Strawberry Sorbet

We went strawberry picking this past week and we have a ton of strawberries to use up! So, I made one of our favorite treats: strawberry sorbet! It’s top 8 free and delicious! Enjoy!

Strawberry Sorbet

Ingredients

-2 cups water

-1 cup sugar

-4 cups strawberries, cleaned & hulled

-1/8 tsp salt

Directions

1. In a saucepan, combine water and sugar to make a simple syrup. Heat on low-medium, till the sugar is dissolved, about 3-5 minutes.

2. Set aside simple syrup mixture and cool.

3. Put strawberries and salt in a blender. Add the cooled simple syrup to the blender too.

4. Blend the mixture till it is puréed.

5. Strain the mixture through a metal strainer into a bowl. Use a spatula to push the mixture through the strainer if needed.

6. Place the strained mixture in the refrigerator to cool for 2-3 hours in a covered bowl.

7. Place the cooled mixture in an ice cream maker and churn according to the maker’s directions. I have a Cuisinart that I need to pre-freeze the bowl. So, with a frozen bowl, I churn mine for 30 minutes. Then it will be done and have a softer texture. If you want a firmer texture, place it in the freezer for a few hours or overnight. Enjoy!

Ham & Kale Soup

After the holidays, I always have so much leftover ham. I wanted to use it for something new, so I came up with this soup! It’s yummy & top 8 free too! Enjoy!

Ham & Kale Soup

Ingredients

-3 tbls olive oil

-1 medium yellow onion, diced

– 1 tsp black pepper

-1 tsp salt

-2 cups ham, diced

-2 cups carrots, sliced

-1 cup celery, diced

-4 cups chicken stock

-1 tsp turmeric

-1/4 tsp red pepper flakes

-1 tsp hot sauce

-12 oz bag chopped kale

Directions

1. In a large Dutch oven or stock pot, heat the olive oil on medium heat for 1 minute. Add onion, salt, and pepper. Stir and heat on medium, until onion is translucent or about 3 minutes.

2. Add in ham, carrots, celery, chicken stock, turmeric, red pepper flakes, and hot sauce. Stir and bring to a boil.

3. Reduce heat and add kale. Simmer on low for 20 minutes or till the vegetables are tender. Serve & enjoy!

Cranberry Sauce

A refreshing and yummy side dish for your Thanksgiving meal! It’s super simple & top 8 free too!!

Cranberry Sauce

Ingredients

-1 cup water

-1 cup sugar

-24 oz cranberries

Directions

1. Put water and sugar in a large pot. Heat on medium heat, till sugar is dissolved.

2. Add cranberries to sugar and water mixture. Heat on medium heat for about 10 minutes or until cranberries start to pop.

3. Cool mixture in pot and then pour into a serving dish and cool in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours or overnight. Serve and enjoy!

Turkey Chili

What’s better on a cool, fall day, than a warm bowl of chili!  This chili is made with ground turkey and a lot of yummy seasonings!  It’s a little spicy and it’s top 8 free too!  Enjoy!

 

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Turkey Chili

Ingredients

-1 lb ground turkey

– 1/4 tsp salt

-1/2 tsp pepper

-1 tsp dried oregano

-1 tsp garlic powder

-2 tbls olive oil

-1 medium yellow onion, diced

-6 stalks celery, diced

-1, 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes

-1, 28 oz can fire roasted crushed tomatoes

-1 15.5 oz can kidney beans

-1 15.5 oz can pinto beans

-1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

-1/2 tsp red pepper flakes

-1 tbl cumin

-1 tbl chili powder

 

Directions

  1. In a large dutch oven, brown the ground turkey, seasoning first with salt, pepper, oregano, and garlic powder.
  2. Once the turkey is browned, add in the olive oil, onion, and celery.  Stir and cook until the onions are translucent.
  3. Add in the diced tomatoes, crushed tomatoes, kidney beans, pinto beans, cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes, cumin, and chili powder.  Stir and bring to a boil.  Once at a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.
  4. Serve with your favorite toppings, like diced onions.  Enjoy!

Roasted Carrots

Following along with some of our favorite roasted veggies, is a recipe for roasted carrots!   Super simple, a little sweet, delicious, and top 8 free!!  Enjoy!

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Roasted Carrots

Ingredients

-1 lb baby carrots

-2 tbls olive oil

-1 tsp salt

-1 tsp pepper

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 400F. Place carrots on a sheet pan.

2. Sprinkle on olive oil, salt, and pepper.  Toss to coat.

3. Place carrots in the oven and cook for 25 minutes, depending on how you like them done.  Cook longer, if you desire a more cooked carrot.

4. Remove from oven, serve, and enjoy!

Roasted Broccoli

Our go to side dish, are roasted vegetables, including this recipe for roasted broccoli. It’s top 8 free & delicious!

Roasted Broccoli

Ingredients

-1 lb broccoli florets

-3 tbls olive oil

-1 tsp salt

-1 tsp pepper

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 400F. Place broccoli florets on a sheet pan.

2. Sprinkle on olive oil, salt, and pepper.

3. Place broccoli in the oven and cook for 15-20 minutes, depending on how you like it done.

4. Remove from oven, serve, and enjoy!