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Red Pear and Mixed Greens Salad-THM E

mixed greens with pear salad
Pear and Mixed Greens Salad

Mixed Greens with Red Pear Salad

Locally grown greens are the best. I love farm to table shopping at the farmers market.  Spring mix is usually a combination of smaller baby greens and lettuces.  These mix greens may contain: green leaf, green romaine, tango, green oak, green chard, baby spinach, arugula, red chard, red leaf, lolla rosa, red romaine, red mustard, radicchio, red oak, and beet tops.

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Barley, Beans and Greens-THM E

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Barley, Beans and Greens

Barley, Beans and Greens

First, the inspiration for this post came from the latest episode of the Trim Healthy Mama Podcasts. The authors of the Trim Healthy Mama Plan, Pearl Barrett and Serene Allison, have dubbed these podcasts “The Poddys”. They are are broadcasted every Wednesday at 6 am and are easily accessible through a smart phone or a computer. And,  you don’t have to listen at 6 am; you can listen any time of the day! The latest poddy was entitled “Our Top 10 least expensive foods that will make you trim and healthy!”

I do have a love affair with barley. It’s so gentle on my blood sugar, absorbs surrounding flavors and it is inexpensive to use. It’s so easy to cook in your Instant Pot. I prefer either hulled barley or hull-less barley but they can be difficult to find and are often a bit more pricey. Pearl barley does lack some of the nutrition but it’s still healthy and it can be purchased in bulk food stores for roughly $1.15 -1.25 per pound which makes it truly budget friendly.

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Asparagus Barley Bean Salad

Asparagus Barley Bean Salad

Asparagus Barley Bean Salad

This is a lovely salad for late spring or early summer when the asparagus is in season. It pairs beautifully with boneless, skinless grilled chicken breast as your protein. Hulled barley is one of my favorite grains because it’s so gentle on my blood sugar. It’s versatile and can be used in soups, sides or salads.  You can read more about this amazing ancient grain in my Tomato Barley Turkey Soup recipe.

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Pear Apple Salad Dressing

apple pear salad dressing

Are you finding those THM E salads leave you a tad grumpy? My friend Jenifer says that sometimes. Even though it made me laugh it got me thinking about seeking out alternative dressings to make our salads more fun and bring more joy to our meals. The flavor of this Pear Apple Salad Dressing is amazing, totally fat free and only has 6 ingredients.

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Apple Pie Oats

apple oats

Instant Pot Apple Pie Steel Cut Oats

There’s nothing like the smell of a freshly baked apple pie! This is a healthier version not to mention they are fun and so easy to make in the Instant Pot. There are no special ingredients needed unless you would like to add THM Collagen to boost the protein.  Apple Pie Ala Mode, yes indeed these smell and taste just like Apple Pie Ala-mode. 

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Strawberry Dressing

strawberry salad dressing
Strawberry Salad Dressing

Strawberry Salad Dressing THM FP

I love having a salad with my THM E meals but finding a salad dressing that fits this meal was nearly impossible. This dressing is so easy to make, it only takes a few minutes once your berries are thawed.  It keeps in the refrigerator for at least a week, but it never lasts that long in our house!

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Tomato Barley Turkey Soup-THM E

Tomato Barley Turkey Soup

Tomato Barley Turkey Soup

We love soups and barley is one of my favorites grains. I was very excited to read that hulled barley is a great grain to use in the THM plan. This soup is easy to make either on the stove top or in your Instant Pot.  This recipe makes 6 generous servings.

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Instant Pot Turkey Breast THM E

turkey breast with sliced apples
Turkey Breast with Sliced Apples

Turkey Breast in the Instant Pot

I love making a turkey breast in the Instant Pot. It’s quick and comes out moist and juicy every time! We love turkey breast for sandwiches, either sliced or as a turkey salad. It’s much healthier than buying deli meats and it’s a blessing to help us with those E meals.  Will often have sliced turkey breast with apple slices and a side salad of greens and chopped cucumbers.

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