Creamy Apricot Oats

Sometimes those pregnancy cravings strike like lightening, am I right?!

And, the resulting recipes can either be a stroke of brilliance, or a kitchen urban legend that gets passed on at baby showers for the rest of your life.

I think this recipe is in the brilliant category, AND its secret ingredient gives it added protein and creaminess, without dairy! THIS makes my heart happy, after the many years we spent dairy free for our kids’ health.

Why apricots? Because I have been looking into foods that support pregnant women and apricots give vitamin A, some fiber, and sweetness that we all need in our lifestyle. A little goes a long way here, and I don’t think you will miss ANY flavor because dicing them up gives you a little bit in every bite without adding too many carbs.

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The full recipe can be found below.

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Ingredients

  • 3 unsulfured, dried, apricots diced up
  • 1/2 Cup, dry, rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 Cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon Pure Monk Fruit Extract Powder, or use any sweetener you love to taste.
  • Pinch of Nutmeg, we get ours from here or here
  • Pinch of Mineral Salt, from here or here
  • 1/4 teaspoon Apricot Extract, from here or here
  • 1/4 Cup Liquid Egg Whites, either carton or fresh

Method

  • Dice the dry apricots as small as you’d like. Add them to the pot along with all other ingredients EXCEPT apricot extract and liquid egg whites.
  • Boil for a few minutes, stirring well and watching for boiling over (ask me how I know). Then, turn off the heat.
  • Add 1/4 Cup liquid egg whites once the heat has been off for a few minutes, but it is still hot, stirring constantly while pouring them in slowly so that they do not become scrambled but emulsify into the oatmeal and provide a creamy texture.
  • Add 1/4 teaspoon of Apricot extract last, and allow the oatmeal to continue to sit and thicken up for about 10 minutes.
  • Enjoy with some additional protein if desired, and if you follow the Trim Healthy Plan this falls into an E meal setting.

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Black Bean Chili

I really love soup…I especially love soup when it comes together quickly, like this chili does!

If you use canned black black beans, or cook them from dry and have them ready to go, this is the ultimate 30 minute or less meal for a busy night.

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Ingredients

Method

Blend all together until smooth, or reserve some beans for a chunkier texture.

Add 6 more cups of cooked black beans and 4 more cups of bean water or plain water

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Kit & Caboodle Cookie

Sometimes you just need a single-serve, low-carb sweet treat that you can make use of anything in your pantry with, right?

That is why this is called a “Kit & Caboodle” Cookie…We’ve got everything but the kitchen sink in here!

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Ingredients

Method

Mix all dry ingredients together, and then add all wet ingredients. Spread onto a parchment lined baking sheet, at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes. Allowing the cookie to cool before picking up will help it to hold its shape and not fall apart.

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Hot Egg and Ranch Salad

I know, I know. this doesn’t sound like a winner…but I promise it IS!

I stumbled across this mixture one afternoon when I was pregnant, and in a hurry. I made the eggs and just threw everything together. As we know, desperation is the mother of invention, and even my husband loved it so we know it wasn’t just pregnancy taste buds winning the day.

If you are dairy free this could easily be done with a dairy free ranch and cheese shreds of your choice. My favorite dairy free cheese of all time is the Hello Cheese from the Trim Healthy Mama Coookbook, I did a video on how to simplify the process Here.

If you follow the Trim Healthy Lifestyle plan, I would encourage one of the dressings from either Rhonda’s Ranch from Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook (not dairy free) or the Trimmy Ranch (dairy free) from Trim Healthy Table.

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Ingredients

  • 2-3 Fried Eggs
  • Romaine Lettuce or Spinach…a plate full
  • Ranch of your choice
  • A sprinkle of cheese or the Superfood Salad Sprinkles from the Trim Healthy Mama cookbook

Method

Prepare your dressing, and your dairy free cheese if you have not purchased one. If you would like to stay within the parameters of the Trim Healthy Plan, choose a dressing with less than 2 grams of sugar per serving. Then, prepare the greens on your plate. Fry your eggs and place them on the plate while they are still hot and top with your dressing. That’s it!

This super simple, no special ingredient recipe is a winner, I promise. It falls into an S meal setting on the Trim Healthy Lifestyle plan.

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Nicole’s Bread Mix

Do you need an easy low-carb, and low-fat, loaf of bread, and sometimes you just can’t wait to order the mix, or you run out at the last minute? Yeah, me too!

I’ve been seeing a lot of posts with Trim Healthy women asking for a DIY version of our favorite easy bread mix, and so I went to my kitchen to begin testing, because I love a good baking challenge these days.

It took a few tries, but it totally paid off!

I made this bread mix from a similar ingredient profile to that of the Trim Healthy version, so this loaf has a similar fuel source and ALL the details are below! Man, I LOVE this lifestyle!

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Ingredients:

Method:

Mix all dry ingredients together very well. This can be mixed in advance for even faster, and more convenient bread-like baking. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

Put 1 1/3 Cup egg whites and 3/4 cup cool water into a blender and have it running on a low setting while you pour the dry ingredients into it. Let it run for an additional 30 seconds on low, and then pour it into a prepared loaf pan. I prepared mine with parchment paper to make it come out cleanly for the cooling process.

Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 1 hour in a preheated oven. Turn the oven off once the timer goes off, without opening the oven door, and allow it to sit in the oven for an additional 20 minutes while the temperature comes down some. Then, remove it from the oven, and the pan (parchment makes this part a SO EASY) and allow to cool on a cooling rack, completely before cutting into it.

** I got 18 slices, approximately 1/4in thick off of this loaf. 1/12th of this recipe is right at the limit for fat in a fuel pull meal on the Trim Healthy Lifestyle plan, so keep that in mind when you are using this in an E or FP setting. **

I have an Easier Easy Bread recipe too if you are out of egg whites, or don’t enjoy keeping them around.

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Shelf Staple Bread Mix

Do you need an easy low-carb, and low-fat, loaf of bread? Yeah, me too!

I’ve been seeing a lot of posts with Trim Healthy women asking for a DIY version of our favorite easy bread mix, and so I went to my kitchen to begin testing, because I love a good baking challenge these days.

It took a few tries, but it totally paid off!

I made it easier, because it is completely shelf stable, AND only uses WATER as the liquid. How much easier could it get, right?

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Ingredients:

Method:

Mix all dry ingredients together very well. This can be mixed in advance for even faster, and more convenient bread-like baking. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

Put 1 3/4 Cups of water into a blender and have it running on a low setting while you pour the dry ingredients into it. Let it run for an additional 30 seconds on low, and then pour it into a prepared loaf pan. I prepared mine with parchment paper to make it come out cleanly for the cooling process.

Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 1 hour in a preheated oven. Turn the oven off once the timer goes off, without opening the oven door, and allow it to sit in the oven for an additional 20 minutes while the temperature comes down some. Then, remove it from the oven, and the pan (parchment makes this part a SO EASY) and allow to cool on a cooling rack, completely before cutting into it.

** I got 18 slices, approximately 1/4in thick off of this loaf. 1/12th of this recipe is right at the limit for fat in a fuel pull meal on the Trim Healthy Lifestyle plan, so keep that in mind when you are using this in an E or FP setting. **

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Gluten Free Sourdough Chocolate Cake

Do you have some Gluten Free Sourdough Discard that you need to use up?

Are you craving cake?

Did you know that sourdough and cake could be in the same sentence?

Go ahead and make this delicious chocolate cake that I created just so I would have a place to use all that amazing discard for my family, from those baking days that my timing is just off and I miss my baking window.

Do you ever have those kind of baking days?

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Ingredients:

Method:

Blend water, butter and 2 eggs in a blender until smooth and frothy. Add all other ingredients and blend until glossy and smooth. Pour into an 8×8 baking dish, and Bake at 350 for 30-35 min.

**This recipe serves 8 to keep the carb count down so that this can fall into an S setting on the Trim Heathy Plan. If you have a larger piece you will end up having a crossover.**

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Overnight Injera

Do you love a little Ethiopian flatbread, but need an easier, truly gluten free, and faster way to make it? Oh GOOD, me too!

This recipe relies on the fact that you already have a Gluten Free Sourdough Starter, but if you don’t you can find one here or join the waiting list to be notified of my next Gluten Free Sourdough Workshop.

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Overnight Injera in blue font with #nicoleburch in burgundy font below. There is a picture of several injera flatbreads in a pile.

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Ingredients:

Overnight Sponge –

  • 1/2 Cup, mature and ACTIVE, Gluten Free Sourdough Starter
  • 2 Cups Teff Flour
  • 2 Cups Untreated Water

Method:

Mix all the ingredients for the sponge together well, and place in a safe spot for 7 hours or overnight. Make sure this is covered by a light cloth.

Once 7 hours has passed, or overnight, you can make the injera. Mix the sponge with a spoon, throughly. Use a heated, non-stick, pan like this you will begin cooking the flatbreads by pouring 1/4 Cup of the sponge batter (which will be very thin) into the pan and swirling it around until the bottom is covered.

Do this quickly and don’t have the pan so hot that it will burn, so start at below “medium” and adjust from there. Once the bottom of the pan is covered, set it on the burner and cover with the lid and allow to to cook.

You will see lots of bubbles forming on the top and you will cook it on ONLY this one side until the top is dry to the touch. Use a spatula to remove from the heat and set on a plate. Continue this process until all the batter is cooked.

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Crazy Easy Nut-Free Milk

Do you need a Crazy Easy, Crazy Versatile, Nut-Free and Dairy Free milk?

I got you! This recipe couldn’t be any simpler, and you probably have most of the ingredients right in your cabinets!

Nicole is standing in a purple shirt with a butterfly outline that says THM Coach, while holding a half-gallon mason jar full of her Crazy Easy Nut-Free Milk. Next to her are the words, "Crazy Easy Nut Free Milk with Nicole Burch"

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Ingredients:

Large Version – Fits into a 1/2 gallon mason jar

Small Version – Fits into a quart mason jar

Method:

Place all ingredients into the blender, here is the one I used, and blend on high until it is creamy and emulsified.

If you follow the Trim Healthy Plan, you can have up to 1/2 Cup of this in a Fuel Pull setting, as written. 1/4 Cup in a sipper.

***If you cannot tolerate sunflower seeds, you can use any nut or seed butter in place of this ingredient for a crazy easy DIY dairy free milk recipe. Some ideas include tahini, hemp butter, pumpkin seed butter, almond butter, even peanut butter. The final 2 options(almond and peanut butter) would, obviously, NOT be nut free, so use them at your own discretion. And, you would need to calculate the fat for your new variety of butter, to see how it fits into your Trim Healthy Plan. If you cannot tolerate sunflower lecithin, you can leave it out, you will just need to shake it up before you use it.***

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Gluten Free Menu Plan

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Are you a gluten free household, and following the Trim Healthy Plan? I got you, Lovely Lady!

I am sharing our weekly menu plan for our family of 9, for the week of August 14-20, 2022.

If I had the freezer space to do it, once a month cooking would be my ideal way to manage meal preparation, but most of our freezer space is tied up in our home-raised meats and frozen fruits and veggie stash to help us in our rural western Montana life.

We also plan our food days to coincide with our Saturday sabbath, or Shabbat, and our Leftover day is Sunday.

This helps us eat our way through our leftovers, while also giving this Mama a day off from cooking….WIN!

If you don’t have a routine with your leftovers, I would implore you to develop one to save your sanity and cut down on your cooking, or steal mine. You can read about it here.

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What do you feed a Gluten Free family of 9?

I’m so glad you asked…here we go!

****I will be using recipes from Various Cookbooks that are Compatible with the Trim Healthy Mama lifestyle, along with recipes from around the internet. I will link the book and give a page number, or website, where applicable****

**I also cook with my Leftover days in mind, and double almost every recipe that I make. My shopping list will reflect single recipe amounts as we have a much larger than average family to prepare for. **

Sunday-

  • Breakfast: Pizza Grilled Cheese, Trim Healthy Table Cookbook (it will be THT through the rest of the menu) p. 298, made with Simple Kneads Gluten Free Sourdough Bread. Collagen Decaf Coffee (We get Collagen from here or here)
  • Lunch: Leftovers
  • Dinner: Cornbread Crusted Mexican Pie, Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook (which will be THMCB in the rest of the menu) p. 132 with Crispy Crunch Okra, THT p. 263
  • Snack: Salted Caramel Fat Stripping Frappa, THMCB p. 419
  • Snack: Berry Crunch Bars, THMCB p. 392

Monday-

  • Breakfast: Cinnamon Sugar Toast, THT p. 358 with Simple Kneads Gluten Free Sourdough bread and the coconut spray option and my husband’s raw honey in place of pure Monk Fruit Extract Powder.
  • Lunch: Soothe Your Soul Soup, (multiplied by 9) THMCB p. 115
  • Dinner: Chicken Chicken Bang Bang, (multiplied by 9) THMCB p. 77 with green beans
  • Snack: Lemon Fat Stripping Frappa, THMCB p. 419
  • Snack: Time for Lime Cupcakes, THMCB p. 306

Tuesday-

  • Breakfast: Pumpkin BAM Cake, THT p. 385 with Certified Gluten Free Oats from here or here
  • Lunch: Travel Food
  • Dinner: Travel Food
  • Snack: Praline Protein Bars, THMCB p. 391 with Whey or Egg White Protein Powder
  • Snack: Cobbler in a jar (in a pan), THMCB p. 335

Wednesday-

  • Breakfast: Breaggy Fry Up, THMCB p. 244 made with Swiss Bread, THT
  • Lunch: Tuscan Tomato Soup, THMCB p. 120
  • Dinner: Sweetie on Steroids, THMCB p. 76
  • Snack: Green Secret Big Boy, THMCB p. 416
  • Snack: Lemon Gummies, THMCB p. 387, we get gelatin from here or here

Thursday-

  • Breakfast: Nana’s Fluffy Omelet, THMCB p. 239
  • Lunch: Sweetie Pie Swirl, THMCB p. 253
  • Dinner: Sweet and Spicy Asian Stir Fry, THMCB p. 84
  • Snack: German Chocolate Shake, THMCB p. 413
  • Snack: Berry Gummies, THMCB p. 388

Friday-

  • Breakfast: Caramel Apple BAM Cake, THT p. 384
  • Lunch: Peanut Satay Trimmy Bisque, THT p. 175
  • Dinner: Queso Chicken Bake, THT p.123 with Hello Cheese, THMCB
  • Snack: Banana Oat Shake, THMCB p.413
  • Snack: Skinny Peppermint Patties, THMCB p. 380 and we use Peppermint Vitality Essential Oil in these

Saturday-

  • Breakfast: Chocky Nut Crockpot Oatmeal, THMCB p. 257 real Cacao powder makes all the difference, AND a good Peanut Powder from here or here
  • Lunch: Zesty Sweetie Soup, THMCB p. 118
  • Dinner: Sweet and Sour Meatballs, THT p. 107 with veggies in coconut oil
  • Snack: Peanutty Fudge, THMCB p. 388
  • Snack: Meadow’s Lemon Coconut Truffles, THMCB p. 386 we get our coconut from here

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Nicole Burch is sharing her gluten free, Trim Healthy Mama compatible, menu plan for the week of Jan 2-8, 2022.

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