Introducing: Mimic Mondays for the Holidays

I’m of the opinion today that every day should have some kind of theme, in terms of posts. Mondays….Mondays are always kind of rough for me; It’s the start of a new work week, new week of homework/assignments, blah. But this week is special because of the holiday. I only work 3 days this week! (Squeal of happiness).

As it goes, I’ve been on a weight loss journey for the past 14 months and have definitely fallen stagnant. It’s so hard to maintain motivation for a long period of time, especially when you feel like you’re not having as much success as you would like. Over the past couple of months, I’ve put on a couple pounds – maybe 1 or 2 realistically – but I know I need to at least maintain my current weight through the holidays. So, my new thing for mondays will be: turning fatty, high calorie holiday favorites into recipes that aren’t as bad on the waistline. I guess I’ll call it “Mimic Mondays for the Holidays”…

My husband signed me up to make green bean casserole for Thanksgiving on Thursday at his mom’s…..Now, I know. Green bean casserole is easy. BUT no one makes it like my mom does. I swear. Every time I see commercials for it, or read the recipes on the cans or bag of french’s fried onions, I weep. It will not taste like home. And as I am especially homesick lately, I’m using my mom’s recipe. Because it is so full of awesome.

Nicole’s Mom’s Green Bean Casserole (modified for “healthiness”)


  • 2 cans of cut green beans – nothing fancy. You can theoretically use fresh, but I have no experience doing this. It would probably be another good way to cut down on sodium, but will change the way that you make the noms
  • 2 cans of low fat and/or reduced sodium cream of mushroom soup
  • 1/2 pound of reduced sodium turkey bacon
  • 1, 12 oz can of french’s fried onions… Do they even make these in a fat free option? Probably not.


  • Pre-heat oven to 350
  • Set aside an 8×8 square baking pan (of course you can make more than this; for a 9×13 pan, you realistically will want 3-4 cans of beans, and 2-3 cans of COM soup)
  • Cut bacon into smaller pieces and fry in a skillet til done
  • Drain one can of green beans; keep the liquid in one of the cans
  • Crush half the can of the french fried onions in a separate baggy (or bowl)
  • In a mixing bowl, mix together green beans (including liquid from the one un-drained can), COM soup, bacon and crushed fried onions.
  • Pour into your baking pan. Top with left over, uncrushed fried onions
  • Bake for 45 minutes
  • YUM


Random side note: I was at Nordstrom’s on Saturday, and they have a lot of fashion color bras (Claudette, Freya, Elomi, etc.) and panties on sale, for up to 50% off. A good time to snag a bra if you want to be able to try one on in store and pay less.

I hope you enjoyed the first installment of “Mimic Mondays for the Holidays” 🙂 Let me know what you think of it and if you want to see more next week 


7 thoughts on “Introducing: Mimic Mondays for the Holidays

  1. What an excellent idea! I try to customize recipes to be healthier too, but also because I can’t eat some of the rich food anymore after changing my diet. Of course, during the holidays, I do tend to splurge a little more than usual. 🙂

  2. I’m curious, have you ever heard of Health At Every Size? It is a science-based approach to wellness, in which the focus is on eating competence (eating intuitively and healthfully) and fitness for the sake of health. It is much more healthy, in my opinion, than the current focus on “weight loss journeys” and dieting for weight loss. You might find the concept very helpful.

    • Hi!

      I appreciate the suggestion! Over the course of the last year, I have learned to eat healthy. Honestly, I would just rather do that than lose weight. But, I have high blood pressure and no longer have a thyroid gland (which complicates things). My husband and I have been trying to conceive for the last 14 months, so unfortunately, I do have to work on losing weight.

      Although my weight is *not* related to the high blood pressure, there is a huge history of diabetes in my family, which would put me at risk for diabetes during pregnancy. Also, the blood pressure meds I am on can cause miscarriages (I’ve already had one because of it).

      • I also have a hypothyroid condition. Hypo makes it very hard to lose weight in general. I also learned recently that I have Insulin Resistance, which can be caused by hypo. If you have not been tested for IR I encourage you to get tested!

        I really think that with health conditions that make weight loss difficult, you need to get to the bottom of those and make sure you are adequately treated, before you can even look at changing your weight. And I also think that basically addressing health leads to healthy weight.

        There is growing evidence that the same conditions that cause weight gain cause diabetes- i.e. that it is not obesity that causes diabetes, but that diabetes and obesity have the same cause. (My family also has a history of diabetes.) It is easy to forget that diabetes is a hormonal problem!

        If you haven’t visited a really thorough endo and been tested for IR, I strongly recommend it. It is probable that losing your thyroid cast your hormones into a state of upset. And I also really strongly recommend eating whole foods rather than canned or artificially “low fat” things. Good luck!

        • I used to see an endocrinologist when I was a kid; I had my thyroid eradicated with RAI when I was 9 and have been taking synthroid since then to replace the lost hormones. I stopped seeing a specialist when I was 20, and have been going to a family doctor since. I actually just had my yearly follow up (for cholesterol, etc. – I actually see her every six months for my thyroid) and tried to talk to my doctor about natural thyroid meds. Unfortunately, she isn’t up to me trying that.

          I have been toying around with the idea of switching to a DO (instead of my current md) because I do think that the thyroid is the underlining factor in the health issues that I do have. When I was diagnosed with high blood pressure, it was also at the same time that my thyroid levels bottomed out and we had problems stabilizing them.

          The next time I talk to my doctor, I will ask about IR as it’s definitely not something she has ever mentioned, or that I have ever thought of. Then again, she did try to give me information about tennis elbow when I had a pinched ulnar nerve, so it may just be time for that switch haha

          • LOL yeah it sounds to me like you need a different doctor in general! Definitely try looking for an endocrinologist. A GP just does not have the time and resources to learn in-depth about endocrine issues.

            My endo is an OB/GYN as well and issues like hypo and IR can prevent conception. Good luck!

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