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Mel’s Easy Peasy Turkey Meatballs


Some nights I just dont want to take a whole bunch of time cooking, however I always want a good healthy dinner on the table! I dont know about you but The Dickson Home stays busy,between my 7 year old and my 3 month old sometimes I feel like a professional juggler! Last night I came up with an easy and HEALTHY dinner! It got rave reviews from my son (who is quite possibly the pickiest eater I know)!

Easy Peasy Meatballs:

2 lbs ground turkey (I use 99%fat free)

1tbs onion poweder, garlic powder 

2 tsp smoked paprika

Salt & black pepper to taste

1 egg

4 light rye wasa crackers (blended in food processor)

Preheat oven to 350. Combine all ingredients in a medium size bowl & mix until spices are evenly disbursed. Next roll meat mixture into balls they should be 1 1/2 inch in diameter. In a Medium non-stick frying pan spray with  “Pam”  brown meatballs on all sides. Transfer to a parchment lined baking sheet & bake at 350(f) for 20 min. 


I served these over brown rice with steamed veggies, but i can see using these meatballs for spaghetti & meatballs, meatball subs, meatballs and gravy, swedish meatballs… Really the possiblities are endless, They are so versatile, low fat, low carb NOT low on flavor! For those readers following THM these meatballs are a Fuel Pull & can be used in both S & E meals. 

Enjoy <3 Mel

Melissa’s Satisfying Chocolate Chip Muffins

CC_MuffinsWhile everyone in the world is jumping on the pumpkin bandwagon , I am over here craving chocolate chip muffins! I absolute adore the Trim Healthy Mama Baking Blend of flours! The texture is light and airy like my favorite high carb muffins made with sugar and  white flour. This Muffin recipe is full of protien, low glycemic, and VERY waiste line friendly. The best part? It tastes so good you will feel  like you are CHEATING !! This recipe makes  about 12 regular size muffinsor 24 mini muffins. They all diappear in my house too quickly to store but I would say they will last about a week in the fridge. I hope you love as much as we do, even my super picky 6 year old loves these muffins!

<3 Mel

CC_MuffinsWhat you will need:

1 1/2 Cup THM Baking Blend

1TBS+1/4 tsp  Baking Powder

1 & 1/4 tsp Baking soda

1/2 cup Butter melted & Cooled

1/2 Cup THM Sweet Blend or 3/4 Cup Truvia

3 Large Eggs

1 Cup Almond Milk

1 tbs Vanilla Extract

1/8 tsp Black Strap Molasses

1/2 Bag sugar free chocolate chips (I use Lily’s)


What to do:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees f. Cream together Butter, Sweet blend, eggs, vanilla, & molasses . In a seperate bowl Mix all dry ingredients and add to your butter mix a scoop at a time stirring in each time you add the dry mix. Slowly mix in the 1 cup almond milk & stir until combined  then slowly stir in the chocolate chips. Scoop into a prepared muffin tin, and bake on 425 for 7 min lower the temperature to 375 and bake an additional 15 Min. allow to cool & enjoy!!!

This recipe is Low Carb, Gluten Free, & A THM S or Satisfying meal.


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Chili Pork Chops

 A favorite meal in our house is Pork Chops, normally I throw them in marinade and then grill them. Tonight we were wanting something different. Growing up my mom always made shake n’ bake pork chops, or shake n’ bake chicken. Can I make a culinary confession? I LOVE SHAKE N BAKE!! Well now that I am a Trim Healthy Mama, store bought shake n bake is a no, no…  So I went for the next best thing… Home made shake n’ bake!

This Low carb recipe is  THM {S} or Satisfying meal. It is easy, quick and full of flavor!

Chili Pork Chops

Chili Pork Chops
Serves 6
A tasty home made shake n' bake pork chop
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Prep Time
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Cook Time
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Total Time
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Prep Time
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Cook Time
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Total Time
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  1. Pork Chops (Or any other meat you like)
  2. 1 Bag Pork Rinds
  3. 1/4 Cup Red Chili Powder
  4. 2 TBS Garlic Powder
  5. 2 TBS Onion Powder
  6. 2 TSP Salt
  7. 1 TSP Black Pepper
  1. Preheat your oven o 400 degrees. Pour bag of pork rinds, and all seasonings into the blender or food processor and bend until the pork rinds are crumbles. Pour the dry mix into a gallon size zip lock bag, then toss in a pork chop and toss until coated on all sides. repeat with all your pork chops.
  1. If you try to toss more than one pork chop at a time I find they don't get evenly coated.
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Sugar Free Teriyaki Marinade

 Growing up in the Chavez  family it was traditional for us to have Teriyaki everything… Steak, Chicken, Shrimp… You name it we marinaded it in teriyaki. It actually has become a bit of a jokebetween all of us. Needless to say I LOVE TERIYAKI! The only problem is that is it SUGAR filled and not so good for you! 

Well I have finally come up with the solution! 

imageSugar Free Teriyaki Marinade:

1/2 Cup Braggs Liquid Aminos

1/2 Cup Chicken Broth

2″ Piece of fresh ginger (finely minced) OR 2 Tsp Ground Ginger

1 TBS Minced Garlic

3 TBS THM Sweet Blend Or 5 TBS Truvia

1/2 medium yellow onion

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and pour over your favorite meat and let it marinade. I recommend over night.

Shake Shake Shake- Simple Smoothies

I love thick creamy cold smoothies that really just remind me of a Milk Shake, but when I am at work all day I don’t have access to my blender, Ice, and ingredients. So I have come up with a few Simple Almond Milk Smoothies that only require a blender bottle. I make these up the night before work and put them in my lunch bag and then give them a really good shake right before drinking I find that this helps all the flavors to really meld together and makes them MUCH more satisfying.  Make sure you take a sip & have the sweetener to your tastes. For those of us on Trim Healthy Mama these are all Fuel Pull, or Low Carb & Low Fat! Slightly embarrassing confession: I might sing “Shake your Booty” by KC & the Sunshine band while I shake, shake, shake these together!  (It’s playing in your head now isn’t it?)almond-milk-in-a-jar

Churro Almond Milk Simple Smoothie: {FP}

12 oz.  Unsweetened Almond Milk

1 tsp. MCT Oil (If you don’t have any just leave it out)

½ Scoop Whey Protein Powder (Use a full scoop if this will be a meal)

½ tsp. Vanilla

½ tsp. ground Cinnamon

1 tsp. THM Sweet Blend (more if you use Truvia) or 2 donks THM Pure stevia

 Pour all ingredients into blender bottle with the metal ball and Shake, Shake, Shake! Make sure you take a sip & have the sweetener to your tastes.


Resees Peanut Butter cup Simple Smoothie: {FP}

12 oz.  Unsweetened Almond Milk

½ Scoop Whey Protein Powder (Use a full scoop if this will be a meal)

1 tsp. MCT Oil (If you don’t have any just leave it out)

½ tsp. Vanilla

1 TBS Cocoa Powder

1/2 TBS Defatted Peanut Flour

1 tsp. THM Sweet Blend (more if you use Truvia) or 2 donks THM Pure stevia

 Pour all ingredients into blender bottle with the metal ball and Shake, Shake, Shake!Make sure you take a sip & have the sweetener to your tastes.


Strawberries & Cream Simple Smoothie: {FP}

12 oz.  Unsweetened Almond Milk

½ Scoop Whey Protein Powder (Use a full scoop if this will be a meal)

1 tsp. MCT Oil (If you don’t have any just leave it out)

1 tsp. whipping cream

½ tsp. Vanilla

3TBS Gwen’s Berry Syrup

1 tsp. THM Sweet Blend (more if you use Truvia) or 2 donks THM Pure stevia

 Pour all ingredients into blender bottle with the metal ball and Shake, Shake, Shake!Make sure you take a sip & have the sweetener to your tastes.


Snickers Bar Simple Smoothie: {FP}

12 oz.  Unsweetened Almond Milk

½ Scoop Whey Protein Powder (Use a full scoop if this will be a meal)

1 tsp. MCT Oil (If you don’t have any just leave it out)

½ tsp. Vanilla Extract

1 tsp. Carmel Extract

1 TBS Cocoa Powder

2 tsp.  Defatted Peanut Flour

1 tsp. THM Sweet Blend (more if you use Truvia) or 2 donks THM Pure stevia

Pour all ingredients into blender bottle with the metal ball and Shake, Shake, Shake!Make sure you take a sip & have the sweetener to your tastes.

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A letter From a Struggling Survivor

Over the last few months of my life, I have done some MAJOR biting of my tongue when people say some pretty dumb things to me after they found out I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in early November 2014. I am writing this not out of anger (although at times there was definite anger in my bones when people said some of these things.) but I write this to try and help you understand what these questions make you feel like when you are on the other side of them & what you should be saying instead.

  Here are my top 4 things to never say to a thyroid cancer survivor:

♥ Well if you had to get cancer, you got the good kind with Thyroid Cancer.

This is by far the stupidest statement I have ever heard and yes there is some bitterness to this statement. NO CANCER IS A GOOD CANCER! Yes MOST thyroid cancer has a good prognosis and can be treated. But the after effects of this disease are life long, unlike many other types of cancer which are treated and then you go back to normal living after recovery. Survivors are now dependent on medication that has to be taken everyday in order to regulate their body, they deal with nerve pain, hair loss, poor immune system, lack of energy, brain fog, and depression. It can take years before doctors are able to regulate hormone levels in their body and get them back to functioning. You live with Thyroid cancer for the rest of your life. You have to go for scans, and live with a fear that one day 70% of survivors will have a recurrence 5-10 years from initial treatment.  No part of this is good, not one bit of it. SO please stop saying it to people, it is demeaning to the battle they are fighting and minimizes everything they are going through in their life and the things that they don’t even know are coming. ALL CANCER IS BAD, it all has LIFE long consequences that survivors will deal with forever, let just all agree on that now Ok?

♥It will get better, just don’t be so negative.

My inner eternal optimist has been semi-permanently silenced for a while. Getting the news of cancer has put duct tape over her mouth and told her to sit in the corner, because there is NO upside to cancer. You see; when you can’t remember what it felt like to wake up and feel good sometimes you just don’t know that it will get better. So you start learning to not hope for it, and you teach yourself how to accept where you are and how to deal with what you have now, the good, the bad, and the awful. You whine and complain, (a lot more that you used to) but you also appreciate the days that you do feel good a lot more than you used too also.  Someday I hope my inner eternal optimist will break free and start shining again, until then could you just love me for where I am and deal with the negativity for a while?

♥ Well now that you got the all clear from your doctor why are you still so sad?

My body & mind just went through major trauma. In my case I went from being the healthiest I have ever been to the absolute sickest I have ever been to being “all clear” in a matter of 9 weeks. It is a lot to process, and there was no second opinions, no time to stop and think or process any of it. I am still in survival mode, and am trying to dig my way out, so please understand that I want to feel relieved and happy—I just don’t remember how.

♥ When are you going to be back to Normal you again?

If I knew the answer to this question I would be counting down the days. The truth is after listening to many survivors I will never be the old normal again. That is a loss that I am grieving so please just doesn’t expect me to be who I used to be. I will eventually get to a person who might resemble the person I used to be, I hope that I will come out on that side an even more awesome version of myself but at this point I just don’t know.


Here are my top 5 things that you should be saying instead.

  • Thyroid cancer SUCKS! Let’s talk about how much it sucks!
  • I will be positive enough for both of us for now, hoping to someday show you the silver lining in life again and set your inner eternal optimist free.
  • I am sorry you went through all of this, and understand that you are still sad and processing, I am here with tissues and ice cream ready to listen any time you need me.
  • You are still you and I love you for what you are now and who you will become.
  • What can I do to help you through this?


I cried while writing all of this afraid to be hurting those who I love so much, sometimes you have to tell the truth even when you know it will hurt.  I hope this helps someone out there to know you aren’t the only one struggling through recovery, and I hope it helps a loved one know how they can better help.

With love~ <3 a struggling survivor.thyroid_cancer_survivor_womens_tank_top

Momma Uglier’s Caldito

It is crazy weather here in Dallas about a week ago it was nearly 80 and then this week it is FREEZING!! So this is what I call soup weather! One of my favorite soups is my mom’s  “Caldito” (Translation little soup) it is a very humble soup, beef, onion and potato. If you eat low carb or happen to be a trim healthy mama white potatoes are a no-no because they are a very high glycemic food and cause a surge of insulin which creates a fat storing nightmare when you are trying to lose weight or even maintain.  All I have been craving is mom’s caldito, there was really only one solution; I tweaked my mom’s recipe to make it Low Carb, or a THM S. we usually serve this soup with warmed flour tortillas or saltine crackers.  Honestly we all like it a little bit different My dad loves this with saltine crackers, my 5 year old loves this with cheddar cheese and a flour tortilla quesadilla. I served mine with a low carb tortilla quesadilla and cheese and sour cream. You can make it your own! I hope you enjoy this simple and yummy taste of my family’s favorite soup, let me know what you think!

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Momma Uglier’s  Caldito

1-2 Lb. Grass-fed ground beef (I use lean but it is up to you)

2 large bunches of Radishes cleaned and cut in half

1 yellow onion diced

24oz Beef broth

¼ cup Chili powder

1 tsp Cumin

2 tsp chopped Garlic

¼ tsp cayenne (if you like spicy add more, if you don’t add less)

1 small can Tomato sauce

Salt and pepper to taste


Add butter or coconut oil and melt add radishes and sear them on all sides then add yellow onion and ground beef allow to cook until browned on all sides. Next add the tomato sauce, salt and pepper, Spices, and beef broth. Allow flavors to meld a few minutes and then taste the broth to make sure it doesn’t need anything else, Bring all to a rolling boil and then simmer on a low heat for 60 min or until your radishes are fork tender. Turn off Allow soup to cool a little serve hot with optional toppings of shredded cheese, and sour cream. 

Happy One Year Trimaversary!

Sistersphoto 2What a difference a year makes! I can’t believe that it has been a year since I started Trim Healthy mama! For 6 months before I started my Sister Diana had been hounding me (yes Diana you hounded me!) She even gave me the used car salesman speech “Melissa what can I do to help you get into this life style change?” For 6 month I made excuse after excuse, about why I couldn’t do this… I was too busy, too broke, too whatever to change. The bottom line is I wasn’t ready to take a leap and try again to lose weight. After 15 years of trying, and failing I had truly in my heart of hearts given up all hope that I would ever get bellow a size 24. That is until I finally sat down, and READ the book. I remember sitting in my parent’s living room with tears streaming down my face as I read this book that for the first time in my adult life gave me a hope of health, and weight loss.

The day before I started this journey my sister and I had taken a road trip to Austin and spent 90% of the time talking about this lifestyle, about how I could do it. We laughed and planned together for 4 hours down to Austin and 4 hours back. The next day I jumped 100% whole heartedly and never looked back, I attended my first North Texas Meeting of Trim Healthy Mama’s, and met some amazing ladies, who have supported me every step of this last year. I have to say a quick thank you to Teri, Cynthia, and Teresa. You ladies have encouraged and cheered me on this past year and I am so thankful for you! In my first week I ate! I actually was able to eat and eat well – all the while LOSING weight! I remember my mom actually calling my sister and asking her “Diana is Melissa supposed to be eating this much?” Diana Laughed and replied “Yes mom, she is supposed to eat and be satisfied!”

I lost 30 Pounds that first month and a half, and then another 30 by summer time, and then another 20 by my birthday! And by years end I had lost an accumulative 80 POUNDS! I started the year at a size 24 in clothes and ended in a 14/16! This wasn’t an easy year for me, there were times when I was frustrated, and would look at the scale and wonder why it wasn’t moving, I would feel sorry for myself and then remember where I started! I would look in the mirror or at a picture at times and think to myself “who is that person” I remember walking by a glass window and seeing my reflection and stopping and looking at myself. For the first time in my life I wasn’t ashamed of my reflection. I started the year pre-diabetic, hypertensive, and morbidly obese- I ended the year with perfect blood glucose levels, perfect blood pressure, and obese not MORBIDLY obese. I can run, and play with my son! I can clean my house and not be exhausted. I can stand for 8 hour shift at work and then come home and still stand and be a mom! I have so much energy it is amazing. After battling with thyroid cancer at the end of the year I made a decision: if I never lost another pound, I would still stay a trim healthy mama for life. Why? Because the HEALTH I have gained in this LIFESTYLE change is far more priceless and more valuable to me than ever losing another pound. I was able to undergo MAJOR surgery, and recover in a week, why? Because my body was healthy! This wouldn’t have been possible without Trim Healthy Mama. I am still recovering from surgery and cancer treatments right now and my energy levels are not where they were, I am positive that without my Trim Healthy Life, I would be leaps and bounds behind where I am right now. This isn’t a lose weight quick scheme, or an overnight change. This is a LIFESTYLE change. It takes time to learn this way of life, to cut out old bad habits and create new healthy ones. It took me a good couple of months before this life style became second nature. Not I can truly say Trim Healthy Mama for Life!


Here are my 10 favorite tips for success:

1) Read the book! I thought that this was way more complicated and difficult than it actually is, once I read the book it was exactly what it claims to be: “A common sense guide” to a healthy life! Pinterest, Bloggers & the Facebook groups are a great SUPPLEMENT to the TRIM HEALTHY MAMA book, but just like any supplement they will only get you so far! You have to go to the source if you want to TRULY be successful in this lifestyle.

2) Start making small changes as you read the book, cut out sugar & white flour, buy more fresh veggies, and start labeling your foods

3) Give recipes from the book a second try if you don’t like them the first time or a first try if you are like me and think to yourself “really cottage cheese?” I promise your taste buds change!

4) Take a before Picture and Measurements! The weeks that the scale wasn’t moving, looking at pictures of the day I started really helped me to see the change. Looking at my measurements also really helped encourage me also!

5) Pick a mini goal to achieve, when you achieve that pick a new one. I buy a super cute outfit in my next goal size, and hang it up in my room so that when I look at it every day I say to myself, I can’t wait to be able to wear that outfit! When you try it on and it fits, that feeling is priceless!

6) Make a list of things you want to be able to do, things that have NOTHING to do with a scale, or measurements! Here are a couple of mine: I want to walk to the park without using my inhaler, I want to wear a skirt without my thighs chaffing, I want to come home from a 12 hour shift and not have my back & knees hurt, I want to come home from work and have enough energy to play with my son.

7) Be kind to yourself! This is a learning process; it isn’t an overnight change for everyone. You didn’t form unhealthy habits in a day, or gain excess weight overnight… It is going to take time to break those habits! So be kind to yourself!

8) Plan what you are going to eat until it becomes second nature! I plan my Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and two snacks a day. It makes it easier because I don’t have to think when I am hungry- I just look at my menu! You can down load my blank menu plan here. Or here is a link to 3 weeks of completed menus to get your started.

9) Find a friend to do it with you & hold you accountable in the beginning! I couldn’t have done this without my sister there cheering me on and answering my four billion questions.

10) See one, Do one, Teach one… You’ve read the testimonies– you have learned to live this lifestyle—now teach someone else how to do it! Give someone a book, and help them to learn to be a Trim Healthy Mama or Man!


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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

It’s has been super cold here in Dallas, and what makes me feel more warm and cozy than Cookies? Not much! I had a huge cookie craving the other night, but I didn’t want just chocolate chip! I wanted Peanut Butter and chocolate chip! So I toyed with my Chocolate Chip Recipe and this is what I came up with… My 5 year old son Ethan said “Mom these are super yummy!” and then ate 4! the best part is these cookies are sugar-free, and packed with protein, and healthy fat! So I zero guilt enjoying them and ZERO mom guilt for letting Ethan eat to his hearts content!

For those of us who are following Trim Healthy Mama these cookies are a Satifying or S snack/Dessert. If you haven’t checked out THM yet and would like to know more, I highly encourage you to go to their Web Page. 



1/2 C Butter
1/4 C Natural Creamy Peanut Butter (Chunky would be great too) 

 3 TBS THM Sweet Blend      

1/8 Tsp black strap molasses
2 tsp Vanilla
2 Eggs
1/2 tsp Baking soda
1/2 tsp Salt
11/2 cups Blanched Almond flour   

1 Cup Defatted Peanut Flour
1 1/4 C Lilly’s (Stevia sweetened) Chocolate chips

Directions:                                                                                                                                                                                             Cream together Butter, Peanut Butter, and Sweet Blend Add Eggs, Molasses Vanilla & Salt
in a separate Bowl Mix Almond Flour, Defatted Peanut Flour, & Baking Soda. Then incorporate into wet ingredients a little at a time making sure they are mixed in completely.
Fold in chocolate chips and place in the fridge for 15 min to firm up
Roll into Balls about one inch in diameter and then flatten into perfect little circles place onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper (DO NOT grease it will cause the bottoms to burn)

Bake for 325° 15-18 min allow to cool and enjoy with a Trimachino Rich or a glass of almond milk. (MMMMM YUM)

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Peanut butter chocolate chip cookies
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  1. 1/2 C Butter
  2. 1/4 C Natural Creamy Peanut Butter (Chunky would be great too)
  3. 3 TBS THM Sweet Blend
  4. 1/8 Tsp black strap molasses
  5. 2 tsp Vanilla
  6. 2 Eggs
  7. 1/2 tsp Baking soda
  8. 1/2 tsp Salt
  9. 11/2 cups Blanched Almond flour
  10. 1 Cup Defatted Peanut Flour
  11. 1 1/4 C Lilly’s (Stevia sweetened) Chocolate chips
  1. Cream together Butter, Peanut Butter, and Sweet Blend Add Eggs, Molasses Vanilla & Salt
  2. in a separate Bowl Mix Almond Flour, Defatted Peanut Flour, & Baking Soda. Then incorporate into wet ingredients a little at a time making sure they are mixed in completely.
  3. Fold in chocolate chips and place in the fridge for 15 min to firm up
  4. Roll into Balls about one inch in diameter and then flatten into perfect little circles place onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper (DO NOT grease it will cause the bottoms to burn)
  5. Bake at 325° for 15-18 min allow to cool
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Mel’s Taco Wings {S}

Every Wednesday I host a home group for my church, there are about 10 of us who meet together and pray, laugh (A LOT), and we dig into the word! This evening makes my whole week, it is by far one of my favorite days of the week. We also EAT! This week was my week to prepare dinner for everyone, and I wanted Wings! It helped that my local grocery store  had family packs on sale for $1.19 per pound! My mom makes the yummiest taco wings, growing up and they were one of my favorite treats! They were a little spicy, and had this yummy flavor. The only problem is that my mom’s wings were made with a prepackaged taco seasoning. Not so great for my Trim Healthy waistline. Pre-packed apices have sugar, & fillers that I no longer include in my regular diet. So I really only had one option! Recreate my own Taco seasoning!

Mel’s Sugar Free Taco Seasoning:


Two LB taco wings prepared

¼ Cup Chili Powder

3 tsp Mineralized Salt (regular table salt is fine)

2 tsp. ground Black pepper

1 tsp. ground white pepper

3 TBS Paprika

2 TBS Garlic powder (Not Garlic Salt, or your wings will be WAY to salty)

2 TBS Onion Powder

3 TBS ground Cumin

¼ tsp Cayenne Pepper (for some heat, add more or less to your preference)

½ tsp. THM Sweet Blend (1 tsp. for Truvia)

You just Measure, Pour into bowl and mix well. Keep it in an air tight container to prevent clumping. You could double or triple the recipe to keep on hand for easy access taco seasoning.

Now for the main event:

taco wingsMel’s Taco Wings (S)


4 lb Split chicken wings

½ Cup Melted Coconut Oil (Or Butter)

Full Recipe of Mel’s Taco Seasoning

Add melted coconut oil or butter to a large bowl, then mix in your Taco Seasoning and in your wings about ¼ of the batch at a time. Toss them around in the bowl until completely covered, repeat with remaining wings. Lay your wings out evenly on a foil covered baking sheet (this will take more than one sheet to do) cover with foil & bake at 325 for an hour, remove foil and bake for another 20 min. Allow a few minutes to cool, and then serve hot with your favorite ranch, celery & carrots (If you are a THM this is and S so watch how many carrots)