Spinach Dip Stuffed Mushrooms (Healthy Lightened Up Appetizer!)

Spinach Dip Stuffed Mushrooms (dairy-free, healthy, paleo) - Lexi's Clean Kitchen #stuffedmushrooms #spinachdip #appetizers #healthy

These healthy Spinach Dip Stuffed Mushrooms are a lightened up take on the classic hearty spinach dip we know and love, made into the perfect holiday baked stuffed mushroom appetizer. This stuffed mushroom recipe is easy to prepare, and simply omit the cheese on top for a vegetarian, whole30-approved, and dairy-free stuffed mushroom!

Spinach Dip Stuffed Mushrooms (dairy-free, healthy, paleo) - Lexi's Clean Kitchen #stuffedmushrooms #spinachdip #appetizers #healthySpinach Dip Stuffed Mushrooms

It’s the anniversary of my COOKBOOK!!!! One year ago today, the Lexi’s Clean Kitchen cookbook hit shelves everywhere, and entered the homes of so many of you! Do you have the cookbook? Do you love it? I’d love to hear your favorite recipes in the comments below! If you don’t have it yet, it make for a fabulous holiday gift ūüôā

Lexi's Clean Kitchen Cookbook

To celebrate the one-year anniversary, I thought I’d share on of the popular appetizers that is PERFECT for holiday entertaining. I demo’ed these at many book signings last year, and they were a hit every time!

WHAT’S INSIDE THE BOOK:

  • Over 150 delicious, tried and true recipes from my kitchen to yours. Recipes are free of¬†negative health instigators like gluten, grains, dairy, soy and refined sugars- while still delivering the taste and gratification¬†that you want!
  • Chapters including Rise & Shine Breakfasts, Main Dishes, Soups & Salads, On the Side, Little Bites, Lexi‚Äôs Basics, Sweet Treats, and¬†Beverages.
  • Step by step instructions and full color photos for¬†every¬†single recipe.
  • Allergy & Special Diet labels, including dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, vegan, and paleo-friendly for easy navigation (all of the recipes are gluten-free).
  • Ingredients and Pantry Staples Guide ‚ÄĒ so you‚Äôre prepared to cook the recipes!
  • A variety tips, tricks, and tools such as A Guide To Clean Eating, A Conversion Chart, Cheat Sheet Guides, & much more.
  • Healthy meals that are packed with flavor, including: Classic Chili, Braised Short Ribs, One-Pan Arroz Con Pollo, Thai BBQ¬†Salmon, and¬†BBQ Chopped Cobb¬†Salad, and healthier options for your favorite indulgent foods, such as French Toast Sticks, Perfect Waffles, Birthday Cake, Sandwich Bread, and No-Bake Cookie Dough Cups.
  • & More!

How do you make stuffed mushrooms?

Spinach dip was my favorite way back when, and this recipe nails that exact spinach dip flavor I love, but is made with healthier ingredients and is transformed into delightfully handy passaround appetizers!

Spinach Dip Stuffed Mushrooms (dairy-free, healthy, paleo) - Lexi's Clean Kitchen #stuffedmushrooms #spinachdip #appetizers #healthy

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Spinach Dip Stuffed Mushrooms

Prep Time 10 minutes, plus time to soak cashews Cook Time 30 minutes Serves 6 Total Time 0:00

Ingredients

    For the cashew cream

    For the spinach dip

    Directions

    1. Soak the cashews in a bowl of water for at minimum 1 hour or up to 8 hours.
    2. Preheat the oven to 375¬ļF. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
    3. Heat the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic, shallot, and onion and cook until soft, about 3 minutes. Fold in the spinach and cook, stirring occasionally, until the spinach has wilted. Set aside.
    4. To make the cashew cream: Drain the soaked cashews and place them in a small food processor or high-speed blender. Puree the cashews with the 1 tablespoon of olive oil and ¬Ĺ teaspoon of salt. Fold the cashew cream into the spinach mixture until evenly combined.
    5. Arrange the mushroom caps on the lined baking sheet and brush the outside of the caps lightly with olive oil. Scoop a large spoonful of the spinach mixture into the cavity of each cap. Top with the cheese, if using.
    6. Bake in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until the mushrooms are soft and the cheese has begun to brown.‚ÄĮServe warm or at room temperature.

    Recipe Notes

    Variation: Hot Spinach Dip. Egg-free and dairy-free (if cheese is omitted), this is your solution to a hot, creamy party dip that everyone can enjoy. Place dip into an oven-safe bowl, top with cheddar cheese, if desired, and bake until the cheese is golden. Use homemade crackers (page 000), veggies, or plantain chips for dipping.

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    How To Build The Ultimate Cheese Plate

    I am so excited that December is here and the holiday season is upon us! Today for Healthy Food Friday with American Express let’s talk about an entertaining staple: How To Build The Ultimate Cheese Plate.

    We have been entertaining so much lately and my favorite appetizer to throw together is a cheese plate. You can get so creative. And with this simple guide, you can put together some amazing flavor combinations that everyone will love! 

    How To Build The Ultimate Cheese Plate | Lexi's Clean Kitchen & American Express 

    How To Build It:


    1. Platters 

    Grab one or two platters. You may be surprised to find that you may already have things to use at home! 

    • Wooden Boards or Nice Wood Cutting Boards

    • Slate or Chalk Board

    • Marble Slab


    2. Cheese (approximately 3 ounces per person)

    Pick your variety of cheeses (3 or more) & add labels (P.S. separate knives for each cheese)

    • Aged: Cheddar, Gouda

    • Soft: Brie, Goat Cheese, Humboldt Fog, Fromager d’Affinois 

    • Firm: Manchego

    • Blue: Danish Blue, Gorgonzola


    3. Crackers & Breads 

    I always like an assortment that can work for anyone and everyone!

    • Gluten-free Crackers

    • Regular Crackers

    • Sliced Baguette

    • Breadsticks 


    4. Meats

    Cured meats are always great to accompany your cheeses.

    • Prosciutto

    • Salami

    • Pepperoni

    *Try slicing your salami, tossing it in your favorite homemade teriyaki sauce, and broiling for 3-5 minutes!


     5. Nuts

    Candied or regular nuts are a great accompaniment (or just to snack on)!

    • Candied Pecans or Walnuts

    • Marcona Almonds

    • Pistachios

    • Almonds 


     6. Something Sweet

    Some fresh or dried fruit is always wonderful, along with jams (a must!).

    • Fresh Grapes

    • Fresh Figs

    • Melon

    • Sliced Apples

    • Dried Figs

    • Toffee Covered Almonds

    • Cut Up Chocolate Bar

    • Dried Apricots

    • Fig Jam

    • Honey

    • Red Pepper Jelly


     7. Other

    Sometimes I’ll place a few bowls throughout the spread:

    • Roasted Red Peppers

    • Olives

    • Antipasto Salad

    • Artichokes 


     What do you add to your cheese plate?


     

    Thai Meatballs

    These Thai Meatballs are paleo, gluten-free, and bursting with flavor. They are a healthy meatball recipe that everybody will love. This thai meatball recipe is loaded with veggies and infused with the perfect flavor combination of ginger, chili, garlic, and more. A total crowd pleaser that gets rave reviews!

    Paleo Thai Meatballs

      Thai Meatballs

    It took me a good three attempts to perfect these Thai Turkey Meatballs just right, and man are they a hit. The first time, the flavors just weren’t there… The second attempt was better, but needed a little more. Third times a charm because these FLEW off the plate. We couldn’t stop talking about how much we loved them and wanted them again.

    Paleo Thai Meatballs Ingredients

    Healthy Thai Turkey Meatballs

    Plus, these could not be easier to make. Mix all the ingredients, toss on a baking sheet, bake, and enjoy! They make for a great meal prep option too! Protein packed, nutritious, and easy to take on the go.

    Best Ground Turkey to Buy

    We always buy organic ground turkey whenever possible!

    What should I eat with meatballs

    • Cauliflower Rice
    • Rice
    • Stir Fry Veggies
    • Roasted Veggies
    • Zucchini Noodles
    • Rice Noodles
    • Thai Salad
    • … As MEAL PREP!

    Thai Meatballs

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    Like this healthy meatball recipe? Try these other favorite meatball recipes:


    Paleo Thai Meatballs

    Prep Time 10 min Cook Time 20 min Total Time 0:30 Serves 4

    Ingredients

      Meatballs

      Sauce

      Directions

      • Preheat oven to 375
      • In a bowl combine all meatball ingredients
      • Mix well and form into balls
      • Place balls on lined baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes
      • While baking, combine all sauce ingredients in a small pot over medium heat
      • Once boiling, stir, and reduce heat to a simmer
      • When meatballs are done pour sauce over it, or use sauce as a dipping sauce

      Recipe Notes

      • *Can sub sriracha for chili paste
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      Crispy Buffalo Chicken Bites

      Crispy Buffalo Chicken Bites are your new favorite appetizer, snack, or chicken dinner that nobody will guess is completely allergy-free! Guilt-free fried chicken bites for the win!

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      I’ve been kind of on a fry-all-the-things kick lately (healthfully, of course). Not really awesome for my Jamaica beach body I’m working towards but¬†I mean, healthy fried chicken bites that aren’t dry and that are crispy, flavorful, and gluten-free, grain-free, and nut-free? I. Just. Can’t. Stop.Crispy Buffalo Chicken Bites

      You can really coat this chicken in any sauce you’d like, but I always am a buffalo fan! My next move‚Ķ chop the chicken bites up and¬†turn them into a¬†buffalo chicken pizza. Clearly the perfect use of this chicken!

      Crispy Buffalo Chicken Bites

      Crispy Buffalo Chicken Bites

      Prep Time 10 min Cook Time 15 min Total Time 0:25

      Ingredients

      • 1 lb. organic chicken
      • 1/4 cup avocado oil, or oil of choice

      Batter

      Sauce

      Directions

    • In a skillet heat oil until hot*
    • Cut chicken into bite size pieces
    • In a bowl, combine batter ingredients
    • Place chicken into batter and toss until coated
    • Carefully place chicken into hot skillet
    • Let cook for 4-5 minutes on each side
    • Remove from skillet and place on plate lined with paper towels
    • In a skillet, heat hot sauce and butter over low heat until combined
    • Add in chicken and toss until coated
    • If you want your chicken extra crispy, after this step transfer chicken to a lined baking sheet and broil for 2-3 minutes on each side, watching carefully
    • Recipe Notes

    • *Splash a drop of water in the skillet, if it sizzles, it's hot and ready to go!
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      Healthy Spinach & Artichoke Dip

      Happy Friday! This week for our Foodie Friday with American Express, let’s talk about GAME DAY RECIPES. The big game is upon us therefore it’s currently ALL about finger foods, appetizers, dips, and festive main dishes for Football Sunday and the big day. I’m on board since these are some of my favorite types of eats! I love the challenge of making everybody’s favorite game-day food guilt-free.

      Spinach & Artichoke Dip is one of my FAVORITES. Every time I ordered the calorie content was always discussed making it¬†slightly¬†less enjoyable (slightly). I¬†love¬†cashew cream and its versatility. I use it to make savory creamy recipes¬†and¬†sweet vegan ‚Äėcheesecake‚Äô like recipes. Such a WIN.

      Healthy Spinach & Artichoke Dip

      I topped ours with Kerrygold Grass-Fed Chedder, but simply leave it off for a fully dairy-free option, or if you can’t find a good quality cheese!

      Healthy Spinach & Artichoke Dip

      Healthy Spinach and Artichoke Dip
      Serves 2
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      Prep Time
      5 min
      Cook Time
      20 min
      Total Time
      25 min
      Prep Time
      5 min
      Cook Time
      20 min
      Total Time
      25 min
      Ingredients
      1. 2 cups frozen spinach, thawed
      2. 1 14 oz. can artichokes
      3. 1/2 white onion, chopped
      4. 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
      5. 1/4 cup cashew cream*
      6. 1 tsp garlic powder
      7. 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes, more to taste
      8. 1/4 tsp Himalayan sea salt, more to taste
      9. Optional: slices of Kerrygold grass-fed cheddar**
      10. Serve with homemade crackers
      Instructions
      1. In a medium size pot heat oil and garlic
      2. Add in spinach
      3. Mix for 4-5 minutes until spinach is wilted
      4. Add in onions and artichokes and mix for 5-7 minutes
      5. Remove from heat and add in spices and cashew cream
      6. Transfer to a high-speed blender and pulse until the texture is as chunky or creamy as desired
      7. Taste and adjust spices and salt as desired
      8. If adding cheese, transfer dip to a oven-safe baking dish, layer with cheese and broil until cheese begins to bubble
      Notes
      1. *Make cashew cream by soaking 2 cups in water cashews overnight (about 1 cup water). Drain and place in high-speed blender with 1 tbsp water and blend until creamy.
      2. **Leave off cheese for dairy-free
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      Healthy Spinach & Artichoke Dip

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      Find all of my game-day recipes here!

      What is your favorite dip?

      Healthy Spinach and Artichoke Dip

      Prep Time 5 min Cook Time 20 min Total Time 0:25

      Ingredients

      Directions

    • In a medium size pot heat oil and garlic
    • Add in spinach
    • Mix for 4-5 minutes until spinach is wilted
    • Add in onions and artichokes and mix for 5-7 minutes
    • Remove from heat and add in spices and cashew cream
    • Transfer to a high-speed blender and pulse until the texture is as chunky or creamy as desired
    • Taste and adjust spices and salt as desired
    • If adding cheese, transfer dip to a oven-safe baking dish, layer with cheese and broil until cheese begins to bubble
    • Recipe Notes

    • *Make cashew cream by soaking 2 cups in water cashews overnight (about 1 cup water). Drain and place in high-speed blender with 1 tbsp water and blend until creamy.
    • **Leave off cheese for dairy-free
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      Coconut Shrimp with Orange Chia Marmalade

      Today’s Healthy Food Friday¬†feature¬†with American Express¬†is a definitely a favorite of mine. It’s all about¬†COCONUT, and it’s perfect to keep up with this month’s theme inspired by travel. Coconut may remind you of a tropical vacation, a favorite ethnic dish, or a delicious dessert treat. They are a great example of a¬†healthy fat (don’t be afraid of fat, you guys), which is why I am super excited to share it today! No, it’s not a low-calorie snack, but the health benefits out weigh that any day, in my opinion!

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      Today you get two recipes in one‚Ķ Coconut shrimp, that makes for the perfect appetizer,¬†AND¬†an orange chia marmalade which can be used as a jam for other savory things, too! Super delicious, and compliment each other perfectly. I’ll be serving these at my next summer get together, for sure.

      Coconut Shrimp with Orange Chia Marmalade

      Coconut Shrimp with Orange Chia Marmalade

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      Coconut Shrimp with Orange Chia Marmalade
      Serves 2
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      Prep Time
      10 min
      Cook Time
      20 min
      Total Time
      30 min
      Prep Time
      10 min
      Cook Time
      20 min
      Total Time
      30 min
      Coconut Shrimp
      1. 15 Jumbo shrimps
      2. 2 tbsp coconut flour
      3. 1/2 cup shredded coconut
      4. 1 egg
      5. 1 tbsp coconut sugar
      6. 1/4 tsp Himalayan sea salt
      7. 1/2 cup coconut oil, for frying (can omit if baking)
      Chia Marmalade
      1. 2 oranges, peeled and sliced
      2. 2 tbsp honey
      3. 1/2 Lemon juiced
      4. 1 tbsp chia seeds
      5. Optional: 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes (add for a nice kick), more to taste
      Marmalade
      1. 1. In a small pot bring marmalade ingredients (except of chia seeds)to medium heat mix well and mash to combine, add in chia seeds and mix together (this step takes about 5-7 minutes)
      2. 2. Transfer to your blender; blend somewhat smooth
      3. 2. Let set in the the refrigerator until serving; store in air-tight container in fridge for up to two weeks
      Coconut Shrimp
      1. 1. In a small bowl combine 2 tbsp coconut flour with a dash of salt and pepper
      2. 2. In a separate small bowl crack an egg and whisk it together
      3. 3. In a third bowl combine remaining coconut flour, shredded coconut, salt, and coconut sugar
      4. 4. Dip cleaned and dried shrimp into plain coconut flour mix
      5. 5. Dip in egg mixture
      6. 6. Dredge in coconut mixture, press down to coat
      COOKING
      1. 7. Heat 1/2 cup coconut oil and working in batches, fry shrimp for about 3-5 minutes
      2. OR
      3. 8. Preheat oven to 400, line baking sheet and grease- bake for 10 minutes on each side
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