Trim Healthy Tuesday – Chicken Fried Steak (S)

Trim Healthy Tuesday – Chicken Fried Steak (S)

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“I love meat – from my head down to my feet; fried up or grilled, with my family or the girls, I love meat.” Sounds like a good commercial, huh? I do love eggs…but meat is my best friend. I can eat just about any man under the table when it comes to meatballs…actually, when I think about it I could most likely eat any man under the table PERIOD. I eat more than Barry and Annie combined. It’s that whole breastfeeding thing – it makes me famished. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

But, I do love girly foods…and sometimes that’s a problem for Barry. Sometimes he’s like, “Woman! I’m tired of all these froo-froo foods like Fat Stripping Frapps, puddings, and muffins – I want some MAN FOOD.” No, not really…he’s never said that – but I’ve said it to myself. Man food rocks. Woman food rocks too – actually, food in general rocks. I’m hungry, I need a snack.

Chicken Fried Steak

The cookbook for this week is The Blue Willow Inn Cookbook (affiliate link butt covering for the FTC). It was a gift from our cousins a few years ago at Christmas – they live in Atlanta, but this cookbook is from Social Circle, Georgia. It tells the history of this home and how it came to be a restaurant. It’s got history peppered all through it – and those are my FAVORITE kind of cookbooks.

It’s full of good SOUTHERN cooking like fried pork chops, gravy, and biscuits. It’ll make you cry with delight – it’ll make you hungry – it’ll make you fix a snack. Gosh…I’m hungry. I love Southern food – good thing I live there. Southern food = man food, plus a chicken salad or something lady-like peppered here and there. But after you fix a man meal like THIS, sometimes he’s okay with chicken froo-froo salad.

Chicken Fried Steak

If you thought your days of Chicken Fried Steak were over when you joined the healthy Trim Healthy Mama team, you were sorely mistaken, my friend. Sorely mistaken. Not only can you still have it, but now you can have it WITHOUT A SIDE OF GUILT (or mashed potatoes). Praise the Lord and pass the gravy! I heart gravy. It’s good for the soul.

I had to convert this a bit to make it fit…and add a few things to Stacyify it, like usual. I nixed the cream-of soup because we just don’t buy those things anymore. Plus, once you have REAL GRAVY you won’t go back to the can. “Gravy love! My gravy love! I need ya, oh how I need ya, love!” (Barry sings that all the time.)

Chicken Fried Steak

When I coat meat, I like to do it in a bag I can just pitch…it makes clean up easier. You can use a Ziploc if you like…or you can be cool like me and use an empty cereal bag. Add flour and seasonings. Shake. Trash. No clean up. Praise the Lord!

*Please do not leave me nasty comments about BPA. Thank you and amen.*

Chicken Fried Steak

I do fry my meats in palm shortening instead of butter…it doesn’t brown or smoke and set off the fire alarm – does anyone else do that? “Oh, Stacy must be cooking again.” I know the neighbors hear and see the smoke coming out my windows. They probably also hear all the 4 year old tantrums – I sometimes wonder what they all think of me. Oh well, who cares. I have gravy.

Palm shortening is just another one of those healthy fats that we like to use – do we use it every day? No, I save that for coconut oil. But, I do so love meat and doughnuts fried in palm. Heavenly.

Chicken Fried Steak

Now, you have a few options for gravy. If you’re a Trim Healthy Mama, you can whip up a batch of Basic Gravy on page 410 to serve on top of your steak. It’s pretty tasty. But, it’s gravy – what’s not to love? You could do what I did and just scrape the bottom of the pan, add beef stock, and thicken with gluccomannan until it’s like you want it – I like thick gravy instead of gravy that runs all over my plate…that’s how I roll.

If you’re not doing the THM plan, you can whip up a batch of Homemade Cream of Chicken Soup to go with your steak. I ain’t hatin’….it’s gravy after all. “Gravy love! My gravy love! I need ya, oh how I need ya love!”

Either way – gravy and chicken fried steak are back in your life. It’s a beautiful thing. I’m hungry.

Plated Chicken Fried Steak

Now, hop on over to Gwen’s Nest for Taco Salad: Three Ways for Trim Healthy Tuesday!

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My top three picks from last week were:

My Trim Healthy Mama Week in Pictures from Walking in Light Photography

This is actually two posts: Part One and Part Two. I’m always amazed by Debbie’s photography skills – she puts me to shame and I want to be just like her when I grow up! Ladies – she even made the Mexican Cottage Cheese Salad look good…that’s one of my favorites, but it’s not really a beautiful dish if you know what I’m sayin’. If you think THM food is boring or you’re in a rut, check out these awesome THM food photos. Utterly amazing….and now I need a Frapp.


Photo by Walking in Light photography

Oat Fiber Strawberry Shortcake (FP) from Fruit of His Hands

I’m so glad Karen posted this recipe so I could share it with y’all! Until now, it was just something I made and didn’t really talk about because I didn’t have a website to point to people…I felt like I was hogging it but now I’m telling the WORLD! I don’t mind sharing the recipe, but I sure ain’t sharing my bowl of Strawberry Shortcake. I make Barry his own. No one gets a bite of mine unless they want to lose a finger. And I wait until Annie goes to bed so I don’t have to give her a taste. This is serious business people – it’s FP SHORTCAKE for heaven’s sake!

Strawberry Shortcake

Reeses Pieces Bowl (S) from Colorful Palate

Oh. My. Gosh, y’all. Ohmygosh! This is utterly delightful. And easy. Someone once asked me if THM food was hard or in-depth to make. Uh, no. I whipped this up in just a few minutes. The recipe says that you can actually make it into a frozen yogurt dish, but who in the world wants to wait for that?! NOT ME. I actually prefer this right away instead of frozen. It’s good – and easy. And yummy. Holy cow. Make this. And then put it in your THM Notebook – the recipe, not the yogurt.

Reece Pieces Bowl

The TOP pick by YOU guys was:

Low Carb Peanut Butter Cookies (S) from Joy In Our Journey

low carb pb cookies

Picture from Joy in Our Journey


**This post is linked at Totally Tasty Tuesdays at Mandy’s Recipe Box, at Handmade Tuesdays at Ladybug Blessings, at Show Me What You Got at Our Delightful Home, at In & Out of the Kitchen at Feeding Big, at Trim Healthy Tuesday, at Slightly Indulgent Tuesday at Simply Sugar & Gluten Free, at Fat Tuesday at Real Food Forager, at Teach Me Tuesday at Growing Home, at Traditional Tuesdays at Delicious Obsessions, at Share It Link Party at The Winthrop Chronicles, at Hearth & Soul Blog Hop at Premeditated Leftovers, at Wonderful Wednesdays at Ducks in a Row, at Wednesday Extravaganza at Hungry Little Girl, at Wonderful Food Wednesday at All She Cooks, at Cast Party Wednesday at Lady Behind the Curtain, at Make Bake Create at Hope in Every Season, at Gluten Free Wednesday at Gluten Free Homemaker, at Real Food Wednesday at Kelly the Kitchen Kop, at Show & Share Wednesday at Mostly Homemade Mom, at Fresh Foods Link Up at Gastronomical Sovereignty, at Wednesday Whatsits at White Lights on Wednesday, at Welcome Home Wednesday at Raising Arrows, at Allergy Free Wednesdays at Whole New Mom, at Healthy 2Day Wednesday on Authentic Simplicity, at Works for Me Wednesday at We are That Family, at Wellness Wednesday at Intoxicated Life, at Pin It Thursday at Sweet Bellaroos, at Thank Your Body Thursday at Thank Your Body, at Thursdays Treasures at Chocolate Chocolate and More, at Thriving on Thursday at Domesblissity, at The Project Stash at Seven Alive, at Full Plate Thursday at Miz Helen’s Country Cottage, at Fantastic Thursday at Five Little Chefs, at Thrive at Home Thursday at Live Called, at Frugal Food Thursday at Frugal Follies, at Proverbs 31 Thursday Linkup at Raising Mighty Arrows, at Simple Lives Thursday at My Humble Kitchen, at Let’s Get Real Link Party at 365ish Pins, at The Weekend Re-Treat at The Best Blog Recipes, at Family Fun Friday at Happy & Blessed Home, at Creative Connection Party at Chase the Star, at TGIF Link Party at A Peek into My Paradise, at Crafty Friday at Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons, at Inspiration Gallery at Craftberry Bush, at Foodtastic Friday at Not Your Ordinary Recipes, at Natural Living Link Up at Little Natural Cottage, at The Pin Junkie Link Party at The Pin Junkie, at Friday Food Frenzie at Mostly Food & Crafts, at Weekend Wonders at The Thriftiness Miss, at Foodie Friday at Rattlebridge Farm, at Friday Favorites at Simply Sweet Home, at Shine On Fridays at One Artsy Mama, at Freedom Fridays at My Turn For Us, at Pennywise Platter at Nourishing Gourmet, at Foodie Friday at Simple Living Eating, at Weekend Potluck at Sunflower Supper Club, at Simple Meals Friday at Nourishing Simplicity, at Gluten Free Fridays at Vegetarian Mama, at Foodie Fridays at Growing Up Triplets, at Pity Party at Thirty Handmade Days, at From the Farm at Fresh Eggs Daily, at Get Him Fed Fridays at Anyonita Nibbles, at Sweet & Savory Saturdays at Dessert Now Dinner Later, at Strut Your Stuff Saturday at Six Sisters Stuff, at Super Saturday Show & Tell at What’s Cooking with Ruthie, at Pretty & Delicious at Your Homemade Mom, at Your Great Idea Link Party at One She Two She, at Get Schooled Saturday at Too Much Time, at Overflowing with Creativity at It’s Overflowing, at Show & Tell Saturday at Be Different Act Normal, at Super Saturday Link Party at Made From Pinterest, at Serenity Saturday at Serenity You, at Inspiration Monday at I Should Be Mopping the Floor, at Clever Chicks at The Chicken Chick, at Marvelous Mondays at The Gal Cooks, at Melt in Your Mouth Monday at Make Ahead Meals, at Mix It Up Monday at Flour Me with Love, at Trim Healthy Tuesday, at A Round Tuit at Creating My Way to Success, at Make Your Own Monday at Nourishing Treasures, and at Homemade Mondays at Being Frugal By Choice.

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About Stacy

Stacy is the author of Crock On: A Semi-Whole Foods Slow Cooker Cookbook and Keep Crockin': A Poorganic Slow Cooker Cookbook, and a stay-at-home and homeschooling mom to her two children, Annie (June 2009) and Andy (August 2012). After an “awakening” in March 2011, her family switched to a more natural, whole foods diet. She likes to blog about how to live on less than you make and how to eat good food while doing it. Her passion is teaching others how to save money and she tag teams with her husband in this endeavor. At Stacy Makes Cents you’ll find information on how to save money in the kitchen, how to have fun with your kids, and how to be thrifty in all areas of life. Her passion is teaching others how to live debt free. Make sure to follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and more to keep up with her daily antics.

  • Becca Carroll

    I haven’t tried palm oil yet. I may get some at the HFS, but I did just buy a 5 gallon bucket of coconut oil, so I’m not sure if I can justify it or not.

    • Stacy

      I loooooooooooooooove coconut oil. Haven’t tried my Palm Oil yet – I’m afraid of it.

      • Stacy

        This is palm SHORTENING.

        • Lora

          Shortening as in Spectrum palm shortening? This is a great looking recipe. When I told my dh we could have chicken fried steak, he was a happy man. I’m with you about the man food- I LOVE chicken fried steak!

          • Stacy

            I buy the Tropical Traditions brand. It comes in a gallon bucket and lasts me a looooooong time.

        • Becca Carroll

          Yeah. Durp. I just re-read your post. >.<

          • Stacy


  • Rashel

    Hi Stacy! Your recipe looks very YUMMY! Will have to try it soon. I just wanted to mention that you have the wrong link up for Gwen’s post this week :)


    • Stacy

      Thanks for letting me know. I had fixed it, but it didn’t take. It’s up now. :-)

  • Rachael Howe Abell

    Hi Stacy, I found your site/blog a month ago. Love it! You rock!

    My husband and I are originally from Texas and are chicken fried steak snobs. Dredging the cube steak in egg before covering in the flour mixture is what I prefer and should not affect the THMness of the recipe, right? This makes a better, fluffier batter when using white flour. Think it would be better with the almond flour too?

    Also, thoughts on a white cream gravy instead of a brown gravy?

    • Stacy

      Sure – I think egg would be just fine. :-) And if you want white gravy that’s fine too….mine is just brown from the bits I scraped off the skillet. YUMMO.

  • Rachel

    Hey Stacy,

    Not a comment about the chicken fried steak, but rather about the Trim Healthy Mama book in general. I first learned about it through your blog. I’ve been fortunate that I haven’t struggled too much with my weight in the past in spite of being a mother of five, thanks to good genes and a very, very active lifestyle. But then I passed 40, and had a knee injury that curtailed my physical activity for over a year – and the pounds began to creep on.

    I did lots of research into the book before ordering it, as we’re on a tight budget and I don’t make purchases lightly. When the book arrived, we had company staying with us and were deep in preparations for a huge family wedding. I was going to put off reading/starting to follow the THM principles, but decided I would read a little/start experimenting with the recipes as I could. I estimate that I was on plan about 75-80 percent of the time for the next three weeks, but told myself I’d really get started after the wedding when life returned to “normal”.

    Yesterday I determined that life was now as normal as it would ever be, and stepped on the scale to see my official “starting” weight. I was absolutely stunned to see that I had already lost 6 pounds. Whoa!!! I’ve never been able to move the scale like that! I’m just a few pounds from my goal weight, and my clothes fit a lot better. I’m having fun with all the new recipes, and definitely NOT feeling deprived!

    Thanks for introducing me to this new way of eating!

    • Stacy

      That is SO GREAT, Rachel!!! :-) Good job, mama and thanks for letting me know!

  • Karen

    I recently put this same cookbook in my yard sale pile because it’s so full of processed ingredients. You’re making me want to put it back on my bookshelf!

    • Stacy

      You can take just about any recipe and convert it. :-) Books like this give me fantastic ideas for healthy meals.

  • Missy Homemaker

    I love chicken fried steak! What would you substitute for almond flour? Almonds make me break out. :(

    • Stacy

      You could try golden flax meal. :-)

  • homemaidsimple

    empty cereal bag? I love you! Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friday

    • Stacy

      No – you love my MOM. :-)

  • Miz Helen

    Thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have had a great weekend and have a fabulous week.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

    • Stacy

      I will!

  • Jennifer (@GrowingUpTriplets)

    Ooooh! I’m going to have to try this for my Southern hubby! :) Thanks for linking up at!

    • Stacy

      Southern or Yankee – anyone would love this. ;-) Embrace it, y’all. LOL