Classic Lobster Bisque

Classic Lobster Bisque {dairy-free option} | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

I have been wanting to make a homemade Classic Lobster Bisque for so long now and I am SO HAPPY that I did! This Classic Lobster Bisque is so creamy, flavorful, and surprisingly simple to make. A must-make if you love lobster!

Living in New England, Summer means lobster rolls, lobster bisque, and all things lobster! Though a warm dish, lobster bisque still screams summer to me!!

Classic Lobster Bisque | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

And I quote from my trusty taste tester husband, “This might be the best lobster bisque I’ve ever had!”

Where we buy lobster: We go to local fish markets to get our lobster! I like supporting local business owners, and I often find the quality to be superior. Also, you can usually buy cooked lobster meat out of the shell, which saves lots of time and effort when making your own lobster bisque!

Classic Lobster Bisque | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

I always save extra lobster to garnish and look fancy! I mean, just look at how amazing this looks! Make it classic with local, good quality heavy cream, or opt for a dairy-free version!

Classic Lobster Bisque | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

 

Classic Lobster Bisque

Preparation 10 minutes 2017-06-23T00:10:00+00:00 Cook Time 25 minutes 2017-06-23T00:25:00+00:00 Serves 4     adjust servings

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon avocado oil
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup fresh portobello mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/4 cup onions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup celery, chopped
  • 1/4 cup carrot, chopped
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1/8 teaspoon hot sauce of choice, we love Frank’s RedHot Original!
  • 1 teaspoon fresh or dried thyme, if using fresh thyme set aside more for garnish
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, more salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper, more to taste
  • 2 cups fish stock (or chicken stock)
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika, more to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups good quality heavy cream, or 1 cup dairy-free substitute (see notes)
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 pound cooked lump lobster meat
  • 2 tablespoons Parsley for garnish

Instructions

1.In a saute pan, heat oil over med-high heat and sauté shallots, onions, and garlic for one minute. Add the celery, carrots, and mushrooms. Cook for 5-8 minutes until mushrooms have browned and the carrots have softened.
2.Deglaze the pan with the white wine. Cook for 2-3 minutes.
3.Add the hot sauce, thyme and salt and pepper. Saute for another minute.
4.Add the paprika, cayenne, and broth - mix well
5. Stir in tomato paste. Pour into a high speed blender, and blend until creamy.
6. Pour bisque into a medium-sized pot and simmer over low heat for 10-15 minutes.
7. Whisk in heavy cream and butter and bring to a boil over high-heat.
8. Lower the heat to a simmer and add in lobster. Cook for 2-3 minutes until lobster is warm.
9. Serve hot topped with parsley and fresh thyme.

Recipe Notes

*If you don't have a high speed blender, make sure to blend the soup long enough to reach a creamy consistency.

*Dairy free substitute: 1/2 cup cashews soaked for at least 4-6 hours, 1/2 cup water. Blend soaked cashews with water until smooth and creamy. The cashew cream will be thick. Use 1 cup of the cashew cream in place of the heavy cream in step 7. If re-heating the dairy-free soup, you might need to add more stock to thin the consistency out.

Melon Salad with Prosciutto

Melon and Prosciutto Salad | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

This Melon Salad with Prosciutto with Mint Apple Cider Vinaigrette is a flavorful and delicious Summer salad! It’s gluten-free and grain-free, and packed with fresh mint, sweet melon, ripe avocado, salty prosciutto, and the most wonderful light vinaigrette dressing. Made in partnership with Rubbermaid.

Melon and Prosciutto Salad | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

I am so excited to partner with Rubbermaid to bring you today’s post! Rubbermaid FreshWorks Produce Saver containers are microwave and dishwasher safe, BPA free, and help keep produce fresh 80% longer than traditional packaging. They are perfect storage containers for everyday use to extend the life of your produce, especially when you have so many veggies, fruits, and herbs in your fridge like I do! I tested out the difference between keeping my herbs and produce in their original packaging, and it’s a total game changer!

Melon and Prosciutto Salad | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Their innovative food storage containers use patented FreshVent technology, which keeps produce fresher up to 80% longer. Simply move produce from the store packaging into the FreshWorks Produce Saver before refrigerating to help reduce moisture and spoilage! 

Melon and Prosciutto Salad | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Celebrate National Salad Month with making this amazing, fresh salad!

Melon and Prosciutto Salad | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

I picked mint from my garden, put them in the container, and had fresh mint for days! So much longer than when I normally bring it inside!

Melon and Prosciutto Salad | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Melon and Prosciutto Salad | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Melon Salad with Prosciutto

Preparation 10 minutes 2017-06-23T00:10:00+00:00 Cook Time 0:00 2017-06-23T00:00:00+00:00 Serves 4     adjust servings

Ingredients

Melon Salad with Prosciutto

  • 2 cups fresh arugula or greens of choice
  • 1 cantaloupe, sliced into half moons or cubed
  • 1 honeydew melon, diced
  • 1 8-ounce container small mozzarella balls
  • 15-20 slices prosciutto
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1/4 cup mint leaves, thinly sliced

Vinaigrette

Instructions

  1. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the salad dressing ingredients. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed.
  2. Assemble all salad ingredients on a serving platter.
  3. Drizzle dressing over salad and serve with more dressing on the side!

Recipe Notes

  • *You could use feta cheese instead of mozzarella cheese in this recipe!
  • *You can mix in honeydew melon

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This post is sponsored by Rubbermaid FreshWorks. All opinions are always, 100% my own! 

Lexi’s Weekly Dinner Plan Week 22

Can you believe it’s already almost MAY? We are celebrating grilling season by kicking this week off with one of my favorites, Chicken Caesar Burgers! If you haven’t tried them yet, they are a must-make! This week is also filled with 30 minute or less meals to make meal-prep as simple and speedy as possible!

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!

Monday: Chicken Caesar Burger (low-carb, 30 minutes or less, paleo-friendly, nut-free, gluten-free, and dairy-free)

Tuesday:  Cajun Shrimp Noodle Bowls (30 minutes or less, dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, paleo-friendly, Whole30 compliant is you swap the grass-fed butter for ghee!)

Wednesday: Italian Style Meatloaves (30 minutes or less, dairy-free, gluten-free, low-carb, paleo-friendly, substitute the almond flour for rice flour to make these nut-free)

Thursday: Sweet Potato Tuna Melts (Egg-free, nut-free, paleo-friendly, and grain-free, omit the cheese to make this dairy-free!)

Friday: CINCO DE MAYO!! One-Pan Fiesta Chicken and Sausage (30 minutes or less, egg-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, paleo-friendly, and nut-free)

Saturday: Leftovers

Sunday: Out or Take Out!

Grab your free printable shopping list HERE!

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

The Thai BBQ Salmon on page 188 and the Mediterranean Grilled Lamb Kebabs on page 200 are both perfect for these beautiful Spring days!

Want more Cinco de Mayo Recipes? Try these!

Huevos Rancheros

Tomatillo Salsa & Guacamole

Homemade Restaurant Style Salsa 

Chicken Fajita Salads


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!

Lexi’s Weekly Dinner Plan Week 21

Egg Rolls in a bowl, Indian Spiced Chicken and Cauliflower, a hearty Breakfast Salad, and more, make up this week’s dinner meal plan! Equipped for leftovers and tons of flavor!

If you missed the start of the plans, don’t worry, you can join in on your own month anytime! Find all of the meal plans, 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-21

Monday: Cioppino Stew (30 minutes or less, low-carb, dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, paleo-friendly)

Tuesday: Loaded Taco Skillet (30 minutes or less, low-carb, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, and nut-free)

Wednesday: Leftovers

Thursday: One-Pan Indian Spiced Chicken and Cauliflower (Dairy-free, low-carb, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, paleo-friendly, Whole30 compliant if you use ghee!)

Friday: Leftovers

Saturday: BRINNER: Green Goddess Breakfast Salad (Dairy-free, paleo-friendly, nut-free, gluten-free, grain-free, low-carb, and Whole30 compliant)

Sunday: Egg Roll Bows (30 minutes or less, low-carb, paleo-friendly, dairy-free, and grain-free)

Grab your free printable shopping list HERE!

Make a side-dish from the Lexi’s Clean Kitchen Cookbook! The Kung Pao Cauliflower (page 222) is a great low-carb dish to pair with the Egg Roll Bowls! SO simple to make and so so flavorful! You can also add the Burnt Broccoli on page 230 to the Green Goddess Breakfast Salad as a nice crispy and flavorful touch!

Dessert idea: These Blueberry Crumb Bars are gluten-free, grain-free, refined sugar-free, and are exploding with flavor! Such a great way to celebrate blueberry season!


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!

Happy Cooking!

Crudité Platter with Tzatziki Sauce

Cruite Platter with Dairy-Free Tzatziki Sauce - Lexi's Clean Kitchen

This Crudité Platter with Dairy-Free Tzatziki Sauce makes for such a light and refreshing snack, appetizer, or side-dish! The perfect bright and colorful dish to make with any seasonal veggies you have on hand! Dairy-free, egg-free, grain-free, gluten-free, and Whole30 compliant! This will be the most gorgeous appetizer on the table, for sure!

Crudité Platter with Dairy-free Tzatziki Sauce | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Is there anything better than a dish filled with colorful fresh produce? We blanched the carrots, broccoli, and snow peas in this platter to create that pop of color! Blanching stops the enzyme actions that can cause loss of flavor and color in vegetables, making it a great technique to use before freezing vegetables or serving them raw!

This would be the perfect spread for any dinner party, brunch, or holiday celebration!

Crudité Platter with Dairy-free Tzatziki Sauce | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

I mean, how gorgeous is this? Dip and devour!

Crudité Platter with Dairy-free Tzatziki Sauce | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Crudité Platter with Tzatziki Sauce

Preparation 0:10 2017-06-23T00:10:00+00:00 Cook Time 0:05 2017-06-23T00:05:00+00:00 Serves 6     adjust servings

Ingredients

Vegetables for Crudité

  • 6 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • 3 multi-colored carrots, peeled and blanched
  • 1 head broccoli, blanched and sliced into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 bunch of radishes, blanched
  • 1 cup snow peas, blanced
  • 1 watermelon radish, blanched and sliced thin
  • 1 bunch celery
  • 1 case cherry tomatoes
  • 4 small sweet pepper

Dairy-free Tzatziki

Instructions

  1. Fill a large saucepan with water and toss in salt. Cover and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
  2. Fill a large bowl with ice water and set aside.
  3. Prep you vegetables and place them in the boiling water. Set your timer for three minutes. Using a slotted spoon, remove the broccoli, red radish, snap peas and watermelon radish and place vegetables into the ice water. Set your timer for two more minutes. After two minutes, remove the carrots with the slotted spoon and place into the ice water. Remove the vegetables from the ice water and pat dry. Serve on platter of choice!
  4. Place shredded cucumber in a medium mixing bowl. Add 1/4 teaspoon sea salt and let sit for 5 minutes.
  5. Place coconut milk, lemon juice, dill, sea salt and black pepper into a high-speed blender. Blend until smooth. Pour into a small mixing bowl.
  6. Strain the water out of the cucumber. Add the cucumber to the small mixing bowl with the coconut milk mixture. Stir well. Taste and adjust seasoning as desire. Place in serving bowl and sprinkle with paprika.

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.

22 Paleo-friendly Snack Recipes You Can Bring Anywhere

Preparation 0:00 2017-06-23T00:00:00+00:00 Cook Time 0:00 2017-06-23T00:00:00+00:00

Ingredients

Instructions