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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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Do you make mom self-care a priority or do you put yourself at the bottom of the to-do list? Here are simple steps to make mom matter!

Simple Steps Towards Mom Self-Care plus a Quick Vegetable Dip Recipe

Do you make mom self-care a priority or do you put yourself at the bottom of the to-do list? Here are simple steps to make mom matter!Do you make mom self-care a priority or do you put yourself at the bottom of the to-do list? Here are simple steps to make mom matter!

I’ve been mom-wired for as long as I can remember. I wanted to play with dolls all day every day from the time I was very little. I dreamed about nursing babies instead of being a princess. I loved to make food for my siblings and their friends and would even clean up after them. I was always willing to help around the house. I would just sit in the kitchen and watch my mom bake because it fascinated me.

All Grown Up

I can’t say a whole lot has changed since then. I now have three kids of my own. I still love to cook for them and take care of them. It’s fun to dress them in cute clothes and do fun activities with them.

My writing is much the same. It focuses on feeding kids nourishing food and working through picky eating and allergies. All of my recipes have to be kid-approved. I even wrote two books about feeding kids (check them out here)!

Where’s Mom?

You may have noticed that one thing has been left out of all of this…myself. Yes, I am just like so many other moms. I put myself at the bottom of my to-do list.

As I write this post I’m starting day seven of my husband being out of town. With a house and farm to care for, three kids to feed and tend to, lots of activities and home schooling I bet you can imagine how much time is left to think about myself (next to none).Do you make mom self-care a priority or do you put yourself at the bottom of the to-do list? Here are simple steps to make mom matter!

Mom Life Rocks!

I don’t say any of this to take pity on myself. It’s actually quite the opposite! I love my life. I wouldn’t change it for the world. But sometimes (ok, almost all the time) I forget that mom needs care too.

Over the last few months I have finally made it my goal to really focus on my health and making nourishing food a priority (i.e. sardines, liver and spinach for breakfast!!). It has been amazing to see my health continue to improve (even after 2 1/2 years of breastfeeding on a very restricted diet that left me worn out and depleted). I actually feel better now than I ever have. It’s a good thing since my life requires a lot of energy!

Body Shape Roller Coaster

Along with the  health changes have come changes in my body shape. For a while now I’ve been in a constant state of exhaustion and adrenal fatigue. This leads to skinny legs and booty with weight in the belly. Plus you lose muscle. For this once fit and active woman it was strange…but eventually became my normal. My husband and I even joked that I seemed to loose more booty and gain more belly with each child (now I know that is from being so run down)!

But as my health has been reversing back to balanced hormones and fully rested my weight is shifting back to the places it should be. I have a figure again! And now my clothes don’t fit (especially pants!).Do you make mom self-care a priority or do you put yourself at the bottom of the to-do list? Here are simple steps to make mom matter!

What’s the Problem?

Yet one thing I still never do for myself is buy new clothes. Although it sounds trivial, when you’re wearing old yoga pants and ten year old t-shirts with holes in the armpits every day, it really doesn’t make you feel so great about how you look. It impacts your self esteem. And your kids notice. But it’s about all I have that fits.

You can imagine my excitement when I had the opportunity to partner with Stonyfield Yogurt and prAna again. I’ve worked with them in the past to help me figure out my style and learn to embrace bold. This time I combined both my love of simplicity and my need for bold colors with this royal blue dress. It fits perfectly with prAna’s celebration of #TheWholeYou. This dress is ALL me.

From the moment I pulled it out of the box I knew it would be one of my favorite pieces of clothing. Sometimes I get caught up in budgets and kids’ needs and forget that I have needs to. I am always willing to go without. I forget that a few simple pieces of clothing that actually fit and make me feel good can make a world of difference in my attitude and my confidence.Do you make mom self-care a priority or do you put yourself at the bottom of the to-do list? Here are simple steps to make mom matter!

It’s Your Turn!

I want to encourage you to do something today to take care of yourself. Whether it be taking a walk alone, meeting a friend for coffee and having uninterrupted adult conversations, finishing that book that’s been half read for months, taking a yoga class, going on a date with your spouse or buying a new outfit that really makes you feel good.

Moms often forget that they have needs too. I don’t know about you, but I need a reminder once in a while (or maybe all the time) to not always put myself last. A happy, healthy mom is better able to care for her family and help create a happy, healthy home.Do you make mom self-care a priority or do you put yourself at the bottom of the to-do list? Here are simple steps to make mom matter!

Need some inspiration to get you started?

I’ve got TWO ways to take mom off the bottom of the to-do list today.

First, check out prAna and buy yourself something nice. Seriously, their clothes are AMAZING. So comfortable and good quality. If you’re like me that is so important since I don’t buy new clothes often. It has to last. 

PrAna is offering my readers 15% off using coupon code WHOLES17JTB through the end of May. I might just have to order a few more things myself since none of my clothes fit anymore!Do you make mom self-care a priority or do you put yourself at the bottom of the to-do list? Here are simple steps to make mom matter!

Second I’ve got a yummy treat for you (though you can share if you want – my kids sure love it…there I go again, handing over my food to my kids). I LOVE vegetables. I always have. But I like raw veggies even more with dip. You can make this super simple dip in about sixty seconds. Jazz up your veggies with something delicious and do your body a favor with nourishing foods. It’s a win-win.

All those great vitamins in vegetables need fat for absorption. So Stonyfield full fat Greek yogurt makes the perfect base. Add some seasoning and you’ve got a great snack or addition to your lunch.Do you make mom self-care a priority or do you put yourself at the bottom of the to-do list? Here are simple steps to make mom matter!

60 Second Veggie Dip
Serves 4
A quick and nutritious veggie dip using Greek yogurt.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup Stonyfield whole milk Greek yogurt
  2. 1/8 tsp. unrefined sea salt
  3. 1/4 - 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  4. 1/4 tsp. onion salt
  5. 3/4 tsp. dried dill weed
  6. (optional: 1/2 tsp. desiccated liver)
  7. (optional: 1/4 tsp. turmeric)
Instructions
  1. Combine all of the ingredients. Add more garlic or onion if desired.
  2. Store in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Notes
  1. You can substitute sour cream for the yogurt
  2. This is great as a vegetable dip, chip dip or topping for tacos or nachos.
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What are you doing today for some mom self-care? I’d love to hear how you make time for yourself! I have a lot to learn.

Don’t forget that Mother’s Day is in a few days…any mom would love some prAna clothing (hint, hint)! Use the coupon code WHOLES17JTB for 15% off!!

I am working with Stonyfield Yogurt and prAna on this post. I have been compensated for my time commitment but all opinions 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.

Pistachio Pea Pesto | Just Take A Bite

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.

Pistachio Pea Pesto | Just Take A Bite

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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Pectin Free Concord Grape Jelly | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Pectin Free Concord Grape Jelly

Wondering what to do with your homemade grape juice? Make grape jelly of course! It is a classic kid favorite that is easy to make and perfect for your pb&j!

Pectin Free Concord Grape Jelly | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Growing up we ate one flavor of jelly.

Grape.

That’s it.

At home. Grape. In a restaurant. Grape. On toast. Grape. On a sandwich. Grape.

That was really all we knew and all we wanted.

No jelly here.

Want to know something? I have never bought grape jelly for my kids. Most grape jellies are filled with high fructose corn syrup. Not to mention the texture kind of grosses me out now.

But homemade grape jelly – that is a whole different story. Especially when it comes from juice you made yourself!

Pectin Free Concord Grape Jelly | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

No pectin. No canning.

The unique thing about my grape jelly is that I skip the pectin and the canning.

Most pectin contains dextrose. That’s just sugar, right? Well, yes, sort of.

But it usually comes from corn. My son is allergic to corn. So I don’t use pectin.

Instead I use gelatin and then freeze the jelly. That turns this into such a simple task. It takes about five minutes to make a whole batch of jelly.

This was my own experiment with creating an easy and allergen friendly grape jelly.

Pectin Free Concord Grape Jelly | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

No complaints.

The consensus from my family? Great! Everyone loves it. Even the adults that grew up with more traditional jelly (both homemade and store bought).

My kids rave about it and keep asking for it on their bread.

We have been enjoying it on toast and on sunbutter and jelly sandwiches. I personally love it on sourdough bread. The contrast between the sour and sweet is delicious.

Pectin Free Concord Grape Jelly | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

No fears.

Are you intimidated by the idea of making your own grape jelly? Set those fears aside. This pectin free concord grape jelly is so easy!

Use your homemade grape juice or quality organic grape juice. Add some grass-fed gelatin and you’re minutes away from homemade grape jelly.

Your kids will love it, and you’ll feel good about what they’re eating. No more high fructose corn syrup, dextrose and citric acid for breakfast. Just whole, simple ingredients.

Once you get the freezer stocked with grape jelly grab some blueberry juice to make blueberry jelly! It’s another great addition to your morning eggs and toast.

Pectin Free Concord Grape Jelly | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Pectin Free Concord Grape Jelly
Yields 7
Homemade grape jelly that is free of pectin and high fructose corn syrup.
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Ingredients
  1. 4 cups unsweetened concord grape juice
  2. 3 cups organic cane sugar
  3. 6 1/2 tsp. grass-fed gelatin
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan combine the juice and sugar. Whisk.
  2. Slowly pour in the gelatin and whisk.
  3. Let sit one minute.
  4. Turn on heat to medium/low.
  5. Slowly whisk until the mixture is warm and the sugar and gelatin are dissolved, about 5 minutes.
  6. Remove from heat.
  7. Fill half pint glass jars, leaving 1 inch of head space.
  8. Put a lid on the jars and refrigerate until fully gelled, at least 8 hours.
  9. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks or in the freezer for up to 1 year.
Notes
  1. You may need to adjust the sweetness depending on the sweetness of the juice and your taste.
  2. You can increase the gelatin to 8 Tbsp. and pour the whole batch into molds or a glass pan to make grape gummies.
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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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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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Five Minute Peach Jam | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Five Minute Peach Jam

Peach jam in five minutes? Yes! And only three ingredients. Simple, healthy and bursting with flavor. Five minute peach jam is a great way to capture summer in a jar.

Five Minute Peach Jam | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Growing up I ate one thing on my toast – grape jelly. Always.

Now that I’m older and cook for myself and my family I like to have a lot more variety. So I make strawberry jam, cherry jam and raspberry jam.

This year I tried peach jam. Wow! It’s like summer in a jar.

Chop. Mix. Simmer.

For real – that is all there is to it. Cut up fresh peaches, add sweetener and grass-fed gelatin. Simmer about five minutes.

Fresh peach jam awaits.

You can even make peach jam without any sweetener if your peaches are sweet enough. Else a couple tablespoons of sweetener really kicks up the flavor.

Five Minute Peach Jam | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Let the kids help.

This is a great project for getting your kids in the kitchen. Peal and pit the peaches and let your child cut them into small chunks. A dull knife is just fine for chopping peaches.

Then let them measure the sugar and gelatin.

Older kids can help with the cooking as well. If you are making a pureed jam this is a great way to teach older kids how to use an immersion blender.

Five Minute Peach Jam | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Spread it on. Stir it in.

Once the jam has chilled for a few hours it will be gelled enough to serve. Spread it on homemade gluten free bread, sourdough bread or your favorite muffin. My kids couldn’t get enough of this peach jam on freshly baked bread alongside a big bowl of soup.

Another great way to use peach jam is mixed into plain, whole milk yogurt. It makes instant peach yogurt without any thickeners, gums or added flavorings.

Spruce up your oatmeal by stirring in peach jam. Top with some crispy pecans and breakfast is served.

Five Minute Peach Jam | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Stock the freezer.

This recipe is for a small batch to eat fresh. You can easily triple it (or more!) and freeze the jam. Then you can enjoy it all year long.

Peach jam in the middle of winter is a real treat! Not to mention it’s very cost-effective. One jar of homemade jam costs about $1.25 (give or take).

The same amount of quality store-bought peach jam would cost about $5.00.

Grab a few peaches and your kids and mix up a quick batch of five minute peach jam. Then enjoy this allergen free spread all year long to change up your breakfast.

What is your favorite type of jam or jelly?  Do you make your own?

Five Minute Peach Jam | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Five Minute Peach Jam
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Simple and healthy, five minute peach jam is a great way to capture summer in a jar. Only three ingredients and tons of flavor.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup peaches, peeled, pitted, cut into small pieces (juice reserved)
  2. 3/4 tsp. grass-fed gelatin
  3. 1 - 3 Tbsp. organic cane sugar or honey
Instructions
  1. Add peaches and juice to a small saucepan.
  2. Add the gelatin and stir. Let sit 1 minute.
  3. Add the sugar.
  4. Bring to very low simmer and let cook 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  5. Mash or puree if desired.
  6. Pour into a half pint jar.
  7. Chill until gelled.
  8. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks or in the freezer for up to 1 year.
Notes
  1. An easy way to reserve the peach juice is to cut the peach directly over the pan and let the juice drip down while you cut.
  2. You can leave out the sweetener to make this sugar free jam.
  3. This makes one half pint of jam. Multiply the recipe by how many jars you want to make.
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In order for me to support my blogging activities, I may receive monetary compensation or other types of remuneration for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this blog. It will not change the cost of any products or services for you.

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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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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Easy Homemade Chip Dip

Easy Homemade Chip Dip - Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

 It may be September, but summer is not over yet!  There is still plenty of time for grilling and picnics.

One of the easiest side dishes for a summer meal is chips with dip.   You can buy your favorite kind of chip (we like the potato chips made with olive oil) or make a batch of homemade chips.  Then all you have to do is take one minute to mix up a quick dip.

This chip dip reminds me of my favorite childhood dip – french onion.  But there isn’t actually any onion in it!  Better than that there isn’t any MSG or anything artificial.  Just a few simple ingredients.

This is not a dip full of spice.  We keep it simple for the oral sensory issues in our family.  But that doesn’t mean it’s low on flavor.  This simple chip dip tastes great and packs a punch of flavor.

If you don’t eat chips, this dip works very well for fresh vegetables or kale chips.  We even enjoy it on a burger or as a dipping sauce for fish.  It is very versatile.

This even works well for packing school lunches. A tasty dip is a great way to get kids to eat fresh vegetables.

The next time you need a quick dip try this simple version.  It takes less than a minute to make and will be a family favorite. 

Easy Homemade Chip Dip
A simple chip dip made with real ingredients that only takes a minute to prepare.
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Ingredients
  1. 2/3 cup sour cream
  2. 1/4 tsp. unrefined sea salt
  3. 1/2 tsp. dill weed
  4. 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
Instructions
  1. Combine all of the ingredients. Mix well.
  2. Chill until ready to serve.
Notes
  1. This dip goes very well with chips but can also be used for fresh vegetables, on burgers or with fish.
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This pectin free strawberry freezer jam is the easiest and most delicious jam you'll ever make. No pectin. Just simple, nutritious ingredients. It's a family favorite on toast, pancakes, waffles and oatmeal.

Pectin-Free Easy Strawberry Freezer Jam

Summer preservation just got a little easier.  This pectin-free easy strawberry freezer jam is the perfect way to use fresh strawberries.pectin-free easy strawberry freezer jam | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

There are so many ways to use strawberries when they are fresh.  There are even plenty of ways to use them once they are frozen.  But one of the best ways to use them, fresh or frozen, is by making strawberry jam!

I’ll confess.  I’ve never been that great at making jam.

I followed recipes exactly.  I bought various types of pectin.  It just never seemed to turn out well.  I think my husband was starting to wonder if I would ever make jam that wasn’t like liquid or totally solid.

This year I decided to create my own recipe for pectin-free easy strawberry freezer jam.  It turned out so well!!

This pectin free strawberry freezer jam is the easiest and most delicious jam you'll ever make. No pectin. Just simple, nutritious ingredients. It's a family favorite on toast, pancakes, waffles and oatmeal.

I love this recipe because you don’t need pectin (the debate is still out on whether or not pectin is really that great for you).  Instead it uses grass-fed gelatin.  It is also super easy to make and only takes about 15 minutes.

This pectin-free strawberry freezer jam recipe makes about five half-pints of jam.  I just might have to make another batch soon.  I don’t think it’s going to last very long in our house.

Pectin-free easy strawberry freezer jam is great on toast.  But  you can also spread it on pancakes, mix it into yogurt or even use it as an ice cream topping!  My kids like to eat it by the spoonful.  It’s that good.

Whether you still have fresh strawberries available or you already have your stash in the freezer, try making pectin-free easy strawberry freezer jam.

You’ll have a little taste of summer ready in your freezer all year long.pectin-free easy strawberry freezer jam | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Pectin-Free Easy Strawberry Freezer Jam
A simple jam that comes together in minutes and is free of pectin.
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Ingredients
  1. 1/4 cup lemon juice
  2. 3 1/2 tsp. grass-fed gelatin
  3. 3/4 cups organic cane sugar, sucanat, coconut sugar or honey
  4. 5 cups strawberries (fresh or frozen)
Instructions
  1. In a medium sauce pan combine the lemon juice and gelatin. Let sit 2 minutes.
  2. Add the sweetener and strawberries.
  3. Cook over medium heat, stirring and mashing berries with a potato masher, for about 10 minutes.
  4. Pour the jam into half-pint jars.
  5. Chill jam in the refrigerator until set.
  6. Use the jam fresh or freeze until ready to use.
Notes
  1. This makes about five half-pints.
  2. If using frozen berries, thaw them at least partially before making the jam.
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