I know that I’ve mentioned the Trim Healthy Mama (THM) plan before on here, but up until this month, I wasn’t really committed to it. Since around late August of last year I’ve been kind of doing it, but we’d have cheat days, cheat meals, and cheat weeks, and as you might imagine it hasn’t really done a whole lot of anything. At the beginning of this month, some sort of switch finally turned on inside me. I finally got tired of half-dieting with no results, and I committed to do this no matter what – when I’m tired, when I feel like it, when I don’t feel like it, when no one else is dieting with me, etc. It’s not been easy, but it’s not been nearly as hard as I thought either. There are times when it’s been very frustrating, and of course I’ve made mistakes, but overall, I’m pleased that I’ve stayed on for this long. (I’ve even lost a few pounds!) And honestly, the food is easy to eat and tasty. As I’ve told you before, this is not going to become a strictly THM blog, but obviously I’m not going to be making a lot of other recipes right now. (I will occasionally eat off plan for VERY special occasions, and I’ll still be making treats for my family’s birthdays, but those will be few and far between.) This means that for a while, this blog (when I can post) is going to feature good food, tweaked to THM specifications. There likely won’t be a lot of desserts posted, because it would have to be yummy enough for me to eat it off plan too, and while I do enjoy them, I don’t enjoy most of them that much. But, I’ve loved adapting my already written down recipes to THM, and most savory recipes are pretty easy to convert.
Speaking of sweets, my best friend and I recently gave Enlightened ice cream bars a try. HEB had $2 off coupons, which made them affordable enough for us to justify trying them. If you haven’t heard yet, low-carb, high protein ice cream products are sort of the rage right now. Normally, I wouldn’t care, but since they’re okay for THM, I’m definitely interested. The problem is that most of them are $4-$5 for 4 bars or a pint. HOWEVER, when I find a coupon or a great deal on them, I’m definitely ready to snatch them up. We’ve tried the Fudge, Sea Salt Caramel, and Mint Chocolate Chip, and really enjoyed all of them. (Now, I’m not going to even pretend to be an expert on the plan, so if you’re unsure of how it all works, I suggest checking out the THM Facebook group for clarification. Oh, and while we’re whispering together, this is in no way sponsored, I just have really been enjoying these bars. Although if they wanted to send me some other flavors to try and then talk about, I wouldn’t say no!)
So one of the things I appreciate about THM is that it got my husband to give quinoa a try. I don’t think he enjoys it as much as white rice, but he is open to eating it with some sort of saucy entree spooned over. Now the blog archives here already have several chicken and rice type dishes. Those were some of the first recipes that I figured out how to tweak, and I think it’s about time that y’all shared in the wealth. For those who are THM, you know that E(nergizing) meals can be a bit hard to come by, but all of these delicious meals are E and easy too! Since I’ve already blogged them, I’m just going to link to the original post and list the tweaks you would need to make. Feel free to comment if anything needs clarification. 🙂
Coconut Chicken and Rice – First thing would be to swap in quinoa for the rice. For the coconut milk, I used coconut milk from a carton instead of a can. You might be able to use light canned coconut milk, but that was too much figuring for me. 😉 I’ve found that sometimes quinoa can take a little longer to cook, plus I don’t like ratcheting my oven up to 425, so mine generally takes between 40 and 60 minutes to cook (at 350). I also prefer a little extra lime flavor, so I add in a few drops of Young Living’s lime essential oil.
One Pan Pineapple Chicken and Rice – This is one of my personal favorites! Really the only change here is to spray the pan with nonstick spray instead of using oil and swapping quinoa for the rice.
One Pot Greek Chicken and Lemon Rice – To stay low in fat, you have to use chicken breasts, so I’d definitely recommend using my alternate cooking method. Again, you spray the pan instead of using oil, and you swap in quinoa for the rice.
Salsa Verde Chicken and Rice (same blog post as the pineapple chicken) – This one is my hubby’s favorite!! Just like the last two options, you just spray the pan rather than using oil, and use quinoa instead of rice. You will want to make sure that the salsa you use falls in THM guidelines though.
So that’s several quick and easy THM:E dinner options!! Which one sounds yummiest to you?