Cucumber Tomato Avocado Relish

 

Salmon Cake Spinach Salad

I’ve shared previously with you my Waffle Iron Salmon Cake recipe using coconut flour like  Bob’s Red Mill Organic Coconut Flour.

Today I’m going to share an awesome relish that goes perfectly with the Salmon Cakes (or burgers or grilled chicken… the uses are endless!)

Cucumber Tomato Avocado Relish

This relish is a great compliment because of all the textures and flavors it adds to any dish.

The cucumber adds a nice crunch with a clean fresh flavor.

The tomato adds a mild sweetness.

The avocado adds a smooth, creamy texture to hold it all together. read more

Summer Broccoli Salad

Summer Broccoli Salad

 

Summer is finally on its way! We are having a neighborhood cookout today to celebrate the warmer weather and longer days. I wanted to bring something somewhat healthy, because it is so easy to bring something unhealthy to parties and celebrations.

 

This is one of my favorite salads. Broccoli Salad filled with vegetables and satisfying cheese and dressing – yum!

 

This may be a crossover because of the carbs from the raisins, but it is still lower in carbs than most salads (and you could drop the raisins of course!). My mom used to buy this salad at the grocery store, then we learned how to make it ourselves. read more

Easy Baked Chicken Fajita Salad

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 Easy Baked Chicken Fajita Salad

It is no stretch of the imagination to say that we LOVE Mexican food. I could eat it every week and it would not get old. I craved so much Mexican food while I was pregnant with both of my girls. When I was dealing with Gestational Diabetes, I had to be very careful of not indulging in the rice, beans, and tortillas. These Easy Baked Chicken Fajita Salads became a staple meal for us.

I saw several recipes floating around Pinterest before I decided to make it myself and tweak it into my own recipe. These are quite healthy too. Garlic and Cayenne are wonderful spices for your health and help you detox. read more

Why I am a Trim Healthy Mama

 

Adapted from: http://www.flickr.com/photos/stmaartenpiloot/6485367553/Why I am a Trim Healthy Mama

I like to eat. I really enjoy food. I look at recipes for fun. I don’t think I am the only one, but who knows I’m crazy like that. 

I used to think that to be thin you had to starve yourself and work out all the time. This thought process didn’t last long, thankfully, and I was able to heal my body with eating a whole food diet. However, I’m pretty sure I messed up my body’s ability to process sugar with going long periods without food or over exercising.  read more

Low Carb Faux-tato Salad

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Low Carb Radish “Potato” Salad

 

I may have mentioned before that I am a Louisiana girl. With all this winter and cold, I had to pull out my huge soup pot to make a pot of gumbo. The way I like to eat gumbo is with potato salad and rice. I needed to transform this very high carby meal into a lower carb one. First I made rice using cauliflower. Next I made my gumbo with no roux making it low carb as well. 

I had done some research and found that radishes were pretty low carb and similar in texture to potatoes. I figured I would try to turn my potato salad into a Radish “Faux-tato” Salad. Adam and I both really loved it. Adam was very skeptical at first. I had mad potato salad using red potatoes before, and it looked very similar in color. Adam said that is exceeded his expectations. read more

7 Ways to Use Cranberry Sauce

cranberriesCranberries are in season! I love cranberries for many reasons.

They are tart and add a nice flavor to turkey and dressing on Thanksgiving. They are great paired with pumpkin in muffins and breads. And they make a great No Sugar Added Cranberry Sauce!

They are also very healthy for you!

Cranberries are high in antioxidants. They are great for keeping your urinary track healthy. Cranberries are considered one of the World’s Healthiest Foods. It is very high in vitamin C, so it will keep you healthy during the sick season.

Here are my top picks for using cranberries this season:

1) Eat it with Oatmeal

Cook 1/2 cup of oats with 3/4 cups of water and 1/4 cup of cranberry sauce. Season with salt and stevia. Top with some stevia sweetened greek yogurt!

2) Use as a spread or topping on bread

My No Sugar Added Cranberry sauce is a Fuel Pull (meaning low carbs and low fat for Trim healthy Mamas) so it could be on a piece of sourdough bread or some coconut flour bread or almond flour bread.  read more

Pregnancy Update: Entering the 3rd Trimester

On Sunday, I officially entered my 3rd trimester!!!

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I don’t think the second trimester was as easy as I would have hoped… I continued to be tired off and on. The nausea ended around 15 weeks, so thankfully that wasn’t an issue. I started taking Floradix iron supplements around 20 weeks or so to help with my energy – and I really could tell a difference at first. I’m continuing to take New Chapter Organics prenatals, Calcium/Magnesium supplements called Coral Legends Plus, Drenamin by Standard Process, Chromium – which is supposed to help with your ability to metabolize sugars and Fermented Cod Liver oil by Green Pastures. read more

Happy New Years!

It’s the start of a new year. The time to reflect on what has happened the last 365 days for better or for worse.

Happy new year

I am trying to slowly come out of the morning sickness fog and focus on growing a little person now.

So for that one goal this year: To have a healthy pregnancy and baby… I have a few sub goals that I will try to follow.

1) Take my Cod liver oil everyday.

41cc7jSpB9L._SL500_AA300_Pregnant women are supposed to have 1.5 teaspoons a day. I have been trying to down the chocolate gel that Aidalyn loves so much, but sadly it has come up far to many times. I just ordered capsules from Green Pastures that are butter blend/cod liver oil. That should help with Vitamins A and D. read more

Happy 40-something Steve!

Happy Birthday Steve!

We had such a great time with our dear friends Steve and Tamsy last week. They invited us over for dinner to celebrate Steve’s Birthday. Besides a wonderful meal, Steve has just planted his garden for the summer and I had to show you all.

Steve grilled chicken, steak, squash and zucchini – plus deer meat in a skillet. Becca, Steve and Tamsy’s daughter, made homemade smashed potatoes and biscuits. I made a huge salad and roasted asparagus. read more

Grassfed Beef Burgers with a Mexican twist

It’s almost summer time and burgers are perfect on a bed of greens for a lazy meal.

Last night, I had to fend for myself for dinner. Adam had band practice prepping for the – HUGE EASTER SERVICE YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS – which meant that I was going solo for dinner.

While I don’t mind cooking for the most part, I don’t like to fuss too much if I’m just cooking for myself… Also, I was really hungry and needed something in my belly fast!

I ended up making burgers with some grassfed beef I had in the fridge from the farmer’s market. I seasoned it with salt, garlic powder, pepper, and Italian seasonings. I added one egg and about a 1/4 cup of buckwheat to stretch it a little (not sure if it actually did or not). Then gets the messy/fun part – I stuck my hands in the meat and mixed everything in. I made several patties – I think I made 6 or so with one pound. read more