Sweet Potato and Apple Hash (Low Fat, Vegan, THM Friendly)

Isn’t it amazing how sometimes the simplest of side dishes can wow the family and take an ordinary meal to the next level? I love it when that happens!  This Sweet Potato and Apple Hash has done that around our table. I grew up digging up sweet potatoes in my parent’s garden and eating them several times a month. There is no denying that they have always been one of my favorite side dishes and my little guy feels the same and always eats his portion and raves the whole time. Anytime I can introduce him to new flavor combos that he likes I know that I have done something right.

Sweet Potato and Apple Hash by My Table of Three

This roasted vegetable hash works well for vegans and vegetarians or people simply looking for a great low fat alternative side. It also fits well into the Trim Healthy Mama diet plan in the energizing meal category.  We love pairing this side with a lean roasted pork loin or turkey breast. The seasonings in the hash pair well with the favors of the those proteins. I can see this side being a hit on the Easter or Thanksgiving table during your family feast. There is just something about the sweet hearty flavor of the sweet potatoes mixed with the tartness of the apples that sets this apart from just being the ordinary old standby of roasted veggies.

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I wish these pictures had a scratch and sniff options. I think it would make a nice candle scent for the fall but I am odd that way. No surprise, right?

Sweet Potato and Apple Hash from My Table of Three

When this deliciousness roasts the apples cook quicker than the potatoes, making them become a little mushy but don’t worry because that is part of the magic here. As they begin to mush the natural sugars of the apples are caramelizing and clinging to the onions and potatoes melding them all together in a big flavor hug. Trust me when I say this is one veggie hug side dish that you don’t want to miss out on.  Try it soon!


Sweet Potato and Apple Hash (Low Fat, Vegan, THM Friendly)

Serves: 4-5                                  Oven Temp: 350

  • 5 small sweet potatoes
  • 3 small Granny Smith Apples
  • 1 small red onion
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp olive or coconut oil
  • 1 tsp Rosemary (sage leaf will work also)
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

Directions: Chop up your veggies into even size cubes. Chop the onion in medium size pieces and break apart the onion so they are not so thick. Keeping the pieces close in size will help ensure the potatoes cook evenly. Add all your cubed ingredients into a large bowl and add in your spices and the oil. Toss the mixture together until all the pieces have some spices on them. Place the seasoned hash on a large baking sheet in one even layer and place in a preheated 350 degree oven. Bake the hash for 50 to 60 minutes. The main factor will be when you potato reaches your desired tenderness. Remove the pan from the oven half way through the cooking process and flip the pieces over so they get some color on both sides. Be sure to spread them out even again before returning to the oven. Finish cooking and serve.

**Note: For those that follow a plan where you watch carbs can count on roughly 25-30 carbs per cup. I like to enjoy 3/4-1 cup as a serving. This number is an estimate and it will vary some either way depending on the sizes of your sweet potatoes and apples. If you want to know your exact count you will need to calculate your own carbs based on your ingredients.

Cheesy Chicken Florentine (Low Carb, THM- S Friendly)

Someone ask me the other day if I ever had bad days in the kitchen. I just laughed as they  ( my many bad days) all came flooding back to me.  So to answer, I tucked the most embarrassing ones back in the dark corners of my mind for another time and confessed some of the others.  Hey, I need to keep some mystery about me don’t I ? Of course!

Looking back several of those memories cause me to giggle but there are some that make me CRINGE when I think about look and taste of them. I won’t subject you guys to all of my recipe bloopers yet (maybe in the future) but to get a glimpse just imagine my waffle maker that took my husband  days okay a whole week to get clean! Yep, bless his heart he is my biggest supporter and he graciously tackles dish detail in our home. Trust me, taking on a food bloggers kitchen is no easy feat. Some weeks there is a bottomless sink of dishes at all times during the day! Poor guy, but he enjoys when I pay him with the finished treat.

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Thankfully, my latest botched trial for a recipe turned out to be a nice surprise instead of an embarrassing moment that I would like to forget. This creamy and rich casserole was meant to be something TOTALLY different but I got half way into making the dish and realized that I had somehow forgot to purchase some items to finish it. So that recipe just didn’t work out that night but “tada” a nice new family style meal that is so satisfying and super easy to make.

Oh this casserole isn’t going to win any trophies in the “oh so fancy” category but it does score major gold for the “no special ingredients” and “freezer meal” categories. I don’t know about you, but those two trump fancy with this busy girl any day of the week!

My Table of Three Recipe

Now, let me tell you more about why this casserole is a smart dinner option. Remember  earlier I said it was super easy, man did I tell the truth! You just add all the sauce ingredients into your food processor and blend until smooth. After you have blended and set aside your sauce you can then work on the “Florentine” component of the dish but don’t let that fancy word fool you for a second. In this recipe it just means that spinach is involved. I use 10 ounces of fresh cooked spinach that has been sauteed, drained very well and then added to the casserole mix. See, nothing fancy about spinach. I prefer cooking my own spinach from fresh because I think it has a milder taste.  You can absolutely use frozen if it is easier for you also. If you totally are against the spinach you can use kale or even leave it out if you want. In any case just make sure you squeeze all the excess water out of your greens before adding it to your mix or it could become a watery mess.

Oh and word to the wise if you cook your own instead of frozen, wait until it cools completely before squeezing the water out. OUCH! Yep, I am speaking from experience.  In my defense  I was in a hurry to get the casserole done to feed my hungry family and again my zonked brain was lacking energy at the time. It had been a long day but ended well.

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Once you have your spinach cooked and drained you can toss it in a big mixing bowl with your shredded chicken, 4 oz of your shredded cheese and half (1/3 cup) of Parmesan. Next pour your sauce mixture into the big bowl and add in the spices. Once it is all added just stir the mixture up until all ingredient are incorporated. Lastly, pour your mixture into your 13×9 baking dish and top with the remaining cheeses. Bake and serve!  You can find the full recipe and baking temperature below in the recipe section of this post.

If you are making this as a freezer meal you would add it to your pan and top with the remaining cheese. Cover it tightly and put it into the freezer. When you are ready for your meal just thaw it in the fridge the day before and bake it for dinner the next evening. You could bake it straight from frozen but that would add about an hour or more to the cook time, so I highly recommend thawing first. I also love using disposable pans for my freezer meals for faster cleanup later and my hubby thanks me for that each time I do, haha!  I hope you enjoy this casserole around your table as much as we do!

Side dish suggestions: I would suggest a small serving of a nice green salad or other green non-startchy veggies since the casserole has some carbs already from the spinach and sauce. I typically eat about a cup of this as a serving.  It is very filling and satisfying.


 Cheesy Chicken Florentine (Low Carb, THM-S Friendly)

Oven Temp: 350                                   Serves: 6-8

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz.  Philadelphia Cream Cheese
  • 1 cup  Daisy Cottage Cheese
  • 1/2 cup of Duke’s Real Mayo
  • 2/3 c  Grated Parmesan Cheese, divided equally
  • 8 oz.  Shredded Mozzarella Cheese, divided in half
  • 2  large eggs
  • 1  (14.5 oz) jar of Prego Artisan Three Cheese Sauce
  • 12 oz. Thawed Spinach (drained and squeezed dry)
  • 2 lb. shredded chicken
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
*Note: When buying your cream cheese, mayo and jarred sauce try to look for the brands that have 1-2 carbs per serving or LESS to avoid over doing it on carbs. The brand I suggest in the recipe are the lowest I have found.

Directions: In a food processor add in your cream cheese, Prego Sauce, cottage cheese, mayo and eggs. Blend all the ingredients in your food processor until it is smooth. In a large mixing bowl add in your shredded chicken, spices, thawed and drained spinach (remember to squeeze extra water out), 4 oz of the Mozzarella and 1/3 cup of the Parmesan. Pour your sauce mixture into the bowl with the the other ingredients and stir until it is all completely incorporated. Once your mixture is ready pour it into a 13×9 baking dish and top with the remaining cheeses. Bake the casserole in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 45 minutes and serve with a lite salad or non-starchy veggies like green beans.

Creamy Cauliflower Salad (Low Carb, Gluten Free, THM-S)

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I love potato salad and have all my life but of course eating lower carb like I do now on Trim Healthy Mama I don’t include white potatoes in our meal rotations any more. Now, I could cry over this or I could spurge cheat by eating them anyway. But I had rather save myself some guilt and come up with sides that are healthier. Besides I have an ugly cry and I try to spare people that image when at all possible. Your welcome!

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As many of you know cauliflower is a fantastic substitute for the white spuds. Oh I know, there are some skeptics that roll their eyes when we suggest that this is true, but if you haven’t tried the switch yet you really should. Not only can it lower the carbs in a dish it also cuts calories down.

Who am I kidding? There will be NOTHING low calorie about this recipe once you mix in the mayo and bacon! Ha…it was the thought that counts right? Thankfully if you are following Trim Healthy Mama or another low carb plan who’s counting anyway?

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Now, would you just look at all that yummiess? Yes…that is a legit food term. It could totally pass for a potato salad if I had not told you my secret already. Since the cauliflower is such a mild tasting veggie when cooked and added to dishes like this the taste is remarkably close. I think it is because it soaks up all the flavors you add in. Just like potatoes do. Again, with the eye rolls right? I did say ALMOST for all you skeptics lol.

This recipe is a twist on my old stand by “fauxtato salad” which I adapted to low carb a few years back. It packs a punch and has lots of crunch! Hey…I can rhyme. Did ya see that? Okay, okay…so I won’t give up my day job to write poetry. Kill a girl’s dreams why don’t ya? Kidding…I had rather cook any way.

To establish the crunch factor here I use celery which adds a freshness and bacon…which I dream about. Really. I think the difference in textures  give this salad just right balance. I am getting hungry just thinking about all that goodness. Just so happens I think we have left overs in the fridge!

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I love to have this salad paired with fried chicken or my oven baked ribs any time of year. How can you go wrong with either of those? Okay wait…you can’t! Depending on what protein I am making I sometimes add more mustard. Like here, with the ribs I added more because I like the tang and the way it cuts the sweetness of my low carb BBQ sauce.

I had to just wipe the drool off my chin. Embarrassing I know, but it really is delicious.  If these pictures don’t convince you then I may just have to break out that ugly cry we talked about until you try it. Trust me… you REALLY don’t want me to do that.

So do yourself a favor and try swapping out those starchy spuds with cauliflower in this recipe or even in your favorite potato salad recipe. Trust me, you will be glad you did!

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Creamy Cauliflower Salad

  • 1  large head of cauliflower (or two bags of frozen)
  • 2 small stalks of celery , chopped small
  • 2 to 3 green onions, chopped
  • 6 pieces of crispy fried bacon, chopped
  • 3 Tbsp of dill pickle relish
  • 3 hard boiled eggs, chopped
  • 3/4 cups of Dukes Real Mayo (or any brand you prefer)
  • 2 to 3 Tbsp of mustard
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp dill
  • 1/2 tsp paprika

Directions: To begin steam or boil your cauliflower until it is tender but not mushy. Once your cauliflower is cooked it is best to drain off any water and let it cool completely. Once cooled add to a large mixing bowl and add in all the other ingredients and mix thoroughly. Adjust seasoning if needed and chill for a couple of hours before serving.

Notes:

  • If you like a drier mix just start with a 1/2 cup of mayo and add more until you reach your desired consistency.
  • For a milder celery taste just add one stalk which you have chopped fine.

 

 

Salami Crusted Quiche (Low Carb, THM-S)

Some nights (more than I care to admit) I just don’t feel like cooking a big dinner. Do you guys ever have those night? If not please share your energy with this chic!  I typically feel like this on days where I have been working on new recipes all day or on busy homeschooling days. I really wish there was a magic dinner fairly that would come to my rescue…but I have yet to meet her. Until she comes I will have to stick to my list of simple and quick recipes for these nights when I feel the “I don’t want to cook” blues coming on.

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This simple egg dish is one of those recipes that I do often on those nights. It is great to be done quickly so I can relax and enjoy some time with my family. Though it is quick and certainly not a fancy dish it is full of flavor and very filling.  My little guy is the “food critic” in the house and he gave this two big thumbs up. Which is awesome because though he is quick to offer praise he can become Gordon Ramsey (minus the potty mouth) in a flash if the dish is not to his liking.

With the crispy bottom “crust” made of Genoa Salami and a cheesy filling I think even Gordon would be a fan, or so I would hope. Not only is this Quiche delicious and packed with protein it only contains ingredients that you can find at your local grocery store. Ahh.. music to my ears.

Don’t let the title of this dish fool you into thinking it could get complicated as you can see from the picture the “Salami Crusted” part of the title comes from a brilliant whim I got to line my pie plate with the salami instead of chopping it up. This so-called “brilliant whim” may or may not have stemmed from the fact that I was in fact to lazy to even chop the salami up for the filling. But it makes me feel so much better to think it was a good idea than to admit the other truth, ha! So keep that part on the down low, would ya?

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This recipe is so easy and basic that you could add any flavorings that your family likes to change it up. My husband and I were talking one night and he suggested it would be tasty to even use the large round pepperoni for the crust and add your favorite pizza veggies to the filling for a yummy twist. I can see that being topped with a bit of “no sugar added” pizza sauce too. Not only can you change the flavors in this dish it is really easy to feed a crowd by simple doubling or tripling the recipe and baking it in a casserole dish instead of the pie plate. I call that a win!

Though I often make this type dish for my simple dinner nights, it would of course be wonderful at any breakfast table as well as a great low carb brunch option.  This version is “S” fuel if you are following the Trim Healthy Mama plan because of the whole eggs, cheese and cream. For sides with this dish you could pair it with a nice big salad or some non-starchy veggies. I vote you add more bacon too!

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So there you have it. My lazy, I mean my “brilliant” and easy Salami Crusted Quiche. Not fancy but oh so good and worth a try.  I hope you give it a go some time and let me know what your think or even how you changed it up for your family. As always I say “thank you” for stopping by my little table of three and I hope to see you back soon.

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Salami Crusted Quiche

  • 6 whole eggs
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream or half and half
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped and sauteed
  • 1/2 cup onion chopped and sauteed
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan Cheese
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 cup shredded Monterrey Jack
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 black pepper
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 oz of the larger thin sliced Salami

*Note: in the picture of my ingredients in the blog shows 8 eggs in my bowl but I adjusted it here in the recipe because the filling was to much for my nine inch pie plate.

Directions: For the crust spray your pie plate with the cooking spray and then use the circles of salami to line the sides and bottom overlapping the pieces some. Make sure you let the slices come up the sides a bit so they will be visible when the Quiche is cut. Set the “crust” aside when done and beat the eggs, cream and seasonings together until it is all mixed well. Once you have it all mixed add the veggies and two cheeses into the mix. After you have that all incorporated you are ready to add it to your crust. Bake the Quiche at 350 for about 40 to 45 minutes depending on your oven. When it is done it should be set all the way through with no wiggle when you move it.