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Don't let the thought of packing allergen free school lunches give you anxiety. I'm sharing my top picks, including enough choices to create at least three weeks of completely different lunches!

Over Three Weeks Of Real Food Allergen Free School Lunches

Don’t let the thought of packing allergen free school lunches give you anxiety. I’m sharing my top picks, including enough choices to create at least three weeks of completely different lunches!

Don't let the thought of packing allergen free school lunches give you anxiety. I'm sharing my top picks, including enough choices to create at least three weeks of completely different lunches!

School is right around the corner (I said it…don’t throw tomatoes). Depending on where you live it could be a month, a couple weeks or even days away!

Along with school comes the dreaded lunch packing.

When you have to work around allergies your choices are limited. No crackers and cheese. No more pb&j. Scrap half of the cute Pinterest ideas.

There are even plenty of posts claiming to have allergen free ideas…that really aren’t allergen free at all except for maybe one or two options from a long  list. Or you have to do a bunch of substituting on your own to make them allergen free. No thanks.

But allergy friendly lunches don’t need to be boring, bland or void of nutrition. They don’t need to be complicated either. In fact they can be downright fun! Just ask my kids.

I’ve been packing school lunches for two years now. I tend to get in a rut sometimes. So I like to have a list on hand of safe, healthy and delicious lunch ideas. Today I’m sharing them with you!

These are the best real food allergy friendly lunch ideas around. And they are all staples in our lunches.

Don't let the thought of packing allergen free school lunches give you anxiety. I'm sharing my top picks, including enough choices to create at least three weeks of completely different lunches!

Pick your favorites, make some weekly lunch menus and rotate through them. I’ve got enough ideas to create three full weeks of unique lunches. Problem solved.

To start I’ll share one of our favorites. Then head over to Kitchen Stewardship where you’ll find the rest of my allergen free school lunches.

Allergen free bread or pancakes with sunbutter [this brand is 100% nut free – I like to use the green lid since there are no extra ingredients] and pectin free strawberry jam, cherry jam, peach jam, grape jelly or red plum raspberry jellyThis is not your traditional pb&j. But trust me, your kids will love it!

—>>> Check out the rest of my allergen free school lunches!

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Looking for a delicious jelly that is naturally free of pectin? This is it! Red plum raspberry jelly is the perfect fruit combination for your morning toast, mixed into yogurt or spread on your pancakes.

Red Plum Raspberry Jelly {No Added Pectin!}

Looking for a delicious jelly that is naturally free of pectin? This is it! Red plum raspberry jelly is the perfect fruit combination for your morning toast, mixed into yogurt or spread on your pancakes.

Looking for a delicious jelly that is naturally free of pectin? This is it! Red plum raspberry jelly is the perfect fruit combination for your morning toast, mixed into yogurt or spread on your pancakes.I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…I’m not very good at making jams and jellies. Even when I use the packs of pectin!

I have switched over to using gelatin to create my strawberry freezer jam, cherry jam, grape jelly and five minute peach jam. They turned out beautifully!

But I recently teamed up with Ball Brand to try one of their recipes. I had the great pleasure of perusing The All New Ball Book Of Canning And Preserving. It’s like a canner’s dream.

The pictures are gorgeous. And the recipes all sound so delicious. I wish I had time to try them all!

But I had to just pick one to try and share with you.

Looking for a delicious jelly that is naturally free of pectin? This is it! Red plum raspberry jelly is the perfect fruit combination for your morning toast, mixed into yogurt or spread on your pancakes.

Trying My Hand At Jelly Again

With our allergies I don’t use pectin. Since I can’t be certain of the source it’s too risky. I know a lot of pectin is made from apples. And my two youngest are allergic to apples.

So instead of modifying a recipe I went for one that didn’t even need pectin. Red plum raspberry jelly sounded like the perfect combination of fruit flavors. And it is!

Neither fruit over powers the other.

There is no doubt that red plum raspberry jelly tastes good. You can use it for your  morning eggs and toast or mixed into some plain yogurt. We like it on pancakes.

Looking for a delicious jelly that is naturally free of pectin? This is it! Red plum raspberry jelly is the perfect fruit combination for your morning toast, mixed into yogurt or spread on your pancakes.

The Outcome

The real question, though, is did I manage to make good jelly without using gelatin?

Ummmm, no.

I read the instructions on how to look for the gelling point. I used a thermometer to monitor the temperature (got it to 220 just like it said).

But the timing worked out that it was right around the gelling point when I was trying to get my toddler down for a nap. And of course this was the one day where she was fighting sleep. In fact, instead of taking 3-10 minutes to get her to sleep it took over an hour and a half (including a dirty diaper change)! Maybe it was all those raspberries she ate!

Looking for a delicious jelly that is naturally free of pectin? This is it! Red plum raspberry jelly is the perfect fruit combination for your morning toast, mixed into yogurt or spread on your pancakes.

So I kept bouncing back and forth between checking the jelly and checking the toddler. And at one point I just said I have to get it done and said a prayer. Well, it wasn’t gelled.

My Big Mistake

And now that I am re-reading the directions I see that it says to stir constantly…oops. Not easy when trying to get a toddler to nap. I think all of the pectin came to the top when I wasn’t stirring…there was a sticky, pink foam. Oops.

Note – keep stirring while it boils!!

All is not lost, though. We now have sweet red plum raspberry syrup! I can’t wait to use it on our pancakes this week (every Friday we have breakfast for dinner…pancakes is on the menu).

I might also try cooking it down a bit or adding a little gelatin when I open a jar. Just to see what happens.

It’s Your Turn

In spite of my inability to make jams and jellies I am sharing this delicious recipe with you today. I bet you’ll have better luck. Maybe you can teach me a thing or two about gel! My motto moving forward is going to be “Follow the directions and keep stirring.”

I hope to try this recipe again and actually cook it the right way. I REALLY want to try red plum raspberry jelly on bread (freshly baked sourdough would heavenly).

How about you? Are you a pro at making jams and jellies? Or are you jelly challenged like me?

I’d love to hear how it goes if you try red plum raspberry jelly.

But there’s more! Keep reading.
Looking for a delicious jelly that is naturally free of pectin? This is it! Red plum raspberry jelly is the perfect fruit combination for your morning toast, mixed into yogurt or spread on your pancakes.

Red Plum Raspberry Jelly
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Ingredients
  1. 2 lbs. firm, ripe red plums, halved
  2. 1 cup water
  3. 4 cups raspberries
  4. 3 cups cane sugar
  5. cheesecloth
Instructions
  1. Pit plums, reserving pits. Chop plums and place in a 6 qt. stainless steel or enameled Dutch oven. Lightly crush the plum with a potato masher.
  2. Stir in the water and reserved pits. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer 10 minutes.
  3. Add raspberries, crushing with a potato masher. Return to a boil, cover, reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes.
  4. Line a large, fine wire mesh strainer with 3 layers of dampened cheesecloth. Place the strainer over a large bowl.
  5. Pour the plum mixture into the strainer (do not press down). Cover and let stand 3 hours or until collected juice measures 3 1/2 cups and mixture no longer drips.
  6. Wash and dry Dutch oven.
  7. Pour the juice into the Dutch oven. Stir in the sugar and bring to a boil over high heat. Boil, stirring constantly, to gelling point.
  8. Ladle hot jelly into a hot jar, leaving 1/4-inch headspace.
  9. Wipe jar rim. Center lid on jar. Apply band and adjust to fingertip tight.
  10. Place jar in boiling water canner. Repeat until all jars are filled.
  11. Process jars 10 minutes, adjusting for altitude. Turn off heat, remove lid and let jars stand 5 minutes.
  12. Remove jars from canner and cool.
Notes
  1. Tip - plum pits are super high in pectin, so simmering them with the fruit really helps give this jelly its velvety smooth set.
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Here’s how you can participate.

  • Pledge to can-it-forward by signing up via the pledge page and share with friends.
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Does red plum raspberry jelly sound like a delicious combination? What is your favorite jelly flavor?

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This easy allergen free bread is great for sandwiches or toast. Let the kids help make it!

Easy Allergen Free Bread

Looking for a great bread that holds together without allergens or gums? This allergen free bread is easy to make and tastes great!

This easy allergen free bread is great for sandwiches or toast. Let the kids help make it!

Last year I spent at least six months trying to come up with a decent gluten free bread. I probably made at least fifty experimental loaves.

What did I come up with?

My “not-quite-perfect” gluten free bread. It tastes good. But it’s not quite as sturdy as I’d like. And it seems to turn out differently every time I make it!

Bread round two.

When my youngest two added a bunch of new allergies in the past year I just stopped making bread. I really didn’t know how to bake anything safe for them. Back to experimenting.

This easy allergen free bread is great for sandwiches or toast. Let the kids help make it!

Eventually I got the hang of making decent muffins (my poor husband with texture issues had to suffer through some over-moist and dry, crumbly experiments).

One day I decided to try making a loaf of bread. Just to see what would happen.

Imagine my surprise when it turned out great! Actually way better than the gluten free bread I had tried to create for so long.

Who knew you could cut out the eggs, dairy and binders and get something better?!

My allergen free bread has no gluten, eggs, dairy, nuts, coconut, rice, corn, seeds or soy. And as with all of my baking it has no gums. As an added bonus it is soaked so it’s gentler on the tummy.

This easy allergen free bread is great for sandwiches or toast. Let the kids help make it!

Kid seal of approval.

Want to know what my kids think about this allergen free bread?

Eight year old: “This is AWESOME!”

Five year old: “This is only for me! Nobody else can have it.”

So many possibilities.

Life sure is easier when you have bread. My son can enjoy sloppy joes, sandwiches with homemade lunch meat or toast with sunbutter (we love this brand because it is made in a peanut and tree nut facility). We even use it to make mini pizzas with our nutrient dense pizza sauce (no cheese necessary)!

Sometimes we use leftover pancakes or tortillas as “bread.” But this allergen free bread is definitely our first choice. I try to keep some in the freezer at all times for quick snacks, breakfasts and lunches. I even pre-slice it so I can just grab one slice at a time.

This easy allergen free bread is great for sandwiches or toast. Let the kids help make it!

Just a few simple ingredients, mixed by hand gives you a delicious and versatile bread. Soak the flour the day before (or skip that step if you didn’t plan ahead). Then it takes about five minutes to get the bread into the oven.

Just because you have allergies doesn’t mean you have to miss out on freshly baked bread. It also doesn’t mean  you have to resort to strange ingredients and binders (that actually often contain allergens!).

Are you missing bread due to allergies?

Give this allergen free bread a try. Your kids will be begging for more.

Better yet, get your kids in the kitchen to help make it! They can practice, measuring, pouring and mixing. This will definitely be on our list of things to bake as we go through the Kids Cook Real Food eCourse. Click here to learn more about it!

This easy allergen free bread is great for sandwiches or toast. Let the kids help make it!

Easy Allergen Free Bread
Yields 2
A simple bread that is free of gluten, dairy, eggs, nuts, corn, rice, soy, seeds, coconut and gums.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 cups sorghum flour
  2. 1/2 cup tapioca flour
  3. 2/3 cup warm water
  4. 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  5. 1 tsp. baking soda
  6. 1 tsp. cream of tartar
  7. 1/2 tsp. unrefined sea salt
  8. 3 Tbsp. honey
  9. 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  10. 3 tsp. grass-fed gelatin
  11. 1/4 cup cold water
  12. 1/2 cup hot water
Instructions
  1. Combine the flour, warm water and lemon juice. Mix to remove any lumps. Cover and let sit 7 - 24 hours.
  2. Heat the oven to 350*F. Grease one medium and one small loaf pan.
  3. Combine the gelatin and cold water. Set aside.
  4. Add the baking soda, cream of tartar, salt, honey and oil to the flour mixture. Stir well.
  5. Add the hot water to the gelatin water and mix until dissolved.
  6. Add the gelatin water to the flour mixture. Stir well.
  7. Pour the dough in the prepared pans.
  8. Bake for 50 - 55 minutes, until golden.
  9. Allow to cool for 15 minutes before removing from the pan.
  10. Allow to cool for 30 minutes before slicing.
  11. Store in a sealed container at room temperature for up to 5 days, in the fridge for up to a week or in the freezer for up to a year.
Notes
  1. You can slice the bread before freezing.
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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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Dairy Free Grilled Cheese

Dairy Free Grilled “Cheese”

Dairy free grilled “cheese” is a simple sandwich made without fake cheese alternatives.  It is perfect for a quick lunch or a side with nourishing soup.Dairy Free Grilled CheeseI L.O.V.E grilled cheese.  Really love it.  When I’m pregnant it’s one of the only foods that sounds good in the first trimester.  When I’m getting over sickness it always appeals to me.  I could eat grilled cheese just about any time.

Salty + gooey = love.

No Dairy, No Problem

Being dairy free for seven months now I haven’t eaten grilled cheese in a while.  I actually rarely miss cheese.  If I could indulge in dairy it would probably just be a big glass of raw milk.

That being said I do miss grilled cheese.

The other day I was making tomato soup…and of course that means grilled cheese.  Instead of just making myself something else like usual I decided to make a dairy free grilled “cheese” that I could eat.Dairy Free Grilled Cheese | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

To my great surprise this turned out so well! I think I could have eaten two or three of these.  My four year old (that can’t have cheese either) thought it was great too!  I made it with sourdough bread (I love that sour and salty combination).  Any bread you tolerate will work.  Soaked gluten free bread would be great too.

Make It Gooey

The “cheese” is made from a combination of pumpkin or squash with gelatin (I love both this brand and this one!), cane sugar and salt.  Then coconut oil + a sprinkle of sea salt gives you a buttery flavor for grilling.

So you get vegetables and healthy protein in your grilled cheese.  Please note that gelatin is not a complete protein, so you should pair it with another protein in your meal.  Adding bacon to this grilled cheese would be perfect! (note to self…make bacon grilled cheese ASAP!)  Leftover chicken or canned tuna or salmon would be great too.  Or simply pairing it with a soup with meat works well.

Easy Lunch

I love that this is a quick lunch component.  Being dairy, egg, nut and bean free there is not much I can make that is quick and still has protein.  So if I don’t have leftover meat I’m left with nothing.  This sandwich works well for days when there is nothing on hand and I need an easy meal. I even put it in my kids’ lunch box. It’s great cold!

I have made this a few times now.  One thing I noticed…if you let the grilled cheese sit for a bit the gelatin has more time to gel and the filling has even more of a cheese texture!  I actually think it tastes a bit like American cheese.  It reminded me of my childhood.

I like to make grilled cheese when we have soup for dinner.  But I rarely make it these days since only half of the family can eat it.  But I’ll be adding it back to the menu now!  The whole family can enjoy grilled cheese again.

Do you miss grilled cheese after removing dairy from your diet?  You’re in luck.  Now you can have it!Dairy Free Grilled Cheese | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Dairy Free Grilled "Cheese"
Serves 1
A simple dairy free version of grilled cheese without fake cheese alternatives.
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Ingredients
  1. Two slices of bread of choice.
  2. 3 Tbsp. pureed squash or pumpkin
  3. 2 tsp. grass-fed gelatin
  4. 1/2 tsp. cane sugar
  5. 1/2 tsp. unrefined sea salt
  6. coconut oil + sea salt for cooking
Instructions
  1. Mix the squash, gelatin, sugar and salt. Let sit two minutes.
  2. Heat a medium pan over low-medium heat.
  3. Spread the squash mixture on one slice of bread. Top with the other slice.
  4. Add coconut oil and a sprinkle of sea salt to the warm pan.
  5. Place the sandwich in the pan and cook until golden, 3-5 minutes.
  6. Flip sandwich, add extra coconut oil and salt to the pan. Cook another 3-5 minutes, until golden.
Notes
  1. This grilled cheese should be cooked slowly so the gelatin has time to warm and dissolve.
  2. This makes enough filling for two small or one large grilled cheese, it depends on the size of your bread.
  3. The longer the sandwich sits/cools after cooking the more the gelatin will firm up and feel like cheese.
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Soaked Gluten Free Tortillas {dairy free, nut free, egg free, corn free}

Soaked Gluten Free Tortillas | Homemade Dutch Apple PieWhen you have to eat gluten, corn and rice free there isn’t much convenience food you can buy at the store.  So a simple meal like tacos gets pretty boring when you have no shell or chips for your meat – especially for a kid!

But no need to cross taco night off your menu – you can make your own tortillas!  My son inspires me to create homemade versions of things you just can’t get at the store without his allergens.  So when we had tacos recently I decided to make homemade tortillas.

This tortilla is soaked and free of gluten, corn, rice, eggs, dairy and nuts.  Simply mix the dough, roll the tortillas, let them sit and then cook for about a minute when you are ready to eat.  If you have a tortilla press (that will be on my next gift list!) they would be even easier to make.

You can also make a double or triple batch and stock your freezer so you have some on hand at all times.  They thaw in minutes.Soaked Gluten Free Tortillas | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

My son loved these!!!  He was so happy to be able to eat a regular taco like everyone else (I was pretty happy that I could have one too!).

You can also use them for any sandwich creation – chicken salad, salmon salad, ham and cheese or even peanut butter and honey.  Homemade tortillas make a fun substitute for a hot dog bun too!  They are perfect for fun lunch foods.

I personally liked them to snack on – simply spread butter or coconut oil and dash of salt on top for the perfect energy booster.

I use gelatin to bind the flour and give some flexibility to the tortilla.  Plus it boosts the nutritional value!

If you need a homemade tortilla because you are allergic to the store bought versions or you simply don’t like all the unhealthy ingredients in them this is the perfect recipe!  Get your flour soaking for delicious tortillas.  Taco night just got a little healthier.Soaked Gluten Free Tortillas | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Soaked Gluten Free Tortillas {dairy free, nut free, corn free}
Yields 8
A simple homemade tortilla that is very allergen friendly.
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup tapioca flour
  2. 1 cup amaranth flour
  3. 1/4 cup warm water
  4. 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  5. 2 tsp. gelatin dissolved in 1/4 cup hot water
  6. 1 1/2 tsp. unrefined sea salt
  7. 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl, combine all of the ingredients. Mix until a ball of dough forms.
  2. Split the dough into 8 balls.
  3. Roll each ball of dough between two pieces of parchment paper until about 1/8" thick/desired tortilla thickness
  4. Layer tortillas between pieces of parchment paper. Place under a towel or in a bag and let sit 7-24 hours.
When ready to serve
  1. Cook the tortillas on a hot, ungreased skillet - about 20 seconds per side.
  2. Place the warm tortillas in a bag or under a towel until ready to serve to keep them soft and pliable.
To reheat
  1. Place the tortillas in a wet paper towel and warm in the oven/toaster oven for a minute or two. This will also help soften them.
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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 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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Honey Mustard Four Ways

Honey Mustard Four Ways || Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Hands down my favorite dip/dressing is honey mustard.  It has been my favorite for many, many years.  I think I got hooked in college when I started eating salads more frequently.

Now if I make a salad for myself, 95% of the time I use honey mustard dressing.  It’s just such a great flavor.

My kids love honey mustard for dipping when we make chicken nuggets.

Over the years I’ve made it countless times.  It seems like I make it a little different each time.  There really are many ways to make delicious honey mustard.

Honey Mustard Four Ways || Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Today I’m sharing my top four ways to make honey mustard.  They are all very easy, and they all taste great! Three of the varieties take about one minute to make, each.

The fourth version of honey mustard uses homemade mayonnaise. I always have some on hand, so it doesn’t add any prep time for me. But if you don’t have it, making the mayonnaise will add about three minutes to the preparation.

Try any of them as a salad dressing, a dip or a condiment on sandwiches and burgers.  Honey mustard goes with just about anything.

Honey mustard can be prepared in advance so it’s ready when you need it.  All of these varieties will last for several weeks (at a minimum) in the refrigerator.  Double or triple the recipe to have a full bottle of dressing on hand for lots of salads year round.

How about you?  Do you like honey mustard?  What do you use it for?

Honey Mustard Four Ways || Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Honey Mustard I
A simple honey mustard dressing or dip.
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Ingredients
  1. 1/3 cup honey
  2. 1/3 cup mustard
Instructions
  1. Mix the honey and the mustard until well combined.
  2. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to use.
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Honey Mustard II
A simple honey mustard dressing or dip.
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Ingredients
  1. 1/3 cup honey
  2. 1/3 cup mustard
  3. 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
Instructions
  1. Combine the honey and the mustard. Mix well.
  2. Gradually pour in the oil as you mix/whisk. Mix until well combined.
  3. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to use.
Notes
  1. You can add 1-2 tsp. apple cider vinegar to this recipe if you are using it as a salad dressing.
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Honey Mustard III
A simple honey mustard dressing or dip.
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Ingredients
  1. 1/3 cup honey
  2. 1/3 cup mustard
  3. 1 egg yolk
  4. 3 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
Instructions
  1. Combine the honey and mustard. Mix well.
  2. Add the egg yolk. Mix until well combined.
  3. Gradually add the oil while mixing/whisking. Mix until well combined.
  4. Serve immediately or refrigerate.
Notes
  1. The honey mustard will get thicker if it is chilled.
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Honey Mustard IIII
A simple honey mustard dressing or dip.
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Ingredients
  1. 1/3 cup homemade mayonnaise (see post for recipe link)
  2. 1/3 cup honey
  3. 1/3 cup mustard
Instructions
  1. Combine all three ingredients. Mix until well combined.
  2. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.
Notes
  1. The honey mustard will thicken as it chills.
  2. This honey mustard works well as a dip since it is a little thicker.
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Chicken Cordon Bleu Grilled Cheese

On Sunday nights we eat fun, simple foods.  We’ve got some ham lunch meat (locally made) that needs to be used up.  So last night I figured we’d do grilled ham and cheese.  Always delicious.

Then I remembered that recently Justin asked me to make chicken cordon bleu (I haven’t made it yet by the way).  And we had roasted chicken for lunch…with leftovers.  So I combined the two and made a chicken cordon bleu grilled cheese.

I didn’t taste it myself, but Justin said it was good 🙂  It sure looked good to me!  Plus it’s always fun to have another variation of grilled cheese.

This post is linked to Fat Tuesday and Real Food Wednesday.

Chicken Cordon Bleu Grilled Cheese
serves one

2 slices bread of choice
2 slices ham lunch meat (nitrite/nitrate/HFCS/MSG free)
3 slices swiss cheese
1/4 cup shredded cooked chicken
1 – 2 Tbsp. homemade mayo (ours is sweeter like miracle whip)

Spread mayo on both slices of bread.  On one slice layer cheese, ham, chicken, cheese, ham, cheese.  Top with the other slice of bread.

Butter the bread and cook on a buttered griddle until both sides are golden and the cheese is melted.

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