Since I’ve been eating clean and also been following the Trim Healthy Mama lifestyle, my overall health and energy level have been so much more in line with what God intended for me. Of course it’s helped my waistline as well. One thing I really miss is potato chips. Potato chips are just one of those things you can’t stop eating and after you’ve eaten more than your share, you feel guilty. I’ve found a very simple and healthy alternative…zucchini chips! Today, I thought I’d share my recipe with you. It’s inexpensive, quick, easy, and no guilt!

Zucchini Chips – THM S

  • 1 large zucchini or a few small, cut very thin (about 1/8 inch)
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Himalayan mineral salt
  • pinch garlic powder
  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • parchment paper

Preheat oven to 425. Lay a few paper towels out on the counter top. Wash zucchini and slice very thin using a mandoline slicer if you have one, cutting to about 1/8 inch, and cutting onto the paper towels. (It is very difficult to slice vegetables this thin without a mandoline, but it can be done.) Spread the zucchini slices out along the towels and lay another paper towel on top. Gently dab the zucchini to remove some of the moisture being sure not to squish it. Add remaining ingredients and zucchini to a bpa free zipper bag or container with lid. Shake to coat zucchini completely. Line a baking pan or two with parchment paper. Spread zucchini slices out evenly over parchment being sure not to layer them. Bake for approximately 15 minutes. Using tongs or a spatula, flip slices over and continue baking until lightly golden, about another 10-15 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool. They will continue cooking and getting crispy after being removed from the oven and cooled. Once they are completely cool, you can store them in an airtight container. (If you have some extra time in your day, you can also slow cook them in the oven at 225 degrees for about 2 hours. They dry and crisp nicely on a slower cook, but many days I do not have time for the longer cooking option.) Try both ways and see which you like best.

As long as I have zucchini chips around, I don’t crave those pesky store-bought potato chips. I’m so thankful for the opportunity and knowledge to return back to the clean and whole foods God intended. I hope you enjoy this guilt-free and healthy recipe for baked zucchini chips. Now get in that kitchen and bake some for your trip to the beach this summer!

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Mandy is a blessed daughter of Jesus Christ. She has the honor and privilege of being a wife to her loving husband since 1993, homeschooling mommy to four blessings, and a happy homemaker. Mandy is a Southern Belle from The Palmetto State. She enjoys inviting women to join her quest for rubies amidst the ruckus of life. One way she accomplishes this by encouraging them on her blog: Motherhood-Ruckus and Rubies based on Proverbs 31. She is a Trim Healthy Mama, whose favorite past times include being a wife and mommy, camping with her family, reading, gardening, cooking, singing, fashion, piano, decorating, crafting, and grabbing anything chocolate and a cup of coffee with friends.

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Hi sweet friends! Oh how I’ve missed you these last few weeks. So much has been going on here including recently being sick with a sinus infection. (I’m bummed because I have now broken my 2+ year wellness streak) 🙁  So needless to say that has really slowed me down and put me behind on a lot of things including my blog. I’m better now though and am playing catch up with everything. This is a post I’ve been wanting to share with you for a while and I thought this would be a perfect time to write it.

Time and convenience are always issues but cooking chicken is really quite easy and it also can save you money. Not only that, cooking it yourself tastes so much better than buying precooked chicken. It’s well worth a little planning ahead.

(The picture below was BEFORE I realized I needed to use my larger crock pot)

 

Begin by rinsing the chicken under cool running water and then pat it dry with a paper towel.

 

Next coat the inside of the crock pot with non-stick spray. Then layer the chicken inside the crock pot being careful not to layer the pieces on top of each other (my crock pot holds three chicken breasts).

 

Slice lemon thinly and place the slices on top of the chicken breasts.

 

 

Add 1/2 cup of chicken broth to the chicken in the crock pot (you can use water to reduce the amount of sodium but I prefer the enhanced flavor that the broth gives).

 

Place the lid on the crock pot and cook it on low for 5 hours.

 

Halfway through the cooking time (about 2 1/2 hours) turn the pieces of chicken over and continue cooking.

 

When the chicken is cooked thoroughly, remove it from the crock pot and slice (or dice) the pieces depending on what you are preparing it for. You can also freeze it after it has cooled completely for use later. I’m sure after you try this recipe that your chicken will taste so much better and that it didn’t take much more effort to prepare than pre-cooked chicken. 

*Always check the internal temperature of the meat with a food thermometer before serving it. The Food Safety Inspection Service of the USDA recommends cooking poultry to a minimum of 165* Fahrenheit in order to prevent a risk of food-borne illness.

If you would like to learn more about food safety, you may do so at their website in the link below.

http://www.foodsafety.gov/keep/charts/mintemp.html

Love & Blessings!

Anna

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Anna is the devoted wife and helpmate to her beloved husband Dr. Robert Taylor. Having always loved the Proverbs 31 woman, she felt her calling to be a stay-at-home mother to their four children. Though she and her husband are now empty nesters, Anna still enjoys being there for her children just as she was when they lived at home. She has a heart for God and is strong in her faith as a Christian. She used her skills for homemaking and frugality to raise their children and now uses those same skills to be a blessing to others through her blog. Anna also practices the art of hospitality and enjoys cooking and sharing her faith to feed the body as well as the soul. Her hobbies include crafting, gardening, fitness and photography, and she can be found at The Joyful Wife or on Face Book.

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June Fuentes is the happy wife to Steve and blessed homeschooling mother to eight beautiful children that they are raising for the Lord. She has a heart to see mothers all around the world grasp the vision of biblical motherhood and to see this noble role restored in the 21st century to the glory of God. June strongly believes that weak homes equate a weak nation and therefore blogs at A Wise Woman Builds Her Home to minister to Christian women on how to build up strong Christian homes. She is also the owner of Raising Homemakers, and is the author of the encouraging eBooks, True Christian Motherhood and How to Build a Strong Christian Home. She is the founder of Wise Woman Consulting, her service to teach women how to successfully make money blogging at home and a consultant for Lilla Rose, where you can find unique and beautiful hair products. She would love for you to join her on the journey to biblical womanhood on Facebook and Twitter at @wisewomanbuilds.

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Today we have a post by our sweet contributor Rebekah:

We talk a lot these days, particularly in conservative Christian circles, about the fact that wise women build their homes, while foolish women tear theirs down (Proverbs 14:1). This emphasis is important, to be sure. After all, as the home goes, so oftentimes goes the church and the culture at large. Certainly a lot is at stake and the work we are doing within the four walls of our homes is crucial, world-changing work that is not to be taken lightly. Undoubtedly, we as women should be focusing on building our homes.

The problem, I believe, comes when we take this truth that wise women build their homes and then run with it, taking on the false belief that it all depends on us, that if we don’t do things just so, if we don’t dot all the Is and cross all the Ts, if we aren’t 100% intentional with our every waking moment, if we aren’t catechizing our children from sun up ’til sun down, then it will all fall apart and our children will automatically wind up heathens. As a result, we’re left with an epidemic of overwhelmed, overworked, stressed out, burnt out homemakers.

The Lord Builds the House

While we should indeed embrace the idea that, if we are wise, we women will be working to build up our homes, we need to likewise hold to the realization that, ultimately speaking, it is God who builds the house, not us. If He is not ultimately in charge and relied on for the fruit that we hope our work to produce within our homes, then we are working in vain. Consider the words of Psalm 127:1-2:

Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; Unless the Lord guards the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows; for so He gives His beloved sleep.”

You see, sweet mamas, it doesn’t all depend on you! Hopefully you’re able to take a deep breath of relief at that freeing truth today. While it is certainly true that we have specific God-given responsibilities to fulfill within our homes – those of teaching our children the ways of God as we go throughout our day (Deuteronomy 6:6-7), training our children up in the way they should go (Proverbs 22:6), looking well to the ways of our households (Proverbs 31:27), loving our husbands and children (Titus 2:4), and being faithful homemakers (Titus 2:5), we nevertheless were never given the weight of responsibility we so often heap upon ourselves – that of the outcome of those endeavors.

How often do we, as moms, feel like we have forever failed our children and doomed them to destruction if we miss a day of catechism or Bible reading with them or don’t take the time to get down on the floor and play or sit on the couch and snuggle with them or loose our tempers or sleep in too late one morning and don’t manage to get through our to-do list? We need to remember to let go and let God, to be still and know that He is God (Psalm 46:10). We need to remember the teaching of Paul in 1 Corinthians 3:6 that while we may indeed be responsible to plant the seed, it is God Who gives the increase. Not us.

The Lord has called us to be faithful to teach and train our children, to love and submit to our husbands, and to clean and manage our homes, but never once has He called us to act as the Holy Spirit, expecting us to do the heart-work in our children or to be the one to change our husband’s sinful tendencies. Only He can do those things.

Take a Breath!

So, today, dear mamas and fellow homemakers, be encouraged! Know down deep in your toes that even if you fail to measure up in some way today (and, trust me, you will – we’re all still a work in progress!), there is grace. There is the righteousness of God that has already been imputed to your account as His child. There is the sovereignty of God we can rest in and rely on when we come to the end of our rope and find our efforts wanting. There is the understanding that it is precisely in those moments when we loose our temper with our children or prioritize our to-do list over time training them in the Word, that our own need for God becomes so evident to our children, and we can take that moment and turn it into the most important kind of teaching moment there is – one which shows our children their need for God, our need for God, and the grace of God that so generously covers and restores all that need. There is the truth that, ultimately, He is the One who is building our homes; we are merely His workers in that great task.

The roles, responsibilities, and daily duties are ours, but the fruit, the results, and the end game are His. There is so much peace to be had in remembering that! To close, I just want you to ponder again the comfort and refreshment to be found in Psalm 127:1-2 and to be encouraged that our God is at work, despite our common sins and failures:

Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; Unless the Lord guards the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows; for so He gives His beloved sleep.”

 

God bless you today, ladies, as you rest in Him!

 

 

REBEKAH HARGRAVES IS A WIFE, MAMA OF TWO LITTLES, HOME BUSINESS OWNER, PODCASTER, AND BLOGGER RESIDING IN TN. HER PASSION IS TO BLESS FELLOW CHRISTIAN WOMEN THROUGH HER WRITINGS ON HER WEBSITE, HARGRAVES HOME AND HEARTH, WHICH EXISTS TO EDIFY, EQUIP, AND ENCOURAGE WOMEN IN THEIR JOURNEY OF BIBLICAL WOMANHOOD.

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June Fuentes is the happy wife to Steve and blessed homeschooling mother to eight beautiful children that they are raising for the Lord. She has a heart to see mothers all around the world grasp the vision of biblical motherhood and to see this noble role restored in the 21st century to the glory of God. June strongly believes that weak homes equate a weak nation and therefore blogs at A Wise Woman Builds Her Home to minister to Christian women on how to build up strong Christian homes. She is also the owner of Raising Homemakers, and is the author of the encouraging eBooks, True Christian Motherhood and How to Build a Strong Christian Home. She is the founder of Wise Woman Consulting, her service to teach women how to successfully make money blogging at home and a consultant for Lilla Rose, where you can find unique and beautiful hair products. She would love for you to join her on the journey to biblical womanhood on Facebook and Twitter at @wisewomanbuilds.

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The Alden children—Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny—are on their own. Brave and resourceful, they find a rusty, abandoned railroad boxcar in the woods, make it their home, and start a life of adventure.

Since its debut, the Boxcar Children Mysteries has been one of the most beloved and popular children’s collections of all time, and the first of the series was named one of the top 100 children’s novels by School Library Journal. This set includes the first twelve classic stories, following the Alden kids as they get to know their estranged grandfather, face down trouble, solve mysteries, and strengthen an unbreakable bond. The basis for an animated series, these tales are a delight for kids of all ages, and a perfect introduction to a timeless and cherished series.

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June Fuentes is the happy wife to Steve and blessed homeschooling mother to eight beautiful children that they are raising for the Lord. She has a heart to see mothers all around the world grasp the vision of biblical motherhood and to see this noble role restored in the 21st century to the glory of God. June strongly believes that weak homes equate a weak nation and therefore blogs at A Wise Woman Builds Her Home to minister to Christian women on how to build up strong Christian homes. She is also the owner of Raising Homemakers, and is the author of the encouraging eBooks, True Christian Motherhood and How to Build a Strong Christian Home. She is the founder of Wise Woman Consulting, her service to teach women how to successfully make money blogging at home and a consultant for Lilla Rose, where you can find unique and beautiful hair products. She would love for you to join her on the journey to biblical womanhood on Facebook and Twitter at @wisewomanbuilds.

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June Fuentes is the happy wife to Steve and blessed homeschooling mother to eight beautiful children that they are raising for the Lord. She has a heart to see mothers all around the world grasp the vision of biblical motherhood and to see this noble role restored in the 21st century to the glory of God. June strongly believes that weak homes equate a weak nation and therefore blogs at A Wise Woman Builds Her Home to minister to Christian women on how to build up strong Christian homes. She is also the owner of Raising Homemakers, and is the author of the encouraging eBooks, True Christian Motherhood and How to Build a Strong Christian Home. She is the founder of Wise Woman Consulting, her service to teach women how to successfully make money blogging at home and a consultant for Lilla Rose, where you can find unique and beautiful hair products. She would love for you to join her on the journey to biblical womanhood on Facebook and Twitter at @wisewomanbuilds.

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Teaching Daughters Homemaking: A 7-Year Course in One Book

by June Fuentes July 10, 2017

  Many years ago when my oldest daughters were about 10 and 15 a friend gave me this book to look through to teach homemaking to my daughters. It was Training Our Daughters to Be Keepers at Home.  I have been asked many times if there was a book or some type of curriculum that […]

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Homemaking Link-up!

by June Fuentes July 5, 2017

There are so many beautiful things about homemaking . . . and right here is the perfect place for us to encourage one another in this beautiful calling! We’d love for you to share a post or article from your blog about homemaking, whether it be about cleaning, character, cooking, etc. Our new Linkup is […]

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