Lunch. Of. Champions.

This lunch is set on Saturday because it is more labour intensive. I like to prep the Tex-Mex Fries and Dill Pickle Pasta Salad the night before, or early in the morning.

Homemade Burger Patty
  • Silver Hills Bakery Buns * (or other peanut free and milk free variety).
  • 1 1/2 pounds of lean ground beef, turkey, or pork
  • 1 toasted Silver Hills Bakery piece of Squirrely Bread* (or other peanut free and milk free variety)
  • 1/4 cup Hardez salsa
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tsp of onion powder (Club House is peanut free)*
  • ½ tsp freeze dried garlic
  • salt and pepper to taste

IF you have time, 1 clove of roasted garlic with ½ a small white sautéed onion make these burgers taste even better!

Steps:
  1. Toast the slice of bread (or if you have a stale piece, the toasting is not necessary). Crumble into small pieces or use a food processor to make into crumbs.
  2. Mix the egg and meat together in a deep bowl while the toast is toasting.
  3. Add in the rest of the ingredients.
  4. Divide into 4-6 burger patties, this will depend how big the buns are, you want them to match.

BBQ the burgers. Try and flip as minimally as possible so they do not fall apart.

According to this super fun infographic, from The Food Network; ground beef needs to be 160 degrees Fahrenheit to be fully cooked. I always use a thermometer to check when meat is done. I think it is best to purchase one that is easy to read, has a fold up probe, like the ThermoPro TP03A Digital Thermometers and are stainless steel.

While your burgers are cooking, don’t forget to toast those buns.

Last but not least, slice the ‘ole apple. Nobody likes brown apples.

If you are looking for more ways to engage your child in healthier eating habits, check outHow to Serve Meals your Little Ones will Actually Eat.  

How to get your toddler to eat healthy food. These mats are a great way to get your toddler excited about healthy foods!
A variety of trays to get your little one to try food in a variety of ways.

*Always make sure to check the ingredients and products listed in each recipe. Companies may change facilities or ingredients at any time.

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Dairy Free Dill Pickle Pasta Salad 

Want to take your pasta salad potluck game to a new level? Then you need to start adding dill pickles. It’s a game changer. Your potluck dish will be the one coming home empty this summer! 

Dill Pickle Pasta Salad HelperSeriously though, where has this combination been my whole life?? I have always had a love of dill, since it is basically mandatory as part of my mom’s side of the family. We used to bring my aunt a GIANT container of Heinz Dill Pickles when we would visit her out east. I’m talking check-it through as special luggage on the plane and everything, because, well, an amazing Heinz pickle is worth the work, and so is this salad!

Amazing Dill Pickle Pasta Salad Recipe

Prep time : 20 minutes (could be less if you hustle) 

Serves: 10-12 side salad servings

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of dill pickles (quartered length wise, then chopped) 
  • 1 box of macaroni (we like Healthy Harvest) 
  • 1 small onion (or a few green onions) chopped
  • Dairy free cheese (optional) 

Sauce:

  • 1 cup of dairy free mayonnaise 
  • 1 cup of pickle juice 
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper (optional) 
  • FRESH dill (3 tablespoons chopped up) 

Easy Peasy Prep:

  1. Cook the box of macaroni pasta, rinse very well with cold water and set aside to cool. Cook for the minimum recommendation on the side of the box (usually about 5 minutes). 
  2. In a small container, mix together the sauce ingredients. 
  3. Chop up the onions and pickles. 
  4. Once the pasta has fully cooled, add in the chopped ingredients. 
  5. Give everything a solid stir (or shake if you have a container with a lid). 
  6. Add HALF of the sauce and stir / shake again. I reserve half of the sauce to put on about 10 minutes before I am going to serve the salad. Sosi Safe Dill

The smell of freshly chopped dill takes me back to our little house growing up. Each August my mom and Grandma would spend hours scrubbing “cukes” and sterilizing jars for the pickling process. As long as I can remember we would get the little cucumbers from my moms farmer friend and the process would begin. Nothing beats a homemade pickle! I’m going to have to add this to my to-do list this summer.  

Chickpea Patties

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Mommy and Me Chickpea Patties

This is a peanut free and milk free Vegetarian burger that could convert even the most dedicated meatatarian. My sister pointed me in the direction of this meat-free burger and I am so glad that she did! The combination of hearty chickpeas, carrot and egg create a pattie that you will for sure add to your repertoire. The unique blend of spices and the healthy veggies create a meal that is light yet satisfying.  Read more

BrocoBites

BrocoBites

When the little ones in your life decide to go on veggie strike, it’s time to get creative. These SosiSafe Broccoli Bites imitate our favourite meatball recipe but we swapped out the meat for sweet and crunchy veggies! This recipe is super simple, peanut and milk free, and vegetarian! Oh, and it takes less than 15 minutes to prep. The combination of broccoli and sweet potato not only taste crunchy and delicious but together load you with Vitamins A, B6, C, vitamin E, potassium, magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids, protein, zinc, calcium, iron, niacin and selenium! Whoa. And to top that all off, the amazing thing about broccoli is it’s ability to reduce allergy reaction and inflammation.  Read more

Mama’s Meatloaf

Peanut Free ✓

Milk Free ✓

Eat Clean ✓

Delicious ✓

Mama’s Meatloaf gets all the checks! With only 4 peanut free and milk free ingredients this recipe is as quick as it is satisfying. Meatloaf is a meal that fills the house with delicious home cooked aromas and the belly with healthy, clean components. Mama’s 4-ingredient meatloaf is a total win.
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