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Pumpkin

Pumpkin… It’s a fabulous food. It’s very versatile. It can be savory or sweet. My favorite way to use it in a sweet setting. Anyone who knows me is not surprised by this at all! Pumpkin is also very good for you. Since I have cut sugar and gluten out of my diet, I can no longer eat traditional pumpkin pie.  *sad face*

I have been searching the interwebs for a sugar-free, gluten-free recipe for pumpkin pie. Since I’m the only one who has to eat this way in my home, a single serve recipe is perfect. Well, I came across several but none that really blew my skirt up, if you know what I mean. So I got to work in the kitchen one night with all my gluten-free and sugar free goodies and came up with this…

pumpkin pie in a bowl

Om nom nom…

Pumpkin Pie In A Bowl
 
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This pumpkin pie dessert is a perfect single serving recipe for those who are looking for a sugar-free, gluten-free pumpkin pie!
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Course: Dessert, Snack
Makes: 1 serving
Get This:
  • 1 T. coconut oil, melted
  • 2T. THM brown sugar
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 t. ground flax
  • 1½ T. almond flour/meal
  • 1½ T. pure pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie filling)
  • ½-1 t. pumpkin pie spice
  • sugar-free chocolate chips (optional)
  • whipped toping (optional)
Do This:
  1. Melt coconut oil in microwave safe bowl.
  2. Add sweetener, vanilla and egg; mix well.
  3. Add remaining ingredients except chocolate chips and whipped topping; mix until everything is incorporated.
  4. Sprinkle chocolate chips on top if desired.
  5. Microwave for 1m 10s.
  6. Pumpkin pie should be soft and a little 'wet' just like pumpkin pie.
  7. Serve with whipped topping if desired.
  8. Enjoy!
Notes:
This is an S dessert/snack! It is really close to real pumpkin pie! So yummy!

Puh-lease try this recipe! It is sooooo good! You could even eat it for breakfast! Pumpkin pie for breakfast….yeah. Sounds good to me! Hey, I’ve been known to eat worse things for me than this!  ;)

Bon Appetit! Live, Love, Laugh and Be kind!  xoxo

Simple Recipes

I have been looking for simple delicious recipes to make for evening meals. Recipes that are good for the whole family. I found this one on Pinterest (not linked to a blog or anything so I can’t give credit). My daughter needs to lose NO weight. So I need recipes that are easily adjusted for her. So that she can add rice or potatoes or whathaveyou. This is one of those recipes. I made veggies for the hubs and I and told her that if she wanted, she could make potatoes to go with. She chose not to.

THM Beef Stroganoff

THM Beef Stroganoff
 
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This is a rich, creamy beef stroganoff made with hamburger. You can serve it over a variety of things...
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Course: Main Dish
Makes: 4 servings
Get This:
  • 1 small package sliced mushrooms
  • ½ large onion
  • 1 T. coconut oil
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • ½ c. unsweetened original almond milk
  • ¼ c. heavy cream
  • 1 c. beef broth
  • 1 t. xathan gum
  • 2 t. garlic salt
  • ½ t. fresh ground black pepper
  • ½ t. smoked paprika
  • 1 c. 0% greek yogurt
Do This:
  1. Add oil, onions and mushrooms to a warm skillet and brown onions and mushrooms; remove.
  2. Add ground beef; brown.
  3. Put onions and mushrooms back in the skillet, along with milk, broth, xanthan gum, salt, pepper and paprika; stir.
  4. Bring to a gentle boil.
  5. Reduce heat and simmer about 10 minutes.
  6. Add cream and yogurt; simmer another 5 minutes.
  7. Serve with veggies and/or THM approved pasta or rice.
Notes:
THM'ers, this is an S recipe! You could use sour cream instead of greek yogurt. I used yogurt because that's what I had.

We really liked this Stroganoff and it was super simple to make. This recipe is a definite keeper! I’m thinking about using it as a sauce for meatballs, too. There’s so many things you could do with it.

Have you entered my gluten-free giveaway yet? Get over there and enter!

Bon Appétit! Live, Love, Laugh and Be Kind! xoxo

Who’s Ready For A Giveaway?

Ok, friends. Who’s ready for a giveaway? I know I am! It’s been a while since the last one and I am so ready for someone to win some gluten-free goodness!! Guess who’s sponsoring this giveaway…Can you guess? I bet you can!

That’s right! Glutino Foods is. Remember I told you about their Merry-Mint Brownie Mix? Well, I talked to the generous people over at Glutino Foods and they are going to give one lucky reader 3 holiday baking mixes! How awesome is that?!? I don’t know which ones they will be but I will make sure one of them is the brownies, because they’re amazing!

glutino mixes

Your goodies should include at least a couple of these mixes…

To enter this fabulous giveaway, simply follow the Rafflecopter steps and you’re entered! Easy Peasy, right??

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Good Luck Everybody!

I’ll be seeing you soon, Til then…

Live, Love, Laugh and Be Kind! xoxo

What To Eat…

Goodness me, I just could not figure out what to eat this morning. Do you ever have that problem? I really need to make a trip to the store, but that’s not going to happen til Wednesday, at the earliest so I’m kinda just using what I have here at the house until I can get to the store. Doesn’t make for great inspiration. BUT it does make for great IMAGINATION!!

I remembered seeing a recipe for pumpkin oatmeal and I thought that sounded good so I had to search for that.  Finally found it and tried it. YUM! I really liked it so I thought I would share it.

Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

I did change it up a bit, but you can find the original here. I have seen some overnight oats recipes on the boards on Facebook, but I’ve not been brave enough to try them yet…

Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal
 
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This super easy, super yummy oatmeal will soon become a breakfast favorite!
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Course: Breakfast
Makes: 2 servings
Get This:
  • ¼ c. THM sugar-free brown sugar
  • ¼ c. pure pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1 c. unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 1 t. pumpkin pie spice
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1 c. rolled oats
Do This:
  1. Add pumpkin and THM brown sugar to a medium saucepan and begin to heat over med-high heat.
  2. Add almond milk and slowly stir into pumpkin and THM brown sugar.
  3. Now add vanilla, pumpkin pie spice and salt.
  4. Bring everything to a gentle boil.
  5. Stir in oatmeal, reduce heat and simmer about 4 minutes or until oatmeal is soft and creamy.
  6. Serve in a pretty bowl with a little fat free whipped topping.
  7. Enjoy!
Notes:
This is a super delicious E breakfast y'all! Be sure to use fat free whipped topping on top of this!! Or keep it to a very little bit!! :)

Bon Appétit!

Live, Love, Laugh and Be Kind!  xoxo

Glutino Foods Gluten-Free Baking Mixes

***This is not a THM post for those who come here for THM recipes***

I just wanted to let everyone know that so you don’t get tempted by what’s about to be talked about. Some of you may remember that I am part of a group of gluten-free bloggers for Glutino Foods and I have a job to do here. It’s rough but someone’s gotta do it!  I had to suffer this month and try brownies and peppermint yogurt covered pretzels, among other things coming up!

Glutino Foods makes some of the best gluten-free baking mixes I have ever used.  In fact, they make some of the best gluten-free products in general, that I have had the pleasure of using/eating. I am super impressed with the texture, flavor and overall quality of their products. They’re consistently superior to any other product in my opinion.  And I have used quite a few.

They recently sent me a few of their new products. Some ‘Snowflake Pancake Mix’.  A ‘Twinkle Sprinkle Cake’ Cupcake Mix. There was a Corn bread stuffing mix as well. There were a few other holiday baking mixes as well. Some sugar cookies and also a bag of yogurt covered pretzels. Those were super tasty!!

glutino mixes

I have only had a chance to try a couple things, but the couple things I’ve tried have been so good! A lot of gluten-free baking mixes (some pre-made items you can by are this way, too)produce dry, flat, tasteless baked goods that, in my opinion are not worth the, usually higher price you have to pay for them! If I’m going to pay a higher price for an item, I want it to at least taste good! I don’t mind paying a little more for something I know isn’t going to make me sick, as long as it tastes equally as good or better.

These ‘Chocolate Merry-Mint Brownies’ did not disappoint! They were perfect brownie texture, fudgy and gooey, with a just a hint of mint.  The white fudge chips that come in the box, to sprinkle on top, bring them to their over-the-top perfection. I may or may not have eaten the whole batch of brownies but the two I sent out with my husband and daughter when they went out hunting Saturday. *wipes fudge from her mouth*

Glutino Merry-Mint Brownies

I give Glutino Gluten Free Pantry Gooey Chocolate Merry-Mint Brownie Mix ♥♥♥♥♥ (out of 5)

This photo does not do these any justice  at all! Can you see how moist and gooey these are??? YUM! Now, I cooked them until JUST DONE. The toothpick had a little bit of batter on the end of it when I took them out of the oven. Not a lot, just a teensy bit. This is vital for perfect brownie doneness. You must take them out when they are JUST DONE. They will continue to cook for a few minutes after taking them out, so take them out when you think they are just done so you don’t over cook them. You don’t want them raw but you don’t want them over done, either.

Gluten-free baking mixes may be a little more tricky, so I would set the timer for 5-10 minutes less than what the box calls for because everyone’s oven is different. Check them when the timer goes off and adjust baking time from there. Better to check a few times and have them come out perfect than to have them over done. I love gooey brownies!

Stay tuned y’all! We’re getting ready to have a giveaway all up in here, yo! That’s right, Glutino and I are going to have a giveaway and one of my readers is going to be the lucky winner of one or more of these delicious holiday gluten-free baking mixes!  Make sure you come back in the next couple days for all the details.

Or better yet, subscribe by e-mail in the upper right corner of the side bar and get any upcoming posts right in your e-mail inbox, and never miss another post!

See you soon!!

Live, Love, Laugh and Be Kind xoxo

THM Menu Planner

Guys, I am so excited to share this with y’all!! I have made a new THM Menu Planner!! I got the idea from a fellow blogger.  As soon as I saw the template, I knew I wanted something similar, so I went right to work on my computer and made my own.  It’s way better that the one I made in excel! At least I think so…

So many of us get in a rut with menu planning because we don’t plan ahead or we get bored or any number of reasons, really. Well, not anymore! With this colorful and engaging menu planner, boredom is a thing of the past!

You are going to chomping at the bit to get that menu planner out and get your menu made!

Weekly Menu Planner.2

Just look at this beauty, if this doesn’t get your creative juices flowing, I don’t know what will! When I see the bright colors and organization of this, it definitely helps me get in the mood for making exciting new, fresh choices for meals! Also it renews my excitement for making healthy choices because I’m not bored and in a slump anymore!

 

If you’d like to print this and use it (for PERSONAL use ONLY) click PRINT.

It took me a few hours to make this, just because I had to figure out how to get all the boxes where I wanted them and also how to make the boxes exactly the way I wanted to, because I wasn’t sure if I wanted to use text boxes or other shapes….it was kind of a lengthy project, but I got it! And I LOVE it!!

Let me know if I need to add anything or take anything off for you. I’m not sure there is a lot of room for adding, but I’ll do my best! Or maybe you’d like another color?? I can do that, too!

Til next time… Bon Appétit! Live, Love, Laugh and Be Kind xo

We Have A Brand New Look!

Yay! I have been trying to find a new template that would give The (Gluten AND Sugar-Free!) Food Gurly the PERFECT Brand New Look for some time now and could never find the right one. I have looked and looked and looked some more. I was beginning to think I’d never find anything. When it comes to finding a blog template to make your domain your own, it’s all about personal taste.

Yesterday I was perusing food blogs and saw something I really liked. Only the blog template wasn’t a WordPress format. So I was disappointed…But then I get to thinking that WordPress had to have something similar. So I started searching again. NOTHING! Finding a blog template to make my domain my own was beginning to seem impossible!

I was just about to give up when I saw it.  THE ONE. THE PERFECT ONE. The one that would give me The Brand New Look I have been looking for! I fell in love with this template, friends. So much customization available to me, which is important for those who really know me.   I can change fonts, colors and backgrounds as often as I want. I really like this template y’all. It’s like blog heaven all up in here!!

Finally, a blog template where the settings can reflect my personal tastes!

Til next time…

Keep it real friends… xo

**Recipes**

As y’all know, I post a lot of recipes here at foodgurly.com.  I will continue to do so, but I will be changing the format a bit.  I just got an e-mail saying that the recipe box and shopping list for ziplist won’t be available after December 10th or something like that. So I am going to be in the process of changing over to a different recipe plug-in.

I found a plugin I like so I am all set but it is going to take some time to switch all my recipes over, so please be patient as I do this.  I am hoping t have all my recipes switched over this week some time.  Thank you for your patience.

Again, thank you for your patience….

Joanna xo

Pumpkin Spice Shrinker (THM Beverage)

WOW!! That’s all I can say about this THM Pumpkin Spice Shrinker!! Well, not ALL I can say because I am going to give y’all the recipe because OMGoodness!!! This is soooo good! I wasn’t sure what to expect because I used two green tea bags and two of the pumpkin spice (Bigelow) tea bags. But it’s so yummy!!! I love the regular shrinker, but this takes it to a whole other level, yo! I am in love with this baby. This is like slap your grandma good! For realz!!! Alright, I have to get to the photo and the recipe and stuffs, cuz y’all are gonna want this!!  :)

pumpkin spice shrinker

This would be delightful warm as well. I made it over ice today, as you can see but it would be just as good warm, I’m sure.

On to the recipe…

Pumpkin Spice Shrinker (THM Beverage)
 
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This is my fall version of the THM Shrinker
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Course: Beverage
Makes: 1
Get This:
  • 10-16 oz. hot water
  • 2 green tea bags
  • 2 pumpkin spice tea bags (Bigelow)
  • enough ice to fill a quart size jar
  • cinnamon to taste
  • cayenne to taste
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 5-6 T. sweetener of choice
  • splash of vanilla
  • ¼ c. unsweetened vanilla almond milk
Do This:
  1. Steep your tea bags in your hot water.
  2. Fill your quart jar with ice.
  3. Sprinkle your cinnamon and cayenne over the ice.
  4. Now you add the salt to the jar.
  5. Next add the sweetener.
  6. Add the vanilla.
  7. Once your tea is the desired strength, pour it over ice and everything else in your quart jar.
  8. Now add your almond milk.
  9. If the jar is not full and you'd like it to be, you can fil the jar up with water.
  10. Stir or shake to blend well.
  11. Enjoy!
Notes:
Friends, this is an all-day sipper. You may make as much and drink as much of this as you like. If you have a caffeine sensitivity, please be sure to use decaf tea.

This is going to be my go-to shrinker recipe from now on. I was actually looking for an apple-cinnamon tea when I found the pumpkin spice flavor and since it’s fall, I thought the pumpkin spice sounded good.

Boy am I glad I picked it up!!!

Bon Appétit!  xoxo

Trim Healthy Mama ~ A Review

So here is my final review of Trim Healthy Mama.

I love the fact that THM is so versatile. There are no hard and fast rules. It’s very customizable. If you don’t like one sweetener, you can use another. You don’t like or can’t have almond milk? Don’t use almond milk! Can’t have or don’t want to use coconut flour? Don’t use coconut flour! THM does have a bit if a learning curve, but once you get it down, it’s really quite a simple plan.

The whole premise of the plan is that you separate your fuels. Every meal and snack should include protein. You either add carbs and veggies (starchy and/or non-starchy) to your protein, having an E meal. Or you add fat and veggies (non-starchy), having an S meal.  And you get rid of all the ‘whites’ (white potatoes, white sugar, white bread). But really, most diet or lifestyle plans these days want you to cut out the ‘whites’. Let’s just face it, they aren’t good for you, especially if you are trying to lose weight.

Your S meals should have 10 carbs or less and no limit on fat (within reason). Your E meals should have 20-45 carbs and 5g fat or less per meal. There are other fuel types, but for the purpose of this review, I will not go into that. I will stick to the basics. Also, THM is about cutting overly processed food out of your diet. But again, MOST diets or lifestyle plans encourage this. Processed food are high in sodium, nitrites, nitrates, chemicals, HFCS, and all kinds of other things that aren’t meant for the body to consume EVER, lest alone on a daily basis.

Another thing I totes LOVE about this book/plan is that it is biblically based. It goes into some detail about God’s plan for us about what He put on this earth for our consumption, including animals. Yup, you read that right. God put animals on this earth for our consumption. Actually, that’s not accurate. We were supposed to live in peace with all creatures, but ever since the fall of man, we have been killing, sacrificing (OT) and eating animals. We no longer have to sacrifice animals, because of Jesus’ sacrifice (read more about that here) but we can still enjoy eating them.

I have not been as faithful to the plan as I should be, which I have no excuse for other than just being ridiculous. I have eaten gluten-filled things and sugar-filled things, all the while knowing they would make me ill. Well, that ends now. I have committed to no cheats or treats in the month of November except for Thanksgiving day. I am going to eat what I want that day and ONLY that day. Please join with me in praying that I can keep that commitment. I have no will-power on my own but, ‘I can do all things through Christ, which strengtheneth me.’ Phil 4:13

So there you have it. Trim Healthy Mama is amazing. I am down 10.4 pounds and 10.5 inches overall since September 5th! I’d say that’s pretty good for 2 months, considering I haven’t done much exercising and haven’t been faithful to the plan. Just think what my results will be December 5th if I only have one cheat/treat day (Thanksgiving)!! Can’t wait to see where I’m at then!!

April 2014 ~ Pre THM

April 2014 ~ Pre THM

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October 2014 ~ One month on THM

I give Trim Healthy Mama ♥♥♥♥ (out of 5)

It would get 5, but a lot of women have a hard time figuring it out and get so overwhelmed by it that they either don’t even start the plan or they end up quitting in the first few weeks. I found it pretty easy to pick up, but that isn’t the case for everyone.

I would recommend this to any of my friends looking for a healthy way to lose weight and/or get healthy, though!!

Til next time, Blessings… xo

So you’re asking yourself how exactly does the plan work? Let’s be honest, the book is 640 pages long!  There is no way I can teach it to you here. I cannot even begin to try. Besides, Pearl and Serene are so much better at teaching you this plan than I could ever be.  After all, I’m still learning new things about it all the time. They’ve been working their plan for years. I mean, yeah, there are basics to getting started, like getting rid of the white’s in your diet (white sugar, white flour, white rice), but there is so much more you need to know in order to follow the plan than that.  Why try navigating the big bad world of getting healthy/weight loss on your own and end up feeling isolated, deprived, and discouraged when there is a book that clearly teaches you how to do it without all the struggle?

The Fine Print: This plan might not be right for you.  For example, if you’re not committed to a little hard work or are just looking for a magic pill, this plan may not be what you’re looking for. Healthy, permanent weight loss simply does not work that way. And I’m certainly not going to tell you that you need to lose weight… I mean, who am I to tell you that you should feel bad about your size, lose weight or eat healthy? I love you the same, no matter your size. I am simply sharing this for those who want to know more about the fabulous eating plan I am using and want to know more about it.  I am just sharing my personal experience in hopes of helping others who want to get healthy and/or lose weight for their own personal reasons.  Some people use this plan to maintain weight they’ve lost on other plans. Do it, don’t do it…I’m not the boss of you! ;)

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