Sausage and Spring Vegetable Pasta

Gluten-free Sausage and Veggie Pasta | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

This Sausage and Spring Vegetable Pasta is my go-to gluten-free dish for a quick weeknight meal or for entertaining. It’s delicious, serves a crowd, is easy to prepare, and is made using only ONE POT!

Sausage and Spring Vegetable Pasta

My blogging girlies and I are excited for SPRING, so we’ve teamed up to bring you five recipes packed with our favorite Spring produce. You have carrots, potatoes, leeks, broccoli, asparagus, spinach, strawberries, peas, and radishes!

5 Healthy Spring Recipes

Lee from Fit Foodie Finds made you Grain Free Waffles with Homemade Strawberry Jam

Lindsay from Cotter Crunch made you a Leek and Potato Pan Roast

Taylor from Food Faith Fitness made you Carrot Cake Overnight Oats

Gina from Running to the Kitchen made you Spring Pea & Roasted Radish Risotto

Now, this pasta! 

Sausage and Spring Vegetable Pasta

I always make this dish when entertaining. Super Bowl, a dinner party, or just having friends or family over. It’s always a hit, and super easy to prepare!

Sausage and Spring Vegetable Pasta

Sausage and Spring Vegetable Pasta

Preparation 0:05 2017-03-29T00:05:00+00:00 Cook Time 0:25 2017-03-29T00:25:00+00:00 Serves 6     adjust servings
Sausage and Spring Vegetable Pasta

Ingredients

  • 1 package gluten-free pasta
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 raw spicy chicken sausage links
  • 3 cups broccoli florets
  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • 1 bunch asparagus
  • Fine sea salt, to taste
  • Cracked black pepper, to taste
  • Red pepper flakes, to taste
  • Optional: 2 to 4 tablespoons fresh parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. In a large pot, make pasta as directed on the box/bag of pasta you are using.
  2. Drain pasta and set aside.
  3. In the same pot, heat 1 tablespoon of oil and sauté garlic for 30 seconds. Add in broccoli and asparagus and sauté for 5 to 10 minutes until fork tender. To speed up the time, add 2 teaspoons of water and cover the pot.
  4. Remove the casing from the sausage and add to the pot. Cook until no pink remains.
  5. Add the spinach and sauté until wilted.
  6. Add the pasta into the pot, add remaining olive oil, and salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, and parmesan if adding. Taste and adjust spices as desired.
  7. Serve hot!


San Fran, Napa, and Yosemite

Are you caught up on my wedding recaps?

Hotel Wedding Welcome Bags

Wedding Registry Must Haves

Wedding Recap: part 1

Wedding Recap: part 2


If so, then you are ready to follow our journey from San Francisco to Napa, and then to Yosemite!

Here’s how we did it: We flew into San Francisco, rented a car, and spent the night and the following day exploring the city. We woke up the following day and left to Napa (about an hour and a half drive), where we spent a few days relaxing, and then were off to Yosemite (about a 3 hour drive) for a few days! After Yosemite we drove back to San Francisco (about a 3 hour drive), got a bite to eat, then were off on a red eye home! We loved how our plan played out, and didn’t find it was too much driving or anything like that!

SAN FRANCISCO:

We opted for a boutique hotel right in the center of Union Square, the Serrano hotel. We had a beautiful room and it was a great location to explore the city!

Serrano Hotel, San Francisco

Our favorite lunch in San Fran had to be MKT in the Four Seasons Hotel. The service, the cocktails, and the food were outstanding!

MKT Four Seasons, San Francisco

Other eats & drinks in San Francisco:

We went to Red Room for a cocktail.

We grabbed a Sushirrito (or 3) for a snack – straight from the airport no less.

We dined at Kusakabe for an Omakase sushi meal.

San Francisco Eats & Drinks

On our way to Napa, we stopped at to see and explore the Muir Woods. It was quite touristy, but a great walk and amazing to see the scale of those trees! Plus, it was on the way!

Red Woods, San Francisco

NAPA:

We arrived in St. Helena and headed to our hotel, Wine Country Inn. We were brought to our private cottage with the most spectacular view. Everything about Wine Country Inn was so fabulous. It was quiet and quaint, with a happy hour wine tastings and homemade hors d’oeuvres each night. The staff was so friendly, helpful and accommodating. I highly recommend getting a private cottage there. The cottages are incredible! As a whole, WCI had this lovely luxury bed and breakfast feel and in a great location.

When we arrived, we were so thrilled to be out of the city. Not that we didn’t love our time in San Fran, but the wedding weekend was exhausting and relaxation was in order! Our cottage was so gorgeous that we cancelled our winery tour for that afternoon and just relaxed at WCI!

Wine Country Inn St. Helena

^Our balcony at Wine Country Inn. Stunning.

Our first dinner we had an incredible meal on the patio at Auberge du Soleil. Auberge isn’t cheap, so do keep that in mind, but it’s truly fabulous. They also have a brunch if you’re looking to go but to make it more reasonable.

The next day we ventured to Del Dotto Vineyard which was so much fun. The wine tasting is in their wine cave and it was a blast. We purchased and shipped some special bottles home and have been loving them!

Del Dotto Vinyard

I think our favorite dinner in Napa was at Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch. Everything, from the vibes to the appetizers, mains, and desserts were incredible! Farmstead is at the top of my list for Napa restaurants for sure. Plus, the prices are super reasonable!

Long Meadow Ranch Napa

^Mike might kill me for adding that last shot in there 😉

Napa Eats

Other Napa Eats:

Gott’s Roadside for a delicious bite after the Vineyard

An awesome gluten-Free Sandwich with Special Sauce (a must) from Giugni’s Deli 

Animal-style In-n-Out Burger on lettuce buns (on the way to Yosemite) – we thought this was a California must-try.

YOSEMITE

We arrived at Yosemite and checked into Half Dome Village, which is camping-style, without having to bring your own tent/equipment. “Glamping” if you will. The tents are already there, with heat and beds. There are communal showers and it is definitely camping, but not as rustic. It reminded us a lot of sleep away camp.

Wasn’t expecting: to have put my things, even toothpaste in a BEAR BOX.

Pleasant surprise: The bar at the camp ground was so much fun and had great Margaritas!

Make sure you: bring shower shoes!

You can’t: make your own campfires or cook your own food.

 

No filter. Not kidding!

We made it in time to see the sunset at Glacier Point looking out onto Half Dome. I literally have never seen anything so stunning. It looked like a picture!

The next day we hiked all day and ended our long day with Margaritas at the camp ground bar which surprisingly had great drinks– and a great bartender! 

For the majority of our time at Yosemite, we ate on our camp ground, but we did one nice dinner at the Majestic Hotel that was unbelievable! Note: you need a reservation ahead of time!

That meal was SO GOOD.

Yosemite Glacier Point

We ventured back to San Francisco, spent some time there, then off we were to go home!

If you have any questions about our trip, feel free to leave them below and I’ll answer them!

Disclaimer: I was not paid to write this post. I did receive a few complimentary meals and hotel stays throughout the trip. All thoughts and opinions are 100% always my own.

Our Wedding Recap: Part 2

A WHILE BACK (and I mean a while back…), I shared a few posts about our wedding.

I shared:

Our Wedding Hotel Welcome Bags

Wedding Recap: Part 1

and my Wedding Registry Must-Haves (budget and higher end).

Then, time got the best of me, and I somehow never got around to posting part 2, and 3 (our mini-moon! So here it goes, my friends! Let’s start with the rest of the special night, first- Our Wedding Recap: Part 2.

The Ceremony:

Once we got ready, it was time to line up and GET MARRIED. Our ceremony was so special to us. From the chuppah and the flowers, to everyone we love being there, and the words spoken, it was a magical moment in time!

Our Wedding Recap: Part 2

But first, selfies, obviously!

Our Wedding Recap: Part 2

Ready to walk down the aisle with both my mom and dad!

Our Wedding Recap: Part 2

You can’t see it, but the sky was so gorgeous behind us during the wedding. The light shined through in the most beautiful way, it was truly perfect.

Our Wedding Recap: Part 2

Our Wedding Recap: Part 2

The most special moment.

Our Wedding Recap: Part 2

How cute are these two? Ready to party!

The Party:

The sun set, and it was time to get the party started!

Our Wedding Recap: Part 2

Our Wedding Recap: Part 2

Our Wedding Recap: Part 2

Our Wedding Recap: Part 2

Our Wedding Recap: Part 2

Details:

All of our signs, seating cards, and table signs were made by the fabulous Jen from Love Always, Me.

Our Wedding Recap: Part 2

Our late night food game was on point. Aside from our cake, which was 4 different flavors, plus a gluten-free & dairy-free cake, we also had passed desserts, like CHURROS. No, they were not healthy or gluten-free, but we did have that gluten-free and dairy-free cake! We also had a late night french fry bar with tator tots, waffle fries, shoestring fries, and sweet potato fries, and all the dipping sauces! This was a late-night highlight, for sure! Everyone loved it!

Our Wedding Recap: Part 2


Venue: Spring Valley Country Club (Sharon, MA)

Dress: Kenneth Pool from Vow’s in Watertown, MA

Shoes: Jimmy Choo

Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff in Pewter

Florist: O Luxe Designs

Make Up: Dress My Eyes by Steph Agha

Hair: La Boutique in Newton, MA

Signage: Love Always, Me from Easy

Photography: B-Freed Photography

Dance Lessons: Boston Ballroom, in Newton, MA (Marisa and Peter are amazing)

Veil: Custom from Bridal Alternations by Anaheit in Newton, MA


 

Up next: San Fran, Napa, and Yosemite!

20 Things I Buy (Cheaper) at Trader Joe’s

I often get asked about my pantry staples, and how to save money while stocking a clean kitchen! I shop at a variety of stores to get the best deals and the best quality products, so here are 20 Things I Buy (Cheaper) at Trader Joe’s!

20 Things I Buy (Cheaper) at Trader Joe’sNuts: sliced almonds, silvered almonds, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, etc. (sliced almonds ($3.99/8 oz bag), silvered almonds ($3.49/8 oz), hazelnuts (7.99/16 oz), macadamia nuts (7.99/16 oz), cashews ($7.99/16 oz))

Dried Fruit (dried cranberries ($1.49/8 oz), dried mango ($2.99/6 oz), banana chips ($1.29/8 oz), dates)

Frozen Riced Cauliflower ($2.49/bag)

Canned Coconut Cream ($1.69)

Organic Ginger Turmeric Tea ($2.99/16 bag)

Kerrygold Butter ($2.99/8 oz)

Salsa Verde ($1.99/12 oz)

Coconut Oil ($5.49/16 oz)

Chocolate Chips ($1.99)/Large Pound Plus Baking Chocolate Bar

Saffron ($5.99/.02 oz)

Diced Green Chiles  ($89 cents)

Plantain Chips ($1.99/5.3 oz bag)

Pure Maple Syrup ($7.99/12 oz)

Coconut Flour ($2.99/26 oz)

Organic Powdered Sugar ($3.99/16 oz)

Coconut Sugar ($3.99/16 oz)

Organic Canned Beans ($0.99¢)

Raw Honey  ($5.99/16 oz)

Almond Butter ($6.99/16 oz)

Organic Frozen Fruit (strawberries ($2.69/16 oz bag), raspberries ($3.69/12 oz), peaches (3.49/16 oz), mango ($2.49/16 oz), blueberries ($3.99/12 oz), berry blend ($3.49/16 oz))

P.S. I heard they have a new Everything Bagel Seasoning that is on my list to try next! They also have a marinara sauce without any added sugar!

What are your favorite products at Trader Joe’s? What would you add to this list?

30-Minute Loaded Taco Skillet

This 30-Minute Loaded Taco Skillet is loaded with veggies, lean protein, and so much flavor! All you need is 30 minutes and one skillet to prepare this low carb, healthy meal that everybody will devour!

30-Minute Loaded Taco Skillet

This month my blogging ladies and I are showing you recipes to make using only ONE SKILLET. Yes, that’s right! Easy, light on the clean up, and delicious.

30-Minute Loaded Taco Skillet

Taylor made you a Mexican Sweet Potato Rice Bake

This one-pot chicken Mexican rice casserole uses sweet potato for extra creaminess! It’s a healthy, gluten free, 8 ingredient dinner for busy weeknights that is only 330 calories.

Gina made you a Turkey Skillet Mac and Cheese

This one-pot turkey skillet mac and cheese is like a grownup version of hamburger helper and a much healthier option than that boxed stuff. Filled with spinach, peppers, real cheddar cheese, on the table in just 30 minutes and easily made gluten-free too!

Brittany made you a Zucchini Noodle Shrimp Lo Mein

Dinner is done in less than 20 minutes with this quick and easy zucchini noodle lo mein. It’s loaded with shrimp and veggies for a low-carb protein packed meal that’s perfect for busy weeknights. Paleo and gluten-free.

Lindsay made you a Mediterranean Marinated Balsamic Pork Loin Skillet

This Mediterranean Marinated Balsamic Pork Loin Skillet with vegetables makes for an easy one pan meal! Healthy, Balanced, Paleo and ready 45 minutes. Feed your family with this Flavorful Mediterranean pork dish in a tangy balsamic sauce.

As for me, I made you a 30-Minute Loaded Taco Skillet! We can’t stop devouring this meal.

30-Minute Loaded Taco Skillet

This skillet is… Flavorful and veggie Packed. It’s perfect for a weeknight meal or to make and package up in containers for lunches!

30-Minute Loaded Taco Skillet

30-Minute Loaded Taco Skillet

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30-Minute Loaded Taco Skillet

Preparation 0:10 2017-03-29T00:10:00+00:00 Cook Time 0:20 2017-03-29T00:20:00+00:00 Serves 4     adjust servings
30-Minute Loaded Taco Skillet

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. In a skillet over medium heat, heat oil and add in garlic.
  2. Add in zucchini, peppers, carrots, and onion and let cook for 3-5 minutes, until veggies begin to soften.
  3. Add in turkey and coat with chili powder, paprika, garlic, salt, and pepper. Cook until turkey is brown and no pink remains.
  4. Add in tomatoes, green chiles, and black beans and mix to combine.  Reduce heat to a simmer for 5 minutes. Add in spinach and mix until wilted.
  5. If adding cheddar cheese, sprinkle over the top and cover the skillet until cheese melts.
  6. Serve hot with chopped scallions over rice or cauliflower rice, or with tortilla chips!

 


Raspberry Gin Cocktail

My new favorite cocktail is this light and refreshing Raspberry Gin Cocktail. We’re making our own simple syrup (and I promise, it’s super simple to prepare), made with no refined sugars for a delicious and guilt-free cocktail. Plus, it’s festive for Valentine’s Day! 

Raspberry Gin Cocktail

We’ve also spruced up the ice cubes by adding raspberries into them! So cute, so festive.

Raspberry Gin Cocktail

If you’re staying in for Valentine’s Day or are looking for the perfect drink to make before heading out to dinner, this light and flavorful cocktail is for you! 

We’re heading out to for a little dinner date tonight, and starting off with one or two of these beauties.

Raspberry Gin Cocktail

Raspberry Gin Cocktail