Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Kale Soup

Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Kale Soup from thecoersfamily.com

This soup has the most delicious base made with chopped bacon, green chilies, onions and celery and rounded out with butter and cream cheese. You could cook a tractor tire in that base and it would be fantastic. I’m all about that base. Bout that base… (no treble).  Okay, I’m sorry. I had to. Seriously, though. This soup is fabulous. Full of fresh broccoli and kale – it’s a healthy dinner to keep you warm on a cold winter night. 

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Trim Healthy Mama Chocolate Banana Bread

Trim Healthy Mama Chocolate Banana Bread (E) from thecoersfamily.com

 This banana bread is packed with protein and could easily serve as a delightful breakfast. Bananas are high on the glycemic index and can cause spikes in blood sugar. While in weight-loss mode on the Trim Healthy Mama plan it’s best to use bananas sparingly, and always in an E (energizing) meal. This banana bread only has one banana for the entire loaf. You can use two and it will be fine – but I like to take it easy on the ‘nanas. 

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Trim Healthy Mama Snickers Hot Cocoa

Trim Healthy Mama Snickers Hot Cocoa

Who doesn’t love a mug of warm chocolatey goodness? I’m a sucker for Snickers y’all. Peanuts and caramel and chocolate…. oh my. A local coffee shop sells a fabulous Snickers Latte and I’m in love with it. It could definitely wreck all my wonderful progress on the Trim Healthy Mama plan. Thankfully I’ve made a sugar-free version that’s right on plan. It even has a scoop of protein powder to keep my blood sugar nice and regulated and ward of any snacking urges.

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Egg White Oatmeal

egg white oatmeal from thecoersfamily.com

Now that the weather is finally a little cooler around here, I’ve been enjoying a nice warm bowl of oatmeal in the mornings. Thanks to the wonderful things I’ve learned following the Trim Healthy Mama plan, I know it’s best to pair healthy carbs like oatmeal with a protein source. I’ve tried putting protein powder in my oatmeal and I wasn’t too thrilled about the chalky graininess. Following a few other Trim Healthy Mamas on TwoGrand, I discovered you can put egg whites in your oatmeal! I know, you’re making the face I made when I first heard about it. Trust me on this, it’s fabulous.

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Baked Sicilian Chicken Penne with McCormick’s new Skillet Sauce

Baked Sicilian Chicken Penna made with McCormick's Skillet Sauce

With seven kids running around, I’m always on the lookout for quick and easy dinners. I was recently invited to review McCormick’s new Skillet Sauces and I was very interested in their seven different sauces. Sometimes it’s just absolute pandaemonium around here. Anytime I can cut a few steps out of dinner, you can count me in, brother! McCormick’s Skillet Sauces handle all the seasoning and sauce for a dish. And that’s perfect for those days when I have one twin hanging from each leg, a baby on my hip, a three year old running circles around the table, and three hungry teens asking when dinner will be ready.

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Trim Healthy Mama style Dirt-E Rice

Trim Healthy Mama Dirt-E Rice from thecoersfamily.com

My husband’s grandmother has a little Cajun in her family line. She makes some outstanding Cajun food and my husband has a taste for her flavorful, down-home comfort food. I’m always on the lookout for Cajun style dishes to feed my hubby. For several years we’ve loved this fantastic and easy Dirty Rice recipe from SouthernPlate.com. Since starting Trim Healthy Mama we’ve been missing some of our favorite Cajun dishes. This Dirt-E Rice recipe is Trim Healthy Mama friendly as an E (energizing) meal with brown rice, lean ground turkey and red beans. 

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Praise Her At The City Gates

PraiseHerAtTheCityGates

Our friend Brian Potter has written a poignant and beautiful post. He’s seen his wife, doing the little things wives, mothers, and all women do. He’s seen her work go unnoticed and unappreciated, as the daily deeds of women so often do. And he’s been spurred to action. Brian has decided to praise his wife every day for the month of October, and he’s valiantly called upon all men to do the same for the special women in their lives. He’s even penned a cool hashtag for this grand commission: #PraiseHerAtTheCityGates

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