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I have a confession to make. I fell off the Trim Healthy Mama bandwagon. I fell hard. I would jump back on for as long as a week at a time, only to land on my extra cushioned rear yet again. I couldn't figure out why I was having so many problems sticking with it this time. Last time, I had zero problems from the time I started until I just watched the pounds drop off.
THM has grown exponentially since I started in June of 2014. With that growth came products, recipes, and ideas to make THM suit all sorts of people. They really helped the Drive Thru Sue and Whole Grain Jane end up on a level playing field. This sounds like a good thing, right? Well, I'm sure it was for a lot of people. However, for me I just need to get back to the basics. I need to do THM the way it was before all of the "things" to make it "easier" came about.
So. Allow me to show you how I feed my skinny husband and growing children while building my meals at the same time. No special ingredients. No extra prep time. Just simplicity.
Tonight, for instance. we had a family favorite. Momma's Slop. I know. It doesn't sound appetizing and I can't even remember where they name came from. However, it is a meal that is devoured by every family member.
It is pretty much like a baked potato bar, but with mashed potatoes instead. I make mashed potatoes, buttered corn, hamburger gravy, caramelized onions, and everyone tops their mashed potatoes how they like. I typically serve with a side salad. Sometimes we have broccoli with it, but we didn't tonight.
I know what you are thinking. How on earth can that easily be a THM meal?!
Well, I started with caramelizing the onions on the griddle and browning the ground beef in a pan on the stove. I seasoned the ground beef well. While it was cooking I started the mashed potatoes and corn. (I do have excellent potato peelers, so this is super fast.) Once the ground beef was thoroughly cooked, I removed a generous amount, put it in a bowl and let it keep warm in the oven. With the ground beef still in the pan I made the rest of the family's gravy. I use a high protein, organic whole wheat flour that is packed full of nutrition ... it just isn't good for my waistline.
By this time the onions were gooey and beckoning so I placed them in a serving bowl. The griddle was already nice and hot so I quickly cracked an egg and cooked it over easy and a threw a few slices of cheddar cheese on the griddle to make "cheese croutons".
My excellent potato peelers had moved on to chopping, washing, and slicing the other vegetables for the salad.
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Everything was done. It was time to make plates. Instead of slopping all of the goodies on top of mashed potatoes, I opted for a nice bed of romaine and iceberg lettuces.
I got my seasoned beef out of the oven and placed on top of my ever growing dinner.
I know. I know. I possibly may have crossed over with the abundance of onions ... but, I promise I held back some.
Finally, the last layer contained my over easy egg and "cheese croutons". This last step was done in a jiffy and didn't take any extra time at all. As a matter of fact, I was done topping my salad before the rest of my family was done topping their mashed potatoes. The griddle was already on and required no extra clean up time.
These were extras to make me enjoy my meal even more but definitely not essential, so if you don't want to take the few second to do it, by all means forgo!
Oh, dressing you ask? I don't care for dressing so choose any on-plan dressing you desire. The runny yolk and caramelized onion are better than any dressing in my opinion!
So, that is it. My plan of attack ... keep it simple, take it back to the basics.
What are your favorite ways to help you stay on plan?