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Creamy Sprouted Red Lentil and Sausage Stew | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Creamy Sprouted Red Lentil and Sausage Stew

Start the school year with nutrient dense creamy sprouted red lentil and sausage stew. It is full of broth, vegetables and protein for a great lunch or dinner.

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I am partnering with Bob’s Red Mill 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.

Ready or not, summer is over. The holiday has come and gone. It is back to school time for everyone.

It is also time for the weather to turn cooler and the days to be shorter.

After hot summer days it is time to return to a warm bowl of soup, freshly baked bread and hot apple cider.

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Soup is the perfect fall food. It is comforting and warm. But it will also help boost your immune system if you include lots of homemade bone broth. Just what you need for warding off illnesses in the fall.

You can go the traditional route with chicken noodle and beef vegetable soup. Or maybe spruce it up a bit with squash or split pea.

But I’ve got a new soup for you that the whole family will love. The really great thing is that it is easy to make and packed with nutrients.

Creamy Sprouted Red Lentil and Sausage Stew | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

It starts with lentils.

Sprouted red lentil and sausage stew starts with Bob’s Red Mill red lentils. They contain lots of fiber, protein and iron. It is important to sprout them first for easier digestion and absorption of nutrients. It will also allow them to cook very quickly.

If you’ve never sprouted lentils it is so easy. Just put warm water over them. That’s pretty much all there is to it.

Now add bone broth, sausage and vegetables to these colorful lentils and you’ve got an amazing soup that comes together in no time.

Looking to add even more nutrition? Toss your favorite greens in during the last few minutes of cooking (I like spinach). Then top it all off with some plain Stonyfield yogurt for creaminess and healthy fat.

Your kids will love it.

Are you worried your kids won’t be willing to try lentils? No need for concern. The lentils cook down and virtually disappear into the soup. It just looks like sausage and vegetables. But the lentils will give the soup a great texture and thickness. They make it really filling.

Creamy Sprouted Red Lentil and Sausage Stew | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Great for lunch or dinner.

You’ll want to make a big batch of sprouted red lentil and sausage stew. Have it for dinner one night. Then pack the leftovers in lunches. Simply warm it on the stove for a  minute in the morning and pack it in a thermos.

This stew also freezes well. So you can make a double batch to eat some now and freeze a meal for another busy week night or easy lunches later on.

Red lentil and sausage stew is filling enough to be your whole meal. But we like some variety. So I serve it with crackers and cheese, bread with jam or a delicious sweet bread like pumpkin, zucchini or winter spice.

Have you ever had red lentils? Are you ready to try some?

Whether you’re new to lentils or they are a staple in your pantry, this creamy sprouted red lentil and sausage stew needs to be on your menu this fall.

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Creamy Sprouted Red Lentil and Sausage Stew
Serves 6
A creamy, rich stew filled with sprouted red lentils and sausage.
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup Bob's Red Mill red lentils
  2. 3 cups warm water
  3. 3 cups chicken broth
  4. 1/2 lb. ground sausage, cooked and crumbled OR precooked sausage, cut up
  5. 2 large carrots, cut up
  6. 1/2 cup sweet potato, cut up
  7. 1 small onion, cut up
  8. 1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  9. 1 tsp. unrefined sea salt
  10. 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  11. 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
  12. 1/2 tsp. dried dill weed
  13. 1 cup plain, whole milk Stonyfield yogurt
  14. optional: 2 cups chopped greens (spinach, kale, chard)
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl combine the lentils and warm water. Let sit in a warm place or in the oven with the light on for at least 12 hours. Drain water and return to warm place for another 6 or more hours to sprout.
  2. In a large sauce pan saute the vegetables in olive oil 5 minutes.
  3. Add the broth and seasoning.
  4. Simmer 20 minutes.
  5. Add the sprouted lentils and cooked/cut up sausage.
  6. Simmer another 20 minutes.
  7. Add greens in last 3 minutes if desired.
  8. Top individual bowls with plain yogurt and stir into soup.
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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.

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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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Green Bean and Bacon Casserole | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Green Bean and Bacon Casserole

Green bean and bacon casserole is a real food version of the classic side dish. With nourishing ingredients like bacon, raw milk and fresh beans it is healthy and filling enough to be a main dish.

Green Bean and Bacon Casserole | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Every summer we have a garden with a variety of vegetables. We change up what we grow each year.

But one thing we always have is beans!

I am in the kitchen freezing beans a couple times a week all through July and into August so we can enjoy them all year.

Our favorite way to enjoy beans is cooked fresh. My son always has to have second and sometimes third helpings. He knows what’s good!

Green Bean and Bacon Casserole | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

A new twist on an old favorite.

This year I decided to use some of our abundance to recreate the classic green bean casserole.

The original includes canned beans, canned cream soups and fried “onions” on top. To me that means MSG, thickeners and all sorts of strange ingredients I don’t care to consume.

My homemade green bean and bacon casserole is made with fresh beans, homemade bone broth, raw milk and pastured bacon. It really doesn’t get any better than that!

Green bean and bacon casserole can be served traditionally as a side dish. But my version is so filling that I served it as the main course! Give me a big pile of green bean and bacon casserole and a slice of sourdough bread and I am a happy mama.

The kid seal of approval.

This was the first time eating a green bean casserole for my kids. They couldn’t get enough! My husband thoroughly enjoyed it as well.

Green bean and bacon casserole is great when beans are fresh. It also works with frozen beans. So you can enjoy it year round.

Green Bean and Bacon Casserole | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Make it work for your schedule.

It is perfect for potlucks, family gatherings and holidays. You can even make it for an easy week night meal. Green bean and bacon casserole can be prepared in advance and baked at dinner time.

As a busy mom I love meals like this. I prepare it during the day while the kids are napping or at school. Then when dinner time rolls around and everyone needs my attention I just pop it in the oven.

No time to bake it? No problem. Green bean and bacon casserole is great straight from the pan. Serve it on a bed of rice and you’ve got a complete meal.

If you enjoy the crispy onions on top of green bean casserole simply fry up some onion slices until crispy. Add them to the top after it is done baking.

If you don’t have bacon on hand you can substitute cooked chicken. Then use whatever fat you have on hand in place of the bacon grease (lard, tallow, butter, etc.).

Whether you’ve got fresh summer beans or you’re working through your freezer stash green bean and bacon casserole is sure to please the whole family.

My only regret when making this was that I didn’t have time to take better photos before my kids devoured it!

Did you grow up on green bean casserole? You’ll love this updated, nutrient dense version.

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Green Bean and Bacon Casserole
Serves 6
An updated version of the classic green bean casserole. This one is filled with nourishing ingredients and can be served as a main dish.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 lb. green/yellow beans, snipped, cut
  2. 1 cup chicken broth
  3. 1 cup milk (can be replaced with broth to make it dairy free)
  4. 2 Tbsp. all purpose flour, tapioca flour or cornstarch
  5. 1 tsp. salt
  6. 1/2 tsp. pepper (optional)
  7. 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  8. 1/2 lb. pastured, nitrite/nitrate free bacon, cooked, crumbled, grease reserved
  9. 2 Tbsp. bacon grease
  10. 1/2 small onion. sliced (optional)
Instructions
  1. Cook the beans in water until tender, 30 - 40 minutes. Drain.
  2. Heat the bacon grease in a large skillet.
  3. Stir in all purpose flour OR mix tapioca or cornstarch with 1/4 cup of the broth and add to grease.
  4. Cook 1 minute.
  5. Slowly stir in the broth and milk.
  6. Season and simmer until it thickens.
  7. Add the cooked beans and simmer on low 5 minutes.
  8. Add the bacon.
  9. Transfer to a 1 1/2 qt. casserole dish.
  10. Bake at 350*F for 20 minutes.
  11. Cook onion slices in bacon grease until crispy.
  12. Top casserole with onion slices when serving.
Notes
  1. This can be served straight from the pan without baking.
  2. This can be prepared in advance and baked when ready to eat.
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Sweet Potato Salmon Burgers | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Sweet Potato Salmon Burgers

Get out of your summer burger rut with these sweet potato salmon burgers! They are simple, nutritious and even make great finger food for the little ones.Sweet Potato Salmon Burgers | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

You’ve had the grill going all summer with the usual fare – hamburgers, hot dogs, barbecue chicken.

Those are all great. But are you ready to change it up?

Sweet potato salmon burgers are a delicious alternative to traditional hamburgers that you can eat all year long.

They only require a few simple ingredients and minimal preparation time. Sweet potato salmon burgers make a great, quick weekday lunch.

Keep them in mind when it’s time to pack lunches again! They are great eaten cold.Sweet Potato Salmon Burgers | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

You can decide if you make them heavier or lighter on the meat or potato. By using less salmon these burgers make a very budget-friendly meal.

I love how easily these burgers come together. All of the ingredients can be eaten as-is so it’s just mixing and warming. No need to worry about how well done they are.

But what I love even more is how much my kids enjoy them.

You can eat them on a bun or just dip them in ketchup.

It is fun and easy to spruce up sweet potato salmon burgers.

We top them with homemade pesto. You could eat them open face with a fried egg. Here are some other delicious toppings for sweet potato salmon burgers:

Now that my little one is eating a lot of solids I have to cook things she can eat as well. Sweet potato salmon burgers make a perfect finger food.

All of the ingredients are safe for babies six months and older. Break up the burger into small pieces and let them feed themselves.Sweet Potato Salmon Burgers | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Let’s not forget the nutrition factor!

Sweet potato salmon burgers have healthy starch and vitamins from the sweet potatoes. The egg yolks are packed with vitamins. Salmon has essential fatty acids. Then they are cooked in healthy fat for a balance of protein, carbohydrates and fat all in one burger.

Be sure to make a big batch of sweet potato salmon burgers. You can freeze some for later. And leftovers are great cold or warm.

Add pieces of burger to your salad, cut it up for dipping or mix it into your scrambled eggs! I like to slather mine with pesto and eat it plain.

If you don’t tolerate potatoes you can use another orange vegetable like pumpkin or squash. The burgers will still taste just as great.

Are you ready for something different on your grill? Sweet potato salmon burgers are the perfect summer or year round meal.Sweet Potato Salmon Burgers | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Sweet Potato Salmon Burgers
Yields 6
A light burger perfect for summer picnics. It even makes great finger food for babies.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup cooked and mashed sweet potato (or pumpkin or carrot)
  2. 6 - 14 oz. canned boneless skinless salmon (one 6 oz. can, two 6 oz. cans or one 14 oz. can - however meaty you like it)
  3. 2 egg yolks
  4. 1 tsp. unrefined sea salt
  5. 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  6. 1/2 tsp. dill weed
  7. 1/2 tsp. organic cane sugar
  8. lard, tallow or coconut oil for frying
  9. optional - crumbled bacon or bacon strips, pesto, grilled onions, avocado, tartar sauce, Miracle Whip®
Instructions
  1. Add the potato, salmon, egg, salt, garlic powder and sugar to a medium size bowl. Puree with an immersion blender. Add crumbled bacon at this point if desired.
  2. Chill 30 minutes.
  3. Heat a skillet over medium heat. Add the frying oil.
  4. Divide the mixture into 6 burgers.
  5. Cook in the pan until browned on both sides, about 5 minutes per side.
  6. Place burgers on buns and add favorite toppings (bacon strips, grilled onions, pesto, avocado, tartar sauce, Miracle Whip®)
Notes
  1. These burgers make great finger food for babies 6 months and older.
  2. You can substitute tuna for the salmon.
  3. You can add anchovies or sardines to the burger for extra nutrition.
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Crockpot Philly Cheese Steak Soup

Crockpot Philly Cheese Steak Soup | Homemade Dutch Apple PieYes, I know it’s spring. So hot soup may not be the first meal that comes to mind. But soup is really great all year long.

It is packed with nutrition, of course. But what’s great about soup in the spring and summer is how easy it is to make so you have lots of time to play outside! Soup gets even easier when you make it in the crockpot.  Toss the ingredients into the crockpot in the morning, go about your day and dinner is ready when you need it.Crockpot Philly Cheese Steak Soup | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

This soup was inspired by the classic Philly cheese steak sandwich.  Beef, peppers and onions are simmered all day in a delicious broth. Then you can serve it topped with shredded cheese.

For my dairy free friends you can add a dollop of pureed squash to get the cheesy feel. Or just make the soup creamier with an extra splash of your favorite milk substitute.

Pair the soup with your favorite bread (I like to make garlic bread with this soup) or crackers. Add a fresh salad and dinner is served.Crockpot Philly Cheese Steak Soup | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

The whole family enjoyed this soup. I love how easy it is to make. The leftovers are great for lunches. Or you can make a big batch and freeze a whole meal’s worth so you have an even easier meal on hand.

This is also a very budget friendly meal. Ground beef, onions and peppers are very affordable!

Do you like Philly cheese steak sandwiches? You’ll love this soup version.Crockpot Philly Cheese Steak Soup | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Crockpot Philly Cheese Steak Soup
Serves 6
A simple soup version of a Philly Cheese steak.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 lb. ground beef
  2. 1 small onion, chopped
  3. 1 - 2 cups bell peppers, chopped
  4. 2 tsp. unrefined sea salt
  5. 1 tsp. garlic powder
  6. 1 tsp. season salt (I use Redmond)
  7. 1 cup milk or milk substitute
  8. 2 cups beef or chicken broth
  9. 2 cups shredded cheese of choice or 1/2 cup pureed squash (optional - for topping)
Instructions
  1. Turn the crockpot to high.
  2. Add the beef, onion, peppers, salt, garlic powder and season salt. Spread out the beef.
  3. Cover and let cook for 1 hour to start browning the meat.
  4. Break up/stir the meat.
  5. Add the broth and milk.
  6. Cover and cook on high 3-6 hours or low 5 - 10 hours.
  7. Top with cheese or squash if desired when serving.
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Crockpot Sweet And Sour Chicken Stir Fry Soup

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 I love stir fry. But with little kids and a busy schedule I don’t always have time to stand at the stove and cook.

So I came up with a new way to eat stir fry – as a soup! Throw all of the ingredients in the crockpot in the morning. Dinner will be ready whenever you need it.

You get the rich, nutrient dense broth plus the sweet and sour flavors of stir fry.

This soup is great because you can add whatever vegetables you like/what you tolerate. It can be served plain or over rice or quinoa. You can even add the starch right into the crockpot to really make it a one pot meal.

If you don’t have any chicken on hand beef will work as well. A beef and broccoli stir fry soup is just as great as chicken and vegetables. The base is the same, just swap the meat and vegetables.

If you have very small children or kids with food texture issues you can just cook the vegetables to start. Then puree the soup.  Then add the chicken and let it cook the rest of the way. You’ll still have the sweet and sour flavor, but in pureed form.

This makes a great light and simple meal after all of the holiday gatherings. Plus it will be great for your immune system after parties, traveling and not so healthy foods.

Sweet and sour chicken stir fry soup is a great weeknight meal that you can prepare in just a few minutes. Then you’ll have a nutritious and delicious dinner ready in the evening.

Do you like stir fry? Why not try it as a soup! 

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Crockpot Sweet and Sour Chicken Stir Fry Soup
Serves 4
A simple soup with the sweet and sour flavors of stir fry.
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Ingredients
  1. 3 cups chicken broth
  2. 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1" pieces
  3. 3 cups vegetables, cut in bite size pieces
  4. 1/3 cup honey
  5. 2 tsp. unrefined sea salt
  6. 1 tsp. garlic powder
  7. optional: 1/2 cup rice, 1/2 cup quinoa, 3 Tbsp. coconut oil
Instructions
  1. Combine the broth, chicken, vegetables, honey, salt and garlic powder (and coconut oil) in a crockpot.
  2. Cook on high 4-8 hours or low 6-12 hours.
  3. If desired add rice or quinoa during the last hour of cooking and turn to high.
Notes
  1. You can add coconut oil to the crockpot or to individual bowls to balance the fat/protein/starch of the soup.
  2. Beef broth and cut up beef can be substituted for the chicken broth and chicken.
  3. You can serve the soup over rice instead of adding rice to the crockpot.
  4. For a pureed version cook just the broth, vegetables, honey and seasoning until vegetables are tender (about 3 hours). Then add the chicken and cook until the chicken is cooked (about 4 hours).
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Simple Supper Series: 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: Beef Stroganoff

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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