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Looking for a kid-friendly breakfast that utilizes summer's bounty of zucchini? These creamy zucchini egg muffins are perfect. Find out the two secret ingredients that make them so good.

Creamy Zucchini Egg Muffins

Looking for a kid-friendly breakfast that includes plenty of protein, healthy fat AND vegetables? Creamy zucchini egg muffins combine nutrient dense eggs with creamy whole milk yogurt and fresh summer veggies to create a simple and delicious start to the day.

Looking for a kid-friendly breakfast that utilizes summer's bounty of zucchini? These creamy zucchini egg muffins are perfect. Find out the two secret ingredients that make them so good.

I am working with Stonyfield, Le Creuset and Kitchen IQ on this post. I have been compensated for my time commitment. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been paid to provide positive feedback.

Is your zucchini starting to pile up in the fridge like mine? I’m always looking for new ways to use it.

I love making chocolate zucchini cupcakes, zucchini crackers, soaked gluten free zucchini bread and especially zucchini cake! Our whole family enjoys it grilled, roasted and sauteed. I try to freeze some as well.

Yet no matter how diligent you are it seems there is still more. I’ve got a fun, kid-friendly recipe that will get your kids to eat zucchini for breakfast!

Looking for a kid-friendly breakfast that utilizes summer's bounty of zucchini? These creamy zucchini egg muffins are perfect. Find out the two secret ingredients that make them so good.

Eat Your Veggies…I Mean Eggs!

In my house the zucchini is not the hard part…it’s the eggs. Three of us can’t even eat eggs. My oldest can (lucky girl!). But she has always struggled eating eggs. She picks at them, holds them in her mouth, complains about the texture.

But I did not hear a single complaint about these creamy zucchini egg muffins. In fact, she told me she really liked them!

There are two secret ingredients.

  1. Whole milk plain yogurt – it really adds a rich creaminess to the eggs.
  2. Cane sugar – I know what you’re thinking. Add sugar to eggs? Don’t worry, it’s only 1/2 tsp. But it really does something to the flavor.

A little back story on the sugar in eggs. When I was little and had the chicken pox I didn’t have much of an appetite. The only thing I would eat was the scrambled eggs my big sister made (multiple times a day for me). There was something different about them. We called them “oops eggs” because she didn’t make them right. But I loved them. We figured out later that she added a touch of sugar to them!

She was probably only about twelve years old. So she did a great job taking care of her little sis!

Looking for a kid-friendly breakfast that utilizes summer's bounty of zucchini? These creamy zucchini egg muffins are perfect. Find out the two secret ingredients that make them so good.

The final component of these eggs is the vegetable. Sauteed zucchini and onion really boost the flavor of the egg muffins. When you put the yogurt, sugar, sauteed veggies and eggs together you create a flavorful, healthy breakfast (or lunch or dinner) any kid will love.

New Kitchen Tools Are Fun!

One thing I loved about making creamy zucchini egg muffins was using my new cutting boards and measuring spoons from Kitchen IQ. The cutting boards come in four colors. Can I just say that as a mom of kids with different allergies that is so cool?! Everyone has a color. No cross contamination. It’s great!

I love the bright colors…and so does my toddler. She frequently grabs the cutting boards off the shelf just to play with them.

Looking for a kid-friendly breakfast that utilizes summer's bounty of zucchini? These creamy zucchini egg muffins are perfect. Find out the two secret ingredients that make them so good.

Even more than the cutting boards I love the measuring spoons. It is so easy to level them. And they nest together for easy storage. Who knew that measuring spoons could make such a great toddler toy too? My one year old loves trying to stack them over and over. She also loves to help me cook and bake with them.

Is your zucchini still going strong?

Give creamy zucchini egg muffins a try. You just might be adding sugar to your eggs more often.

Looking for a kid-friendly breakfast that utilizes summer's bounty of zucchini? These creamy zucchini egg muffins are perfect. Find out the two secret ingredients that make them so good.

Creamy Zucchini Egg Muffins
Yields 6
A high protein, veggie-packed egg muffin perfect for busy mornings.
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Ingredients
  1. 3 pastured eggs
  2. 4 Tbsp. Stonyfield plain whole milk yogurt
  3. 1/2 tsp. unrefined sea salt
  4. 1/2 tsp. organic cane sugar
  5. optional: any additional herbs and spices
  6. 1 cup diced zucchini
  7. 1/4 cup diced onion
  8. 1 Tbsp. butter, olive oil, tallow or coconut oil
  9. 1/4 tsp. unrefined sea salt
Instructions
  1. Sautee the zucchini and onion in 1 Tbsp. fat of choice (about 10 minutes). Season with salt. Set aside to cool.
  2. Heat the oven to 400*F. Grease a muffin pan.
  3. In a medium size bowl combine the eggs, yogurt, salt, sugar and seasonings. Mix well.
  4. Stir in the cooled vegetables.
  5. Divide the egg mixture into 6 greased muffin cups.
  6. Bake for 45 minutes.
  7. Allow to cool 3 minutes before serving.
Notes
  1. You can bake these in advance and eat cold, room temperature or warmed.
  2. You can freeze these muffins for up to a year. Thaw and heat to serve.
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Crockpot Sprouted Orca Bean and Squash Chili | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Crockpot Sprouted Orca Bean and Squash Chili

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

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

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

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

Try something new.

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

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

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

A lot to love about beans.

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

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

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

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

Top it. Pair it.

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

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

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

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

Eat it now, eat it later.

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

Rustic Chicken Zucchini Pie with Olive Oil Crust

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

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

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

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

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

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

Summer food.

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

It is a cross between pie and pizza.

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

Simple and versatile.

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

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

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

Breakfast, lunch or dinner.  Warm or cold.

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

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Allergen friendly.

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

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

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

Lunch time!

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Zucchini Cake With Two Frostings: gluten free dairy free || Homemade Dutch Apple PieSchool is starting.  Fall is coming.  But don’t think it’s too late for another zucchini treat!

We get quite a bit of zucchini from our garden every summer.  So I’m always trying to find new ways to use it.

This year I created a gluten free dairy free zucchini cake.  To make it extra special I came up with two kinds of frosting.  One is a cream cheese icing.  The other is a dairy free cinnamon sugar buttercream.

Both frostings are equally delicious.  I like the tang and lightness of the cream cheese icing.  My kids really liked the cinnamon sugar frosting.

One of the best parts about this cake is that it’s packed with two cups of zucchini.  It’s also very allergen-friendly and refined sugar free.

Zucchini cake works well as a breakfast (like coffee cake) or as a dessert.  We even ate some for dinner with soup.  It’s good no matter how you serve it.

Kick off the school year with a special treat that is also very healthy.  Zucchini cake is the perfect fit.

Zucchini Cake With Two Frostings: gluten free dairy free || Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Zucchini Cake With Two Frostings
Serves 12
A light zucchini cake that is gluten, dairy and nut free - with two frosting options.
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Cake
  1. 2 cups any combination gluten free flours (rice, tapioca, sorghum, amaranth, teff)
  2. 2 cups grated zucchini
  3. 1 cup cane sugar or coconut sugar
  4. 2 tsp. aluminum-free baking powder
  5. 1 tsp. baking soda
  6. 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  7. 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  8. 1/2 cup butter, coconut, lard or palm shortening - soft/room temp
  9. 2 eggs
  10. 1 tsp. vanilla
Cream Cheese Frosting
  1. 1/2 cup whole milk yogurt or coconut milk yogurt
  2. 2 Tbsp. maple syrup
  3. 1/2 cup tapioca flour
  4. 1/2 tsp. vanilla
Dairy Free Cinnamon Sugar Frosting
  1. 1/2 cup organic palm shortening (can be replaced with butter if you tolerate dairy)
  2. 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  3. 3 Tbsp. maple syrup
  4. 1 tsp. vanilla
  5. 3/4 tsp. cinnamon
Zucchini Cake
  1. Heat the oven to 350*F. Grease an 8x11" baking pan.
  2. In a large bowl combine all of the cake ingredients. Mix well.
  3. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
  4. Bake for 45 minutes. Allow to cool before frosting.
Cream Cheese Frosting
  1. Combine all of the frosting ingredients. Mix well.
  2. Let sit in the refrigerator at least 15 minutes before using.
Dairy Free Cinnamon Sugar Frosting
  1. Combine all of the frosting ingredients. Mix well.
  2. Use immediately or cover for use later.
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Zucchini Pizza Bites

Zucchini Pizza Bites || Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Is your refrigerator still overflowing with zucchini?  Are you wondering what to do with it besides baking with it or grilling it?  Why not make pizza!

Zucchini pizza bites make a great snack, lunch or appetizer.  They are very kid-friendly.  They are naturally grain free and can be made dairy free as well.

We had them recently and made them a variety of ways.  I made some with pureed squash or tomato sauce and toppings to be dairy free.  I added cheese to some as well.  They all had great flavor.

I actually had a little bit of leftover spaghetti meat sauce to use up.  So there was practically no prep work involved.  It was perfect for our Sunday evening simple dinner.

I love how the smaller ones are the perfect size for little hands and little mouths.  Plus most kids will eat just about anything that you call pizza.  So they are getting lots of vegetables and enjoying pizza without you having to make pizza crust!

I have a picky vegetable eater.  So he was hesitant when he saw the zucchini.  But once it was in his mouth he was all smiles.  If your child is not a fan of zucchini, try peeling the zucchini first.  Then once the pizza bites are topped you can’t even tell it’s a vegetable on the bottom.

The zucchini rounds are first baked to make sure they are cooked through and have good flavor.  Then you add the toppings and bake them again for a few minutes.

Zucchini pizza bites make a fun, easy, allergen-friendly meal.  Have you ever made pizza with your zucchini?  If not, you should!

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Zucchini Pizza Bites
A fun finger food pizza that is free of allergens.
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Ingredients
  1. Zucchini, sliced in 1/2 - 3/4" thick rounds
  2. Extra virgin olive oil for brushing
  3. Sea salt
  4. Preferred pizza toppings
Instructions
  1. Slice the zucchini and place the round on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  2. Brush the zucchini with olive oil and sprinkle with salt.
  3. Bake at 450*F for about 30 minutes.
  4. Allow the rounds to cool for about 10 minutes.
  5. Transfer the rounds to a clean piece of parchment paper on a baking sheet.
  6. Add desired pizza toppings to each round (don't overfill them or they will be hard to pick up).
  7. Bake at 400*F for about 15 minutes.
  8. Allow the pizza bites to cool for about 5 minutes before serving.
Notes
  1. Pureed squash makes a great substitute for cheese and/or pizza sauce.
  2. Do not slice the zucchini too thinly or it will be difficult to pick up.
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Gluten Free Dairy Free Zucchini Crackers

Zucchini crackers are crispy, allergen-friendly and full of zucchini.  They make the perfect snack at home or on the go.Gluten Free Dairy Free Zucchini Crackers || Homemade Dutch Apple PieAre you in need of a healthy snack or lunch box addition for school?  Zucchini crackers are just the thing!

They are very allergen-friendly.  Plus they add vegetables to your diet.

Even if your child is picky about vegetables this is a great option.  You can’t tell there is zucchini in them!  The flecks look like seasoning.  If your child can’t handle the sight of green…use golden zucchini or summer squash!  Still not convinced?  Simply peel the zucchini before grating it.

The dough for these crackers comes together in minutes.  You just dump all of the ingredients in a bowl and stir.  It’s that simple.

My kids love munching on crackers, and I can feel good about it when the crackers are homemade and made with vegetables.  No vegetable oils.  No strange ingredients.  Just the good stuff.

I also love that I can control the seasoning.  The crackers can be very mild with just sea salt (for my oral sensory child).  Or I can make them with various herbs and seasoning for lots of flavor.

The next time you need a healthy snack for your kids try some zucchini crackers.  You’ll love them!Gluten Free Dairy Free Zucchini Crackers || Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Gluten Free Dairy Free Zucchini Crackers
A crispy, allergen-friendly cracker filled with zucchini.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup any combination of gluten free flour
  2. 1/2 cup grated zucchini (may be peeled)
  3. 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  4. 1/2 tsp. cane sugar
  5. 3 Tbsp. coconut oil or palm shortening, melted
  6. 3 Tbsp. water
  7. seasoning/extra salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 350*F. Cut two pieces of parchment paper the size of a baking sheet.
  2. Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl.
  3. Mix until well combined.
  4. Adjust seasoning to taste.
  5. Roll the dough between the pieces of parchment paper until 1/8" - 1/4" thin. Remove the top piece of parchment paper.
  6. Sprinkle salt and/or seasoning over the top of the dough.
  7. Cut the dough into squares.
  8. Transfer the dough (on the paper) to a baking sheet.
  9. Bake for 25 minutes.
  10. Turn off the oven. Leave the crackers in the oven for an additional 15 minutes.
  11. Remove from the oven and allow to cool/crisp.
  12. Store in an airtight container.
Notes
  1. It works best to use at least half white gluten free flour (white rice or tapioca).
  2. The crackers keep well in the freezer.
  3. One batch makes about 2 cups of crackers. You can double or triple the recipe for a larger batch.
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Zucchini Pesto Pasta

Zucchini Pesto Pasta || Homemade Dutch Apple PieZucchini is a wonderful summer vegetable that can be used in so many ways.  One delicious (and sneaky) way to add zucchini to your meal is to mix it with your pasta.

Zucchini pesto pasta incorporates zucchini in two ways.  First it is blended in the pesto.  Then grated zucchini is sauteed until it the liquid is released and the zucchini becomes soft and creamy.  It can then be mixed right in with the pasta.

Even my picky vegetable eater didn’t notice it was there!  But it added big flavor and lots of nutrition.  As an added bonus this dish uses chicken broth.  So it is very nutrient dense.

The pesto and the sauteed zucchini can be prepared in advance.  Then when dinner rolls around all you have to do is cook noodles, add the remaining ingredients and let it simmer for about 10 minutes.

You can keep the pasta simple or add cooked chicken and/or grated cheese for a well-balanced meal.

I love dishes that have lots of vegetables mixed right in.  And zucchini pesto pasta definitely does just that!Zucchini Pesto Pasta || Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Zucchini Pesto Pasta
Serves 4
A nutrient-dense easy pasta dish filled with zucchini.
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Pesto
  1. 1 cup frozen peas (thawed)
  2. 1/2 zucchini, grated or cut in chunks
  3. 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  4. 1/4 cup water
  5. sea salt and garlic powder to taste
Pasta
  1. 2 cups grated zucchini
  2. 1 Tbsp. coconut oil or butter
  3. 1 tsp. sea salt
  4. 2 cups dry noodles (any variety - wheat, rice, corn)
  5. 1 cup chicken broth
  6. 1 cup cooked chicken (optional)
  7. 1/2 cup grated cheese (optional)
  8. seasoning to taste (salt, pepper, garlic powder)
Pesto
  1. Combine the pesto ingredients in a blender.
  2. Blend until smooth. Add extra water or olive oil if the pesto is too thick.
  3. Adjust seasoning to taste.
Pasta
  1. Saute the zucchini in the oil/butter with salt until creamy and soft, about 15 minutes.
  2. Cook the pasta until almost done. Drain.
  3. Add the broth, sauteed zucchini, 1 cup pesto, chicken and seasoning to the cooked pasta.
  4. Simmer and stir occasionally until the broth reduces and the sauce thickens, about 10 minutes.
  5. Add cheese if desired.
Notes
  1. Extra pesto can be served on the side or reserved for use as a salad dressing or dip.
  2. The pesto, sauteed zucchini and cooked chicken can all be prepared in advance.
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Gluten Free Dairy Free Blueberry Zucchini Muffins

Gluten Free Dairy Free Blueberry Zucchini Muffins || Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

 When blueberries and zucchini are in season that means it’s time for muffins!  This is a great breakfast packed with fruits and vegetables.

The best part…you can’t even tell there is zucchini in them.  Seriously.  They are just like blueberry muffins.  Plus they are gluten, dairy and nut free.

Make a big batch.  Eat some now and freeze some for later.  Paired with a little protein, these blueberry zucchini muffins make an excellent quick breakfast for school mornings.

Do you need a delicious breakfast that is allergen-friendly but tastes moist and delicious?  Blueberry zucchini muffins are just the thing.  The zucchini keeps them moist while the blueberries add a burst of flavor.

My kids love these.  I feel good knowing they are starting their day with quality carbohydrates and even vegetables.

No more dense, crumbly gluten free muffins.  Blueberry zucchini muffins are the perfect breakfast for the whole family.  They are easy to make and can be prepared in advance.  Breakfast just got a lot tastier, healthier and easier. 

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Gluten Free Dairy Free Blueberry Zucchini Muffins
Yields 16
An allergen-friendly muffin combining fresh summer produce.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 1/4 cups whole grain gluten free flour (amaranth, sorghum, teff, brown rice)
  2. 1 cup white gluten free flour (white rice, tapioca)
  3. 1 cup cane sugar or coconut sugar
  4. 1 tsp. baking powder
  5. 1 tsp. baking soda
  6. 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  7. 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  8. 1 cup grated zucchini
  9. 1/3 cup coconut oil or palm shortening, melted (butter can also be used if you are not dairy free)
  10. 2 Tbsp. water
  11. 2 eggs
  12. 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
Instructions
  1. Heat the oven to 375*F. Grease a muffin pan or line with muffin cups.
  2. In a large bowl combine all of the ingredients, except the blueberries. Beat until well mixed.
  3. Stir in the blueberries.
  4. Fill muffin cups 3/4 full.
  5. Bake 25 - 30 minutes, until golden brown and baked through.
  6. Allow to cool for at least 10 minutes before serving.
  7. Store at room temperature for a few days or in the freezer for long term storage.
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