Salmon Niçoise Salad (THM Deep S)

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Here is a quick and easy rollover dinner or lunch for that fabulous leftover roasted salmon from my Salmon en Papillote.

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Niçoise salad is usually characterized by tuna, green beans, potatoes, olives, and boiled eggs.

I swapped tuna for my gorgeous leftover salmon. In order to keep this light, and THM approved, I removed the potatoes entirely. However, if you would like some light carb action, you can top it with up to 1/4 cup white beans. I would choose a great northern variety or cannelini, but it’s up to you. I also swapped the olives for capers, which I think go better with salmon (it almost reminds me of lox and bagels!).

Since you’re using leftovers for this salad, the only thing you need to cook is a couple of boiled eggs. And I have an awesome tip for you on how to get perfectly yellow boiled eggs every time!

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I was watching “Brunch at Bobby’s” on Food Network the other day, and he was making boiled eggs using a tip I had never heard before.

Lay the eggs into a pot of cold water, and set it over high heat uncovered on the stovetop. When the water is almost boiling (not rumbling, but almost there), turn the heat completely OFF, put a lid on, and leave the pot on the hot eye for 14 minutes.

After 14 minutes, drain the hot water and turn it into an ice bath by adding a few handfuls of ice cubes and running cold water over the top. Let them sit for about 8-10 minutes, then peel away! You’ll have perfectly yellow yolks in your boiled eggs every time.

After the eggs are cooked, simply combine all the salad ingredients in a large bowl and dress with your favorite vinaigrette. I used a simple vinaigrette of 1/2 lemon, juiced, about 1 1/2 Tbsp EVOO, salt and pepper. Easy, fast, and fresh!

Balsamic vinaigrette would also be a good alternative to use here.

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That is one beautiful, fresh, and flavorful lunch or dinner! This meal would pack well for on-the-go, or as a make-ahead. It’s the perfect protein-packed lunch or dinner.

Salmon Niçoise Salad (THM Deep S)

  • Servings: Single
  • Time: 10 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: Erin Murray, My Fling with Food

Ingredients

  • 1 leftover salmon filet from Salmon en Papillote
  • Mixed salad greens
  • cherry tomatoes, halved
  • cucumbers, diced
  • frozen green beans, thawed
  • 1 Tbsp capers or chopped pitted olives
  • 1 small radish, thinly sliced
  • 1 boiled egg, sliced
  • 1/4 c white beans, any variety, optional
  • For the Dressing:
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 2-3 Tbsp EVOO
  • salt and pepper

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients for the salad in a medium-sized bowl.
  2. Drizzle the dressing over the top and toss to combine. Serve immediately or store the dressing for later.

Prep Don’t Fret! Challenge: Week 2

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Welcome to Week 2 of the Prep Don’t Fret! Challenge! This week is full of freshness and easy-to-make meals.

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Your breakfast make-ahead this week will be overnight oats. These are incredibly versatile, and you can make them on Sunday/Monday for the whole week. I also love making them in wide-mouth Mason jars for mornings on-the-go. If you need to order the whey protein isolate, you can do so through this link. However, Sprouts carries unflavored pure whey isolate in their bulk section for an excellent price if they are convenient to you.

Check out these variations to use throughout your week: blueberry lemon, brownie batter, chunky monkey, coconut chia, and almond butter & jelly.

Your Dinners/Rollovers this week will be:

  1. Salmon en Papillote – prep to the wrapping stage up to 1 day ahead of time, then bake as directed. Yes, you will need a lot of salmon this week. I love buying a big plank of it from Costco – it’s always fresh, and they take excellent care in butchering it. All you have to do is filet it into portions.
  2. Salmon Niçoise Salad – you’ll use that leftover salmon here for these beautiful lunch or dinner salads! Good news is, most of the prep is already done after you cook the salmon. You can boil the eggs up to 2 days ahead of time (but make sure you peel them right away! Just leave them whole after that). All that’s left is to assemble the salad right before serving.
  3. Lamb Spanakopita Burgers – prep the tzatziki ahead of time – you’ll need it for this meal and another throughout the week. I put these burgers on top of salad for an S meal with lots of greens (plus it eliminates the need for a side). You could also wrap these in a Joseph’s Pita (just half for a THM S meal). Either way, the burgers are easy enough to make the night of.
  4. Chicken Tabbouleh Salads – prep the tabbouleh up to 2 days ahead of time. Grill the chicken up to 5 days ahead of time. You can also use the leftover tzatziki from the spanakopita burgers as the dressing, and add a little mint to it the night of serving. These salads are great as a quick, light dinner or lunch.

Here is your Weekly Menu Planner for this week. And here is your Printable Shopping List for this week – don’t forget to add the ingredients for your oatmeal variations to the list!

Low Carb Salmon en Papillote (THM S)

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This is one of those meals that sounds (and looks) super fancy, but takes minimal effort (win!).

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“En Papillote” is a French dish that simply means “in parchment.” Wrapping each portion of fish in parchment paper is so smart because 1) each packet makes its own little lemon butter sauce which coats the fish and veggies and 2) the only clean up is throwing away paper (easy, right?!).

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Let’s start by talking about the fish. You do not want to go cheap on the salmon here – you want fresh, vibrant flavors and it’s hard to get that from frozen filets. I always get this large plank of fresh salmon from Costco. They take great care in butchering the fish by removing all the pin bones (I’ve never gotten one bone from Costco fish) AND the skin. I’m not partial to fish skin, so I appreciate that they take care of that part for me. At the end of the day, where you get your salmon is entirely up to you, just make sure it’s good because you’ll need about 2lbs of it. (I’m going to show you a fantastic lunch or dinner rollover meal later!).

Slice the lemons, squash, and mushrooms, then filet the plank of salmon into individual portions (I got 7 portions from mine). To filet the fish, use a sharp, long knife to make deep, long cuts. That way your filets won’t look like you’ve been sawing away at the fish.

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Cut 1 10-12in piece of parchment paper for each portion of fish, and pile them all up to make your assembly easy.

I made a shortcut by using frozen green beans for the bottom. I didn’t thaw them out or cook them before putting them into the parchment packets, and they were perfectly cooked after roasting.

Assemble the packets by taking a piece of parchment paper, piling a portion of green beans on the bottom. Stack on the sliced squash and place the mushrooms around the sides. Season the veggies with salt and pepper. Carefully lay the fish filet on top, season it with salt and pepper, tear off a few pieces of fresh dill, lay the sliced lemons over the fish, then top with a pat of soft butter.

Next, you’ll get to wrapping the fish, nice and snug. Take the longest ends of the paper up together, make about 1-inch fold and keep folding and creasing down to the surface of the fish. Grab one of the small ends, pinch and crease it then tuck it under the fish – same goes for the other end.

That’s it! keep wrapping and rolling until all of your portions are wrapped. This can be done up to 1 day ahead of cooking. You don’t want the fish sitting too long with the lemon, because it will start to cure.

When you’re ready to bake, preheat your oven to 375, and place the packets onto a large baking sheet. They won’t leak (so long as there aren’t any holes in your packets), so you shouldn’t need extra foil or anything. Pop them into the oven to bake for 20-25 minutes.

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The best part is that this is a complete meal in a packet. You can transfer the packets straight from the baking sheet to a plate, then tear open the tops to reveal your beautifully roasted salmon and vegetables.

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Just look how gorgeous that is! I topped it with a touch of fresh chopped parsley and called it a day. The lemons roast down and become a little sweet, so squeeze those babies over the top of your fish. The butter and lemon drip down to the veggies, making them perfectly seasoned and buttery. The salmon is flaky, soft, and just a little crispy on the outside.

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My kids enjoyed this meal as is (they LOVE salmon), and I had a side green salad with mine. It was a beautifully light S meal!

Salmon en Papillote (THM S)

  • Servings: 6-7
  • Time: 40 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: Erin Murray, My Fling with Food

Ingredients

  • roughly 2lbs fresh salmon, cut into individual portions
  • 1lb frozen whole green beans
  • 1 medium yellow squash, sliced
  • 1 cup white mushrooms, sliced
  • 3-4 lemons, thinly sliced (3 pieces of lemon per fish filet)
  • 6-7 tsp soft unsalted butter
  • 2 sprigs fresh dill
  • salt and pepper
  • parsley for garnish, optional
  • parchment paper

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Prepare the parchment packets by tearing one 10-12inch piece of parchment per fish filet. Stack them up and begin assembling.
  3. Green beans on the bottom, followed by sliced squash and mushrooms. Season with salt and pepper. Gently lay one fish filet over the top, and season with salt and pepper. Tear off a few fronds of fresh dill, and lay them over the fish. Fan the lemons over the top, then top with a pat of butter.
  4. Wrap the fish into snug packets, and lay onto a large baking sheet.
  5. Roast the packets at 375 for 20-25 minutes.
  6. Place the packet directly onto a plate, cut or (gently) tear open near the top, and garnish with fresh parsley.

Thin Mint Mini Cheesecakes (THM S)

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I wanted to think of a fun, green dessert to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this weekend, but was having trouble with inspiration. Then my husband suggested his favorite – mint chocolate. My mind got to churning, then I settled on mini mint chocolate cheesecakes, and I could not be happier!

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Cheesecake is one of those desserts that’s pretty straight forward and easy to prepare.  However, not everyone has a spring form pan laying around their house – what to do? Mini cheesecakes in a muffin pan! Honestly, I think that’s almost better than one big cheesecake. You have better portion control, no slicing, and it’s easier to store. Of course, if you REALLY wanted to, you can make this exact recipe in a 10-inch springform pan instead of a muffin pan.

Start by combining the ingredients for your crust in a small bowl: almond flour, unsweetened cocoa powder, Pyure or THM Gentle Sweet, and salt. Whisk to combine.

Then pour in the unsalted butter and combine it with your hands. The mixture isn’t terribly wet, but you do want it sticking together slightly. Think of damp dirt – that’s what you’re going for here.

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Line your muffin pan with paper or silicone liners. Begin pressing the crust mixture into the bottom of your liners. You want to firmly press it down so that the crust stays together once the liners are off, and it gets a little crispy. You definitely don’t want to skip the liners here, because then the crust will not crisp or stay together, and you’ll have a hard time getting the cheesecakes out of the pan.

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Next, prepare your green, minty cheesecake filling.

Combine the softened cream cheese, vanilla extract, eggs, Pyure or THM Gentle Sweet, and peppermint extract until thick and creamy. Begin adding your green food coloring about 8-10 drops at a time, until you’ve achieved your desired hue.

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Use an ice cream scoop to scoop even portions of the filling onto your crusts.

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Pop them into a 350 degree oven to bake for 25-30 minutes. They won’t get too golden (if they do they’re over-baked!), so look for a little color towards the centers and they should feel firm (with a tiny giggle) in the middle.

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Let them cool at room temperature for about 10-12 minutes, then pop them into the fridge for 2-3 hours to cool and set.

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After they’ve had a chance to firm, make the ganache topping. Start by heating the cream over low heat in a small sauce pan. Chop the 85% dark chocolate or Lily’s chocolate chips and add it to a heat-safe bowl. When the cream is hot, and bubbling a little, pour it over the chocolate and whisk until smooth and creamy.

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Begin spooning the warm ganache over the tops of your cheesecakes. You want enough for each one, so don’t get too happy about it in the beginning. Spread one generous tablespoon of ganache over the top of each cheesecake. If you have leftovers at the end, then you can go back and fill as needed.

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Once they’re all covered, pop them back into the fridge for another 45 minutes, or until serving. The ganache will be firmly set, but still soft to a fork (or mouth ^_~).

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These mini cheesecakes are the perfect, impressive yet low-maintenance dessert. They look so pretty, and don’t take a ton of effort.

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The filling is luscious and creamy with just a hint of mint, while the crust is coarse and chocolatey. Then you have the rich ganache on top that’s smooth and soft.

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The perfect treat to celebrate a holiday, or any day!

Thin Mint Mini Cheesecakes (THM S)

  • Servings: Makes 22-24
  • Time: 1 hour plus cooling time
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: Erin Murray, My Fling with Food

Ingredients


Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine the crust ingredients except for the butter in a small bowl. Pour in the melted butter and combine with your hands.
  3. Press the crust firmly into the bottom of your lined cupcake pan.
  4. For the filling, combine the eggs, cream cheese, vanilla, and Pyure until creamy. Add the peppermint extract and combine. Begin adding the green food coloring, 8-10 drops at a time, until your desired hue is achieved.
  5. Add the filling by using an ice cream scoop to portion out the filling into each crust.
  6. Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes, or until firm to the touch (not too browned).
  7. Cool for 10-12 minutes at room temperature, then remove to the fridge for 2-3 hours to finish cooling and setting.
  8. Make the ganache by heating the cream over low heat in a small sauce pan. When it’s hot and bubbling a little, pour it over the chopped chocolate in a heat-safe bowl. Whisk until smooth and slightly thickened.
  9. Spoon the ganache over the tops of the cheesecakes and spread to the edges. Cool the cheesecakes in the fridge about another 45 minutes for the ganache to set.
  10. Store in the fridge until serving.

Paleo Sausage and Veggie Omelette Bites (THM S)

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If you’re looking for a make-ahead breakfast that’s both tasty and healthy, then look no further! These omelette bites are super easy to prep and delicious fresh or re-heated.

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I am about to blow your mind with how easy breakfast can be! These omelette bites take maybe 45 minutes total, and will save you hours in slaving over breakfast during the week. You can reinvent them daily by adding cheese, salsa, avocado, or any other fixin’s you enjoy.

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Start off by browning your breakfast sausage. I used Johnsonville mild breakfast sausage, but any variety you like will do.

The low carb veggie mix I used was frozen chopped spinach (thawed and squeezed out), a few strips of red bell pepper, zucchini, seeded and chopped tomatoes, grated radishes (they’re SO good sautéd in a little butter, almost like slightly sweet hashbrowns), and sliced scallions. I softened the zucchini, bell pepper, and radishes together with the thawed and squeezed spinach in a little butter until the radishes started to soften. I let all of that cool while I chopped the tomatoes.

Personally, I seed tomatoes before throwing them into a dish like this for 2 reasons: 1. the seeds add a lot of water and moisture, and 2. they’re mushy. I would mush rather have the firm flesh than the seeds. Usually the seeds kind of fall away naturally as I’m chopping, and it isn’t a whole lot of extra work.

Also slice the scallions thinly, then toss with the spinach mixture with salt and pepper.

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Toss the sausage with the veggies, then let’s get to the filling.

I chose paper liners for my muffin pan, which had some drawbacks. On one hand, I wasn’t scrubbing egg out of every hole in my pan. On the other hand, I had to peel the liners off each one which was a bit of a pain. All of that to say, if you have silicone liners – use them, or spray the pan REALLY well.

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So, I’m madly in love with this 24-ct muffin pan. It makes a world of difference filling just one BIG pan instead of a few tiny ones. Also, for my limited-space kitchen I just don’t have room for a ton of small pans, so one large pan is just the ticket.

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Pile in a heaping spoonful of the sausage and veggie mixture into the bottom of each cup, then scramble the eggs.

I like my eggs with a little hot sauce, but if you don’t you can leave it out. Just make sure you season liberally with salt and pepper. I also used unsweetened, plain almond milk to scramble the eggs. You can also use cream or half and half, if that’s your thing. I have to watch the dairy, because my husband can’t handle too much of it and I want him to enjoy these also. I scrambled the eggs, milk, and hot sauce together in my big 8-cup measuring cup. It has a pour spout, making it easy to fill each cup without making additional dirty dishes.

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Fill each cup about 3/4 of the way full. You want a little space, because the eggs will puff as they bake.

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When all the cups are filled, pop them into a pre-heated 375 degree oven and bake for about 20-25 minutes, or until the tops are lightly golden.

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Delicious! The eggs are perfectly fluffy with bright, fresh veggies and a little spice from the sausage. They are the perfect morning pairing with some buttery avocado and fresh berries.

Sausage & Veggie Omelette Bites (THM S)

  • Servings: Makes 24
  • Time: 45 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: Erin Murray, My Fling with Food

Ingredients

  • 14 eggs
  • 1/3 c unsweetened, plain almond milk
  • few dashes hot sauce
  • 1lb bulk breakfast sausage
  • 1 c frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed of its water
  • 1 small zucchini, diced
  • 1/4 c grated radishes
  • 1/4 c diced red bell pepper
  • 1-2 vine tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 2-3 scallions, thinly sliced
  • salt and pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Brown the sausage and set aside to cool.
  3. Sauté the zucchini, bell pepper, radishes, and spinach together for about 5-7 minutes or until the radishes begin to soften. Turn off the heat, cool slightly, then add the tomatoes, scallions, and a touch of salt and pepper. Toss the sausage into the veggie mixture and set aside.
  4. Line your muffin pan with either paper liners or silicone liners. Add one big spoonful of the sausage/veggie mixture to each cup.
  5. Scramble the eggs with the almond milk, hot sauce, salt and pepper.
  6. Pour the egg mixture a little at a time into each cup, filling it 3/4 of the way.
  7. Bake at 375 for 20-25 minutes, or until lightly browned and firmly set.
  8. Enjoy right away or refrigerate in zip-top bags for mornings during the week. Reheat gently in the microwave for about 30-45 seconds.

Sunday Bolognese (THM S)

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Bolognese is basically an Italian meat sauce. It has a different flavor than traditional marinara, and usually has some vegetables in it as well. I call this my “Sunday Sauce” because you can make it on Sunday, and it tastes just as good (or better!) on Friday.

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This sauce comes together in one, big pot on your stove top, and it’s low-maintenance (lots of simmering, not a ton of stirring).

When I make Bolonese, I always make extra for freezing. It’s perfect with Dreamfields Noodles, spiralized squash/zucchini, eggplant steaks, Lazy Lasagne (Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook page 140), or any other Italian fare you can dream up. My kids love this sauce, and will eat anything I put with it.

Start with 1 1/2 – 2lbs ground beef. I used 85% lean, but you can go for whichever variety your family likes best. Sauté it with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and some dried basil. When the meat begins to brown, start breaking it up with the back of a wooden spoon or spatula. When the meat is mostly cooked, add the shallots, garlic, celery, grated carrot, and onions. I use a fine hand grater to get small strings of grated carrot. The best thing about using a hand grater, as opposed to a box grater, is that you can hover it over the pot and grate straight down into it. No extra step of transferring it from the cutting board to the pot. Plus, when it’s cut that small there’s no need for peeling.

When the vegetables begin to soften, de-glaze the pan with one heaping cup of red wine. Don’t fall for the “cooking wine” tricks here – you want to use something dry, bold in flavor, and that you would enjoy drinking. If you don’t enjoy the taste of it uncooked, then you really won’t like it once it’s reduced and concentrated. I used a Côtes du Rhône because I still had some left over from my Coq Au Vin, and it was just enough for this recipe. The Côtes du Rhône gave my sauce a bold, deep flavor, and I highly suggest it if you can find it in your grocery store. (I found mine at Costco for around $10).

Finally, add the whole can of crushed tomatoes with their juice and a touch more salt and pepper. Place the lid on your pan, and let it simmer on medium heat for about 10-12 minutes. Then remove the lid and continue simmering until sauce is reduced and thickened.

Turn off the heat, taste and adjust for seasoning, then add one large handful of fresh chopped parsley.

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What you end up with is a bold, hearty, sauce that’s slightly fruity from the red wine. It’s perfect to use right away, or you can cool and package it up for Italian night later in the week (all it will need is some heat). Like I said earlier, this sauce only gets better with time, so there are no disappointing leftovers here.

Sunday Bolognese (THM S)

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: Erin Murray, My Fling with Food

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 – 2lbs ground beef (I used grassfed 85% lean)
  • 1 heaping cup dry red wine
  • 1/2 small onion, diced
  • 1 large stalk celery, finely diced (leafy greens included)
  • 1/2 medium carrot, finely grated
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • 1 28-oz can crushed tomatoes with basil
  • 1 large handful chopped fresh flat leaf parsley
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • salt and pepper

Directions

  1. Start by browning the ground beef in a large skillet over medium heat, breaking it up with the back of a wooden spoon or spatula. Season with garlic powder, dried basil, salt, and pepper.
  2. Add the onions, shallots, garlic, celery, grated carrot, and a touch more salt and pepper. Continue sautéing until onions begin to get soft, about 5-6 minutes.
  3. De-glaze the pan with the red wine, then add the crushed tomatoes and a little more salt and pepper. Cover and let simmer over medium heat for about 10-12 minutes. Remove the lid and continue simmering another 10 minutes, until sauce is thickened and slightly reduced.
  4. Turn off the heat, add the parsley, taste and adjust for seasoning. Serve immediately, or cool and store until future use.

One Pot New Orleans-Style Gumbo (THM S/E)

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I’m a spicy gal and although I wasn’t born in Louisiana, creole cuisine of New Orleans speaks to me on a spiritual level.

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Gumbo is one of my favorite, warming meals because it’s spicy, hearty, and still packs a veggie punch. Also, this is one of those meals that you can cook (a bunch of) one night, and when you’re eating its leftovers a few nights later the flavor is even deeper – it only gets better with time! However, my favorite part of this meal is definitely that it only takes one (big) pot. Because I still hate doing dishes ^_^.

Start by heating a large Dutch oven over medium low heat, and add the sliced smoked sausage. I used andouille, which is a creole spicy sausage. If you’re not into the spice, any smoked sausage will do. Since it’s already cooked, you just want to sauté it enough to get some color and crispness on the outside.

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Take the sausage out, add some coconut oil if needed, and begin sautéing the cubed chicken. It doesn’t have to cook all the way through since it will simmer in the gumbo later. Just make sure it has some good color on it, and season with salt and pepper or a touch of Cajun seasoning.

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Take the chicken out, then start on the shrimp. I bought easy-peel shrimp from my fish counter at Sprouts, which are already deveined. You can keep the tails, or whole shell, on if you wish. I find it easier to remove the whole shell, tail included, prior to cooking. Add more coconut oil to the pan, if needed before adding the shrimp. Again, season with salt and pepper and sauté away. Cook them about 1 minute on each side, just to get good color. They won’t be fully cooked yet, but once you add them back to the gumbo they’ll finish cooking without becoming overcooked.

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Remove the shrimp. Next comes the vegetables! Don’t worry about the brown bits on the bottom of your Dutch oven – that’s flavor, and the stock we add later will pick it all up.

Chop some mirepoix – celery (leafy green parts included!), onion, green bell pepper, and garlic.

Add a touch more coconut oil, turn the heat down just a touch and add the vegetables. Sauté until onions just start to caramelize, about 5-7 minutes.

And, I’ll go ahead and tell you, I’m a bad Southerner – I greatly dislike okra. Unless it’s pureed, in a cookie, or otherwise hidden beyond recognition I cannot stomach it. HOWEVER. You are welcome to add okra to this lovely gumbo if it is your thing. If you do add it, go ahead and do so at this step.

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De-glaze the pan with one 15-oz can of fire roasted tomatoes. I like the smoky flavor of fire roasted tomatoes, but you’re welcome to use any kind you prefer. Mine also were seasoned with garlic and onion. Add in the chicken (or vegetable/seafood) stock, a bay leaf, sausage, chicken, Worcestershire sauce, and a few dashes of hot sauce. Place the lid on your pot and let it simmer for about 10-12 minutes.

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Once it’s finished simmering, turn off the heat, add the shrimp back to the pot, cover again and let stand for about 5-7 minutes. This will allow the shrimp to continue cooking through slowly.

Serve the gumbo as is or over a big pile of cauliflower rice. For my cauliflower rice, I pulsed half a large head of cauliflower in a food processor until it was in small pearls. Then I served it raw underneath the hot gumbo – easy peasy! I liked it raw because it didn’t become mushy from cooking and retained a nice textural contrast like rice.

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As is, the gumbo is a great S. However, if you want to have the rice and make it an E – that’s completely achievable. You can either choose a smoked turkey/chicken sausage with less fat, or leave it out completely and make this a chicken and shrimp gumbo – your call. Just make sure any time you’re adding coconut oil that you do so with a spray to keep the fat in check.

Either way you make it, this gumbo is a spicy, hearty, and delicious shake-up to your weekly routine. The leftovers just get better with time – this is a meal you can make on Monday and still enjoy on Friday.

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New Orleans Style Gumbo (THM S/E)

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Time: 45 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: Erin Murray, My Fling with Food

Ingredients

  • 1-lb andouille sausage, sliced (or any smoked sausage – For E choose a chicken or turkey sawusage, or omit)
  • 1/2 lb chicken breast, cubed
  • 1/2 lb shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 stalks celery, leafy greens included, diced
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1-2 c cut okra (optional)
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • 1 15-oz can fire roasted tomatoes seasoned with garlic and onion
  • 1 1/2 c chicken/vegetable/seafood stock
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Cajun seasoning to taste
  • 1 tsp gluten free Worcestershire sauce
  • 6-10 dashes hot sauce
  • salt and pepper
  • cauliflower rice (for S) or cooked brown rice (for E), for serving (optional)

Directions

  1. Heat a large Dutch oven over medium-low heat and sauté the sliced sausage until browned and crispy. Remove to a plate.
  2. Add coconut oil, if needed, toss the chicken with a touch of Cajun seasoning and brown on all sides. Remove to a plate (with the sausage is fine).
  3. Toss the shrimp with salt and pepper, then brown for about 1 minute on each side. Remove to a plate with the chicken and sausage.
  4. Add more coconut oil, if needed, then begin sautéing the onions, bell pepper, celery, garlic, and okra (if using). Cook for about 5-7 minutes, until the onions begin to caramelize.
  5. Add the tomatoes, stock, Worcestershire, bay leaf, hot sauce, chicken, and sausage back to the pot. Cover and simmer on medium-low for about 10-12 minutes.
  6. Turn off the heat, add the shrimp back to the pot, cover, and let stand for about 5-7 minutes.
  7. Serve over cauliflower rice, brown rice (for an E), or as is.

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Low Carb Chicken and Spinach White Pizza (THM S)

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Pizza night is always my kids’ favorite night. To be honest, it’s my favorite night too! When you can get a quality pizza thrown together and baked in about half an hour, how could you not love it?

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White pizza is a fun change-up from regular pizza, and helps keep the carbs down since there’s no sauce involved.

The crust of the pizza is fathead pizza dough, which is mozzarella cheese (the bagged kind is usually best), cream cheese, egg, and fine almond flour. In my pre-THM days, I used to make my own pizza crust, and I am SO GLAD there’s an easier method that’s actually better for you. No waiting around for the dough to rise, and it comes together in about 5 minutes.

Start the dough by combining the mozzarella and cream cheese in a microwave safe bowl, and heat for about 1 minute at a time until the cheese is fully melted.

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Stir it together, it should be hot and stringy. Add the fine almond flour, and stir again. Adding the flour before the egg allows the mixture to cool slightly so that the egg won’t cook as you add it to the dough.

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Add the egg, and stir until it’s fully incorporated. It takes some muscle work, just so you know. When it’s fully mixed, the dough should like like the photo on the right, below.

Next, place your dough onto a 10-12-in round pizza pan lined with parchment, and with slightly damp hands begin to press it out.

Dab the surface with a fork to keep it from puffing up too much while baking.

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Next, combine the butter, dried parsley, granulated garlic, a pinch of salt (if using unsalted butter), and some pepper. Use a silicone brush and brush the crust (not the edges yet) with the seasoned butter.

Bake the crust for 10 minutes at 375 degrees. This helps ensure that you have a cooked, crispy crust at the end.

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Next, pile on the toppings: diced chicken, shallots, garlic, cheese, spinach, and crumbled bacon.

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Now brush that buttery garlic mixture onto the outer crust, and dust the whole thing with some grated parmesan cheese.

Now bake that baby for another 10-12 minutes, until hot and bubbly Flavortown (Any Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives fans out there?!) deliciousness.

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THAT is a thing of beauty.

Crispy and slightly salty on the edges from that parmesan. Cheesy, flavorful, fresh, and meaty toppings – delivery ain’t got nothin’ on this, baby!

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My favorite pizza finisher is a pinch of red pepper flakes for an extra kick. Serve this bad boy with a big, green salad (with homemade ranch, perhaps?) and call it a wonderful night.

Chicken & Spinach White Pizza (THM S)

  • Servings: 4-5
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: Erin Murray, My Fling with Food

Ingredients

    For the dough:
  • 1 1/2 c shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 Tbsp cream cheese (I used 1/3 less fat)
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 c fine almond flour
  • pinch of salt
  • Toppings:
  • 1 heaping cup cooked diced chicken
  • 2 strips cooked bacon, crumbled
  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • 1 clove garlic, grated
  • about 1 cup frozen chopped spinach, thawed and ringed of its water
  • additional 1-2 cups shredded mozzarella
  • 1/4 – 1/2 c grated parmesan cheese
  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp granulated garlic
  • pinch of salt and pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. For the dough, combine the mozzarella and cream cheese in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high for 1 minute at a time until cheeses are fully melted, hot, and stringy.
  3. Add the almond flour and salt.
  4. Add the egg.
  5. Press the dough into a 10-inch round pizza pan, lined with parchment, and perforate with a fork.
  6. Melt the butter and stir in the parsley, granulated garlic, salt, and pepper. Brush the crust (not the outer edge yet) with the butter, and bake for 10 minutes at 375.
  7. Remove the crust, and spread the rest (reserving the parmesan for the end) of the toppings all over the top of the pizza.
  8. Brush the outer crust with the butter mixture, then dust the whole pie with grated parmesan cheese.
  9. Bake at 375 for another 10-12 minutes, or until browned, hot, and bubbly.
  10. Cut and serve!

Chipotle Burrito Bowls at Home (THM S/E/FP)

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Chipotle is a staple in our house. My favorite date night with my kids it to take them to our neighborhood Chipotle, and then next door for cupcakes.

Chipotle is an excellent on-the-go choice, or just for those nights when you can’t cook ANOTHER meal, because they use clean, sustainable ingredients. You know when you’re eating there, that it’s good quality and you can pack in the veggies.

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The meat base of these bowls is boneless skinless chicken breast, because it’s versatile for FP, S, or E meals. I put together my own spice blend using cumin, oregano, smoked paprika, chipotle chile powder, salt, and pepper. I seasoned my chicken liberally with the seasoning, and rubbed it all together.

I then grilled it using my cast iron grill.

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Next we have the pairings! I’ll start with Fuel Pull options. Go simple with some grilled onions and peppers (which I did in a dry cast iron skillet with a touch of salt and pepper), lettuce, copycat Chipotle verde salsa, and maybe a dollop of fat free sour cream with a squeeze of lime juice.

E Options: Use the FP base, add some copycat Chipotle cilantro lime rice to the mix with 1/4 c drained and rinsed black beans and some diced fresh tomatoes.

S Options: Use the FP base with 1/4 c of black beans and some copycat Chipotle guacamole, maybe some shredded queso or Monterrey jack cheese, and diced tomatoes.

Really, it’s that easy! I was able to throw together a Chipotle-style lunch for my family in about 30 minutes, as I had most of it prepped and ready to go.

Meals don’t have to be complicated to taste great. Sometimes all you need are some flavorful, fresh ingredients and a little prep time.

Spice Rubbed Grilled Chicken (FP)

  • Servings: About 4
  • Time: 10 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: Erin Murray, My Fling with Food

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2lbs chicken breast
  • 1 Tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp chipotle chile powder
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano
  • salt and pepper

Directions

  1. Combine the dry ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. Add the chicken to a bowl and sprinkle with the dry rub mixture. Toss the chicken together, coating every inch of it in the spices.
  3. Throw it onto a hot grill and cook through.

Copycat Chipotle Cilantro-Lime Brown Rice (THM E)

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I’m about to throw down an easy, zesty side for your E meals.

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First, a few tips for cooking your rice to perfection every time.

My favorite rice to use for E meals is brown jasmine rice. Yes, it takes a little longer to cook, but it has fantastic flavor and holds its shape well.

I always start by sautéing my rice in a little coconut oil. This gives your rice a little *bite* and prevents it from becoming mushy after cooking. Just sauté the dry rice in a little bit of butter or coconut oil (about 1/2 tsp) on medium-low heat until it starts to change color.

My second best tip is to add flavor to your rice by using broth as your cooking liquid. My favorite to use is chicken broth, but any kind will do so long as it’s low (or no) fat. Even using half broth and half water still adds a ton of flavor to your rice. Nobody likes bland rice, so don’t be afraid to give it a little somethin’-somethin’.

Last, and this is pretty important, do not stir the rice after you add the liquid. Stirring the rice activates the starches (a la risotto), and you’ll end up with soupy instead of fluffy rice. Also, try not to peek on the rice while it cooks.

If your pans have glass tops, it’s very easy to see the rice without having to lift the lid. I hardly ever time my rice, because I always go by the liquid bubbling around the rice. If I can still see bubbles, I keep cooking. No bubbles, turn the heat off and let it sit on the hot eye for about 7-10 minutes so that the remaining liquid has a chance to absorb.

If your pans have opaque tops, then by all means time your rice and lift when necessary towards the end – but no stirring!

Once your rice has cooked and stood with the heat off for at least 10 minutes, add the juice of half a lime and a big handful of fresh chopped cilantro. You want to do this while the rice is still warm so that the juice seeps into the rice grains, but it’s not piping hot to where it’ll turn your cilantro brown.

My favorite tool for getting the most juice out of your limes is to use a hand-held lime squeezer. It helps get the most juice out of your limes and keeps the seeds from jumping into your food.

I told you it was easy! Just 5 ingredients and you’re on your way to a zesty Southwestern side dish for any E meal.

Cilantro-Lime Rice (THM E)

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: Erin Murray, My Fling with Food

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 c brown jasmine rice
  • 3 cups broth (any low or not fat variety) or a mix of half broth and half water
  • 1/2 tsp coconut oil
  • juice of 1/2 a lime
  • big handful of chopped fresh cilantro
  • pinch of salt

Directions

  1. Melt the coconut oil in a medium sauce pan over medium-low heat. Add the uncooked rice and saute until the rice starts to brown (about 5 minutes).
  2. Add the cooking liquid and salt, then cover. Bring to a low boil, then reduce to a rapid simmer for about 20-25 minutes. You should not see bubbles or any liquid around the rice when it’s done.
  3. Turn the heat off and let it sit for about 10 minutes, so the remaining liquid has a chance to absorb.
  4. Uncover, add the lime juice and cilantro, and fluff with a fork. Serve immediately or refrigerate for later use.