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Never be without an easy grab and go snack with this simple, allergen free ground beef jerky.

Simple And Nourishing Ground Beef Jerky {Allergen Free!}

When you’re working around allergies it can be hard to find easy and nutritious snacks. This ground beef jerky is easy to make and safe for the whole family.

Never be without an easy grab and go snack with this simple, allergen free ground beef jerky.

One of my biggest struggles having children with allergies is finding easy sources of protein. Our allergies include nuts, dairy, beans and eggs. So basically it’s meat or nothing. And I just don’t feel like cooking meat for every meal of the day!

Limited options.

I do let my kids have sunbutter (we LOVE this brand that is made in a peanut and tree nut free facility!). But it really doesn’t have that much protein. And I only give it every four days to stick with our rotation diet. I also do sardines and anchovies about once a week. Although they are super nutritious that gets expensive!

When it comes to lunches and snacks I stick to easy. And the usual easy protein sources aren’t options. Most days there is enough leftover from the previous night’s dinner that it’s not a problem.

But sometimes there’s not. My solution? Beef jerky!

This simple and nourishing ground beef jerky makes a great snack that is free of allergens.

No soy, please.

I did some research to find a recipe…and couldn’t find one. Most of them use either soy sauce or coconut aminos. When you can’t use soy or coconut that just doesn’t work. Plus I really had no desire to go to the store or buy specialty items.

So I came up with my own recipe using just a few simple and nourishing ingredients. To my great delight this ground beef jerky turned out great!

A snack for the entire family.

My biggest surprise…my one year old was the child that liked it the best! She ate almost the whole batch (don’t worry, not in one day). My husband and I love it too!

It is so easy to stick in the diaper bag when running errands. No mess. No refrigeration. Just a simple, healthy snack that is free of allergens and easy enough for a one year old to eat. Perfect!

Make it your own.

You can adjust the salt and sugar to your liking. I like a lot of salt. You can also add liquid smoke for a smokey flavor. If you really want to bump up the nutrition you can even add desiccated liver!

This simple and nourishing ground beef jerky makes a great snack that is free of allergens.

The other thing I love is how affordable this beef jerky is. I use grassfed ground beef. No fancy steaks. So a whole batch only costs about $6.00 (including the other ingredients)…and makes at least 30 good size pieces of jerky! The ground beef actually makes it a bit softer and easier to chew (trust me, I tried other meat first…and I can barely chew that batch).

Not a fan of beef? Swap it for ground pork, chicken or turkey!

This ground beef jerky is perfect for school lunches or summer picnics. Make a big batch and store it in the freezer. Grab as much as you need any time. It thaws in about sixty seconds.

If you’re like me and always trying to figure out an easy snack that is healthy, satisfying and free of allergens you’ve found it. Ground beef jerky is perfect for the whole family.

What are your go-to allergen friendly snacks?

Put ground beef jerky at the top of your list! Homemade lunch meat is a great option too.

This simple and nourishing ground beef jerky makes a great snack that is free of allergens.

Simple and Nourishing Ground Beef Jerky
Yields 30
A simple beef jerky made with ground beef, broth and seasoning.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 lb. ground beef (or pork, chicken or turkey)
  2. 1/2 cup gelled beef broth (or pork, chicken or turkey)
  3. 1/3 cup sweetener (honey, maple syrup, molasses, brown cane sugar)
  4. 4 tsp. unrefined sea salt
  5. optional: 2 tsp. desiccated liver
Instructions
  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl. Cover and refrigerate for 2 - 8 hours.
  2. Spread strips of marinated meat onto dehydrator trays using 1-2 Tbsp. of meat each (thinner is better when spreading. I just use my hands to spread it).
  3. Dry at 155*F for about 12 hours.
  4. Store at room temperature for up to a week, in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks or in the freezer for up to a year.
Notes
  1. Add liquid smoke to the meat mixture for a smokey flavor.
  2. Jerky can be eaten straight from the freezer.
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Allergen Free No Cook Pumpkin Yogurt | Just Take A Bite

Allergen Free No Cook Pumpkin Yogurt

No need to give up yogurt just because you have allergies! This pumpkin yogurt only takes five minutes to prep and still packs a nutritional punch with protein and probiotics.

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I’ve been dairy free for 18 months now, ever since my youngest was about a month old. This is not the first time I’ve had to go dairy free. But no matter how many times and no matter how long it lasts it’s never easy.

I LOVE dairy. Love it.

One of the things I miss most is yogurt. I used it eat it almost daily for breakfast or lunch. Add some granola…my happy place.

For most people there are some decent options to replace dairy yogurt – coconut, almond, etc. But those are all out for me too. We have that many allergies. So I’ve just gone without yogurt.

Until now.

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Problem solved.

My youngest it starting to notice when her siblings have yogurt and she keeps asking for it. Oh, how I’d love to give it to her!! It breaks my heart to have to say no. I feel so mean since she doesn’t understand why.

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So I came up with a solution.

I created pumpkin yogurt. It is creamy and slightly sweet. It has lots of protein from both grass-fed collagen and gelatin plus a healthy dose of probiotics (this is the one we use). Just like the real thing.

An added bonus is you also get a big helping of vegetables!

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The first time I made pumpkin yogurt I added fruit and some crumbled homemade graham crackers. I was instantly taken back to my happy place. Finally! I can have yogurt again!

My little one loves it too. I gave her a small dish. Her response: “mrrrr” (more). That is all I needed to hear.

To my surprise even my four year old loves it. When I first told him I made pumpkin yogurt he made the “don’t come near me with that stuff” face. But after he tried it he had to have a second dish! Maybe me calling it pumpkin PIE yogurt helped a little.

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More than just great taste.

Not only is pumpkin yogurt a nutritious breakfast it is also so easy to make!

  1. Mix all of the ingredients in a blender.
  2. Pour the mixture in a jar.
  3. Let it culture for about eight hours.

That’s it.

Pumpkin yogurt makes a great breakfast, lunch or snack. Eat it plain or add your favorite fruit and crunchy topping. It is perfect for school lunches too.

Have you had to say goodbye to yogurt due to allergies?

Even if you can’t have dairy…or coconut…or nuts…or rice…you don’t have to give up yogurt. Pumpkin yogurt is allergen friendy, easy to make and oh so delicious!

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Want to learn more about feeding children with allergies?

Check out my book Why Won’t My Child Eat?! It’s packed with feeding strategies, tips on pinpointing reactions and allergen friendly recipes.

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Allergen Free No Cook Pumpkin Yogurt
Serves 3
A creamy pumpkin yogurt that is free of common allergens.
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Ingredients
  1. 3/4 cup cooked pumpkin (canned or fresh)
  2. 1 cup water
  3. 1 Tbsp. grass-fed collagen
  4. 1 Tbsp. sweetener (honey, maple syrup, cane sugar)
  5. 1/4 tsp. unrefined sea salt
  6. 1/4 tsp. cinnamon (optional)
  7. 1 1/2 tsp. grass-fed gelatin
  8. 1 capsule powdered probiotic
Instructions
  1. Combine the pumpkin, water, collagen, sweetener, salt and cinnamon in a blender.
  2. Blend on high until smooth.
  3. Add the gelatin and probiotic.
  4. Blend for about 10 seconds.
  5. Pour the mixture into a glass jar with a lid.
  6. Put the jar in a warm place for 8-10 hours.
  7. Put in the refrigerator for at least an hour before serving.
  8. Store in the refrigerator for up to one week or in the freezer for up to 6 months.
Notes
  1. Setting the mixture on a counter that gets sunlight or on a stovetop with the oven on or in an unheated oven with the light on works well for culturing the yogurt.
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Honey Sweetened Pumpkin Butter Three Ways | | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Honey Sweetened Pumpkin Butter Three Ways: SHK Post

Now that fall is here it’s time for pumpkin everything! Use this nutrient packed vegetable to create three variations on pumpkin butter. It is so easy and delicious. Your kids will love it.

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Coming up with healthy snacks can be a challenge. Kids want sweet and tasty. You want quick and nutritious.

Honey sweetened pumpkin butter is the perfect solution!

Pumpkin is not a vegetable most people eat very often. But it really is packed with nutrients. Pumpkin contains vitamin A (a lot of it!), vitamin C, potassium, copper and iron in addition to lots of phyto-nutrients. So it makes the perfect component to a healthy snack like pumpkin butter.

There are three variations of pumpkin butter – original, chocolate and sunflower. They each have a unique flavor that your kids are sure to love. And with only three or four ingredients they are all easy to make.

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It only takes about ten minutes to make all three pumpkin butters! It is that easy. After a few minutes in the refrigerator they are ready to eat. I like to prepare them in advance. Then snack time is easy. The pumpkin butter will last up to a week in the refrigerator.

Are you ready to whip up one or all three of these tasty fall treats? Head on over to Super Healthy Kids where I show you just how easy it is. Then surprise your kids with a delicious after school treat.

Don’t forget to really add to the fun by making a batch of pumpkin spice graham crackers to go along with the pumpkin butter. Maybe homework time will go a bit smoother with a fun snack. At the very least your kids will have their mouths and bellies full of good stuff.

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Nectarine Squash Pops | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Nectarine Squash Pops: Sugar Free First Birthday Popsicles!!

When your summer baby turns one you need a safe, sugar free treat. Nectarine squash pops are the perfect solution! Two ingredients, lots of flavor and no allergens.

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First birthdays definitely require a celebration.

You made it! You made it through the first year.

The first year of sleepless nights, crying and dirty diapers.

The first year full of firsts! Smiles, coos, laughs, rolling, crawling and maybe even walking. First foods, first teeth, first words.

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Let them eat cake.

A birthday celebration requires a special birthday treat. Usually that means cake.

I LOVE decorating cakes. I look forward to our family birthdays each year because I get to create new cakes.

I’ve done Dora, monkeys, dinosaurs, cars, arts and crafts, Legos, cows, Frozen, bulldozers, April showers and princesses for my kids.  I’ve even done airplanes, sports and Cat in the Hat for my nephew, basketball and Calvin Knights for my dad, a fall cake for other family members and a neat recital cake for my sister-in-law.

I wanted to continue that tradition with my third child. With the challenges we’ve faced over the last year we are all certainly ready to celebrate.

Of course I set to work experimenting with new recipes that were free of her allergens.

I made a couple batches of cupcakes (that she loved!)…only to find out more foods that bother her.

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Who needs cake?

My daughter’s allergies combined with my preference to keep her at least gluten free for now (she’s been grain free up to this point) make birthday cake almost impossible. We can’t use:

  • wheat
  • rye
  • barley
  • oats
  • rice
  • sorghum
  • amaranth
  • buckwheat
  • tapioca
  • potato
  • arrowroot
  • coconut
  • almond
  • nuts
  • quinoa
  • millet
  • beans

Add to that no coconut oil, palm shortening, butter or egg whites and you’re not left with much.

Birthday Pops.

I gave up on the idea of birthday cake and opted to do popsicles! They make a perfect summer treat.

Since these popsicles are for a one year old I made them without any added sweetener.  I even added some vegetables to keep them mild and nutritious.

Nectarine squash pops make a birthday dessert you can really feel good about serving to the whole family.

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Eat in season.

I chose fruit that is in season here in Michigan in late August. Nectarines are so sweet and have such a bright color. They make a great base for a popsicle.

You can use peaches instead if you prefer the flavor.

I ended up making a second batch since we ate the first batch before the birthday! I added some watermelon to the second batch for extra color and sweetness. Watermelon is another late summer fruit that almost everyone enjoys.

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Fun and Fast.

Nectarine squash pops are the easiest birthday dessert you’ll ever make. Puree cooked squash and cut up nectarine with an immersion blender or in a regular blender and pour the puree into the popsicle molds. Done!

They are also easy to serve. Simply take them out of the molds a few minutes before serving to take the chill off. Pass them out and enjoy.

For older kids you can add chunks of fruit like cut up strawberries, whole blueberries or raspberries to the puree before filling the molds. Then you’ll really have a fruity, colorful treat.

You can also add a tablespoon or two of honey for big kids. It really covers up any hint of squash flavor. My oldest is pretty picky about flavors and textures. She said she couldn’t taste the squash at all when I added a bit of honey.

I was very disappointed that I couldn’t make a cake for my baby’s first birthday. But I’m so happy with how these nectarine squash pops turned out! I’m even happier that my daughter likes them…and that they are so healthy and free of allergens.

Do you celebrate any summer birthdays?

Instead of cake try nectarine squash pops. They make summer celebrations delicious and healthy.

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Nectarine Squash Pops
Serves 4
A fruity, sugar free summer birthday treat.
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Ingredients
  1. 3 medium nectarines, peeled and pitted
  2. 3/4 cups cooked butternut squash
  3. optional: 1/2 cup watermelon (seeds removed)
  4. optional: 1 - 2 Tbsp. honey
Instructions
  1. Puree the nectarines and squash (and watermelon and honey) with an immersion blender or in a blender.
  2. Fill popsicle molds and freeze until firm.
Notes
  1. You can replace the nectarines with peaches.
  2. For little ones let the popsicles sit out for a few minutes to soften before serving.
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Homemade lunch meat makes packing healthy lunch a breeze. Plus it's great for little ones too!

Homemade Lunch Meat

Lunch time just got easier and healthier with homemade lunch meat! It is perfect for school lunches or even for babies. Add it to your to-do list!!

Homemade lunch meat makes packing healthy lunch a breeze. Plus it's great for little ones too!

Warning.

You may want to cover your ears.

I’m going to use the dreaded L word – LUNCHES.

There. I said it.

As much as I don’t like to think about it, before we know it we’ll be packing school lunches again.

Homemade lunch meat makes packing healthy lunch a breeze. Plus it's great for little ones too!

You want to send your kids to school with nutritious food. But you also don’t want to make their lunches too different or “weird” (liver pate or sardines anyone?). Not to mention you don’t want to spend an hour making lunch.

Just the other day my seven year old asked why I never put “normal” sandwiches in her lunch like her friends have. She mentioned peanut butter and jelly and ham and cheese.


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I don’t send peanut products often because I don’t want to make the school an unsafe place for those with allergies.

The ham and cheese? Well, we just don’t have any lunch meat.

Until now.

Homemade lunch meat makes packing healthy lunch a breeze. Plus it's great for little ones too!

Did you know you can make your own lunch meat?

Homemade lunch meat is so easy to make. It literally takes five minutes of hands on time.

Want to learn how?

Head on over to Kitchen Stewardship where I share my simple homemade lunch meat recipe.

And don’t forget to check out the Healthy Lunch Box ebook!

Homemade lunch meat makes packing healthy lunch a breeze. Plus it's great for little ones too!

In need of a few more ideas for the lunch box?  Try some of these:

Sweet potato salmon burgers

Teff and sorghum cherry bars

Gluten free pizza crackers

Strawberry apple salad

Fruit on the bottom  yogurt

Soaked gluten free bread (great for sandwiches with lunch meat!!)

Gluten free crackers

Quinoa bars

Salmon salad

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Broth For Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs

Broth For Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs | Homemade Dutch Apple PieBy now I’m sure you’ve heard about the benefits of bone broth.  It is great for healing the gut, for boosting the immune system and for adding essential vitamins and minerals to the diet.  It is important to consume broth every day.

But what if you don’t like soup?  Or maybe you just can’t stomach plain broth?  There are many recipes that incorporate broth.  I have a lot of delicious ones on my site, like sloppy joes, sweet and sour meatballs, beef stroganoff and stir fry.

Those are great lunch and dinner options  But I personally like to start my day with broth.  I love getting a nutritional boost right away.  Plus I think it’s important to eat a big breakfast to really fuel your body.

I do eat soup most mornings.  It’s easy.  I just use whatever broth and leftover meat and vegetables I have on hand.  But I know not everyone can stomach the idea of soup for breakfast.Broth For Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

So I’ve come up with some easy ways to get broth into your breakfast.  You won’t even know you’re eating it!

One way to easily eat broth for breakfast is in your scrambled eggs.  I came up with this version of eggs for my son who is allergic to dairy.  I couldn’t use raw milk in his scrambled eggs.  But milk alternatives can give a strange flavor.  So I started using broth.  It works so well!

Skip the milk.  Add some broth to your eggs and cook them as usual.  It gives the eggs a great flavor!  Plus you’re getting a nutritional boost.  The combination of broth and eggs is a power packed breakfast.  Add a piece of toast with homemade jam and you’ve got a complete meal to really fuel you for the day.

Do you start your day with broth?  It just got a little easier.Broth For Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Broth For Breakfast Series: Scrambled Eggs
Serves 2
Scrambled eggs cooked in broth.
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup broth
  2. 3 eggs
  3. sea salt and pepper to taste
  4. 2 Tbsp. coconut oil, butter, lard or bacon grease
Instructions
  1. Heat the broth and oil in a small skillet.
  2. Once the broth starts to simmer add the eggs and seasoning.
  3. Stir the eggs to break the yolks and cook as you would regular scrambled eggs.
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Crockpot Sweet And Sour Chicken Stir Fry Soup

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 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: Beef Stroganoff

Simple Supper Series Beef Stroganoff || Homemade Dutch Apple PieToday I have another recipe that comes together in minutes and incorporates broth.  Beef stroganoff is simple and versatile.

Ground beef is simmered with broth and milk or milk substitute to create a creamy sauce.  You can go as bold or as simple as you like with the seasoning.

There are several ways to serve this stroganoff.  A common way is over noodles.  If you prefer noodles you can cook them separately or even add them right to the pan with a little extra broth for a one pot meal.

I served this over mashed potatoes (we had leftover potatoes, so all I had to do was heat and serve!) for those that could have them.  For the others I served the beef stroganoff as an open face sandwich on homemade gluten free rolls.  My son really enjoyed eating it that way since he could use his hands.Simple Supper Series Beef Stroganoff || Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Beef stroganoff can be served just about any way you like.  Try it on squash or rice.  You can even eat it plain!

This is definitely a simple supper.  Plus it is full of nutrients from the beef and the broth.  It is also very allergen friendly with no dairy, gluten, grains, eggs, nuts or corn.

Another great thing about this beef stroganoff is that it is a very budget friendly meal.  Ground beef, broth and onions are very affordable.  So you can serve the whole family for very cheap.

Beef stroganoff is easy to prepare, big on flavor and full of good stuff.  The whole family will enjoy it.

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Simple Supper Series: Beef Stroganoff
Serves 4
A simple beef stroganoff that incorporates broth and is free of allergens.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 lb. ground beef (or pork, turkey or chicken)
  2. 1 Tbsp. coconut oil, lard or tallow
  3. 1 small onion, diced (optional)
  4. 1/2 cup beef, chicken or turkey broth
  5. 1/2 cup milk or milk substitute
  6. 1 Tbsp. arrowroot or tapioca flour
  7. 1 tsp. unrefined sea salt (to taste)
  8. 1/2 tsp. pepper
  9. 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet heat the coconut oil.
  2. Brown the meat and onions.
  3. Add seasoning, broth and milk.
  4. Simmer for five minutes.
  5. Combine the arrowroot with 1 Tbsp. cold water.
  6. Add the arrowroot mixture to the pan and simmer until thickened, about 3 minutes.
  7. Adjust seasoning to taste.
  8. Serve over mashed potatoes, noodles, rice, bread or squash.
Notes
  1. If you want to make a one pot dish simply add 1 cup any variety of noodles and another 1 cup of broth to the pan. Simmer until the noodles are cooked. Add extra liquid if the noodles absorb too much.
  2. This recipe can easily be doubled.
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Simple Supper Series: Broth Burgers

Simple Supper Series Broth Burgers || Homemade Dutch Apple PieThe next recipe in my simple supper series is a fun and nutritious way to eat a burger…without a bun…and with broth added!

Broth burgers are so full of flavor you can eat them with a knife and fork like a steak.  No need to figure out how to make a gluten free or grain free bun.

One of the great things about this recipe is that it only takes about fifteen minutes to prepare.  While the burgers are cooking you can make a simple side – saute some vegetables, prepare a salad or even cook some rice.  You’ll have a full dinner on the table in no time.Simple Supper Series Broth Burgers || Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

You can make the burger as simple or complex as you like.  I usually just do ground beef with a little seasoning.  We like it simple.

You could also add grated or pureed vegetables, egg or even mashed beans or lentils to boost the nutrition and stretch your meat a bit.

While the burgers rest you create the sauce.  Then pour the sauce right over the burgers or soak a bun in the broth.

Broth burgers are also good served on a bed of rice, mashed potatoes or squash.

I made our broth burgers with sauteed onions.  If you don’t like or don’t tolerate onions you can simply make the sauce.  The onions just add extra flavor and texture.Simple Supper Series Broth Burgers || Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

The next time you need a nutritious meal on the table quickly try making broth burgers.  Fast food does not have to be junk food.  You can make broth burgers in the same amount of time it would take to drive to a restaurant and order.  But you’ll be fueling your body with good stuff by making your meal at home.

This is also a great way to sneak more broth into your family’s diet.  Every little bit helps!

Simple Supper Series Broth Burgers || Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Simple Supper Series: Broth Burgers
Serves 4
A juicy burger topped with a rich, brothy sauce. No need for a bun. This burger eats like a steak.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 lb. ground beef (or turkey, chicken or pork)
  2. salt, pepper, garlic powder, herbs to taste
  3. 2 Tbsp. coconut oil, tallow or lard
  4. optional: 1/4 cup pureed vegetable, 1 egg, 1/4 cup mashed beans
  5. 1/2 - 1 cup chicken or beef broth
  6. 1/2 medium onion, sliced
Instructions
  1. Heat the oil in a cast iron or stainless steel skillet.
  2. Combine the ground meat, seasoning and vegetables/egg (if desired).
  3. Form 4-6 burgers.
  4. Cook in hot skillet over medium heat until browned, about 5 minutes per side. Cook the onions in the pan at the same time.
  5. Remove the burgers from the pan and cover to keep warm.
  6. Add the broth to the pan (with onions still in the pan).
  7. Turn heat to high and simmer for about 3 minutes, until the broth reduces and thickens.
  8. Serve the broth/onion sauce on the side with the burgers.
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Simple Supper Series: Pumpkin Pasta Two Ways {grain free, gluten free, dairy free, nut free, corn free}

Simple Supper Series: Pumpkin Pasta Two Ways || Homemade Dutch Apple PieToday I’m sharing another simple supper that comes together in minutes.  Pumpkin pasta two ways.

Pumpkin pasta is a dish anyone can eat (unless you are allergic to pumpkin!).  You can make it gluten free or grain free, however you like it.

I love that it’s one more way to add broth to a meal…and the kids won’t even know it.

If you tolerate dairy, grated Parmesan cheese is great on top of this pasta.Simple Supper Series: Pumpkin Pasta Two Ways || Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

The grain free version uses spaghetti squash as the “pasta.”  So you have to prepare that in advance.  A simple solution is to roast, scoop and freeze a bunch in the fall when squash is in season.  Then you’ve got precooked pasta ready whenever you need it.  You can also roast it in the morning or the night before if you are making it fresh.

The gluten free version can be made using any variety of gluten free noodles – corn, rice, bean, etc.  You can even cook these in advance and keep them in the fridge until you are ready to make dinner.Simple Supper Series: Pumpkin Pasta Two Ways || Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Once you have your noodles add broth, pumpkin and spices.  Then dinner is ready in about ten minutes.

Pair this pasta with a green vegetable or a salad and bread.  It makes a filling, nourishing dinner that the whole family will love.

If you don’t like or don’t tolerate pumpkin you can substitute pureed squash.  Butternut or buttercup work best.  The squash will give it a slightly sweeter flavor.

Pumpkin pasta is an easy weeknight meal that will keep everyone nourished.  Lots of vegetables, broth and healthy fat.  That is how supper should be.Simple Supper Series: Pumpkin Pasta Two Ways || Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Pumpkin Pasta Two Ways {grain free, gluten free, dairy free, nut free, egg free, corn free}
Serves 4
A nutrient dense pasta perfect for fall.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups gluten free noodles, cooked OR 2 cups roasted/scooped spaghetti squash (or a combination)
  2. 1 cup chicken broth (or turkey broth)
  3. 1 cup pureed pumpkin (or squash)
  4. 2 Tbsp. coconut oil or butter
  5. 1 tsp. unrefined sea salt
  6. 1 tsp. garlic powder
  7. 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  8. 1 Tbsp. cane sugar or coconut sugar (optional)
Instructions
  1. In a large saucepan combine all of the ingredients.
  2. Simmer until the broth reduces and the sauce thickens, about 10 minutes.
  3. Adjust seasoning to taste.
  4. Top with cheese if desired.
Notes
  1. The spaghetti squash will not absorb liquid like the pasta, so it will take a few more minutes to thicken than pasta.
  2. You can add coconut oil or butter to individual servings to increase the healthy fat content.
  3. If your child has problems with spice in their food start with just a small amount of cinnamon and add more if tolerated.
  4. The sugar will help balance the spice. Add extra sugar if the cinnamon is too strong.
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