Loaded Kimchi Fries

Loaded Kimchi Fries | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Perfectly crispy oven baked fries topped with caramelized kimchi (seriously amazing), cilantro, cheddar cheese, onion, and a special spicy sauce makes for the ultimate vegetarian side-dish or appetizer. These Loaded Kimchi Fries will take your french fry game to the next level!

    Loaded Kimchi Fries | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

I often get asked where I get inspiration for my cooking. One of the best sources of inspiration is from traveling! Trying new cuisines, meeting the brilliant chefs behind the dishes, and exploring new flavor profiles and combinations are some of my favorite things to do!

I have been wanting to create this recipe ever since trying the Kimchi Fries at the Korean BBQ inspired food truck turned store front, Chi’lantro during my last trip to Austin, Texas! I couldn’t get over the complex and all-around amazing flavors going on and had to try making a version of my own.

I left out the meat to make these a fabulous meatless/vegetarian side, though they did serve them up with some pretty amazing chicken and pork!

Kimchi Fries | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Look at those crispy, crispy fries!

These will definitely be a staple for game-day entertaining and summer BBQ’s! Everyone will go nuts of these flavors, guaranteed.

Loaded Kimchi Fries | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Look at all of those toppings! A truly amazing flavor combination.

P.S. I recommend digging in with a fork!

Loaded Kimchi Fries | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Loaded Kimchi Fries

Preparation 10 minutes 2017-05-24T00:10:00+00:00 Cook Time 45 minutes 2017-05-24T00:45:00+00:00 Serves 3     adjust servings

Ingredients

Fries

Caramelized Kimchi

Spicy Mayonnaise

  • 1/4 cup organic mayonnaise, store-bought or homemade
  • 1 tablespoon Sriracha

Everything Else

  • 1/4 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 small onion, sliced thin
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon black and white sesame seeds for garnish
  • 1 avocado, thinly sliced or diced
  • Optional: Sprinkle Nori (dried seaweed) on top as a garnish

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees °F.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, toss potatoes in spices.
  3. Lay potatoes in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle with additional spices if desired. Bake for 45 minutes, or until crispy. Toss every 15-20 minutes and make sure there is a good amount of space between each potato.
  4. Combine kimchi ingredients in a small mixing bowl. Heat a medium skillet over high heat until very hot. Add the kimchi to the pan and cook over high heat until the kimchi has browned, about 4-5 minutes. Take off heat, roughly chop and set aside until ready to assemble.
  5. In a small mixing bowl, mix Sriracha and mayo until well combined.
  6. Place baked fries in a desired serving dish. Top with cheese if using, onions, cilantro, caramelized kimchi, avocado, and sesame seeds. Drizzle with spicy mayo and serve!

Recipe Notes

Mint Chip Energy Bites

No Bake Mint Chip Bites - Lexi's Clean Kitchen & Quitter's Circle #ad

These Mint Chip Energy Bites are the perfect on-the-go snack. They’re easy to make, absolutely delicious, and require absolutely no cooking or baking.

No Bake Mint Chip Bites

I am so excited to be partnering with Quitter’s Circle, a collaboration between the American Lung Association and Pfizer, to bring you today’s recipe!

You all know how passionate I feel about helping you lead a healthier lifestyle. Since the day I started Lexi’s Clean Kitchen, that has always been my core mission. Whether it’s helping you on your clean eating journey, stocking your pantry, giving you tips to wake up feeling great, or giving you cleaner beauty and skincare ideas– I want you to be the best you!

Now, even though I’ve never personally been a smoker, I am so excited to partner with Quitter’s Circle, an online quit smoking community, to show you my favorite ways to fuel your body and mind with healthy tips and recipes to help set you up for success!

Having people in my family who smoke, I’ve seen firsthand the negative effects that can come from it. This has made me passionate about helping others – whether you smoke, or you know somebody you love that smokes – make positive, healthy changes to their lifestyle!

Quitter’s Circle is a fabulous resource that provides motivational tips and a variety of information ranging from how much money you can save from quitting smoking, to articles on why you need a quit smoking support squad, and I am so excited to bring you even more ways to be confident, feel great and glow from within!

 

These no bake energy bites are the perfect mid-day snack that you can grab in your hand and munch on. Easy peas-y, and gives you something to distract your hands and mouth on your work break!

No Bake Mint Chip Bites

No Bake Mint Chip Bites

Mint Chip Energy Bites

Preparation 10 minutes 2017-05-24T00:10:00+00:00 Cook Time 0:00 2017-05-24T00:00:00+00:00 Serves 15 balls     adjust servings
No Bake Mint Chip Bites

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Add dates to your food processor and process until broken up into pea-sized bits.
  2. Add in coconut flakes, walnuts, cocoa powder, peppermint extract, and a pinch of salt.
  3. Process until well-combined. Mixture should come together into a large ball.
  4. Roll the mixture into 15 roughly 1-inch balls.
  5. Place in the freezer for 15 minutes before storing in the refrigerator for up to one month.

This is a sponsored post written on behalf of Quitter’s Circle, a collaboration between the American Lung Association and Pfizer. All thoughts and opinions presented in this post are purely my own.

Instant Pot Lemon Vegetable Risotto

Instant Pot Lemon Veggie Risotto | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

This 10-minute Instant Pot Lemon Veggie Risotto is a flavorful, bright, vibrant, and a creamy Meatless Monday meal! Loaded with broccoli, asparagus, spinach, and peas, it is the perfect dairy-free dish to celebrate the abundance of SPRING veggies!

Instant Pot Lemon Veggie Risotto | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

I love creamy risotto and was so surprised at how creamy and flavorful this recipe was without adding any cheese! The texture along with the spices and pop of lemon really makes this a simple and flavorful meal or side dish perfect for any night of the week! To make it a full meal, top it with a protein of choice and enjoy!

Instant Pot Lemon Veggie Risotto | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Instant Pot

The Instant Pot truly is amazing. I mean, not much is better than preparing a meal that generally takes time, in under 20 minutes!

Instant Pot Lemon Veggie Risotto

 

Instant Pot Lemon Veggie Risotto

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Instant Pot Lemon Veggie Risotto

Preparation 0:05 2017-05-24T00:05:00+00:00 Cook Time 0:10 2017-05-24T00:10:00+00:00 Serves 4     adjust servings
Instant Pot Lemon Veggie Risotto | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch asparagus, sliced thin
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • 1 cup fresh peas, sliced thin
  • 2 tablespoons and 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 cup leek, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
  • 1 1/2 cups arborio rice
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1/2 bunch chives, sliced thin
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes, more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice, more to taste

Instructions

1. Pre-heat oven to 400 °F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Add asparagus, broccoli, and peas to the baking sheet. Coat with 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil, salt and pepper, toss well. Place in the oven for 15-20 minutes or until broccoli is fork tender. Once done, remove from oven and set aside.
2. In an Instant Pot or pressure cooker, press SAUTÉ. Add remaining extra-virgin olive oil and let the pot heat up. Once hot, add in onions, leeks and garlic. Let cook for 2-3 minutes or until onions start to turn translucent.
3. Add rice and stir for 1-2 minutes to toast.
4. Add vegetable stock, butter and thyme. Stir well.
5. Turn the pressure cooker or instant pot off. Secure lid in place, turn valve to sealing, press manual, and modify time to 7 minutes.
6. Once the time has lapsed, and the pressure cooker is done, turn the valve to venting to quickly release the pressure. Open the lid and stir well.
7. Turn the setting to SAUTE. Add spinach, chives, roasted veggies, and spices to the rice. Stir for 1-2 minutes or until the spinach has wilted. Taste and adjust seasoning. Top with lemon zest and additional chives.
8. Serve warm!


 

Do you have a pressure cooker?

Coconut Curry Ceviche & San Fran Blogger Trip

Coconut Curry Ceviche {Dairy-free, grain-free, gluten-free, paleo-friendly} | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

This Coconut Curry Ceviche is simple to prepare, flavorful, and fresh. It’s made with the perfect flavors for any summer night, and it’s made dairy-free! Spruce up your plating by serving it in a coconut, or just serve in a bowl and devour!

Coconut Curry Ceviche - Lexi's Clean Kitchen

In February I attended an amazing blogger trip in San Francisco. It was a great group of bloggers and a great trip filled with AMAZING food. We ate a lot, as food bloggers would, and had such a fun time exploring the city. This Coconut Curry Ceviche is from a meal we had at E&O Kitchen and Bar. It was SO good that I knew I had to share it with you!

Scenes from the trip:

San Fran Food Blogger Trip

Where We Stayed:

We stayed at Hilton San Francisco Union Square. The location, the room, and the hospitality in the hotel is beyond fantastic. They go above and beyond, and for a large hotel, they do a fabulous job of making it feel small for the guests. Cityscape (on the 46th floor) had the absolute best views of the city, and had amazing cocktails and appetizers! 

What We Did:

Avital Walking Food Tour of Mission District: amazing foodie tour with fabulous stops in the Mission district.

Tour of Heath Ceramics: a tour of their San Fran studio!

Macaron workshop at Chantal Guillon: This was incredible. An amazing, fun experience and they even made custom macrons with our logos on them!

Edible Excursions Japantown Food Walking Tour: A great tour of Japan town with a ton of fabulous stops for any foodie!

Tour of the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, and Ferry Building Marketplace: we walked around and met many of the vendors here. It is truly an amazing farmer’s market if you ever get the chance to go!

Where We Ate:

Dinner at E&O Kitchen & Bar

Dinner at Charlie Palmer’s Burritt Room + Tavern

Dinner at Urban Tavern

It was an amazing trip filled with fabulous food, good friends, and great things to do in the city!


Now… this recipe! A must-make!

Coconut Curry Ceviche - Lexi's Clean Kitchen

I mean, how good does this look? No cooking required!

Coconut Curry Ceviche - Lexi's Clean Kitchen

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Coconut Curry Ceviche

Preparation 55 minutes 2017-05-24T00:55:00+00:00 Cook Time 0:00 2017-05-24T00:00:00+00:00 Serves 4-6     adjust servings
Coconut Curry Ceviche - Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound local white fish (see notes)
  • 1 red chili, minced
  • 1 red bell peppers, minced
  • 1/2 red onion, minced
  • 1 mango, minced
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice, from about 4 limes
  • 1 tablespoon full-fat coconut milk, more to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon Thai style green curry paste, more to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt, more to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, more to taste
  • 1 bag Tarro Chips
  • Optional: 1 whole coconut, halved, for serving

Instructions

  1. Dice the fish into bite sized pieces and place into small bowl. Pour enough fresh lime juice to cover or submerge the fish and let sit in the refrigerator for 45 minutes to one hour, save the rest of the lime juice to add in later.
  2. Once the fish has turned opaque, strain off all excess liquid and place into a clean bowl.
  3. Add the minced chilies, bell peppers, onions, and mangoes and mix together with a large spoon.
  4. Add enough coconut milk to the mix to lightly coat all of the ingredients.
  5.  Add green curry paste ½ of a teaspoon at a time until it is to your liking. Add fish sauce, salt and pepper. Fold in the chopped cilantro.
  6. Toss to combine. Assemble and serve.

Recipe Notes

  • *We used fresh halibut, but you can use white sea bass. We chatted with our local seafood market about the best fresh fish for ceviche.
  • *Recipe adapted from Executive Chef Sharon Nahm of E&O Kitchen and Bar and printed with permission.

Stir Fry Spring Rolls with Creamy Peanut Dipping Sauce

Stir Fry Spring Rolls {Paleo-friendly, dairy-free, grain-free} | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

These Stir Fry Spring Rolls are loaded flavor and are a quick and tasty appetizer or meal to throw together! Make the stir-fry, toss in a bowl, roll and devour! Simply omit the shrimp to make these vegetarian! These are a fun take on traditional spring rolls.

Stir Fry Spring Rolls

I am newly obsessed with spring rolls. The funny thing is, Mike isn’t much of the cook around here, but he is SO GOOD at rolling spring rolls. Like so, so good at it! He has the spring rolling skills. We made this into a fun date night and put out all of the ingredients to roll these and my other spring rolls, and had a fun appetizer party!

You can fry them or simply roll them as spring rolls.Whatever your heart desires!

Stir Fry Spring Rolls

Seriously, these are a MUST-MAKE!

Stir Fry Spring Rolls

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Stir Fry Spring Rolls with Creamy Peanut Dipping Sauce

Preparation 0:10 2017-05-24T00:10:00+00:00 Cook Time 0:10 2017-05-24T00:10:00+00:00 Serves 4     adjust servings
Stir Fry Spring Rolls

Ingredients

Stir Fry Sauce

  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsp  coconut aminos
  • 1 teaspoon chili garlic paste, more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce
  • pinch garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Stir Fry

  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 red pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 carrot, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 15-20 shrimp, cleaned, deveined, and tail removed (omit for vegetarian)
  • 1 scallion, diced
  • 1 cup bean sprouts
  • 1 purple cabbage, sliced thinly
  • 1 package Spring Roll Wrappers
  • 1 package Vermicelli Rice Noodles

Peanut Dipping Sauce

  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon filtered water
  • 1/4 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon honey or coconut sugar

Instructions

  1. Place all teriyaki sauce in a small bowl and set aside.
  2. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat sesame oil. Add in carrots and red pepper and cook until the pepper begins to soften.Add shrimp to the skillet and cook until the shrimp is pink and fully cooked through, about 5 minutes. Add scallions, bean sprouts, and cabbage and cook just until the bean sprouts start to soften and turn translucent, about 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add the teriyaki sauce to the vegetables and stir well.
  4. Take the stir-fry off heat and let cool.
  5. In a medium saucepan, bring 4 cups of water to a boil over high heat. Add in Vermicelli noodles and cook according to package instructions. Drain and rinse under cold water to stop the cooking process. Add to the vegetable stir-fry and mix well.
  6. In a small bowl whisk together all ingredients for the peanut dipping sauce and set aside until spring rolls are assembled.
  7. Place stir-fry ingredients in a large bowl next to a large bowl with warm water and start rolling:
  8. Add one sheet of rice paper to the warm water until it is pliable and no longer stiff (about 30 seconds). Take paper out of the water and place on a dry cutting board. Gently spread out the edges into a circle. It may take a little practice, so don’t feel bad if your first few attempts are a fail! To the bottom third of the wrapper add the stir-fry mixture. Gently fold over once, tuck in edges, and continue rolling until seam is sealed.
  9. Repeat with remaining rolls and place on desired serving dish. Serve warm with peanut dipping sauce!

Recipe Notes

If you want to fry: Heat a cast iron pot with avocado oil and fry spring rolls until golden!

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

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Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore

Preparation 10 minutes 2017-05-24T00:10:00+00:00 Cook Time 20 minutes 2017-05-24T00:20:00+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!