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Cranberry Smoothie Bowl- Cranberries blended with zesty fresh orange juice and sweet berries makes this smoothie bowl a winning sweet morning treat! Enjoy it topped with a favorite granola or fresh fruit, chia seeds, toasted coconut and almond slivers for a bit of crunch!

This post is sponsored by Cape Cod Select. All words and content are in my words and expressed and written by me.

Cranberries are one of the most amazing superfruits and you are going to L.O.V.E. them in this smoothie bowl! It is packed with rich red and blue frozen fruits and blended with fresh orange juice that compliments tangy cranberries so well.

Savory tangy cranberries have become pretty popular around Thanksgiving and Christmas, right? They are usually used in chutneys, turned into cranberry sauce, added to stuffing, cranberry nut bread and cranberry cocktail drinks. How about turning cranberries into a morning routine and enjoying them all year round!

I have always thought of cranberries as a tricky fruit to use, except during the holidays. They are bitter and tangy and normally not a fruit I think of to eat as a snack. They are delicious turned into dried cranberries tossed in salads or roasted with vegetables as they are fruit that compliments and brings out the best in other ingredients! Recently, I have started to play with and share a few more recipes like these chocolate chunk cranberry bars and more decadent ways to enjoy this healthy “super food”.

A superfood that has incredible health benefits!

Health Benefits of Cranberries

Cranberries have amazing health benefits. Half a cup of cranberries has 25 calories and they are a powerhouse full of antioxidants! They are rich in vitamins A, vitamin C, vitamin K and contain proanthocyanins which is an antioxidant known to help prevent many diseases.

If you have ever had a bladder or kidney infection you might recall being told to have cranberry extract or cranberry juice to help cure symptoms. Cranberries are an excellent antioxidant and hydrate the body and flush out bacteria before it hits the bladder, therefore preventing it from attaching to the urinary tract walls. This beautiful vibrant red fruit also helps to aid with stomach issues and blood disorders. Cranberry juice is so watered down it does not have the same effect so try consuming wholesome rich cranberries in a condensed form.

How to make a cranberry smoothie bowl

Gather Smoothie Ingredients:

  • Frozen cranberries
  • Frozen mixed berries: such as strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries
  • Banana (gives this smoothie a smooth flavor)
  • Ice cubes (adds depth and makes it more frozen)
  • Fresh orange juice and orange zest – this is the key to a delicious cranberry smoothie bowl!

Add the frozen cranberries, frozen mixed berries, ice, fresh banana, fresh orange juice, orange zest and water to a blender. Blend until smooth (may need to add a bit more water if it is hard to blend). That is it!!!! Super easy-peasy! The flavors are beyond pleasurable that you may need to make this throughout the day- breakfast, snacks or right before dinner and freeze a bit to enjoy as dessert!

Then top your cranberry smoothie bowl with toasted coconut, almond slivers, chia seeds, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and mint leaves!

Smoothie flavors vary and I hope you enjoy this cranberry berry smoothie bowl version! It can also be turned into a cranberry smoothie by adding a tad more liquid while blending.

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Cranberry Smoothie Bowl
 
Prep time
10 mins
Total time
10 mins
 
Cranberry Smoothie Bowl- Cranberries blended with zesty fresh orange juice and sweet berries makes this smoothie bowl a winning sweet morning treat! Enjoy it topped with a favorite granola or fresh fruit, chia seeds, toasted coconut and almond slivers for a bit of crunch!
Author: Danielle Fahrenkrug
Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 2 cups Frozen Cape Cod Select Cranberries
  • 1 cup frozen berries mix (plus some for garnish)
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1½ cups ice
  • ¼ cup water (plus more if needed)
  • 2 Tablespoons toasted coconut chips
  • 2 Tablespoons toasted almond slivers
  • 1 Tablespoon chia seeds
  • mint leaves
Instructions
  1. In a blender add the frozen cranberries, frozen berries, banana, orange juice, orange zest, ice and ¼ cup of water. Blend to combine, adding more water if needed.
  2. Top with fresh toasted coconut chips, almond slivers, fruit, chia seeds and mint.
Notes
To toast the coconut chips and almond slivers: Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Toast for about 3-5 minutes or until slightly browned.
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Refreshing Italian-style cucumber tomato salad seasoned with a sprinkle of lime, pink salt and fresh basil leaves. Enjoy this easy salad recipe all summer long! 

One of my most favorable salads to make is this cucumber tomato salad because it so easy and quick! Not to mention it is beyond flavorful and refreshing and caters to most diets. It is gluten-free, vegan, Whole30, Paleo and Keto friendly made with 3 simple main ingredients: cucumber, grape tomatoes and basil!

Summertime has us relishing fresh plump red tomatoes on a daily basis. The kids and I love mini red grape tomatoes (aka sugar plum tomatoes) as snacks throughout the day. They are not quite as large as cherry tomatoes, so I feel safer the kids will not choke on them. This salad is kid-friendly and easy for little hands to pick up the zesty flavored vegetables.

If you have about 10 minutes in the kitchen then you have plenty of time to toss together this easy cucumber tomato salad!

What Are The Best Tomatoes

The best tomatoes to use in this salad recipe are grape tomatoes or cherry tomatoes. They are bursting with juicy sweet flavor! Grape tomatoes are smaller with an oval shape and cherry tomatoes are rounder and larger. Just make sure to chop the ingredients of cucumbers to about the same size as the tomatoes for the best consistency. Tomatoes should be bright in color, hard and firm (not wrinkly). If you are making this on a whim and do not have grape tomatoes on-hand. Roma or plum tomatoes work diced into 1/2-inch cubes.

How To Store Grape Tomatoes

Grape tomatoes are best when stored at room temperature out of direct sunlight and eaten in the first 3 days (although they last up to 5 days). They can also be stored in the refrigerator in a plastic bag or paper bag.

How To Make A Cucumber Tomato Salad

Prepare the cucumbers by slicing off the ends. Slice the cucumber into strips then small chunks and add them to a large bowl. Next, prepare the tomatoes by slicing them in half and add them to the bowl with the cucumbers.

I like to add a few dices of colorful bell peppers into the mix for extra contrast and flavor. Finely dice 2 mini red or orange bell peppers and add it to the bowl. Rip basil into small pieces or chop it and add 2 Tablespoons with the rest of the ingredients. Drizzle olive oil and add salt and pepper and blend all the ingredients together.

You can serve it right away or let the salad set covered in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes first to bring out the best flavors. Additional ingredients that can also be added are red onion slices and avocados (I left out the onions because my kiddos will not touch  it if they spot them in their salad).

Health Benefits of Tomatoes and Cucumbers

Grape tomatoes are an excellent source of vitamins A and C. Vitamin A helps vision and promotes healthy skin and bones. Vitamin C helps to strengthen the immunity and heal the body. Tomatoes are high in fiber and contain lots of water, both which aids to support the digestive system. They also contain lycopene which is an essential antioxidant.

Cucumbers are also high in fiber and contain lots of water which promotes hydration. Fiber and water helps to flush out toxins, support the digestive tract and alleviates swelling (think about putting chilled ones to decrease puffy eyes!). They also contain antioxidants and help to regulate blood sugar.

Most meals bring a nostalgia moment for me. This cucumber tomato salad comes from a fond summertime family memory with my grandparents. My grandmother used to make it every summer on our beach vacations served with a side of crunchy fresh corn on the cob and chicken or steak. I hope you take this recipe and create your own summer memories with it!

More cucumber and tomato salad recipes you might enjoy:

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Cucumber Tomato Salad
 
Prep time
10 mins
Total time
10 mins
 
Refreshing Italian-style cucumber tomato salad seasoned with a sprinkle of lime, pink salt and fresh basil leaves. Enjoy this easy salad recipe all summer long!
Author: Danielle Fahrenkrug
Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian, American
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 cups grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 large cucumber, cut into cubes
  • 2 mini orange or red sweet bell peppers, diced
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 lime (juice of)
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon Himalayan salt
  • pinch of freshly ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, add the tomato halves, cucumber chunks, diced peppers, chopped basil, lime juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. Gently mix to combine.
Notes
*You can serve this salad right away or let the salad set covered in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes first to bring out the best flavors.

*Additional ingredients that can also be added are red onion slices and avocados.

*To soften the lime and get more juice from it, roll it on a counter top with your hands a few times first before cutting it in half and squeezing out the juice.
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These cranberry bars have a sweet and tangy center surrounded by blended oats, sweetener and coconut oil. These oatmeal bars are vegan and gluten-free in addition to the fact that you are going to love how simple they are to make!

Simple soft gluten-free cranberry bars with a filling that uses frozen or fresh cranberries. A delectable oatmeal treat for a healthy snack or quick breakfast on-the-go.

Welcome summer and all the heat! Wowzah! It has been about 100 degrees in California without any air conditioning to cool down. Lucky for most of us we have a beach close by and family with a pool. But I tell ya, I really do not want to have to step into the kitchen and turn on the oven… Unless it is for mini 30-minute spurts at a time.

And I will do it for these fruit filled bars any time of the year! Or better yet, just keep these always stocked in the freezer for a quick thaw and enjoy!

Homemade oatmeal bars and granola bars are staple item around our home. They probably just need their own food group because they are healthy (made with better sugar and no preservatives), and most importantly, flavorsome enough to eat for breakfast, snacks, and even desserts – basically any time of the day.

I might even put these cranberry bars into the group of an energy bar. They do just that and fuel your body with scrumptious nutrition and natural sweeteners.

While I am making cranberry bars in the summer I picture doing it more in the fall winter time when cranberries are in season. These bars are pure bliss and perfect for any time of the year using fresh berries in the fall and winter months then frozen cranberries during the warmer months.

Anytime is a good time – just make them! It gets even “sweeter”…

If cranberries are not your jam go ahead spread a favorite fruit preserve in the center.

Fillings for Fruit Filled Oatmeal Bars
  • Homemade cranberry spread
  • Strawberry preserve
  • Blueberry jam
  • Apple butter
  • Orange marmalade
  • Apricot preserve
  • Cherry filling
  • Peach filling

My husband is normally not a huge cranberry fan. Perfect for me because I like a challenge to try to make foods he normally won’t gravitate too irresistible. My non-cranberry eating husband LOVED these bars and said the cranberry flavor and combo with a sweetened oatmeal crust tastes great!

When To Serve Cranberry Bars

I mentioned earlier that these cranberry bars are fantastic and healthy enough for breakfast nonetheless good enough as a snack or dessert. Picture them at your next brunch buffet table, backyard barbecue and after tea party.

How To Make Cranberry Filling

The cranberry filling can be made with frozen or fresh cranberries. Add the cranberries, juice of an orange, zest of an orange, apple dices, sugar and cinnamon to a large pot. Cover to heat on medium-high heat. Once it is heated let it simmer for about 20 minutes. Let the filling cool slightly then add it to a food processor or blender to make it smooth. This recipe makes about 1 12/ cups of cranberry puree.

Tips For A Mouthwatering Gluten-Free Cranberry Bar

It’s been known that gluten-free foods sometimes have a rap for being a bit dry and fall apart. A little crumble is still delicious because the filling absorbs the crust. Here is a little secret… I like to pulse the oats, sugar and oil ingredients in the food processor to make the texture a bit of a crust. This recipe can be made my mixing or pulsing first, but the pulsed version gives it a slight pie/granola bar combo. Also known as a party in the mouth!

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Chocolate Chunk Cranberry Bars
 
Prep time
20 mins
Cook time
50 mins
Total time
1 hour 10 mins
 
Cranberry bars have a sweet and tangy center surrounded by blended oats, sweetener and coconut oil. These oatmeal bars are vegan and gluten-free in addition to the fact that you are going to love how simple they are to make! Simple soft gluten-free cranberry bars with a filling that uses frozen or fresh cranberries. A delectable oatmeal treat for a healthy snack or quick breakfast on-the-go.
Author: Danielle Fahrenkrug
Recipe type: Snack, Dessert, Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Serves: 25
Ingredients
  • 1¼ cup gluten-free flour
  • 1 cup quick cook oats (gluten-free)
  • ⅔ cup agave or maple syrup
  • ½ cup coconut oil, melted
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 Tablespoons chocolate chunks (vegan)
  • CRANBERRY FILLING:
  • 4 cups frozen or fresh cranberries
  • 1 orange, juice of
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1 Tablespoon agave or maple syrup
  • 1 apple, cored and diced
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a square 9x9 baking pan with cooking spray.
  2. Make the filling.
  3. Add the cranberries, juice of an orange, orange zest, agave, apple and cinnamon. Heat on medium-high heat on the stove, mixing occasionally, for 20 minutes until most of the water evaporates. Let cool slightly then add to a blender and blend until smooth (or slight chucks are fine).
  4. Make the crust.
  5. In a food processor add the flour, oats, agave, baking soda and melted coconut oil. Blend until coarsely combined. Set aside ½ cup of the mixture.
  6. Add the rest of the mixture into a baking pan and press down evenly. Add desired amount of the cranberry filling on top over the crust. Add the remaining crust mixture and chocolate chunks on top. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until slightly golden brown. Let cool before slicing and serving.
Notes
If you do not have a food processor the crust ingredients can be prepared by mixing in a medium size bowl.
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Delightful Mom Food | Simple Healthy Glu.. by Danielle At Delightful Mom Food - 2w ago

These moist gluten-free lemon bars get their rich citrus essence from fresh squeezed lemon juice and a sprinkle of lemon peel. They are a healthier version made without refined sugars and offers a dairy-free option.  

A lemon bar with a crust you will want to use for everything! These bars are truly something to talk about with their sweet and tangy creamy filling baked on top a gluten-free coconut oil crust. They are made with low glycemic sugar to cut calories and keep sugar content down.

I have been dying to make lemon bars for years and finally got my hands into squeezing and juicing the lemons our neighbor shared with us. Just enough for fresh lemonade and to make a couple of batches of these bars. Y’all are truly going to love them and I am thrilled to finally have a recipe for you!

The creamy texture is divine in a “sink your teeth right-in” kinda way.

Lemon bar recipes are usually made with butter and powdered sugar, so I swapped out those ingredients for healthier metabolism boosting ones. Checks out because after we had these at a play date my girlfriend text me saying “Girl, you need to put that lemon bar recipe on your blog! So yummy!!!”

Here’s the scoop…

How To Make Gluten-Free Lemon Bars
  1. Mix together the ingredients of the crust and bake the crust first. The crust has a nice firm texture like that of a pie crust and pairs pleasant with the soft lemony filling. For a gluten-free pie or crust for bars use gluten-free flour, arrowroot flour, cream of tartar, salt and coconut oil or butter.
    1. In a bowl mix the dry ingredients of the crust together then add melted coconut oil. Mix it until it forms a soft dough then press the dough down evenly on the bottom of a prepared baking dish.
    2. Bake the crust alone for 18 minutes. While the crust is baking make the filling.
  2. Meanwhile, mix the lemon bar filling then bake it on top of the crust. In the filling I like to use erythritol, Xylitol or monkfruit sugar as it has a low glycemic level and overall are healthier sweeteners to use in baking. You can also use your favorite milk of choice for the recipe such as cream, cow milk, goat milk, cashew milk, or coconut milk but if using nut milks go with plain (not vanilla flavored).
    1. Add the eggs, lemon peel, lemon juice, sugar and milk to a blender and blend till combined then pour over the baked crust. Bake for another 20 minutes and let the lemon bars cool completely before coating with powdered sugar.
    2. When making the filling I like to combine all the ingredients in a blender for a whipped fluffy consistency for about 3 seconds. The filling can also lightly beaten by hand.

These gluten-free lemon bars are one for the books! I used a whole grain gluten-free flour mix for these pictures so the crust is a bit darker than it would appear when using a gluten-free rice flour mixture. Whatever gluten-free flour mix you use, the flavor is still equally pleasant.

A gorgeous healthy sweet treat to put seasonal lemons to good use and serve at your next gathering!

More Gluten-Free Lemon Desserts:

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Gluten-Free Lemon Bars
 
Prep time
25 mins
Cook time
33 mins
Total time
58 mins
 
These moist gluten-free lemon bars get their rich citrus essence from fresh squeezed lemon juice and a sprinkle of lemon peel. They are a healthier version made without refined sugars and offers a dairy-free option.
Author: Danielle Fahrenkrug
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 28
Ingredients
  • 2 cups gluten-free flour
  • ½ cup arrowroot flour
  • 1 Tablespoon cream of tartar
  • ¼ teaspoon Himalayan salt
  • ¾ cup refined coconut oil, melted
  • 4 eggs
  • 1⅓ cups sugar (erythritol, monkfruit sweetener or Xylitol)
  • 3 Tablespoons gluten-free flour
  • 1 teaspoon lemon peel
  • ¾ cup fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ cup of milk (goat milk, cow milk, cashew milk or coconut milk that is unflavored)
  • Powdered sugar for topping
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray with cooking spray a 9x13 inch baking pan.
  2. In a medium size bowl combine the 2 cups of flour, ½ cup of arrowroot, 1 tablespoon cream of tartar and salt. Combine well. Pour the melted coconut oil into the bowl and mix to form a dough. Place the dough on the prepared baking pan and using your hands press the dough down evenly to cover.
  3. Bake the crust for 18 minutes or until the edges are slightly browned.
  4. While the crust is baking make the filling.
  5. Add the eggs, sugar, 3 tablespoons of gluten-free flour, lemon peel, lemon juice and milk. Blend for about 3 seconds. Pour the mixture over the cooked crust and bake for 15-18 minutes until the center is firm and set.
  6. Let the lemon bars cool completely then cut into bars. Cover and store in the refrigerator and garnish with powdered sugar right before serving. Best served slightly room temperature for a softer crust.
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Delightful Mom Food | Simple Healthy Glu.. by Danielle At Delightful Mom Food - 3w ago

Baked beans are a summer staple item! These quick and easy baked beans stewed in a sweetened sauce is a must side dish at your next cookout!

Enjoy all the flavors of Boston baked beans with an American-style twist. This version combines a mouthwatering tomato sauce base with ham (pork or bacon), molasses and maple syrup. It is sweet, rich and a side dish that pairs well with grilled burgers, hot dogs, chicken and cornbread dishes- perfect on outdoor grilling days!

Growing up my mom always served baked beans (Bush’s Homestyle Baked Beans, to be exact) as a ritual staple side dish with grilled meat at any of our outdoor BBQ’s. It was always my favorite summer food because I had a major sweet tooth as a child, and still to this day.

We have been grilling A LOT over the weekends thanks to longer summer nights! On our last family grocery shopping excursion, the hubby grabbed a few cans of baked beans to go with grilled chicken and corn. Looking at the ingredients, they are quite simple and easy to make at home. Plus, homemade baked beans taste even better than canned because the ingredients are FRESH! Fresh always tastes best! Can I get an AMEN to that!?

Homemade Baked Beans are quick, easy, inexpensive, protein and fiber rich and let’s not forget… delicious!

Boston baked beans traditionally are a combination of baked beans with molasses or maple syrup and pork or bacon for flavor. These baked beans have both molasses and maple syrup for a ridiculously delicious sauce! Something about thick molasses brings depth to baked beans. Because I like to “lighten-up” and make healthier traditional recipes, I use cold-cut ham (since it’s ham is what I usually have on-hand anyways) as it has less fat than bacon. But you can also sub the ham for bacon or salt pork.

Here is a fun fact (love learning facts!) – In the 1930’s brown bread and baked beans were a popular meal enjoyed on Saturdays and Sunday mornings in Massachusetts. In colonial New England they used to make baked beans and leave them in brick ovens overnight to enjoy Sunday morning! Who would have thought about having sweetened navy beans for breakfast… do you eat them like that?

I’m thinking “hello baked beans served over eggs and bacon”! Turkey bacon?!

If not for breakfast you will love this easy bean recipe for lunch or dinner! It takes less than 30 minutes to mix and heat and can be accomplished while other food is cooking.

How To Make Baked Beans

Navy beans or white beans are also sometimes used in baked bean recipes. You can also mix a combination of white beans with kidney beans, which still have a delightful consistency.

Chop the meat (ham, pork or bacon) super fine and dice onions into very fine dices as well, almost to the consistency of mincing them.

In a medium size saucepan add all the ingredients to the saucepan and heat on low, uncovered, for about 20-25 minutes until the desired consistency is reached. The longer the beans cook the thicker they will become.

You are going to love this recipe and it is seriously more delicious than any canned baked beans! It is packed with rich maple and molasses flavors with tomato and mustard spices that will blow your mind! If you want to get even more bold- add a bit of melted cheese on top- the kiddos will love it! That means I might subtly be referring to hubbies too?

Ways To Use These Baked Beans

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BEST Easy Baked Beans
 
Prep time
5 mins
Cook time
20 mins
Total time
25 mins
 
Baked beans are a summer staple item! These quick and easy baked beans stewed in a sweetened sauce is a must side dish at your next cookout!
Author: Danielle Fahrenkrug
Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans white beans, drained and rinsed
  • ¼ cup ham or bacon, cooked and finely chopped
  • ½ cup onion, diced finely
  • ¼ cup organic ketchup
  • 2 teaspoons yellow mustard
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 2 Tablespoons molasses
  • 1 cup tomato sauce (plain from a can)
  • dash of pink Himalayan salt
  • optional extra seasonings - cumin and chili powder
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan combine drained and rinsed white beans, ham or bacon, onion, ketchup, mustard, maple syrup, molasses and tomato sauce. Sprinkle a dash of salt.
  2. Cook over low heat for 15-20 minutes or to desired consistency, stirring often. The longer it cooks the thicker the mixture will become.
  3. Add more salt to taste and optional to season with cumin and chili powder.
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Grape Frosé Rosé (Frozen Rosé)- a refreshing blend of frozen grapes with rosé wine! Enjoy this trendy summer alcoholic beverage at your next party or BBQ to serve a large crowd!

Summer’s all-time hit cocktails are Frozen Rosé along with enjoying a chilled glass of Rosé wine all day (Rosé All Day Babeee!)! This fruity alcoholic beverage has grown in popularity for its refreshing slushy texture of frozen fruit blended with rosé wine. More popular versions of Frozen Rosé include Watermelon Frosé Rosé, Strawberry Frosé Rosé, Peach  Frosé Rosé and even Grapefruit Frosé Rosé. Any fruit can be used and Frosé wine is great way to use up fruit that might soon go bad (just as you would for a smoothie).

How To Make Frozen Rosé

Find your favorite fruit and freeze it (or use store-bought frozen fruit) then blend it with chilled rosé wine and some ice for this “lightened” up frozen Rosé version! The ratios for this frozen rosé are 3 cups of frozen fruit, 4-6 cups of ice and 1 bottle rosé wine. If you want it thicker add up to 6 cups of ice. This serves a large crowd which is perfect for summer parties and outdoor barbecues! It can be made ahead and stored in the freezer for up to 5 hours. Any longer it will not be so much a drink but more of a slushy wine dessert treat to serve in a bowl. Win-win – it will not go to waste!

This recipe calls for grapes and here is why.

Ya know all that fruit in the fridge that tastes better crunchy – like grapes. When they start to get mushy nobody wants them. That is what happened to our grapes and I couldn’t bear to waste them since they were still perfectly nutritious. I froze a whole bunch for smoothies and to make a grape frosé rosé for a weekend happy hour!

If you need any more convincing to make these here it is. They are packed with antioxidants! I love cocktails that actually have nutritional benefits and are rich in fiber, vitamins and minerals.

Cheers to summer and all the delicious fresh recipes that come such as Frozen rosé recipes! It is a super easy, lighter alcoholic drink and so refreshing using wholesome grapes!

More Frozen Rosé and cocktail recipes you might enjoy!

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Grape Frosé Rosé (Frozen Rosé)
 
Prep time
5 mins
Total time
5 mins
 
Grape Frosé Rosé (Frozen Rosé)- a refreshing blend of frozen grapes with rosé wine! Enjoy this trendy summer alcoholic beverage at your next party or BBQ to serve a large crowd!
Author: Danielle Fahrenkrug
Recipe type: Drinks, Cocktails
Cuisine: American
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 3 cups frozen red or black seedless grapes
  • 4-6 cups of ice
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 bottle of rosé wine
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend till smooth.
  2. Serve right away. Makes about 8 cups.
  3. Can be made ahead and stored in the freezer for up to 5 hours before serving. Or store in the freezer longer and serve it as Frosé Slushies in a bowl.
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Easy grilled burgers topped with pineapple salsa and spicy aioli. Enjoy this juicy hamburger recipe at your next summer BBQ!

A juicy hamburger recipe with everything on the table ready to enjoy in less than 30 minutes! 

It’s burger season and what better way to enjoy the outdoors than to fire up that grill! I have to be honest with you before I start to get into sharing this juicy hamburger recipe with you. I don’t eat red meat! But I know some of you do and my family just loves a big juicy burger too!

How about we give a big “WELCOME” to the first red meat recipe blog post on Delightful Mom Food!!!

During the summer months my husband makes grilled burgers almost every weekend. I usually have mine vegetarian with just lettuce, tomato, grilled onions, and avocado stacked inside gluten-free hamburger buns with a side of grilled corn and fresh seasonal salad. My favorite part is all the toppings and veggies you can add to a “burger” to make them healthier.

I do not want to deprive my boys (or any of you who love red meat) because it can be a healthy food choice for certain bodies. Everybody has a different blood type in which their bodies crave certain foods that help them thrive. My body doesn’t do well on red meat but my husband and oldest both crave it. To the point that when they get a grilled burger in their hands it is gone within minutes and there is no return, no question, no food complaints and any hangry moments are out the door! To tell you the truth it is not the same situation feeding them a turkey burger. That being said, I am going to start adding our favorite grilled burgers recipes to the blog!

These burgers are so juicy! Grilled hamburgers have a clearly distinct flavor rather than pan fried burgers- have you noticed a difference? I notice it even in my turkey burgers. My hubby will never let me pan fry a burger (even on a grill pan) on the stove. Grilling a burger is quite simple and a healthier way to cook meat as it allows the extra oils and fats to drip into the fire instead of settling on the meat.

Organic and Grass Fed Beef

Shop for organic and Grass-fed meats! When we buy red meat I only look for two things and those two things are it needs to be organic and grass-fed. I also try to only choose beef that is “lean” and “extra-lean” to minimize saturated fat and cholesterol.

Cows raised in the pasture have less saturated fat and higher amounts of omega-3 (healthier) fatty acids than grain-feed cattle. Eating organic and grass-feed meats also help to ensure there are no added hormones given to the cows.

I have found organic grass-fed ground beef at Grocery Outlet and Costco to have the best prices.

Tips for Grilling A Juicy Hamburger

For any juicy hamburger recipe, knead the meat for a long time (about 3 minutes) to pack each patty in nice and tight so it does not fall apart on the grill. This also settles in all the flavors.

Heat the grill on medium-high and get it nice and warm inside. Oil the patty and place it on medium-high heat for 3 minutes to sear in all the juices and give the hamburger patties nice grill marks. Flip after 3 minutes and heat for another 3-4 minutes or until 160 degrees F for medium. Add any cheese about 1 minute before removing from the grill.

Be gentle and only flip the burgers once.

Do not press the burgers down with a spatula or it will push out natural juices.

Let us talk about this pineapple salsa!

This salsa encompasses sweetness with hints of jalapeno heat and pairs well with a spicy aioli. Something about all that subtle heat and sweetness just really compliments the grilled burger (hubbies words). It all started because we came home from the grocery store with a pineapple that was about to go bad. I absolutely LOVE grilled pineapple and thought it would be delicious either added to a grilled hamburger recipe sliced on top or turned into salsa.

Before we get to this juicy hamburger recipe there is one little secret ingredient and one trick my husband likes to add to his grilled burgers to keep them sticking together. To keep burger patties staying together nice and tight and snug add 1 egg and make sure to knead the meat for a while.  What you are left with is a solid patty ready to grill!

I hope you enjoy this juicy grilled burger recipe! Any leftover cooked patties can be crumbled up and added to pasta dishes for another meal.

What are your favorite grilled burger toppings?

5 from 1 reviews
Juicy Grilled Hamburgers With Pineapple Salsa and Spicy Aioli
 
Prep time
20 mins
Cook time
7 mins
Total time
27 mins
 
Easy grilled burgers topped with pineapple salsa and spicy aioli. Enjoy this juicy hamburger recipe at your next summer BBQ!
Author: Danielle Fahrenkrug
Recipe type: Main, Entree, Grilling
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 lb. ground beef (organic & grass-fed)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tablespoon hamburger seasoning (or just 1 teaspoon both salt and pepper)
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 pineapple (1/4 cup for salsa is used and the rest is rings for grilling)
  • 3 plum tomatoes
  • 2 Tablespoons white onion, diced
  • ½ purple onion, peeled and cut into rings (keep rings connected as best you can)
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice (about ½ a lime)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon jalapeno, minced (seeds removed)
  • 4 gluten-free hamburger buns
  • olive oil
  • Spicy Aioli Ingredients:
  • ⅓ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 Tablespoons hot sauce such as Franks Original
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
Instructions
  1. Preheat the grill to medium-high heat.
  2. Make the hamburger patties.
  3. Add the hamburger meat to a large bowl with 1 egg and hamburger seasoning (or just salt and pepper). Knead with your hands and blend it together for about 2-3 minutes.
  4. Form the meat into 4 patties ½ inch thick. Set on a plate (not overlapping), and set in the refrigerator until ready to use.
  5. Make the Pineapple Salsa.
  6. Prepare the pineapple by slicing the top and bottom off then removing the skin all around and any brown spots. Slice into ½-inch rings (removing the core hard centers with a small circular cookie cutter). Take about 3 pineapple rings and dice them into fine pieces measuring ¾ cup. Dice one plum tomato. In a small bowl combine the diced white onions, diced tomato, ¾ cup diced pineapple, jalapeno, cilantro and lemon juice. Mix to combine and set aside in the refrigerator until ready to use.
  7. Make the spicy aioli.
  8. In a small bowl mix together the mayonnaise, hot sauce and garlic powder. Set aside until the burgers are ready.
  9. Grill the burgers, pineapple and red onion rings.
  10. Oil the remaining rings of pineapple on both sides and oil the purple onion rings (trying to be careful to keep them together so they do not slip through the grill).
  11. Oil the grill before placing the burgers down. Add the burgers to medium-high heat and cook for 3 minutes. After 3 minutes flip the burgers and cook the other side for 3-4 minutes or until golden brown. Temperature should read 160 degrees F for medium.
  12. While the burgers are cooking place the pineapple and onion rings on the grill and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side or until slightly browned and grill marks appear. During the last minute add the hamburger buns and cook each side for 1 minute to toast.
  13. Serve the hamburgers immediately with the aioli, pineapple salsa, sliced tomatoes, grilled onions, avocado and the extra grilled pineapple on the side.
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You might also love to top this dish with the Special Sauce used with these Grilled Veggie Burgers.

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