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Pistachio Pea Pesto

With the return of spring comes color and new life. Add some of both to your meal with this bright and flavorful pistachio pea pesto.

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If there is an easy way to get your kids to eat vegetables it is in a sauce. Put the sauce on pasta or pizza. Instant hit!

This pistachio pea pesto is no exception. Parents love the loads of vegetables and healthy fat from nuts. Kids love the taste and color.

Easy “peasy.”

The really great thing about this pesto is how easy it is to make. Only six ingredients (and the cheese is even optional). Toss them all in the blender and it’s done. No cooking. Just puree and serve. It is easy enough for kids to make themselves!

Mix pistachio pea pesto with your favorite variety of noodles for an easy weeknight meal that can even be made gluten or grain free. Add some extra peas and nuts into the pasta for texture and nutrition. Leftover cooked chicken also makes a great addition for a complete meal.

But the possibilities don’t end there. Make pizza night a little more special with pesto pizza. Make or buy your favorite pizza crust. Top it with pistachio pea pesto and some fresh mozzarella. Bake and serve.

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Whether you are vegetarian or just looking to save a little money on your grocery bill either of these would make a great meatless meal.

The possibilities are endless! Head over to Super Healthy Kids where I’m sharing this easy pistachio pea pesto recipe and more fun ways to use it.

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Crockpot Sprouted Orca Bean and Squash Chili | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Crockpot Sprouted Orca Bean and Squash Chili

Put a new spin on your usual chili by adding Bob’s Red Mill orca beans to create sprouted orca bean and squash chili.  Pair it with freshly baked corn bread for a hearty week night dinner.

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I am partnering with Bob’s Red Mill and Stonyfield for this post. I have been compensated for my time commitment to use these products. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.

There is nothing quite like a bowl of hot chili on a cool fall day. You can add lots of vegetables, make it extra meaty, spice it up or keep it mild.

I’ve made chili many ways. The possibilities are endless.

Try something new.

But one thing I have never added to my chili is orca beans! In fact I had never heard of them until recently.

Bob’s Red Mill orca beans are so fun. They look like mini orca whales with the black and white exterior. What kid wouldn’t love to have whales swimming around in her chili?!

Crockpot Sprouted Orca Bean and Squash Chili | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

A lot to love about beans.

One of the things about orca beans that stood out to me right away was the nutrition content. They have lots of fiber, protein, folate, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, iron and zinc. Talk about packing a punch!

Just be sure to sprout your beans first to make them easier to digest and to make the vitamins and minerals available. That means thinking ahead to start the beans the day before you make chili. But it only takes about thirty seconds to get them sprouting.

The other unique thing about this chili is the pureed squash. It adds thickness and a hint of sweetness. Combine that with tomatoes, onions, peppers, zucchini, broth and your choice of beef or chicken. Dinner is served!

Crockpot Sprouted Orca Bean and Squash Chili | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Top it. Pair it.

Sprouted orca bean and squash chili can be eaten as is or you can add a variety of toppings. We like to add grated cheese and avocado. Another delicious addition is Stonyfield plain yogurt. It cools down the spice and adds a creaminess to the chili.

Of course you can’t just have a bowl of chili. Sprouted orca bean and squash chili is great served on noodles or rice.

But our favorite way to eat it is paired with cornbread! You can make traditional cornbread. Or if you have corn allergies like we do try my corn free cornbread. You’ll never know the difference.

Crockpot Sprouted Orca Bean and Squash Chili | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Eat it now, eat it later.

Load up the crockpot with a big batch of chili. Serve it for dinner and pack up the leftovers for school lunches. Simply heat it in the morning, and it will stay warm in a thermos. Spread a generous helping of butter on leftover cornbread. It doesn’t get much easier or tastier!

Chili also freezes well. So you can keep some on hand in the freezer for an easy lunch or dinner.

My kids love orca beans. They are great in chili or cooked and eaten plain. Give them a try and see what your kids think. Then add them to sprouted orca bean and squash chili. They won’t be able to pass up killer whales in their soup!

Looking for a new, easy dinner this fall? Crockpot sprouted orca bean and squash chili is perfect any night of the week.

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Crockpot Sprouted Orca Bean and Squash Chili
Serves 6
A new twist on chili with orca beans and squash.
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup Bob's Red Mill orca beans
  2. warm water
  3. 2 cups chicken or beef broth
  4. 1 lb. ground beef or chicken
  5. 1 cup pureed squash
  6. 1 cup diced tomatoes
  7. optional: 1/2 cup diced onion
  8. optional: 1/2 cup green peppers, diced
  9. optional: 1/2 cup zucchini, diced
  10. 2 tsp. unrefined sea salt
  11. 1 tsp. garlic powder
  12. 1/2 tsp. chili powder
  13. 1/4 tsp. cumin
  14. optional toppings: shredded cheese, avocado, Stonyfield plain full fat yogurt
Instructions
  1. The day before making the chili, place the beans in a bowl and fill it with warm water. Let it sit 8 hours. Drain the water. Let the bowl sit in a warm area or in the oven (turned off) with the light on for 8 hours.
  2. When ready to prepare, cook the meat. Add it to the crockpot.
  3. Saute the onion, peppers and zucchini (if using). Add them to the crockpot.
  4. Add the sprouted beans, broth, squash, tomatoes and seasoning.
  5. Cover and cook on HIGH 6-8 hours or on LOW 8-12 hours, until beans are fully cooked.
  6. Add toppings to individual bowls if desired.
Notes
  1. This chili freezes and reheats well.
  2. You can replace the squash with pumpkin.
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Rustic Chicken Zucchini Pie With Olive Oil Crust | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Rustic Chicken Zucchini Pie with Olive Oil Crust

Looking for a new way to use up your abundance of zucchini? Rustic chicken zucchini pie with olive oil crust makes the perfect breakfast, lunch or dinner! Serve it warm or cold any time of day for a filling and nutritious meal.

Rustic Chicken Zucchini Pie With Olive Oil Crust | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Summer is about having fun, getting outside and being active. That includes riding bikes, picnics at the park and pool parties.

But summer is also about slowing down, taking it easy and enjoying the simple pleasures. Think lounging on the beach, sitting by the fire watching the stars and snuggling with your kids on a quiet rainy day.

When it comes to soaking up the summer I think of simple, comfort food that utilizes fresh produce.

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Summer food.

Rustic chicken zucchini pie is comfort and summer all wrapped up in a pie crust.

It is a cross between pie and pizza.

The crust is a simple soaked dough made with flour, water, olive oil and salt. The filling is chicken and a bit of squash simmered in bone broth until a thick sauce forms. Finally a layer of zucchini tops the pie for a beautiful and delicious dish.

Simple and versatile.

Rustic chicken zucchini pie is fancy enough for dinner guests. Though you might want to make two! It will go quickly.

It is also simple enough for a weeknight meal that the kids will devour.

Eat it with a fork and knife or your hands. Serve it at the dinner table or pack it in a picnic.

Breakfast, lunch or dinner.  Warm or cold.

A full meal all wrapped up in a delicious package, rustic chicken zucchini pie is really that good and that versatile.

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Allergen friendly.

The thing I love about it is that it is naturally dairy, egg, nut, corn and coconut free. I did use a wheat crust, but gluten free flour can replace the wheat. So it is safe for just about everyone!

If you can tolerate cheese some fresh mozzarella mixed into the sauce or grated parmesan on top would taste great.

No chicken on hand?  Swap it for another meat like sausage. Or simply make it a veggie pie.  The sauce underneath can be made without the meat. Simply add a little extra squash to the broth for a creamy base.

Lunch time!

For all of the busy moms out there chicken zucchini pie is perfect for a grab and go lunch. It’s hard enough to feed the kids let alone find time to make your own lunch. Make a pie at the beginning of the week and grab a slice or two each day for lunch.

If you want to get a head start on school lunches you could make a few chicken zucchini pies, cut them into slices and freeze individual pieces. Simply pull out a piece when you need it for adding to a lunch box or even for an easy breakfast.

I don’t know about you but any time I can get my kids to eat broth while at school is great. Vegetables on top of it is a bonus.


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Don’t let that pile of zucchini go to waste! Create a simple summer dish the family will love. Rustic chicken zucchini pie with olive oil crust is perfect for any occasion.

How do you like to use zucchini – in sweets like zucchini bread, cake and scones or in a savory dish?

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Rustic Chicken Zucchini Pie with Olive Oil Crust
Serves 4
Creamy chicken, fresh zucchini and a simple olive oil crust - the perfect breakfast, lunch or dinner!
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Crust
  1. 1 cup whole wheat, all purpose or gluten free flour
  2. 1/2 tsp. unrefined sea salt
  3. 3 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  4. 2-3 Tbsp. cold water
  5. 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
Filling
  1. 2 Tbsp. pureed squash
  2. 2 medium zucchini
  3. 1 cup cooked, shredded or diced chicken
  4. 3/4 cup chicken broth
  5. 1/4 tsp. unrefined sea salt
  6. 1 tsp. of a combination of basil, rosemary and thyme
Crust
  1. In a food processor combine the flour, salt and olive oil. Pulse until crumbly.
  2. Add the water and lemon juice.
  3. Process until a ball of dough forms.
  4. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate 7-24 hours.
Filling
  1. Slice the zucchini and lay it on a cooling rack.
  2. Sprinkle with salt and let sit 20 minutes. Flip and repeat. (This will remove a lot of the water.)
  3. Pat the zucchini dry with paper towel when done draining.
  4. While the zucchini is draining, cook the chicken, squash and salt in broth. Simmer until it is thick and the liquid is evaporated, 5-10 minutes.
  5. Heat oven to 350*F.
  6. Roll the dough into a 12" round on parchment paper.
  7. Spread the chicken filling on the dough, leaving a 2" border.
  8. Layer the zucchini on top of the chicken.
  9. Season with herbs.
  10. Fold edges of dough onto zucchini.
  11. Drizzle the top with olive oil.
  12. Bake for 70 minutes.
  13. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before slicing.
Notes
  1. This can be served warm, room temp or cold.
  2. This can be frozen whole or in slices.
  3. You can add 1/2 cup shredded cheese to the filling and/or the top.
  4. To make a meatless pie omit the chicken and increase the squash to 1/2 cup.
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Green Bean and Bacon Casserole | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Green Bean and Bacon Casserole

Green bean and bacon casserole is a real food version of the classic side dish.  With nourishing ingredients like bacon, raw milk and fresh beans it is healthy and filling enough to be a main dish.

Green Bean and Bacon Casserole | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Every summer we have a garden with a variety of vegetables. We change up what we grow each year.

But one thing we always have is beans!

I am in the kitchen freezing beans a couple times a week all through July and into August so we can enjoy them all year.

Our favorite way to enjoy beans is cooked fresh.  My son always has to have second and sometimes third helpings. He knows what’s good!

Green Bean and Bacon Casserole | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

A new twist on an old favorite.

This year I decided to use some of our abundance to recreate the classic green bean casserole.

The original includes canned beans, canned cream soups and fried “onions” on top. To me that means MSG, thickeners and all sorts of strange ingredients I don’t care to consume.

My homemade green bean and bacon casserole is made with fresh beans, homemade bone broth, raw milk and pastured bacon. It really doesn’t get any better than that!

Green bean and bacon casserole can be served traditionally as a side dish.  But my version is so filling that I served it as the main course! Give me a big pile of green bean and bacon casserole and a slice of sourdough bread and I am a happy mama.

The kid seal of approval.

This was the first time eating a green bean casserole for my kids. They couldn’t get enough! My husband thoroughly enjoyed it as well.

Green bean and bacon casserole is great when beans are fresh. It also works with frozen beans. So you can enjoy it year round.

Green Bean and Bacon Casserole | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Make it work for your schedule.

It is perfect for potlucks, family gatherings and holidays. You can even make it for an easy week night meal. Green bean and bacon casserole can be prepared in advance and baked at dinner time.

As a busy mom I love meals like this. I prepare it during the day while the kids are napping or at school.  Then when dinner time rolls around and everyone needs my attention I just pop it in the oven.

No time to bake it? No problem. Green bean and bacon casserole is great straight from the pan. Serve it on a bed of rice and you’ve got a complete meal.

If you enjoy the crispy onions on top of green bean casserole simply fry up some onion slices until crispy. Add them to the top after it is done baking.

If you don’t have bacon on hand you can substitute cooked chicken.  Then use whatever fat you have on hand in place of the bacon grease (lard, tallow, butter, etc.).

Whether you’ve got fresh summer beans or you’re working through your freezer stash green bean and bacon casserole is sure to please the whole family.

My only regret when making this was that I didn’t have time to take better photos before my kids devoured it!

Did you grow up on green bean casserole? You’ll love this updated, nutrient dense version.

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Green Bean and Bacon Casserole
Serves 6
An updated version of the classic green bean casserole. This one is filled with nourishing ingredients and can be served as a main dish.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 lb. green/yellow beans, snipped, cut
  2. 1 cup chicken broth
  3. 1 cup milk (can be replaced with broth to make it dairy free)
  4. 2 Tbsp. all purpose flour, tapioca flour or cornstarch
  5. 1 tsp. salt
  6. 1/2 tsp. pepper (optional)
  7. 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  8. 1/2 lb. pastured, nitrite/nitrate free bacon, cooked, crumbled, grease reserved
  9. 2 Tbsp. bacon grease
  10. 1/2 small onion. sliced (optional)
Instructions
  1. Cook the beans in water until tender, 30 - 40 minutes. Drain.
  2. Heat the bacon grease in a large skillet.
  3. Stir in all purpose flour OR mix tapioca or cornstarch with 1/4 cup of the broth and add to grease.
  4. Cook 1 minute.
  5. Slowly stir in the broth and milk.
  6. Season and simmer until it thickens.
  7. Add the cooked beans and simmer on low 5 minutes.
  8. Add the bacon.
  9. Transfer to a 1 1/2 qt. casserole dish.
  10. Bake at 350*F for 20 minutes.
  11. Cook onion slices in bacon grease until crispy.
  12. Top casserole with onion slices when serving.
Notes
  1. This can be served straight from the pan without baking.
  2. This can be prepared in advance and baked when ready to eat.
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Cherry Mustard Vinaigrette

Spruce up your summer salad with this sweet and tangy cherry mustard vinaigrette.  It is ready in minutes and will turn any kid into a salad lover.Cherry Mustard Vinaigrette | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

I am a tried and true lover of all things honey mustard.  It is my go-to dressing for salads.  We use it for chicken nuggets.  I’d eat it on just about anything.

I have recipes for many different variations on honey mustard.

But with cherry season in full swing I decided to add a twist to my favorite.

I created cherry mustard vinaigrette.  It has sweetness from honey and cherries, tang from mustard and a little zing from apple cider vinegar.Cherry Mustard Vinaigrette | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Wishing your kids would eat salad?

Cherry mustard vinaigrette is very kid friendly.  My oldest could not get enough of it.  She loves using it on her salads (especially when she’s using lettuce from her own garden!).

If your kids won’t touch lettuce (like my four year old), try using this as a dip for fresh summer vegetables like snap peas and cucumbers.  Either way it’s a win!

If you don’t like the vinegar flavor you can cut back on the apple cider vinegar and increase the honey.  Or you could swap mayo for vinegar to make it a creamy dressing or dip.

Cherry mustard vinaigrette is also very allergen friendly.

No need to worry about dairy, coconut, eggs, nuts, grains, etc.  Extra virgin olive oil works well for this dressing.  Alternately you could use avocado oil.

Skip the store bought salad dressings with rancid vegetable oils (like canola), thickeners (like xanthan gum and guar gum) and artificial flavors and sweeteners.  It only takes a few minutes to make a unique, healthy and delicious dressing at home.

I like to add all of my dressing ingredients to a small mason jar, put a lid on and shake.  Though I wouldn’t mind some fun salad dressing bottles (note for future gift lists!).Cherry Mustard Vinaigrette | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

This is a fun project for small children…

and keeps them busy while you do other food prep.  They can shake and shake until they get sick of it.

If you don’t have cherry juice on hand use some of those fresh cherries and squeeze the juice out.  Or you can use the whole cherry and blend a handful to use in place of the juice.

I know not everyone loves cherries as much as I do.  So if they are just not your thing you can use another great mid-summer fruit – blueberries!  Cherry mustard vinaigrette turns into blueberry mustard vinaigrette with one simple swap.

In fact, you can use just about any of your favorite summer fruits to put a spin on this dressing.  Peaches and plums would make great dressings as well.

Are you getting hungry for a big summer salad yet?

I know I am!  Time for a great summer meal using fresh produce and nourishing homemade salad dressing.  Cherry mustard vinaigrette is perfect for your summer salads.Cherry Mustard Vinaigrette | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Cherry Mustard Vinaigrette
Serves 8
A light and fruity summer salad dressing.
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Ingredients
  1. 1/4 cup black cherry juice
  2. 2 1/2 Tbsp. honey
  3. 1 1/2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil (or avocado oil)
  4. 1 1/2 Tbsp. mustard
  5. 2 tsp. apple cider vinegar
  6. 1/4 tsp. unrefined sea salt
Instructions
  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl or jar.
  2. Whisk or shake until combined.
  3. Chill until ready to serve.
Notes
  1. This will stay good in the refrigerator for up to three weeks.
  2. Replace the apple cider vinegar with homemade mayonnaise for a creamy dressing.
  3. This dressing can be used as a marinade on chicken.
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Crockpot Sweet And Sour Chicken Stir Fry Soup

Crockpot Sweet and Sour Chicken Stiry Fry Soup || Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

 I love stir fry.  But with little kids and a busy schedule I don’t always have time to stand at the stove and cook.

So I came up with a new way to eat stir fry – as a soup!  Throw all of the ingredients in the crockpot in the morning.  Dinner will be ready whenever you need it.

You get the rich, nutrient dense broth plus the sweet and sour flavors of stir fry.

This soup is great because you can add whatever vegetables you like/what you tolerate.  It can be served plain or over rice or quinoa.  You can even add the starch right into the crockpot to really make it a one pot meal.

If you don’t have any chicken on hand beef will work as well.  A beef and broccoli stir fry soup is just as great as chicken and vegetables.  The base is the same, just swap the meat and vegetables.

If you have very small children or kids with food texture issues you can just cook the vegetables to start.  Then puree the soup.  Then add the chicken and let it cook the rest of the way.  You’ll still have the sweet and sour flavor, but in pureed form.

This makes a great light and simple meal after all of the holiday gatherings.  Plus it will be great for your immune system after parties, traveling and not so healthy foods.

Sweet and sour chicken stir fry soup is a great weeknight meal that you can prepare in just a few minutes.  Then you’ll have a nutritious and delicious dinner ready in the evening.

Do you like stir fry?  Why not try it as a soup! 

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Crockpot Sweet and Sour Chicken Stir Fry Soup
Serves 4
A simple soup with the sweet and sour flavors of stir fry.
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Ingredients
  1. 3 cups chicken broth
  2. 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1" pieces
  3. 3 cups vegetables, cut in bite size pieces
  4. 1/3 cup honey
  5. 2 tsp. unrefined sea salt
  6. 1 tsp. garlic powder
  7. optional: 1/2 cup rice, 1/2 cup quinoa, 3 Tbsp. coconut oil
Instructions
  1. Combine the broth, chicken, vegetables, honey, salt and garlic powder (and coconut oil) in a crockpot.
  2. Cook on high 4-8 hours or low 6-12 hours.
  3. If desired add rice or quinoa during the last hour of cooking and turn to high.
Notes
  1. You can add coconut oil to the crockpot or to individual bowls to balance the fat/protein/starch of the soup.
  2. Beef broth and cut up beef can be substituted for the chicken broth and chicken.
  3. You can serve the soup over rice instead of adding rice to the crockpot.
  4. For a pureed version cook just the broth, vegetables, honey and seasoning until vegetables are tender (about 3 hours). Then add the chicken and cook until the chicken is cooked (about 4 hours).
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Simple Supper Series: Salmon Salad

Simple Supper Series: Salmon Salad || Homemade Dutch Apple PieFor the final installment in my simple supper series I have a recipe so easy it doesn’t even require any cooking!  We all have nights where we need something this easy.

Salmon salad takes about five minutes to prepare.  You can do it right before you eat or you can prepare it in advance.

Canned salmon is combined with celery, cranberries and mayonnaise for a delicious, easy meal.  The celery adds a nice crunch.  The cranberries give a little sweet and tart flavor.

Then add some seasoning to taste and you’re all set.

My kids LOVE salmon salad.  They enjoy anything with salmon.  But they really liked this salad. 

I served it on bread/rolls for sandwiches.  You can put it on a bed of lettuce or rice or even eat it with crackers.Simple Supper Series: Salmon Salad || Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

I packed the leftovers in my daughter’s lunch (she requested it!).  For the lunch I just served it plain.  What an easy and nutritious lunch.

I try to serve seafood once a week.  This salmon salad is a really easy way to do that and be sure the kids will eat it.

Salmon salad is perfect for a meal where you need to walk in the door and eat.  It’s even great on the go.

If you don’t have salmon on hand you can use tuna or roast chicken or turkey.Simple Supper Series: Salmon Salad || Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Salmon salad can be spruced up a bit to make it fancy enough for guests.  Add chopped nuts and diced avocado for a really rich flavor.  Serve it on crackers for a delicious appetizer.

This is a great recipe for the holidays.  The red of the cranberries and green of the celery make it look very festive.

I saved the simplest for last.  Salmon salad is perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner.  It only takes five minutes to prepare.  And everyone loves it.  I call that a winning recipe.Simple Supper Series: Salmon Salad || Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Simple Supper Series: Salmon Salad
Serves 4
A simple salad that comes together in minutes.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 (6 oz.) cans boneless skinless salmon
  2. 2 celery stalks, diced
  3. 1/4 cup dried cranberries or dried cherries
  4. 1/2 cup mayonnaise (preferably homemade - see post for link)
  5. 1 tsp. unrefined sea salt
  6. 1/2 tsp. pepper (optional)
  7. 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  8. 1 tsp. dill weed
  9. 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
Instructions
  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl. Mix until well combined.
  2. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate until ready to eat.
Notes
  1. The cranberries can be replaced with raisins or cut up apricots.
  2. The salmon can be replaced with tuna, turkey or chicken.
  3. Serve the salad plain, on bread, with crackers or over rice or quinoa.
  4. Additional add-ins include chopped nuts and diced avocado.
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Simple Soup Series: Split Pea Soup

Simple Soup Series Split Pea Soup || Homemade Dutch Apple PieHands down my favorite kind of soup is split pea!  Growing up it was such a treat when my mom would make a pot of split pea soup with big chunks of ring sausage.  You could smell it simmering on the stove for hours in anticipation of dinner.

So of course I make it for my family now.  But I generally do not have time to monitor a pot of soup for hours.

I make my split pea soup in the crockpot.  It really doesn’t get any easier.  Add peas.  Add broth.  Add meat.  Add seasoning.  Dinner is ready.  It only takes about five minutes to get it going.  It’s so easy my three year old can pretty much prepare it for me!Simple Soup Series Split Pea Soup || Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

What we add to the pea soup just depends what we have on hand.  Sometimes I make it pure pea soup – peas, broth, salt.  Sometimes I add diced ham, ring bologna or diced carrots.  It would even be good with cooked sausage or leftover roasted chicken.

For the batch I photographed I used large chunks of ring bologna as a nod to how my mom made it growing up.  I would eat the soup and save the sausage for the end.  It was fun.  But if you have small children it is easier to cut up the meat into smaller pieces.

You can make split pea soup as thin or as thick as you like.  I prefer mine thicker.

One of the best parts about this soup is how much my kids love it.  I was going to take a picture of my son eating it, but he finished his bowl before I could get the camera.  He just shoveled it in barely taking a breath between bites.Simple Soup Series Split Pea Soup || Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

This is even an easy soup for very young children to eat.  You can thin it out with extra broth and leave out the meat chunks for little ones.

Split pea soup is very allergen-friendly.  So it’s great for people with all types of dietary needs.  It also freezes well.

I believe split pea soup is a Dutch soup.  Maybe that’s why my grandma and my mom always made it.  And maybe that’s why my family and I love it so much!

This is also a very budget friendly soup.  Make broth from chicken bones and add some dried split peas.  You’ll feed the whole family for a few dollars.Simple Soup Series Split Pea Soup || Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Note that split peas are similar to beans.  They are not like sweet peas.  So if you don’t tolerate beans you should only try a small amount of split pea soup to see if you can handle it.  It can be gassy like beans.  I learned that quickly as a nursing mom.  My little one doesn’t appreciate me eating too much pea soup.

This really is the most delicious and easiest to prepare soup I make.  The whole family loves it, and it’s full of vegetables and broth.  It doesn’t get much better.  I even love to eat the leftovers for breakfast.  Leftovers never last long here.  My daughter loves it in her lunch too.

As with other soups that I make I like to add a little coconut oil or butter to individual bowls to balance it with healthy fat.  Then I pair it with muffins or bread.  Dinner has never been easier or tastier.

Simple Soup Series Split Pea Soup || Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

 

Simple Soup Series: Split Pea Soup
Serves 6
A simple, nourishing split pea soup.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 lb. dried split peas (green or yellow)
  2. 6 cups chicken broth (you can substitute water if you don't have broth)
  3. 2 cups any meat of choice (cubed ham, sliced ring bologna, cooked sausage, cooked chicken)
  4. 2 tsp. sea salt (to taste)
  5. 2 tsp. garlic powder (to taste)
Instructions
  1. Rinse the split peas in a strainer.
  2. Put the split peas in the crockpot.
  3. Add the broth, meat and seasoning.
  4. Cover and cook on high 6-8 hours or low 7-12 hours, until the peas are fully cooked and the soup reaches desired thickness.
  5. Stir the soup every 3-4 hours if possible to make sure there is enough liquid. Add mor if necessary.
Notes
  1. You can make the soup thinner by adding extra broth or water.
  2. This soup freezes well.
  3. It is helpful to add a little water or broth when reheating pea soup.
  4. You can make this soup in a pot. Simmer 2-4 hours, until peas are cooked and soup thickens. Stir it periodically.
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Simple Soup Series: Chicken Noodle Soup

Simple Soup Series Chicken Noodle Soup || Homemade Dutch Apple PieWhen it comes to soup chicken noodle is a classic.  It’s also one of the easiest soups to make!

 Combine rich bone broth with roasted chicken and vegetables.  Then add your favorite noodles.  Dinner is served.

I grew up eating noodle soup out of a packet.  Powdered chemicals.  Not exactly something that young children should be consuming daily.  But I did.  Noodle soup, toast and egg salad.

As a mom myself I understand just how important nutrition is.  Soup and eggs are two very healthy foods.  But instead of soup out of a box my kids now get homemade nourishing chicken noodle soup to fuel their minds and bodies.  It also helps boost their immune systems to ward off illness in the winter.

My kids love chicken noodle soup.  I love that they are getting a good dose of broth.  Plus I can make a couple versions to meet everyone’s needs without spending hours in the kitchen.

For some of the family I use corn noodles and for some I use rice noodles.  For some I add carrots, for some I add peas.  Everyone gets a healthy meal.  All I have to do is mix and heat.

Chicken noodle soup is also great for school lunches or even quick lunches at home.  For young kids don’t fill a lunch container with too much of the broth.  The noodles and vegetables soak up broth while it cooks, so there is still plenty of good stuff…but without the risk of spilling everywhere.

This is a great meal when feeding a crowd.  Simply double or triple the recipe and pack it with veggies and noodles.  Nobody will go hungry.  When I make a large batch I often use half water and half broth.  As much as I love nourishing broth I don’t always have ten cups of it to use in one pot of soup.  It still tastes great and has plenty of nutrition.  You can also add collagen to boost nutrition if you don’t have enough broth.

Chicken noodle soup.  It’s easy.  It’s good.  It’s good for you.

Simple Soup Series Chicken Noodle Soup || Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Simple Soup Series: Chicken Noodle Soup
Serves 5
A simple nourishing soup filled with chicken and vegetables.
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Ingredients
  1. 4 cups chicken broth
  2. 4 large carrots, cut into small chunks
  3. 1 cup peas and/or corn
  4. 1 cup cooked, cut up chicken
  5. 1 cup gluten free noodles
  6. 1 tsp. sea salt (to taste)
  7. 1 tsp. garlic powder (to taste)
  8. 1/2 tsp. dried parsley (to taste)
Instructions
  1. In a large saucepan combine all ingredients, except the noodles
  2. Simmer for 20 minutes, until the carrots are tender.
  3. Add the noodles. Cook another 10 minutes.
  4. Adjust seasoning to taste.
Notes
  1. This soup freezes well.
  2. You can replace half of the broth with water.
  3. You can add 1-2 Tbsp. grass-fed collagen for added nutrition.
  4. You can replace the noodles with white rice. Increase the cooking time by 10 minutes.
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Creamy Broccoli Noodle Soup {Gluten Free, Dairy Free}

Creamy Broccoli Noodle Soup {Gluten Free Dairy Free} || Homemade Dutch Apple PieDuring the winter I serve soup for dinner a lot.  It’s about the easiest way to make sure my family is consuming a good amount of nourishing bone broth.  In fact, every Wednesday is soup night so I make sure we’re getting a healthy dose at least once a week.  Then leftovers go in lunches for more nourishment.

But it wasn’t until recently that I realized I rarely post soup recipes!  So I need to start posting more of the soups we eat.  Today I’m starting with this creamy broccoli noodle soup…that is gluten and dairy free!

The broccoli gets pureed into the soup, so even picky vegetable eaters will enjoy it.  And it has a rich, creamy taste without using dairy.  The whole family will love it.

If you’re not a fan of broccoli you can swap it for another vegetable like spinach, zucchini, squash or carrots.  The soup is also great without the noodles if you want it grain free.

I like to serve a warm bowl of salty soup with a sweet baked good like chocolate zucchini scones, pumpkin muffins or cornbread.  Add salad or some raw veggies and you’ve got a great meal.

You can add cooked chicken to the soup to make it meatier and give it texture.  But there is plenty of protein in the soup from the broth without added meat.

Broccoli noodle soup is sure to be a family favorite and it’s great for those with allergies.  It is also very easy to make and can feed a whole family at a very low cost.

Do you eat much soup in the winter?  What is your favorite kind?

Are you looking for more soup recipes?  Stay tuned.  I’ve got a soup series coming up soon!!
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Creamy Broccoli Noodle Soup {gluten free, dairy free}
Serves 4
A creamy, nourishing soup filled with broccoli and noodles.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups chicken broth
  2. 1 cup milk or milk substitute
  3. 2 cups broccoli florets (fresh or frozen)
  4. 1 cup gluten free noodles (corn, rice, etc.)
  5. seasoning to taste - sea salt, garlic powder, celery salt, parsley
  6. optional - 1 cup cooked chicken or sausage
Instructions
  1. In a large saucepan combine the chicken broth, milk, broccoli and seasoning.
  2. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until the broccoli is cooked, about 10 minutes.
  3. Roughly puree the soup with an immersion blender or in a blender.
  4. Bring the soup back to a boil. Add the noodles, reduce heat and simmer until the noodles are cooked, about 10 minutes.
  5. Add meat if desired and simmer until warmed.
  6. Adjust seasoning to taste.
Notes
  1. I used oat milk. Any milk substitute will work, but coconut milk might give a strong flavor. A milder milk like oat, rice or almond is best.
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