For use with RunAmok Mama's Sweet N Blazin' Wings & Sweet-Spiced Brussels
The following recipe is NOT the Trim Healthy Mama brown-sugar substitute which has been approved for use in the online THM recipes! That recipe can be found at GWEN'S NEST.
This recipe is a bit different, and as I intend for a little to go a long way in the recipes, the carb count from the molasses will come out about the same... While it figures out in the recipes I have listed here, it should NOT be used as a substitute for the THM version, as the portions are different and you could inadvertently go over on carbohydrates in other recipes.
RunAmok Mama's BEST, EVER. ZUCCHINI LASAGNA!
(This is a "S" meal, for Trim Healthy Mama, and can be easily doubled.)
Filled with gooey cheese, tasty meat sauce, and healthy zucchini, this satisfying Lasagna is a family favorite!
With this healthy spin, I doubt your family will be missing the noodles at all! In fact, if your family is anything like mine, they will be clamoring for you to make this again...
FIRST... WHAT IS XYLITOL?
The well-known health-dangers posed by sugar have many families seeking alternative sweeteners. One of the most popular alternate sweeteners on the market is known as Xylitol. Xylitol is a naturally-occurring “sugar alcohol” found in corn, some hardwoods, fruit, mushrooms, lettuce and more. Processed, it is a white, crystalline form, similar in look and taste to regular, granulated sugar. Unlike regular sugar, however, which is clearly detrimental to the health of humans, research shows Xylitol to have some promising health benefits:
Are you a THM with a pizza craving? ME TOO!
If you are craving a full-blown pizza, with traditional crust, this may not fit the bill… However, if you are craving all the gooey, cheesy goodness and the delicious toppings found on a traditional pizza… and, IF you are brave, bold, adventurous… this delicious, low-carb “S” dinner may be right up your alley!
For the adventurous THM with timid family members, I will include an easy, non-THM crust recipe pizza, which can be made along-side this yummy dish. The crust will work wonderfully for children and/or husbands not following the plan.
You can thank me later...
Homemade Almond Milk!
** REVISED DIRECTIONS!**
If you have taken time to search Pinterest, you will have discovered multiple almond milk recipes. Some of these may work just fine, yielding a tasty almond milk... but most directions will also yield a product too high in fat to use in "Fuel Pull" Trim Healthy Mama recipes!
Almond milk with higher fat content is acceptable in "S" categories, but not something you probably want to be drinking very often, unless of course, you are a wisp and need to gain weight. For myself, I like to be sure I am not overly-zealous with a concentrated product when it isn't necessary.
To ensure your homemade almond milk is, indeed, a Fuel Pull, the measurements will seem quite "skimpy"! Do not fear, however, as the final product is wonderful... In our opinion, much better than commercially-prepared products, and as we are skipping all the additives, this is healthier too!
Happily, 1/4 cup of almonds to 8 cups of water will yield 16, 1/2 cup servings! Can you believe that? Better yet, there is no waste, as the strained "pulp" or "meal" can be dried in the oven, on a low temp, to make almond "flour". It is not quite how they do it commercially, but I have incorporated it into my baking with great results! *You may need to keep the small portions in the fridge or freezer, saving up, until you have enough to dry.
It should be noted that many store-bought almond milks contain a thickening agent, such as "Carrageenan" (which we do not feel overly comfortable with) - so if you enjoy that smooth, creamy texture, it is fairly simple to duplicate by adding a teensy bit of Glucomannan or Xanthan Gum (both of which we feel far more comfortable using.)
Now, this recipe requires 8-12 hours to complete… but, don’t panic! The actual hands-on time is minimal... and you will have your own, homemade almond milk by tomorrow! Begin: 8-12 ahead
Start: 8-12 hours ahead
Yield: 1/2 gallon (16, 1/2 cup servings)
1/4 C raw almonds
8 C water (separated)
*Optional 1 tsp vanilla
*Optional dash of salt
*Optional Glucomannan or Xanthan Gum
*Optional THM Pure Stevia Extract or Sweet Blend
Chocolate, Peanut Butter, Coconut... Need I say more?
Since starting Trim Healthy Mama, I have enjoyed extraordinary main courses, delicious side dishes, and fantastic desserts... but I love stepping out on my own and creating new treats as well!
Almond Joy bars used to make me giddy - Obviously due to the gooey coconut and rich, dark chocolate... but the garbage they are comprised of -- well, lets just say the ingredient list makes me shudder!
Peanut butter is another obsessive love... I just couldn't bear to leave it out of my newest Trim Healthy Mama inspired treat! My daughters and I set out to incorporate ALL that is "goodness", in one, tasty little package. Packed full of flavor... Rich, sweet, nutty, and loaded with healthy fats and antioxidants...
Just Take Me Now!
Precision-run households may find my title, "RunAmok Mama" to feel a tad alarming, so I'd like to offer a quick assurance that my life is more an exercise of controlled chaos than sheer pandemonium!