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~ Buffalo Chicken Wing Dip ~

DIABETIC FRIENDLY, SUGAR FREE, GLUTEN FREE RECIPE (Dip & Veggies only)

Well peeps it’s that time of the year….Super Bowl is just around the corner.  If you are looking for a completely THM “S”atisfying yummo dip to have, this is the one for YOU!!!

This is also a workplace favorite for food day…that is where I first had it 🙂

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breast cooked and shredded in the crockpot (I used my small crockpot and drained off the liquid…freeze it and use it in your next batch of chicken soup)…I wait until the chicken is on sale for $1.69 per pound and then buy 2 family packs
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup of Frank’s Red Hot sauce to taste (based on $1.99 for 12 ounce bottle = approx. $0.75 – $1.00 for recipe)
  • 12 ounces of whipped cream cheese (you will need to purchase two 8 ounce containers, based on $1.49 each = $2.13 for recipe)
  • 2 -4 ounces of sharp cheddar cheese shredded ($0.45 – $0.90)
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup of Ranch or Blue Cheese dressing to taste ($0.50 – $0.75)
  1. Cook chicken in crockpot, drain off liquid, and shred in the crockpot.
  2. Mix in Frank’s Red Hot sauce, 12 ounces (1 1/2 containers) of WHIPPED cream cheese, shredded cheese, and dressing.
  3. Cook on high for approximately 30 minutes, stirring occassionally…if you can wait that long!!!

TIP:  I added the dressing slowly to get the dip to the desired consistency that appeals to my crowd…we don’t like soggy or mushy.  Drizzle some extra hot sauce on the top in the shape of a football to “decorate” it 🙂

Serve with fresh cut veggies (fresh celery not pictured) and homemade on plan crackers (bake a Joseph’s Lavish – these are NOT gluten free – in the oven at 325 degrees for just at minute or two…keep a close watch or it will burn)…All of this deliciousness for approx. $7.31 – $8.26…serves 6-8 people.

Also, back in September, we posted this football friendly Simple Success – Taco Casserole…you are not going to believe how easy this Game Day Winner Dinner is…my teenage son and his friend went back for seconds (me too…and there was some leftover to have with my salad for work)!!!…Click HERE to see rest of post…

SCORE!!!   TOUCHDOWN!!!

Simple Success ~ Taco Casserole

Ok…you are not going to believe how easy this Game Day Winner Dinner is…my son and his friend went back for seconds (me too…and there was some leftover to have with my salad for work)!!!

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Ingredients:  1 – 2 pounds of cooked ground beef (remember this Chickie cooks for an army to simplify dinner when getting home from work or my son’s sporting events…it’s currently soccer season), 1 – 2 packages of McCormicks Taco Seasoning (one for 1 lb of meat or 2 for 2 lbs of meat), about 3/4 cup of salsa per pound of meat (less for a dryer consistency which is my preference), one small chopped onion (I put mine in the food processor to save time), 3/4 cup water for one package of seasoning or 1.5 cups for 2 packages of seasoning, 1 cup of shredded sharp cheddar cheese (I used a little of Monteray Jack too!)…use as much cheese for your style for your family…my son doesn’t like a whole lot 🙂

Cook your ground beef and drain off fat (I rinsed mine too!)…then add back to the frying pan and saute with the onion for a few minutes.  Add seasoning packet and water, then simmer for about 5 minutes…the key to really flavorful meat is to keep breaking it down into tiny pieces with your spatula.  Let your oven preheat to 350 degrees.

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Now you are ready to start putting it in your family size casserole dish…ground beef first, then salsa…you can mix it in, but I just left it on top cause I’m a Drive Thru Sandy Sue…

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Sprinkle some cheese over the top…

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Bake for approximately 20 minutes and presto, it’s dinner time !!!

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The guys had Tortilla Chips with their’s, and I had mine in trimmifying mode…just scooped on my plate!!!  This can also be served with a side salad for a yummilicious meal 🙂

Next time, I might add some chopped peppers to it or some scallions or black olives to the top…this is a THM Friendly “S” meal (without any chips).

DIABETIC FRIENDLY, SUGAR FREE, GLUTEN FREE RECIPE

Simple Success ~ Chicken Soup

This single mama eats on the fly…but THM is my way of eating for life…being prepared and stocking up the freezer keeps me on track.

When I shop, I buy meat in bulk and usually cook in bulk even though it is only my teen son and myself at home…so here is one of our favorites:

1 – 2 pounds of White Meat Chicken ( I boil this in water when I purchase and freeze the cooked chicken and chicken stock separately (the chicken stock is the water I boiled the chicken in 🙂 )

6 cups of chicken stock and/or 32 oz. of Organic Chicken Broth (I use two 32 oz. containers if I do not have any chicken stock)

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12 radishes cut in quarters

2 cups of green cabbage finely chopped

2 carrots peeled and chopped (with a large recipe like this, this quantity is an insignificant amount of carbs)

1 small to medium onion chopped

1 cup broccoli florets (I add these in for the last minute of cooking before serving)

2 Tablespoons nutritional yeast

1 Tablespoon of Trader Joe’s 21 Seasoning Salute

2 teaspoons Indian curry powder (optional)

2 teaspoons garlic powder ( helps keep sickness away during the winter months, mosquitos away in the summer, and some people too!…if you eat too much 🙂 )

THM Mineral Salt & Pepper to taste

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Place everything in your favorite cooking pot, bring to a boil, then simmer for 30-40 minutes (I use this time to do dishes…a.k.a. decompress from work…and do a few household items while my son does his homework)…then we catch up on the day’s events while eating a bowl of wholesome goodness!!!  I like to pair this with Nuke Queen’s Awesome Bread (FP) lightly toasted with butter and garlic (the use of more than 1 teaspoon of fat will change this to a THM Friendly “S” meal).


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***Note this is definitely a “Drive Thru Sandy Sue” recipe…I use my food processor to individually chop the carrots, onions, and cabbage just by pulsing a couple of times…use your favorite seasonings instead of mine and post a comment to share other ideas…the soup alone is a THM friendly FP recipe 🙂

DIABETIC FRIENDLY, SUGAR FREE, GLUTEN FREE RECIPE

Simple Success ~ Chocolate Pecan Muffin Recipe

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Muffin in a Mug (S)…here is my recipe for my favorite: 1 egg, 2 Tblspn. THM Baking Blend, 1 Tblspn. ground flax meal, 1 Tblspn. Trader Joe’s Unsweetened Cocoa, 1 Tblspn. water, ½ teaspoon baking powder, 2 teaspoons THM Super Sweet Blend, 1 Tblspn. Aldi organic, unrefined, cold pressed coconut oil…all mixed in a mug (consistency should not be thick & pasty, add a drop or two of water if too thick…or runny & loose, add a dash or two of Baking Blend or ground flax meal)…microwave for 45-60 seconds (or bake at 350 degrees for 8 – 10 minutes)…once cooked, I add to the top Buttah, ½ a Tblspn. of nuts, and ½ a Tblspn. of Hershey’s Sugar Free Chocolate Chips…this is perfect for those of you with a hefty appetite in the morning…like me!

Single Mama Simple Success #4

Keeping it simple THM Style…It’s DINNER time 🙂 I love dinner because it is mostly a “S”atisfying Scrumptious time for us…in the Fall and Winter, I use the weekends to prepare meals and utilize the freezer to bulk up for the busy times…in the Summer, it’s anything goes as this is a SUPER busy time for us with family vacation and baseball.

  • Our absolute favorite is Taco Salad…for an “S” we use ground beef and cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and whatever veggies that need to be used up.  Sometimes I’ll drizzle a little ranch dressing on it and other times, I’ll use sour cream…for “E”, we use ground turkey or chicken, black or kidney beans, NO CHEESE…either way I choose to make this dinner, I always put a couple of dollops of salsa on too!  Your kids get to have some healthy tortilla chips, but you should pass on the chips for weight loss mode, especially in an S setting or you will crossover.
  • For Drive Thru Sandy Sue…I’ll get a double cheeseburger at Five Guys (hold the bun), grilled onions, mushrooms and green peppers with mayo and a scant amount of ketchup (not on plan, unless homemade).
  • Meatloaf (takes 5 minutes to mix all the ingredients)…stick it in the pan, shove it in the oven, eat a cheese stick if you are ravenous and make a salad with some kind of dressing with fats (avocado dressing)…my son is not a huge potato or rice guy so that makes it super easy for me.  He gets plenty of carbs elsewhere…pair with cauliflower mashed potatoes (Page 361)…these are super easy, quick, and I add a couple of chunks of cheddar too!
  • I like to cook chicken breasts with the skin on so it doesn’t dry out (but don’t eat the skin in an E setting)…again, stick it in the pan, shove it in the oven…on this “E” dinner night, I will make jazzed up brown rice using Trader Joe’s frozen variety.  Just add a little bit of chicken stock, sea salt, garlic powder, chopped broccoli, maybe a scant pinch of cayenne pepper, and 21 Salute Seasoning also from Trader Joe’s…add a wedge of laughing cow light cheese to make it more like Pearl & Serene’s creamless creamy veggie style, but you will need to melt the cheese in the chicken broth before adding it to the rice.

Friend, success can be simple and remember…KEEP ON TRIMMIN’ OFF!!!

 

Single Mama Simple Success #3

It’s LUNCH TIME…keep it simple chickies…

  • This mama enjoys a Wendy’s Strawberry Fields Full Salad…I skip the sugary dressing and request the regular ranch dressing…because remember THFF (Trim Healthy Friend Forever)…FAT DOESN’T MAKE YOU FAT 🙂
  • Joseph’s Pita (or ½ of a Lavish Wrap) {Oat Bran, Flaxseed & Whole Wheat variety}, deli meat of roast beef, turkey, chicken, or tuna with mayo, veggies…oh and don’t forget the cheese…for an oh so “S”atisfying meal.
  • 2 Slices plan approved bread (sprouted is my favorite), lean deli meat or real turkey, chicken, or tuna, mustard, veggies – for an “E”xtraordinary yummo sandwich.
  • Waldorf Cottage Cheese Salad – E (Page 300) both Michelle and I love this one!
  • One more thing…LEFTOVERS FROM DINNER…but I haven’t talked to you yet about how we do dinner at this crazy busy Mama’s home…so until next time…remember to just keep TRIMMIN’ OFF 🙂

Single Mama Simple Success #2

Keep it simple THFF (Trim Healthy Friend Forever)…This is the second of many posts on little simple meals, snacks, fuel pulls or tips to help keep you on track to keep Trimmin’ Off.  Drink a lot of fluids.  My personal favorite is Good Girl Moonshine (GGMS) with any flavored herbal tea.  I get bored with water in the summer time.

So let’s move on (3-4 hours later of course!) to some MID-MORNING SNACK tips.  So I have had some breakfast at approx. 7am and then around 10-10:30am, I may have one of these:

  1. Muffin in a mug – S (Page 256).
  2. Celery & Peanut Butter – S (I prefer Smuckers Natural Creamy PB).
  3. Cheese Sticks – S or FP (if 5 grams of fat or less).
  4. An apple to dip in Dannon Oikos Triple Zero Greek Yogurt (Coconut Creme, Banana Creme, Strawberry, Mixed Berry or Vanilla).

Oh and don’t forget…we don’t count calories, and WE GET TO EAT UNTIL WE ARE SATISFIED 🙂

Single Mama Simple Success #1

Keep it simple THFF (Trim Healthy Friend Forever)…This is the first of many posts on little simple meals, snacks, fuel pulls or tips to help keep you on track to keep Trimmin’ off.  Drink a lot of fluids.  My personal favorite is Good Girl Moonshine (GGMS) with any flavored herbal tea.  I get bored with water in the summer time.

So let’s start with some BREAKFAST tips.  I don’t always have time to make all the fun drinks, so I start my day off with a glass of barley greens and water (a.k.a. Green Drink) to get my hydration going (this also helps curb my appetite because most of the time I am thirsty, but often reach for food instead), followed by a cup of Oolong Tea.  I have these two drinks while I am getting ready for work.  At around 7:00am, breakfast is any of these:

  1. 2 – 3 Eggs & Bacon, Ham or Sausage – S (and/or veggies)…oh and don’t forget the cheese…remember  “FAT Doesn’t Make You FAT”!
  2. Zucchini Fritter – S (Page 217).
  3. Cottage Cheese (1% or 2% fat) and fruit (E or FP depending on what kind of fruit you use)…see Page 86 for E fruits.  It would be a fuel pull “FP” if you used berries listed on Page 73 (excluding the S Helper list for weight loss mode).
  4. Whey Protein Smoothies are a favorite of mine…Big Boy Smoothie (Page 242)…add coconut oil to make it an “S”, OR use any of the fruits listed on Page 86 for an “E”, OR the recipe in the book for a “FP”.
  5. Fat Stripping Frappa (Page 240)…I drink this on the way to work, then at about 10:30am, I eat Muffin in a Mug (Page 256)…prepared at home.