50 Back To School Gluten-Free Lunches, Dinners, and Snacks

Fifty healthy, delicious, and simple recipes that are perfect for this busy time of year! From easy packable lunches, perfect mid-day snacks, to simple and healthy make-ahead dinners! With back-to-school approaching (where have you gone, Summer?), this round-up will ease you into the school year with the ultimate kid-friendly (adult-friendly, too) recipes to make your life easier!

50 Back To School Easy Lunches, Dinners, and Snacks That Are Gluten-Free - Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Packable Lunches

Sweet Potato Tuna Melts from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (dairy-free if omit cheese, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, paleo-friendly, whole30 compliant if omit cheese)

Loaded Egg-Salad from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (dairy-free, gluten-free, nut-free, paleo-friendly, whole30 compliant)

Caprese Pesto Pasta from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (30 minutes or less, egg-free, gluten-free)

Copycat Chipotle Chicken Burrito Bowls from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, paleo-friendly, whole30 compliant)

The Ultimate Paleo Sandwich Rolls From Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (*Make a paleo-friendly sandwich out of them*, 30 minutes or less, dairy-free, gluten-free)

Hardboiled Eggs, Chicken Apple Sausage, Cherry Tomatoes, and Grapes from Nom Nom Paleo (dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, paleo-friendly, whole30 compliant)

Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (30 minutes or less, dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free)

Mini Deep Dish Pizzas from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (30 minutes or less, dairy-free paleo-friendly)

Anti-Pasto Lunch Box from Super Healthy Kids (Substitute the whole what buns for my Everything Bagel Cauliflower Rolls to make this paleo friendly!)

Simple Lemony Tuna Salad Packable Lunch from Eating Bird Food (Dairy-free, 30 minutes or less, Whole30 compliant)

Raw Tacos with Spicy Zucchini Salsa and Creamy Cilantro Sauce from Gourmande in the Kitchen (Gluten-free, paleo-friendly, dairy-free)

Mason Jar Zucchini Lasagna from Food Faith Fitness (Grain-free, gluten-free, and low-carb)

Meal Prep Cilantro Lime Chicken With Cauliflower Rice from Fit Foodie Finds (Paleo-friendly, grain-free, gluten-free)

Peanut Noodle Salad In a Jar from Eating Bird Food (Paleo-friendly options, dairy-free, low-carb)

Tropical Sriracha Chicken Salad from The Healthy Maven (Paleo-friendly, grain-free, dairy-free)

Honey BBQ Baked Salmon Bowls from Cotter Crunch (30 minutes or less, gluten-free, dairy-free)

Honey Mustard Chicken Chopped Salad from How Sweet It Is (gluten-free, omit the cheese to make this dairy-free, low-carb)

Sweet Potato Noodles with Chicken and Tomato Basil Sauce from Inspiralized (Gluten-free, grain-free, egg-free, and dairy free if you omit the cheese)

Chicken Salad on Celery Sticks from Super Healthy Kids (Grain-free, gluten-free, and low-carb. Omit the Greek yogurt to make this paleo-friendly and dairy-free)

Paleo Pinwheels from Fed and Fit (whole30 compliant, grain-free, dairy-free, paleo-friendly)

 

Weeknight Dinners

30-Minute Loaded Taco Skillet from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (whole30 compliant if omit cheese, dairy-free if omit cheese, egg-free, gluten-free, paleo-friendly)

30-Minute Thai Basil Turkey Bowls from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (whole30 compliant, dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, paleo-friendly)

Sausage and Spring Vegetable Pasta Salad from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (30 minutes or less, gluten-free, nut-free, paleo-friendly)

Pizza Stuffed Peppers from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (gluten-free, nut-free, paleo-friendly)

Loaded Turkey Meatballs from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (30 Minutes or less, dairy-free, vegetarian, paleo-friendly)

Eggplant Meatballs from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (30 Minutes or less, dairy-free, vegetarian, paleo-friendly)

Zesty Chicken Bites from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo-friendly)

Sheet Pan Buffalo Chicken & Veggies from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (whole30 compliant, gluten-free paleo-friendly, dairy-free)

Cauliflower Baked Ziti from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen via Detoxinista’s cookbook No Excuses Detox (gluten-free, vegetarian, nut-free)

Eggplant Pizza (with VIDEO) from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (paleo-friendly, grain-free, gluten-free)

Classic Chicken Soup from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (whole30 compliant, dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, paleo-friendly)

Tomato Basil Soup with Grilled Cheese from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (gluten-free, nut-free, egg-free)

Chicken and Veggie Sheet Pan Dinner from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (whole30 compliant, dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free)

Eggplant Rollatini from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (gluten-free and nut-free)

Chicken Milanese from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (dairy-free, gluten-free, nut-free, paleo-friendly)

Snacks Everyone Will Love

Apple Nachos from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (30 minutes or less, paleo-friendly, vegetarian)

Mint Chip Energy Bites from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (30 minutes or less, Dairy-free, Egg-free, paleo-friendly, vegan-friendly)

Vanilla Maple Almond Sunbutter from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan, egg-free, paleo-friendly)

Healthy Eggplant Parm Bites from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (gluten-free, vegetarian, paleo-friendly)

Easy Kiwi Pops from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (30 minutes or less, dairy-free, egg free, vegan, paleo-friendly)

Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (dairy-free, gluten-free, paleo-friendly)

Trail Mix Granola Bars from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (dairy-free, egg-free, paleo-friendly)

N0-Bake & Nut-free Powerbites from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (30 minutes or less, dairy-free, egg-free, paleo-friendly, vegan)

Cherry Lemonade Smoothie from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (Dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free)

Very Berry Chocolate Protein Smoothie from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (Vegan, dairy-free, paleo friendly)

Paleo Banana Verry Berry Muffins (with VIDEO) from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (Dairy-free, gluten-free, paleo-friendly)

Smoky and Spicy Candied Cashews from PaleOMG (gluten-free, grain-free, paleo-friendly, dairy-free)

Banana Sushi from Fit Foodie Finds (30 minutes or less, grain-free, paleo-friendly, dairy-free, egg-free)

Paleo Chia Pudding with Almond Pudding Parfait from Against All Grain

Salad Roll-Up (with VIDEO) from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (30 minutes or less, dairy-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free)

Happy Eating!

Lexi’s Weekly Dinner Plan Week 36

Weekly Dinner Plan 36 (Paleo friendly) | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Happy first week of August! I can’t wait for you to try these delicious, hearty, and refreshing Summer meals!

August is one of my favorite times of the year because stone fruit season is in full force. Scroll all the way down to see some of my favorite ways to cook with stonefruit in the late Summer months!

If you are new to the meal plans, you can find them all, equipped with free printable shopping lists, in our easy Meal Plan Tab on the blog! If you’ve been loving them, we’d love to hear your favorites so far!

Meal Plan Graphic Week 36 | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Monday: Stir Fry Spring Rolls (30 minutes or less, gluten-free, paleo-friendly)

Tuesday: BRINNER: Spring Vegetable Quiche

Wednesday: Steak Salad with Cherry Salsa (30 minutes or less, Grain-free, gluten-free, Whole30 compliant if you substitute the butter for ghee)

Thursday: Grilled Caesar with Blackened Shrimp (30 minutes or less, paleo-friendly)

Friday: Out

Saturday: Lemon Garlic Chicken and Rice One Pan Skillet (egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free)

Sunday: Leftovers

Grab your free printable shopping list HERE!

Make a swap throughout the week from the Lexi’s Clean Kitchen Cookbook!

Try the Jerk Chicken with Caribbean Rice and Mango Salsa on page 375! Bursting with delicious, flavorful spices!

My Favorite Ways To Use Peaches this Stonefruit This Season!

Add to salads: Kale, Caramelized Peaches, and Crispy Onion Salad or Grilled Peach, Avocado, and Crab Salad

Serve over pancakes: Cinnamon Crunch Peach Pancakes

Top with whipped cream for a delicious dessert: grilled peaches with cinnamon protein whipped cream and caramel


always if you have meal plan feedback, please send me an email at Lexi@Lexiscleankitchen.com! I’d absolutely love to hear from you!

One Pan Indian Spiced Chicken and Cauliflower

Looking for the most flavorful dinner made with no fuss and no mess? This One-Pan Indian Spiced Chicken and Cauliflower recipe is hearty, flavorful, and packed with veggies and delicious Indian spices. It’s my new go-to weeknight meal!

One-Pan Indian Spiced Chicken and Cauliflower

I am so excited to partner with my friends at Tuttorosso Tomatoes for today’s recipe. You’ve heard me say it before, and I’ll say it again; I absolutely LOVE their canned tomato products. If you remember, I visited their factories and farms last year, and have grown to know and trust the family, brand, and the products they put out for us consumers. I can honestly say they are the best canned tomatoes I’ve tried, and I’ve done actual taste tests!

There 14.5 ounce cans of diced tomatoes are a pantry staple!

One-Pan Indian Spiced Chicken and Cauliflower

This recipe is the perfect weeknight or weekend meal. It serves a group (or save it for leftovers), is packed with delicious flavors, and has tons of veggies!

The best part? It is made in ONE PAN. No mess, no crazy clean up.

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One-Pan Indian Spiced Chicken and Cauliflower

 

One Pan Indian Spiced Chicken and Cauliflower

Preparation 10 min 2017-08-17T00:10:00+00:00 Cook Time 35 min 2017-08-17T00:35:00+00:00 Serves 4     adjust servings

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Heat a large saucepan over medium heat with 2 tablespoons of butter. Add in diced onion, garlic, grated ginger, and cauliflower florets. Cover and let cook, stirring every 2-3 minutes until the onion is translucent, and cauliflower begins to soften.
  • Add in all spices and chicken, sear cubed chicken breasts for 2 minutes on each sides.
  • Pour in rice and cook for another minute, stirring constantly.
  • Add in diced tomatoes, tomato paste, and chicken broth. Cover and let cook for 20-30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes until the chicken broth has soaked up into the rice mixture.
  • Add in the spinach and coconut milk and cook until the spinach has wilted, stirring for 1 minute.
  • Taste and adjust seasoning as desired. Garnish and serve warm!

Recipe Notes

  • For vegan: omit chicken and sub vegetable broth.

One-Pan Indian Spiced Chicken and CauliflowerDo you love one pan meals as much as I do?

This post is sponsored by Tuttorosso Tomatoes. All opinions are always100% my own.

Spaghetti Squash Alfredo with Chicken and Caramelized Onions

Are you ready for Fall? Fall recipes, cooler weather, apple picking, all things pumpkin, leggings, boots, scarves? Ready or not, it’s a-comin’!

This Spaghetti Squash Alfredo with Chicken and Caramelized Onions is hearty comfort food meets healthy and nutritious! A perfect meal all autumn long!

 

Spaghetti Squash Alfredo with Chicken and Caramelized Onions

 

I am so excited to partner with my friends at Pacific Foods to bring you this recipe today! And let me tell you, this Alfredo isn’t your ordinary Alfredo sauce. It’s creamy and delicious, but not JUNKY! Wait what? Yes! Plus caramelized onions and chicken. You guys, run to make this one!

 

Spaghetti Squash Alfredo with Chicken and Caramelized Onions

The combination of the good quality mayo + Pacific Foods Original Almond Milk (my favorite milk substitute for baking or cooking) + garlic and spices gives you ALL THAT FABULOUS FLAVOR.

 

Spaghetti Squash Alfredo with Chicken and Caramelized Onions

Spaghetti Squash Alfredo with Chicken and Caramelized Onions

Preparation 15 min 2017-08-17T00:15:00+00:00 Cook Time 1 hr 2017-08-17T00:00:00+00:00 Serves 4     adjust servings

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Slice spaghetti squash in half and scrape out seeds. Drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil and place face down on a lined baking sheet and roast for 30 minutes or until fork tender.
  • Make caramelized onions: In a skillet heat 1 tablespoon of grass-fed butter with onions. Sauté on medium-low heat until onions begin to caramelize and brown, but not burn. Yields about 1 cup of caramelized onions.
  • In a skillet over medium heat, heat butter and sauté garlic for 1 minute.
  • Season chicken with salt and pepper and add into the skillet. Let cook for 6 minutes, or until no pink remains, flipping halfway through.
  • Add in mayo, almond milk, and spices. Mix to combine.
  • Add in caramelized onions and spaghetti squash. Toss to combine. Add the parmesan cheese and adjust spices as desired.
  • Garnish with fresh parsley and serve hot.
Spaghetti Squash Alfredo with Chicken and Caramelized Onions

 

Spaghetti Squash Alfredo with Chicken and Caramelized Onions

Creamy, healthy, goodness. How are you celebrating Fall?

Broccoli Rabe and Sausage Pasta

This Broccoli Rabe and Sausage Pasta is the perfect light Italian-style dish that comes together in no time! 

Broccoli Rabe and Sausage Pasta

When I received Ali’s newest cookbook, Inspiralize Everything, in the mail, I was immediately so excited. Ali has created an awesome online resource for all things spiralized, she has her first cookbook which was fabulous, so I knew I would just love her second book! 

Broccoli Rabe and Sausage Pasta

This book is beyond gorgeous and packed with so many recipes all categorized by various vegetables. I can’t wait to make the Turkey, Spinach, and Hummus Roll Ups as a snack, and the Winter Lasagna with Butternut Squash, to name a few!

Broccoli Rabe and Sausage Pasta

I have been eying the Broccoli Rabe and Sausage Parsnip pasta, but I had summer squash from the farm leftover, so I decided to spiralize it and sub that in, and man was it delicious! I love light Italian meals that are flavorful but not super heavy!

Broccoli Rabe and Sausage Pasta

Broccoli Rabe and Sausage Parsnip Pasta

Preparation 15 min 2017-08-17T00:15:00+00:00 Cook Time 15 min 2017-08-17T00:15:00+00:00

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch broccoli rabe
  • 2 hot Italian sausage links, casings removed
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 parsnips, peeled, spiralized with blade d, noodles trimmed
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

Instructions

  • Rinse the broccoli rabe and pat dry. Cut off most of the stems (the thickest parts). Using a vegetable peeler, pull some skin off the stems, and continue to until you hit the leaves. Chop into 1-inch pieces and set aside.
  • Place a large skillet over medium heat. When water flicked onto the skillet sizzles, add the sausage and oregano and cook, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon, for 6 to 8 minutes or until browned and cooked through. Using tongs or a slotted spoon, transfer the sausage to a plate.
  • Immediately add the broccoli rabe, parsnip noodles, garlic, and red pepper flakes to the skillet. Season with salt and black pepper, then add the broth. Cook until the broth has reduced and the parsnip noodles are al dente, about 5 minutes.
  • Return the sausage to the skillet, add the cheese, and stir to combine. Remove from the heat and toss the ingredients to combine fully.
  • Divide among four plates, garnish with the parsley, and serve.
  • Recipe Notes

  • 1. I used 1 large summer squash instead of parsnips, so I omitted the chicken broth step!
  • 2. If you don’t like the bitterness of broccoli rabe, try parboiling it after trimming. Bring a large pot filled halfway with water to a boil, add the broccoli rabe, cook for 3 minutes, then transfer to a bowl of ice water. Otherwise, broccolini or plain broccoli are great choices with similar textures.
  • Broccoli Rabe and Sausage PastaI highly recommend you picking up a copy of this fabulous cookbook if you love your spiralizer as much as I do!

    Happy cooking!

    Herb Butter Salmon with Blistered Tomatoes and Green Beans

    This easy sheet pan dinner is packed with flavors straight from the farm or the garden! Use up that fresh basil, parsley, cherry tomatoes, and green beans in this Herb Butter Salmon with Blistered Tomatoes and Green Beans dish! It comes together in under 20 minutes and will be a hit with the entire family! 

    Herb Butter Salmon with Charred Tomatoes and Green Beans

    Week 6 of the CSA summer series with Fed and Fit and PaleOMG is already here. Where is summer going? We’re getting married in like 10 days. It’s about to be single digits. WHAT! That also means there are still 3 recipes left from each of us for the remaining week of August! You guys, there’s just so many amazing recipes to use as a resource for your CSA cooking!

    Check out the recipes for Week 1Week 2,  Week 3, Week 4, Week 5!

    Herb Butter Salmon with Charred Tomatoes and Green Beans

    Herb Butter Salmon with Charred Tomatoes and Green Beans

    Ingredients

    For the Herb Butter

    Instructions

  • Preheat oven to broil high.
  • In a bowl toss tomatoes and string beans with oil or butter. Add salt and pepper.
  • Place on a baking sheet and broil for 5 minutes.
  • While broiling, combine butter ingredients in a blender and blend until combined.
  • Brush onto salmon and add the salmon to the baking sheet.
  • Broil for 7 to 9 minutes (longer for thicker salmon), until veggies are blistered and salmon is cooked through. Taste and add additional salt and pepper as desired.
  • Herb Butter Salmon with Charred Tomatoes and Green Beans 

    Herb Butter Salmon with Charred Tomatoes and Green Beans


    Cassy made you Enchilada Verde Turkey Meatballs

    This simple batch cook-friendly dinner is packed with flavor and an abundance of healthy Summer vegetables! Take advantage of this Summer’s tomatillos, jalapenos, cilantro, onions, garlic, and poblano peppers. The salsa verde is a breeze to whip up and these meatballs are delicious over polished white or cauliflower rice!

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    Juli made you Curry Roasted Cauliflower and Fennel

    This quick side dish of cauliflower and fennel is amplified with savory spices and pops of color jumping off your plate!

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    Happy cooking!