Turkey Sloppy Joes

Turkey Sloppy Joes are a quintessential food from my childhood!  They are yummy, quick, and a nice summer meal.  A lot of times, the canned or pre-made mixes are full of allergens, especially soy and corn.  So I have a simple recipe that we usually serve in lettuce cups or on a tortilla.  Buns work too!  This recipe is great for a party too, especially that 4th of July gathering!  Just double or triple it, if needed.  Enjoy!

 

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Ingredients

-1 lb ground turkey

-1/2 tsp salt

-1/2 tsp pepper

-1/4 tsp garlic powder

-1/4 tsp paprika

-1/4 tsp basil

-1/2 tsp bbq smoke seasoning (I use South African smoke seasoning from Trader Joe’s)

-1/4 cup ketchup

-2 tbls bbq sauce

-1 tbl brown sugar

 

Directions

  1. Place the ground turkey in a dutch oven and season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, paprika, basil, and smoke seasoning.  Brown on medium heat till cooked through, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally and breaking up the meat.
  2. Add the ketchup, bbq sauce, and brown sugar to the meat and stir.
  3. Cook on low for 10 minutes.  Serve in a lettuce cup, tortilla, bun or your vessel of choice!  Enjoy!
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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!

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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!

 

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Blueberry Salsa

Salsa is a summer staple in our household!  We eat a ton of it and we love this blueberry option!  It’s fresh, spicy, a little sweet, and top 8 free!  Blueberry season is starting, so go pick some fresh blueberries or grab some at the store!  Enjoy!

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Ingredients

-2 cups blueberries, chopped

-1/2 lemon, juiced

-2 tbls cilantro, chopped

-1 jalapeno, seeded and diced

-1/2 cup red pepper, diced

-1/4 cup yellow onion, diced

-1 cup blueberries, whole

-1 tsp salt (I use Kosher salt)

 

Directions

  1. Place 2 cups of the blueberries, lemon juice, cilantro, jalapeno, red pepper, and onion in a blender.  Blend for 5-10 seconds, so mixture gets blended, but still chunky.
  2. Pour mixture in a bowl and add in 1 cup whole blueberries and salt.  Stir and serve with your favorite chips.  Enjoy!

Cucumber Tomato Salad

Summer salads are great for parties!  Summer salads that have a vinagirette dressing are great for food allergies because most of them avoid the top allergens, including dairy and eggs.  This salad is tasty and simple and great for those hot days.  If you garden, tomatoes and cucumbers are almost in season, so take advantage of this recipe and use up some of the produce from your garden.  Enjoy!

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Cucumber Tomato Salad

Ingredients

-1 english cucumber, quartered and cut into 1″ pieces

-3 tomatoes, quartered and cut into 1″ pieces

-1 yellow onion, sliced into 1/2 ” pieces

-1/3 cup white vinegar

-1/3 cup water

-2 tbls sugar

-1/2 tsp salt

-1/2 tsp pepper

 

Directions

  1. Place the cucumbers, tomatoes and onions in a large bowl.
  2. Mix the white vinegar, water, sugar, salt and pepper together in a small bowl or jar.
  3. Pour the dressing on the cucumber mixture.  Stir.  Let sit for one hour or so in the refrigerator.  Serve and enjoy!

 

Fruit Salad

Fruits salads are simple and great to take to a party during the summer! Berries are coming into season, so it makes this recipe even more delicious!! This is my version of fruit salad. Enjoy!

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Fruit Salad

Ingredients

-1 lb strawberries, hulled & sliced in half

-1 pint blueberries

-3 nectarines, pitted & cut into 1/2″ pieces

-2 cups green grapes, sliced in half

-1 pint raspberries

Directions

1. Put strawberries, blueberries, nectarines, and grapes in a large bowl. Stir together.

2. Add in raspberries and lightly mix them in. Enjoy!

Strawberry Chicken Salad

One of my favorite food is strawberries!  I love them and every summer, when they come into season, I love to grab a bunch of them and use them in my recipes.  I love to go picking for them too!

This salad is super simple & top 8 free!  It’s full of strawberries and lots of other yummy toppings too!  It’s perfect for a hot summer night, when you are looking for a light dish for dinner!  Enjoy!

 

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Strawberry Chicken Salad

Ingredients

Salad

-2 chicken breasts, grilled and diced into 1″ cubes

– 2 heads of romaine lettuce, chopped

-1/2 cup shredded carrots

-1 cup strawberries, sliced

-1/2 cup blueberries

-1/4 cup dried cranberries

Balsamic Dressing

-3 tbls olive oil

-1 1/2 tbls balsamic vinegar

-pinch of salt

-pinch of pepper

 

Directions

  1. Grill chicken breasts on medium heat, for about 5 minutes on each side, or until cooked through.
  2. Place romaine lettuce, carrots, strawberries, blueberries, dried cranberries and chicken in a large, shallow bowl.
  3. Serve with balsamic dressing or your dressing of choice on the side.  Enjoy!