Lexi’s Weekly Dinner Plan Week 17

Is anyone else excited for the first official week of Spring? We are! We are ready for the sun to be shining and the grill to maybe almost be ready to go! This weeks meal plan is filled with bright and delicious flavors to mimic the warm weather. From pesto “pasta” to lemon chicken, this weeks menu is loaded with Spring fresh flavors!

If you are new to the weekly meal plans, we are keeping all of them in one easy Meal Plan Tab on the blog for you to access!

Lexi's weekly meal Plan Week 17

Monday: Creamy Pesto Chicken Pasta (30 minute or less, Grain-free, Gluten-free, Sugar-free)

Tuesday: Easy Eggplant Dinner (3o minute or less, Whole30 compliant, egg-free, paleo-friendly)

Wednesday: Gluten-free Brussels Sprout Pizza (Add chicken or bacon to make this even more filling!)

Thursday: Tomato Jalapeno Salmon Burger (30 minute or less, grain-free, Whole30 compliant, Paleo-friendly)

Friday: Out

Saturday: Lemon Roasted Chicken with Capers (Whole30 compliant, Paleo-friendly, nut-free, and egg-free)

Sunday: Leftovers

Grab your free printable shopping list HERE!

Meal prep some on-the-go breakfasts from the Lexi’s Clean Kitchen Cookbook! The Paleo Granola on page 46 and the Quiche on page 56 are some of my all-time favorite make-ahead breakfasts!

Want a side dish biscuit? My Buttery Drop Biscuits on page 74 are a fan favorite!


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

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 0:00 2017-03-26T00:00:00+00:00 Cook Time 0:00 2017-03-26T00:00:00+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!


Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore

This Chicken Cacciatore has the best fall-of-the-bone chicken and is packed with veggies and hearty flavor! A healthier version of the classic Italian dish everyone will LOVE, that’s made quickly in your Instant Pot pressure cooker!

 

I am so excited to partner with my friends at Tuttorosso Tomatoes today to show you how to make an amazing dinner in your pressure cooker! This fall-off-the-bone chicken is hearty and flavorful, and serves a crowd or makes for delicious leftovers!

Instant-Pot Chicken Cacciatore | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

The pressure cooker is one of my new favorite gadgets. Why? Because a chicken this tender and flavorful usually requires cooking low and slow, yet we made it quick!

Instant-Pot Chicken Cacciatore | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Serve it over rice, cauliflower rice, or gluten-free rice pasta for the perfect meal!

Instant-Pot Chicken Cacciatore | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore

Preparation 10 minutes 2017-03-26T00:10:00+00:00 Cook Time 20 minutes 2017-03-26T00:20:00+00:00 Serves 6     adjust servings

Ingredients

  • 8 chicken legs and/or thighs
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt, use more as necessary for coating chicken and seasoning at the end
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground pepper, use more as necessary  for coating chicken and seasoning at the end
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil or extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, sliced into thin strips
  • 3 carrots, minced
  • 1 red pepper, diced medium
  • 1/2 pound mushrooms, trimmed and sliced
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 14.5 oz can Tuttorosso diced tomatoes in juice
  • 14.5 oz can Tuttorosso diced tomatoes in juice, pulsed in a food processor or blender
  • 2 tablespoons freshly parsley, plus more to garnish
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

Instructions

  1. Pat chicken dry and sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Set the pressure cooker to the saute setting at high heat. Add in oil. Working in batches sear chicken until golden brown, about five minutes on each side, adding more oil as necessary. The chicken should not be fully cooked at this stage but the skin should be nicely browned. Transfer chicken to a plate and set aside.
  2. Add onion, carrots, peppers, and mushrooms to the pressure cooker and saute until vegetables are soft, scrapping up browned bits, about 4 minutes. Add garlic, oregano, and red pepper flakes, and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add bay leaf, chicken broth, tomatoes, fresh thyme, fresh parsley, and balsamic vinegar. Return chicken to pressure cooker and press into tomatoes until they are mostly covered.
  3. Place lid on pressure cooker and lock in place. Cook on high pressure for 12 minutes. Release pressure using quick release valve and remove lid. Remove bay leaf. Season to taste with salt and pepper. (If a thicker sauce is desired, you can remove the chicken to a plate and simmer sauce until it is the desired thickness. Do this before seasoning to taste with salt and pepper.)
  4. Garnish with parsley and serve over rice, cauliflower rice, or gluten-free pasta.

Recipe Notes

* Don't have a pressure cooker, cook this on the stovetop as well using Nanny's Potted Chicken on page 160 of the Lexi's Clean Kitchen Cookbook as a reference! In a large braising pan or Dutch oven, follow steps 1-2 as directed, cover, lower the heat to medium-low and simmer until the chicken is tender, about 90-100 minutes.

This post is sponsored by Tuttorosso Tomatoes. All opinions are always 100% my own!

22 Paleo-friendly Snack Recipes You Can Bring Anywhere

Snacking is one of the questions I often get asked about as it is one of the more difficult times to eat clean. Here are 22 paleo-friendly snack recipes you can bring anywhere!

20 Healthy Snacks To Bring Anywhere

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

Salad Roll-Ups from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (Dairy-free, Whole30 compliant, Egg-free)

Avocado Boats: 5 Ways from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (Grain-free, refined sugar free, paleo-friendly)

On-the-Go Baked Egg Nests from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, paleo-friendly)

Grain-free Chocolate Banana Muffins from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (Refined sugar-free, dairy-free, grain-free)

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (Grain-free, Egg-free, Dairy-free, Paleo-friendly, no bake)

Breakfast Cookies from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (Grain-free, dairy-free, paleo-friendly)

Garlic Roasted Kale Chips from Fit Foodie Finds (sugar-free, dairy-free, egg-free, paleo-friendly, Whole30 compliant)

Toasted Maple Pecan Overnight Chia Pudding from PaleOMG (Dairy-free, grain-free, and egg-free)

Homemade Fruit By The Foot from Against All Grain (Dairy-free, grain-free, nut-free, egg-free)

Pad Thai Spring Rolls from With Food and Love (Grain-free, gluten-free, and dairy-free)

Pistachio Cardamom Bars from Gourmande In The Kitchen (Dairy-free, Whole30 compliant, grain-free)

Salt and Vinegar Popcorn Cauliflower from Running to the Kitchen (Grain-free, egg-free, dairy-free)

Coconut Walnut Sunflower Seed Granola from The Roasted Root (Egg-free, dairy-free, grain-free)

Breakfast Trail Mix from Eating Bird Food (Grain-free, Paleo-friendly, egg-free, dairy-free)

Lime Coconut Chia Energy Bites from The Healthy Maven (Dairy-free, grain-free, paleo-friendly)

The Raw Brownie from My New Roots (Grain-free, refined sugar free, dairy-free, egg-free, and raw)

Banana Hemp Seed Pudding from Minimalist Baker (Dairy-free, egg-free, grain-free)

Chai-Spiced Almond Hazelnut Butter from Ambitious Kitchen (Dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free)

Paleo Ginger-Spiced Mixed Nuts from I Heart Umami (Gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free)

Matcha Vanilla Smoothies from Love and Lemons (Grain-free, gluten-free, and dairy-free)

Homemade Snap Pea Chips from Cotter Crunch (Dairy-free, grain-free, Whole30 compliant, paleo-friendly)

Happy Snacking! For even more healthy snack ideas, check out this round-up here.

Lexi’s Weekly Dinner Plan Week 15

Happy Sunday from JAMAICA! Even though we’re away, that doesn’t mean that I can’t help you prep for success! This week’s dinner meal plan is filled with 30 minute or less meals to help you stay healthy and nourished without sacrificing time!

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!

Lexi's Weekly Dinner Plan Week 15

Monday: Chicken Fajita Salad (30 minutes, paleo-friendly, Whole30 compliant, Egg-free)

Tuesday:  One-Pan Moroccan Fish (Under 30 Minutes, Egg-free, Paleo-friendly, Whole30 compliant)

Wednesday: One-Pan Indian Spiced Chicken and Cauliflower (Paleo-friendly, use ghee to make this Whole30 compliant, egg-free, and nut-free)

Thursday: Leftovers

Friday: St.Paddy’s Day BRINNER (Hidden Veggie Green Pancakes) aka breakfast for dinner! (Under 30 Minutes, Paleo-friendly, dairy-free, and grain-free) — Pair it with some nitrate-free bacon, too!

Saturday: Out

Sunday: Crock-Pot Asian Beef {Paleo Rice Bowls} (Dairy-free, Paleo-friendly. Egg-free, and Nut-free)

Grab your free printable shopping list HERE!

Make a swap throughout the week from the Lexi’s Clean Kitchen Cookbook! This week we are loving the Jerk Chicken with Caribbean Rice & Mango Salsa on page 168!  We are also excited to start St.Patty’s day off with the Island Blast Green Smoothie on page 272, we thought it would be the perfect compliment to our Hidden Veggie Green Pancakes!


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

Instant Pot Pho

I have been wanting to make my own Beef Pho for a long time now and I must say, I am so HAPPY that I finally did! This Instant Pot Pho broth is light, packed with flavor, and makes for the perfect healthy and warming meal! Loaded with minerals such as collagen, vitamins, and protein, plus all the veggie and aromatic add-ins, I can’t wait to make this again and again.

Instant Pot Pho

Simply make the broth, add in the herbs, protein, and veggies of choice and BOOM delicious Pho all week long! This recipe makes a TON of broth and can be stored either in the fridge for up to 4-5 days or in the freezer for up to 4-6 months!

Instant Pot Pho

I love ordering Pho, but something they use when making it really messes up my stomach! I also care about the quality of meat and bones I am consuming, so making my own was a no brainer! Plus, the Instant Pot makes the bone broth come together QUICKLY! No 24 hours, here!

Instant Pot Pho

Instant Pot Pho

Preparation 10 min 2017-03-26T00:10:00+00:00 Cook Time 1 hour and 15 minutes 2017-03-26T00:00:00+00:00 Serves 6     adjust servings
Instant Pot Pho

Ingredients

Bone Broth

Add-ins

  • 1/2 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 1 cup bean sprouts
  • 1/2 lb grass-fed sirloin steak, sliced very thinly (freeze meat for 15 minutes before cutting to make the slicing easier), cook on the stove with 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges
  • 2 scallions, sliced thinly
  • 1 box of rice noodles, par-cooked based on package instructions
  • 1 bunch Basil
  • 1 bunch Cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha

Instructions

1. Place onion, garlic, carrot and ginger on a sheet-tray. Broil for 10 minutes, or until charred.
2. Parboil the bones: While vegetables are cooking, fill a medium sized pot with water, cover and bring to a boil. Once at a boil, turn down heat to medium low and add the beef bones. Cook for 2-3 minutes at a high simmer, never at a rolling boil. Drain and skim off any fat that remains on the bones. Place the bones in your pressure cooker.
3. Add charred veggies, apple cider vinegar, spices, and enough water to cover the bones to your pressure cooker.
4. Cover and seal the pressure cooker. Using the manual timer, set the pressure cooker to high for 45 minutes. Once done, shut off the heat and let sit for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, open the pressure cooker and strain the broth through a fine mesh strainer until it runs clear. About 2-3 times.
5. While broth is cooking, cook the steak. Heat a small skillet with 1/2 teaspoon olive oil. Add in steak and cook on medium heat until no pink remains. Set aside in a bowl until ready to eat!
6. Par-cook your rice noodles based on package instructions and set aside until ready to eat.

7. Assembly: Place bone broth in desired bowls. Add in desired toppings and devour!

 

Recipe Notes

  • * Bone Broth Storage Tips: Place the remaining broth in a covered glass container and store in the fridge for up to 5 days. If you would like to freeze it to make it last for 4-6 months, place it in ice cube trays and transfer cubes to a freezer bag! Make sure that the bone broth is fully cooled before you freeze or refrigerate it.
  • When the bone broth cools, you might see a layer of fat on the top. Simply skim it off using a slotted spoon.
 
  • * Ask your butcher if they have thinly sliced beef. We get ours from Bucher box, who has the thinly sliced beef pre-sliced. If you are looking for a great way to get grass-fed high quality meat right to your door, it is for you! As a promotion for all of YOU, anyone who buys their first box with code "LexiCleanKitchen" will get $10 OFF + Free Bacon (uncured, pastured, and sugar-free)! Order and learn more about it here!
 
  • *Make it in your slow cooker!
  • Follow steps one and two as directed. Add charred veggies, apple cider vinegar, spices, and enough water to cover the bones to your slow cooker. Cover, set it to low, and cook for 8-10 hours. Once done, strain the broth through a fine mesh strainer until it runs clear. Follow the rest of the steps as directed and devour!

Instant Pot Pho

 Do you love your pressure cooker?