What’s In Season: SPRING EDITION

Spring is here!! Whether it’s still chilly where you live or beginning to warm up, the produce is coming! I always opt for using fresh, local, in-season produce, plus it can often be cheaper, so let’s take a look at the SPRING EDITION of what produce is in season!

Broccoli, cauliflower, leeks, artichokes, all the lettuce greens, asparagus, radishes, peas, parsnips, chives, potatoes, chard, rhubarb, grapefruit, strawberries, and more! It’s a good season!

In the next few weeks on Lexiscleankitchen.com, we’ll be sharing even more recipes to use all of the fabulous produce in abundance this season.

What's In Season In The Spring - Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Get cooking:

Blueberry Chia Jam

Healthy Broccoli Soup

Mediterranean Veggie Fritters

Everything Bagel Topped Cauliflower Rolls

Strawberry Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette

Guacamole

Cinnamon Sugar Roasted Radishes

Indian Spiced Cauliflower with Chicken

Herb Cucumber Salad

Roasted Chicken Buddha Bowls

Spiced Roasted Cauliflower

Potato, Leek, and Chard Frittata

Blueberry Crumb Bars

Happy Spring Cooking!

Cauliflower Baked Ziti

This Cauliflower Baked Ziti from the No Excuses Detox Cookbook is the perfect LOW-CARB vegetarian meal! I love the idea of using cauliflower as a lower carb and higher nutrient alternative! This dish is so creamy, dreamy, and a great gluten-free, nut-free, grain-free, and vegetarian meal the kiddos will LOVE!

I was super excited when my friend Megan from The Detoxinista’s newest book arrived! It’s filled with so many family friendly recipes that I cannot wait to make. I started with this Cauliflower Baked Ziti since we are in a grove with our Meatless Monday series! If you tolerate cheese, this recipe is for you!

Here are a few others that I have my eye on:

Butternut Mac n’ Cheese

Sweet Potato Queso

Loaded Nacho Dip

Creamy Mushroom Soup

Avocado Caesar Salad

Strawberries & Cream Freezer Pops

Frosty Chocolate Shakes

Carrot Cake Cupcakes

Cauliflower Baked Ziti

Preparation 0:05 2017-06-23T00:05:00+00:00 Cook Time 0:45 2017-06-23T00:45:00+00:00 Serves 4     adjust servings

Ingredients

  • 1 head of cauliflower, cut into florets and chopped
  • 2 cups pizza sauce (store-bought or homemade)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1/3 cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 2 ounces shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions

  1. In a large Dutch oven, combine the cauliflower and pizza sauce and stir well to coat. Bring the sauce to a boil over medium-high heat and, once at bubbling, lower the heat to a simmer. Cover the pot to let the cauliflower cook until fork-tender, about 15 minutes.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350°F. In a medium bowl, beat together the eggs, grated Romano cheese, ricotta cheese, Italian seasoning and salt. Set aside.
  3. After the cauliflower is tender, stir in the spinach and simmer to cook off any excess moisture in the pot, to ensure that the final result isn’t watery. Remove the pot from the heat and stir in the egg and cheese mixture. Top with the shredded cheese.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes, until the eggs have set and the cheese is bubbly on top. Allow the dish to cool for 10 minutes, then serve warm. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Recipe Notes

  • *If you want to add meat, sauté it separately, and then add it to the mixture before baking!
  • *Make this a freezer-friendly meal: Follow steps 1-3, instead of baking it, pour the ingredients into an oven-safe dish. Cover well and freeze for up to 3 months. When ready to serve, thaw in the fridge overnight and bake!
  • *Adapted with permission from the No Excuses Detox Cookbook by Megan Gilmore

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Meatball and Veggie Soup

Three things I love: veggies, soup in the Fall, and good ‘ol meatballs! I also love a soup that can be altered and customized to satisfy everyones wants, needs, and desires! Take this soup for example, you can totally get creative! Add in some beans, throw in your favorite veggies or whatever you have on hand, other meat additions- anything goes.

 

You want to know something else that I love? 

Pacific Foods has set out to donate meals to families in need. I just love working with companies who commit to making a difference. Get this: anytime you make a dish with a Pacific product and tag them on social media, they’ll provide a meal to a family in need.

Yep, that simple!

All you need to do is simply snap a photo of your dish and tag #NourishEveryBody and @PacificFoods (on Instagram, Twitter, or on their Facebook page), and a meal will be provided! Check out how many children have been fed already here. I am so impressed with this initiative and love that I can be a part of it, too!

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This soup is flavorful, easy, packed with veggies and protein, and the perfect weeknight meal.
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Meatball and Veggie Soup

Preparation 10 min 2017-06-23T00:10:00+00:00 Cook Time 45 min 2017-06-23T00:45:00+00:00

Ingredients

For the soup

For the meatballs

  • 1 lb. organic ground turkey or grass-fed beef
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic granules
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion granules
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning

Instructions

  • In a pot, heat oil and sauté garlic, onion, carrots, and red pepper
  • Let cook for 5-7 minutes, until veggies begin to soften
  • Add in the kale, zucchini, and any other soft veggies
  • While cooking, combine meatball ingredient and roll into mini balls
  • Move veggies over to one side and place meatballs into the pot* and let them cook for 5 minutes (without tossing at first), then gently toss and cook for an additional 5 minutes
  • Add in tomatoes, broth, lemon juice and spices
  • Bring to a boil then reduce heat and let simmer for 20 minutes
  • Taste and adjust salt and spice as desired
  • Recipe Notes

  • *you may need to add additional oil for the bottom of your pot
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    Next time you are using Pacific nut milks in your coffee, broth in your soups, pumpkin in your baked goods, take a photo and share on social! YOU will be helping a family in need. Let’s make a difference! P.S. Need some inspo? Aside from this soup, try my Bananas Foster Chia Pudding and my Easy Scallop ‘Pasta’ Dish– and don’t forget to take a photo of it and tag away!!

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    Grilled Veggie & Grilled Chicken Salads with Tomato Vinaigrette

    Summer is coming to a close but it’s NOT over yet! For the next number of weeks you can be sure I’ll be doing tons of grilling and enjoying it every chance I get. This salad is loaded with perfectly grilled chicken, tons of grilled veggies (whatever vegetables you wish, really), and a delicious tomato-based vinaigrette dressing. It’s the perfect way to throw together dinner without turning the oven on!

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    Grilled veggies, perfectly flavored and grilled chicken, and my new favorite dressing… Dinner is SERVED!

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    Grilled Veggie & Grilled Chicken Salads with Tomato Vinaigrette

    Preparation 10 min 2017-06-23T00:10:00+00:00 Cook Time 20 min 2017-06-23T00:20:00+00:00 Serves 2     adjust servings

    Ingredients

    For the chicken

    For the veggies

    For the Tomato Vinaigrette

    Instructions

    • Toss chicken in extra virgin olive oil and spices, set aside
    • Cut veggies and toss in oil and salt, set aside
    • Spray the grill and heat to 350 400 degrees
    • Place the chicken breasts on one side
    • On the other side place a layer of greased tin foil and place the veggies on top
    • Cook for about 7-8 minutes then flip over
    • Cook veggies until desired softness, and cook chicken until fully cooked
    • Make the dressing by combining ingredients in your high-speed blender and blending until smooth
    • Taste and adjust spices as needed
    • Serve with veggies warm or hot over a bed of spinach!

    One Pan Moroccan Fish

    I love getting inspired by other cuisines. I am always impressed with the different combinations of various spices and how they come together to bring delicious warm flavors. This fish dish is  just that. Loaded with flavor and packed with veggies.

    Awesome plus? It’s an elegant dinner, but let me let you in on a little secret… it’s EASY. It takes less than 30 minutes and requires only ONE pan. One of those impress-your-guest meals, that’s for sure- or a fancy weeknight dinner for your family.One Pan Moroccan Fish

    One Pan Moroccan Fish

    This fish is…

    Loaded with hearty veggies

    Slightly spicy

    Infused with warm Moroccan flavors

    Comforting

    Healthy

    Easy to prepare

    One Pan Moroccan Fish

    Preparation 7 min 2017-06-23T00:07:00+00:00 Cook Time 10 min 2017-06-23T00:10:00+00:00

    Ingredients

    Instructions

  • Heat oil and garlic in a pan
  • Add in zucchini, onion, carrots, and garlic and sauté until veggies are soft
  • Add in whole peeled tomatoes, paprika, turmeric, cinnamon, cayenne, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes
  • Bring to a boil then reduce and let the sauce simmer for 5 minutes
  • Spread a space slightly for the fish
  • Salt the fish lightly
  • Place fish in the sauce, cover, and let cook until the fish is opaque (about 7 or so minutes)
  • Add capers and serve!
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    Disclosure: This is a sponsored post with Muir Glen Organic Tomatoes. I was compensated  for the time spent developing this recipe. All opinions expressed on Lexi’s Clean Kitchen are always my own. My sponsors help make this blog possible!

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    Creamy Green Smoothie

    The past week has been SUPER busy. So many exciting things going on I could just scream from holding it all in, but soon you’ll be in on it. Promise. Busy days means sometimes quick meals. The key to this is 1. meal prep and 2. stocking the fridge with good quality eats!

    I am all about the smoothies lately and I’ll be even more about them as it gets warmer out (counting down the days until Spring). To be honest, I’ve never really made green smoothies before. You can bet they will be making way more appearances. You don’t actually taste the greens {insert my love confession for my Vitamix here}! I wanted a nutrient-dense smoothie to give me some serious morning fuel and this smoothie does just that. Healthy fats, carbs, and protein. Win, win, win. 

    Creamy Green Smoothie

    Although not a dessert or a sweet, I’m going to categorize this as a Tuesday’s Treat because it tastes so good

    Creamy Green Smoothie

    Creamy Green Smoothie

    Preparation 3 min 2017-06-23T00:03:00+00:00 Cook Time 2 min 2017-06-23T00:02:00+00:00

    Ingredients

    • 1 cup spinach
    • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
    • 1 frozen banana
    • 1 tsp chia seeds
    • 1 tsp coconut oil
    • 1 scoop vanilla SFH protein {Use code Lexi for 10% off all orders}
    • Optional: 1/2 tsp mint extract {not peppermint}

    Instructions

  • 1. Place all ingredients in your high-speed blender and blend until smooth!
  • This is a sponsored post; I was compensated and received product to use. As always, all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

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    Creamy Green SmoothieWhat are your favorite smoothie ingredients?