Healthy Labor Day Recipes (Paleo & Gluten-Free)

I love Labor Day Weekend! It’s the last long weekend of the Summer, and it usually means beaches, BBQ’s, and all those summer recipes you’ve been pinning and saving. I’ve rounded up some favorite appetizers, side dishes, main dishes, and treats to satisfy every person at your home this weekend with these healthy labor day recipes!

Labor Day Paleo Recipes

Photo credit: Lexi’s Clean Kitchen, Against All Grain, Food Faith Fitness, With Food and Love, and Joyful Healthy Eats

Healthy Labor Day Recipes

While cook outs and BBQ’s are a great way to end the summer, you can also bring healthy and delicious dishes that everyone will LOVE.

Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Spring Rolls from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Crunchy Chicken Slaw from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Beet Slaw from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Paleo Fish and Chips from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Caprese Pesto Pasta Salad from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Raspberry Peach Crumble from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Melon Salad with Prosciutto from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Baked Buffalo Wings from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Chicken Caesar Salad Burgers from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Dry-Rub Grilled Wings from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

S’mores Pie from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Tropical Shrimp Ceviche from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Loaded Kimchi Fries from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Bruschetta Chicken from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Coconut Curry Ceviche from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Tomato Jalapeño Salmon Burgers from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

BBQ Chicken Pizza from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Berry Cobbler from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Honey Mustard Chicken Wings from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Grilled Peach, Avocado, and Crab Salad from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Lightened Up Piña Coladas from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Moroccan Chicken Burgers from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Chili Garlic and Lime Chicken Satay Skewers from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Sriracha Lime Chicken Chopped Salad from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Grilled Salmon and Shrimp Scampi from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Chicken Bacon Ranch Baked Hummus Dip from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Honey Lime Fruit Salad with Homemade Cinnamon Sugar Chips from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

No-Bake Cookie Dough ‘Cheesecake’ Bars from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Cantaloupe Ginger Cocktails from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Grilled Sweet Potato Salad with Honey Mustard Vinaigrette from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Cherry Lemonade Popsicles from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Frosè from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Vanilla Honey Fruit Salad with Brownie Crisps from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Grilled Caesar Salad with Blackened Shrimp from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Edible Cookie Dough Dip from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Caprese Pesto Pasta Salad from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Watermelon, Kale, and Feta Salad from What’s Gaby Cooking

Sweet Potato Bites from The Law Student’s Wife

Creamy Roasted Corn Avocado Dip from Petite Allergy Treats

Cilantro Lime Grilled Shrimp from Food Faith Fitness

Grilled Bourbon Chicken from SkinnyTaste

Grainy Mustard Potato + Massaged Kale Salad from With Food and Love

Sticky BBQ Korean Chicken Wings from So Let’s Hang Out

Chopped Thai Chickpea Salad from Ambitious Kitchen

Pulled Pesto Chicken with Tomato Jam Portobello Burgers from Busy in Brooklyn

Paleo Burgers with Balsamic Caramelized Onions & Avocado from Joyful Healthy Eats

Grilled Prosciutto Peach Salad from Against All Grain

Blueberry Caramel Popsicles from The Healthy Maven

Greek Chicken Gyro Salad from FoodieCrush

Raspberry Coconut Cupcakes from Texinerin

Vanilla Cashew Ice Cream from Primal Palate

Vegan Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Ice Cream from Minimalist Baker

What are you doing for Labor Day?


Happy Cooking!

-Lexi

Açaí Smoothie Bowl (Vegan & Gluten Free!)

Acai Smoothie Bowls (Paleo-friendly, vegan-friendly, gluten-free) | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

This Açaí Smoothie Bowl is the perfect refreshing and nourishing treat for warm Spring and Summer days! Paleo-friendly, vegan-friendly, and gluten-free! We love topping ours with gluten-free granola, a mix of berries, and bee pollen for a pop of color and added protein!

Acai Bowl recipe

Açaí Bowl

Acai + mixed berries = the ultimate antioxidant treat! I made these bowls inspired by a favorite smoothie shop of mine, Robeks and absolutely love them! Get creative with the toppings for a fun, flavorful, and healthy breakfast!

What is an acai bowl made of?

  • Frozen Acai
  • Raspberries
  • Banana
  • Nut milk
  • Sweetener of choice
  • Optional: protein powder 
  • Toppings!

How do you make an acai bowl

If you like this smoothie bowl recipe, try this one, too!

Acai Bowl Toppings:

  • Chia Seeds
  • Bee Pollen
  • Crunchy Granola
  • Fresh Fruit
  • Shredded Coconut
  • Nuts or seeds of choice

How can I thicken my acai bowl?

Start with less milk, and add more as desired until it reaches your desired thickness. You want the base of the acai bowl to be thick & scoop able, definitely not watery.

How do you make an acai bowl

Açaí Smoothie Bowl

Prep Time 5 minutes Cook Time 00:00 Serves 1, 16 ounce bowl

Ingredients

    Acai Bowl

    • 1 frozen organic unsweetened Açaí pack. *You can find this in the frozen fruit isle in your local grocery store! We got ours at Whole Foods Market.
    • 1/2 banana, frozen
    • 1 cup frozen organic mixed berries
    • 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk, more as needed
    • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
    • Optional: 1 scoop grass-fed whey protein powder (Use code LEXI for 10% off)

    Toppings

    • 1/4 cup paleo granola
    • 1 banana, sliced thin
    • 1 strawberry, sliced thin
    • Handful of raspberries
    • 1/2 teaspoon bee pollen

    Directions

    1. Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender.
    2. Blend until smooth.
    3. Pour into a bowl, garnish with desired toppings and devour!

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    Two-Ingredient Salsa Chicken (Instant Pot or Slow Cooker)

    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!

    Instant Pot Shredded Salsa Chicken - Lexi's Clean KitchenTwo-Ingredient Salsa Chicken (Instant Pot or Slow Cooker)

    If you love my shredded all-purpose chicken, you will love this easy salsa chicken. I use it in my freezer burritos, on top of salads, and on burrito bowls- to name a few! Use green salsa verde or your favorite red salsa for the easiest shredded chicken recipe ever! Instant Pot Shredded Salsa Chicken - Lexi's Clean Kitchen Shred with two forks and get ready to devour! Instant Pot Shredded Salsa Chicken - Lexi's Clean Kitchen

    How do you cook chicken to be shredded?

    Use the slow cooker or the pressure cooker to make the best, and easiest shredded chicken! 

    Watch the video here: 

    Instant Pot Shredded Salsa Chicken - Lexi's Clean Kitchen

    How do you make shredded chicken for burritos?

    I love using the slow cooker or the Instant Pot, but you can also poach your chicken on the stove-top! All three directions are below!  Instant Pot Shredded Salsa Chicken - Lexi's Clean Kitchen

    The perfect meal prep addition that is so simple to prepare!

    If you like this shredded salsa chicken recipe, try these other recipes:

    Shredded Salsa Chicken (Instant Pot)

    Cook Time 20 minutes

    Ingredients

    Directions

    1. Place chicken in the insert of your pressure cooker.
      Season with salt and pepper.
      Set to manual 20 minutes on high pressure.
      Quick release, then once the valve has gone down, remove chicken and shred with two forks.

    Recipe Notes

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    The BEST Paleo Pancakes [VIDEO]

    Pancakes should be fluffy, golden, and loaded with your favorite add-ins. I’m not kidding when I say these Paleo Pancakes are the real deal. They’re based off of my cinnamon crunch pancakes, and are really just the perfect paleo pancake recipe base, ever. They are paleo pancakes made with almond flour, are kid-friendly, freezer-friendly, and nobody will know their paleo! Guaranteed! These paleo pancakes are made gluten-free, grain-free, refined sugar free, and without banana. I make batches of the mix for my mom every time she comes to visit, and she’s not grain-free!

    Paleo Pancakes Recipe with SyrupThe BEST Paleo Pancakes

    I used to experiment a lot more with protein pancakes (with banana), 2-ingredient pancakes, and so on. While I love those (and ate them everyday for like 3 months at one point), I wanted pancakes that actually TASTE and have the texture of real pancakes.

    Can you use almond meal instead of almond flour?

    Yes. Almond flour is made from blanched almonds which have had the skins removed, and is ground more finely than almond meal, which typically still contains the skins and has a more coarse grind. Both will work, though I prefer almond flour!

    What can you use instead of applesauce?

    Pumpkin puree will work as a sub for the applesauce!

    Paleo Pancakes with almond flour

    This recipe is tried and true, and is loved by so many of you! Read through the comments below for a glimpse of reader reactions!

    Is maple syrup allowed on paleo diet?

    I drizzle these pancakes with good quality maple syrup! Maple syrup, in its natural, unprocessed form, is paleo and is a great alternative to white sugar. Always look for good quality, 100% pure maple syrup!

    Watch the video here:

    Looking for other paleo breakfast recipes?

    How do you make paleo pancakes

    Fluffy Paleo Pancakes

    Prep Time 5 min Cook Time 10 min Yields 2

    Ingredients

    • 1/2 cup blanched almond flour
    • 1/2 cup tapioca flour
    • 2 eggs
    • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
    • 1 tsp baking powder
    • 1/2 tsp vanilla
    • Add-ins of choice

    Directions

    • In a bowl combine almond flour, tapioca, baking powder, and dash of sea salt
    • Add in eggs, applesauce, and vanilla- mix to combine
    • Heat grass-fed butter in a skillet over medium heat and pour in batter
    • Let cook for 3-4 minutes on each side or until golden brown
    • Continue with remaining batter
    • Transfer to a plate and serve
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    Lexi’s Weekly Dinner Plan Week 56

    Lexi's Weekly Dinner Plan Week 56 | Lexi's Clean Kitchen
    Happy holidays from all of us here at LCK! This week’s Dinner Plan is filled with my favorite holiday EATS! From Apple Cider Braised Chicken to Slow Cooker French Onion Soup, this meal plan will definitely not disappoint!

    New to the meal plans? You can find them all, equipped with *free* printable shopping lists, in our easy Meal Plan Tab on the blog! If you’ve been loving them, we’d love to hear your favorites so far!

    Lexi's Weekly Dinner Plan Week 56 | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

    Monday: Christmas Day

    Tuesday: Christmas Leftovers

    Wednesday: Loaded Eggplant [dairy-free, grain-free, paleo-friendly, vegetarian]

    Thursday: Gluten-Free Hidden Veggie Mac & Cheese [grain-free, gluten-free, egg-free]

    Friday: Leftovers

    Saturday: Apple Cider Braised Chicken [one-pot, grain-free, gluten-free, refined sugar-free]

    Sunday: NYE + Slow Cooker French Onion Soup [grain-free, dairy-free and paleo-friendly if you omit the cheese]

    Grab your free printable shopping list HERE!

    Cook from the Lexi’s Clean Kitchen Cookbook this holiday season!

    Apps: The Pork Belly Brussels Sprouts with Lemon Dressing on page 236, Spinach Dip-Stuffed Mushrooms on page 116, The Ultimate Meat & Cheese Board, Easy Chorizo and Kale Soup on page 130, Shredded Brussels Sprouts Salad on page 154, Winter Harvest Salad on page 138, and The Best Shrimp Cocktail on page 92 are my go-tos!

    On The Side: The Pork Belly Brussels Sprouts with Lemon Dressing on page 236, Caramelized Butternut Squash on page 220, and Creamy Mashed Roots Two Ways on page 238

    Cocktails: Apple Cider Sangria on page 256

    Main Dishes: Holiday Desserts: Nanny’s Potted Chicken on page 160, Balsamic Braised Short Ribs on page 204, and Maple-Crusted Salmon on page 186

    Holiday Desserts: Crunchy Chocolate Cookies on page 294, Brown Butter Apple Crisp on page 308, and Pear Tartlets on page 290


    As always, if you have meal plan feedback, please send me an email at Lexi@Lexiscleankitchen.com! I’d absolutely love to hear from you!

    Lexi’s Weekly Dinner Plan Week 55

    Looking for simple, healthy and delicious meals to make this week? We have got you covered! From my go-to homemade meat sauce with spaghetti squash boats to the freezer-friendly Pecan Popcorn Chicken, this menu is perfect for this busy holiday season!

    New to the meal plans? You can find them all, equipped with *free* printable shopping lists, in our easy Meal Plan Tab on the blog! If you’ve been loving them, we’d love to hear your favorites so far!

    Meal Plan Graphic Week 55 | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

    Monday: Pecan Popcorn Chicken [dairy-free, paleo-friendly]

    Tuesday: Spaghetti Squash Boats with Homemade Meatsauce [gluten-free, no sugar added, grain-free]

    Wednesday: Candied Pecan and Herb Chicken Salad [gluten-free, paleo-friendly]

    Thursday: Leftovers

    Friday: Roasted Salmon with Apple Fennel Salad [30 minutes or less, egg-free, dairy-free]

    Saturday: Out

    Sunday: Sheet Pan Buffalo Chicken and Veggies [paleo-friendly, egg-free, gluten-free]

    Grab your free printable shopping list HERE!

    Make some on-the-go breakfasts this week from the Lexi’s Clean Kitchen Cookbook!

    The French Vanilla Muffins on page 48 are so simple and make for a great freezer-friendly make-ahead breakfast or snack! I also love making a big batch of the French Toast Sticks on page 38 over the weekend and enjoying them as a grab & go option all week long!


    As always, if you have meal plan feedback, please send me an email at Lexi@Lexiscleankitchen.com! I’d absolutely love to hear from you!