Golden Goulash

As a mom of 7, I love a good skillet meal. If it includes potatoes, then my whole crew is excited too!

With the addition of potatoes back into the Trim Healthy Mama lifestyle, thanks Pearl and Serene, we are finding all the ways to use these little buddies in new and healthy way.

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Ingredients:

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Method:

Cook, and rinse if necessary, ground meat. Boil the diced golden potatoes, and drain. Then, add all ingredients to the same pot as the meat and cook until heated through.

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Chili Seasoning

It is cold, and icy here in Western Montana. Perfect weather for a great big pot of Chili to be simmering on the stove!

I like a really flavor full chili, and once we had to be cautious of gluten in our foods, that made it a challenge to just grab a seasoning packet off the grocery shelf like I used to.

I have a bit of a DIY attitude, and many of the recipes I have tried for chili seasoning did not leave me or my family completely satisfied. So, when I tweaked it enough that my husband looked at me and said, “this one is good, hunee!” I knew it was the winner!

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Ingredients

We buy most of our bulk spices from here

Method

  • Mix everything together, getting the clumps out before adding to your soup. This mixture is for one large pot of chili, large meaning it will feed more than 12 people because that is how we roll around here.
  • If your pot of soup is small, add by the teaspoon until you reach your desired level of flavoring. We enjoy very flavorful food, and I suggest that you own your flavors here.

***If you are following the Trim Healthy Plan, this blend would make a great addition to any chili of your choice, in any fuel type.***

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Thick and Hearty Chili

Sometimes you just want a thick chili to go over your hotdog, and the great ones need no large introductions!

This is that Chili!

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Ingredients:

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Method:

Brown the ground meat, and drain off fat. Add the Chili Seasoning, tomatoes, and water (if using). Let simmer for 25 minutes so that the flavors meld together. Own your flavors and adjust if necessary.

***The fuel that this chili falls into on the Trim Healthy Plan is going to be determined by the amount of fat in the meat you use, 96% or lower would be E or FP, and anything higher will be an S***

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Cabbage Rice

My husband is not a big fan of cabbage, but if I make it this way he enjoys it, so we certainly have it on the menu frequently because cabbage is a powerhouse veggie! You should look up on the benefits, really!

If cauliflower is not your thing, you can use this in many places that call for “Caulirice.”

This makes itself a very versatile dish to compliment any meal you can think of!

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Ingredients:

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Method:

Cut the head of cabbage into slices, then “dice” is by cutting against the grain in small pieces. The pieces will look like cabbage confetti.

Put the cabbage in a very large skillet or pot, because there will be a lot of volume, but they will cook down. Sprinkle with about 2 teaspoons of salt, and put the cabbage on Medium-high heat. Do not add any other seasonings or oil/butter until the cabbage has started to decrease in volume and release its juices.

It will begin to steam itself from its own juices, and lightly brown as they cook off, You want to brown bits because it adds flavor and texture. Once it has stopped cooking down so much add all other seasonings and your oil/butter to taste.

***Your fuel type, if following the Trim Healthy Plan, will be determined by how much oil/butter you added, and the quantity you ate. Less than 1 teaspoon of oil per serving then you can make it a Fuel Pull side. More than 1 teaspoon of oil per serving and this will compliment an S or Crossover meal.***

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Italian Seasoning

I love Italian food, especially spaghetti over my Southern Style Green Beans!

But, I want more flavor than your typical Italian Seasoning blend, so I made my own to go in my Gluten Free Spice Cabinet.

DIY spices are economical, and easier to make than it appears.

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Ingredients:

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Method:

Mix all ingredients together. I prefer using a spice grinder or blender with this blend so that everything mixes uniformly with the fennel seeds and rosemary leaves. Store in an airtight container.

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Pumpkin Spice Blend

Pumpkin Spice, is a blend you either love all year, or tolerate seasonally. But, because fall is my favorite season, I am an all year kind of gal.

Pumpkin Pie, Pumpkin Gluten Free Sourdough Bread, and Pumpkin Quinoa Loaf are all amazing with this flavorful blend, and it will be a great addition to your Gluten Free Spice Cabinet or Pantry.

Please tag me on Instagram @lifeinthetreehouse or on Facebook @NicoleBurch with anything you make with this blend. I love to see what you come up with!

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Ingredients:

We get most of our bulk spices from here, or if you would like to take a peek at any other products we use, you can find them here.

Method:

Mix everything together and store in an airtight container.

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Zesty Ranch Seasoning

I love ranch in all the things….popcorn, chicken marinades, dips and dressings.

But, I love mine with a kick to it. All I can figure is that my husband’s love of spicy food is rubbing off on me.

Here is my Ranch Seasoning mix, please tag me on Instagram @lifeinthetreehouse or on Facebook @NicoleBurch when you make something with this. I would love to see it!

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Ingredients:

We buy most of our bulk spices here, and if you want to look at any of our other favorite products you can find them here.

Method:

Mix all ingredients together and store in airtight container.

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Cajun Seasoning

It’s time to build your Gluten Free Pantry! I think every home should have one, and DIY seasoning blends are not only more flavorful than most you can buy at the store, but also economical and have cleaner ingredients.

We really enjoy spicy things in the Treehouse, some of us more than others, and my husband is a good old southern boy who loves any cajun dish he can get his hands on.

Here is my Cajun Seasoning Blend. If you make it, and enjoy it, please tag me @lifeinthetreehouse on Instagram or @NicoleBurch on Facebook, I would love to see what you make with it!

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Ingredients:

We get most of our bulk spices here and if you would like to look at other products we use you will find them here.

Method:

Mix all ingredients together and store in an airtight container.

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Green Bean Goulash – THM E

This recipe was something I created, and made a lot, as a tween.  I come from a family of 7, so I knew how to feed a crowd on a dime from the beginning.  In my childhood home it was made with venison burger hunted by my Dad, white Minute Rice, and Soy Sauce.  Now, I have had to change a few things to fit our current eating style.

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#1 – Make it Gluten Free!

I have to read labels to check the green beans for cross contamination.  So far, the #10 (101 ounce) cans from Walmart are our cheapest safe option.  We go through between 4 to 6 of these a month for our family of 8 for varios meals.

Then, I had to ditch the soy sauce and replace it with Bragg’s Liquid Aminos.  You could change this to either Coconut Aminos or Tamari.

It seriously took more time to figure all that out than it does to cook it or to eat it!

#2 – Make it work for the Trim Healthy Mama Plan

There are two different fuels in the body that are used for energy.  Fats and Carbs.  Obviously, we’re working with a Carb source here, rice!

White rice is not recommended for those looking to release weight in THM, just young children and those at goal weight, so I replaced the white minute rice with brown rice.  Yes, you could use the brown Minute rice here, but it is cheaper for my family to use the slow cooking kind.

I also subbed out the venison burger because we have not had plentiful sources yet, which could easily be used in this fuel type because of its lean properties, for either extra rinsed regular ground meat or at least 96% lean ground.  I am not picky at all about ground meats in my cooking, and so I use anything I have on hand.

There, you have it.  A recipe that is simple, frugal, gluten free, and THM compliant.  It actually fits all allergy types too because it is egg, nut, tree nut, dairy, shellfish, sugar free and gluten free! It is Soy free if you used liquid aminos!

Green Bean Goulash – THM E

Servings: 6-8          Print

Time: 1 hour (if you have to cook the rice), 20 minutes if you don’t

Ingredients:

2 Pounds extra lean ground meat

8 cups brown rice, cooked

1 – #10 Can green beans (101 ounces), drained

1/2 Cup gluten free soy sauce alternative

1/2 Cup nutritional yeast

1 large onion, diced

Pepper, garlic, Onion Powder to taste (start with 1/2 teaspoon and go from there)

Directions:

Cook your rice according to package instructions.

I cook approximately 2 Cups of dry brown rice for this recipe.  In a skillet, at least 12 inches or a stock pot of some kind, brown all your ground meat.

If using at least 96% lean ground meat you do not need to rinse it, if you are not then rinse in the pan under very hot water for at least 5 minutes to release additional fat and drain off the water.  Return to the stove and set on medium-low heat.

Add diced onions, cooked rice, and green beans.  Soy sauce alternative, and other seasonings and heat through. Adjust seasonings to taste.

*Note: the picture has corn in my mix, I added 1 Cup of corn for the entire pan there to use some in my freezer.  I would not add more than that, or leave it out entirely to keep the Carb count within E meal territory.

For growing children: Add a fat of some kind to their meal.  I add coconut oil, olive oil, avocado oil, or butter to my kids’ bowls. I just drizzle it on and mix it up.

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