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 2017-03-30T00:10:00+00:00 Cook Time 20 minutes 2017-03-30T00:20:00+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!

Mediterranean Veggie Fritters [VIDEO]

Looking for a veggie side dish? These Mediterranean Veggie Fritters are packed with veggies, loaded with Mediterranean flavors, and are gluten-free, vegetarian, and paleo-friendly!

Mediterranean Veggie Fritters | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Meatless Monday is here, and today we’re giving you our new favorite side dish! These fritters can be baked or pan-fried, and are SO flavorful. Crispy on the outside, just the way we like them!

Mediterranean Veggie Fritters | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Mediterranean Veggie Fritters | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Bonus: You’ll be eating all the veggies!

Mediterranean Veggie Fritters | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

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Mediterranean Veggie Fritters

Preparation 0:10 2017-03-30T00:10:00+00:00 Cook Time 0:20 2017-03-30T00:20:00+00:00 Serves 15 fritters     adjust servings

Ingredients

  • 2 onions, mined
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 4 scallions, thinly slices, about 1/4 cup
  • 2 carrots, grated, about 1 cup grated carrots
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoons salt, more to taste
  • 2 teaspoons pepper, more to taste
  • 2 tablespoons parsley, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 2 medium beets shredded, about 2 cups, water squeezed out
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup tapioca flour
  • 2 cups avocado oil

Instructions

1.In a medium skillet sauté onion and garlic until the onion turns translucent and the garlic begins to brown. Turn off heat, let cool and place in a medium mixing bowl.
2. Add scallions, carrots, spices, parsley, lemon juice, and almond flour.
3. Place the shredded beet in a paper towel or cheesecloth, squeeze out as much liquid as you can, and add it to the carrot mixture.
4. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs and tapioca powder to form a thick paste. Add the paste to the beet/carrot mixture and stir until just combined. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed.
5. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat with avocado oil.
6. Once the oil is at frying temperature (365℉), spoon 2 tablespoons of the batter into the pan to make a fritter that is about 2 inches in diameter. Use the spatula to help form it. Let fry for 3-5 minutes on each side, or until the fritters start to crisp up and turn a deep brown. Repeat with remaining veggie batter.
7. Place the cooked fritters on a plate lined with paper towels and set aside until ready to serve. Serve warm.

Recipe Notes

  • Recipe inspired by Persiana cookbook by Sabrina Ghayour
  • You can bake these instead of frying them. Bake at 375°F until both sides are crispy.

 

 

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?

Eggs Benedict Breakfast Bar

This Gluten-Free Eggs Benedict Breakfast Bar makes for a great weekend brunch with family or friends! Loaded with veggies, bacon, caramelized onions, my favorite paleo bread (or sweet potato buns), and perfectly poached Pasture-Raised EGGS. It is such a fun spin on a brunch classic!

Gluten-Free Eggs Benedict Breakfast Bar

I am so excited to partner with my friends at Vital Farms to bring you today’s recipe! For me, Vital Farms is the golden standard of eggs from the supermarket. They are my go-to eggs that I purchase, and you will instantly see why when you see the color and taste the difference for yourself! They are SO GOOD.

Vital Farms is the largest (and first) Certified Humane Pasture-Raised egg company in the United States, based in Austin, TX. I now cannot wait to head back to Austin and go for a visit. ATX is my happy place!

Their hens live the way birds are meant to live, under open skies and grazing on organically maintained green pastures, all day, every day, while getting adequate exercise. This results in delicious, nutritionally rich eggs with thick, bright, and flavorful yolks – truly a superior quality product than most I’ve tried on the market.

You might see eggs in your local stores saying they are free range, organic, soy-free, or free of hormones and/or antibiotics, but these labels don’t necessarily mean they are what you think they are. The first thing I always look for is if they are pasture raised.

Why? WELL, Vital Farms gives all of their hens a whole lot of pesticide-free, herbicide-free pasture to roam and forage.With all this space, their hens have space to stretch, flap their wings, and forage fresh grasses, plants, bugs/critters, and seeds in the pasture. They have GOOD LIVES.

Let’s talk about this eggs benny bar, because really, what is more fun than this?

It’s loaded with veggie options.

Customizable with paleo bread or sweet potato buns.

And you can whip up the homemade Hollandaise Sauce in no time.

Gluten-Free Eggs Benedict Breakfast Bar

Paleo Eggs Benedict Breakfast Bar

Gluten-Free Eggs Benedict Breakfast Bar

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Eggs Benedict Breakfast Bar

Preparation 10 min 2017-03-30T00:10:00+00:00 Cook Time 40 min 2017-03-30T00:40:00+00:00 Serves 6     adjust servings
Gluten-Free Eggs Benedict Breakfast Bar

Ingredients

  • 1 batch Sandwich Rolls
  • 1 batch Sweet Potato Buns
  • 2 Roma tomatoes
  • 1 yellow or red onion, sliced thin
  • 3 Vital Farms eggs, poached
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 3 cups spinach
  • 1 avocado, sliced into half moons
  • 1 tablespoon chives, thinly sliced
  • 6 strips bacon, cooked

Hollandaise Sauce

Instructions

  1. Make Sandwich bread as directed in the post.
  2. Make sweet potato buns as directed in the post.
  3. Make the Caramelized Onions: In a skillet over low heat add 1 tablespoon oil or butter and onions and cook until soft, brown, and nicely caramelized, stirring often. If starting to burn, add a tablespoon of water. Cook for about 8-10 minutes or until onions are caramelized.
  4. Poach the eggs: Bring 2 cups of water to a simmer in a medium-sized pot. Add in 1 tablespoon white vinegar. Crack egg into a small ramekin. Using a spoon, stir the water in a circular motion until you reach a whirlpool effect. Slide the egg into the center of the whirlpool. Gently cook the egg for 3-6 minutes depending on how runny you like it. Use a slotted spoon to remove the egg from the water and plate it on a plate. Repeat with additional eggs. These directions can also be found on page 66 of the Lexi's Clean Kitchen Cookbook!
  5. Roasted Tomatoes: Set the oven to broil, and broil the tomatoes whole until they start to blister. Remove from oven and set aside.
  6. In a small skillet, sauté spinach just until it starts to wilt. Take off heat and set aside.
  7. Slice avocado and chives and set aside.
  8. Make the hollandaise sauce: In a double boiler, melt butter. While butter is melting, place egg yolks, lemon juice, and spices in a blender and cover. On low speed, slowly pour the melted butter into the blender in a steady stream until the butter and egg yolk are well blended. If the sauce is thick slowly add in water, until you have reached a slightly thick and runny consistency. Taste and adjust spices as needed. Serve warm in serving dish of choice!
  9. Build the Eggs Benedict of your choosing and devour!

Find Vital Farm eggs nationally at Whole Foods Market, WalMart, Target, and Sprouts stores, as well as other fine retailers. Readers can find their nearest Vital Farms retailer through our Location Finder: http://www.vitalfarms.com/find

This post was sponsored by Vital Farms. All opinions are 100% always my own.

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 2017-03-30T00:10:00+00:00 Cook Time 0:20 2017-03-30T00:20:00+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. Taste and adjust seasoning as desired.
  5. If adding cheddar cheese, sprinkle over the top and cover the skillet until cheese melts.
  6. Serve hot with chopped scallions over rice, 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