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Zucchini Lasagna {#THM S Recipe}

zucchini lasagnaI created this recipe for Zucchini Lasagna last year  when we had an over abundance of squash in the garden.  It’s my basic Lasagna recipe that my family loves and the squash worked out perfectly in it!  Using squash as the noodles is a perfect way to lower the carb count of lasagna, and it’s just as delicious (maybe even more so!).   Zucchini Lasagna is a simple and healthy meal.  Serve it with a nice green salad, it makes a complete meal!  My fellas gave it a thumbs up!  You can add any kind of squash you’d like, yellow crookneck, zucchini, pattypan, etc.  You can also slice the squash up into rounds if you prefer.  Zucchini Lasagna is a very versatile recipe.  If you don’t have the squash, it’s simple just to leave it out and make regular ol’ lasagna or try substituting another vegetable like eggplant.




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Baked Pepper Jack Squash {#THM S Recipe}

Baked Pepper Jack Squash

photo credit: Dawn Gagnon via photopin cc

If you’ve ever planted summer squash, you know that it can really take off and you end up with tons upon tons of extra! I know that’s what happens to us, so I love squash recipes so I can use them up while they are plentiful. Of course, we usually give a bunch away to family and friends and even donate to our local food pantry. BTW, food pantries are a great place to get rid of your excess produce. Check with them to make sure, but I know that ours accepts donations of garden fresh produce and it makes me feel like we’re helping our neighbors in need. In fact, I really want to plant a garden just for that purpose, to raise fresh veggies for the food pantry. Anyway, this recipe makes use of one of my family’s most favorite ingredients…cheese. We usually use pepper jack for this recipe.   This makes a great Trim Healthy Mama S side dish or meatless meal.  Well, on to the recipe!



Essential Oil Good Girl Moonshine

Good Girl MoonshineAs I’ve mentioned before, I’ve been trying to start adding more and more of the Trim Healthy Mama lifestyle choices into my diet in recent weeks.  I am really loving the food and think I’ve actually lost a couple of pounds in the few weeks I’ve been trying it (our scale is broken, so I’m not sure).  I do know that I’m feeling great and enjoying some pretty great, healthy, and skinny treats.  Sugar is my downfall on most diets.  But with Trim Healthy Mama there are lots of “sweets” that are good for you, which I think will make this lifestyle easier for me than for ones in the past.  I’m still working my way through the book, so I’m still no expert.  One of the recipes I heard about very quickly when I was investigating this lifestyle was for Good Girl Moonshine.

Good Girl Moonshine is a drink made out of water, Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV), Ginger, and Stevia.  Sounded good to me, but I don’t care for ginger so I had just been using water with the ACV and stevia.   I had to find a different way to flavor it that would still be healthy and beneficial, but be better tasting–enter my doTERRA essential oils!  For months, I’ve been drinking water with citrus oils in them because the are so cleansing to the body.  They help the body melt away the stubborn petrochemicals from the body which like to attach themselves to our fat cells.  Getting those petrochemicals out of our bodies helps to shrink fat cells!  So I decided to give that a try and I discovered that the essential oils make Good Girl Moonshine go from good to FANTASTIC!  So now I’m going to share with you my recipe for Essential Oil Good Girl Moonshine!  Enjoy it, I know I sure do!


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Dilled Cabbage Salad {THM Light S Recipe}

dilled cabbage saladWell, I’ve gone and done it!  I’ve jumped on the Trim Healthy Mama bandwagon.  I’ve been hearing such good things about Trim Healthy Mama, that I had to check it out.  I’m still in the process of reading the book, and I’ll write a review of it when I finally get it done.  But for now, I’m just plugging along with it.  It’s a REALLY long book with lots of information to get through.  From what I’ve read so far, the Trim Healthy Mama lifestyle can very easily work with whole/real/traditional food choices, which makes it nice because I don’t have to add anything that I don’t feel right about eating.  Anyway, I am just absolutely LOVING this book and the recipes that I’ve tried so far have been delish.  While I love the recipes, I want to be sure and modify my family’s favorite recipes to fit into the THM lifestyle.  I’ve been trying to make my lunches THM friendly this week and yesterday I created a new Dilled Cabbage Salad that I really loved!  It mixes two of my favorite things–THM AND doTERRA essential oils!  WOOT for me!  The recipe below uses the Dill Essential Oil that can be found in the Summer Splash kit that contains Dill, Basil, Spearmint, and Tangerine essential oils. If you don’t have dill essential oil, you can always use fresh or dried dill. We are BIG cabbage eaters around here because it’s so inexpensive and I find it much more filling than lettuce.  I served this with a skinless, boneless chicken breast that I cooked on the George Foreman grill.  It was a very filling and satisfying meal and oh so healthy!  So watch for updates each week for how I’m doing with the THM diet.  Now on to the recipe!


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