Fakertot Casserole

Fakertot Casserole is low carb, and full of flavor!

Tater Tot Casserole is one of my all-time favorite comfort food casseroles. After getting braces, my sweet Nanny offered to make a special dinner just for me, anything I wanted. I requested Tater Tot Casserole. And I’ve been missing my favorite casserole since I’ve started the Trim Healthy Mama lifestyle. I don’t miss the pounds it packs on, but I certainly miss the creamy, savory flavor and hearty beef and cheesy goodness. This Fakertot Casserole is an absolutely perfect low-carb version of an old favorite! 

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A letter to my husband on our anniversary

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Dear Scott,

Today we celebrate nine years of marriage. I’ve been looking through wedding pictures, remembering that beautiful day and all the different emotions. And I’m amazed by how much we’ve changed and grown – and stayed the same – throughout the years. Nine years ago we officially became a family and you took on a wife and three kids all at once. It still amazes me. 

The kids are teenagers now, and we have four more running around under our feet. Seven kids! I look at their little faces and just marvel, because if someone would have told me we would have these amazing people in our lives ten years ago when we started dating, I would have laughed. Four more kids with the boy from the newspaper? But here they are, Abigail with your outgoing personality, Harmony with a combination of our hair (poor child), David with your smile, and Gideon will be as big as your dad! Little pieces of you, running around and keeping my day interesting. And as the teenagers are becoming more independent I’ve struggled with extracting my identity from them, finding myself again, and you’re helping me through that painful process, always encouraging me. You’re an amazing husband and father.

I still get butterflies in my stomach when I see you. I wonder if that will still happen when we’re old together. I hope so. 

Yes, we have our days when we’re just annoyed as heck with each other, after all, we’re just a couple of sinners living out Grace together. But the bad days are few and far between. I really can’t think of a couple more happy than we are together. You put up with my horrendous ghetto dance moves when I jam out to 90’s pop music while doing the dishes, and I just shake my head when you rip some awesome air guitar when we’re warming up for a run together. We’re silly and beautiful together with wonderful “your mother” jokes sprinkled throughout compliments and professions of love for each other. Playful shoulder punches and passionate kisses. I hope all our children find that kind of love. 

Thank you for marrying me. You’re everything that is wonderful about my life.

I love you,

Amanda

Trim Healthy Mama Black Bean Quesadillas

Trim Healthy Mama Black Bean Quesadillas

One of the first assumptions when people hear about Trim Healthy Mama is that it’s a low carb lifestyle. Not true! We Trim Healthy Mamas love our carbs! This simple dish features healthy carbs like black beans and brown rice to help keep us energized and losing weight. The Trim Healthy Mama plan wisely includes healthy carbs that are full of fiber. These kinds of carbs are absorbed slowly into our systems, avoiding spikes in blood sugar levels. To keep these quesadillas in an E (energizing) setting on the Trim Healthy Mama plan, we use black beans with low-fat Laughing Cow Cheese and chicken breast. 

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Barbecue Stuffed Buns with Honey Butter Sesame Glaze

Barbecue Stuffed Buns made with Rhodes Frozen Bread Rolls

These delicious, tender buns are filled with smokey barbecued pork and topped with a buttery honey glaze. I love to use up leftover barbecue for this simple, but oh-so-good meal that can easily work as an after school snack for hungry teens. We normally slow-cook a large pork roast with our favorite barbecue sauce and a dash of liquid smoke. After eight hours, simply shred the roast with a fork and allow all the juices to soak into the meat. 

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Sopapilla Cheesecake

Sopapilla Cheesecake

For the past six months I’ve been posting mainly recipes on the Trim Healthy Mama plan. My husband and I have been enjoying some great food and losing a lot of weight. But, my oldest son turned 15 over this week and he requested a beautiful, very non-diet, Sopapilla Cheesecake. What could I do? I had to grant his birthday wish. And a dessert this easy and this delicious just needs to be shared. 

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Trim Healthy Mama Results: our first six months – and a chance to win a book!

Trim Healthy Mama results after six months

My husband, Scott, and I started the Trim Healthy Mama plan on Monday, February 17, 2014. I weighed 205 and was five weeks postpartum after baby number seven. Scott weighed 227 pounds. We were both unhappy with our weight and ready to make some changes. Our bodies hurt, we were tired all the time, we certainly didn’t love our squishy bellies. I had four babies in four short years (I have seven children total) and my body was a bit of a wreck. In between pregnancies I would cut back on calories, trying to stick to a mere 1400-1600 a day, constantly starving but never really seeing any weight loss. I would begin intense exercise programs – but my body was so sluggish and often in pain, I didn’t enjoy exercising at all. During my pregnancies I would give up and eat whatever the heck I wanted. And being the awesome supportive husband he is, Scott would join me. We both love food, and we really love making delicious dishes to share with each other. Our love sort of grew… in the form of spare tires. 

Finally, while I was pregnant with baby number seven a dear friend started her Trim Healthy Mama journey. I remember hearing she was changing her eating habits and her mom was joining her. I saw her at various get togethers and I could see she was losing weight. I thought it was neat and I was happy for her and her mother, but it didn’t click for me. And then she visited me in the hospital after I had little Gideon. I hadn’t seen her for a couple of months and I was blown away! She looked absolutely fantastic! I knew she hadn’t been on the Trim Healthy Mama plan for long, but she had reached her goal weight and was glowing with health and confidence. Right then and there I told myself I was going to do what she did. I wanted to glow like that. I wanted my husband to be healthy. A few weeks later I ordered my book and got started.

Our Trim Healthy Mama results have been nothing short of AMAZING.

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Trim Healthy Mama Pot Roast with Gravy

Trim Healthy Mama Pot Roast with Gravy

Diet food… it’s tough. Yes, I have to survive on Lemon Butter Cake, Pork Rind Pork Chops, Mozzarella-filled Mini Meatloaves, Strawberry Cupcakes, and French Toast. Y’all should just feel sorry for me. I’m wasting away! I’ve lost 40 pounds in five months. And I get to eat amazing food. I talk about it all the time these days, but I really LOVE Trim Healthy Mama. It’s so easy to tweak all my favorite foods into new, healthy dishes, like this delicious melt-in-your-mouth pot roast with gravy.

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