Tbs. of coconut oil or butter
  • 1 Tbs. of Lily’s Chocolate Chips(stevia sweetened)
  • 2 tsp. of natural peanut butter
  • 1 tsp. of unsweetened coconut(optional)

I mix it all together and microwave it for 1 minute! Times may vary!   You can place it in a mason jar or an oven safe dish and bake it at 350 for about 12 minutes or so.

I have a few mug/single serving recipes that  I love!

Pumpkin Spice Muffin-in-a-Mug(S)

Chocolate Pumpkin Muffin-in-a-Bowl(S)

Cranberry Muffin in a Mug(S)

Blueberry Muffin/Waffle(S)

I hope these give you a few ideas!!  I love trying new things and adding in mug recipes to my week.  I don’t have them daily but, twice a week or so is pretty good for me.  Sweet treats are the best!

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Eating Out With a Trim Healthy Mama!

I am a Drive-Thru Sue as described in the Trim Healthy Mama Book.   I was more of a Sue when I started THM than I am  now!  Trim Healthy Mama has done more than help me shed pounds, it’s helped me enjoy the kitchen more too!  My husband is even worse than I am!  He’s a Drive-Thru Drew or whatever you’d want to name him.   He enjoys eating out so, we do go out on Friday nights and usually once on a Sunday.  I hear the desperate cries from new Trim Healthy Mama’s as they are going out to dinner for the first few weeks. ” What can I eat at______?”  After being on many plans before THM, I always found it difficult to eat out but, not anymore!   Everyone is different but, here is what my game plan has been!

  • Protein- steak, chicken breast, bacon, eggs, roast, pork chops, fish, etc. (NON-breaded meats)
  • Veggies- salad, green beans, broccoli, mixed vegetables, cabbage, spaghetti squash, sweet potatoes (Not deep fried foods)
  • Soups- vegetable soup, stews, black beans soup (skip around the potatoes, white rice and pasta)
  • Grains- Brown rice

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Steakhouse/American Food:  If I am going to a nice steakhouse for example, I can find so many choices to enjoy!  I often get a nice 6 ounce steak, side salad(no croutons) with some creamy ranch dressing and some green beans.  This is my go-to meal!  Skip those carb filled rolls and the appetizers full of breading!  I remember thinking early on that some Fried Greens Beans, Cheese Sticks or Bloomin’ Onion were all “kinda” on plan!!  No, no they are not!  The breading on those appetizers are very off plan and FULL of carbohydrates.  The same goes for chicken chunks or wings with tons of breading on them.   I have at times pulled breading off when I needed too.  Also, watch those peanuts!  At our steakhouse they have a bucket of peanuts to munch on.  Peanuts are hard for me to say no to and I often eat way too many!  I sometimes count out a few peanuts and push the bucket aside.  The carbs can add up quickly before your meal even hits the table!  So, pick a meat that you enjoy that is non-breaded and keep the BBQ sauce in the kitchen! Non-starchy veggies are always yummy with some butter on top!  For a nice E meal you can often have some chicken breast, a plain sweet potato and some salad with a low fat dressing..HOLD the cheese!  I find it a bit harder to eat out E style so I opt for S meals when I’m out for dinner.

Wing Joints:  Wings are another favorite of my family!  We have a place that has a .35 cent wing night and we sometimes go there for a special treat mid-week.  They have non-breaded wings!  YES!  I enjoy my wings with a side of ranch and celery!(S)  I often order a side salad to go with my wings to get in some great veggies.  We frequent a restaurant on Friday nights that has chicken chunks as well.  They lightly bread their chunks and for months on the plan I’d eaten them that way.  I asked one night if they would consider leaving the breading off and they were happy to do so!  They told me they were called Naked Chunks!  Who knew!?  So, now I get my Half-pound of naked chunks with some buffalo sauce on them and a side a ranch dressing.  Happy girl, I tell ya! ASK!!!  Many restaurants are very helpful to those with special dietary needs.  I tell them I am on a low-glycemic diet and they are very accommodating!  They want your return business!

Mexican Food:  I hear folks tell me all the time that they can’t eat out at Mexican places anymore.  We do!  There are a few meals that I really enjoy on THM!  I love fajitas!!!  I often order my same old chicken fajitas with a side of sour cream and guacamole!  Instead of the rice and beans, I get salad!  I pour some salsa on my salad as well as some ranch.  YUMMY!  I have also ordered some chicken dishes before that come with onions and green peppers.  They pour some queso cheese on top.  It’s some good eats!  Guess what’s in  my purse??  Yes, it’s a low carb tortilla.  I take one along with me sometimes.  I enjoy dipping it in queso cheese dip like my kids do with the regular tortillas.  I don’t feel odd bringing some in to the restaurant at all!    Some places do have brown rice!  I have eaten some brown rice a few times with my meal and made it an S Helper or a Crossover.  I don’t do this too often since I want to lose.  You could even enjoy some chicken breast, salsa, a little brown rice and some re-fried beans for a nice E meal.  Leave those chips alone!

Japanese Steakhouse:  On a rare occasion my boys enjoy dinner and  a show!   It’s NOT impossible to eat at a Japanese steakhouse!  I enjoy some egg drop soup and a salad with ranch to start.  I steer clear of the ginger dressing as it has sugar in it.  I also split a meal with one of my boys!  They eat the rice and noodles while I eat the steak/chicken and veggies!  It works for both of us.

Italian/Pasta:  Olive Garden is my oldest sons favorite place to eat. I avoided it for a while thinking there wasn’t much that I could enjoy.  Man was I wrong!  They have salmon, chicken and steak!  I often eat a salad with no croutons.  SKIP those bread-sticks!  I know they smell good but, you can do it!  I love their Mixed Grill!  It is yummy meat and veggies on a skewer.  I ask for no potatoes with mine.  I get broccoli instead, with a side a Alfredo sauce.  That is some good stuff right there!!  If you like asparagus, that is another lovely side dish!  I now enjoy eating at “OG” again and have great options to choose from!

Fast Food:  On the go?  I can’t name every place I’ve eaten at but, my hubby travels from time to time so we’ve eaten out on the road often.  Here are a few of the places we go too and what I’d eat.

Wendy’s:  Double cheeseburger with mayo, slice of tomato, onion and bacon.  They put it in a nice container so I can eat it with a fork!  I also get a side caesar salad with no croutons.(S)   For an E style lunch you could enjoy a small chili and a side salad with some low fat dressing!  The other day a friend suggested dumping my small chili on top of my side salad and that was a VERY yummy E!

McDonald’s:  I don’t love to eat there too often but, in the morning I have gotten eggs and bacon on a platter for breakfast!  For lunch I have gotten a salad as well with chicken breast on top.

Chic-Fil-A:  I get grilled chicken chunks!  YUM!!  I use the buffalo sauce with mine.  I also get a salad as my side dish with the avocado ranch dressing.  Maybe not a purist choice but, I’m a Drive-Thru Sue!     You could get a grilled chicken sandwich with no bun as well.  They have some great salad choices!!  Just watch your toppings!  I love their unsweetened tea!  Just take along your own Truvia packets!

Subway:  I enjoy the double chicken chopped salad at Subway!  I love to pile on the veggies!!  They also have nice ranch dressing to add on top.  This salad is massive and you will no go hungry!!   Some also get a 6 inch sub on wheat for an E option.  Choose lean  meats, veggies and a light dressing or mustard!

Chipotle:  They have wonderful salad bowls.  You can make them an S or an E with toppings!  Hamburger, cheese, sour cream and guac are great on an S salad.  Some brown rice, chicken breast, beans and veggies can make a nice E.  Keep those fats away in your E meals!  1 tsp is the goal.  It’s a restaurant that you can easily go either way!  Just say NO to the chips and tortillas!

Panera Bread:  I (heart) Panera.  I just went their today with my boys and my Granny.  I get a wonderful Deep S salad called the Mediterranean Chicken Salad.  It has some super yummy olive oil you can put on it with some lemon.  It has chicken breast, a boiled egg, spinach, bacon, lettuce and tomato.  It’s large and filling!!  It’s my go-to at Panera.  Many love their black bean soup for an E lunch.  I’d suggest you stay away from the breads.  Even the sourdough bread is not fermented enough to fit the plan.  I know it can be tough but, I pass it on to my kiddos!

Pizza Hut:  I know some may love it but, I sure don’t!  My hubby and boys do enjoy their pizza.  If I go along, I order wings!  They have non-breaded wings and a good salad bar.  If you like their pizza you can always swipe some of the families toppings to enjoy!  My son takes off the cheese and pepperonis…crazy, I know!  So, if we are at other pizza places, I’d enjoy those. Even pizza places have choices!  Some will even let you have a pizza in a bowl!  I’ve done that as well. All the normal topping you love, baked in a bowl! ASK!!

Tips:  Take along packets of sweetener in your purse!  I also take a Joseph’s Pita with me for a burger place or low carb tortillas for Mexican food.

Well, I can’t name every restaurant to you!  These are just a few of my favorites or favorites of my family.   Don’t be afraid to ask  the waiter or manager if you have a special request or need.  They aren’t bothered by you, they want to give you great service!  I am never hungry on Trim Healthy Mama!  Hopefully this will give you some ideas for eating out.  This is not an all inclusive list!

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Coconut Cream Shake! (S)

One of my favorite things to make on Trim Healthy Mama are shakes or frappe’s!  I love playing with different ingredients and extracts to come up with new flavors to enjoy!  I LOVE Swanson’s Premium Whey Protein Powder (vanilla). It is a wonder product that I am very comfortable using.  It’s my recommendation as far as taste and price!  Many use and enjoy Jay Robb’s brand as well and find it convenient if they don’t want to order things online.  If you are trying to save and use a lot of protein powder, I recommend Swanson’s!

Coconut Cream Shake!  (S)

  • 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk (vanilla)
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1 scoop of Swanson’s Premium Protein Powder
  • 1 tbs. of Truvia or xylitol
  • 1/2 tsp. of Gluccomanan or Xanthan Gum
  • 1/4 cup of 1% cottage cheese
  • swirl of heavy whipping cream (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp of coconut extract
  • 1 tbs. of unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 tbs of coconut oil
  • 12 ice cubes (my preference)

I place all the ingredients in the blender MINUS the ice!  I blend it in my Ninja for about 30 seconds or so.  I then add my ice!  Blend until smooth!  Easy as that!

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For a chocolate version you may want to try my German Chocolate Shake!  Do you love bananas?  My Going Bananas Shake(E)  is a yummy treat!

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My Birthday Gift and a Trim Healthy Mama Giveaway!

Today has been an emotional day for me!  I’m writing this post the day before my actual 39th birthday!   My mind was whirling today with all the tremendous blessings that God has given to me this past year of my life.   38 had it’s ups and downs but, the UPS outweigh the downs by far!  I have a precious family.  Through infertility struggles, God gifted me two boys.   He also gave me an incredible husband that I truly adore.  (now I’m crying)  Next month is our 15th anniversary!  Here are my three men….three of my most treasured gifts.

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This birthday comes with joy!  I have so much more than I did on my last birthday.  I was about two months along in my Trim Healthy Mama journey this time last year and doing well.  God was giving me my health back!  This year has been incredible for me as I see His hand at work.  It is only through Him that I have persevered and stayed on course.  This past year has held many changes…

  • No more blood pressure medicine.
  • From a 26 to a 16 in my pants! 🙂
  • No more heartburn…not once since I started THM!  That was a nightly battle.
  • No more leg swelling when I sit in the car.
  • I can take on and off my wedding ring!  It was stuck.
  • I wore my wedding dress again this past fall when I hit that number! Picture here.
  • I went down a half size in my shoes!  (I didn’t know you could do that!)
  • I can sit in the tub and have a few inches of space on the sides!
  • I can fit in a booth very comfortably!  I used to need a table!
  • I wore a belt this past Sunday!  A BELT!!
  • I walked a 5K this past summer and plan on two more this summer! (CrAzY!)
  • I have a lot more energy! I can keep up much better with my boys!
  • I can help with hauling wood or chores outside that I couldn’t do before.
  • My 7 year old can hug me around the waste and touch his hands together. He noticed that the other day. 🙂
  • Seat-belts fit much better!

I can name many more!!  Sometimes sitting and counting these little non-scale victories are so encouraging to my heart!  It’s not just about the inches or the pounds, it’s about being healthy!

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I started a Facebook page for my blog to post updates, recipes, verses, etc and I had a little giveaway planned.  I said when I hit 500 “likes” I’d have a giveaway!  Well, I flew past that much faster than I expected.  You all are such great cheerleaders!  So, here is the prize package I’ll be sending to ONE of my friends from my Home With a Purpose Facebook page!  You need to have “liked” my page to enter.   Here is a peek at the goodies in the package.  I’m also going to send some recipes in the mail to you that I’ve posted on my blog this past year as well!

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Plus my friends at Goodness and Grace have offered to add some of their all natural lotion to the prize!!  Visit Goodness & Grace to see more about their skin care line!  Amazing products!!  You can order from them at goodnessandgraceproducts@gmail.com.

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This contest starts today, March 12th!  Leave a comment on my blog to enter!  I want to hear one of your non-scale victories!   I will be making sure the winner has “liked” my FB page as well.  Your name will be corresponding with a number (in order of messages) and I will triple check to make sure of the winner!  I’ll be posting the winner here on my blog and on the Facebook page on Monday, March 17th!

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 1 Cor. 10:31  So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 

Meat Roma Pie! (S)

This is an old family recipe on my husband’s side of the family!  We have made it often in our almost 15 years of marriage, until I started THM. I’d avoided it this past year thinking I couldn’t eat it anymore.  WRONG!  One of the beautiful things about Trim Healthy Mama is that you can often take recipes you have used and re-vamp them to fit the plan!  With the help of two lovely Admins who were brainstorming with me, the re-working of the recipe started to form in my mind and then in my casserole dish!

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Here’s the original recipe that I have just in-case anyone wants to see how it was done.

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My friend, Jessica Myers suggested flipped it upside down and putting the breading on top!  It was wonderful and my husband who is used to the original recipe LOVED it even more!  Score!!  Thanks, Jess!

Let’s get down to business!

Meat Roma Pie- (S)

Meat filling:

  • 1 pound of hamburger or you could use ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup of bell peppers
  • 1 cup of sugar free tomato sauce
  • 1/2 tsp. of garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. of Italian seasonings
  • 1 cup of mozzarella or provolone cheese

Brown 1 pound of hamburger in a skillet.  Add in the bell peppers, seasonings and sauce when the meat if fully cooked and drained.  I sprayed my glass 9 by 9 baking dish with cooking spray.  Pour in the meat mixture and top with the cheese.

Italian Biscuit Topping:

  • 1/3 cup coconut flour
  • 2 Tbs. of flax meal
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 Tbs. of butter (softened)
  • 1 tsp. of baking powder
  • 1 tsp. apple cider vinager
  • 1/3 cup of cheddar cheese
  • 2 tsp. of Italian seasonings
  • salt

I mixed all the biscuit ingredients together in a mixing bowl.  It may be slightly lumpy in texture kind of like a  cornbread.   Pour this mixture on top of the meat/cheese and spread it out evenly.

Bake this for 15-20 minutes at 400 degrees!  I keep an eye on it until I can see the bread is slightly browning and baked!  My hubby tops his with Parmesan cheese.  This recipe serves 4 nice large pieces. You may be able to get 6 servings if you have side dishes or little kiddos.  I’d serve it with a side salad or green beans!  Here it is right out of the oven….can you smell it!?  So good!

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Mom’s Breakfast Casserole! (S)

My mama is a great cook!  She would make this wonderful casserole for brunch that was a big hit with my husband and I.  I’ve been trying to make Shan breakfast in the mornings and came across my recipe card from mom.  With a few little tweaks it was THM friendly and just as yummy as when she makes it!  This equals a very happy husband!

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The BEST Breakfast Casserole (S)

  • 8 eggs
  • 6 cups of cheddar or colby jack cheese
  • 1/2 cup of unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 cup of golden flaxseed flour
  • 1/4 stick of butter
  • 1/2 pound of diced ham
  • 1/2 tsp of onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp of garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp of parsley
  • 1/2 tsp of chives
  • salt and pepper

Pre-heat the oven to 350.  I spray  a 9 by 13 baking dish with cooking spray.  I beat the eggs and then mix in the rest of the ingredients, minus the butter.  The deli will give you a nice piece of ham that you can dice or you can find it pre-packaged in a 16 oz bag. I usually buy it pre-packaged and I can get a few casseroles out of it or use it on salads or in breakfast burritos.  After it’s all well mixed, I cut the butter into little pieces and dot it over the top of the casserole.  I bake the casserole for 45 minutes to 1 hour.  I keep my eye on it to see when the top is browning nicely. This serves 12!   I often cut the recipe in half for the two of us but, the large casserole is wonderful for serving others or to last for quite a few days!  It heats up so well!  This recipe is great as well baked in cupcake tins!  I’ve done this for a grab and go portion.  You would need to adjust the cooking time though to 20 to 25 minutes.  Keep an eye on them.  This is a great recipe to stir up the night before so that you can just pop it in the oven in the morning.  Easy peasy!

*Add your favorite veggies!  Green peppers, onions, mushrooms, etc.  You could even add in some chopped bacon!  Serve with a dollop of sour cream and salsa for a Mexican flair! I love it like I originally posted it.  It’s just plain GOOD!

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Rockin’ Roll Cake! (FP)

I’ve NEVER been more excited about a dessert in my life!  No lie!  My friend Angel is a great cook and she came up with this delicious recipe.  I give her BIG props!  I almost ran to the kitchen to make it after she gave me the recipe.  I made two different versions to try and really enjoy them both!

This first one has a cream cheese and whipped cream filling.  I topped it with berries!

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The second version I made had a filling of chocolate pudding that I made by adding 1 TBS of cocoa to the Nighty Night Custard and a layer of whipping cream!  I just made one serving of the custard for my filling.  You could do so many flavors!

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I know, right?!!  They taste as good as they look…probably better!  The possibilities are endless for the filling.  I say this is a Fuel Pull because the cake part is a Fuel Pull.  It can stay that way by the fillings you choose or it can become an E or an S.  Both of my recipes I’ve shown are “S” cakes because of the whipping cream and cream cheese.   You could do a lovely “E” by adding sweetened Greek Yogurt and a filling with blueberries or peaches!  OH MAN! 🙂  If you cooked the fruit down a bit with some sweetener and a little Gluccomanan it would make a lovely filling!  A thin layer of filling is best since it will ooze out if you don’t.

Rockin’ Roll Cake! (FP)

  • 8 egg whites
  • 1/4 tsp of cream of tartar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup of Truvia/Xylitol or Erythritol
  • 2 scoops of Swanson’s Premium Whey Protein Powder (Vanilla)

First, beat the egg whites until they are frothy and forming peaks!  Then add in the remaining ingredients and gently stir them in until they are well mixed together.   Place a piece of parchment paper on a baking sheet.  Use an extra large baking sheet for one large  cake or a regular sized sheet to make two smaller cakes.  I did this and made two versions.  Pour the mix on the baking sheet in a nice layer but, not too thick.   Here is what mine looked like.

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Bake the cake at 350 for about 8 minutes!  It was just slightly browning on top.   Here is my baked cake from the oven.

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Let the cake cool!!  I was a bit hasty and was dying to taste mine.   Please just be patient and wait till it cools a bit and it will come right off the paper!  While I was waiting for mine to cool, I had made up a bowl of homemade whipped cream.  I just sweeten mine with a little Truvia and I add a little vanilla or almond extract for flavor.  For the first cake roll I made, I had softened a bar of cream cheese and beat it with some sweetener and vanilla as well.  I took half the whipped cream and mixed it together with the softened cream cheese mixture.  When it was nice and smooth it was ready for the cake!  My cake had cooled off by now and I had flipped it over so the smooth top side would be the outside of the finished cake roll. I used a spatula and put a nice layer of the cream cheese/whipped cream mix on the cake.  Then you just roll it up!!  You can wrap it up in plastic wrap and store it in the refrigerator.  I think it tastes really good no matter when you eat it but, I did love it even more after it had chilled for a while!

My friend Angel has made many versions of this now. She made a cream cheese and pumpkin filling for one.  This Sunday at our church potluck, she had used raspberries that she’d cooked down in sweetener and a layer of whipped cream.  YUM!  You could even flavor the cake with lemon extract or any other flavors you enjoy! You could even add some unsweetened cocoa powder and make a chocolate roll! Angel even added some cinnamon to her cream cheese filling to make a cinnamon roll flavor for breakfast!   The possibilities are endless!  I would say if you make two rolls each would serve about 8 folks.  One large cake would serve about 16.  I may or my not have eaten two pieces.   🙂

I hope you enjoy this cake as much as we did!  Here is my little Valentine’s Day picture!

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