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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.

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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!

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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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Homemade Tallow French Fries | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Homemade Tallow French Fries

Nothing goes better with your grilled burger than fresh-out-of-the-pan tallow french fries! No vegetable oil. No fillers. Just pure potato and real fat.

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You’ve got the grill fired up. The burgers are under way. There is a pile of fresh vegetables from the garden to create a salad.

But something is missing.

What is the perfect side with a grilled burger and garden vegetables? French fries, of course!

Sometimes convenience wins.

There is very little convenience food that I buy. But I confess that french fries are almost always in my freezer. They are easy when you don’t have time to cut up potatoes.

Plus with a kid that is allergic to wheat, rice and corn but refuses to eat potatoes in any form except french fries or chips…you serve french fries a little more than you would like.

Since I don’t really care for the vegetable oils in the frozen variety I do sometimes make my own tallow french fries.

If you have never had homemade french fries you are really missing out! They are better than anything you’ll get from a bag or even from a restaurant.

My whole family goes crazy for these tallow french fries. I go crazy for them too…because they are made with healthy fat and have no fillers, gums or acids. Some frozen french fries even have corn! A big no-no with a corn allergy.

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There is a secret.

When making homemade tallow french fries there is an important step you can’t forget. Soak and dry the potatoes! This is critical so they will fry up nicely. The soaking removes some of the starch. And oil and water really don’t mix.

Another key to great french fries is using enough fat. I don’t have a fryer. I don’t like to use up all of my tallow at one time either. But I do make sure that there is a plenty of fat in the pan. When I’m done making the french fries I pour the leftover tallow back into a jar to use later.

Of course the final step is to sprinkle the tallow french fries with lots of quality unrefined sea salt. The saltier the better in my opinion.

Then pair them with quality ketchup or make your own!

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Fresh is best.

Homemade tallow french fries are best eaten fresh out of the pan. There really is nothing like it.

But if you have leftovers (something that pretty much never happens here with homemade fries) you can reheat them in the oven.

You could make a big batch when you have some time in the kitchen and freeze them so you have homemade french fries on hand for quick meals.

Not a fan of potatoes?

Maybe you don’t like potatoes? Or maybe you’re like me and don’t tolerate them?

Try another vegetable! You can use the same cooking method with carrots, parsnips, sweet potatoes and rutabagas. Pretty much any root vegetable will work.

Is your mouth watering yet? I know mine is. Grab some potatoes, tallow and salt. Fry up the best french fries you’ve ever tasted.  Just a warning…your family will want them all the time once they’ve tried tallow french fries.

Have you ever made your own french fries?

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Homemade Tallow French Fries
Serves 4
Homemade french fries with real fat and real salt.
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Ingredients
  1. 3 medium russet potatoes
  2. sea salt to taste
  3. tallow (enough to fill pan)
Instructions
  1. Peel the potatoes. Cut into 1/2" sticks.
  2. Soak the potatoes in cold water for 30 minutes.
  3. Dry the potatoes completely.
  4. Heat tallow in a large skillet over medium heat (use enough to fill the pan about 1/4" deep).
  5. Cook the potatoes in the tallow until golden, turning once in a while to make sure all sides are browned, about 10 - 15 minutes.
  6. Place the finished fries on a paper towel and sprinkle liberally with sea salt.
  7. Serve immediately.
Notes
  1. Lard or palm shortening will work in place of the tallow.
  2. Any root vegetable will work in place of the potato.
  3. Store leftover fries in a sealed container in the refrigerator. Heat in the oven to warm.
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Pear Lime Jello Salad | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Pear Lime Jello Salad

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

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

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

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

It is an assortment of sweet and creamy goodness.

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

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

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

Pear Lime Jello Salad | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Of course that means one thing. Time to get creative.

Homemade Jello Salad

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pear Lime Jello Salad

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

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

Dye-Free Jello

Pear lime jello salad makes great finger food for kids!

But without a green mess.

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

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

Strawberry Lemon Jello Salad

When you see strawberries at the farmer’s market you know summer is here! Use that fresh fruit to kick off the season with this fun strawberry lemon jello salad the whole family will love.

Strawberry Lemon Jello Salad | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

I recall eating a lot of jello growing up.  Of course we had it plain. But we also ate a lot of jello salads.

Church potlucks are notorious for a variety of jello dishes. Some have chunks of fruit. Some are layered. Some are meant to be eaten with your hands. I know I got my fill as a kid!

Jello salads are fruity and fun. Of course kids love them. Who wouldn’t with the bright colors and sweet flavor?

It’s been a couple years now since we adopted a strict no food coloring policy in our house.

My children just react way too strongly to artificial colors and flavors.

Plus after researching I realize just how bad all of that artificial stuff is for everyone’s health (think ADHD, hyperactivity, etc.).  I still cringe every time I see a child eating a brightly colored cupcake, cookie or candy. Especially knowing that it is most likely a daily occurrence for them.

So jello out of a box is not something my children ever eat. But I do like to make real jello with nourishing grass-fed gelatin.  It is especially fun in the summer.

Strawberry Lemon Jello Salad | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Recently I decided I wanted to recreate some of my childhood favorite jello recipes.

I’m starting with this strawberry lemon jello salad. It is actually a combination of two jello salads my mom made.

But this one is made with real fruit, grass-fed gelatin, natural sweeteners, pastured eggs and raw milk!

The first layer is a simple strawberry jello made with fresh berries. The top layer is a bright, lemon pudding.

Together they make an irresistible combination. And check out that color!!! No need for anything artificial when you’ve got quality ingredients with vibrant hues.

The final test is the flavor. My whole family gave it two thumbs up! The strawberry and lemon pair well. The jello is not overly sweet. It is a great combination.

Strawberry lemon jello salad would make a great addition to any summer picnic or potluck!

Are you a jello fan? Treat  yourself and your family to this amazing real food version of a classic. Strawberry lemon jello salad is sure to be a hit.

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Strawberry Lemon Jello Salad
Serves 12
Real strawberry jello topped with homemade lemon pudding.
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Strawberry Layer
  1. 2 cups strawberries (fresh or frozen, thawed)
  2. 1/2 cup organic cane sugar
  3. 2 Tbsp. grass-fed gelatin
  4. 1 cup water
Lemon Layer
  1. 2 egg yolks
  2. 1/3 cup lemon juice
  3. 1/2 cup organic cane sugar
  4. 3 Tbsp. arrowroot, tapioca flour or corn starch
  5. 1 cup cream or whole milk
Strawberry Layer
  1. Puree the strawberries, sugar and water in a blender. Pour into a sauce pan.
  2. Stir the gelatin into the mixture. Let set 1 minute.
  3. Heat the strawberry mixture over low-medium heat, stirring, until the gelatin is dissolved, about 4 minutes.
  4. Pour into an 8" glass pan.
  5. Put in the refrigerator until set, about 1 hour.
Lemon Layer
  1. In a medium saucepan combine the egg yolks, lemon juice, sugar, arrowroot and milk. Whisk to combine.
  2. Heat over medium heat, whisking frequently, until the pudding begins to thicken (will take around 5-10 minutes).
  3. Continue whisking for 30 seconds. Turn off heat. Whisk until fully thickened.
  4. Pour the pudding into a bowl to cool for 20 minutes.
  5. Pour the pudding over the strawberry layer.
  6. Chill until fully set, about 2 hours.
  7. Serve cold.
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Rhubarb + Apple Sauce

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cherry rhubarb jello is a dye-free, allergy-friendly treat that all kids love. The perfect finger food.

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

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

What Flavors Go Well With Rhubarb

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

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

Cherry rhubarb jello is a dye-free, allergy-friendly treat that all kids love. The perfect finger food.

Cherry rhubarb jello makes a great finger food lunch addition or snack for kids. The fruit provides vitamins while the gelatin provides easy-to-digest protein (Use the code TAKE10 for 10% off your gelatin purchase HERE).

Allergen-Free Cherry Rhubarb Jello

An added bonus is that cherry rhubarb jello is very allergy-friendly. Not to mention there is no food coloring or artificial flavor (food dyes are connected with behavioral issues). So it makes a unique and healthy treat for everyone.

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

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

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

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

Cherry rhubarb jello is a dye-free, allergy-friendly treat that all kids love. The perfect finger food.

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

honeyed-dewI often serve some kind of fruit side dish with our dinner. I try to have variety or simply make fruit salads with whatever fruit we have on hand and is in season.

Recently as I was preparing dinner I was trying to think of what to do with the fruit we had on hand. My son is allergic to grapes and bananas. So those were out. That left honeydew.

We all enjoy honeydew plain. But I wanted to spruce it up a bit. So our honeydew became honeyed-dew.

The honeyed-dew only took about 30 seconds to prepare. It was so refreshing at dinner, and everyone liked it. My son kept sucking on the fruit like a popsicle.

You can make it in a bowl to serve to a group or put the honeydew on sucker or popsicle sticks for a cool treat kids will eat any time of day.

If you don’t have honeydew you can use a different type of melon. You could even use grapes or berries. No matter what fruit you choose this is a healthy, simple side dish or snack.honeyed-dew 2

Honeyed-Dew
A simple and refreshing side dish or fun treat for kids.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup honeydew, cut into chunks
  2. 1 Tbsp. honey
  3. 1/4 tsp. sea salt (optional)
Instructions
  1. Place the honeydew in a bowl or on sticks.
  2. Drizzle with honey.
  3. Sprinkle with salt.
  4. Mix or spread over the fruit.
  5. Freeze the fruit for about 60 minutes.
  6. Stir before serving to make sure the syrup covers the fruit.
Notes
  1. This recipe can easily be doubled, tripled, etc. depending on how many you are serving.
  2. The "popsicles" can stay in the freezer for an easy snack.
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Pesto Quinoa Salad

pesto quinoa salad

It’s that time of year again. Time for picnics and potlucks and family gatherings. It’s always tough to figure out what to bring.

Are you sick of potato salad and pasta salad? Or are your kids like mine and won’t touch either of those anyway?

This pesto quinoa salad is my solution! It has a lot of flavor from the pesto. But it’s not overpowering. So even my sensitive palate daughter enjoys it.

The other great part is that this salad is very allergen friendly. It basically has three ingredients – quinoa, peas and olive oil. You can swap peas for another vegetable if you don’t like them or don’t tolerate them.

As an added bonus you don’t have to worry about this salad spoiling after being outside for a little bit.

Pesto quinoa salad can be served as a warm side dish or chilled. The leftovers are great for easy lunches. You can add a little cooked chicken for a complete meal. I even added a few chickpeas and topped it with a fried egg for lunch! It was delicious.

I use a very simple pesto made with peas. A traditional basil or spinach pesto would also be delicious. For a nutrient boost you could even make it with pummus!

If you’re looking for an alternative salad for your next picnic or just want a new side dish for your dinner at home try this pesto quinoa salad. Both of my kids said it was great! If they approve, it must be good.

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Pesto Quinoa Salad
Serves 4
A simple spring salad that is perfect for picnics.
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup quinoa - soaked and drained
  2. 1 cup water or chicken broth
  3. 1/2 - 1 cup peas (frozen, thawed or fresh)
  4. 1/4 cup pesto (I use pesto made with peas* - you can use any pesto you like)
To taste (optional)
  1. salt
  2. garlic powder
  3. parmesan cheese
  4. chopped nuts
Instructions
  1. Soak the quinoa for 1 - 24 hours. Rinse and drain.
  2. Bring water or broth to a boil in a sauce pan. Add the quinoa, cover, reduce heat and simmer for 12 minutes.
  3. Remove the pan from the heat. Keep the lid on.
  4. After 10 minutes add the peas to the pan of quinoa. Cover and let sit 5 - 10 minutes.
  5. Stir in the pesto.
  6. Season to taste.
  7. Add nuts or cheese if desired.
  8. Serve immediately or chill until ready to serve.
Notes
  1. If you are taking this to a group gathering double or triple the recipe.
  2. *For a simple pesto blend 2 cups thawed peas, 1/2 - 1 cup extra virgin olive oil (can replace some of the oil with water for a milder flavor), sea salt and garlic powder to taste in a blender until smooth.
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Zucchini Fries

Yes, another zucchini recipe…and another success!! My husband and I both really liked these. I don’t remember where I got the recipe. I didn’t tag it. But they are very easy  to make and very tasty – a great side dish. We had them with grilled hot dogs (organic, all grass fed beef…very good) and grilled corn on the cob (from the farmer’s market). A great summer meal. I only used 1 zucchini. If I were using 2 (like the recipe says) I would double the bread crumb mixture I think.

 
Baked Zucchini Fries
2 medium zucchinis, cut in 3″ sticks
2 egg white
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup shredded parmesan
1 cup seasoned bread crumbs
 
Heat oven to 425.
 
Beat egg white and milk in bowl. Mix cheese and bread crumbs in another bowl.
 
Dip the zucchini in the egg mixture, then in bread crumb mixture.
 
Place on a baking sheet.
 
Bake 25-30 min. Flip them half way through to evenly brown.