Sunday, July 20, 2014

Week of meals ~ 3

Happy Meal Planning!
Here are a few entrees and snacks to get you through your THM journey this week!
We all get in meal planning ruts.  I know I do.  I am so scattered, that looking at too many delicious recipes has my mind racing.  I have a hard time narrowing 7 meals down.  I want to make them all, lol!!  What was your favorite meal or snack this week?  Post in comments below! 

Blueberries in Greek Yogurt with a scoop of protein, vanilla and sweetener (E)
Tuna Pate (E) 
Chocolate Chip Cookie Bar (S)
Tuna Steak in Braggs and Lime Juice with Cauli-rice and Green beans (FP)

Smoothie of the Week...
Vanilla Coconut Latte

*Ahead of time... Brew your favorite cup of coffee and use your desired amount of heavy cream.  When it's cool, pour into an ice cube tray.  (Heads up, if you have one of those fancy K-cup machines, just brew your coffee into a pour spout container so it's easier to transfer to ice cube trays.)  

To the Blender add
 your coffee cubes
 1.5 cups of unsweetened almond milk
 1 tsp of vanilla
 1 tsp of coconut extract
1 scoop of Swanson's Protein Powder
Sweetener of choice (Mine is the homemade THM Sweet Blend)

Blend...find a quiet spot to sip and enjoy! 

Sloppy Joes

Why is Joe so messy?

The Original Sloppy Joe Sandwich was invented at Sloppy Joe's Bar in Key West, FL.  Their
consistency is just a coincidence to the name.

Sloppy Joes
1 lb ground beef
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 can tomato paste (no sugar added)
1/2 cup water (or more depending on the consistency) 
1 TBSP apple cider vinegar
2 TBSP yellow mustard
1/2 tsp ground cloves 
1.5 tsp salt
2 tsp garlic powder

Brown the beef and onion. Drain fat in colander. 

Return to pan and add remaining ingredients and heat through.

Add more water to get to desired consistency.

Serve in lettuce cups or on Maria's Bread and with zucchini fries!

Maria's Mind Body and Health Bread is Wonderful!  I will have to say the consistency took some getting used to.  It's a tad chewy.  You'll have to make it to understand, but MAN- If you crave just sub roll type bread...make this!  Super easy.  I've baked homemade bread for years.  All the temperature modifications, rising and so forth!!!!  This is some much more practical! I use it for sandwiches, my messy Joes and garlic bread.  Also for breakfast, I spread a little cream cheese on a piece for a bagel craving! :)

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Tuna Pâté

Pâté: a mixture of cooked ground meat and fat minced into a spreadable paste. 

Spreadable meat?  Oh gross, right?  I recently saw a recipe for salmon bisque.  Looked good enough to try.  I like soup and I like salmon.  Let's marry them and see what's what....


It reminded me of cat food, regurgitated and thrown into a soup with some spices!


I thought I was done with creamy seafood, but...

I stumbled upon my tuna pate when I was trying to create an E tuna sandwich.  I have been pregnant and then in a baby fog, so my THM rules are a little muddled.  I bent them here and there, so now that it's time to go back to being strict I got a little confused.  I was in the process of making my E lunch and wanted a Tuna sandwich.  Well, as I got started, it dawned on me that tuna is mixed with mayo to have that 'tunafish sandwich taste'.  Darn!  Now what?  I put the canned tuna in my food processor with a little s&p, lemon juice and a couple wedges of Laughing Cow Lite Cheese.  Something magical happened when I blended it.  A Pâté of some sort.  And it's delicious!  Not at all like regurgitated cat food.  

Tuna Pâté

1 can of tuna in water, drained
3 wedges of Laughing Cow cheese
(that's 4.5 g fat)  
a few squirts of lemon juice
S & P

Blend in food processor until smooth

A complete lunch of Tuna Pâté, Joseph Pita Crackers and a small bowl of tomato soup (pg 293) with broccoli.

You could try this with canned or pouch salmon, but after my seafood bisque experience, I won't be going there!  

Since we are all fancy and French today....
Bon Appétit!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The Shrinker

A drink that shrinks your waistline, gives you energy, improves your health and fights cancer? What in the world? Yes, it's all true!  Oolong tea can be purchases online, found in Asian markets and I even saw it at Publix.  


**** Oolong improves vitality... prolongs lifespan... combats the aging of skin... treats eczema and rashes... prevents heart disease and cancer… reduces high blood pressure... it's a physical and mental stress reliever... strengthens teeth and prevents tooth decay... improves brain power... you get the picture. Best of all it makes a scrumptious drink called the "SHRINKER" and you get all these extras and more thrown in for good measure.  Oolong contains antioxidants that powerfully destroy free radicals. Research conducted by Dr Kenichi Yanagimoto from the university of California, showed that only 15 days of Oolong tea drinking enabled an incredible 50% reduction in free radicals.
Another study conducted by the academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine of Fujian Province concluded that stress levels reduced significantly with four servings of Oolong each day for a week. SIP THE SHRINKER contains four servings of Oolong. Hey Mama, you may be only one week away from a more "calm" you.
Even though Oolong is the main Super Star of this recipe, the other co-star ingredients were carefully chosen by Mwa. They not only harmonize perfectly for taste enhancement but they too help optimize fat loss, rev the metabolism and provide extremely high antioxidant, nutrient and anti- inflammatory properties. This drink is simple and inexpensive but will provide more mineralizing "mojo" than some expensive houghty taughty health tonic from the health food store.

**** Cinnamon regulates blood sugar. It slows the rate at which the stomach empties after meals. It not only stimulates insulin receptors, but also inhibits an enzyme that inactivates them so it creates more ability to use glucose. It only takes a scant half tsp. to reduce blood sugar levels and that is easily provided in the SHRINKER... yay for us!
It reduces LDL cholesterol... it contains effective anti-infectious compounds against dangerous pathogens... it is also highly anti-inflammatory and reduces cytokines linked to arthritic pain. It also reduces chronic inflammation linked with neurological disorders... Cinnamon reduces the proliferation of cancer cells I'm on a roll Pearl! Can I keep going Sis? Research by Dr.P. Zoladz found that just smelling the wonderful odor of cinnamon improves brain activity. I didn't hear her say no! It is effective for menstrual pain and infertility. This is because Cinnamon contains a natural chemical called cinnamaldehyde, which studies show increases the hormone progesterone in woman. It is also a natural food preservative. Cinnamon is such a powerful antioxidant that it prevents oxidation more effectively than the chemical food preservatives BHT and BHA.

Check out the THM page for this recipe and more inspirations!

The Shrinker

1. Boil enough water to fill a large coffee mug in which you will steep 4 tea bags of Oolong. Let it cool.
2. Once cool, pour this tea into a blender along with ½ cup of Unsweetened Almond milk, a couple of generous pinches of Celtic salt, a generous tsp. or two of vanilla, stevia extract to taste (go easy and add more if needed), ½ - 1 tsp. of cinnamon (cinnamon lovers can use more) and cayenne pepper to taste. If you have not developed a taste for hot pepper then use black pepper to replace the red for your chai blend. Turn on blender and blend well. This is your SHRINKER concentrate.
3. Once blended, pour the concentrate into a glass 2 quart size canning jar and fill to the top with ice. If you don’t have a 2 quarter, I recommend you get one as it is fun having your day’s quota (2 quarts of deliciousness) in one huge jar. But you can split your concentrate between two quart size canning jars. You can add a bit of water to the concentrate if needed to make the liquid reach the top of the jar, but do make sure there is plenty of ice to keep the SHRINKER thoroughly chilled.
4. Put a lid on the jar, shake well then taste and adjust flavors. Own it!!!! What do you need to add so it knocks your socks off!! More stevia? More vanilla? I usually add more hot pepper because I like it to burn and make me feel like a feisty tiger!
5. Love it
From your THM friend Serene

(This is NOT a meal replacement.  It's meant to be sipped when senseless munchie attacks hit!)