Trim Healthy Mama Fuel Cycle: My first day

As I mentioned in my last post, I decided to do a Trim Healthy Mama fuel cycle. A fuel cycle is designed to wake up your metabolism. It’s not for people new to Trim Healthy Mama. It’s recommended for those who have been on plan for a long time and have mastered the concepts, but who have a bit of stubborn weight hanging on.

Trim Healthy Mama Fuel Cycle

I’m hoping to lose a bit of “fluff” around my waist and belly, sadly a problem area for les femmes d’une certaine age. I think also I’ve gotten a bit lazy in my diet lately. While I’m on plan 90% of the time, I don’t eat enough Deep S meals, or Fuel Pull meals. Maybe this will help me discover some new favorites and remind me of the importance of JUGGLING the fuels!

I also chose to do the fuel cycle for only one week, instead of two. I don’t want to lose a lot, just a couple of pounds that hopefully will come off my waist and belly. I’ll update every day on what I’m eating as well as my thoughts on the fuel cycle process.

If you want to know how to do a Trim Healthy Mama fuel cycle, you must read the book! If you haven’t already, go here to get a copy for around $12 on Amazon.

Trim Healthy Mama Fuel Cycle

This is my very first time doing a fuel cycle, so I made things easier on myself by getting prepared. I created a Fuel Cycle pinterest board and added meal plans. I read about other people’s experiences. I made a meal plan for the week, down to the snacks, so I wouldn’t have to think about what to eat.

Trim Healthy Mama Fuel Cycle

Starting weight: 124.2
Waist circumference: 29″

Here I am, in my messy pajamas still, first thing in the morning. (Funny note: I actually weighed myself a few minutes earlier and the scale said 126. Then I used the bathroom. For kicks and giggles, I decided to weigh myself again, and I had “lost” 2 pounds. Ha!)

The Fuel Cycle days will look like this:

Day One: Deep S
Day Two: Deep S
Day Three: E fuel
Day Four: E fuel
Day Five: Fuel Pull
Day Six: Fuel Pull
Day Seven: Deep S, Deep S, E
Fuel Cycle Results!

Fuel Cycle Day One – Deep S Day

Breakfast (6 AM) – 2 eggs fried in butter with sauteed kale, 4 strips of bacon and a Trimmy Rich.

Trim Healthy Mama Fuel Cycle

Snack (9 AM) –  fried egg (I was going to have something else, but this was left over from breakfast, so I had it so it wouldn’t go to waste), Trimmy made with Teeccino (see my review of Teeccino herbal coffee here).

Lunch (12:30 PM) – Green salad with cucumbers and seasoned chicken. I sauteed the chicken in butter and Cajun seasonings with added chili powder and onion powder. The salad dressing was a simple olive oil and ACV vinaigrette. I enjoyed a Roobios Shrinker after my meal.

Trim Healthy Mama Fuel Cycle
Snack (3:30 PM) – Deep S Hot Custard (thanks Briana, you are amazing!). The custard was delicious and so easy, but I still felt STARVING after I ate it, so I cooked a chicken breast in butter and seasonings (left over from lunch), along with pan-sauteed kale and a Trimmy.

I recall being VERY hungry the first week or two on Trim Healthy Mama. I think because I’ve always had issues with low blood sugar, and it was hard for me to adjust to fewer carbs. I found that I felt better with S helpers some of the time instead of regular S meals.

At this point in the day I’m feeling a mild headache. I’m not sure if I’m in ketosis or detoxing or what. I took a nap! I drank a big glass of water too. (Maybe I’m not drinking enough?) Then I made myself a GGMS to sip on.

Dinner (6:30 PM) – Faux Taco Salad – a huge plate of lettuce topped with seasoned ground turkey, black olives and cucumbers and lots of Tabasco to tickle my taste buds. I had a few pieces of Skinny Chocolate for dessert.

Thoughts on the first day of my fuel cycle:

  • I love Hot Custard. This one’s a keeper.
  • I need to eat more kale with eggs. So yummy. When I first began THM, I ate fried eggs with greens a lot, but got out of the habit.

I’ll be back tomorrow, another Deep S day, for an update.

Have you ever done a Fuel Cycle on Trim Healthy Mama? What were your experiences?

Trim Healthy Mama Sample Meal Plan

I often post a Trim Healthy Mama Sample Meal Plan here. If you’re struggling to figure out what to eat on THM, check back here regularly. The sample meal plan includes breakfast, lunch, snack, dinner and sometimes dessert ideas.

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Trim Healthy Mama Sample Meal Plan

Recipes with an asterisk * come from the TrimHealthyMama cookbook.

Trim Healthy Mama Sample Meal Plan

Day One

B: Coffee, 2 TrimHealthyMama-compliant donuts (recipes in the THM cookbook or online, like this Glazed Crumb Donut) – S fuel
L: Homemade chicken and vegetable soup with white beans, slice of Nuke Queen bread – E fuel
S: Sheri Graham’s chocolate mug cake, topped with *Peanut Junky butter – FP
D: *Tilapia Veracruz with brown rice – E fuel


Day Two

B: *Apple-cinnamon muffin topped with 0% Greek yogurt (add a bit of stevia to the yogurt), *Trimmy beverage – E fuel
L: Tuna with mayo on 2 slices Nuke Queen or *Swiss Bread, side salad with creamy dressing and cucumbers – S fuel
S: 1/2 a sliced apple dipped in *Peanut Junky butter – E fuel
D: Chicken Salad Taco Bowl – cook chicken breasts in Mexican spices (use on-plan cooking spray in a non-stick pan), serve on top of a green salad. Use up to a tablespoon low-fat sour cream mixed with salsa as the dressing. Top with diced tomato, cucumber, jalapenos, cilantro. FP if served as is, E fuel if you add beans.
Dessert: *Cottage Berry Whip

Day Three

B: Oatmeal (served as Chocolate or Banana oatmeal), *Trimmy light of choice – E fuel
L: *Quick Black Bean Soup, slice of Nuke Queen bread – E fuel
S: *Fat Stripping Frappa, any flavor – FP
D: Homemade Pizza on THM-compliant crust (I love the Perfect crust from the cookbook!) with all the toppings!


Day Four

B: *Skinny chocolate chip muffin, coffee – S fuel
L: Poached chicken breast (cook in a small amount of broth) with non-starchy veggies of choice (cook these in broth too for more flavor) – FP fuel
S: Ginger snap cookies, *Trimmy beverage – S fuel
D: *Cowboy Grub served over brown rice – E fuel

Day Five

B: *Strawberry Cream Shake – S fuel
L: *Sweet Potato Oat soup – E fuel (if this combo sounds odd in a soup, I urge you to try it anyway, it’s a family favorite!)
S: *Trimmy beverage of choice, a few almonds – S fuel
D: Minestrone Soup with on-plan bread such as *Swiss bread or Nuke Queen bread – E

Day Six

B: *Banana Nut Muffin, coffee – S fuel
L: White Chicken Chili, on-plan bread – E fuel (white chicken chili is made from chicken broth, chicken breast, white beans of choice, and diced onion/celery/garlic, season with cumin, salt and pepper)
S: *Shake Gone Nuts – FP
D: *Skinny Sloppy Joes on *Swiss Bread, pan-fried garlicky kale – S

Fried egg on top of garlicky sauteed kale
Fried egg on top of garlicky sauteed kale

Day Seven

B:  Coffee, fried egg served on top of garlicky sauteed greens – S fuel
L: *Egg roll in a bowl with brown rice – E fuel
S: Autumn Trimmy (be sure to add collagen and whey protein to make this a real snack)
D: *Lazy Lasagne, side salad with creamy dressing – S fuel
D: Hot Fudge Sundae! Take a piece of *Trimtastic Zucchini Cake, put a bit of dark chocolate on top, melt in the microwave, then top with real whipped cream (with a dash of stevia added).

Hot Fudge Sundae
Hot Fudge Sundae

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Trim Healthy Mama Meal Plan

I often share my weekly Trim Healthy Mama Meal Plan. If you’re struggling to figure out what to eat on THM, check back here for a free sample Trim Healthy Mama meal plan. It includes breakfast, lunch, snack, dinner and sometimes dessert ideas.

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This week’s Trim Healthy Mama meal plan contains a lot of Fuel Pulls.

You might want to bookmark this one for January when you want to lighten things if you indulged in heavy foods in November and December!

Trim Healthy Mama Meal Plan

Recipes with an asterisk come from the TrimHealthyMama cookbook

Trim Healthy Mama Meal Plan

Day One

B: Oaty Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake in a Mug, Trimmy beverage of choice (remember to add collagen for extra protein and to help you feel full) – Fuel Pull
L: Large green salad with diced turkey, Fuel Pull Ranch dressing, tomatoes, cucumbers and garbanzo beans, serve with toasted Swiss Bread with optional *Slim Belly Jelly – E fuel
S: *Cottage Berry Whip – FP
D: *Chicken Parmy (I made this for the first time recently and thought, “Where have you been all my life?!”. Everyone loved it and it’s a definite favorite now.) served atop zoodles – S fuel

Day Two

B: Veggie scramble with cheese – cook your favorite non-starchy vegetables in butter or coconut oil, add 2 eggs and a sprinkle of Parmesan – S fuel
L: *Easy Black Bean Soup (if you don’t have the cookbook, just add a can of black beans, broth and salsa to a saucepan with cumin, salt and pepper) – served with *Swiss Bread – E fuel
S: Cake Batter Shake – FP
D: Fuel Pull Stuffed Peppers – FP

Day Three

B: Fuel Pull Refrigerator Oatmeal, Trimmy beverage – Fuel Pull
L: *Sweet Potato on steroids – small sweet potato, baked, topped with chopped chicken or ground turkey or cottage cheese, non-starchy vegetables and seasonings (I like Cajun) – E fuel
S: Fuel Pull Peanut Butter Blondie – FP
D: *Meatballs in Cream Sauce, *green “fries”, mashed cauliflower – S fuel

Trim Healthy Mama Meal Plan: Banana Cream Oatmeal
Trim Healthy Mama Meal Plan: Banana Cream Oatmeal

Day Four

B: Banana Cream Oatmeal – Enjoy with a Trimmy beverage (FP) – E fuel
L: Ham and cheese sandwich on *Swiss bread or other on-plan bread, side salad – S fuel
S: 0% Greek yogurt with the juice of a Meyer lemon squeezed in, add stevia – FP
D: Mustard pork chops (pan fried with 1 tsp fat, after chops are browned, remove them to a plate, then make a pan sauce with a bit of white wine and/or chicken broth and mustard, salt and pepper) with sauteed green beans, lemon pepper broccoli – Fuel Pull

Day Five

B: Instant Cheesecake – S fuel
L: Vegetable Soup – cook onions, carrots, celery, add broth, desired vegetables and seasonings, and garbanzos or white beans, add *Swiss bread or other on-plan bread – E fuel
S: Briana Thomas’ Chocolate Dreamy – the best FP okra shake I’ve ever had!
D: Jalapeno Popper Chicken Casserole, green salad with creamy or Italian dressing

Day Six

B: Low Carb Orange Streusel Muffin, Trimmy beverage of choice- Fuel Pull
L: Cabbage Roll in a Bowl (follow FP directions)
S: A few almonds and half a small bar of dark chocolate – S fuel
D: Lemon-pepper Fish (choose any white fish you like, baked in a bit of broth or white wine, sprinkled with lemon pepper and lemon juice), brown rice, “honey” carrots (chop carrots and simmer in water until cooked, then sprinkle with a tiny bit of stevia) – E fuel

Day Seven

B: Pumpkin Waffle (follow FP directions), Trimmy drink of choice – Fuel Pull
L: Bean burrito made with an on-plan wrap (such as the Wonder Wrap in the cookbook), topped with lettuce, diced tomatoes and/or salsa, up to 1 T shredded cheese or a dab of low fat sour cream – E fuel
S:  Yogurt bowl. Put 1 cup 0% Greek yogurt in a bowl, add flavor extracts of choice, top with 1/4 cup diced berries – Fuel Pull
D: Green Chicken Enchilada Cauliflower Casserole with green salad (top with avocado and chopped tomato with creamy dressing) – S fuel

Remember: if you don’t feel full after eating Fuel Pull meals and snacks, you can always add more non-starchy vegetables! Non-starchies are the KEY to feeling sated and not gaining weight by consuming excess calories.

So for example if you’re still hungry after eating an E fuel lunch, grab some carrots or celery and dip them into 0% Greek yogurt (season it with onion and garlic powder and a dab of stevia, salt and pepper).

When you eat dinner, fill your plate half full of vegetables, then add your protein. All that fiber and water will fill your belly.

See more sample Trim Healthy Mama Meal Plan posts here.

Trim Healthy Mama Weekly Meal Plan

Instead of posting my THM food journal, as I did for several months, I now publish a Trim Healthy Mama weekly meal plan. See all the posts tagged “sample TrimHealthyMama meal plans” here.

There are a couple of reasons for this change. For one, I’m at goal weight and find that I need to eat Crossovers quite often in order to not lose more weight. That may not be helpful for those who are still losing. Second, I keep THM simple by eating the same things over and over. Some may want more variety, so I try to include that in the weekly meal plan.

I hope you enjoy these, and please leave feedback in the comments! (If you have a special diet challenge such as allergy, let me know and I’ll do a meal plan that accommodates that.)

Trim Healthy Mama Weekly Meal Plan

Recipes with an asterisk come from the TrimHealthyMama cookbook.

Trim Healthy Mama Weekly Meal Plan

Day One

B: Coffee and cream, *French Toast in a Bowl – S
L: *Egg Roll in a Bowl with brown rice – E
S: 0% Greek yogurt with 1/4 cup berries – FP
D: Tamale Pie, green salad with dressing of choice – S
(Note – I loved this recipe so much I made it two days in a row. The kids said the topping tasted just like cornbread, and they’re right.)

Day Two

B: Trimmy beverage of choice (FP),  steel-cut oats with added collagen and whey protein – E
L: Veggie scramble – saute onions and bell peppers (and other desired non-starchy veggies) in a little butter, add eggs, scramble. – S
S: Pumpkin Spice Muffin in a Mug – S
D: *Quinoa Goes Cajun – E  – for dessert, Cottage Berry Whip would complement the spicy flavors of this dish nicely

Day Three

B: Banana Protein Shake – E (To make this, I mix half a banana, a half cup cottage cheese, 1/2 tsp banana extract, stevia, ice and collagen)
L: Green salad with diced chicken, ham or turkey, creamy dressing, cucumbers, a bit of peeled carrot. Serve with Swiss Bread or other on-plan bread – S
S: *Fat Stripping Frappa in your favorite flavor – FP
D: Ham, *green fries, mashed cauliflower – S

Day Four

B: Coffee with cream, green omelet – make an omelet with spinach and optional Parmesan cheese – S
L: “Ham” and Bean soup – this contains no ham and is an E fuel.
S: 1/2 dark chocolate bar, a few almonds – S
D: Chicken breast poached in broth and white wine with mushrooms, brown rice, 1/2 small sweet potato – E. For dessert, enjoy an Autumn Spiced Trimmy

Day Five

B: FP *Trimmy drink, small serving oatmeal cooked with 1/2 chopped pear, topped with cottage cheese blended with stevia and a dash vanilla – E fuel
L: Avocado sandwich made with on-plan bread. Spread bread with mayo, line with lettuce, add avocado slices and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add an easy salad of chopped cucumber on the side. – S fuel
S: *Hot Chocolate Trimmy – FP
D: Roast turkey with bacon-wrapped asparagus, roasted Brussels sprouts and mashed cauli – S

Day Six

B: *Skinny Chocolate Chip Muffin, coffee with cream – S
L: Small baked sweet potato. Top with diced chicken or turkey (or cottage cheese), diced cooked onion, tomato or Seasoning Blend and spices of choice – E
S: Pickle wrapped with thin-sliced turkey – FP
D: Zoodle Bake with lightly dressed salad greens  – S

Day Seven

B: *Trimmy beverage (FP), Egg white omelet with non-starchy vegetables – FP
L: Lasagne in a Bowl – S
S: 0% Greek yogurt with 1 T peanut flour and 1/2 banana, diced, mixed in – E
D: Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole with green beans and cauliflower – S

See more Trim Healthy Mama Weekly Meal Plan ideas here

TrimHealthyMama Sample Meal Plan

I have been publishing my TrimHealthyMama food journals here for months. It occurred to me the other day, however, that it might be more helpful to post sample meal plans!

When I first started TrimHealthyMama, my biggest question was, “What do I eat?!“. I would have been very thankful for a free sample meal plan to help me along in those early weeks, so I’m going to start publishing that very thing here.

trim healthy mama sample meal plans

The THM sample meal plan will have 3 meals a day, plus a snack and a dessert (I use B, L, S and D for breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner). Items marked with an asterisk are from the TrimHealthyMama cookbook. Some dishes are linked to a recipe somewhere online.

I hope these are helpful to those of you new to the plan (who are hungry and confused about what they can eat or how to “freestyle” the fuels), as well as to the more seasoned THM veterans who just want suggestions. Please leave me comments in the upcoming weeks to let me know if you appreciate these posts, and I’ll be sure to do more of them!

I’m going to assume, for the sake of simplicity, that you’re a coffee drinker (since most of the adult population is!), so I include “coffee with cream” in each breakfast suggestion. If you don’t drink coffee, just substitute whatever beverage you usually have with breakfast! And keep in mind that if you keep your half-and-half to under two tablespoons, you can stay inside E fuel parameters, but if you go over, you’re in Crossover or S fuel territory. In this case, make a Trimmy instead if you need to stay in E fuel (Trimmaccinos are FP). 

Be sure to have at least a 2 1/2 hour window between your meals, especially if you’re switching fuels.

Sample TrimHealthyMama Meal Plan

Day One

B: *Brainy Blueberry muffin, hot beverage of choice (coffee with half and half, Trimmaccino, etc), add 1/2 cup stevia-sweetened 0% Greek yogurt if the muffin isn’t enough breakfast for you (it isn’t for me!) – S fuel

L: Green salad with tomatoes, cucumbers, tuna, shredded carrots and a dressing (made from 0% Greek yogurt mixed with a little stevia and mustard, salt and pepper), add an on-plan bread – E fuel (Fuel Pull if you skip the bread)

S: *Fat Stripping Frappa in your favorite flavor (I love the lemon, so refreshing!) with cottage cheese for protein

D: Beef stew with lots of non-starchy vegetables (radishes, cauliflower, green beans, zucchini). For dessert, a *Hot Chocolate Trimmy – S fuel

You can easily Trim-ify any beef stew recipe by removing the potatoes and carrots (and cornstarch or flour), and adding non-starchies, but here’s a recipe to try: Harvest Beef Stew @ Mrs. Criddle’s Kitchen

Day Two

B: Steel cut oats with cottage cheese and berries (I blend cottage cheese in the blender with frozen berries, sweetened with a bit of stevia), coffee with a dab of cream or *Trimmy beverage – E fuel

L: Turkey and cheese sandwich on THM-safe bread, side salad with creamy dressing – S fuel

S: *Apple-cinnamon muffin with 0% Greek yogurt – E fuel

D: Lentil stew (add low-fat chicken sausage to this recipe for more protein) served with *Swiss bread – E fuel. For dessert, enjoy a *Salted Caramel Oolong

Red Lentil Stew with Socca


Day Three

B: Coffee with cream, French Toast in a Bowl – S fuel

L: Small sweet potato, baked, topped with chopped, cooked chicken or turkey and sauteed vegetables (onion, tomato, carrot, celery, any others you like, or just use frozen Seasoning blend!), along with a small sprinkle of Parmesan cheese – E fuel. Have a *Cottage Berry Whip for dessert and extra protein.

S: Half an apple with peanut flour “butter” – mix peanut flour with water, add a dash of salt and stevia. – E fuel

D: Burrito Bowls. Have it your way – this recipe can be made any fuel type.

Burrito bowls - THM "S", "E", or "FP"


Day Four

B: Scrambled eggs with sauteed vegetables (I keep Fajita Blend – onions and bell peppers – in my freezer to make eating more veggies easier), coffee with cream – S fuel

L: Zoodle spaghetti. Make zucchini noodles with a spiralizer, top with cooked ground beef, sauteed onions and marinara sauce – S fuel (or, use ground turkey for a Fuel Pull)

S: A cheese stick and a few almonds – S fuel

D: Dirty-E Rice – E fuel. Enjoy a *Strawberry muffin for dessert


Day Five

B: Oatmeal with collagen and berries. Enjoy a *Trimmaccino (or just have your coffee with 2 T of half and half or less) – E fuel

If this breakfast doesn’t fill you up, try the cottage cheese blended with stevia trick I mentioned earlier. I love oatmeal made this way!

L: Quick Black Bean Soup – In a saucepan, mix chicken broth, black beans and salsa (use whatever ratios you like to make it thinner, beanier or hotter!). Season with cumin, salt and pepper. Serve with *Swiss bread – E fuel

S: Instant Cheesecake – S fuel

D: *Cabb and Saus – S fuel (if you don’t have the THM cookbook, this recipe is easy: just brown kielbasa in a pan and top with cooked cabbage, season with salt and pepper and nutritional yeast if you have it)



Day Six

B: Coffee and cream, *Trimtastic zucchini cake – S fuel. Yes, you CAN eat cake for breakfast!!

L: Vegetable soup (use whatever veggies you like cooked in chicken broth, add white beans or garbanzos), serve with on-plan bread or *Swiss bread – E fuel

S: 0% Greek yogurt mixed with 1 T peanut butter – S fuel

D: Breakfast for Dinner! *Bring On The Butta pancakes, sausage or bacon – S fuel

Day Seven

B: Coffee with cream, two scrambled eggs with sauteed vegetables and cheese – S fuel

L: Chicken breast, poached in a bit of chicken broth with onions, mushrooms, served with brown rice – E fuel

S: Turkey-wrapped pickle – FP

D: *Thai coconut chicken and vegetables, riced cauliflower – S fuel. For dessert, enjoy a Lemon mug cake 

TrimHealthyMama food journal


Month-long Back to School TrimHealthyMama-friendly Menu

We’re a homeschooling family and school starts in a few days. I try to do things to make the transition back to the busy school season a little easier. Making a month-long meal plan is part of that. I love knowing what’s for dinner! I posted this on my main blog, but wanted to also post it here with TrimHealthyMama adjustments.

I sat down with my 10-year-old daughter and asked her to help me create this menu. (I was procrastinating a bit, and knew that asking for help would motivate me!)

After we finished, I noticed there was no fish on the whole thing. I like to eat fish once a week. Then I remembered that Sadie doesn’t like fish. Oops! Oh, well. It’s kid friendly. And THM friendly!

I did make sure to include one or two slow-cooker friendly meals each week. These are handy for those nights when I’m driving my daughter to ballet class across town.

TrimHealthyMama-friendly menu plan - Back to School


So here goes.

A month-long Back to School TrimHealthyMama-friendly Menu

  1. Burrito Bowls – these can be any fuel type you want – FP, E or S. We have them almost weekly around here.
  2. Omelets  – “S” – I put leftover bits of whatever’s on hand in omelets. They’re a great way to save money on groceries since you can use up little bits of meat, cheese and veggies that would have gone to waste. Green salad on the side.
  3. Taco Chicken Salad (Pioneer Woman’s recipe,  our family loves this dish – you can make the dressing lower in fat using Greek yogurt so it’s an E fuel. Otherwise it would be an S with helper as long you keep the corn and beans to tiny quantities. Or, leave them off entirely.)
  4. Vegetable Soup – My kids love any type of vegetable soup. I’ll add garbanzo beans so it’s an “E” fuel. I always make a mug of Swiss bread when I have soup.
  5. Ranch-Style Chicken (also Pioneer Woman’s recipe) – “S” fuel , with green salad
  6. Beef Stroganoff – With mashed cauliflower, green “fries” (my family loves the green fries from the THM cookbook) – “S” fuel
  7. Cobb Salad – a big, green main dish salad with hard-boiled eggs and bacon – “S”
  8. Dirty Rice – this recipe contains ground turkey with veggies. The rice and beans make it an “E” fuel
  9. Lime-Garlic Chicken with risi e bisi – “E”- Risi e bisi is an Italian rice dish with Parmesan cheese and peas. As long as I keep the cheese to a very small amount, it stays an E fuel.
  10. Potato-Leek Soup – this is either off plan or a Crossover, depending on your philosophy. I don’t mind eating potatoes once in a while now that I’m at goal weight. My daughter loves this soup so she put it on the list!
  11. Pot Roast with vegetables – “S” – I usually have tomatoes, green beans, cabbage and radishes along with my roast. Potatoes and carrots for the kids.
  12. Chorizo with onions, bell peppers, beans and rice – this is a Crossover, so I’ll probably eat it without the rice and beans, adding a side salad instead, making it an “S” fuel.
  13. Homemade Pizza – “S”. My favorite crust recipe comes from the THM cookbook. Toppings: bell peppers, pepperoni, tomatoes, spinach and artichoke hearts.
  14. Arroz con Pollo – “E” – Arroz con Pollo is a simple and easy one-dish meal with chicken breast, tomatoes, bell peppers and rice.
  15. Trim Train Taco Soup – this is a delicious THM recipe and very adaptable. I’ll probably make mine an “E”.
  16. Cabbage & Kielbasa – “S” – the “Cabb and Saus” recipe from the THM cookbook.
  17. Beef Stew with vegetables – “S”
  18. Baked Potato Bar – baked potatoes with all the fixings for people to choose from. I’ll probably make mine a sweet potato and choose “E” toppings (Greek yogurt, chicken breast, etc)
  19. Chicken Gruyere – with green beans nicoise – “S” fuel. I love Jo-Lynne Shane’s recipe. Instead of flour, I’ll use THM Baking Blend.
  20. Minestrone Soup – I’ll have mine with Swiss bread. Garlic toast for the rest of the family
  21. Cheeseburgers, sweet potato fries – a healthy Crossover
  22. Vegetable Chili – “E” fuel
  23. Cacciatore Chicken over cauli rice (regular rice for the kids) – “S” fuel
  24. Lentil Stew – made with low-fat chicken sausage it’s a clean “E” fuel
  25. Chicken Caesar Salad – “S” fuel. Homemade Caesar dressing atop green lettuce with Parmesan and croutons. It’s easy to make croutons with Swiss bread. I cut it up into squares and toast it in a pan with butter and garlic. So delicious!
  26. Boeuf Bourguignon with vegetables – “S” – love me some beef cooked in red wine!! This is a recipe from one of my favorite cookbooks, The Bonne Femme.
  27. Black Bean Soup – “E”
  28. Cashew Chicken, rice – I haven’t tried this recipe yet from the THM cookbook but it looks delicious. “S” fuel if I skip the rice and have it with riced cauliflower
  29. Tomato Soup w/ Parmesan “croutons” – “S” fuel – this recipe comes from Pioneer Woman’s Dinnertime cookbook.
  30. Roast Chicken with roasted vegetables – “S” fuel – Is there anything simpler or more delicious than a cook roast chicken? I sprinkle on some fleur du sel, pepper, and a bit of olive oil, place it in the oven and let it do its thing.

I’ll have to eat tuna to get my allotment of fish I suppose. But I’m glad this “back to school” to-do list item is done!


This week’s TrimHealthyMama Meal Plan


If you eat cake for breakfast, you might be a Trim Healthy Mama. Pictured is the Luscious Lemon Cake (from the THM cookbook). One day when I took my kids to Starbucks, three of them ordered a Lemon Loaf. The smell in the car was overwhelming. So, I went home and made this recipe. It was a perfect substitute! I love that I can eat what I want with THM. All it takes is a bit of tweaking.

Yesterday and today, I had the white cake recipe with a cream cheese frosting and raspberries on top. Oh. My. The frozen raspberries melted and softened the cake, making it a bit like trifle. It was amazing, which is why I’m having it again today! And likely, the next day and the next. Until I get a new breakfast obsession.

This week I planned a few suppers from the Pioneer Woman’s Dinnertime cookbook. My mom gave this to me last week and I salivated as I flipped through the pages. I have PW’s other cookbooks and enjoy the recipes very much so wanted to give these a whirl. Her recipes are almost always an S fuel, because she really likes using butter. But, the first one I am able to tweak into an E meal. For other PW fans, I included the page number for the recipe.


Chicken Taco Salad (p 53) I’ll use chicken breast, add beans, and leave off sour cream and cheese for my portion. – E


Salisbury Steak with mashed cauliflower and green salad – S (p 217)


Frittata with spinach and diced ham (p 11) – S


Chimichurri fish tacos with brown rice and mango. I have a bottle of chimichurri sauce in my pantry that I need to use up, so I decided to make fish tacos. Y’know, just for the halibut. 😉


Black bean burgers (oops, forgot to write down page # from PW’s cookbook, will add later), sweet potato fries – E

Saturday and Sunday

TBA/clean out the fridge

This week’s TrimHealthyMama menu


My 15-year-old has been somewhat obsessed with perfecting his steak grilling technique. This is fine by me! All I have to do is throw a quick salad together and there’s dinner.

Here’s this week’s TrimHealthyMama menu

We had steak and a green salad with homemade Bleu cheese dressing (S)

Shrimp with a lemon-herb sauce, peas and carrots, brown rice (E)

Chili (S)

Chef’s Salad (S)

Sweet potatoes on steroids (E) (If you haven’t tried this recipe from the THM cookbook, please do. It’s one of my very favorite E meals and quite simple and easy.)

Salsa chicken with onions and bell peppers, beans and brown rice (E)

TBA/leftovers/clean out the fridge

This week’s THM menu

Trim Healthy Mama approved menu plan

Monday: Last night we had Pork Chops with Mustard Sauce, along with roasted asparagus and a Caprese salad starter (a friend gave us fresh basil from his garden!) – “S” – This was a recipe from one of my favorite cookbooks, Bonne Femme, on everyday French cooking. The pork chops can be prepared with a minimum of fat to stay in “E” mode, but this was an S meal because of the olive oil I used on the asparagus and the mozza (and more olive oil) on the salad.

Tuesday: Chicken breasts with Artichoke Hearts, brown rice, glazed carrots (I used to make carrots with honey, but this time I’ll add a tiny bit of Gentle Sweet) – “E” – This recipe also comes from the Bonne Femme cookbook.

Wednesday: Cheeseburgers (bunless), sweet potato fries, baked beans (this is a big ole crossover, but that’s ok once in a while, and hubby requested this meal) – “XO”

Thursday: Lemon-Pepper Tilapia, green beans nicoise, green salad with homemade Bleu cheese dressing – “S”

Friday: Sweet potato bar – sweet potatoes baked in the slow cooker with a variety of toppings such as chopped chicken breast, broccoli, veggies, shredded cheese for the kids – “E”

Saturday –  Cajun-style Dirty Rice – “E”

Sunday – TBA, maybe leftovers if there are any or something that needs to be used up before I shop

This week’s TrimHealthyMama Menu

I haven’t posted a TrimHealthyMama-friendly menu in some time, so I thought I would start doing so. I always enjoy reading other people’s menu plans, and I’m sure some of you feel the same.

Trim Healthy Mama approved meal
Today we had Cabb and Saus, a recipe from the THM cookbook. I was sooo tempted to ask hubby to pick up dinner somewhere, but I remembered I had the ingredients for this easy skillet supper in my fridge. It takes minutes to throw together. Yes to saving money on food and groceries by cooking from scratch!


I have a ton of beans and rice in my pantry at the moment, so we’ll have Cowboy Grub for dinner.  I make it with ground turkey and serve it with brown rice, and for me on a bed of chopped lettuce like a taco salad.


Lemon-Pepper Flounder with baked Parmesan zucchini (a friend gave me zucchini from her garden so I need to use it up!)


Burrito Bowls (ground beef, cheese, lettuce, sour cream, salsa, black olives, beans)


Sweet potatoes on steroids – sweet potatoes with chicken breast and vegetables, topped with a bit of Parmesan cheese

I usually only plan 5 meals a week. This allows me to eat up leftovers or make creative use of things that might otherwise go bad in the fridge. When in doubt, I can always throw together a quiche or frittata because I always have eggs.

What’s on your menu this week?