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.

Teriyaki Chicken and Shiitake Lettuce Wraps (THM FP)

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This will probably make me sound weird, but I don’t care – I love lettuce. All of it: leafy, crunchy, green, grassy lettuce. [Maybe I’m half rabbit?] It’s so versatile and refreshing, plus it’s AWESOME for you.

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I used ground chicken as the protein for these wraps, but you could also use ground turkey or pork, if that’s your thing. I find chicken to be a “blank canvas” that you can make into pretty much anything. I sautéed  it with onions, garlic, shredded carrots, and shiitake mushrooms, then seasoned it with mild curry powder and ground coriander. At the end, I added a few chopped water chestnuts for more crunch factor.

I tossed it all in one batch of my paleo Teriyaki Sauce for a flavorful, slightly sweet and mildly spicy finish.

Lettuce is the crispy, crunchy vehicle for the savory, flavorful chicken and mushroom stuffing. And don’t be fooled – if you choose a lettuce with large enough leaves, you can really pack it in there. I had some leftover iceberg that I used for these, which worked perfectly because the leaves are big, sturdy, and foldable. But, really, the sky’s the limit on what you could use – green leaf, butter lettuce, red leaf, romaine, you could even use cabbage leaves!

This was also an awesome make-ahead meal for lunch or dinner. All I had to do was gently heat up the chicken mixture, put it into my lettuce leaves and top it – SO EASY. Same thing can be done for lunch – just keep the chicken mixture and lettuce/topping separate so that nothing gets soggy or wilted. Toss it together at the last minute, and enjoy!

Since this is a THM FP, it’s low in both carbs and fat so you can make it what you want. Pair it with some fluffy brown rice and veggies for an E meal. Have an extra wrap for a light S. Pair is with some peanut satay zoodles for a Deep S.

Chicken & Shiitake Lettuce Wraps (THM FP)

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

Ingredients

  • 1lb ground chicken
  • 1/2 small red onion, diced
  • 3 oz shiitake mushrooms, stems removed, diced
  • 1/2 medium carrot, finely grated
  • 1/4 c chopped water chestnuts
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp mild curry powder
  • 3/4 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 batch of Paleo Teriyaki Sauce
  • Lettuce of choice (I used iceberg leaves)
  • Toppings of choice: fresh sliced radishes, bean sprouts, alfalfa sprouts, cilantro, chili sauce, scallions, etc.

Directions

  1. Heat a large, deep sauté pan over medium heat with a spritz of coconut oil spray. Brown the chicken, breaking it up with the back of a wooden spoon or spatula, and season with curry powder, coriander, salt, and pepper.
  2. Add the mushrooms, onions, garlic, and carrots and continue cooking until onions are soft.
  3. Turn off the heat, add the chopped water chestnuts, and toss everything in the Teriyaki Sauce.
  4. Cool the mixture slightly before filling your lettuce cups with it to prevent wilting. Enjoy!

Easy Paleo Teriyaki Sauce (THM FP)

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Teriyaki Sauce is incredibly easy to make and so versatile. Use it for lettuce wraps, stir fry, burgers, salads, and more! This recipe uses just 5 easy ingredients, and it comes together in about 5 minutes. How easy is that?

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The base of this sauce is Raw Coconut Aminos. If you’re unfamiliar with coconut aminos, it’s simply coconut sap (which is sugar free, gluten free, low glycemic, and soy free) which is an abundant source of different amino acids. You use it just like you would soy sauce, and it has 65% less sodium than soy sauce. It’s also non-GMO! If soy doesn’t bother you, you can also sub Bragg Liquid Aminos, which is also gluten free, low glycemic, and non-GMO.

Into the aminos, you grate one clove of garlic and about 1/2 an inch of fresh ginger. I always use a fine hand grater for grating things like ginger and garlic. It always cuts it small, and you can grate it straight into your bowl/pan/whathaveyou. Just makes life a touch easier.^_~ I also have a great trick for grating ginger – ginger is a root and tends to be tough to grate when it’s at room temperature. So, when I bring home a root of ginger from the store, I cut it down into 1-inch pieces (no need to peel, the grater will take care of that), place it in a sandwich bag, and throw it in the freezer. Frozen ginger is MUCH easier to grate – it almost looks like snow when you grate it into your dishes. Plus, keeping it in the freezer prevents it from going bad before you have a chance to use it. Bonus!

Finally, throw in one packet of Truvia, because Teriyaki sauce is always a little sweet, then whisk in a little xanthan gum.

Place the mixture into a small sauce pan, and heat on low until it’s thickened. Really, it’s that easy!

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You can use it right away, or place it into an airtight container for later use.

Paleo Teriyaki Sauce (THM FP)

  • Servings: Multiple, Make 1/2 c sauce
  • Time: 7 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: Erin Murray, My Fling with Food

Ingredients


Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a small sauce pan set over low heat.
  2. Heat through gently, whisking occasionally, until sauce is thickened. Remove from heat and use immediately or cool before storage.

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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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Salted Caramel Spice Cake (THM S)

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Let me go ahead and put this out there – this cake took me two tries. Not only did it stick to my non-stick, sprayed pan (GRR!) but also the flavor needed adjusting. However, in my absolute need to make the second cake a good one (as I was running out of ingredients), I concocted this amazingly flavorful cake.

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My little dude just turned 2 before Thanksgiving, and for his birthday I like to make Fall or Winter-inspired cakes. Last year, my mother-in-love made him an amazing pumpkin spice cake that he (and the rest of us) gobbled right up. This year, I wanted to do something a little different, but still keeping with a seasonal theme.

Enter – spice cake.

Warm spices are something I live for this time of year, and a newly discovered favorite addition is cardamom. Cardamom isn’t warm like cinnamon or cloves – it’s more floral like lavender, and complements the other spices with which it’s paired.

This cake is spiced with cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, cardamom, and molasses for a deeply intense flavor. [The cake itself is dairy free, so if you need to go that route on the frosting as well, I suggest one of the dairy-free icings (pg. 309)  in the Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook.]

Once the layers were cooling on the rack, I soaked them with warm salted caramel sauce. [YUM.] If the layers cool before you’re able to put the caramel on, that’s fine too. The caramel does stiffen slightly [like a glaze, almost] once it cools to room temperature, so you won’t have any issues when you try to frost. It should glide right over the glaze like a big, fluffy cream cheese blanket (Can you tell I like frosting?).

I finished it with vanilla mascarpone cream cheese frosting and chopped toasted pecans. If mascarpone cheese is unfamiliar to you, it’s basically an Italian sweet, and slightly softer, version of cream cheese. It does have a few carbs with it, so I only use a touch of  it in this recipe. I usually find mascarpone in the specialty cheese section of my grocery store. If you don’t have it, or your grocer doesn’t carry it, you can just replace it with extra cream cheese.

The layers are moist and spicy, while the frosting is fluffy and creamy; finished with crunchy pecans, and you have a real holiday winner.

*TIP: When you’re stacking the cake on your display stand, cover the stand underneath the cake with pieces of parchment paper. I rip a small square of it to cover the edges of the cake, but are still small enough to easily pull out later. This way, you can be as messy as you like while frosting it, then pull the paper out when you’re done and all the mess goes with it.

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Salted Caramel Spice Cake (THM S)

  • Servings: 16-18
  • Time: 2 hours
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: Erin Murray, My Fling with Food

Ingredients


Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Combine dry ingredients with spices and sweetener in a small bowl. In a separate large bowl, beat together the eggs and yolk, coconut milk, almond milk, vinegar, molasses, and melted coconut oil.
  3. Begin adding the dry ingredients into the wet mixture in two batches, being careful not to over-mix.
  4. Prepare two 8-in round cake pans by cutting two circles of parchment paper for the bottom.* [You do not want to skip this step, otherwise your cake may not come out. Trust me, I lived it on my first attempt.] Lightly spray the parchment and sides of your pan with coconut oil.
  5. Pour the batter evenly between the two pans, and gently tap the pan (picking it up a bit and then lightly dropping it evenly) against a flat surface to release any air bubbles. Bake in at 350 degree oven for 30-35mins, or until an inserted toothpick comes out cleanly.

Salted Caramel Glaze (THM S)

  • Servings: 1 cup*
  • Time: 10 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: Erin Murray, My Fling with Food

Ingredients


Directions

  1. Add the first 4 ingredients in a sauce pan over medium heat. *[The coconut sugar is optional. It adds a negligible amount of carbs and sugar per serving, less than 1g each. You can do molasses instead if you’re sensitive to blood sugar spikes.] Bring mixture to a boil and continue boiling carefully for 6-8 minutes, stirring constantly. The coconut sugar will caramelize slightly, and some of the liquid will evaporate off. Keep the heat at or below medium (about 4 on an electric range) to prevent the sugar from burning.
  2. Remove from the heat, whisk in butter and cream. Whisk in table salt, and sprinkle in sea salt.
  3. Cool for about 5-7 minutes, then spoon the mixture over both cake layers.

Vanilla Mascarpone Cream Cheese Icing (THM S)

  • Servings: 16-18*
  • Time: 8 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: Erin Murray, My Fling with Food

Ingredients

  • 3 blocks softened cream cheese
  • 1 1/2 sticks unsalted, softened butter
  • 1/4 c heavy cream
  • 1/3 c mascarpone cheese (chilled is fine, as the cheese is soft)
  • 1/4 c Pyure or Gentle Sweet* *(If using GS, grind it in a blender cup or spice grinder)
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp vanilla bean paste (vanilla beans from the pods work also, or an extra 2 tsp vanilla extract)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 pinches salt
  • about 1 c chopped, toasted pecans

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients except nuts in a large bowl and whip with a stand mixer (or with a handheld electric mixer) on medium-high speed until everything is fluffy and well-incorporated. Adjust for sweetness, if needed. *[This recipe makes enough to abundantly coat between the layers and outside of the cake. If your sweetener has a little “crunch” in your icing, don’t worry, it does break down once the frosting has a chance to set.]
  2. Coat the completely cooled layers with the icing, and stack. Finish the sides and top of the cake. [I like a more rustic, “homemade” look so I don’t spend a ton of making the edging perfect.]
  3. Cover the top of the cake with the chopped pecans. Store at room temperature for immediate serving, or in the fridge if you’re serving the next day.