Healthy Blueberry Crisp Recipe

Healthy Blueberry Crisp

I “Trim Healthy Mama-fied” the Blueberry Crisp recipe from Bread & Wine a few weeks ago. Since then, I’ve made it a few more times to tweak it and get it just right.

Many of you asked me for this recipe, so I’m happy to share it. Please note that if you’re not familiar with the Trim Healthy Mama way of eating, this recipe might just look really weird to you… and it might even have a few ingredients you’ve never heard of before.

I get that, because I was pretty cynical of the whole THM way of eating for a number of months. But now that I experimented with it, I’ve fallen in love with it. And seeing as it’s been going on five months of eating this way, I think it just might be a new lifestyle. :)

Please note: This has a higher fat content than a typical THM E meal. You can either eat just a small amount for a meal, eat it as part of a Crossover meal or snack, or use twice as much fruit to the crumb topping ratio.

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A quick & easy Crock-Pot Chicken recipe (+ enter to win $5,000 from Crock-Pot!)

If you’ve been reading here for any time at all, you know how much I love my Crock-Pot! It’s a life-saver on busy days when you don’t want to have to think about cooking dinner at 5 p.m.

In the video above, I share one of my favorite quick and easy Crock-Pot dinner recipes. I have detailed written instructions for the recipe I talk about on the video above here. This is so easy I’m almost not sure that it should even be called a “recipe”. :)

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How I Saved Today: Baking homemade cookies!

Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies

How did YOU save today?

I saved by making homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies for my family. They love home-baked treats and they are less expensive (and usually better for you!) than buying store bought.

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies

I used our family’s favorite Freezer-Friendly Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Oatmeal cookie recipe. These are packed with fairly wholesome ingredients and so delicious.

Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies

I especially love that they can be made ahead of time and frozen. You can either freeze the unbaked cookie dough or bake the cookies and then freeze them. Or, just eat them fresh from the oven! :)

Your turn: Tell us what you did to save today in the comments!

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How to Make 10 Freezer Meals in One Hour (Part 3)

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Ruth at Living Well, Spending Less has written a part 3 to her series on How to Make 10 Freezer Meals in One Hour:

Today I am super excited to share this Comfort Foods Edition of 10 Freezer Meals in One Hour, which includes five delicious home-cooked meals that are perfect for fall.

As usual, in order to make the cut, each recipe must meet ALL of the following criteria:

  • Deemed delicious by both my kids and husband
  • No pre-cooking required (aside from browning ground beef)
  • Freezer friendly
  • Easy to cook
  • Uses budget-friendly ingredients and pantry staples

In this one post you will find everything you need to prep 10 awesome freezer meals in about an hour of hands-on time (not including grocery shopping.)

Read the full post here.

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Best-Ever Black Bean Soup

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I found this recipe in a recent issue of ALL YOU magazine and it looked easy, frugal, and delicious. Exactly my kind of recipe. :)

Honestly, I was not expecting this recipe to be as delicious as it turned out to be. I thought it would be yummy, but I didn’t expect it be one of those major winner recipes.

Jesse was out with Kaitlynn at her ice skating practice last night and when he walked in the door, his first remark was, “That smells so good.” And it did.

But it tasted even better than it smelled! In fact, I wanted to eat it straight from the soup pot. :)

BLACK BEAN SOUP

Jesse kept commenting as he was eating it last night, “This is such a great recipe.” I totally agreed.

What surprised me most of all was that our kids loved it, too. They even asked if they could please eat the leftovers today.

It’s a simple recipe and it’s packed with good-for-you ingredients. If you wanted to kick it up a notch, you could add some hot sauce or salsa to it.

I also think it’d be great served with some crushed tortilla chips, cheese, sour cream, and sliced avocado. If you have a family who isn’t really into meatless meals, you could add some cooked chopped chicken.


BLACK BEAN SOUP

What are your favorite soups for fall and winter? Any recipes you think we must try? I’d love to hear!

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