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Elevating Your Favorite Childhood Foods


elevate-childhood-foodsNovember means nostalgia and a time to reflect on the past year. This year, we’re feeling a bit nostalgic for all of the foods we used to enjoy as kids. Remember Bagel Bites, Sloppy Joes, and Dunkaroos? These tasty treats were always our favorites but, now that we’re older, our adult tummies need a bit more substance. So, we set out to find ways to celebrate and elevate our favorite childhood foods! These recipes use fresh ingredients, so you don’t have to worry about any nasty additives or preservatives. And, you can find all of these ingredients at Farmview! Fresh, locally made childhood favorites that both kids and adults can enjoy? We’re giving thanks, indeed!

Spicy Turkey Sloppy Joes

via Besty Life


  • 1 jalapeno pepper, diced

  • 1 small red onion, diced

  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced

  • 1 1/4 lb ground turkey

  • 1 14oz can diced tomatoes

  • 1 14oz can tomato sauce

  • 2 tsp cumin

  • 1 tsp chili powder

  • 1 tsp chipotle chili powder

  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

  • Cheddar cheese, guacamole, sliced jalapenos, sliced red onion, for garnish


Heat olive oil or cooking spray in a large skillet over medium heat. Add jalapeno, red onion and garlic. Sauté until onion begins to soften, about 4 minutes

Add turkey and cook until browned. Add in next 5 ingredients (through chipotle chili powder) Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 8 minutes.

Stir in black beans, salt and pepper, and Gourmet Garden cilantro. Cook several minutes until beans are heated through.

Serve on hamburger buns or bread, and top with your favorite spicy food toppings like guacamole, sliced jalapenos, or red onion. Other suggestions: Queso fresco, black olives, sour cream.

Blackberry Bacon Grilled Cheese

via LemonTree Dwelling


  • 1 tbsp. butter

  • 2 pieces sourdough bread

  • 4 slices Swiss cheese

  • 4 pieces bacon, cooked

  • 1/2 jalapeno, sliced (*for less spice, remove seeds)

  • 3 tbsp. blackberry jam


Butter one side of each slice of bread. Place bread, butter side down, in skillet. Top one piece of bread with cheese, bacon, and jalapeños. Top the other piece of bread with blackberry jam.

Put sandwich together; grill over medium heat, flipping after 4-5 minutes. Grill until both sides are golden brown and cheese is melted.

Portobello Mushroom Pizza

via Life As a Strawberry


  • 4 Portobello mushroom caps, large

  • 3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced (or 1 large sliced tomato)

  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella

  • 1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped, plus extra for garnish

  • Salt and pepper to taste


Drizzle Portobello caps with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Sprinkle a handful of mozzarella onto each mushroom cap, then top with a few slices of tomato and a sprinkling of basil. Then finish with another handful of mozzarella.

Bake at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes, until mushrooms have softened and cheese has melted. Garnish with more basil and serve immediately.

Carrot French Fries

via MOMables


  • 1 lb. fresh carrot

  • 2 tsp. oil (coconut, olive oil, your choice)

  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt


Peel carrots into thick slices or cut into strips of desired thickness. Toss slices in oil and salt.

Bake at 450 degrees for 10-12 minutes, or until desired crispiness is achieved.