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Ready to dress up your summer salad? In less than five minutes this creamy spinach pesto salad dressing goes from the blender to your bowl!

Creamy Spinach Pesto Salad Dressing

Ready to dress up your summer salad? In less than five minutes this creamy spinach pesto salad dressing goes from the blender to your bowl!

Ready to dress up your summer salad? In less than five minutes this creamy spinach pesto salad dressing goes from the blender to your bowl!

I don’t know about about you but when June rolls around I am so ready to get my salad on! I actually love eating salads year round. But something about the warm, summer weather makes me crave salad.

And when it comes to dressing I am not a traditional girl. Ranch? No thanks. Italian? Blech. I used to always eat honey mustard (I even have over four versions of it on the blog!!), but when I had to give up mustard for two years I lost that taste too.

Ready to dress up your summer salad? In less than five minutes this creamy spinach pesto salad dressing goes from the blender to your bowl!

My New Favorite

These days my salad dressing usually contains desiccated liver, fermented kale or aquatic greens…or all three if I’m really feeling the need to boost nutrients.

But there is one thing I always love on my salads – pesto! I usually make a really mild and simple version of pesto with peas (super kid friendly!!!).

Ready to dress up your summer salad? In less than five minutes this creamy spinach pesto salad dressing goes from the blender to your bowl!

Recently I had the opportunity to try some Taylor Farms organic salad mixes. I went right for the baby spinach and popped it in the blender with olive oil, Stonyfield whole milk yogurt and seasoning. Amazing!

I served it with dinner on a bed of Taylor Farms mixed spring greens. The family loved it! My six-year old still isn’t a fan of lettuce salads. So he had cucumber, avocado and parmesan cheese topped with the creamy spinach pesto.  He sure was happy with his salad – and even asked for it again the next day!

Ready to dress up your summer salad? In less than five minutes this creamy spinach pesto salad dressing goes from the blender to your bowl!

Kid-Friendly Greens

Creamy spinach pesto is a great way to get your kids to eat their greens. It does not taste like eating spinach (my son will vouch for that!). Plus it is combined with healthy fats like whole milk yogurt and extra virgin olive oil to help utilize the vitamins and minerals in the spinach.

Ready to dress up your summer salad? In less than five minutes this creamy spinach pesto salad dressing goes from the blender to your bowl!

Even if your kids aren’t big salad eaters yet this creamy spinach pesto works well for dipping veggies or even chicken nuggets. We also like to eat it on noodles (pesto pasta!).

Ready to dress up your summer salad? In less than five minutes this creamy spinach pesto salad dressing goes from the blender to your bowl!

Sometimes I’m sneaky and add a little desiccated liver. My kids don’t mind the taste since I add it to everything. It really boosts the Vitamin A content!

If you’re like me and craving a good summer salad this dressing is for you! Grab a big bowl, some Taylor Farms organic salad mix, your favorite salad toppers and a big helping of creamy spinach pesto! Summer has officially begun.

What is your favorite salad dressing? Do you make your own dressing creations?

Ready to dress up your summer salad? In less than five minutes this creamy spinach pesto salad dressing goes from the blender to your bowl!

Creamy Spinach Pesto Salad Dressing
Serves 6
A creamy green dressing the whole family will love!
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups tightly packed spinach
  2. 1/2 cup frozen peas, thawed
  3. 2 Tbsp. plain, whole milk yogurt
  4. 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  5. 1/4 - 1/2 tsp. unrefined sea salt
  6. 1/8 tsp. garlic powder
  7. 1/8 tsp. onion powder
  8. optional: 1/8 tsp. desiccated liver, 1/8 tsp. fermented kale powder, 1 Tbsp. pumpkin seeds, 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. Run warm water over the peas to thaw or let sit on the counter to thaw.
  2. In a blender combine the spinach, peas, yogurt, oil, salt, garlic, onion and optional ingredients if desired.
  3. Blend on high until smooth, scraping sides as necessary.
  4. Adjust seasoning to taste.
  5. Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator up to one week.
Notes
  1. This dressing works well on salads, as a veggie dip, on pasta or for chicken nuggets.
  2. This recipe makes one cup of dressing and is easily doubled or tripled to serve at a picnic.
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I am working with Stonyfield Yogurt and Taylor Farms for this post. I have been compensated for my time but all opinions expressed are my own.

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Pistachio Pea Pesto | Just Take A Bite

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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On The Go Nachos In A Jar

Don’t resort to fast food and packaged foods just because you aren’t home for lunch. Stonyfield and Ball brand jars are teaming up for a New Year on the go! Try these on the go nachos in a jar for a filling meal that is easy to prepare and packed with nutrition.

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I am working with Stonyfield and Ball Canning for this post. I have been compensated for my time commitment. But the opinions and ideas are my own. I have not been paid to post positive reviews.

When the New Year arrives just about everyone is ready to hit the ground running. That includes both our schedules and our healthier food choices.

Just because you are busy does not mean you have to resort to junk food. Create your own “to go” meals using Ball brand jars.

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Canning jars everywhere.

Me? I use glass jars for everything.

I mean everything.

At any given time I have five to twenty-five jars in my fridge containing things like milk, broth, salsa, salad dressing, leftovers, olives, beans, bacon grease. Just about anything you can think of.

I also use them in my cupboard to store homemade graham crackers, Wheat Thins® and kettle corn granola.

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Glass jars are just right.

Basically my house is packed with canning jars. I’ll even share a post tomorrow about mason jar lunches kids can make! Ball brand jars are safe for food, safe for the dishwasher and come in all shapes and sizes to meet any needs.

My favorite size is the wide mouth pint. The wide mouth makes it easy to get your hands in. Even an immersion blender fits to make things like homemade Miracle Whip®!

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My nachos in a jar fit perfectly in the wide mouth pint! Layers of your favorite nacho toppings all packed neatly into a jar.

You can use chips (I love the Garden of Eatin’ blue corn chips) to dip right out of the jar or dump the nachos into a bowl when you are ready to eat.

Better yet, crumble chips into some of the layers and eat it with a fork. That is a delicious lunch on the go!

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Keep it simple.

I kept my nacho preparation simple with whole cherry tomatoes, olives, beans and chunks of avocado. You can add refried beans, salsa and guacamole if you like.

The add some tang with Stonyfield Greek yogurt or whole milk yogurt in place of sour cream.

I gave this to my husband for lunch. It got his seal of approval (and that means a lot!).

Are you starting the year with a busy schedule? In need of some easy lunches?

Don’t let the hustle and bustle of the New Year stand in the way of keeping yourself healthy. Create fun Ball brand jar meals on the go like these nachos in a jar.

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On The Go Nachos In A Jar
Serves 1
Simple layered nachos you can take on the go.
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Choose any of the following
  1. 1/4 avocado, cut up
  2. 1/4 cup chopped lettuce
  3. 2 Tbsp. grated cheese
  4. 3 Tbsp. plain Greek or whole milk yogurt
  5. 1/4 cup cherry tomatoes (whole or chopped)
  6. 2 Tbsp. salsa
  7. 1/4 cup pinto beans, black beans, refried beans or chickpeas
  8. 1/4 cup olives (whole or chopped)
  9. 1/4 cup guacamole
  10. Tortilla chips
Instructions
  1. Layer the chosen ingredients into a Ball canning jar (wide mouth pint works well).
  2. Optional: Add layers of crumbled chips.
  3. Serve straight from the jar with chips for dipping or with a fork. Or dump the contents into a bowl and serve with chips for dipping.
Notes
  1. I like to use Garden of Eatin' organic blue corn chips. Use whatever chips you tolerate.
  2. You can leave out the chips for a grain free nacho or replace corn chips with a root chip (potato, beet, etc.).
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Creamy Cranberry Jello | Just Take A Bite

Creamy Cranberry Jello

Looking for a kid-friendly spin on cranberry sauce? Try some creamy cranberry jello! It is packed with nutrients and kids will love the taste.

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I am working with Stonyfield for this post. I have been compensated for my time commitment. But the opinions and ideas are my own. I have not been paid to post positive reviews.

I’ll be honest. I always skipped the cranberry sauce growing up.

Tart, gelatinous red stuff shaped like a can…not really my thing. I’m not even sure I ever actually tasted it!

It looked that bad to me.

Not much has changed.

Fast forward thirty years. I’m still not entirely sure I’ve ever tasted cranberry sauce. I honestly couldn’t tell you what it tastes like. Even though it sounds really good…assuming it’s not out of a can.

I’ve never made it or served it to my family (though this homemade version from Raising Generation Nourished sure looks good!)

So when challenged by Stonyfield to recreate a holiday dish using yogurt I figured I should try to improve on the one Thanksgiving dish I never even bother making.

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I turned cranberry sauce into creamy cranberry jello!

Sweet success.

My kids love it.

A little sweet. A little tart. A little creamy. Perfect.

Creamy cranberry jello really couldn’t be any easier to make either.

Five ingredients. Five minutes of hands on time.

The cranberry comes from pure cranberry juice. The creaminess comes from Stonyfield Plain Greek yogurt or strained whole milk yogurt. And the jello comes from quality grass-fed gelatin.

I love the simplicity of this dish and that it is very kid-friendly. I also love that you can make it up to a couple days in advance. One less thing to think about the day of Thanksgiving or Christmas!

If your kids tend to be hesitant to try new foods and flavors like cranberry try using these fun Thanksgiving printables.

Thanksgiving-stickers

They can be printed out on a self-adhesive paper and placed on soup bowls, paper plates, napkins and glasses. Cute illustrations can sometimes motivate children to eat, but if that’s not enough, writing out funny rhymes or riddles about food can really do the trick.

They can also be used for labeling each dish so those with allergies know what’s safe.

Are you still finalizing your holiday meal plans?

Be sure to keep cranberries ON the menu this year. Nobody will pass them up in the form of creamy cranberry jello. Not even the kids!

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Creamy Cranberry Jello
Serves 8
A creamy, kid friendly twist on cranberry sauce.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups pure cranberry juice (NOT cranberry juice cocktail)
  2. 1 cup organic cane sugar
  3. 1/4 tsp. unrefined sea salt
  4. 1/2 cup Greek yogurt or 1 cup whole milk yogurt, strained
  5. 1 1/2 - 2 Tbsp. grass-fed gelatin
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan combine the juice, sugar, salt and yogurt. Whisk until combined.
  2. Add the gelatin while whisking to prevent clumping. Let sit one minute.
  3. Heat over medium heat, whisking frequently, until the sugar and gelatin are dissolved (about 3 minutes, mixture will be warm).
  4. Pour into a heat-safe serving dish.
  5. Refrigerate until firm.
  6. Serve cold.
Notes
  1. If you like your jello on the softer side use 1 1/2 Tbsp. of gelatin. If you like it firmer use 2 Tbsp. of gelatin.
  2. You can turn this into finger jello by using 2 1/2 - 3 Tbsp. of gelatin.
  3. You can add whole cranberries to the jello before refrigerating.
  4. You can replace half of the sugar with honey. You may need to increase the gelatin slightly.
  5. You can substitute coconut yogurt to make this dairy free.
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Looking for more delicious jello recipes for the holidays? Give these a try!

Candy Corn Finger Jello

Pear Lime Jello Salad

Strawberry Lemon Jello Salad

Cherry Rhubarb Jello

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Herb Roasted Vegetables with Creamy Honey Mustard | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Herb Roasted Vegetables with Creamy Honey Mustard Dressing

Herb roasted vegetables with creamy honey mustard dressing put a new spin on salad.  They make the perfect side dish all year long.

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I am partnering with Wayfair 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.

I love a fresh salad in the summer. To be honest I could eat a salad for breakfast, lunch and dinner all summer long!

But I do have a family to cook for. And I don’t have any big salad fans.

That means it’s time to put a new spin on salad.

My kids LOVE roasted vegetables. They often eat all of their vegetables first when I roast them.

So when challenged by Stonyfield and Wayfair to create a new summer salad I went with something I knew my kids would enjoy.

Herb roasted vegetables with creamy honey mustard is a hearty summer salad everyone will love.

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The vegetables.

Most of the time I roast cauliflower, Brussels sprouts or cabbage. If you think those are vegetables your kids don’t like try them roasted. You might be surprised!

During the summer there are plenty of other fresh vegetables to add to the mix, like zucchini, peppers and beans.

I used a combination of year round staples and fresh summer vegetables to create a colorful blend.

Add lots of extra virgin olive oil, unrefined sea salt and some fresh or dried herbs for a pop of flavor.

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The dressing.

What’s a salad without dressing? To top this beautiful blend I put a creamy spin on my favorite honey mustard by adding whole milk Stonyfield yogurt.

The bright yellow dressing really pops against the rainbow of vegetables. And it adds a burst of flavor. Roasted vegetables with creamy honey mustard will be the center of attention at your dinner table.

Creamy honey mustard also makes a great veggie dip.

My kids may not be huge salad fans, but they do love veggies and dip! So another way to eat salad in the summer is to skip the lettuce and go straight for fresh vegetables with creamy honey mustard.

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The presentation.

Herb roasted vegetables with creamy honey mustard is a great salad for entertaining. All of the prep work is done in advance so you can visit with your guests.

But you can’t serve a beautiful salad without the proper dishes. That’s where Wayfair comes in.

Have you checked out their assortment of salad bowls and kitchen gadgets? There is so much to choose from!

My favorite color is blue and I like simple. So of course I picked a stunning cobalt blue salad bowl. I love how it is wide and shallow – perfect for presenting a colorful salad. You can see the whole assortment of vegetables.

I have been searching for a salad dressing container for some time now. I usually just use a small mason jar. But for serving to guests that is not so convenient. This cruet is just what I’ve been looking for. (Plus I learned a new word…cruet). These will come in so handy when I serve salads at parties and family gatherings.

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My favorite product from Wayfair is this set of condiment cups. They are perfect for dipping veggies in dressing. They are also great for holding after school snacks. They come in four fun colors so each kid can pick what color they like. Did you know that can make vegetables taste better? It can.

Whether you need a fancy salad to serve to guests or you’re just trying to get your kids to eat more veggies, herb roasted vegetables with creamy honey mustard work well.

Let your kids help chop all of the vegetables and make the simple dressing. Then use some fun, festive serveware from Wayfair to brighten up the table.

What is your favorite summer salad? How do you dress it up?

Let Stonyfield and Wayfair spruce up your next salad.

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Herb Roasted Vegetables with Creamy Honey Mustard Dressing
Serves 6
Bright vegetables seasoned with herbs and drizzled with a creamy honey mustard dressing.
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Vegetables
  1. 10 cups variety of vegetables (cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, carrots, onions, peppers, zucchini, cabbage, beets, parsnips, rutabaga)
  2. 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  3. 2 tsp. unrefined sea salt
  4. 1 tsp. dried basil
  5. 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
  6. 1 tsp. dried dillweed
Dressing
  1. 1/2 cup plain, whole milk yogurt
  2. 1/2 cup honey
  3. 1/4 cup mustard
  4. 1/4 tsp. unrefined sea salt
Vegetables
  1. Cut the vegetables into uniform chunks.
  2. Heat oven to 375*F.
  3. Place vegetables on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  4. Pour olive oil over vegetables and season with salt and herbs.
  5. Toss to coat.
  6. Bake for about 1 hour, until vegetables are tender and browned.
Dressing
  1. Combine all of the ingredients and mix well.
  2. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  3. Serve vegetables warm, drizzled with honey mustard.
Notes
  1. The dressing can be made in advance.
  2. The dressing will last about 2 weeks in the refrigerator.
  3. The dressing can be used as a veggie dip.
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Cherry Mustard Vinaigrette | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

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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Pear Lime Jello Salad | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Pear Lime Jello Salad

This pear lime jello salad is a simple recreation of the classic seafoam without the food coloring and boxed mix.

Pear Lime Jello Salad | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

The first time I visited my (now) in-laws was for Thanksgiving.  We had a feast (prepared by my talented mother-in-law)!  It included the usual turkey, stuffing, potatoes, gravy, vegetables…and seafoam salad.

I had never heard of or tasted seafoam salad.  But it was good!

  • Pears in juice.
  • Lime Jello.
  • Cream cheese.

It is an assortment of sweet and creamy goodness.

Fast forward about 15 years and I realize just how unhealthy it is.

  • Boxed jello mix.
  • Green food coloring.
  • Canned pears.
  • Cream cheese with thickeners.

It is an assortment of artificial colors, artificial sweeteners and thickeners.

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Of course that means one thing.

It is time to create a real food version!

My pear lime jello salad has the bright flavor and creamy texture without the food coloring and refined sweeteners.

Instead, I combine lime juice, fresh pears, grass-fed gelatin, homemade cream cheese and unrefined sweeteners to create a special treat.  Homemade powdered sugar really helps thicken the salad.

My kids and my husband really love this pear lime jello salad.

There is one noticeable difference from the original salad – it is white!  Have you ever looked at the inside of a pear?  It is white, not green.

If you really want some green in your salad you could add lime zest or maybe even a touch of spinach or peas.

Pear Lime Jello Salad | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

On top of the sweet flavor, pear lime jello salad is packed with nutrients.

The combination of homemade cream cheese and grass-fed gelatin provides healthy fat and complete protein.  The pears add a bit of carbohydrates and fiber.

Pear lime jello salad makes a great side dish for any week night meal.  But it is also great for easy lunches, snacks, picnics and potlucks.

I usually make this salad in a bowl and scoop it with a spoon.  But you could also make it in a 9×13 pan and cut it into squares.

Pear lime jello salad makes great finger food for kids!

But without a green mess.

Are you looking for a new side dish for your summer barbecues or family picnics?  Pear lime jello salad is just what you need.

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Pear Lime Jello Salad
Serves 6
A real food version of the classic seafoam salad.
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Ingredients
  1. 3 large or 4 medium ripe pears, peeled, cored and roughly chopped
  2. 2 Tbsp. cane sugar
  3. 1/4 cup lime juice
  4. 1 1/2 Tbsp. grass-fed gelatin
  5. 1/4 cup cold water
  6. 3/4 cups whole milk plain yogurt OR 1/3 cup whole milk greek yogurt OR 1/3 cup plain cream cheese
  7. 1/4 cup sour cream
  8. 3 Tbsp. homemade powdered sugar OR 2 Tbsp. cane sugar + 1 Tbsp. tapioca flour
Instructions
  1. Strain the yogurt in cheesecloth about 1 hour. Squeeze as much liquid out as possible. Set aside.
  2. Combine the sour cream and powdered sugar. Place in the refrigerator.
  3. Place the pears, lime juice and sugar in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes.
  4. Puree the pear mixture (leave it in the pan and puree with an immersion blender or puree in a blender and return to pan).
  5. Dissolve the gelatin in 1/4 cup cold water for 30 seconds.
  6. Add the gelatin mixture to the pear mixture and stir to dissolve.
  7. Add the strained yogurt to the pear mixture. Stir to combine.
  8. Pour the pear mixture into a glass bowl or 8" pan. Chill in the refrigerator 15 minutes.
  9. Stir the sour cream mixture into the pear mixture. Return to the refrigerator to chill until fully set, about 4 hours.
  10. Serve cold.
Notes
  1. You can replace the lime juice with water or a different flavor of juice.
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Strawberry Apple Salad | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Strawberry Apple Salad

Strawberry apple salad is a simple way to add a burst of strawberry flavor to your summer meal.Strawberry Apple Salad | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

I am a planner.  I always make meal plans for the week (I’ve been posting them for several years if you need inspiration!).  It’s usually not too difficult to come up with main dishes.

But side dishes…

I struggle there.  It usually ends up being the same boring sides week after week.  Broccoli, beans, applesauce…

If you’re tired of boring sides you’re in luck.  Today I’ve got a bright, fun, easy side dish that is perfect for any week night meal.  It can also be doubled or tripled and served at your next picnic or potluck.

There is no cooking or baking required.  Just some chopping and mixing.

Strawberry apple salad features one of summer’s gems – fresh strawberries.  It is naturally very allergen friendly and low in sugar.  It puts a fun summer spin on the year round staple of apples.

If you’re like me and don’t need much sweetness to feel like you’re having a treat, strawberry apple salad could even be used as dessert.  Top it with a sprinkle of granola or crispy walnuts.  Dessert is ready!Strawberry Apple Salad | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

One of the things I love about this salad is that you can prepare it in advance.  The longer you let it sit the better!  The apples will just absorb more and more of the strawberry flavor.

I like to let my kids help make this strawberry apple salad.  Even the young ones can get involved.  I peel and core the apples.  Then they use a dull knife to cut the apples into chunks.  After I blend the strawberry dressing they can pour it on the apples and mix.

Of course if your child helps make the salad you have to let them be a taste tester.  That is the most important job!  My kids sure loved sampling strawberry apple salad.

Strawberry apple salad is the perfect park snack.

Fill half pint mason jars with the salad and put a lid on.  Grab a spoon and you’re all set.  No need to worry about messy hands since you eat it with a spoon.

Whether it is strawberry season or not you can make strawberry apple salad.  Frozen strawberries work too!  No apples on hand?  No problem.  Swap pears, peaches or plums.  It’ll still taste great.

Put strawberry apple salad on your menu this week.  I bet your kids will love it as much as mine do!Strawberry Apple Salad | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Strawberry Apple Salad
Serves 4
A simple summer salad that turns ordinary apples into a fun strawberry treat.
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Ingredients
  1. 1/4 plain whole milk yogurt
  2. 1 cup strawberries (fresh or frozen, thawed)
  3. 2 Tbsp. honey
  4. 5-6 medium apples, peeled, cored and cut into bite size pieces
  5. optional - 1 tsp. poppy seeds
Instructions
  1. Puree the yogurt, strawberries and honey in a blender.
  2. Pour the mixture into a medium size bowl. Add poppy seeds if desired.
  3. Add the apples to the bowl and toss to coat.
  4. Chill for at least 2 hours before serving.
Notes
  1. This can be made a day ahead.
  2. Top the salad with granola or crispy nuts if desired.
  3. Fill half pint mason jars with the salad to take it on the go.
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Rhubarb + Apple Sauce

This rhubarb + apple sauce combines the flavors of spring with a staple fruit available all year long to make a delicious side for any spring or summer meal.Rhubarb + Apple Sauce | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

School is out!  Summer has officially begun.  Before you move on to strawberries, blueberries and cherries sneak in one last rhubarb dish.

I know strawberries are the classic pairing with rhubarb.  It makes sense since they are available at the same time of year.  But I’m learning rhubarb goes with so many other fruits!  Cherry and rhubarb blend well in this jello.

Now you can mix rhubarb with a fall staple – apples.  Since apples are readily available year round this side dish is easy to make in the spring or summer.

My kids loved this rhubarb applesauce.  There is sweetness from the apples, spice from the cinnamon and hint of tart from the rhubarb.

Rhubarb applesauce is great any time of day.  Breakfast, lunch, dinner or even a snack – you really can’t go wrong.

The preparation for this side is minimal.  Since the apples cook down you don’t have to chop them much ahead of time, especially if you are going to puree the sauce.  The rhubarb should be peeled first (I just do this with my hands) to remove the stringy outside.  Then a rough chop and you’re all set.

Kids can help make rhubarb applesauce.  Peeling rhubarb is a great task for them!  Then using a safe knife to roughly chop apples (after you peel/core them) and put them in the pan.  My kids love helping make this.

Are you getting bored with plain applesauce?  Try a spruced up spring version with rhubarb added.  You’ll add vitamins and boost the flavor.  It is also a great way to introduce your kids to rhubarb.

Rhubarb + apple sauce is perfect for early summer picnics, family barbeques and easy lunches while the kids are home.Rhubarb + Apple Sauce | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Rhubarb + Apple Sauce
Serves 6
A tart and sweet applesauce with the flavor of early summer.
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Ingredients
  1. 4 medium apples, peeled, cored and chopped
  2. 1 cup rhubarb, peeled and diced (about 1 large stalk)
  3. 1/3 cup cane sugar or honey
  4. 1 tsp. cinnamon
  5. 1/2 tsp. nutmeg (optional)
  6. 1/2 cup water
Instructions
  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a medium saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 15 - 25 minutes (will depend on the firmness of the apples), stirring periodically.
  3. Mash or puree the sauce.
  4. Serve warm or cold.
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Cherry Rhubarb Jello

Cherry rhubarb jello is the perfect kid-friendly way to use fresh produce and welcome summer weather.

Cherry Rhubarb Jello | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

We have two rhubarb plants in our garden.  Most years we get a few decent stalks from them that I use to make a special dessert like crisp, ice cream, cake or even cheesecake!

This year our rhubarb plants were huge!  After making three strawberry rhubarb crisps there was still plenty left. That means it is time to experiment with new ways to use rhubarb.

I came up with cherry rhubarb jello.  This is the perfect, nutritious way to use fresh, spring produce in combination with last year’s freezer stash (we still have a couple gallons of sweet cherries left!).

The cherries give sweetness and a deep maroon color while the rhubarb gives a hint of tartness.  It’s the perfect combination.

Cherry Rhubarb Jello | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Cherry rhubarb jello makes a great finger food lunch addition or snack for kids.  The fruit provides vitamins while the gelatin provides easy-to-digest protein.

An added bonus is that cherry rhubarb jello is very allergen friendly.  Not to mention there is no food coloring or artificial flavor.  So it makes a unique and healthy treat for everyone.

Are you looking for a dish to pass at your next potluck or picnic?  Cherry rhubarb jello is just the thing.  You can make it in advance and both kids and adults will enjoy it.

Sometimes I even serve this for breakfast.  My oldest can take her time eating in the morning.  If we need to get out the door on time jello is great.  It is soft and easy to chew.

Don’t forget the really important part – cherry rhubarb jello is so easy to make!  Just cook, puree, add the gelatin and chill.  It takes about five minutes of hands on time.  Who doesn’t love that?!

Before rhubarb season ends grab a few stalks and make this fun treat to celebrate the end of the school year and welcome summer.

Cherry Rhubarb Jello | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Cherry Rhubarb Jello
Serves 12
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups sweet cherries (fresh or frozen)
  2. 2 cups rhubarb, peeled and chopped
  3. 3/4 cups organic cane sugar or coconut sugar
  4. 1/4 tsp. unrefined sea salt
  5. 1/2 cup water
  6. 2 Tbsp. grass-fed gelatin
Instructions
  1. Combine the cherries, rhubarb, sugar and salt in a saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer about 20 minutes.
  3. Pour the mixture into a blender. Blend until smooth.
  4. Return the mixture to the saucepan.
  5. Dissolve the gelatin in 1/2 cup cold water. Let sit 1 minute.
  6. whisk the gelatin water into the hot puree until dissolved, about 1 minute.
  7. Pour the mixture into an 8" square pan or a bowl.
  8. Refrigerate until firm.
  9. Scoop or cut into squares to serve.
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