Super Immune Smoothie

Turmeric is a spice that I don’t cook with often enough! It is a super spice loaded with anti-inflammatory health benefits. Turmeric is often used in Indian cooking and has a bold yellow color with warm flavor! Since we are focusing on food inspired by travel this month for Healthy Food Friday’s, I thought this super-spice would make the perfect addition!

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Turmeric is known to be a natural anti-inflammatory. So when my mom’s arthritis started acting up I knew I wanted to find some simple ways to incorporate Turmeric into meals. Adding it into smoothies, tossing with roasted veggies, and adding the spice into my egg scrambles or frittatas are my favorites! 

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To go along with this super-spice… a super smoothie!
Supersmoothie

Super Immune Smoothie
Serves 2
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk or almond milk
  2. 1 cup frozen pineapple
  3. 1/2 lemon, juiced
  4. 1 tsp chia seeds
  5. 1-2 tsp turmeric
  6. 1/2 orange, juiced
  7. Dash of cinnamon
  8. Optional: 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  9. Optional: 1 tsp raw honey, more to taste
Instructions
  1. 1. Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender
  2. 2. Blend until smooth!
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Grilled Turmeric Chicken from She Simmers/Serious Eats

Ginger Turmeric Spiced Carrot Soup from Gourmande in the Kitchen

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Do you incorporate Turmeric or other super-spices into your meals?

Homemade Pumpkin Purée & Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

If you’ve been by the site recently you may be aware of my excitement about the Fall. I mean, clearly obsessed with it. Well, on my way home from work on Friday the farm was loading up their shelves with PUMPKINS. I pulled right over and picked up 2 sugar pumpkins to make some homemade pumpkin purée with. Let the pumpkin-everything begin! Yes, you can easily buy canned pumpkin, I always have a can or two on hand, but what’s better than fresh? PLUS, you get to roast pumpkin seeds, and those are just the perfect snack. So, what better way to start off the Fall baking with the purée that goes into so much of the goods!

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Creamy and delicious.

Homemade Pumpkin Puree Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Homemade Pumpkin Puree & Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
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Pumpkin Purée
  1. 1 Large whole sugar pumpkin (or 2 small)
Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
  1. 1 1/2 tsp extra virgin olive oil, or oil of choice
  2. Sprinkle Himalayan sea salt
Instructions
  1. 1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. 2. Cut the top off of the pumpkin
  3. 3. Cut the pumpkin in 4 halves
  4. 4. With a spoon or an ice cream scooper, scoop out the pumpkin seeds into a bowl (KEEP THEM!!!!)
  5. 5. Place on a baking sheet (faced up or down- doesn't matter)
  6. 6. Bake for 40-45 minutes until fork tender and golden (skin will peel off easily)
  7. 7. Peel off skin and discard
  8. 8. Place pumpkin chunks into food processor or high-speed blender and purée
  9. 9. Store in an air-tight container for up to 1 week or store in freezer
Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
  1. 1. Toss pumpkin seeds with 1 tbsp oil of choice and a sprinkle of Himalayan sea salt
  2. 2. Line a baking sheet with foil and spread out seeds
  3. 3. Bake for 25-35 minutes until golden
Notes
  1. My medium/large sugar pumpkin yielded 4 cups.
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Homemade Pumpkin Puree Oh, and keep in mind, cutting the pumpkin is an arm workout in itself! Homemade Pumpkin Puree

Yes, I licked the food processor. Then went in for a spoonful. Don’t judge. 

Pumpkin: Do you love it or hate it? 

‘Everything Bagel’ Topped Cauliflower Rolls [VIDEO]

Growing up in New York, the “everything” bagel was my go-to sandwich bread. A toasted egg everything or a whole wheat everything… You name it, I loved it. These Everything Bagel topped Cauliflower Rolls are low carb, paleo-friendly, and a perfect roll alternative.

 

Everything Bagel Cauliflower Rolls

Now, you know I don’t eat those bagels anymore, not even the gluten-free ones, so I bring to you an alternative that is really so beyond good! When these rolls were baking in the oven my whole apartment smelled like those glorious everything bagels I loved so much.

Everything Bagel Cauliflower RollsCheers to another delicious and healthy alternative!

Everything Bagel Cauliflower Rolls 

Everything Bagel Cauliflower Rolls

‘Everything Bagel’ Cauliflower Rolls

Preparation 10
Cook Time 30
Serving Size
Total Servings 4     adjust proportions

Ingredients

  • 1 head cauliflower, 3 cups riced
  • 3 tablespoons almond flour
  • 1 tablespoon coconut flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds (black and white)
  • 1 teaspoon dried minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon dried minced onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet.
  2. In a food processor, or using a hand grater, pulse/grate cauliflower until rice consistency.
  3. In a bowl combine eggs, cauliflower rice, almond flour, coconut flour, garlic powder, and salt,
  4. In a separate bowl combine "everything" topping ingredients.
  5. Roll cauliflower mixture into even sized balls and lay onto the baking sheet. Sprinkle "everything" topping and slightly press them into the top,
  6. Bake for about 30 minutes, or until golden brown.
  7. Optional: For extra crisp rolls, remove from baking sheet and broil on high for 3 minutes with the buns directly on the oven rack.
  8. Remove from baking sheet and let cool directly on a cooling rack.
  9. Serve as rolls with your meal, or serve as bread with your favorite sandwich ingredients.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size oz. (g)
Amount Per Serving As Served
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Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Everything Bagel Cauliflower Rolls

Homemade Meat Sauce

If you’ve been reading my blog by now you may know how much I LOVE Italian dishes. With that being said, you also may know that I often make my favorite Italian dishes into healthy versions that I love to dig into, weekly. This meat sauce is delicious and always a hit; it can go with a ton of things! I often make a big batch to have for the week, and it always all goes!

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Lexi's Meat Sauce
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Ingredients
  1. 1 lb. organic grass-fed beef (or ground turkey)
  2. 1 15 oz. can organic diced tomatoes
  3. 1 15 oz. can organic tomato sauce
  4. 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  5. 1 onion, chopped
  6. 3 large organic carrot stalks, chopped
  7. 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  8. 1 tbsp Mrs. Dash Italian seasoning
  9. 1 handful fresh basil, finely chopped
  10. 1 tsp red pepper flakes (more or less, to taste)
  11. Himalayan sea salt, to taste
  12. Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  13. Optional: Serve with fresh parmesan
  14. Optional: Garnish with fresh Basil
Instructions
  1. 1. In a deep sauce pan heat oil and sauté garlic over medium heat for 1 minute
  2. 2. Add in onion and carrots and let cook, stirring occasionally, for 7-10 minutes until translucent
  3. 3. Add meat and let cook until brown
  4. 4. Add tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, and seasoning and mix well
  5. 5. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to low and let simmer for 15 minutes
  6. 6. Taste sauce and adjust spices based on desired taste
  7. 7. Serve with spaghetti squash or zucchini linguine!
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Chunky Strawberry Chia Seed Jam

My local Whole Foods Market had a sale today… and I love a good sale! $1.99 for Organic Strawberries. That is a serious steal. I decided to stock up and make a batch of my Chunky Strawberry Chia Seed Jam. What does this go perfectly with? Oh well… just about everything! On top of your morning oatmeal, spread on some toast, or mixed with almond butter to make a nut butter and jelly dip (oh yeah, that’s happening)… endless possibilities!Chunky Strawberry Chia Seed Jam | Lexiscleankitchen.com #healthy #paleo #glutenfree #dairyfree

Ingredients: (should make 2 containers worth)

  • 5 cups organic strawberries, rinsed, hulled, and cut
  • 1/4 cup raw organic honey (or sweetener of choice)
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds

Directions:

  1. Rinse strawberries well and cut into pieces
  2. In a bowl, pour honey over strawberries
  3. Mix together and let sit for 20 minutes
  4. Transfer mixture to a pot
  5. Add lemon juice, and lightly smash strawberries with a potato masher
  6. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and let simmer
  7. Once simmering for 5 minutes, add chia seeds
  8. Let simmer for 10-15 minutes, stirring often to avoid sticking
  9. Once thick, remove from heat, let cool and store in air-tight containers for up to one week.

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Benefits of Raw Honey:

  • Rich in B vitamins
  • Antiviral, antibacterial, and antioxidant properties
  • Promotes body and digestive health
  • Strengthens the immune system

Benefits of Chia Seeds:

  • Loaded with iron, calcium, omega 3′s, magnesium, and antioxidants
  • Mineral powerhouse
  • Natural detoxifier
  • Improves health of hair, skin, and nails

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Chunky Strawberry Chia Seed Jam | Lexiscleankitchen.com #healthy #paleo #glutenfree #dairyfree

 

Delicious & Easy Snack Idea:

Paleo “PB & J” Dip:

  • 1 heaping tbsp raw almond butter
  • 1 heaping tbsp homemade jam
  • Fruit of choice (I like it with an organic gala apple or a banana)

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Sweet Potato Buns

Sweet Potato Buns make the perfect bread-alternative to any sandwich, in my opinion! I love to make chicken sandwiches, burgers, breakfast sandwiches, and the traditional BLT with them. They are healthy and SO simple to make!

 

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Sweet Potato Buns
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 large sweet potato
  2. 1 tsp extra-virgin olive oil (or coconut oil)
  3. 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  4. Himalayan sea salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F and line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Cut sweet potatoes into 1/2 inch thick rounds. Toss with oil, cinnamon, and sea salt.
  3. Lie flat on baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes or until fully cooked, flipping over halfway through.
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Benefits of Sweet Potatoes:

  • Rich in Vitamins B6, C, D and, E

  • Rich in antioxidants

  • Rich in beta-carotene

  • Aids in weight loss

  • Good source of magnesium

Benefits of Pink Himalayan Sea Salt:

  • Controls the body’s water levels

  • Promotes stable pH balance in cells

  • Naturally promotes healthy sleep patterns

  • Supports healthy respiratory function

  • Assists the body to better absorb nutrients

Benefits on Cinnamon:

  • Improves cognitive and memory skills

  • Helps stabilize blood sugar

  • Arthritis relief

  • Contains fiber, iron, manganese, vitamin k, and calcium