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Trim Healthy Tuesday: Summer Stir Fry (E)

Trim Healthy Tuesday: Summer Stir Fry (E)

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I love summer…and I love fresh veggies. I love being able to buy new things at the Farmer’s Market – and I love knowing that I can go to my fridge and pull out any assortment of veggies that are fresh. Yummmmmmmmmmmmmm. There is something so refreshing about fresh produce. Don’t you agree? If you don’t, then don’t read this post. It’s about fresh veggies.

In the summer, I like light meals…and I like heavy meals in the winter. Probably because I hate heating up the house and the oven tends to do that. This is made on the stovetop so it’s a bit cooler – plus it uses whatever you have in the fridge. Except fudge sauce. This doesn’t use fudge sauce.

Summer Stir-Fry

We’re looking at my second Pioneer Woman cookbook today: Food From My Frontier (hello government agent, this is my affiliate link). I just love all of the stuff Ree puts out in print. I love looking through it and seeing all her pretty photos. Cookbooks with photos trump cookbooks without photos – even if the recipes rock.

Her children’s books are good too – I get those at the library for Annie. Charlie is such a cute little dog – he reminds me of myself. Totally unobservant. Check out your library for Charlie, The Ranch Dog.

Summer Stir-Fry

All of Ree’s (or as I refer to her here at home, PW) recipes are pretty amazing. Even if I have to tweak them to make them work, they always taste delicious. She’s amazing. I love her. Have you gotten that feeling yet? I’m pretty sure if I ever met her, I’d pee my pants.

I chose Summer Stir-Fry for this week…because it’s summer. And because I have summer veggies. I had to tweak this recipe a bit because I wanted to make it an E (Energizing) meal so that I could serve it with quinoa…and if you’re lost, read my Trim Healthy Mama post.

I used chicken instead of shrimp because pregnancy ruined shrimp for me for all of eternity…I also cut back on the butter and garlic, saving the butter for an S setting and because I hate when garlic overpowers a recipe.

Summer Stir-Fry

The best part about this recipe is that you can just use whatever veggies you have. I used cabbage, tomatoes, onions, peppers, zucchini and patty pan squash. I’m slobbering all over myself again. Is it dinnertime yet?

I really enjoy chopping fresh veggies. Am I the only one? It’s just so fulfilling to know I’m going to be FILLING myself with them later. Or while I’m chopping. Sometimes I sneak bites. But, they’re vegetables so who cares, right?

Summer Stir-Fry

For a little extra somethin’-somethin’, I added chopped fresh cilantro to my cooked quinoa…mainly because I’m quite smitten with cilantro. And I find it organic and cheap at the Farmer’s Market. So, I put it in everything….even on top of salad. YUMMY IN MY TUMMY. It would also be good in your brown rice if you’re not using quinoa.

This whole meal came together very quickly and it was so good. I will be adding it to my regular rotation. Good job, Ree…even if I did tweak it. I love you. Sincerely, Stacy.

Summer Stir-Fry

Now, hop on over to Gwen’s Nest where she’s sharing Homemade Peanut Butter for Trim Healthy Tuesday!

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My top three picks from last week were:

Stepping Away From the Scale by Expatriation Preparation

Some of you are aware that I have had a bad history with under-eating and over-exercising. Trim Healthy Mama has set me free from that past, so I enjoyed this post about letting go of the scale. No one needs to weigh every day…as the post says “You are MORE than a number on the scale.”

Stepping Away From The Scale

Cinnamon Apple Berry Nut Crunch (E) from Counting All Joy

I’m always looking for good E snacks, and this one hits the target! And guess what?? It’s EASY!!! An E snack/breakfast that’s good and easy, sign me up! I really like this one and it’s been printed and has a permanent spot in my THM binder. :-) I like sunflower seeds on mine.

Cinnamon Apple Berry Nut Crunch

Satisfying Sundae (S) from Expatriation Preparation

Holy cow…ya’ll are dazzling me on these recipes. This one ROCKS MY FACE OFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! For real. And Barry says he could eat this every single day. It’s amazing. It’s tasty. It rocks. I love it. I want some now. NOW I SAID!

I used Lily’s chocolate that’s sweetened with stevia…I found it at Vitacost and it’s so good!

Satisfying Sundae

The TOP pick by YOU guys was:

Lose Your Mummy Tummy and Why Crunches are BAD For You from Whole New Mom


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  1. Accepted post topics will be: Trim Healthy Mama-related recipes, kitchen tips, weekly menus, ‘how to’ articles, or exercise tips. MODEST before and after photos may be attached to any of the above.  Please do not link personal progress reports or non-THM recipes.
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  5. Please post no more than 3 links each week.
  6. Post new links from your blog each week – do not post the same link each week.
  7. You may include recipes with “Splenda” and other similar products or foods that are considered “compromise foods”, but please note that in the recipe, and either make them optional or offer substitutions for on plan items if possible. Please do not use ingredients that are off plan…like white potatoes.
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**See this post for more about this Trim Healthy Tuesday link up.


This post is linked at Fat Tuesday on Real Food Forager, at Show Me What You Got at Our Delightful Home, at Hearth and Soul Blog Hop at Premeditated Leftovers, at Handmade Tuesdays on Ladybug Blessings, at Share It Link Party at The Winthrop Chronicles, at Totally Tasty Tuesdays at Mandy’s Recipe Box, at Traditional Tuesday at Intentionally Domestic, at Teach Me Tuesdays at Growing Home,    at Slightly Indulgent Tuesday at Simply Sugar and Gluten Free,  at Domestically Divine Tuesday at Far Above Rubies, at Works For Me Wednesday at We Are That Family, at Healthy 2Day Wednesday at Authentic Simplicity,  at Allergy Free Wednesday at Whole New Mom, at Welcome Home Wednesday at Raising Arrows, at Cast Party Wednesday at Lady Behind The Curtain, at Fresh Foods Wednesday at Gastronomical Sovereignty, at Show and Share Wednesday at Mostly Homemade Mom, at Wellness Wednesday at Intoxicated On Life,  at Wednesday Extravaganza at Hungry Little Girl, at Wonderful Wednesday at Ducks in a Row, at Wonderful Food Wednesday at All She Cooks,  at Gluten Free Wednesday at The Gluten Free Homemaker, at Whole Foods Wednesday at This Chick Cooks, at Alive and Thrive Thursday at Gluten Free Yummy, at Full Plate Thursday at Miz Helen’s Country Cottage, at Frugal Food Thursday at Frugal Follies, at Thrive at Home at Live Called, at The Project Stash at 7 Alive, at Fantastic Thursday at Five Little Chefs, at Thriving on Thursday at Domesblissity, at Tasty Thursdays at The Mandatory Mooch, at Thursday’s Treasures at Chocolate, Chocolate, and More,  at Proverbs 31 Thursday at Raising Mighty Arrows, at Simple Lives Thursday at My Humble Kitchen, at Pin It Thursday at Sweet Bella Roos, at Natural Living Link Up at Little Natural Cottage, at Catch as Catch Can at My Repurposed Life, at Fellowship Fridays at Christian Mommy Blogger, at From the Farm at Fresh Eggs Daily, at Shine On Fridays at One Artsy Mama,  at Foodie Friday on Simple Living and Eating, at Freedom Fridays at My Turn For Us, at Friday Favorites on Simply Sweet Home,  at Foodie Friday at Rattlebridge Farm, at Weekend Wonders at The Thriftiness Miss, at Friday Food Frenzie at Mostly Food and Crafts,  at Weekend Potluck at Sunflower Supper Club, at Simple Meals Friday at Nourishing Simplicity, at Serenity Saturday at Serenity You, at Sweet and Savory  Saturdays at Dessert Now Dinner Later,  at Think Pink Sunday on Flamingo Toes, at Weekend Whatever at Creative Christian Mama, at Friday Favorite Finds at Finding Joy In My Kitchen, at Homestead Barn Hop at The Prairie Homestead, at Make Your Own Monday at Nourishing Treasures, at Better Mom Monday, at A Round Tuit at Creating My Way to Success, at Mix It Up Monday at Flour Me With Love,  at Melt In Your Mouth Monday at Make Ahead Meals for Busy Moms, at Marvelous Mondays at This Gal Cooks, at Recipe Sharing Monday at Jam Hands,  at Clever Chicks at The Chicken Chick, at Inspiration Monday at I Should Be Mopping The Floor,  at In And Out of the Kitchen at Feeding Big, at Trim Healthy Tuesday,  and at Homemade Mondays at Frugal by Choice Cheap by Necessity.

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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 three children, Annie (June 2009), Andy (August 2012) and Eli (September 2014). 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, Youtube, Pinterest and more to keep up with her daily antics.


  1. Melissa says:

    the link for #12 isn’t working right now. Thanks for the link up. I love Tuesdays :)

  2. Karen Miller says:

    I am hoping you can help me with a few questions/problems. First, is the slow cooker cookbook THM-friendly? Second, I am new to pinterest so I don’t know if I am pinning your recipes correctly. When I go to retrieve them in pinterest, I do not get a direct link to the recipe. It goes to your blog, but not that specific recipe.

    • Hi Karen! Yes, the slow cooker is very friendly. I post a THM recipe for the crock every Friday. You can find some older ones in the index:
      As far as pinning goes, when I pin something it goes straight to the recipe page. Are you using the Pin It button on your task bar?

  3. I’m not sure why it’s not working for you – it takes me straight there. :-(

  4. Thanks for the link up Stacy! Many yummy things to check out!

  5. I’m a big fan of light meals in the summer too. I make a lot of stir-fry since they are healthy and easy :)

  6. winnie rottem says:

    I like light meals (not only during summer), and I loooooooove the veggie fry (although without the chicken)

  7. What an absolutely DELICIOUS recipe!!!! I am obsessed with it and that chicken looks fantastic!

  8. wow so many delicious recipes! Hugs

  9. :-)

  10. Enjoy!

  11. Diane Balch says:

    Super healthy and delicious looking meal. Thanks for sharing it with us on foodie friday.

  12. That is so sad that you don’t like shrimp anymore. It’s one of my favourite foods–if that happens to me when I’m pregnant, I honestly don’t know how I’ll handle it! I will eat extra shrimp from now on just in case(: So I’ll be making this both ways–first with chicken, also with shrimp.

  13. Thanks for hosting!

  14. Hannah Babiak says:

    Made this tonight for supper and it was incredibly tasty. Thanks for posting it!

  15. Hooray! We love it and I’m so glad you did too!

  16. Katie @Nourishing Simplicity says:

    Stacy, thanks for sharing at Simple Meals Friday! Your post was featured again this week!

  17. Hooray!!! Thank you!

  18. homemaidsimple says:

    Hey Stacey, the stir fry looks wonderful! I’m still new to quinoa, but using it instead of rice in stir fry sounds perfect! Thanks for sharing this on Foodie Friday last week, I’ve featured you at today’s party

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