Summer Squash Casserole

Similar to my eggplant lasagna, but a bit easier, yet! I made this and took it to a potluck. I made double the size of this recipe, and used my huge stainless steel pan passed down to me by my mother in law. And the dish was nearly cleaned out. 😊

If you are following Trim Healthy Mama, this is an S. If you’d like to lighten it up, you can replace some of the sour cream and cream cheese with with silken tofu or low fat cottage cheese.

Summer Squash Casserole

Ingredients:

Summer squash, sliced into 3/16″ rounds. 1 huge one… or several small should work, too.

Meat mixture:
2 1/2 to 3 pounds of hamburger
1 onion, chopped
1 cup green peppers, chopped
1 Tablespoon Pyure
1/2 Tablespoon minced garlic
1 Tablespoon salt
1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon black pepper
9 Ounces tomato paste

White Sauce:
1 1/2 cups sour cream
12 ounces cream cheese
1/2 cup egg whites

1 pound grated mozzarella

1 cup grated cheddar

Instructions:

Meat Mixture:
Brown meat. Add onions and peppers and continue cooking until they are soft. Add the spices and tomato paste and mix well.

White sauce:
Put sour cream, cream cheese and egg whites in the blender and blend.

Grate cheeses. Slice squash

Layering:
Lightly grease a deep 9×13 casserole dish. Place a layer of summer squash slices in the bottom. Layer half of the meat mixture on next. Reserve about 1 cup of the white sauce. Then pour about 1/2 of the remaining white sauce over the meat mixture in the casserole dish. Sprinkle on 1/2 of the white cheese. Repeat with another layer of squash, the rest of the meat, the other 1/2 of the white sauce and the rest of the white cheese. End with a third and final layer of squash slices,the reserved 1 cup of white sauce and the one cup of cheddar cheese.

Cover and bake at 325 degrees for about an hour, or until white sauce is totally set and squash is very tender. Uncover and bake about 15 more minutes till the top is lightly browned.

Eggplant Lasagna

Eggplant Lasagna

I’ve been wanting to make an eggplant parmesan or lasagna for awhile. But, even though eggplant parmesan is delicious, it takes a lot of work to fry and then press all the pieces of eggplant. And, that much grease sort of makes me sick to my stomach! So, I’m not frying the egg plant in this! I did pre-bake the slices, which is much easier!

This sort of came about on the spur of moment, by accident. I was simply out of the items I wanted, to make a meal for my company, and I had eggplant! So, I decided to go ahead and experiment on the company! 🙄

I was a little nervous… But I only had the ingredients I had… And I needed to make a meal!

Thankfully, it did turn out! My company liked it! So, I hope you will too!

This would be delicious with green peppers sautéed with the meat, and olives added to the cooked meat mixture, I think!

The spices in this were simple. Both of these came from Costco, I believe.

This would be an S if you are following THM.

This makes 2 large 9×13 casserole dishes, so cut it in half or thirds if you are not feeding a large family or company. You could also try putting one in the freezer for later.

Eggplant Parmesan
3 large eggplants, thinly sliced
3 pounds ground meat (I used turkey… beef would be fine, though)
Coconut oil, if needed, to cook meat and veggies
1 large onion
3-6 oz. cans tomato paste
3 Tablespoons Montreal Steak Seasoning
3 Tablespoons Italian Seasoning
1 1/2 cups cottage cheese
16 ounces cream cheese
1 1/2 cups egg whites
4 cups grated mozzarella
4 cups grated cheddar

Instructions

Eggplant:
Place all the eggplant slices in a casserole dish and pre-bake at 300° for about an hour. You can leave the peelings on like I did, or you can take them off.

Meat mixture:
Brown the meat. I needed the coconut oil since I was using a lean ground turkey. But if you are using hamburger you may or may not need oil. When the meat is nearly done, add the chopped onions, and peppers if you’d like, and continue cooking until the meat is done and the veggies are soft. Then add the tomato paste and spices to the meat and veggies.

Cottage cheese mixture:
Combine the cottage cheese, cream cheese, and the egg whites in a blender. I used my Vita Mix. Blend well.

Layering:
You will need to divide the ingredients by four, for two layers in each dish, except for the egg plant which will have an extra layer on top. Also, reserve a little extra cheese to place on top of each of the last eggplant on top.

Layer the ingredients into the bottoms of two greased casserole dishes in this order. 1: Eggplant slices. 2: Meat mixture. 3: Cottage cheese mixture. 4: Grated cheeses. Repeat. Top with another layer of eggplant with a little more cheese on each eggplant round.

Bake at 350° for about an hour, or till soft. I uncovered them and briefly broiled to get the brown spots towards the end.

Serve!

Fruit Cocktail Salad

This is an easy, quick dessert to whip up! It is a crossover, if you are following THM.. But, it is great for a special weekend dessert or for company. I will post the large size recipe first, then for your convenience, I will also give you the amounts for a 1/4 size recipe. I am figuring a serving to be 1/2 – 3/4 cup.

Fruit Cocktail Salad (Large family or company size recipe)

Ingredients:
12 cans fruit cocktail, in 100% juice, drained (I let the kids drink the juice)
2 cups water
1/4 cup beef gelatin
2/3 cups Pyure (or honey, if you are not following THM, or just making it for your family)
16 ounces cream cheese
1/4 cup coconut oil
2 cups cream, whipped
1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts, optional

Instructions:
Open the fruit cocktail and drain them.

Boil the water and stir in the gelatin.

Beat the cream cheese, coconut oil and sweetener. Continue to beat as you pour the gelatin slowly in.

Whip the cream. Mix gently into the cream cheese and gelatin.

Stir in the fruit cocktail. Set it in the refrigerator to chill for several hours and to let the gelatin set up.

Before serving, top with the walnuts, if using. Another option is to set the nuts aside and let people top or not top their bowl with nuts as desired.

Fruit Cocktail (Smaller family recipe)

Ingredients:
3 cans fruit cocktail, in 100% juice, drained
1/2 cup water
1 Tablespoon gelatin
2 1/2 Tablespoons Pyure
4 ounces cream cheese
1 Tablespoon coconut oil
1/2 cup cream whipped
6 Tablespoons chopped walnuts, optional

Instructions:
Same as above.

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No Bake Cheesecake in a Jar

I love having things prepared that can just be ready to grab and go! When I first made this recipe I was new to THM and pregnant with my 11th child/5th daughter. I was trying to utilize coconut oil in my food…since I hear it is supposed to be so good for baby! And me! I use the extra virgin coconut oil in this, which does have flavor, and which is ok with me. But you could always use refined coconut oil if you don’t like the coconut taste! My daughter likes this better with more gelatin. Really thick! I put this in pint size jars. But you could use cup size for more, smaller servings. Especially, if you aren’t a starving mama!

This would be an S if following THM. At 4 servings, the blueberries are right at the limit. But, easily fall into line if using smaller servings.

No Bake Cheesecake in a Jar
4 pint jars or 8-10 cup size jars
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
3 Tablespoons beef gelatin
32 ounces 0% Greek yogurt
12 ounces cream cheese
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 Tbs. vanilla
3/4 tsp. THM stevia extract (this makes it ‘barely sweet’..still kind of tart. Feel free to add more stevia extract or Gentle Sweet or my powdered sweetener. http://lotsalittlelambs.com/powdered-sweetener/

Topping
2 cups blueberries
1 cup water
1 tsp. xanthum, guar gum, or
glucomannan
1/8 tsp. THM stevia extract

Instructions:
Heat the lemon juice to almost boiling. Stir in the gelatin. Add with all other cheesecake ingredients into the blender. Blend well and divide equally between 4 pint jars (or 8-10 cup size jars).

Topping:
Place blueberries (I used frozen)into a sauce pan. Blend water, stevia and thickener. Add to blueberries and bring to a boil. Divide equally into the 4 pint jars (or 8-10 cup size jars) on top of the cheesecake. Refrigerate till set. Enjoy!

I will admit that I sometimes don’t bloom the gelatin, but sprinkle it straight into the blender and blend well…. It is not the ‘proper’ way, but it has worked well for me. And it is easier!!

Check out the THM stevia and other products in my store!

Lowfat Cream Cheese Icing

This is the icing I use on my carrot cake. The fat grams, by my figuring, are still under 5 grams per serving, if divided into 12 servings. Since I have no added fat in my carrot cake, this fits perfectly into an E!

Low Fat Cream Cheese Icing
1 cup lowfat cottage cheese
1 cup 0 percent Greek yogurt, or 1 more cup of lowfat cottage cheese, instead of the yogurt
1 8 ounce block 1/3 less fat Neufchatel cheese
1 Tablespoon beef gelatin, softened in 1/4 cup boiling water
1 Tablespoon vanilla
2 Tablespoons Pyure and 3 Tablespoons xylitol,
OR 3 Tablespoons Pyure and 1/8 – 1/4 teaspoon THM stevia extract
1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum, optional (this makes a thicker icing, but a thinner, creamier one without it)

Instructions:

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Put all the ingredients except the xanthan gum, into your blender and blend well. Add the xanthan and blend again, if you are using it.

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Pour into a bowl and chill. Or pour directly onto cooled cake. You may need to slightly chill the icing first, especially if not using xanthan. But don’t let it set up too much to prevent lumps and to keep the icing smooth.

Carrot Cake

This carrot cake is a companion recipe to my applesauce cake. It is my kids’ favorite of the two!

Carrot Cake

Dry Ingredients:
1 cup oat flour
1 cup quinoa flour
1 cup garbanzo (or chickpea) flour
2/3 cup erythritol and 1 tsp NOW stevia extract,
OR 2/3 cup Pyure and 1/2 tsp THM stevia extract
1 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons cinnamon
4 teaspoons baking soda

Wet Ingredients (In Blender):
1 cup lowfat cottage cheese
1 cup pumpkin
1 cup eggwhites

Other Wet Ingredients;
1 cup applesauce
2 Tablespoons vanilla

Other Ingredients:
4 cups grated carrots

1 recipe of Lowfat Cream Cheese Icing
( next recipe on this blog 🙂 )

Instructions:

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Measure dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl. Put the cottage cheese, pumpkin and egg whites into your blender.

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Measure applesauce and vanilla into a small bowl. Grate 4 cups of carrots.

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Blend the contents in the blender until smooth. Add to the dry ingredients along with the applesauce and vanilla. Mix.

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Add the grated carrots and mix again.

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Pour into a 9×13 pan. (I use a glass casserole dish). Bake at 300 degrees for 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until cake is set in the middle, and a knife inserted near the middle comes out almost clean. This particular cake needs the lower temperature and the longer baking time.

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Remove from the oven and let the cake cool COMPLETELY before frosting! 🙂

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Make and frost with 1 recipe of my lowfat cream cheese icing.

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I cut this into 12-16 pieces to keep it within an E setting while following Trim Healthy Mama.

Enjoy! And plan to have a FP (Fuel Pull..a Trim Healthy Mama term) with this to complete your meal or snack!