Gluten Free Banana Bread

This Gluten Free Banana Bread tastes just like the classic version you know and love but made with a blend of healthy oat flour and coconut flour. It is also happens to be dairy-free! This brunch staple is moist, simple-to-make and will be loved by everyone, gluten-free or not!

A stack of sliced gluten free banana bread.

Healthy Banana Bread

Banana bread just might be one the most classic and comforting bakes. In my mind, a good banana bread should be moist, just sweet enough, full of chocolate chips and most definitely heavy on the banana flavor! This recipe checks all those boxes and more. This recipe today differs from my Browned Butter Banana Bread, which was made with almond flour. This recipe is a more classic flavored banana bread that just happens to be free from gluten, nuts and dairy. But the truth is, nobody will notice any difference, except about how delicious it is! It’s also easily made all in one bowl and ready in just about an hour. Say hello to you favorite new gluten-free banana bread recipe!

Chocolate chips in banana bread batter.Ingredients Needed

A loaf of gluten free banana bread with chocolate chips.

Baking Tips

Measure out your flour correctly! Oat flour can be tricky to measure as it can be easily compacted, even straight from the bag. The same goes for coconut flour because such a small difference in measuring can impact a recipe because it’s such an absorbent flour. So we’ve included the weight in grams here. Any electronic kitchen scale can switch between grams and ounces, and grams are more precise so we’re offering that. If you don’t have a scale lightly packing the oat flour into the cup measurement gets you as close to the correct measurement as possible. For coconut flour scoop it in the tablespoon and then level it off.

Use only 1 cup of banana. While we love the idea of being able to just throw in 3 bananas instead of heaving to measure out 1 cup of mashed bananas, the truth is adding too much or too little banana can impact this recipe depending on how large the banana is. Start with 3 medium or 2 very large bananas and mash them. Measure them and keep only 1 cup of tightly packed mashed banana.

Bake it correctly. Bake it until the bread springs back lightly and there are no wet crumbs on a toothpick when it’s inserted into the middle of the bread. If you have an instant read thermometer it should read about 200 degrees when measured from the middle of the bread.

Let the bread cool slightly before cutting. Like any quick bread, cutting the bread too soon after taking it out of the oven with result in a bread that taste too moist at first, and then later, one that is dry as all the steam has escaped from the bread when it was hot. Let it cool until the bread is no longer warm to the touch, about 3-5 hours.

Sliced banana bread.

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A bite of of banana bread.

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Gluten Free Banana Bread


Yields 8
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Recipe Type: Quick Bread
Cuisine Gluten-free
Make Ahead: Easy
Author: Lexi's Clean Kitchen
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Ingredients

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF and grease a 8x5 baking dish and line it with a parchment paper sling. Set aside.
  2. Mash bananas well in a large bowl, making sure to only use 1 cup of it. Add in eggs, milk, coconut sugar and coconut oil and whisk until fully combined.
  3. Add in oat flour, coconut flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon and mix with a spatula until smooth. Fold in chocolate chips.
  4. Transfer batter to the prepared baking dish and smooth over the top. Add additional chocolate chips on top, if desired.
  5. Bake in the middle rack for 50 to 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean and the bread gently springs back when touched.
  6. Let the bread fully cool before slicing into it.

Recipe Notes

  1. We’ve found store bought oat flour to be different than homemade. We prefer the texture to store bought and suggest that is what you use.
  2. If you have an electronic scale at home please use it to measure the flour, as these flours are notorious for being difficult to measure with cup measurements.

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Gluten Free Banana Bread

When you are looking for a quick and delicious meal, Thai Peanut Chicken is the perfect dinner to serve up! Using just a few pantry staples, this creamy chicken dish is a must make dish. It’s also gluten and dairy-free. Made in partnership with my friends at Farmer Focus!

A bowl of Thai peanut chicken with rice noodles and lime.Instant Pot Peanut Butter Chicken

This Instant Pot Thai Peanut Chicken recipe is a great short-cut to a flavorful weeknight dinner! Boneless chicken breasts are cooked in a coconut peanut sauce. Serve it over some rice noodles or even veggie noodles for a complete meal that the whole family is going to love. This gluten and dairy free dish also reheats well so perfect to make ahead for a meal prep lunch. Go ahead and add this to your favorite Instant Pot Recipes list!

Peanut butter in the center of the instant pot to make Thai peanut chicken.

Peanut Chicken Ingredients 

Tips for Success

This recipe calls for placing the peanut butter inside at the very last step. This is important because some Instant Pot models can burn more easily than others, and prevent the IP from coming up to pressure. By placing the peanut butter on top, you prevent it from coming into direct contact with the bottom of the liner, and this prevents any burn notifications. After the peanut chicken has finished cooking, release the pressure and mix the sauce all together!

Boneless skinless chicken breast package for peanut butter chicken.Why Farmer Focus Has Been our Chicken Choice for Years

I am so happy to continue my partnership with my friends at Farmer Focus to bring you today’s easy Instant Pot chicken recipe! Farmer Focus has been my go-to, trusted chicken for years now, because they pride themselves in producing the highest quality meat grown on family-owned farms. I love being able to grab up a package of Farmer Focus chicken at the grocery store and not having to question whether it is truly coming from meat raised in a humane way.

Farmer Focus is building partnerships with growers through their innovative Farmer Focus Business Model

Farmer Focus is a company that supports their farmer partners and that is working hard to do things right and truly raise and produce the highest quality chicken! Every Farmer Focus product includes a 4-letter farm I.D. that traces your chicken to the farm that raised it. Buying meat from Farmer Focus also gives me peace of mind that I am supporting hard working family farmers.

Thai peanut butter chicken with crushed peanuts and cilantro.

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Instant Pot Thai Peanut Chicken

When you are looking for a quick and delicious meal, Thai Peanut Chicken is the perfect dinner to serve up! Using just a few pantry staples, this creamy chicken dish is a must make dish. It’s also gluten and dairy-free.


Yield 4
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Recipe Type: Instant Pot
Cuisine Thai
Make Ahead: Easy
Author: Lexi's Clean Kitchen
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Ingredients

For Peanut Chicken:

  • 2 teaspoons oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1” fresh ginger, minced
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 1 ½  lbs Farmer Focus boneless skinless chicken breast, diced into 1-1/2” pieces
  • 2 teaspoon garlic chili paste
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 3 tablespoons coconut aminos
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter (or almond butter)
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste

For serving:

Directions

  1. Add oil to the insert of a 6 or 8 quart Instant Pot. Press the saute function, and heat the oil. Once hot, add the garlic, ginger and green onions and cook while stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the chicken and cook until the outside is no longer pink, about 3 minutes.
  2. Shut off the saute function.
  3. Add in the chili paste, coconut milk, coconut aminos, honey and fresh lime juice and stir to combine.
  4. Place the peanut butter on top of the chicken and do not stir.
  5. Cook on manual high pressure for 5 minutes. Once finished, move the steam release valve to quickly release the steam pressure. When the floating valve drops, remove the lid.
  6. Stir the peanut butter into the chicken. Taste and adjust the seasoning.
  7. Serve over rice or rice noodles with cilantro, chopped peanuts and sliced thai chilis.

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Instant Pot Thai Peanut Chicken

Who know the easiest way to make Mac and Cheese was in the Instant Pot? This creamy, comforting bowl of goodness is healthier than your favorite childhood boxed kind, but just as delicious and more! This recipe for Instant Pot Mac and Cheese is our new go to way of cooking it and we know once you try it, it’ll be yours too!

Mac and cheese in a bowl.

Let’s admit it: we all crave a big bowl of that boxed Mac and Cheese every once in a while. But what if I told you that you could make it even EASIER but homemade? This Instant Pot Mac and Cheese is all you wanted and more when the craving strikes! All you need is a few pantry ingredients and a few (largely hands-off) minutes of cooking and you’ve got yourself comfort in a bowl!

Ingredients on a tray for instant pot Mac and cheese.

Here is what you need to make it:

Variety of cheeses inside an instant pot to prepare for the sauce.

Not All Cheese is Created Equally

It’s worth the extra step to grate the cheese from a block. We find it easier to use the large holes in a box grater, but you could also use your grating attachment on a food processor too!

While it is so much easier to buy pre-shredded cheese, we’re suggesting you take the extra step of shredded your own cheese from a block for this recipe. Commonly homemade Mac and Cheese recipes rely on a roux to add to the creaminess, but this recipe skips that step. Instead we rely on the starch from the pasta water AND the ability for the cheese to fully melt into the Mac and cheese. Pre-shredded cheese has other added ingredients to prevent the cheese from sticking together in the bag, but these added ingredients can prevent the cheese from melting fully.

A spoonful of creamy instant pot Mac and cheese.

How to Make Mac and Cheese in the Instant Pot

Making Mac and Cheese in the Instant Pot could not be easier! Simply:

  1. Pressure cook the pasta. No need to drain it here. We’ve tried it with several different types of pasta, both gluten free and not and they all work well!
  2. Stir in the cheese, milk and butter. Seriously, that’s all you need to do! If it looks too thin, give it a few minutes to thicken up, it will. If it’s too thick, add in a bit more milk, as needed.
  3. Taste the seasoning, and adjust. Add in salt and pepper to taste, some hot sauce and if desired, a bit more cheese!

A Word on Leftover Pasta Water

We’ve tested this extensively with all sorts of brands and shapes of pasta. We’ve noticed that the amount of leftover pasta water can change depending on the pasta shape, as well as the brand of pasta. If there is excessive amounts of water leftover, you can drain some of it.

How can you tell if it is excessive? Well, there should be some pasta water leftover, as it is needed to create part of the creamy sauce. But if your pasta is swimming in water, drain some of it. It is always easier to add back in more liquid in the form of milk than it is to take away liquid after the cheese sauce has been made.

Creamy Mac and cheese in a bowl.

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INSTANT POT MAC AND CHEESE


Yield 4-6
Prep Time 5 min
Cook Time 4 min
Total Time 14 min



Author: Lexi's Clean Kitchen
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Ingredients

  • 1 lb. elbow macaroni (gluten-free or not)
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 cup shredded colby jack cheese
  • 1 cup shredded mild cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese, more for topping
  • 2 tablespoons grass-fed butter
  • 1/2 cup oat milk (or milk of choice), more as needed
  • 1-2 teaspoons hot sauce (optional)

Directions

  1. Add macaroni, salt and water to a 6 or 8 quart Instant Pot. Set the pressure valve to sealing. Cook on high pressure for 4 minutes. Once done, carefully move the valve to release the pressure.
  2. Stir the pasta. Add in the remainder of the ingredients and mix until fully combined. If pasta is too thick, add a bit more milk in. Taste and add additional salt and pepper, if desired.
  3. Garnish with additional parmesan cheese and serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

  1. Freshly shredded cheese works best here, as pre-shredded cheese can have added stabilizers and won’t melt as well.
  2. If you have an Instant Pot model that includes an air fryer you can add additional cheese to the top and swap the lids to broil for 4 minutes to get a nice crispy lid.
  3. If pasta has excessive liquid, drain some of it. There should be some liquid left, but the pasta shouldn't be swimming in it. We have noticed that some brands or shapes of pasta leave more water than others. See note in body of post for more info.

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Instant Pot Mac and Cheese

Whether you are looking for a simple recipe to throw together using just the basic ingredients, or you are looking to raid the pantry because the refrigerator is running low, we’ve got you covered with our Favorite Pantry Recipes! We’re also sharing some of our favorite basic items to keep on hand that have the longest shelf life!

A bowl of spaghetti made from pantry ingredients.

As we are writing this, our country has changed as we know it, for the time being. There is no doubt about it, these are unprecedented times we are in. There are so many unknowns right now, and that can feel scary. People are particularly worried about the availability of groceries and deliveries. It doesn’t appear that there is any actual shortage of food, but it is difficult to access it now while the stores catch up with the demand. Plus, we’re all trying to socially distance ourselves which means going to the store as few times as possible, if at all. So just about everybody is learning how to survive on less, and with minimal ingredients. However, we all know it is important to think about ways to do that while still being healthy. And that’s where we come in! We are here to help, as much as we can.

Today we want to discuss some of our basic list of pantry items, as well as some basic fresh items that typically tend to last longer. We also will talk about what our plan is for strategically cooking during this time. Then, we will include recipes that correspond with this essential food list, categorized by basic ingredient.

We will continue to update this post as we figure out what is working and what we have learned, and invite you to go ahead and comment below on what has been working for you. 

A well stocked pantry with the doors open.

The Basics and Pantry Essentials

Here are some of the most essential items we try to keep on hand, or stock up on when we are able to. For the fresh items, we have listed food that tends to keep longer than a few days. If there is a particular method for keeping them fresher longer, we’ve listed them. 

Healthy Essential Pantry Items

Healthy Fresh and Frozen Essentials

We’ve also included a PDF of our larger more extensive pantry guide of foods that we try to keep in stock at all times. This list is significantly larger than our essentials listed above, but helpful if you are looking for more guidance.

See it larger and grab the downloadable or printable PDF here.


Strategy for Cooking During a Crisis

While it isn’t always possible to plan ahead of a crisis, if possible it always makes sense to make food ahead of time if you are able. For most of us, we are largely at home right now and have some time on our hands. While we aren’t suggesting you spend all your days prepping food for some unknown event, it does make sense to at least prepare some food ahead of time while we are doing our daily cooking.

For us, we are cooking larger batches of food and eating half in the present moment and then freezing what is possible for the event that we aren’t able to cook as much or simply don’t want to in the future.

Foods that freeze really well:

Storing Food

While we typically use glass and other safer storage options, in a situation like this we will tend to use more than we have on hand. Using plastic storage bags or even plastic storage containers are a good option for long term freezing if you aren’t able to increase your reusable supply. Just be careful not to heat these items too much as that is the biggest way the plastic can release harmful chemicals. Stock up on:

Defrosting Frozen Food

When thawing frozen food, you have a few options. It will depend on if it is just items such as meat, or if it is a prepared meal.

The best bet is to thaw nearly anything overnight in the refrigerator. This is the easiest and best option, especially when it comes to prepared meals, though it obviously takes time. Some meals can be baked from frozen, though it can deteriorate the meal, such as baked pastas. Sometimes baked pasta dishes can get overbaked if cooked from frozen.

Meals such as soups are typically simple to reheat from frozen. You can put whatever container is holding the soup into a bowl of very warm water until the edges of the soup are defrosted enough to allow the frozen soup to come out. Then place in a large pot and cook it over a gentle heat until it’s fully melted. Once it is fully melted, bring the soup back up to a boil before serving.

It also is safe to defrost food in a microwave. Follow your manufacturer’s instructions, though typically it calls for microwaving it on a low power for a lengthy period of time.

To quickly defrost meat (I use and recommend ButcherBox) or fish, you can place them in a cold water bath for 30 minutes to an hour until fully defrost. Or defrosting in the refrigerator over 1-2 days works well too. Just make sure to place the package of meat in a container in case the packaging leaks. That way you won’t make a mess with the thawed meat all over your refrigerator.


Pantry Recipes

Here are some of our favorite recipes to make using simple basic ingredients and or pantry staples. We’ve noted if a recipe freezes well, and any substitutes possible that might be useful.

Breakfast Recipes

Chicken Recipes

Rice Recipes

Minimal Ingredient Recipes:

Ground Beef Recipes

Pasta Recipes:

Healthy Soups

Bean Recipes

Tuna Recipes:

Snack Recipes:


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Looking for a new way to serve chicken on a weeknight? This Sun-dried Tomato and Artichoke Stuffed Chicken Breast is perfect for any night of the week. It’s savory and baked just right! It’s elegant but truly simple to do!

Sun-dried Tomato and Artichoke Stuffed Chicken

We love chicken, but sometimes get bored with cooking it the same old way. This umami-packed stuffed chicken breast recipe is definitely a way to spice up your weeknight dinner without adding in much extra work! This dish has the wow effect while being totally approachable. Despite how it sounds, stuffing a chicken breast is actually quite simple, especially when you do it the way this recipe does. Eseentialy you mix together a stuffing using sun-dried tomatoes and artichokes then butterfly open the chicken breasts, stuff it and bake! We skip the step of rolling the chicken up, and instead just sandwich the stuffing inside. But don’t worry, we’re walking you through step-by-step how to do it below in case that sounds intimidating. Did I mention this dish is also gluten-free, Paleo and Whole30 friendly? So what are you waiting for? Let’s make it!

Ingredients Needed

How to Stuff a Boneless Chicken Breast

It may sound complicated to stuff a chicken breast, but we’ve simplified the steps to make this a super easy and approachable way to add flavor to a weeknight dinner staple.

  1. Pound out the chicken to an even thickness, though this is optional. A small step you can take that goes a long way to making perfect chicken is to pound out the meat to an even thickness with a meat mallet (or a rolling pin). This ensures the chicken is perfectly cooked throughout, instead of having some parts of the chicken overcooked because they are thinner. We realize this is an extra step though, but it’s an optional one. If you have the time, go for it!
  2. “Butterfly” the chicken breast. This means to slice the chicken horizontally through the middle just up to the edge and then open it up like a book.
  3. Salt it. Now that the chicken breast is opened up, go ahead and lightly salt and pepper the chicken. If you have the time, let the chicken sit like this for 10 minutes. Even that short amount of time will make a difference in the flavor fo the chicken.
  4. Next add in the stuffing. This stuffing recipe makes just about enough for the 4 chicken breasts, so divide the mixture into quarters and place it directly in the middle of the chicken.
  5. Secure the chicken. Close the chicken back up. All you have to do is fold it over. Stick toothpicks through the chicken breast to seal it.
  6. Lightly oil and season the tops of the breasts. Drizzle or spray a touch of olive oil over the tops of the chicken breasts and lightly season with salt and pepper.
  7. Bake!

A chicken and sun dried tomato recipe baked up.

What to goes well with a chicken and sun dried tomato recipe?

These flavors are a bit on the tuscan Italian side! You can pair this dish with a light pasta, mashed potatoes or cauliflower, or rice! It also would go well with a nice big side salad or greens! Here are some recipes that will pair nicely with it:

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Sun-dried Tomato and Artichoke Stuffed Chicken


Yield 4
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Recipe Type: Dinner
Cuisine American
Make Ahead: Easy
Author: Lexi's Clean Kitchen
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Ingredients

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 14 ounce can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
  • 3/4 cup sundried tomatoes in oil, drained and chopped
  • 2 tablespoon fresh basil (or 1 teaspoon dried)
  • ¼ cup parmesan (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 chicken breasts

Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400ºF.
  2. Mix together garlic, artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes, basil and parmesan cheese to a medium bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. Place chicken breasts on steady flat surface. We recommend pounding out the chicken to an even thickness by place the chicken between two sheets of parchment or plastic wrap. Using the flat side of a meat mallet or rolling pin, pound each to an even thickness. This is an optional step, however!
  4. Place your hand on top of the chicken breast and using a sharp knife, slice through the chicken horizontally, stopping about ½ an inch from the end. Open up the chicken breast so they are flat and season lightly with salt and pepper.
  5. Divide the mixture into quarters and place it directly in the middle of the chicken. Fold the chicken back together and secure closed with toothpicks.
  6. Bake in the middle rack until the chicken is nearly finished cooking through, to 160ºF, about 30-35 minutes.
  7. Remove the chicken from the oven and loosely cover the chicken with aluminum foil to let it rest for 5-10 minutes while it finishes cooking.
  8. Slice and serve with your favorite sides.

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Sun-Dried Tomato and Artichoke Stuffed Chicken

Perfectly baked noodles, hearty meaty tomato sauce, and three different types of cheese all baked up together to make this classic dish. But just because it taste like a million bucks, doesn’t mean it should be difficult to make! We’re breaking it down to make the best Easy Baked Ziti for a hearty dinner tonight and leftovers for days.

Easy Baked Ziti recipe hot from the oven.Easy Baked Ziti Recipe

There is nothing more comforting than digging it to a giant tray of baked ziti! It’s cheesy, saucy and such a classic comfort food. It’s like an easier version of lasagna and It’s also a great way to make a large portion of food to feed a crowd, or to have a make-ahead meal for your family. We’re sharing all the tips for making this easy baked ziti and for optionally freezing and reheating!

Preparing a baked ziti recipe.Ingredients Needed

How to Make It

There are a few steps for making baked ziti, but nothing very complicated! We also take advantage of using a st0re-bought marinara sauce to save the time needed to make a from-scratch marinara.

Start by cooking the pasta! You want to make sure it’s cooked about 1-2 minutes less than the package directions. Drain it and then toss it with a little olive oil so that it doesn’t stick together while you make the sauce.

Next make the meat sauce. Saute the onions and garlic first, and then cook the meat. Add in the marinara sauce and seasoning and let it simmer for  for 10 minutes. The longer you can let simmer, the better! Once the sauce is done combine it with the pasta.

Meanwhile mix together the ricotta mixture.

Then assemble the baked ziti and bake until bubbly!

Make Some Now and Some for Later

What I love about dishes like this is that they are easy meals to have some now and some later! This makes a huge portion of food. It’s perfect for parties but also perfect to prepare the baked ziti in two smaller containers (an 8×8 baking pan works well) and bake one for today and freeze the other for another day.

To reheat leftover baked ziti: Heat the oven to 350 degrees and cover the baked ziti loosely with aluminum foil. Heat until warmed through, about 15-20 minutes.

To prepare this for the freezer: assemble this dish up until the point of baking. Then let the dish cool entered, wrap in two layers of plastic wrap and then freeze. When ready to bake, defrost in the refrigerator overnight. Bake until the cheese is bubbly and the middle of the pasta is hot, about 30-40 minutes.

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Easy Baked Ziti

Perfectly baked noodles, hearty meaty tomato sauce, and three different types of cheese all baked up together to make this classic dish. But just because it taste like a million bucks, doesn't mean it should be difficult to make! We're breaking it down to make the best Easy Baked Ziti for a hearty dinner tonight and leftovers for days.


Yield 8-10
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes



Author: Lexi's Clean Kitchen
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Ingredients

Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400ºF and set a 9 x 13” baking pan on a rimmed baking sheet and set aside.
  2. Cook the pasta: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook, uncovered, until the pasta is al dente—about 1-2 minutes less than the package instructions state. Drain the pasta through a colander and return to the pot and mix together with a splash of olive oil.
  3. Make the meat sauce: Heat oil over medium heat in a large dutch oven. Once hot add onions and garlic cook for 3-4 minutes. Add meat and cook until no pink remains, about 7 minutes. Add marinara sauce, italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, 1 teaspoon sea salt and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper to the pan and combine. Bring sauce to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low and let simmer for 10 minutes. The longer you can let simmer, the better! Taste and adjust spices as desired then remove from heat.
  4. Prepare ricotta mixture: in a medium bowl by combining ricotta, ¼ cup parmesan, garlic powder, eggs, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper.
  5. Combine the cooked pasta and the meat sauce.
  6. Transfer half of the ziti in the 9x13 pan. Then dollop in scoops of the ricotta mixture and sprinkle over 1 cup of the mozzarella. Repeat another layer with the pasta, followed by the ricotta and then the reamaining mozzarella and parmesan cheese. 
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes until cheese is bubbling and golden in spots.
  8. Let cool for 5-10 minutes before serving. Serve with additional parmesan cheese if desired.

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Easy Baked Ziti

Healthy General Tso’s Chicken is simple, flavorful and perfect for a weeknight dinner.  It’s a lighter take on the classic American take-out dish and will be loved by both kids and adults. It also happens to be gluten-free, dairy-free and paleo!

Healthy General Tso’s Chicken

We are big fans of the fake-out take-out recipes here, but this lighter General Tso’s Chicken might be our new favorite! It uses wholesome ingredients and simple instructions and we are pretty sure the entire family will love it! General Tso’s is typically made by deep frying breaded chicken and then coating it with a pretty sweet sauce. While we still wanted to have some crispness to the chicken, we wanted to avoid frying it and we wanted to keep the sauce free of refined sweeteners and gluten while still maintain the same taste as traditional General Tso’s.

We use a few different ingredients (such as coconut aminos and gluten-free hoisin) to help achieve the same taste but made healthier. Serve General Tso’s Chicken with your favorite side, but we suggest cauliflower rice and if you’re feeling like you need some extra veggies in your life some broccoli would fit right in here.

What You Need to Make It

We turned to a few different products to help us keep this dish free from soy, refined sweeteners and gluten, which you will notice below. We used the Coconut Secrets brand of hoisin (which traditionally contains gluten) and coconut aminos, which is a soy-free soy sauce substitute. If you can’t find the gluten-free hoisin, feel free to use a gluten-free teriyaki sauce (we also recommend the brand Coconut Secrets for that). We do recommend using both honey and coconut sugar to get a similar taste to traditional General Tso’s.

What can you serve with this Lighter General Tsos?

We served ours with cauliflower rice, but it would also go well with:

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Healthy General Tso's Chicken

Healthy General Tso's Chicken is simple, flavorful and perfect for a weeknight dinner.  It's a lighter take on the classic American take-out dish and will  loved by both kids and adults. It also happens to be  be gluten-free, dairy-free and paleo!


Yield 4
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Recipe Type: Dinner
Cuisine Gluten-free
Make Ahead: Easy
Author: Lexi's Clean Kitchen
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Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 lb. boneless skinless chicken breast, diced into bite sized pieces
  • ¼ cup arrowroot starch
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 3 scallions, sliced thin and whites and greens separated
  • 1” piece ginger, peeled and grated
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup coconut hoisin sauce (see note for substitute)
  • 2 tablespoons cup rice vinegar 
  • 2 tablespoons coconut aminos
  • 2 tablespoon coconut sugar
  • 1 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried bird’s eye chili (or crushed red pepper flakes)
  • Cauliflower rice, for serving
  • Sesame seeds, for garnish

Directions

  1. Cut chicken into 1" pieces and place inside of a large bowl with arrowroot starch and a big pinch of salt and pepper. Toss to coat the chicken fully.
  2. Heat oil in a large, heavy skillet. Once hot, brown chicken on both sides, in batches if necessary, for 3-4 minutes per side.
  3. Remove chicken and set aside. To the pan add the white parts of the scallion, ginger and garlic and cook for 1 minute. 
  4. Add in the coconut hoisin, rice vinegar, coconut aminos, coconut sugar, honey, sesame oil, and red pepper flakes. Increase heat and bring the mixture to a boil, scraping up any browned bits on the bottom of the skillet. Once the sauce has boiled and thickened up, add back the chicken and cook through until hot, about 1 more minute.
  5. Serve chicken immediately with sauce from the skillet over cauliflower rice and top with green parts of the scallions and sesame seeds.

Recipe Notes

  1. Traditional hoisin sauce contains gluten. There are some brands out there that are free from gluten such as Coconut Secrets brand. If you can’t readily find a gluten-free brand, feel free to substitute teriyaki sauce.
  2. Despite this recipe calling for a lot of “coconut” products, this does not at all taste like coconut!

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Think fruit salads are just for the summer? Well we’ve got the perfect Winter Fruit Salad to serve when the weather is frightful but you are still craving a big, refreshing bowl of fruit. This fruit salad uses commonly found winter fruit and it’s mixed together with a delicious greek yogurt and poppy seed dressing. Perfect for parties or for a delicious dessert!

A bowl of winter fruit salad with winter fruit and greek yogurt dressing.Winter Fruit Salad

This Winter Fruit Salad is just what you need when it’s been cold for months and you are dreaming of warm summer days spent eating giant bowls of fruit…or that just us?! For this recipe, we paired together accessible winter fruit with a delicious and tangy greek yogurt dressing with poppy seeds to make the most for the best cold weather sweet salad. 

Winter fruit salad with pomegranate, kiwi, banana, apples and clementines.

What’s in it?

We included some of the most commonly available winter fruit. Feel free to substitute in what you have. We loved the addition of bananas here, but don’t use very ripe bananas or they can turn mushy quickly. Use bananas that have just turned yellow.

What other fruit can be added?

Most fruit would work well in this salad! You can change it out for whatever is in season or what is available for you. 

Greek yogurt dressing with poppy seeds.

How to Make the Dressing

The name of the game for this dressing is EASY! Just mix up all of the ingredients in a bowl and add to your cut up fruit.

Here are the ingredients:

A bowl of winter fruit salad with poppy seeds and greek yogurt.

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Think fruit salads are just for the summer? Well we've got the perfect and best Winter Fruit Salad to serve when the weather is frightful but you are still craving a big, refreshing bowl of fruit. This fruit salad uses commonly found winter fruit and it's mixed together with a delicious greek yogurt and poppy seed dressing. Perfect for parties or for a delicious dessert!


Yield 6-8
Prep Time 15 minutes

Total Time 15 minutes
Recipe Type: Salad
Cuisine Gluten-Free
Make Ahead: Easy
Author: Lexi's Clean Kitchen
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Ingredients

  • 2 apples, cored and diced
  • 6 mandarins, peeled and segmented
  • 2 bananas, peeled and sliced
  • 5 kiwis, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup pomegranate arils (seeds)
  • ¼ cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoons poppy seeds
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice

Directions

  1. Add apples, mandarins, bananas, kiwis and pomegranate arils to a large bowl.
  2. In a small bowl whisk together the greek yogurt, poppy seeds, honey, and orange juice. 
  3. Pour dressing over fruit and gently toss to coat.
  4. Fruit salad will keep for about 24 hours.

Recipe Notes

  1. Feel free to swap out dairy greek yogurt for non-dairy greek yogurt. Depending on the sugar content of the  non-dairy greek yogurt you may have to adjust the amount of honey.

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The Best Winter Fruit Salad

There is nothing quite like a pot of delicious and hearty soup simmering away in the dead of winter. And we’ve got just the recipe you are looking for to cook up today because we’re sharing our favorite healthy soup recipes!

Healthy Soup Recipes

26 Healthy Soup Recipes

Soup is my absolute favorite. It’s a hearty, one-pot meal that, if done right, is filled with healthy ingredients and awesome flavors. And often times it can be used for leftovers throughout the week. I’m sharing over 25 of my favorite healthy soup recipes that I’ve been loving over the years, and that I know you will too! Some are made on the stove, some on the Instant Pot and many in your Slow Cooker. No matter how it’s cooked though, it’s going to be delicious and hearty and healthy! Soup is a crowd pleaser, and for good reason! So let’s get to them!

Leftover Turkey and Wild Rice Soup

Feel Good Soups

Slow Cooker French Onion Soup: This gluten-free and healthy soup is comfort food at it’s finest. It’s made using simple ingredients you likely already have in your pantry, is largely hands-off cooking, is an economical meal and is so rich and flavorful. It can be eaten as is as a light soup, or more traditionally topped with melted cheese and either store-bought or homemade bread.

Split Pea Soup with Ham: The perfect meal to use up leftover baked ham (but don’t worry there is an option to use ham steak as well)! It’s a comfort meal in a bowl: warm, hearty and so delicious! This one pot meal is easily going to be your new favorite soup!

Turkey Wild Rice Soup: The perfect lunch or dinner to whip up after a great Thanksgiving meal. If you don’t have turkey leftovers, no problem because it also works great with leftover shredded chicken as well! This easy to prepare soup is full of veggies, it’s warm and hearty and so delicious!

This Roasted Poblano & Chicken Soup: A one-pot soup for any day of the week! Flavorful, light & hearty, and packed with good-for-you ingredients. The perfect soup for when you are craving a hearty soup with just the right amount of spice!

Tomato Basil Soup: It is creamy, flavorful, and smooth and pairs perfectly with this homemade gluten-free and grain-free grilled cheese!

French Squash Soup: This soup is an interesting take on the typical butternut squash soup. With a mix of different types of squash and the addition of pear and herbes de Provence, this warm and interesting recipe is going to elevate dinner time.

Healthy Italian Wedding Soup.

Italian Wedding Soup: Studded with meatballs and filled with veggies, this soup is a lightened up take on the classic. This hearty soup is family friendly and would make great leftovers. Opt to make it lower carb by skipping any added pasta, or go ahead and make it the classic way with your favorite pasta shape.

Healthy Chicken Soup: There is no better cure for anything than Chicken Soup. The chicken and broth warms the soup, and the vegetables brighten everything up. It’s a classic for a reason! Plus this Slow Cooker Chicken Soup is simple to make and easily freezes!

Feel Good Veggie Soup: This soup is packed with veggies and spices that are filled with antioxidants to help you heal (or just feel extra awesome). Loaded with ginger, garlic, turmeric, and bone broth we are kicking that Winter cold good-bye! Who’s ready to warm up with a bowl of Feel Good Soup?

Butternut Squash Curry Soup: This creamy soup has hints of curry and a touch of sweetness, the perfect cold-weather soup! It’s dairy–free, flavorful, and delicious!

Detox Chicken and Kale Soup: This chicken soup is perfect for when your body needs an easy, delicious and light meal. Packed with veggies and healthy protein, this soup is easy to whip up. It’s low-glycemic, paleo-friendly, egg-free, dairy-free, and Whole30 compliant!

Healthy soup recipes.

 

Plant Forward Healthy Soups

Hot and Sour Soup: A super flavorful and easy weeknight dinner that comes together quicker than it takes to order from your neighborhood takeout! It’s packed full of veggies, is so warm and comforting, and a healthier option because you control the ingredients that go in to it! This easy soup is gluten and dairy free, low carb and with options for paleo and whole30 friendly.

Healthy Broccoli Soup: Who loves a hearty and creamy soup with minimal ingredients but all the deliciousness? This soup checks off all those boxes and can be on your table in 30 minutes flat. This vegetarian soup is gluten-free with options for dairy-free and to make it Paleo and Whole30 friendly.

Gluten Free Minestrone Soup: It takes only 30 minutes and is loaded with fall veggies! It’s flavorful, hearty, and comforting. It makes for the ultimate customizable vegetarian soup for any day of the week!

Green Coconut Curry Ramen: It’s hearty, flavorful, and creamy without any of the dairy. It’s a great meatless and gluten-free dish for any night of the week that comes together in 30-minutes!

Green Chile Vegetable Soup: A light, flavorful, and packed with hearty veggies! It’s the perfect meatless soup to keep you warm all season long! Customize this soup with your favorite veggies, beans, and/or gluten-free pasta, too!

Bowls of healthy soups.

Easy Black Bean Soup: Perfect for a quick weeknight dinner or lunch meal prep. It’s vegan, takes about 30 minutes and so hearty! Garnish with your favorite toppings and you have a warm, quick satisfying meal! I am literally in love with this soup. Mike also loved it cold as a black bean dip!

Thai Curry Soup: This dish is packed with so many of your CSA and farmer’s market veggies: Summer Squash, Bok Choy, Snap Peas, Basil, and Cilantro. It’ll be a hit of dinner, and then some with leftovers!

Stuffed Pepper Soup: The perfect cold weather meal! Loaded with all of your favorite stuffed pepper flavors, but without the hassle of having to actually stuff peppers. It’s easily cooked in either the crock pot or the Instant Pot and this hearty soup is also gluten-free and optionally dairy-free.

Instant Pot Lentil Soup: Hearty, warm and inviting, this soup is the absolute perfect winter meal. This vegetarian soup is flavored with tomatoes, fresh herbs and a hint of spice that make this soup not only feel-good-food but just plain delicious. It’s made easily in the Instant Pot (or in your Slow Cooker) for a hands-off meal destined to make whoever it is served so happy.

Healthy soup recipes.

Dinner Favorites Made in Soup Form

Instant Pot Chicken Parm Soup: If you love chicken parmesan, you are going to love this one. This soup is made easy in the Instant Pot with our favorite chicken, a flavorful tomato broth and topped with all the classic chicken parm flavors.

Taco Soup: With all the classic flavor of a taco, this easy-to-make soup is a family-friendly weeknight dinner win. Customize your soup by adding on all your favorite toppings! It’s made in about 30 minutes, and is also gluten-free, Paleo and Whole30 friendly.

Egg Roll Soup: An easy, weeknight dinner that is full of the flavor of an egg roll, without any of the fuss of wrapping and frying! This veggie and pork soup is family friendly and would make great leftovers! We also offer options to make it vegetarian, and it’s already Paleo, Whole30 and Keto friendly too!

Instant Pot Baked Potato Soup: This tastes just like a loaded baked potato! It’s creamy and topped with all of your favorite baked potato toppings. This comfort food soup is gluten-free and optionally made dairy-free!

Southwest Chicken Soup: Made easy in the Instant Pot with chicken, beans, corn and tomatoes. It is simple to make and can optionally be prepared ahead of time and stored in the freezer. It’s as easy as placing all the ingredients in a freezer bag and stashing it away until you are in need of a quick weeknight. Simply defrost in the refrigerator overnight and place everything in an Instant Pot to cook at dinnertime!

Lasagna Soup: This soup is made in one pot or in the slow cooker, is simple to prepare, loaded with flavor, and reminiscent of the classic lasagna flavors we all love! This is such a fun and hearty soup to serve any night of the week, and you’ll have leftovers, too! 

ENJOY!

Healthy Soup Recipes

Looking for a quick and flavorful way to cook chicken breasts? This Baked Maple Dijon Chicken Breast recipe is perfect for any night of the week. Plus, we’re sharing our best tips for cooking chicken breasts in the oven.

Maple dijon chicken with mashed potatoes.Maple Mustard Chicken Recipe

These perfectly cooked Maple Dijon Chicken Breasts are your answer to a quick and delicious weeknight dinner. The chicken is pounded out to an even thickness and topped with a creamy maple dijon sauce and then baked to perfection. And we’re sharing all the tips we have to make sure you get the juiciest chicken possible! Serve this along side sweet potato fries, mashed potatoes, cauliflower rice or on top of a big salad and dinner is served!

Ingredients Needed

Maple mustard chicken in oven dish.

How to Make Perfect Juicy Baked Chicken

The secret to getting juicy and flavorful chicken is ultimately about not overcooking it. That is the single most important step of cooking chicken breasts, which are lower in fat than their dark meat counterparts. 

A small step you can take that goes a long way to making perfect chicken is to pound out the meat to an even thickness with a meat mallet (or a rolling pin). This ensures the chicken is perfectly cooked throughout, instead of having some parts of the chicken overcooked because they are thinner.

In addition, if you had the extra time on your hands you could prepare the chicken breasts with the maple dijon sauce ahead of time to let the meat marinate. This isn’t essential, but it does bump up the flavor a bit. You could do as little time as 30 minutes or even overnight.

Lastly, and the most important step is to remove the chicken just before it has finished cooking. As all meat does, the chicken will continue to cook after it has been removed from the oven. We always suggest using an instant-read thermometer to check the temperature of meat, and chicken breast should be removed from the oven between 155º-160º. Once the chicken has been pulled out, cover the pan with aluminum foil and allow the chicken to rests. This let’s the chicken finish cooking to 165º and lets the chicken rest so all the juices stay within the chicken breast.

Slicing Maple Mustard Chicken.

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What to Serve with Baked Maple Chicken

Serve this maple dijon chicken up with your favorite sides. Here are some of ours:

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Baked Maple Dijon Chicken Breast

Looking for a quick and flavorful way to cook chicken breasts? This Baked Maple Dijon Chicken Breast recipe is perfect for any night of the week. Plus, we’re sharing our best tips for cooking chicken breasts in the oven.


Yield 4
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Recipe Type: Dinner
Cuisine Gluten-free
Make Ahead: Easy
Author: Lexi's Clean Kitchen
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Ingredients

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF.
  2. Whisk together dijon mustard, maple syrup, lemon juice, ½ teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon pepper. Set aside.
  3. Place chicken breasts on a steady surface between two sheets of parchment or plastic wrap. Using the flat side of a meat mallet or rolling pin, pound each to an even thickness of 1”. Season chicken with a pinch of salt and pepper.
  4. Place chicken inside a 9x13” baking dish. Pour the sauce over the chicken and cook until the chicken is nearly finished cooking through, to 160ºF, about 30-35 minutes.
  5. Remove the chicken from the oven and loosely cover the chicken with aluminum foil to let it rest for 5-10 minutes while it finishes cooking.
  6. Slice and serve with your favorite sides.

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Baked Maple Dijon Chicken

These Gluten Free Swedish Meatballs are the perfect cozy dinner. They’re warm and comforting with just enough (dairy-free) creamy gravy to make you feel a bit indulgent. What is even better is that they’re simple to make and a crowd favorite. They’re Whole30 and Paleo friendly and totally dairy-free.

Gluten free Swedish Meatballs smothered in gravy on a plate.Gluten Free Swedish Meatballs

Swedish meatballs may be just be the ultimate comfort, especially when they’re served on top of a bed of mashed potatoes! The meatballs are so tender with a hint of warmth from the allspice covered in a creamy gravy that just so happens to be dairy and gluten-free. 

Ingredient mixture for gluten free Swedish Meatballs.Ingredients Needed

How It’s Made Dairy-Free

We’re big fans of cashew cream here at LCK. Cashew cream is simply soaked cashews that are blended until they are smooth and creamy. It’s a great replacement for heavy cream or in some recipes cream cheese. It can be used for both savory or sweet recipes but also it’s just kind of delicious! It works so well with these Swedish Meatballs. We wrote a whole recipe, complete with a video, on how to make it. So check out this post if you want all the tips on making it.

If you can’t tolerate nuts, but can tolerate dairy feel free to swap out the cashew cream 1-1 with heavy cream.

Browned meatballs in a pan.

How to Make Paleo and Whole30 Swedish Meatballs

Begin by making your meatball mixture by adding all the ingredients into a bowl and mixing together until fully incorporated. Roll meat mixture into 1-½” balls and set aside.

Next you’re going to sear the meatballs in a skillet and lock in all that delicious flavor. Brown on all sides of the meatball and then set them aside on a plate while you make the gravy.

Before you start the gravy, make an arrowroot slurry by whisking together the arrowroot starch and water. You’ll need this to thicken up the gravy. Set aside until you are ready to use it.

Then you’re going to toast up some grated onion, coconut aminos and dijon in the pan for a minute before deglazing that pan with some beef broth. Add in the cashew cream and some of arrowroot slurry and scrape up any browned bits on the bottom of the pan.

Return the meatballs to the gravy and cook them until they’ve reached an internal temperature of 165ºF.

If the gravy hasn’t thickened enough, stir in the remainder of the slurry and then taste and adjust the seasoning!

Gravy covered gluten free Swedish Meatballs in a pan.

What to Serve with Dairy Free Swedish Meatballs

Swedish meatballs can be served over a bed of mashed potatoes or buttered noodles and typically served with a sweet fruit compote like lingonberry sauce.

Some other options to serve with the dish:

Gluten free Swedish Meatballs on a bed of mashed potatoes.

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Gluten Free Swedish Meatballs

These Gluten Free Swedish Meatballs are the perfect cozy dinner. They’re warm and comforting with just enough (dairy-free) creamy gravy to make you feel a bit indulgent. What is even better is that they're simple to make and a crowd favorite. They're Whole30 and Paleo friendly and totally dairy-free.


Yield 4
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Recipe Type: Dinner
Cuisine Gluten Free
Make Ahead: Moderate
Author: Lexi's Clean Kitchen
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Ingredients

For Meatballs:

For Gravy:

Directions

  1. Add beef, pork, almond flour, onion, parsley, egg, garlic powder, salt, pepper and allspice to a large bowl and mix together until fully incorporated. Roll meat mixture into 1-½” balls (about 3 tablespoons each) and set aside.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large cast iron skillet over medium. Once hot add half of meatballs to the pan, and brown on all sides, about 1-2 minutes per side. Set aside. Repeat with remaining meatballs, adding more oil if needed, and remove from the skillet and shut off heat. 
  3. Pour off excess oil from the skillet, without disturbing any of the browned bits on the bottom of the pan.
  4. Return heat to medium and add in the grated onion, coconut aminos and dijon and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add in beef broth and cashew cream and scrape up any browned bits on the bottom of the pan.
  5. Meanwhile, make an arrowroot slurry by whisking together arrowroot with 1 tablespoon of water in a small bowl.
  6. Whisk 2 teaspoons of the arrowroot slurry to the gravy until fully incorporated and bring the gravy to a soft boil. Lower the heat to simmer and add back in meatballs.
  7. Cook the meatballs, stirring occassionally, for 8-10 minutes, or until the meatballs have reached an internal temperature of 165.
  8. If the gravy hasn’t thickened enough, stir in the remainder of the slurry. Taste and adjust the seasoning.
  9. Serve meatballs with gravy and additional parsley over mashed potatoes, buttered noodles or spaghetti squash.

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Gluten-free Swedish Meatballs

Winter here in Boston means chilly temperatures, slippery roads, and lots of time bundled up inside. These conditions can be a little bit of a drag, but they also give me more time than usual to relax and snuggle up with a book. Here are fifteen books that I’m especially excited for this winter… 

2020 Winter Book List

Winter 2020 Books to Read

Fiction to Hit the Spot 

Get lost in something totally unreal! There’s a mix of contemporary fiction, drama, and thriller here, so you’ll be sure to find something to fulfill your fiction cravings. 

1. Followers: A Novel by Megan Angelo: If you’re anything like me, one of the things that is most likely to distract you from working through the list of all the awesome books you want to read is the temptation to scroll through your phone instead. Those pesky little devices — and the social media explosion that they’ve created — keep us from doing so many other things we plan to do! Because of this, it seems all too appropriate that the first book on my winter list is Followers, which takes a very entertaining look at our dependence on technology. Picking it up is a great way to combine your urge to scroll Instagram with your goal to do more reading! 

2. The Gifted School: A Novel by Bruce Holsinger: With a few more weeks (or months!) of winter still ahead of you, now might be the ideal time to dig into a longer book… especially one that’s as juicy as The Gifted School. The book transports readers to an upscale town in Colorado where a competitive new charter school has opened, then takes you inside the minds of all of the parents and kids who are aiming for a spot there. There are complicated relationships and plenty of deep, dark secrets, too! 

3. The Dutch House: A Novel by Ann Patchett: I’m a big fan of pretty much anything Jenna Bush Hager picks for her Today Show book club, and The Dutch House is no exception. Ann Patchett is the queen of telling stories about families. Luckily for us, she does it again in her latest novel! The Dutch House tells the story of a pair of siblings and their connection to the house they grew up in. It spans fifty years and will suck you right in for plenty of winter reading sessions. 

4. Dear Edward: A Novel by Ann Napolitano: This cover is absolutely beautiful, which is fitting for an amazing book like Dear Edward. Edward is a twelve-year-old boy and the sole survivor of a plane crash. The book chronicles what it’s like to feel alone no matter how much attention you’re getting, plus the title character’s captivating search to find meaning after loss. Dear Edward is another one of Jenna Bush Hager’s book club picks, so you don’t even have to take it from me! 

5. Long Bright River: A Novel by Liz Moore: Are thrillers your flavor? If so, I’ve got you covered for winter reading with Long Bright River, which was an instant New York Times bestseller and a favorite book for, like, every website and magazine in 2019. There’s interpersonal drama, addiction, police procedure, disappearance, suspense… really, you should just grab yourself a comfy corner of your couch and see for yourself. 

Winter Reading List 2020

True-to-Life Tales

There’s a little bit of historical fiction and a whole lot of memoir in this section! These real stories and voices are ideal for reading under plenty of blankets. 

6. Uncanny Valley: A Memoir by Anna Wiener: This book has been just about everywhere lately, so if it hasn’t found its way into your hands yet, I’d highly recommend that you grab it. You don’t want to get left behind! Uncanny Valley was written by a woman who left her job in book publishing to work at a Silicon Valley startup. In her memoir, she shares all the wild details of life in the digital era and the tech bubble. It’s the behind-the-scenes tell all you never knew you needed. 

7. My Friend Anna: The True Story of a Fake Heiress by Rachel DeLoache Williams: If the subtitle of this one hasn’t already caught your attention, let me tell you a little more: the author of My Friend Anna was working as the photo editor at Vanity Fair when she made a friend named, well, Anna, who called herself a German heiress and treated pals to extravagant gifts and dinners. Things got weird when she invited the author on an all-expenses paid trip to Marrakech and was suddenly unable to foot the bill. The crazy ride that unfolded is documented in this book, which you won’t be able to stop thinking (or talking) about. 

8. Wine Girl: The Obstacles, Humiliations, and Triumphs of America’s Youngest Sommelier by Victoria James: Wine Girl won’t hit shelves for a few weeks, but you’re going to want to flag it now so you can pick it up for a little late winter reading. Who isn’t fascinated by the mysterious, glamorous world of wine? Victoria James — who became a sommelier when she was just twenty-one years old — has a very unique perspective on it, which she shares in this memoir. 

9. Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years by Julie Andrews: There’s something undeniably special about old Hollywood. Even if you wouldn’t call yourself a Julie Andrews superfan (although, who can hep but love her in Mary Poppins or The Sound of Music?), the longtime star has amazing stories to tell about what it was like to grow up in the movie magic of the ‘50s and ‘60s. I would recommend this one as an audiobook, actually, since Julie Andrews herself narrates it! 

10. The Giver of Stars: A Novel by Jojo Moyes: Technically, The Giver of Stars is historical fiction, which means it’s slightly out of place in this section… but since it’s based on a true story, it totally counts. Written by the author of Me Before You, this book gives readers a peek at the Packhorse Librarians of Kentucky, a group of women who deliver books throughout a rural mining town during the Great Depression. It’s full of amazing female characters and stories that will break your heart in all the right ways, plus Reese Witherspoon is developing it into a movie. Read the book now so you’re ready for it! 

School’s In Session! (Kind Of)

Something about winter days makes me feel a little extra inspired to learn something new. If you can relate, these books are a good place to start. 

11. You’re Not Listening: What You’re Missing and Why It Matters by Kate Murphy: Listening is a skill that it seems so many of us are always working on, and this book is a good reminder of how important those efforts are. Journalist Kate Murphy takes a deep dive into our struggles with listening and offers ideas to help us better tune in. There’s lots of interesting science here, but it’s all been made totally accessible. You’ll close this book knowing that you’ve learned something and also being able to explain it! 

12. I Like To Watch: Arguing My Way Through the TV Revolution by Emily Nussbaum: For something a little lighter but still non-fiction, give I Like To Watch a try this winter. The author is a Pulitzer Prize-winning critic with a lot to say about all kinds of television. The good news? She won’t make you feel judged for liking what might have a reputation as “bad” or “trashy” TV. This collection of essays is a celebration of all kinds of shows, and it will entertain you just as much as your latest Netflix obsession. 

13. Why We Can’t Sleep: Women’s New Midlife Crisis by Ada Calhoun: Getting good sleep is a key part of overall wellness, and since wellness is clearly my major priority, you know this book had to go at the top of my list. The author spoke to women all over America about their struggles to sleep in order to give a bigger picture explanation of our sleep challenges. She also comes to the table with solutions! 

14. Friendship: The Evolution, Biology, and Extraordinary Power of Life’s Fundamental Bond by Lydia Denworth: If you’re lucky enough to have good friends, you probably don’t spend a lot of time thinking about the science behind those relationships… but it’s actually pretty interesting stuff! This book is a full-on investigation of friendship that will make you feel more grateful than ever for your loved ones. 

15. More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say) by Elaine Welteroth: I like to think we all can learn a lot from books about how to be our best selves, and More Than Enough fits that bill. Elaine Welteroth was the Teen Vogue editor who helped make the magazine more socially conscious. She brings that sense of barrier-breaking into her first book, which will leave you fired up and ready to take on all of your own challenges! It’s also been optioned for a TV series, which is pretty cool. 

ENJOY!

15 Books to Cozy Up With This Winter

Everything in moderation, and that includes dessert! Dessert should first and foremost be delicious, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be healthy too! We’ve compiled a list of our best Healthy Dessert Recipes ranging from the easy-to-make sweet treats to the weekend baking projects!

Healthy Dessert Recipes

Healthy Dessert Recipes

Here at Lexi’s Clean Kitchen we are all about creating lightened up dessert recipes that taste every bit as good as their traditional counterparts, but with the mindset of everything in moderation. This collection of recipes ranges from some lighter fruit recipes to the more decadent chocolate recipes with a little bit of everything in between.

Healthy Desserts with Fruit

Easy Slow Cooker Baked Apples: These easy-to-make “baked” apples have just the right amount of sweet, they swarm your home with the most delicious fall scent, and they are super EASY to throw together.

Apple Nachos: An amazing kid-friendly snack that is both nutritious and fun! It can be made in under 10 minutes and is perfect to serve at a playdate or send to school to celebrate a birthday. They can be customized based off of what you have on hand and we guarantee will be a hit!

Berry and Cream Dairy Free Parfait: The perfect healthy treat when looking for a simple dairy-free and vegan friendly option! They come together quickly with only 4 ingredients and just the right amount of sweetness!

Chia Honey Lime Fruit Salad: The perfect refreshing fruit salad to serve all summer long! This dish is perfect for a party or BBQ and can be made ahead of time! The sweet fruit is complemented with the zesty lime and is customizable based on what fruit is available for you.

Chocolate Kiwi Pops: Easy, customizable, and totally perfect for the summer months these Kiwi pops or bites are coated in chocolate and drizzled with your favorite toppings! Such a simple, fun and healthy-ish treat for kids.

Hassleback Pear Crumbles: A delicious and fun treat that can be made to accommodate as few or as many people you are serving! A twist on a traditional Pear Crumb pie, these single serve crumbles are lighter than your average pie!

Healthy Berry Cobbler: It’s packed with fresh or frozen berries and topped with the best gluten-free biscuits. It will be your favorite dessert of summer!

Cherry Pie Bars: They have all the deliciousness of a cherry pie without the time needed to actually making one! It uses nutrient-dense almond flour to make the crust and the crumble on top and is packed with fresh cherry flavor. These bars are gluten-free, dairy-free friendly, and the ultimate summer dessert!

Grain-free Cranberry Apple Crisp This healthy apple crisp is made without oats, with a pop of color and tartness thanks to added cranberries and is sweetened just right! 

Peach Raspberry Crisp: Packed with Summer fruit, just the right amount of tartness, and so so flavorful! It will definitely be a staple for Summer gatherings with friends and family! It’s grain-free, dairy-free, egg-free, and so so simple to make!

Apple Galette This is similar to an apple pie with a buttery crust with thinly sliced juicy apple, but easier to put together! It’s the perfect dessert to serve during the holidays or a fun weekend baking project to celebrate the fall season! It’s made using unrefined sweeteners and uses the BEST gluten-free crust.

Healthy Chai dessert popsicles on a tray.Easy Healthy Desserts

Chai Popsicles: These 4-Ingredient popsicles couldn’t be easier to make! And they have such a warm and unique flavor, and naturally separate in the freezer to make a really beautiful layered look! They’re also dairy-free, Paleo and vegan friendly.

Gluten-Free Edible Cookie Dough Dip: Think all of the delicious and creamy flavors of regular cookie dough, but without flour or the eggs… snack time, or dessert time, WIN!

Homemade Jello: It’s so much healthier than traditional jello, and made with real fruit! There are no artificial colors or flavors and no added refined sugar in this recipe.

Creamy Peppermint Coconut Cups: These Creamy Peppermint Coconut Cups are the perfect treat to have in the fridge! They are chocolate-y, peppermint-y, and coconut-y! They are keto-friendly, too! Perfect keto cups!  

Espresso Candied Pecans: These Espresso Candied Pecans are the perfect DIY gift giving treat! They are easy to make, and you can make large batches to package up for friends and family this holiday season!

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Healthier Chocolate Desserts

Healthy Fudge: This 5-Ingredient fudge is easy to make, made with minimal ingredients, has the perfect texture, is customizable with your favorite fudge add-ins, is packed with healthy fats, and is a rich and decadent treat that everybody will love!

Chocolate Dessert Cups: The perfect no bake healthy treat that are simple to make but so impressive! You won’t believe how easy it is to make these beautiful chocolate cups that you can fill with anything from a simple fruit mix to a decadent chocolate mousse!

Paleo Chocolate Truffles: Made with a few simple ingredients and are down-right delicious. This decadent chocolate treat is simple to put together but looks stunning! Aside from being Paleo Friendly, these truffles are also vegan and don’t have any added refined sugars. Make these for that certain holiday for lovers, or really anytime of year!

Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Cups: The healthier cousin to the beloved store-bought peanut butter cups. Making them at home is easy, using a handful of wholesome ingredients like almond butter, dark chocolate and maple syrup, these chocolate cups are paleo-friendly and made without any refined sugars. 

Fudgesicles: They are so rich and creamy, but made without any dairy at all! Made simply with only a handful of ingredients these naturally sweetened popsicles will be loved by both kids and adults alike.

Healthy Brownies, Bars and Cookies

Paleo Thin Mints: Looking for a healthier version of your favorite Girl Scout Cookie? These Paleo Thin Mints are just that! Crunchy, minty, chocolate-y, and just the right amount of sweetness! They are the REAL DEAL, while also being gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, and refined sugar free!

Funfetti Gluten Free Blondies: If you like buttery, chewy and dense blondies that are speckled full of sprinkles and also happened to be gluten-free with a dairy-free paleo option, then you are going to love these! They’re so ridiculously tasty, and come to you today to celebrate Lexi’s Clean Kitchen turning 6 years old this month!

Healthy Brownies: If you are looking for fudgy, chewy and and ridiculously chocolate-y Paleo Brownies than this is the recipe for you! These healthy gluten free brownies are made with almond flour, they’re grain-free, optionally dairy-free and simple to make.

Maple Meringue Cookies: They are simple, crunchy, light, naturally gluten-free, and perfect to have for entertaining or for a treat. Thesy are also refined sugar free, light, and the perfect beautiful cookie everybody will love!

Sugar Cookies: These buttery sweet cookies have a soft vanilla flavor, a crisp exterior and a soft and chewy middle, just like any good sugar cookie should have. Better yet, they are simple to prepare using only a handful of ingredients and needing just a bowl and spoon to make the batter. 

Avocado Brownies: These dense and fudgey brownies have a secret ingredient that’s packed with nutrients and healthy fats, and nobody will know it! Chocolate Avocado Brownies are the perfect sweet treat to end a meal or even to pack in the lunch box with the kiddos. They’re flourless and Paleo friendly without any refined sweeteners.

Double Chocolate Macadamia Cookies: These Double Chocolate Chunk Macadamia Nut Cookies are the perfect gluten-free and paleo-friendly cookie that everyone will love! Soft, chewy, and bursting with chocolate and macadamia nuts! A household favorite!

Snickerdoodles: There are a MUST MAKE recipe. These chewy little cookies are spiced just right, easy-to-prepare and perfect for the holidays, or year round. The dough is made in 1-bowl, then rolled in a cinnamon and sugar mixture. They are free from gluten, grains and refined sugar but still perfectly delicious.

Peanut Butter Blossoms: They have all the flavor of the traditional, but using better-for-you ingredients! These peanut butter cookies cookies are easy-to-prepare and perfect for the holidays, or year round. The dough is made in 1-bowl and they are free from gluten, grains and refined sugar but still perfectly delicious.

Strawberry and Chocolate Ganache Sandwich Cookies: The cutest sweet treat, made even nicer because they are optionally free of the 14 most common allergens. Gluten free strawberry cookies are sandwiched between a dairy-free chocolate ganache with hidden strawberry jam in the middle.

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies: So perfectly chewy, soft, and delicious! The combination of cinnamon, chocolate, and raisins in these are heaven. No one will be able to tell that these are gluten-free and refined sugar-free!

Cut Out Cookies: These Gluten Free Cut Out Cookies are the best for decorating holiday cookies! They are so simple to put together, can be rolled out immediately and decorated (or not) to celebrate any holiday! These versatile cookies are made with only 5 ingredients (plus a pinch of salt!) and are a great activity to do with the kids.

A three layer chocolate cake on a plate.

Healthier Cakes and Cupcakes

Gluten-Free Carrot Cake: This healthier, more nutrient dense take on the classic carrot cake is gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo friendly and made without any refined sugars! It can be topped with a classic cream cheese frosting, or made dairy-free with homemade fluff. Either way it will be welcome at any celebration or holiday dinner (or just a regular tuesday afternoon)!

Caramel Upside Down Apple Cake: This one is unbelievably simple to make and so delicious. It’s grain-free, nut-free and dairy-free but with no shortage of delicious apple cinnamon flavor. It’s perfect to serve up for Rosh Hashanah or to whip up for a weekend baking project after you’ve gone apple picking.

Hostess Cupcakes: Now this one is a fun weekend baking project! It starts with a super moist gluten-free chocolate cupcake, filled with homemade marshmallow fluff (made without any refined sugar) and dipped in a dairy-free chocolate ganache! Pipe on either some of the marshmallow fluff or melted white chocolate to complete the classic hostess-style cupcake look!

The BEST Gluten-Free Layer Birthday Cake: A vanilla cake with vanilla frosting that is free from gluten and grains but still so delicious! A classic recipe!

Paleo Cupcakes With Matcha Coconut Buttercream Frosting: These Paleo Cupcakes With Matcha Coconut Buttercream Frosting are seriously amazing! The creamy matcha and coconut buttercream frosting pairs so perfectly with the fluffy vanilla cupcake.

Gluten Free Chocolate Cupcakes: Everyone needs an amazing chocolate cupcake recipe, and this one is ours! These are moist with a deep chocolate flavor and simply delicious. They’re also dairy-free and made without any refined sweeteners. Grab a bowl and a whisk and head straight to the kitchen to whip some up!

Simple and Festive Vanilla Cake with Fruit: Whether you are headed to a BBQ with family or friends or hosting a get together of your own, you’ll need a classic festive cake for the all the parties! Let’s make the most perfect (AND nut-free) vanilla cake topped with an easy buttercream and garnished off with tons of fresh fruit (red and blue for good measure)!

Raspberry Swirl Brownies: Nothing in this world is better than chocolate and raspberry together and that’s why these brownies are the absolute best. You know what else makes these the best? They’re a decadent treat that’s on the healthier side by using coconut oil and almond flour. That means they’re also grain-free, dairy-free and Paleo, while still being totally delicious.

Healthier Pie Recipes

Nut-Free Pumpkin Pie This Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie is smooth and creamy (without any cream) with just the right note of spice. It’s made using our nut-free and gluten-free crust that is so simple to put together! 

Blueberry Pie: The perfect dessert to serve at a backyard summer party or potluck! It’s juicy and sweetened just right (using unrefined sweeteners) and will be a hit with everyone! It’s gluten-free, with dairy-free options and can be made with either fresh or frozen blueberries. Let’s get baking!

Key Lime Tart: Made using honey and coconut milk for a rich, tangy and smooth filling! It’s simple to prepare and can be optionally topped with a honey meringue for a showstopper dessert. It’s gluten-free and made without any refined sugars.

Classic Apple Pie This classic pie has  a buttery crust with thinly sliced juicy apples laced with cinnamon and nutmeg. It’s made using unrefined sweeteners and uses the best gluten-free crust.

Pecan Pie: This Pecan Pie made in a tart pan is absolutely stunning, yet simple to put together. And the best part? It’s made without any refined sugar or corn syrup!

Healthy gluten free banana breadClassic Desserts Made Healthier

Creme Brûlée: This dairy-free and refined-sugar free version is just as decadent as the classic version but lightened up with a secret healthy ingredient! It’s perfectly sweetened with a blend of honey and maple sugar and despite it feeling fancy it is really easy to make.

Healthy Rice Pudding: The perfect, lightened up version of the creamy rice pudding recipe you grew up loving. It’s vegan, gluten-free, and refined sugar free and is hands down the perfect hearty dessert!

Paleo Banana Bread: The ultimate gluten-free banana bread that is freezer-friendly, using almond flour and coconut flour and very little added sugar! It’s taken me years to perfect this recipe, and I finally achieved the exact texture I wanted for the ultimate, easy, banana bread that is freezer-friendly, too! Perfect for a holiday morning, or a snack anytime of the week!

Classic Chocolate Mousse: It’s a rich, fluffy, chocolate-y treat with just the right amount of sweetness. It will absolutely be a staple healthy dessert for holiday entertaining! Made with minimal ingredients and no baking required, everyone will love this no fuss dessert!

Gluten Free Lemon Bars: They’re creamy and delicious, and best of all: so easy to make. Bring them along to your next pot luck or BBQ and everyone will be thanking you!

Vegan and Paleo Caramel: This healthier caramel is not only super delicious, but it’s also easy to make! We’ve tested three different versions using unrefined sweeteners for all of your caramel needs!

Healthy Dessert Recipes

Looking for the easiest Paleo Chocolate Frosting that’s dairy-free and requires only 2 ingredients? This is it! It’s so simple to put together and can be used in a variety of ways to make the prettiest and rich and chocolately cupcakes or cakes.

Paleo Frosting Recipe

When you find out how to make this recipe you are going to wonder how something so easy can look so beautiful! This recipe requires just 2 ingredients (though there are some optional add-in’s if you want) and is pretty simple to make! It’s the perfect rich chocolate frosting, even if you don’t need to be dairy-free and Paleo. Use this chocolate frosting to top your favorite cupcake, to decorate a cake or even to make those beautiful chocolate drips on a cake!

Here is what you need to make it:

How to Make Dairy Free Chocolate Frosting

In the most basic form, this is a paleo ganache frosting. Basically the chocolate is melted with hot coconut cream, and it’s stirred together until silky and smooth. Just make sure to use coconut cream. If you can’t find the cans specifically labeled coconut cream, you can chill a can of coconut milk and scoop off the solidified cream.

Different Ways to Use It

I love how versatile this frosting is! Here are the two different ways you can use it:

As a Ganache Topping

A cupcake could be “frosted” with just the plain silky ganache as is. It creates a beautiful and thick glaze on top of the cupcakes (just like in this recipe here). To do it: dip the top of each cupcake carefully into the glaze and swish around to make sure it’s covered completely. Then gently lift it up to let to let the excess glaze drip off and quickly flip it back right side up on a wire rack to cool completely.

As a Whipped Frosting

Once the ganache is completely chilled (but not too hard) you will whip it with an electric mixer. Whipping it will add air to the chilled ganache and make it light and fluffy. It will significantly lighten the color and make it spreadable and easy to use in a piping bag.

Optional Additions

So the frosting as it is written is pretty decadent and ALL about that chocolate flavor. Which is great, but it also is possible to switch up the flavor a bit and add in some different ingredients and dress up your cupcakes / cake.

Powdered Sugar: Looking for a more sweeter chocolate frosting? Add in about 1/2 cup organic powdered sugar when you are melting it. Of course, this makes it NOT paleo, but still leaves it dairy-free.

Extracts: There are so many different flavors you can add in here! The most obviously being vanilla extract. Start with 1 teaspoon for that. Other flavors could be peppermint, orange, or even almond. Start with 1/4 teaspoon for those and increase as desired.

Flaky Sea Salt: After you’ve finished frosting your cupcakes go ahead and sprinkle on some flaky sea salt. A little sprinkle of sea salt always is a welcome addition.

Sprinkles: Because, of course! Add these after you’ve finished frosting your cupcake.

Freeze Dried Fruit Powder: Using a sprinkle of freeze dried fruit powder not only can make the cupcakes or cake look pretty, but it also adds a nice punch of flavor without adding in extra moisture. Raspberry or strawberry would be great here! But feel free to experiment. Freeze dried fruit can be commonly found in most grocery stores now, just make sure to read the ingredient list. Look for a brand that lists only the actual fruit as the ingredients. Add this after you’ve finished frosting your cupcake.

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2-Ingredient Paleo Chocolate Frosting

Looking for the easiest Paleo Chocolate Frosting that's dairy-free and requires only 2 ingredients? This is it! It's so simple to put together and can be used in a variety of ways to make the prettiest and rich and chocolately cupcakes or cakes.


Yields 4 cups
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Recipe Type: Dessert
Cuisine Paleo
Make Ahead: Easy
Author: Lexi's Clean Kitchen
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Ingredients

Directions

  1. Place chocolate in a heat proof bowl.
  2. Heat coconut cream until it is very hot (but not boiling) either in a microwave or in a very small pot over a low flame.
  3. Pour the cream over the chocolate and shake the bowl to make sure the chocolate is covered by the hot cream. Let sit undisturbed for 5 minutes.
  4. Whisk the chocolate and coconut cream together until a smooth ganache is formed. Let sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes. Then move mixture to the freezer for 10 minutes. Remove from the freezer and stir around the mixture to make sure it chills evenly. Place back in the freezer for 5 minutes. Remove and check to see that the mixture is fully chilled, but not completely hard. The ganache should be easily spreadable, but quite chilled. If it’s still warm or very soft, place back in the freezer and check on it every 5 minutes. If it's too hard, let it sit out until it's softened a bit.
  5. Whip the ganache with an electric mixer, until lightened in color and fluffy, about 5 minutes on medium high speed. Make sure to frequently scrape down the sides of the bowl to ensure it is evenly whipped. When done, it should be an easily spreadable consistency.
  6. Use immediately with your favorite cupcake or cake recipe.
  7. Recipe will make enough frosting to frost between 12-16 cupcakes, or a 3-layer 6" or 8" cake.

Recipe Notes

  1. You can use chocolate chips here, instead of chopped chocolate, but make sure they're medium to high quality to ensure the proper consistency.
  2. Make sure to check ingredients of chocolate to ensure dietary requirements such as dairy-free. For dairy-free Enjoy Life is a great choice and for Paleo Hu Chocolate is a good choice.

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2-Ingredient Paleo Chocolate Frosting

Switch up taco night and make Instant Pot Chicken Fajitas your new go-to easy weeknight dinner. Simple to prepare by adding sliced chicken, peppers and onions to your pressure cooker and then cooking with the push of a button. It can even be optionally prepared ahead of time and stored in the freezer (hello “dump” dinners). Serve with all your favorite fajita fixin’s! Made in partnership with my friends at Farmer Focus!

Instant pot chicken fajitas recipe.Instant Pot Chicken Fajitas

We are all about super simple weeknight dinners here, and this Instant Pot Chicken Fajitas checks all of those boxes. It takes minimal amount of time to prepare, is cooked using our favorite hands-off cooking kitchen gadget and is SO DELICIOUS. But the bonus? This can be prepared in batches ahead of time and stored in the freezer for the ultimate fast, healthy dinner. We’re talking another great dump dinner idea with this fajita recipe!

The truth is, fajitas are already a pretty quick dinner idea. But what makes cooking them in the Instant Pot so unique, especially when prepared ahead of time as a dump dinner, is that it truly is a place-all-the-ingredients-in-the-pressure-cooker dinner, set a button and walk away until you hear it beep. Some weeknights, especially when you have a busy family, are too chaotic to think about cooking. But everyone needs a healthy delicious dinner, so this recipe is good to have on hand. 

Serve the chicken fajitas with ALL the fixin’s (or the ones that are easy) like avocado, cheddar cheese, cilantro, shredded lettuce and cauliflower rice.

Dump instant pot chicken fajitas recipe.

How to Make a Dump Freezer Dinner

So let’s talk a little bit about the concept of a “dump” dinner!

A dump dinner is recipe that doesn’t really require too many steps in terms of preparation before it is cooked. Typically you just gather the ingredients, with minimal chopping, and dump them into the cooking equipment. Usually this is either a slow cooker, a stock pot or an Instant Pot. A Freezer Dump Dinner is a meal that is gathered ahead of time and frozen. When you want to cook it, you defrost in the refrigerator overnight and then dump the meal in the cooking vessel when ready to cook!

For this recipe, it will work either way. Gather all off the ingredients for the Instant Pot Chicken Fajitas and either prepare one (or more) batches ahead of time and freeze, or gather up all the ingredients and cook immediately in the Instant Pot.

Ingredients Needed

A Note about the Amount of Liquid

Typically, Instant Pot recipes require a minimum of 1/2 a cup of liquid to work. This recipe doesn’t require any added liquid, minus lime juice. We originally started testing this with 1/2 cup of added liquid and the Instant Pot Chicken Fajitas quickly turned into soup, so we kept testing less and less liquid until we discovered that there was no added liquid needed because the peppers, onions and chicken release so much. We’ve tested this in 3 different types of Instant Pots, including an Instant Pot that has the “burn notification” ability. We never ran into a problem of there not being enough liquid released before the dish came up to pressure, and nothing ever burned.

If you are really concerned, you can add in liquid, but it will result in more of a soup than fajitas.

Why We’re All About Good Quality Chicken

I am so happy to partner again with my friends at Farmer Focus to bring you today’s easy Instant Pot chicken recipe! Farmer Focus has been my go-to, trusted chicken for years now, because they pride themselves in producing the highest quality meat grown on family-owned farms. I love being able to grab up a package of Farmer Focus chicken at the grocery store and not having to question whether it is truly coming from meat raised in a humane way.

Farmer Focus is building partnerships with growers through their innovative Farmer Focus Business Model

Farmer Focus is a company that supports their farmer partners and that is working hard to do things right and truly raise and produce the highest quality chicken! Every Farmer Focus product includes a 4-letter farm I.D. that traces your chicken to the farm that raised it. Buying meat from Farmer Focus also gives me peace of mind that I am supporting hard working family farmers.

Farmer Focus chickens are humanely raised and fed a diet free from animal byproducts, pesticides, and antibiotics. On their website you can see where all of the farms are located, so you know just where your chicken was raised! How awesome is that?!

You can also use their easy store locator to find where you can get this amazing quality chicken near you.

Instant pot chicken fajita on a plate.Fajita Toppings

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Instant Pot Chicken Fajitas

Switch up taco night and make Instant Pot Chicken Fajitas your new go-to easy weeknight dinner. Simple to prepare by adding sliced chicken, peppers and onions to your pressure cooker and then cooked with the push of a button. It can even be optionally prepared ahead of time and stored in the freezer (hello "dump" dinners). Serve with all your favorite fajita fixin's!


Yield 4
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 26 minutes
Recipe Type: Dinner
Cuisine Gluten-free
Make Ahead: Easy
Author: Lexi's Clean Kitchen
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Ingredients

Directions

  1. Add chicken, peppers, onion, chili powder, salt, pepper, paprika, cumin, cayenne and lime juice to the Instant Pot and mix together. Place the tomato paste on top without stirring. Cover and set the steam valve to sealing. Cook on manual high pressure for 6 minutes, then manually release the pressure.
  2. Stir together the chicken and serve immediately with tortillas and desired toppings.

Recipe Notes

  1. To make it a dump freezer meal prep: Gather your ingredients and place everything in a gallon sized freezer bag and seal tightly. Storage flat in the freezer. To defrost, place in the refrigerator the night before and cook according to instructions.

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Instant Pot Chicken Fajitas

As you can probably imagine, we spend a lot of time in the LCK kitchen trying out different tools and gadgets. After all, if we’re going to test and perfect the best recipes for you and your loved ones, we better be able to tell you all the secrets for how to make them as easily and efficiently as possible. Kitchen tools are a big part of that! 

We could go on and on about all of the appliances and other tools that have changed the way we cook, but there are eleven basic kitchen essentials in particular that I can truly say the team and I use every, single day. If one of these isn’t already in your kitchen, you might want to seriously consider it. We are huge fans of all of them, and we’re here to spread the love! 

The Kitchen Essentials We Use Most In Our Kitchen

The 11 Kitchen Essentials We Use Most In Our Kitchen

Our cooking must-haves. 


1. An Oven-Safe Skillet (We love Staub or Le Crueset): It’s really convenient to have a tool you can use on the stovetop and in the oven. We love a good multitasker around here! An oven-safe skillet is perfect for making any oven-braised dish that starts on the stove. Along with a good dutch oven, I use this on a near-daily basis. Buying one is an investment, but it’s totally worth it, since they can last forever. They can also be pretty, which doesn’t hurt!

2. Rubber Spatulas & Utensils (We love Gir): These tools might just be the real MVPs around our kitchen, since we use them more than just about any other tool. They’re long-lasting and work with pretty much any cooking vessel, including nonstick. I’m a big fan of all of Gir’s spatulas, spoons, whisks, ladles, and flips. Ten out of ten, would recommend.

3. Thermapen MK4: I’ve been calling this gadget my kitchen BFF for years — and for good reason! It’s one of my most-used tools, since I pull it out any time I need to test the temperature of meat, chicken, fish, baked goods, and more. We use this year-round for cooking inside or on the grill, and I’ve also had great experience with their customer service team. 

Easy Paleo Fluff Thermopen

4. Safer Nonstick Skillets (We love Green Pan): Sometimes, you’ve just gotta get yourself a good nonstick pan. It might not sound especially glamorous, but trust me — it’s essential, especially for eggs. When a skillet like this is well taken care of, you can get a lot of mileage out of it, so be sure to follow all of the care instructions consistently. Here’s an inexpensive two-pack to grab!

5. High-Quality Blender: You might get a little sticker shock when you start looking at really good blenders like this one, but we believe it’s worth every penny to make the investment. A high-quality blender has some real staying power and is highly versatile, coming in handy for everything from sauces and condiments to soups and smoothies — and more. I often use mine instead of my food processor (though I love that, too!). 

Instant Pot Instant Pot Pressure Cooker 6 Qt

6. Instant Pot: Have I mentioned that we’re obsessed? Well, I’m mentioning it again. We could sing the Instant Pot’s praises all day, every day, especially for how easy it makes dinners and meal prep. This gadget can make surprisingly quick work of braised dishes that usually take forever to make — like beef barbacoa or pork carnitas — but is just as useful for the kinds of recipes you would make for a normal weekday meal. If my team can use the Instant Pot, we usually do. It’s that simple! 

7. Bench Scraper: If you want to get technical about it, a bench scraper is made to be used for making pastries, but who cares about technicalities when there are so many other awesome uses for it? We like to use our bench scraper to pick up chopped food and move it to the skillet. It saves you from fumbling around with your hands or risking an unnecessary cut by using the edge of your knife. Moving chopped food on the side of your knife can also add wear and tear to your knives, which no one wants. A bench scraper is an inexpensive solution to all of these problems.

8. Good Kitchen/Chef’s Knife and Sharpening Tool: You only need one chef’s knife in your kitchen — but make it a good one! An ideal chef’s knife should be sharp and stay sharp for a while, but you should also be prepared for it to dull eventually with all of the delicious cooking you’re going to be doing. A stone or knife sharpener should do the trick. (Bonus tip: When you grab your knife, pick up a good pair of sharp kitchen shears. You’ll use them more than you might think!)

9. Mixing Bowls & Measuring Cups/Spoons (plus liquid measuring cups, too): You probably already have these around your kitchen, but can there ever really be enough? We’re always looking for more around here! I use my bowls for more than just food prep — they come in handy as scrap bowls, too, and I like to incorporate the smallest ones in my charcuterie spreads. 

10. Cutting Boards: It only takes one really good cutting board to cover most of the bases in your kitchen, especially if you take care of it. We love this one, and we take care of our wood cutting boards with this cream and this oil. That said, there’s nothing wrong with having more of an assortment, especially if you tend to be more of a collector. Here’s my current cutting board line-up: a big wooden Boos block, a smaller square wooden board, cutting board with juice groove, and an assortment of BPA-free dishwasher safe cutting boards. I store them in a cabinet with this wire divider!

11. Sheet Pans & Baking DishesThe basics list wouldn’t be complete without some oven-ready essentials – sheet pans and baking dishes for not only baking things like this Grain-Free Apple Cranberry Crisp, but also sheet pan meals like Chicken “Pizza” Sheet Pan Dinner, Sheet Pan Steak Fajitas, and Sheet Pan Classic Breakfast Bake (Eggs, Bacon, & Home Fries!).

There are a lot of basic tools we love in the LCK kitchen, so picking just eleven was no joke. These are the true essentials that we use on a daily basis. P.S. want some kitchen organizing tips? Check out this post

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The 11 Kitchen Essentials We Actually Use Daily

Sweet, salty and with a hint of spice, this Korean Ground Beef recipe is a take on the classic dish of beef bulgogi. Prepared in well under 20 minutes, these Korean Ground Beef Bowls are simple to prepare, so delicious and absolutely perfect for meal prep! This dish is also dairy and gluten free, as well as low-carb and paleo-friendly. Made in partnership with my friends at Ello Products.

Korean ground beef bowls.Korean Ground Beef Meal Prep

When it comes to eating healthy and fueling your body, there is one strategy that seems to work above all else: plan ahead! Making a plan and prepping the food is the best way to make sure you actually have access to and eat what food makes your body feel it’s best. And that is exactly where these Korean Ground Beef Bowls come in! They check off all the boxes:

Making these ground beef bowls is as easy as cooking up some ground beef with Korean inspired flavors, and pairing it with some quickly sautéed cauliflower rice, and some chopped fresh veggies. Top with some gochujang sauce or other spicy sauce for an extra kick and some sesame seeds.

Korean ground beef in a pan.

Korean Ground Beef Ingredients

While our take is by no means authentic, the inspiration from this ground beef bowl comes from the flavors of beef bulgogi. The quickly seared beef is flavored with a little bit of sweet, a little bit of salty and optionally some heat. While we list red pepper flakes in the ingredients, if you happen to have Gochujang at home, feel free to use that in the recipe!

To serve this ground beef recipe, pair it with either cauliflower rice or white rice, and add in some fresh carrots and cucumber!

Korean ground beef meal prep.

Why we LOVE Meal Prepping in Ello Storage Containers

We’ve been using Ello DuraGlass Meal Prep Containers for about 2 years now and they have been our favorite storage containers by far. Not only are the colorful silicone sleeves cute and helpful in pairing the containers with the matching lid, but they also serve a purpose! The silicone protects the glass and they act as as a trivet so a dish can go from the freezer or refrigerator, to the toaster oven (or microwave) and then right to the table. 

I love using glass for storage (and re-heating) because it’s free of harmful chemicals, can be heated in the oven (without lids), toaster oven or microwave and is (top-rack) dishwasher safe. Plus the crystal clear Tritan lid and colorful silicone sleeve let’s me easily see what is in the containers so I can keep my refrigerator more organized. This is especially helpful when you have a refrigerator full of meal prep and you need to stay organized.

Plus these air-tight lids WILL NOT leak, and that is always a bonus when commuting with your lunch to work!Korean ground beef bowls in meal prep containers.

How long will this Korean Beef meal prep last?

Ground beef keeps really well in the refrigerator for about 3-4 days. We prepped these bowls with cauliflower rice, thinly sliced cucumbers and carrots to create a filling and healthy bowl, which generally will keep well in the refrigerator about 3 days. If you prefer to have really fresh vegetables feel free to portion out the ground beef ahead of time in the meal prep containers and add the veggies the night before or that morning.

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Korean Ground Beef Bowls

Sweet, salty and with a hint of spice, this Korean Ground Beef recipe is a take on the classic dish of beef bulgogi. Prepared in well under 20 minutes, these Korean Ground Beef Bowls are simple to prepare, so delicious and absolutely perfect for meal prep! This dish is also dairy and gluten free, as well as low-carb and paleo-friendly.


Yield 4
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes



Author: Lexi's Clean Kitchen
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Ingredients

Directions

  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, cook beef until no pink remains, about 8 minutes. Drain any excess oil, except 1 tablespoon.
  2. Add garlic, ginger and half of the sliced scallions to the skillet and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  3. Add in coconut aminos, coconut sugar, sesame oil, and red pepper flakes. Cook until the sauce starts to thicken, about 2 minutes
  4. Stir in remaining scallions, taste and adjust seasoning.
  5. Serve over cauliflower rice, with cucumbers and carrots and sesame seeds for garnish.

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Korean Ground Beef Bowls (Meal Prep!)

Looking for some Instant Pot Chicken Recipes that are quick, flavorful and easy to make? We’ve rounded up a list of 18 of our favorites that are sure to be an instant hit for your family!

Instant Pot Chicken Recipes

Looking for some healthy and delicious ways to cook chicken in the Instant Pot? We’ve rounded up 18 of our favorite chicken recipes for the Instant Pot that are sure to please just about everyone. From creamy Honey Mustard Chicken Wings to Chicken Parm Soup, we’ve got a little bit of something for everyone. Are you an Instant Pot newbie? Be sure to check out our round-up of easy recipes to make in the Instant Pot that will get you familiar with what the pressure cooker can do!

Instant pot chicken soup recipes.

Instant Pot Chicken Parm Soup: If you love chicken parmesan, you are going to love this. This soup is made easy in the Instant Pot with our favorite chicken, a flavorful tomato broth and topped with all the classic chicken parm flavors.

Instant Pot Chicken Adobo: This is a take on the classic Filipino dish that results in tangy and savory chicken. It’s perfect for nights you need a healthy dinner but don’t feel like cooking. It’s also gluten-free, Paleo, low carb and Whole30 friendly.

Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala: Need a great short to a flavorful weeknight dinner! This delicious dinner uses the pot in pot cooking method, which means cooking the dish *and* the rice all together right in the pressure cooker!

Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore: This chicken dish 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. 

Instant Pot Butter Chicken: It’s creamy, perfectly spiced and oh-s0-delicious! It’s a great weeknight dinner at the end of a busy day. This gluten and optionally dairy-free dinner is a one pot meal, thanks to the rice that cooks alongside the chicken. It’s guaranteed to be a new family favorite.

Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken: This easy-to-make dish is made with only 8 ingredients and no refined sweeteners. It is simple, flavorful and perfect for a weeknight dinner. It’ll be loved by both kids and adults alike and it just so happens to be gluten-free, dairy-free and paleo!

Instant Pot chicken and rice recipe.

Instant Pot Cheesy Chicken, Broccoli and Rice: Can you ever go wrong when you add together rice, cheese, chicken and broccoli?It is an easy-to-make dinner that the whole family will love and made with a few simple whole ingredients.

Instant Pot Southwest Chicken Soup: A take on the classic soup with chicken, beans, corn and tomatoes. It is simple to make and can optionally be prepared ahead of time and stored in the freezer. It’s as easy as placing all the ingredients in a freezer bag and stashing it away until you are in need of a quick weeknight. Simply defrost in the refrigerator overnight and place everything in an Instant Pot to cook at dinnertime!

Instant Pot Balsamic Chicken: Ready for the juiciest chicken breasts, perfectly cooked potatoes and braised kale in sweet balsamic glaze for dinner without even turning on the stove? Then this Instant Pot Balsamic Chicken is just what you need to make tonight! This dish is perfect for those hot steamy summer nights (or cool, lazy fall or winter ones) when you want to eat a home cooked meal but don’t want to heat up the house. It’s also gluten-free, paleo, low carb and whole30 friendly.

Instant Pot Lemon Chicken with Artichokes and Asparagus: Need a delicious light dinner that doesn’t require much cooking and is so DELICIOUS? Then this Instant Pot Lemon Chicken with Artichokes and Asparagus is just what you need to make tonight! This seasonal and bright dinner is perfect for a night you still want something delicious but don’t want to cook much. It’s also gluten-free, paleo, low carb and whole30 friendly.

How to Cook a Whole Chicken in the Instant Pot: One of our most popular recipes right now! It tastes just like a rotisserie chicken you buy at the store, only you get to control the ingredients! It’s largely hands-off cooking time and the chicken is so juicy! This chicken is perfect to serve as is for dinner, or you can use for meal prep or for other chicken recipes.

Instant Pot chicken wing recipe

Honey Mustard Chicken Wings (Instant Pot or Baked): A perfect game day or dinner wings recipe that everybody will love. They are paleo-friendly and totally gluten-free, and get perfectly crispy with the right amount of sauce-y goodness!

Instant Pot Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta: This pasta comes together quickly in the pressure cooker and is packed with veggies, chicken, and creamy cajun flavor! It’s gluten-free and an easy weeknight cajun pasta recipe everybody will love!

Two-Ingredient Salsa Chicken: This two-ingredient Salsa Chicken recipe is made in the Instant Pot or Slow Cooker and is the perfect, easy meal prep recipe. It’s simple, fast, and makes the perfect shredded chicken to put on top of salads, in tacos, in burrito bowls, and so much more!

Paleo Chicken and Broccoli: This easy Chinese American style Paleo Chicken and Broccoli in the Instant Pot is so delicious and comes together so quickly! It’s gluten-free, whole30 compliant and is truly a fan favorite for good reason! 

Instant Pot shredded chicken recipe

Classic Chicken Soup: There is no better cure for anything than Chicken Soup. The chicken and broth warms the soup, and the vegetables brighten everything up. It’s a classic for a reason!

Buffalo Chicken Chili: Sundays for me are filled with game day cooking (my favorite)! I always try to prepare healthy game day foods and this Buffalo Chicken Chili will definitely be on the rotation. You can make this buffalo chicken chili recipe in the Instant Pot or on the stove top!

How To Make Easy Shredded Chicken: This Instant Pot shredded chicken is an all-purpose recipe that goes with just about anything!

How To Make Chicken BrothThis chicken broth recipe is my favorite, and I love making it in my Instant Pot for time convenience! It’s so flavorful and delicious in various recipes or just to sip on! Instead of buying chicken to use, save your leftovers and veggie scraps to make TONS of chicken broth at an affordable price!

18 Healthy Instant Pot Chicken Recipes

Planning your first Whole30 and looking for some inspiration? We’ve put together a list of our favorite Whole30 recipes that are both delicious and easy to prepare. Ranging from breakfast through dinner, these recipe will satisfy your tastebuds and won’t leave you feeling like you are deprived of anything! 

Our Favorite Whole30 Recipes

Our Favorite Whole30 Recipes

At first, a Whole30 may seem intimidating if you are new to the world of elimination certain food grounds, such as grains, gluten, dairy, sugar, and legumes (to name a few). But I’m all for the freedom that you can gain by figuring out what foods are not working for your body and ridding yourself of any bad food habits. Arming yourself with delicious and easy-to-prepare recipes that leave you feeling satisfied is an easy way to ensure success! I’ve rounded up my favorite Whole30 recipes that will help you accomplish your goals, ranging from breakfast through to dinner.  Just make sure to check any notes about possible swaps or omissions that are needed for compliancy. Check out here for Instant Pot Whole30 recipes.

whole30 recipes for breakfast

Whole30 Recipes for Breakfast


Saucy Chorizo Skillet Baked Eggs: These baked eggs great addition to your next Sunday brunch or perfect for meal prep. Make sure to omit the beans and and use compliant Whole30 chorizo.

How to Make Sweet Potato Toast: Sweet potato toasts are easy to make, nutrient-dense, and there are so many options to shake up your toast topping game. Sweet potato toast is a great fiber-rich vegan healthy toast replacement! PLUS, they are super easy to make! We offer a few different

Deviled Eggs with Bacon and Chives: These are your answer for an easy-to-make appetizer to please a crowd or perfect for a breakfast or snack! They are so delicious and can even be made ahead of time! The addition of bacon and chives bump these deviled eggs up to the next level.

Breakfast Prep Baked Egg Cups: These healthy baked egg cups make the perfect breakfast meal prep for when you are rushing out the door but still want your protein-packed nutrient dense meal. Or perfect for make ahead snack.

Loaded Paleo Breakfast Hash: The spicy chicken sausage and bacon pair so perfectly with the sweet potato, onions, and peppers. It can be eaten as is for a veggie and protein filled breakfast, or topped with an egg! Make sure to find compliant sausage.

Sheet Pan Classic Breakfast: Ever thought of cooking Eggs, Bacon, & Home Fries all together it one pan? This breakfast bake is perfect for a weekend brunch or breakfast to feed a crowd with little to no mess! Make sure to use Whole30 compliant bacon.

Easy Pizza Scramble: This scramble has all the pizza flavors you love, while being low carb and keto, and FOR BREAKFAST. I mean, who doesn’t want pizza for breakfast? I serve mine with warm marinara sauce for dipping! Make sure to omit the cheese on this for Whole30!

Cauliflower Hashbrowns: Looking for a low carb hash brown alternative? These Cauliflower Hash Browns are the perfect addition to any breakfast, and they freeze so well, too!

Whole30 recipes for appetizers

Whole30 Recipes for Side Dishes and Appetizers


Easy Taco Slaw: This 3-ingredient cabbage slaw for tacos is the easiest addition to a quick and delicious taco night. Made in minutes with cabbage, mayo and lime, it adds a nice creamy acidity to your favorite taco (or non-taco) dish. Serve with chicken, fish, or carnitas (or really anything) and you’ll be happy you did!

Chili Garlic Chicken Satay Skewers: Packed with flavor and are so simple to prepare, these skewers make a delicious appetizer or light meal. Omit the honey for Whole30 compliance.

Israeli Salad: This one-bowl salad is the perfect refreshing side-dish! I like to make a big bowl of it and keep it in the fridge all week long! The flavors from the lemon, tomatoes, onion, and herbs go so nicely with almost anything!

Cauliflower Rolls: These rolls are made out of cauliflower and they are such a hit!  They are the perfect low carb Whole30 friendly roll alternative. Top it as suggested with the Everything Bagel spice, or leave it plain.

Easy Spaghetti Squash: Cooked spaghetti squash is a great nutrient dense, gluten-free, lower carb alternative to pasta or rice noodles. There are two great methods how to cook spaghetti squash and we’re giving you all the details you need to know!

Easy Cauliflower Rice: We’re offering two different methods on how to make it, giving you all the tips you need to know about storing it and letting you in on our favorite way to cook it up.

Cauliflower Hummus: This simple-to-prepare recipe is quick to put together and is a great vegan and legume-free alternative to traditional hummus. It’s Whole30, Keto and Paleo friendly and truly you wouldn’t notice it wasn’t traditional hummus.

Jalapeño Popper Dip: A perfect appetizer to serve for Game Day and can conveniently be prepared ahead of time and baked up right before serving! It has all the classic flavor of Jalapeño Poppers without having to individually make them. 

Braised Collard Greens with Bacon: A perfect combination of smoky, salty, sweet, sour and umami with an optional hint of heat if you want! These vitamin rich vegetables are the best addition to a southern fried chicken dinner, or they make a great side with other braised meat and vegetables.

Moroccan Chermoula Carrots: Perfectly cooked tender carrots that are tossed in a flavorful and easy chermoula sauce! They are a delicious and easy carrot side dish recipe to accompany any meal.

Dairy Free Mashed Potatoes: These taste just like the classic version. They are everything you want in that comforting and warm side dish, but lightened up to include chicken broth and olive oil. They’re soft and creamy and a cinch to make. 

Chipotle Slaw: This slaw is smoky and spicy and made special with spiralized veggies! Perfect to bring along to a potluck or to serve at your next BBQ.

Herb and Cucumber Salad: This is a refreshing, flavor-packed, and super simple salad to throw together. It uses all of the fresh herbs (parsley, dill, and mint) and features the fresh, cool cumber to complement any dish you’re serving up.

Whole30 Recipes for Lunch


Sun-Dried Tomato Chicken Salad: The classic lunch staple got an Italian-esque makeover: a mayo based chicken salad with sun-dried tomatoes, capers, parsley and white wine vinegar. It’s salty, tangy and really delicious. Serve in lettuce wrap or over a salad.

Beef Barbacoa: Made in either the Slow Cooker or Instant Pot, this meal prep dish is so flavorful and versatile. Served with cauliflower rice, cole slaw, or a salad. Make sure to omit the sweetener for Whole30.

Taco Salad: It’s simple to prepare, deliciously satisfying, and customizable with your favorite taco toppings! Made in under 30 minutes, it’s the perfect make ahead lunch (or dinner). Make sure to omit cheese and use a Whole30 compliant salsa!

Lettuce Wrapped Sandwich: These low-carb, keto, and Whole30 sandwiches are easy to make once you’ve mastered the lettuce wrap! Make sure to use compliant deli meat and omit any cheese.

Loaded Chicken Salad Four Ways: Make the perfect customizable lunch! Make a big batch at the beginning of the week and enjoy it all week long.

Asian Beef Bowls: This healthy asian beef recipe, made mostly in the slow cooker, is the perfect make ahead lunch or dinner! It’s paired with cauliflower “rice” and veggies. Double the recipe and you can also make it dinner one night and lunch for the next few days! Omit coconut sugar for Whole30.

Mediterranean Tuna Salad: This salad, made without mayo, is packed with veggies, artichokes, capers, avocado, a delicious red wine vinaigrette. It is the BEST lightened-up tuna salad perfect for lunch any day of the week and great for meal prepping! Make sure to omit the beans to be Whole30 complaint.

Thai Basil Ground Turkey Bowl: A flavorful meal-prep option that is customizable and easy-to-make. It’s packed with veggies to fuel you for your busy days.

Salsa Chicken: This two-ingredient chicken recipes is made in the Instant Pot or Slow Cooker and is the perfect, easy meal prep recipe. It’s simple, fast, and makes the perfect shredded chicken to put on top of salads, in tacos, in burrito bowls, and so much more!

Copycat Chipotle Chicken Burrito Bowls: Delicious Mexican cauliflower rice paired with homemade pico de gallo, avocado, and perfectly seasoned grilled chicken is meal prep perfection. Omit beans and cheese for Whole30 compliant!

Whole30 recipes for soup.

Whole30 Dinner Recipes


15-Minute Chicken Tacos: Using our tried and true taco seasoning blend, these taco chicken meat is so flavorful with minimal effort involved. Serve it with all your favorite taco toppings and call it dinner!

Stuffed Pepper Soup: Loaded with all of your favorite stuffed pepper flavors, but without the hassle of having to actually stuff peppers. It’s easily cooked in either the crock pot or the Instant Pot. For Whole30 and Paleo friendly omit the white rice and substitute in cauliflower rice at the end of cooking.

Skillet Pork Chops with Apples: The pork chops are perfectly cooked and paired with sweet and savory fall flavors like sage, apple cider and apples.

Chipotle Mushroom Tacos: These easy meatless tacos are hearty and flavorful. Serve it up with your favorite taco fixin’s for dinner on the table in well under 30 minutes!

Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower Nuggets: Cauliflower to the rescue again! These buffalo cauliflower nuggets made in the air fryer are downright addictive, with a crispy exterior coated in an easy spicy buffalo sauce. Make sure to use ghee instead of butter.

Creamy Spinach and Artichoke Chicken: Comfort food turned easy weeknight dinner! This dairy-free dish is so creamy and tastes just like spinach artichoke dip but with fresh healthy ingredients served for dinner! 

Egg Roll Soup: A weeknight dinner that is full of the flavor of an egg roll, without any of the fuss of wrapping and frying! This veggie and pork soup is family friendly and would make great leftovers! 

3-Ingredient Dijon Salmon: This is my go-to easy dinner when I have nothing planned. This three-ingredient Dijon Salmon is made in ten minutes (yes, ten minutes), and is cooked to perfection and SO flavorful. It’s the perfect salmon recipe for a busy weeknight.

Healthy Turkey Chili: This hearty stew is easily made on the stove-top or right in your Instant Pot pressure cooker for an easy turkey chili recipe! Simply swap out turkey for beef to make the best beef chili recipe! Make sure to omit the beans for Whole30 compliancy.

Sheet Pan Cod with Vegetables: This fish is served with a lemon herb sauce and tender veggies. It’s the ultimate sheet pan fish dish everyone will love!

Creamy Tuscan Chicken: This easy weeknight dinner is creamy without any dairy, with bacon, sun-dried tomatoes and spinach and so delicious. 

Curry Butternut Squash Noodles: A weeknight meatless dinner that is full of flavor and packed with veggies! A delicious curry sauce with tender butternut squash “noodles”, peppers, onions and spinach can be prepped and cooked in under 30 minutes.

Whole30 dinner recipes.Whole30 Recipes for Dinner

Instant Pot Beef Short Ribs: This decadent dinner is naturally Paleo and Keto and Whole30 friendly and when paired with a side of quick cauliflower or potato mash, will be the hit of the dinner table! Omit sugar for Whole30 compliance.

Hot and Sour Soup: This vegetarian weeknight dinner that comes together quicker than it takes to order from your neighborhood takeout! It’s packed full of veggies, is so warm and comforting.

Gluten Free Meatloaf: An easy main dish that will please just about everyone. It’s a comfort food classic that is easy to make and so delicious.

Grilled Skirt Steak with Italian Salsa Verde: A flavorful inexpensive cut of meat that is tender and delicious. Top it with the savory salsa verde and you have an easy dinner win! Serve with a side of roasted sweet potatoes, broccoli or cauliflower rice.

Cajun Blackened Fish: This dramatic looking dish is actually simple to make, requiring just a few spices, a piece of fish and a hot pan! Serve it with a light salad or slaw and you’ve got dinner in under 20 minutes!

Zoodles and Homemade Meat Sauce: A hearty meal your family will LOVE! The meat sauce is cooked up quickly and is served over lightened up zucchini noodles making for a healthy weeknight dinner! Serve without cheese for Whole30 compliance.

Roasted Chicken Dinner: The perfect one-pan-meal. The tender and juicy chicken is roasted with garlic and herbs and the accompanying vegetables are baked underneath the chicken. It’s a hands-off meal that is easy to prep, so satisfying and versatile as it can be made with any veggies you have on hand.

Sheet Pan Steak Fajitas: Juicy steak tips roasted alongside classic fajita style vegetables! A set it and forget it dinner that you can customize for serving based off your own dietary needs.

Homemade Whole30 Condiment Recipes


Dairy-Free “Cheese” Sauce: This flavorful and creamy non-dairy sauce is the perfect replacement for a classic cheese sauce. It’s simple, nutrient-dense and hard-to-believe it’s not actually cheese. 

Whole30 Mayo: This Homemade Whole30 friendly Mayo, made with avocado oil, is so easy to make, using a handful of ingredients you likely already have on hand and made in under 5 minutes! Want to make it even more special? Turn that homemade mayo into 4 easy and delicious flavored ones in just a matter of minutes.

Easy Taco Seasoning: Sometimes store-bought taco seasoning has strange ingredients that are not Whole30 compliant, like cornstarch. This easy homemade version takes a few minutes to gather and mix up so you can have a quick taco Tuesday.

Chicken Broth: This homemade chicken broth is flavorful and delicious in various recipes or just to sip on! Instead of buying chicken to use, save your leftovers and veggie scraps to make TONS of chicken broth at an affordable price, without any strange ingredients. Made in the Instant Pot, or slow cooker.

5-Minute Ají : This is a Colombian-Style Salsa. It is perfect with tortilla chips, on top of meat, potatoes, rice, eggs, or really, put it on ANYTHING. This salsa recipe can be made mild or hot, as desired, and of course doesn’t contain any sugar.

How To Make Fresh Tomato Sauce This Freezer Friendly Tomato Sauce is a labor of love, but so so worth it! The perfect way to make use of all of these fresh tomatoes during tomato season! Or, you can use this as a guide on making tomato sauce with canned tomatoes.

Best Ever Chicken Rub: This DIY spice rub is the perfect way to brighten up chicken, either for the grill or for indoor cooking.

Homemade Guacamole: Surprinsingly store-bought guacamole can have some strange ingredients added to it, with sugar being one of them. These easy Homemade Guac recipe is one everyone should have in their back pocket for taco night, or any old night. My version has 7 ingredients, but really only 3 are absolutely essential, and you can leave out any you don’t like. 

Classic Burger Seasoning: Want to know how to easily kick the flavor of your next burger? If you’ve got 5 minutes, than you can put together this easy homemade burger seasoning recipe and always have some on hand for grilling night!

DIY Everything Bagel Seasoning: Love Trader Joe’s Everything but the Bagel Seasoning but your store doesn’t have it in stock frequently? Our recipe is so easy to make, with likely ingredients you already have on hand so no need to go hunting for it in store anymore!

Looking for Instant Pot recipes? Check out this page for all of our Whole30 favorites!

Our Favorite Whole30 Recipes

Planning a Whole30 and looking for some inspiration for easy-to-cook meals? We’ve put together a list of our favorite Whole30 recipes that are cooked in the Instant Pot. 

Our Favorite Instant Pot Whole30 Recipes

Whole30 Instant Pot Recipes

If you are doing a  Whole30 then you likely may have heard that an Instant Pot can be your best friend during your 30 days (and beyond). I’m all for the freedom that you can gain by figuring out what foods are not working for your body and ridding yourself of any bad food habits, but if you are new to this world of elimination foods it can seem like an uphill battle. The Instant Pot is a great tool to have on hand because it makes quick work of typically long braised dishes like beef barbacoa or pork carnitas but it is also great for easy weeknight dinners that don’t actually require much hands-on cooking. Because doing cooking almost all of your meals for a Whole30 can seem intimidating, we’ve gathered up some of our favorite Whole30 complaint Instant Pot recipes to help you through your journey!

whole30 instant pot chicken recipe

Instant Pot Balsamic Chicken: Ready for the juiciest chicken breasts, perfectly cooked potatoes and braised kale in sweet balsamic glaze for dinner without even turning on the stove? This dish is perfect for those hot steamy summer nights (or cool, lazy fall or winter ones) when you want to eat a home cooked meal but don’t want to heat up the house.

How to Cook a Whole Chicken in the Instant Pot: It tastes just like a rotisserie chicken you buy at the store, only you get to control the ingredients! It’s largely hands-off cooking time and the chicken is so juicy! This chicken is perfect to serve as is for dinner, or you can use for meal prep or for other chicken recipes.

Instant Pot Beef Short Ribs: These melt-in-your-mouth ribs are SO delicious and SO impressive but are SO easy to put together! And thanks to the Instant Pot, the braising time is slashed without sacrificing any of the flavor. Pair with a side of quick cauli-mash will be the hit of the dinner table! Make sure to omit sugar for Whole30 compliance.

Instant Pot Beef Stroganoff: This classic American dish comes together quick, with minimal prep and mostly hands-off cooking thanks to the Instant Pot. It’s made using REAL ingredients and is so hearty! Make sure to omit peas for Whole30 compliance.

Turkey Chili: This healthy comfort food in a bowl is hearty and satisfying for all of those chilly days. It is perfect for a big gathering, football Sunday festivities, or for a good weekly meal prep option since there are tons of leftovers! Make sure to omit the beans for Whole30 compliancy.

Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs: For snacks, for breakfast, for egg salad, or really for anything! They peel like a dream and are one of our favorite things to make in the Instant Pot!

Instant Pot Whole30 dinner recipes

Instant Pot Chicken Broth: This homemade chicken broth is flavorful and delicious in various recipes or just to sip on! Instead of buying chicken to use, save your leftovers and veggie scraps to make TONS of chicken broth at an affordable price, without any strange ingredients. Made in the Instant Pot, or slow cooker.

Beef Stew: This dish is hearty, flavorful, packed with veggies. Omit peas for Whole30 compliance.

How To Make The BEST Taco Meat: This taco meat recipe is loaded with hidden veggies and comes together in under 30 minutes. It tastes like your favorite classic indulgent taco meat!

Instant Pot Chicken Adobo: Our take on the classic Filipino dish results in tangy and savory chicken dinner. It’s perfect for nights you need a healthy dinner but don’t feel like cooking. Omit the sweetener for Whole30 and serve with cauliflower rice!

Stuffed Pepper Soup: Loaded with all of your favorite stuffed pepper flavors, but without the hassle of having to actually stuff peppers. To make this Whole30 and Paleo friendly omit the white rice. You can substitute in cauliflower rice to cook at the end until heated through.

Instant Pot Loaded Potato Soup: This soup taste just like a loaded baked potato! It’s creamy and topped with all of your favorite baked potato toppings. For Whole30 omit the cheese and use the cashew cream option to make the soup creamy.

Instant Pot Lemon Chicken with Artichokes and Asparagus: Need a delicious light dinner that doesn’t require much cooking and is so DELICIOUS? This is it!

Chicken and Broccoli: This easy Chinese American style Chicken and Broccoli in the Instant Pot is so delicious and comes together so quickly!

Instant Pot Beef Barbacoa: Just omit the maple syrup or honey for this flavorful and versatile dish. This barbacoa meat is perfect for meal prep bowls, served with rice or cauliflower rice.

See more Instant Pot recipes here!

Our Favorite Whole30 Instant Pot Recipes

2019 is coming to an end! The end of the year is always a whirlwind with holidays and New Year’s, and I’m so grateful to have been a part of your celebrations this holiday season and all year long! So, thank you. From the bottom of my heart! Thank you for another wonderful year together as a community. I can’t wait to continue to see what you’re cooking up from the website and the cookbook, and for an amazing 2020 together! Make sure to scroll through and see which you’ve made and love, and which you plan to try in the upcoming days or weeks!

Top 10 Recipes of 2019

The top 10 recipes from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen in 2019

I am so happy these were so loved in your homes this year!

How to Cook a Whole Chicken in the Instant Pot: This recipe has consistently been in our top 10 all year! And for good reason: it walks you through how to make the juiciest whole chicken right in the Instant Pot. It tastes just like a rotisserie chicken you buy at the store, only you get to control the ingredients! It’s largely hands-off cooking time and the chicken is so juicy! This chicken is perfect to serve as is for dinner, or you can use for meal prep or for other chicken recipes.

How to Roast a Chicken in the Instant Pot

How to Make Trader Joe’s Cauliflower Gnocchi: 2019 was definitely the year of Trader Joe’s Cauliflower Gnocchi! Stores would sell out and people would endlessly talk about which store had it in stock. The downside was that because they were pretty new, not many people knew how to cook the gnocchi so they tasted good. Which is no surprise why my method of cooking them skyrocketed to the top of the list of most popular recipes. It’s a quick weeknight meal on a budget and is a great gluten-free alternative to a classic gnocchi.

How to Make Trader Joe's Cauliflower Gnocchi

The Ultimate Guide on How to Make Oatmeal: This was the year of the oatmeal for Lexi’s Clean Kitchen. We started sharing a few oatmeal recipes in 2018, and it turned out you all loved them so it was something we continued to share in all of 2019. This ultimate guide came about after we tested and tested all the different popular methods of making oatmeal, until we found the absolute best! We used both old fashioned rolled oats (on the stovetop and Instant Pot) and steel cut oats (in the Instant Pot) and perfected recipes that are great for a warm hearty breakfast or make ahead prep for the week!

How to Make THE BEST Oatmeal

Gluten-Free Carrot Cake: The anticipation for this recipe was REAL when I shared the process on social media. This cake is so easy to make, has such classic flavors and is perfect to serve a crowd. This healthier, more nutrient-dense take on the classic carrot cake is gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo friendly and made without any refined sugars! Definitely the perfect cake to make for a celebration.

Pork Carnitas:  We’re glad this one is a favorite because it exemplifies why we love the Instant Pot so much (though we do give instructions for the slow cooker as well). This Pork Carnitas recipe is an easy and flavorful dinner or meal prep. It’s Whole30, Paleo and Keto friendly and pairs with so many different sides (including this Healthy Cole Slaw recipe) that makes it a no-brainer to put on your cooking list now.

Instant Pot Carnitas

How to Make Coconut Milk Yogurt in the Instant Pot: This post was researched and tested extensively, so we’re really happy that it was popular with you all! There is no hiding the fact that there are a few steps needed to complete this recipe, because after all it is making yogurt at home. But trust us when we say the resulting Coconut Milk Yogurt is so worth the effort. It’s so incredibly delicious and creamy, it’s super filling and only contains a very minimal amount of maple syrup. It’s worlds-away-different from anything you’ll buy at the store and you control the amount of sugar that goes in it! It’s dairy-free and even compatible with low-carb diets. We are so in love with this dairy-free yogurt and definitely think it should be on your list to try if you haven’t already!

Dairy-Free Instant Pot Yogurt

Sheet Pan Steak Fajitas: This recipe came about after I threw together dinner one night and decided it was defintely a recipe worth sharing. It is is a super easy weeknight dinner and a crowd pleaser: juicy steak tips roasted alongside classic fajita style vegetables! A set it and forget it dinner that you can customize for serving based off your own dietary needs.

Sheet Pan Steak Fajitas

Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower Nuggets: A popular recipe that came to me from my friend Gina Homolka’s newest book The Skinnytaste Air Fryer Cookbook. These buffalo cauliflower nuggets made in the air fryer are downright addictive, with a crispy exterior coated in an easy spicy buffalo sauce. These easy vegetarian bites are gluten free and low carb, with an option to make it paleo and dairy free.

Cauliflower Hummus: As our third cauliflower recipe on this Top 10 list, it’s clear you all love cauliflower! We have lots of renditions of recipes made using cauliflower (like this, this or this) but this one is a favorite because it really DOES NOT taste like cauliflower. This recipe is so simple to put together and is a great vegan and legume-free alternative to traditional hummus. It’s Whole30, Keto and Paleo friendly and truly you wouldn’t notice it wasn’t traditional hummus.

Cauliflower Hummus

Instant Pot Balsamic Chicken: This was also one of our favorite recipes this year: a truly flavorful meal made all in the Instant Pot. It includes chicken breasts, perfectly cooked potatoes and braised kale in sweet balsamic glaze that comes all together for dinner without ever having to turn on the stove. It’s also gluten-free, paleo, low carb and whole30 friendly.


Lexi’s Favorites of 2019

I thought I’d quickly add a list of a few of my personal favorite recipes from this year. It was not easy to pick just 10!

  1. Dairy Free Hot Chocolate
  2. Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread
  3. Instant Pot Cheesy Chicken, Broccoli and Rice
  4. Fudgy Paleo Brownies
  5. Garlic and Lime Marinated Flank Steak
  6. Gluten Free Funfetti Blondies
  7. 15-Minute Chicken Tacos
  8. Paleo Marshmallows
  9. Grain-Free Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins
  10. Ultimate Kick-that-Cold Juice

Other posts (non-recipes) that I loved from this year:

  1. How I Found a Therapist
  2. My Must-Have Travel Supplements
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Top Recipes of 2019!

Hearty, warm and inviting, this Instant Pot Lentil Soup is the absolute perfect winter meal. This vegetarian soup is flavored with tomatoes, fresh herbs and a hint of spice that make this soup not only feel-good-food but just plain delicious. It’s made easily in the Instant Pot (or in your Slow Cooker) for a hands-off meal destined to make whoever it is served so happy.

vegetarian Instant Pot lentil soup in a bowlInstant Pot Lentil Soup

When the weather is chilly outside, and your body just needs to feel warmed from the inside out, this Lentil Soup is JUST what you need. This hearty soup is packed with lentils, veggies, fresh herbs and spices. It has a deep flavor but is pretty simple to make, especially since we’re using the Instant Pot! But don’t worry, we’ve included instructions for the slow cooker as well. This vegan soup is pure comfort food in a bowl.

Ingredients Needed

Instant pot lentil soup being partially pureed with a hand blender

How to Make Lentil Soup in the Instant Pot

We love being able to make this in the Instant Pot! It truly makes this an easy one pot meal that you don’t have to worry about checking on!

Instant Pot Directions:

  1. Cook the onion, carrots, celery using the saute mode until very softened.
  2. Add the garlic, salt, pepper, paprika and coconut aminos and toast for 1 minute. Add in the tomatoes, lentils, broth. Tie the thyme sprigs and bay leaves together with kitchen twine (so they can easily be removed later) then add to the Instant Pot.
  3. Cover and set the steam valve to sealing. Cook on manual high pressure for 10 minutes. Once the timer has gone off, allow the pressure to release for 15 minutes, and then release any remaining pressure.
  4. Open the lid and remove thyme and bay leaf. If desired, puree 1 cup of the soup to create a thicker texture. Stir in the apple cider vinegar, and season to taste with salt and pepper.

Slow Cooker Instructions

Don’t have an Instant Pot? This works well in the slow cooker as well!

  1. Create an herb bundle by tying up the fresh herb with butchers twine so it can easily be removed from the soup.
  2. Place the herb bundle and all ingredients except the apple cider vinegar inside a large slow cooker.
  3. Cook on low for 8 hours, or until the lentils are tender. 
  4. Puree 1 cup of the soup to create a thicker texture, if desired. Stir in the apple cider vinegar, and season to taste with salt and pepper.

Lentil Soup made in the instant pot in a bowl

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Instant Pot Lentil Soup

Hearty, warm and inviting, this Instant Pot Lentil Soup is the perfect winter meal. This vegetarian soup is flavored with tomatoes, fresh herbs and a hint of spice that take make this soup not only good-for-you but just plain delicious. It's made easily in the Instant Pot (or Slow Cooker) for a hands-off meal destined to make whoever it's served to happy.


Yield 4-6
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Recipe Type: Dinner
Cuisine Gluten-free
Make Ahead: Easy
Author: Lexi's Clean Kitchen
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Ingredients

Directions

  1. Using the saute function on a 6 or 8 quart Instant Pot, heat the oil. Add onion, carrots, celery and cook, stirring occasionally, until very softened, about 10 minutes. 
  2. Add the garlic, salt, pepper, paprika and coconut aminos and toast for 1 minute. Add in the tomatoes, lentils, broth. Tie the thyme sprigs and bay leaves together with kitchen twine and add to the Instant Pot.
  3. Cover and set the steam valve to sealing. Cook on manual high pressure for 10 minutes. Once done, allow the pressure to release for 15 minutes, and then release any remaining pressure.
  4. Open lid, remove thyme and bay leaf. If desired, puree 1 cup of the soup to create a thicker texture. Stir in the apple cider vinegar, and season to taste with salt and pepper.

Recipe Notes

  1. See body of the post for slow cooker directions.

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Instant Pot Lentil Soup

As the year winds down, there’s tons to celebrate. Of course every year brings good times and harder ones, but reflecting is always a good way to kickstart the new year and think of all you have achieved this past year, and want for the upcoming! You’re spending quality time with family and friends, slowing down from the usual routine, and (hopefully) giving yourself a pat on the back for all of the amazing things you’ve accomplished and all of the progress you’ve made over the last twelve months. I’m over here doing a dance because I KNOW you’re doing such a great job!

Cheers

CHEERS TO YOU! Looking ahead to 2020.

With a new year ahead, it’s also time to start thinking about how you want to set yourself up for success — of all kinds — in 2020. This process can feel kind of overwhelming, so I’ve put together this list of 12 questions you can ask yourself when you’re feeling ready to reflect on last year and start dreaming about the next. Grab yourself some friends (this can be a group activity!), some gluten free peanut butter blossoms, and a little apple cider sangria and write away! 


12 Questions to Reflect on While You Set Goals for the New Year

1. What did I do really well in 2019?

There’s this weird rumor going around telling us that setting New Year’s resolutions and reflecting on the year that’s gone by should be all about our shortcomings. I am not on board with that rumor! Before you start thinking about what you could have done better over the last twelve months, give yourself some credit. What specific things did you do well at home, at work, and in terms of your health? Making note of those things will give you a boost of confidence heading into the new year, as well as a starting point for coming up with new goals. Why not plan to keep that awesome momentum going?

2. When did I feel my best this year? 

During what periods of the last year did you feel your best — mentally, physically, emotionally? See if you can find any recognizable patterns from those time periods. Were you following a certain meal plan or making a habit of a certain workout? Were you spending your evenings in a particular way or going to bed at a specific time? Were you hanging out with friends more frequently or having more family time? Once you find those patterns, you can figure out which habits and routines should be at the top of your priority list in 2020!

3. When I was not feeling so great this year?

Now, it’s time to look for the patterns in the moments that didn’t feel so hot. What were your habits when you weren’t feeling your best? You can focus on keeping them out of the picture in the future. 

4. How did I deal with challenges or low points this year?

I hate to make you think back on the struggles you had to face in 2019, but reflecting on how you dealt with them might give you a chance to decide if you want to adopt a similar strategy in 2020 or totally switch things up. Consider the biggest challenge you came up against this year. How did you tackle it? Did you avoid it? Whatever your approach was, now is the time to really think about how well it served you. If it didn’t help you face the challenge more easily and more confidently, it’s okay to brainstorm some other ways to manage new challenges down the road! 

5. Who can I look to for support?

I hope that the going doesn’t get tough for you in 2020, but if it does, you’ll want to be ready with a short list of people to call. Think back on who supported you most in 2019. I bet some of those names were not on your list of expected go-to people when the year started! Remind yourself to give those friends and loved ones an extra hug next time you see them and keep them in mind next time you hit a speed bump or struggle to reach a goal in the new year. 

6. How can I be more accountable next year?

If you are planning to set goals or resolutions for 2020, it might help you to get there if you think right now about how to best hold yourself accountable for them. If you want to be more active in the new year, get yourself a workout buddy who can help motivate you to get moving when you’d rather… not. If you want to practice more clean eating, commit to writing down your meal plans ahead of time so you feel more accountable to sticking to them! If you want to hit a certain goal at the office, ask one of your co-workers to check in with you on a regular basis to talk about your progress. 

7. Who do I want to prioritize more in 2020?

It’s nice to have measurable goals heading into the new year (if that’s your thing), but it’s even nicer to have a few resolutions around the people in your life who might deserve a little extra attention and TLC. Think about the loved ones you’d like to spend more time with or call more frequently in 2020, then put them at the top of your priority list come January. 

8. If I’m setting goals or resolutions, am I being realistic? 

I don’t necessarily think specific goals or resolutions are for everyone, but they can be really motivating for some people. If you are setting goals or resolutions heading into the new year, I would just encourage you to take a step back and consider how realistic you’re being. I’m totally here to support you upleveling your life, but don’t set yourself up for disappointment by making an impossibly long list of resolutions or by coming up with goals that you just don’t have time to achieve. Remember: you can always shorten your list of goals for January and then come back to set new ones once you’ve checked a few off mid-year. Goal-setting is allowed at any time! 

9. How can I be kinder to myself next year? 

Did you practice enough self love and self care in 2019? If not, we’ve gotta talk. Before the year is out, brainstorm all of the ways you can be just a litttttle kinder to yourself in 2020 — bonus points if you can be a lot kinder to yourself! — then put those ideas to use in the new year and beyond. Resolutions around self love and self care are just as important as the ones around work and health and money. 

10. What’s my favorite memory of the last year?

It’s hard to really recreate an amazing memory. But if you actually reflect on the high points of your 2019, you can at least get proactive about planning things that could give you a similar feeling in 2020. It’s worth a shot! 

11. How am I celebrating victories? How can I celebrate them even more in the new year?

Making a plan to celebrate the success of meeting a goal is just as important as making a plan to meet the goal in the first place. How do you want to treat yourself when you make progress or score a success in 2020? Decide on what’s going to motivate you most and then commit to actually following through with it later on. 

12. How do I want to feel at the end of 2020?

Picture yourself at the end of next year (crazy, right?). How do you want to feel? What do you want to have accomplished? With that in mind, you can work backwards. What is it going to take to actually feel that way twelve months from now? 


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These Gluten Free Snickerdoodles are a MUST MAKE recipe. These chewy little cookies are spiced just right, easy-to-prepare and perfect for the holidays, or year round. The dough is made in 1-bowl, then rolled in a cinnamon and sugar mixture. They are free from gluten, grains and refined sugar but still perfectly delicious.

Gluten free snickerdoodle recipeGluten Free Snickerdoodle Recipe

Our best recipe for Gluten Free Snickerdoodles coming just in time for holiday baking season! These soft and chewy cookies have a nice cinnamon flavor and the perfect texture. Better yet, they’re simple to prepare using a handful of ingredients and a bowl and spoon. Which means you can have fresh, hot cookies on your table quickly. This is also a great recipe to make with the kids for the holiday baking season.

A bite of gluten free snickerdoodle cookies

Ingredients for Gluten Free Snickerdoodles

Tips and Tricks for Making Gluten Free Snickerdoodles

  1. Make sure your butter is fully softened. This recipe requires the butter to be room temperature because it is mixed in with the dough as is, as opposed to creaming it or melting it. Room temperature butter will easily be mixed into this almond flour dough, with no chunks of butter remaining.
  2. Use a study spoon and a bit of muscle.We use a bit of an unusual method of making this dough: all the ingredients are simply mixed together in a bowl until the dough has come together. It’s easiest to achieve smooth dough if you use a sturdy spoon, such as metal or wooden, and really mix up the dough well. At some point while you are making the dough you are going to feel like it won’t ever come together–but keep mixing: it will.
  3. Use a cookie scoop. It makes even cookies. Look for a cookie scoop that measures about 1 heaped tablespoon of dough. If you scoop the dough balls bigger you may need to bake for another minute or so.
  4. Coat the dough twice! If you want that extra cinnamon crunch, coat the dough balls twice. 
  5. Make ahead of time, if needed. We tested making this dough baked right after mixing and baking after a chill in the refrigerator. Either way works, so if you need to make this dough ahead of time, you can.

Gluten free snickerdoodle cookie dough

Storing Gluten Free Sugar Cookies

These cookies are best eaten on the day they are made. However the added cream of tartar (which gives it a very slight tangy flavor) also helps keep the cookies moist. They are the most crispy on the outside on day 1, but as they are stored the texture of the cookies become softer. Store at room temperature in an air tight container for up to 3 days. The unbaked dough will keep for 2-3 days.

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These Gluten Free Snickerdoodle Cookies are a MUST MAKE recipe. These chewy little cookies are spiced just right, easy-to-prepare and perfect for the holidays, or year round. The dough is made in 1-bowl, then rolled in a cinnamon and sugar mixture. They are free from gluten, grains and refined sugar but still perfectly delicious.


Yields about 18 cookies
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Recipe Type: Dessert
Cuisine Gluten-Free
Make Ahead: Easy
Author: Lexi's Clean Kitchen
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Ingredients

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375º and line 2 baking sheet with parchment parchment paper.
  2. Add almond flour, tapioca flour, ¼ cup coconut sugar, coconut flour, ½ teaspoon cinnamon, baking soda, and cream of tartar to a bowl. Whisk together until combined.
  3. Add in maple syrup, egg, vanilla and softened butter. Using a heavy spoon, mix the dough all together until fully combined with no visible butter remaining.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together remaining ¼ cup coconut sugar and 2 teaspoons cinnamon.
  5. Roll the dough into heaping tablespoon sized balls, and then coat in cinnamon sugar mixture. Place the dough balls on baking sheet at least 2 inches apart.
  6. Bake the cookies for 10 minutes, or until set on the outside and puffed up.

Recipe Notes

  1. This dough could also be made in an electric stand mixer, following the same steps as mixing it by hand, but mixing together with a paddle until the dough just comes together.
  2. If you find the dough difficult to work with, place in the refrigerator for 15-20 minutes before rolling cookie dough balls.
  3. Let cool before picking up, as they are quite delicate when hot. 
  4. Cookie dough can be made up to 2 days ahead.

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Baked oatmeal is the perfect make ahead snack, breakfast, or treat to meal prep and have throughout the week ahead. The variations are absolutely endless, but we’ve rounded up our favorite baked oatmeal recipes to make any time of year. All of them are gluten-free, dairy-free and refined sugar free for a healthy breakfast or snack option!

Baked Oatmeal Recipe

We are nuts about baked oatmeal around here! And we know you are too, because you keep asking for more. These baked oatmeal recipes are delicious, filling, and packed with good-for-you ingredients to get you through a busy morning! They are the perfect on-the-go and make ahead breakfast or snack! Plus, they are totally customizable! We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite baked oatmeal recipe to make any season.

New to the baked oatmeal fan club? Baked oatmeal is essentially an oatmeal casserole! It combines oats, milk of choice, flavoring and eggs with hands-off baking in the oven!

How do you make baked oatmeal?

They are so easy to put together, using only one bowl and once it’s mixed together you place it in the oven!

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Baked Oatmeal FAQ

Just in case you are new to the baked oatmeal scene, we’ve answered a few of our frequently answered questions right here for you! If your question isn’t answered here, be sure to leave a comment and we’ll respond there!

How do you serve baked oatmeal?

There are a few ways you can serve baked oatmeal, besides digging right in with a spoon! You can scoop out a serving into a bowl and add a little extra milk of choice, like a warm cereal. You can slice it and eat is as warm or cold. This makes it a great meal prep options as you can bake it and eat some immediately and pack the rest away for later.

What kind of oats are used?

Use rolled oats, not quick cooking oats. If gluten-free, make sure you buy oats there a labeled as gluten-free.

Can you make it ahead of time!

Yes! It’s the perfect make ahead breakfast. Make a batch at the beginning of the week and it will last you around 3-4 days! 

How do you reheat baked oatmeal?

These are the perfect make ahead breakfast, especially for kids. To reheat it, use the oven, toaster oven or microwave to reheat until warm.

How long can you keep oatmeal cups in the refrigerator?

I like to keep them for 3-4 days.

Make ahead baked oatmeal recipes

Our Favorite Baked Oatmeal Recipes


Maple Blueberry Baked Oatmeal: Maple and blueberry together is SO GOOD and we knew it would be delicious as an oatmeal bake

Chocolate Peppermint Baked Oatmeal: When the holidays are right around the corner, we know that this Chocolate Peppermint Baked Oatmeal will be a crowd pleaser on a leisurely morning surrounded by family and friends. Or really, anytime!

Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal (Gluten-Free): This classic flavor combination smells so good when it is baking, and bonus it’s so easy to put together. 

Peanut Butter, Banana, Chocolate Chip Baked Oatmeal: Who doesn’t love the combination of peanut butter, banana, and chocolate chips baked into an ooey-gooey fiber rich breakfast bake?

PB&J Baked Oatmeal: This PB & J baked oatmeal has all the same flavors of a PB&J, but without the traditional sandwich bread. Each bite is a mini PB&J in itself with a more exciting texture and, of course, all the nutritional benefits of its clean ingredient list. This recipe came to us from my friend Ali’s newest cookbook, Inspiralized and Beyond! 

How To Make The BEST Baked Oatmeal Cups (Gluten-Free): These baked oatmeal cups are the OG baked oatmeal recipe on LCK. They’re delicious, filling, and packed with good-for-you ingredients to get you through a busy morning! They are the perfect on-the-go/make ahead breakfast or snack! Plus, they are totally customizable! Start with the base recipe and add in your favorite add-ins!

Pumpkin Oatmeal Bake: For when season is calling out to you! Keep this baked oatmeal all about the pumpkin flavor as-is, or add in chocolate chips, nuts or dried cranberries for a twist.

Gingerbread Baked Oatmeal: With its warm spices and hearty molasses flavor, this Gingerbread Oatmeal Bake completely feels and tastes like the holiday season. Make as is, or bake it with nuts, white or dark chocolate or even dried cranberries!

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Warm and inviting, this Gingerbread Oatmeal Bake is super festive and the perfect brunch to feed a crowd this holiday season. This 1-bowl breakfast bake is dairy-free, gluten-free and made without any refined sugars. Keep it all about the gingerbread flavor as-is, or add in walnuts, chocolate chips, or dried cranberries for a twist.

Gingerbread Oatmeal Bake

With its warm spices and hearty molasses flavor, this Gingerbread Oatmeal Bake completely feels and tastes like the holiday season. It’s not only delicious, but it’s also a nutritious breakfast that will be perfect to serve for a crowd. It’s made in 1 bowl and bakes up in just about 30 minutes. Make it ahead, or make it fresh!

There are a few ways you can serve baked gingerbread oatmeal, besides digging right in with a spoon. You can scoop out a serving into a bowl and add a little extra milk, like a warm cereal. Or, you can slice it and eat as is, warm or cold. This makes it a great meal-prep option as well; bake it and eat some immediately and then pack the rest away for later.

Gingerbread oatmeal casseroleGingerbread Oatmeal Ingredients

A scoop of gingerbread oatmealWhat Oats Should You Use

For this recipe, use rolled oats, not quick cooking oats. If you are gluten-free, make sure the package you buy says gluten-free rolled oats on it! You can’t use instant oatmeal. It’s different than rolled oats or old fashioned oats because it is thinly cut, processed and flavored. They don’t lend the same structure to baked goods as regular oats or quick oats, so make sure to check labels.

Can you freeze baked oatmeal?

Yes! Once it is fully cooled, store in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Either defrost overnight in the refrigerator or give it a quick pass in the toaster oven or microwave to heat up!

Gingerbread oatmeal bake with a fork in it

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Warm and inviting, this Gingerbread Oatmeal Bake is super festive and the perfect brunch to feed a crowd this holiday season. This 1-bowl breakfast bake is dairy-free, gluten-free and made without any refined sugars. Keep it all about the gingerbread flavor as-is, or add in walnuts, chocolate chips, or dried cranberries for a twist.


Yields 9 slices
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Recipe Type: Breakfast
Cuisine Gluten-free
Make Ahead: Easy
Author: Lexi's Clean Kitchen
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Ingredients

For Gingerbread Oatmeal

  • 2 large eggs 
  • 1-¼ cup almond milk (or milk-of-choice)
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil or coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 3 cups gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt

    Optional add-ins

    • 1/3 cup chocolate chips (dark or white chocolate would be nice here!)
    • 1/3 cup walnuts or pecans
    • 1/3 cup dried cranberries

    Directions

    1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and grease an 8" x 8" (or similar size) oven-safe dish. If desired, prepare a parchment sling by cutting out a piece of parchment paper slightly longer than the pan and placing it inside.
    2. In a large bowl add eggs, milk, maple syrup, apple sauce, oil and molasses and whisk to fully combine. 
    3. To the wet ingredients add oats, chia seeds, baking powder, and all of the spices and salt mix until fully combined. If adding in any option ingredients like walnuts, fold them in here.
    4. Pour into prepared dish and bake for 30-35 minutes, until the center is just barely firm.
    5. Scoop and serve warm as is or with milk, or cool and slice into 9 square portions.

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    Gingerbread Oatmeal Bake

    These buttery sweet cookies have a soft vanilla flavor, a crisp exterior and a soft and chewy middle, just like any good Gluten Free Sugar Cookie should have. Better yet, they are simple to prepare using only a handful of ingredients and needing just a bowl and spoon to make the batter. 

    gluten free sugar cookies on a plateGluten Free Sugar Cookie Recipe

    Everyone needs a good sugar cookie recipe, and this one should be your new one. These chewy little cookies are insanely delicious, easy-to-prepare and perfect for the holidays, or year round. You can either bake the cookie as is, for a perfectly sweet cookie, or you can roll it in raw sugar to get for an extra sweet crunch to it.

    But what’s more is that we really simplified the steps needed to make this cookie by using just 1 bowl and a sturdy spoon to mix the dough all together. Which means you can have fresh, hot cookies on your table quickly. This is also a great recipe to make with the kids for the holiday baking season.

    Looking for cut out sugar cookies for decorating? Check this recipe.

    Gluten free sugar cookie dough on a baking sheetIngredients Needed

    Tips for Making Gluten Free Sugar Cookies

    1. Make sure your butter is fully softened. This recipe requires the butter to be room temperature because it is mixed in with the dough as is, as opposed to creaming it or melting it. Room temperature butter will easily be mixed into this almond flour dough, with no chunks of butter remaining.
    2. Use a study spoon and a bit of muscle. We use a bit of an unusual method of making this dough: all the ingredients are simply mixed together in a bowl until the dough has come together. It’s easiest to achieve smooth dough if you use a sturdy spoon, such as metal or wooden one, and really mix up the dough well. At some point while you are making the dough you are going to feel like it won’t ever come together–but keep mixing: it will.
    3. Chill the dough, if you have time. We tested making this dough baked right after mixing as well as baking after a chill in the refrigerator. Truth be told, we preferred the chilled cookies, because the dough has chance to rest and the flavors play better together when this happens. However, this recipe works just fine when the cookies are baked immediately after the dough is made. 
    4. Roll the dough in sugar, if you want. These cookies are great on their own, but rolling them in sugar creates another flavor and textural component that is nice.

    Baked gluten free sugar cookiesStoring Gluten Free Sugar Cookies

    As with any sugar cookie recipe, these are best eaten on the day they are made. On day 1, the outside is crisp in the middle is soft and chewy. The cookies can be stored in a bag or container at room temperature for up to 3 days, but they soften as time goes on.

    Freezing Sugar Cookie Dough

    The cookie dough can be rolled into balls and frozen for up to 3 months. To freeze, place the portioned cookie dough balls on a baking sheet and freeze until solid. Move cookie dough in a freezer bag.

    When ready to bake, follow the baking instructions but add an extra minute or two to the cooking time.

    Best gluten free sugar cookie recipe Icing Sugar Cookies

    These cookies are not the type of cookies that should be used to make cut out shapes, and decorated. If you are looking for those cookies, check out this recipe

    However, these are the type of sugar cookies that taste insanely delicious with a buttercream icing on top. We tested this with some buttercream we had lying around after making a cake, and they were SO GOOD. You could make a half sized batch of buttercream from this chocolate recipe or this vanilla recipe.

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    Easy Gluten Free Sugar Cookie Recipe

    These buttery sweet cookies have a soft vanilla flavor, a crisp exterior and a soft and chewy middle, just like any good Gluten Free Sugar Cookie should have. Better yet, they're also simple to prepare using handful of ingredients and 1 bowl and spoon. 


    Yields about 16 cookies
    Prep Time 10 minutes
    Cook Time 10 minutes
    Total Time 20 minutes
    Recipe Type: Dessert
    Cuisine Gluten-Free
    Make Ahead: Easy
    Author: Lexi's Clean Kitchen
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    Ingredients

    • 2-1/2 cups (245 grams) almond flour
    • 1 cup (120 grams) tapioca flour
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
    • Pinch sea salt
    • 1/2 cup maple syrup
    • 2 teaspoon vanilla
    • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
    • Raw sugar, optional

    Directions

    1. Preheat the oven to 350º and line two baking sheets with parchment parchment paper.
    2. Add almond flour, tapioca flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt to a bowl. Whisk together until combined.
    3. Add in maple syrup, vanilla and softened butter. Using a heavy spoon, mix the dough all together until fully combined with no visible butter remaining.
    4. Roll dough into balls (about 2 tablespoons in size, or a #30 scoop), dip in raw sugar if desired, and place on baking sheet about 2 inches apart.
    5. Bake for 10 minutes.

    Recipe Notes

    1. This dough could also be made in an electric stand mixer, following the same process as mixing it by hand.
    2. If you find the dough difficult to work with, place in the refrigerator for 15-20 minutes before rolling cookie dough balls.
    3. Let cool before picking up, as they are quite delicate when hot. 
    4. Cookie dough can be made up to 2 days ahead.

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    Gluten Free Sugar Cookies

    Need a quick dinner idea? This Pantry Pasta with Chickpeas and Roasted Red Peppers is it! This delicious dinner uses only ingredients that are likely to be in your pantry and it’s made all in one pot! It’s also dairy-free and vegan and sure to a be a hit with the whole family.

    Easy one pot pasta with chickpeas in a bowlQuick Pantry Pasta

    We are all about quick and easy dinners, especially during busy seasons of our lives. This Quick Pantry Pasta with Chickpeas and Roasted Red Peppers is definitely a winner. It’s made all in one pot, with items you likely already have in your pantry and will surely be a hit with everyone. Did I mention it takes less than 20 minutes to cook? That means that if you are walking in the door with absolutely no idea what you are going to make for dinner, this will save you! It’s also easy to swap in other ingredients in case you don’t have the chickpeas or roasted red peppers so this one really is a life saver. Save this recipe and hang it on your fridge for the next time you need dinner fast.

    Pantry Pasta Ingredients

    Pasta with roasted red peppers in a pot

    How One Pot Pasta Works

    If you are new to the concept of cooking pasta all in one pot, let me explain how it works! Typically pasta is cooked separately in lots of boiling water, then drained before being used in whatever dish you are making. But a one pot pasta instead boils the pasta directly in whatever “sauce” you are using. In this recipe, the pasta is boiled in a mixture of marinara sauce and water (or broth, if you have it in your pantry!). Instead of just filling the pot with water, a precise amount is added to ensure that when the pasta is finished cooking, there is just enough liquid leftover to make your sauce. The resulting sauce is “creamier” because any starch that is leftover in the cooking liquid is left in the pot, instead of being discarded when draining the pasta. Because it’s all cooked in one pot, follow the directions and ingredient amounts precisely to ensure the correct amount of sauce leftover at the end.

    Also note that when the pasta is finished cooking, the sauce might look like it is too watery. It will thicken in about 5 minutes to be the perfect amount, so have patience.

    What Type of Pasta to Use

    We tested this one pot pantry pasta with a lot of different types of gluten-free pasta and with traditional wheat pasta as well. It all worked the same! However, you must use penne pasta for this, as the amount of water called for is based off of the type of pasta used.

    When you are cooking this, the recipe calls for you to cook the pasta as long as the package directions call for, after it has come to a boil, so be sure to check for that information on the pasta package.

    Pasta with chickpeas

    Alternative Ingredients for Pantry Pasta

    We based this recipe off of the idea that marinara, chickpeas and roasted red peppers are often what can be commonly found in the pantries of many families. However, you can make some swaps for what you have on hand, such as switching the beans (or omitting them) or even adding meat to this dish. However, you can not swap out the use of 25 ounces of marinara sauce or the amount of water/broth called for, because it will affect the final dish.

    Some other ideas for swaps to make:

    Adding Meat to this Dish

    If you wanted to add ground meat, cook it first in the pot, then add the remaining ingredients.

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    Pantry Pasta with Chickpeas and Peppers

    This Pantry Pasta with Chickpeas and Roasted Red Peppers is the ultimate easy and quick dinner idea. This delicious dinner idea uses all ingredients that are likely to be in your pantry and it's made all in one pot! It's also dairy free and vegan and sure to a be a hit with the whole family.


    Yield 4
    Prep Time 2 minutes
    Cook Time 18 minutes
    Total Time 20 minutes
    Recipe Type: Dinner
    Cuisine Vegan, Gluten-free
    Make Ahead: Easy
    Author: Lexi's Clean Kitchen
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    Ingredients

    • 1-25 ounce jar marinara sauce
    • 12 ounces penne pasta (we used gluten-free)
    • 4 cups water / broth 
    • 1 cup roasted red peppers, chopped
    • 1-15 ounce can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 1 teaspoon onion powder
    • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

    Directions

    1. Add all ingredients to a large dutch oven and stir together to combine. Turn the heat on to medium high and let the mixture come up to a boil.
    2. Once boiling, cook the pasta for as long as the package instruction states (if package says to cook pasta for 10 minutes, cook for 10 minutes), stirring every few minutes to prevent the pasta from sticking to the bottom.
    3. Once the pasta is cooked through, let it sit for 5 minutes while the sauce continues to thicken up.
    4. Serve as is, or with parmesan cheese and basil for garnish.

    Recipe Notes

    1. The pasta can stick to the bottom of the pot after it has begun to boil. Make sure to stir the pot, scraping up any pasta off of the bottom very frequently. 
    2. We really recommend adding broth / bone broth if you have it in your pantry.

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