Homemade Meat Sauce Recipe

This easy Italian meat sauce recipe is my probably my all-time favorite pasta sauce recipe! It’s an easy homemade meat sauce recipe that is hearty and flavorful, and perfect for a weeknight meal. Make this healthy meat sauce with ground turkey or ground beef, and let it cook nice and slow! It’s gluten-free, paleo-friendly, whole30 compliant, and so yummy! Serve it over zucchini noodles or spaghetti squash for low carb, or gluten-free pasta!

Italian meat sauce recipe

Homemade Meat Sauce Recipe

I LOVE Italian dishes. Especially a quick and delicious meat sauce! I often make my favorite Italian dishes into healthy versions that I love to dig into, weekly. This spaghetti meat sauce is delicious, always a hit and so versatile! Serve it over zucchini noodles, spaghetti squash, the options are endless! I often make a big batch to have for the week, and I never get sick of it!

How do you make meat sauce
If you love meat sauce, try this spaghetti sauce in these recipes:

Spaghetti Squash with Meat Sauce

Want other healthier pasta recipes? Try these favorites:

How Do You Make Meat Sauce

Lexi's Meat Sauce

Prep Time 00:05 Cook Time 00:15 Serves 6


  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 large organic carrot stalks, chopped
  • 1 lb. organic grass-fed beef (or ground turkey)
  • 1 15 oz. can organic diced tomatoes
  • 1 15 oz. can organic tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes, more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt, more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, more to taste
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil, more for garnish
  • Optional: Serve with fresh parmesan
  • Optional: Garnish with fresh Basil


  1. In a medium sized saucepan, heat 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil over medium-high heat. Add garlic and sauté for 1-2 minutes.
  2. Add onion, carrots, and peppers to saucepan. Let cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes until onions are translucent and the carrots begin to soften.
  3. Add meat to saucepan and let cook until brown and no pink remains.
  4. Add tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, spices, and 1 tablespoon fresh basil to the pan and mix well.
  5. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low and let simmer for 15 minutes. Taste and remove from heat.
  6. In a large skillet, heat remaining tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil over medium-high heat. Add in zucchini noodles and red pepper flakes and let cook for 2-3 minutes.
  7. Serve over zucchini noodles or spaghetti squash.
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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


    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)


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


    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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    Sausage, Peppers, and Onions

    Sausage Peppers and Onions | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

    This low-carb and keto-friendly Sausage, Peppers, and Onion, one-pan dish is made in just twenty-minutes! Such a perfect sausage and peppers recipe for any night of the week.

    How to make Sausage and PeppersSausage, Peppers, and Onions

    Did you know that peppers are at their growing season peak right now? I was over at my favorite little farm and they had a bin with the most beautiful looking peppers, so I just had to get a bunch! This dish went over big time here.

    This is the EASIEST sausage and peppers recipe! It is made in one skillet, is so flavorful, and you can use chicken sausage, pork sausage, or any sausage you like! I like to find ones with minimal added ingredients.

    Chicken Sausage and Peppers with cauliflower rice

    It is flavorful, comforting, and just plain delicious with the perfect amount of sauce. A great dish for football Sunday or those nights when you need a quick and easy meal!

    How to make Sausage and Peppers

    Sausage Peppers and Onions on a plate

    You can get creative with how you serve this dish! I love it served over roasted spaghetti squash or cauliflower rice but I bet it would be great with gluten-free pasta or spiralized veggies as well! This sausage and peppers recipe is Paleo friendly, whole30 compliant, dairy-free, grain-free, and no sugar added!

    Like this easy skillet recipe? Try these other favorite one pan meals!

    Sausage, Peppers, & Onions

    Prep Time 00:05 Cook Time 00:15 Serves 4



    1. Heat extra-virgin olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, add garlic and cook for 30 seconds or just until fragrant.
    2. Add sliced onions, bell peppers, and poblano pepper to the skillet; let cook until the onion is translucent.
    3. Add cooked sausage to the large skillet with the peppers and onions and cook for 1-2 minutes.
    4. Pour in diced tomatoes, chicken broth, and spices. Mix well.
    5. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and let simmer for 10 minutes.
    6. Taste and adjust spices as desired.
    7. Serve over spaghetti squash, cauliflower rice, or gluten-free pasta!

    Recipe Notes

    • *If you are using uncooked chicken sausage, remove the casing and cook the chicken sausage and garlic together in a medium skillet over medium-high heat until the sausage is brown on both sides. This should take around 5 minutes, stirring often.
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    Loaded Chicken Salad: Four Ways

    Loaded Chicken Salad: Four Ways | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

    This Loaded Chicken Salad Four Ways makes for the perfect customizable lunch! Make a big batch at the beginning of the week and enjoy it all week long in sandwiches, as a back-to-school snack on celery sticks, in a lettuce wrap, or in a salad! Made in partnership with Nuts.com!

    Loaded Chicken Salad | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

    This Chicken Salad is filled with some of my favorite lunch flavors:

    Perfectly seasoned baked (or boiled) chicken

    Fresh chopped scallions

    Crisp red grapes

    Sweet royal raisins

    Chopped walnuts, or nuts of choice

    & crispy, smoky bacon

    It seriously doesn’t get much better than that!

    Loaded Chicken Salad | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

    I am so excited to partner with my friends at Nuts.com to bring you today’s recipe. This chicken salad is packed with nuts of choice, and my favorite, royal raisins! I simply can’t get over how customizable and delicious this lunch recipe is.

    Loaded Chicken Salad | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

    Looking for a great back-to-school snack for when the kiddos get home? Serve this on celery sticks for a protein-packed snack.

    Loaded Chicken Salad Celery Logs | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

    If you are looking for a low-carb Whole30 compliant lunch option, make it a lettuce wrap!

    Loaded Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

    Are you more of a salad person? Create a salad with this Chicken Salad by serving it over greens with your favorite salad fixings!

    Loaded Chicken Salad | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

    More of a sandwich person? Add this to your favorite bread with some extra add-ins such as tomatoes and avocado for an ultimate protein packed sandwich to keep you full and energized all day long!

    Loaded Chicken Salad Sandwich | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

    Loaded Chicken Salad

    Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time 15 minutes Serves 4


      Chicken Salad

      • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked and diced
      • 1/4 cup red grapes, sliced
      • 1/4 cup royal raisins, roughly chopped
      • 1/4 cup walnuts, or another nut of choice
      • 1/4 cup scallions, thinly sliced
      • 1/2 red onion, diced
      • 1/3 cup good quality mayonnaise
      • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard, more to taste
      • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, more to taste
      • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, more to taste
      • optional: 1/4 cup bacon, roughly chopped

      Chicken Salad Celery Sticks

      • 12 celery ribs, cleaned and sliced in half or thirds depending on size

      Chicken Salad Sandwich

      Lettuce Wraps

      Chicken Salad Over Salad


      1. Place all of the chicken salad ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
      2. Mix until well combined. Taste and adjust seasoning, mayonnaise, and dijon mustard as needed.
      3. Serve as celery sticks, in a lettuce wrap, on top of a salad, or as a sandwich!

      Recipe Notes

      *Store in your refrigerator for 3-5 days!

      *You can sub the mayo for 1/3 cup Greek yogurt if desired!


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      Beyond the Kitchen

      Life Lately:

      We had this AMAZING Thai brunch in Boston at Banyan. I’m still dreaming of this gluten-free sandwich on scallion pancakes.


      Earlier this week I took a few days to go on our annual spa trip with very special friends. We had the best time relaxing, laughing, and enjoying Norwich Spa and Mohegan Sun!

      Norwich Spa & Mohegan Sun

      We stayed at The Spa at Norwich Inn, then took quick 5 minute taxis to Mohegan each night. We ate at Tuscany and Bar American, and visited our favorite, Vista Lounge, both nights!


      Does it get any better than this? I can’t wait to cook through this week’s CSA haul!


      Now I’m back to work, work, work and WEDDING PLANNING! We are one month away!

      Blog Posts I’m Loving:

      The most gorgeous Summer Fruit Plate ever.

      Chocolate and Peanut Butter Vegan Fudge? Sign me up!

      I want this Skillet Fish with tomatoes this weekend!

      The perfect way to use avocados and my tomatoes and cucumbers is this salad.

      Grilling a Delmonico Steak just got easier!

       Quote of the Week:

      “When you arise in the morning think of what a privilege it is to be alive, to think, to enjoy, to love…” ― Marcus Aurelius

      What’s HOT on Pinterest This Week:

      Caribbean Pulled Chicken Lettuce Wraps: Recipe | Pin It 

      Hosting the Perfect Brunch: How To | Pin it

      Easy Blueberry Jam: Recipe | Pin It

      Loaded Paleo Nachos: Recipe | Pin It

      Current Must-Haves: Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Edition

      This off the shoulder top.

      These booties.

      This casual T.

      This awesome structured bag.

      My favorite everyday bra.

      What You May Have Missed:

      This Easy Beet Slaw.

      My Thai Curry Soup with ALL THE VEGGIES! 

      Better Beauty & Safer Skincare

      I’ve been talking a lot more about what products I’m using to create a non-toxic home and I can’t say enough amazing things about what I’ve been using lately.


      Here’s a look inside my medicine cabinet!


      Hair: I love Oi oil by Davines.

      Teeth: I brush with Dessert Essence Toothpaste in this flavor, and find it at Whole Foods Market or on Amazon. We love it.

      Deodorant: Primally Pure in Lemongrass. It’s fabulous!

      Pre-cleanser: I like this pre-cleanser oil to remove dirt and make-up before washing.

      Face Cleansers: I use this cleansing bar in the shower, and this face wash for AM & PM.

      Face Exfoliators: Here’s my light exfoliator. Here’s my go-to heavier exfoliator (my favorite).

      Face Moisturizers: I love this serum oil, this moisturizer for AM, and this for PM! I also still have this serum that I like.

      Face Mist & Toner: I really like this complexion mist, and I use this clarifying toner from Norwich Spa.

      Lip Treatment: I love love love this lip conditioner

      Eye Cream: I love this rejuvenating eye cream.

      Face Masks: I love this charcoal face mask and this camphor mask from Norwich spa.

      Shampoo: This is my favorite, and a little goes a long way.

      If you have any questions, feel free to comment below or email me!

       Enjoy the weekend, loves! Thanks for reading! 

      Canyon Ranch Lenox: Weekend Getaway

      Mike and I had the greatest weekend. On Friday night we drove up to Lenox, MA to the gorgeous Canyon Ranch for a little pre-birthday celebrations! We arrived late, were greeted by the most friendly staff, had a quick dinner (they packed us gluten-free cookies to-go in our room), and we went to relax before a fun-filled day ahead.


      We woke up and explored this gorgeous place. It is so serene, quaint, friendly, and relaxing.


      We walked down, sat on some adirondack chairs overlooking the woods and rocked (in the words of Emily from Zivamind) a 15-minute meditation to kick start a day of fitness, relaxation, and wellness.



      We ate phenomenal food, took awesome fitness classes, got pampered in the spa, and got to take in the gorgeous views of Lenox. At night, they have quite the epic DVD collection filled with old and super new movies. Since the lovely staff always gave us soft, delicious gluten-free cookies to go, the nights were relaxing and filled with cookies and movies in bed, something we never ever get to do!  It was delightful.

      All in all, it was truly a fantastic weekend getaway, and with all there was to do- over 40+ indoor and outdoor fitness activities daily, workshops, talks, treatments- I could totally have seen us staying for days and days! 

      The Food

      There are two main restaurants at Canyon Ranch. The Dining Room (where we ate dinner the first night and lunch the following day) and The Cafe (where we are breakfast both days and dinner Saturday night). The Cafe is new. It is farm-to-table style, and also where you can grab a snack throughout the day, a cappuccino, a smoothie, and so on. Of course, The Cafe was right up my alley and we loved loved loved it there. Especially Sunday brunch because… brunch!


      I’m merging together breakfast (Saturday) + brunch (Sunday), because they were both just so fantastic. I started each day with an almond milk cappuccino and went from there. The accommodations for gluten/grain/dairy-free were beyond amazing. I was greeted with a full ingredient list of every single food at CR upon arrival, down to the brand of tomato sauce they use! They had three different types of almond milk, local maple syrup, coconut water for the smoothies. Everything down to the T!

      The breakfast you ordered, with the open bar to help yourself to other things, and the brunch was station buffet-style. 

      Everything was beyond delicious! We grabbed a quick lunch on Saturday, and then got right back into our day of fitness and the spa! 

      Dinner at The Cafe was a highlight for sure. I loved seeing where a variety of the food I was eating came from. What is better than that? It is so apparent how much the chefs value their food and their expertise.  

      Bravo to the CR Lenox chefs. It was truly amazing seeing your craft in action. 


      P.S. There is no alcohol served at Canyon Ranch. I actually really enjoyed this little detox aspect.

      The Fitness  

      CR Lenox is different then any spa I’ve been to. It is super focused on fitness, wellness, and health out of just the food and the spa. There were lectures on sleep, an integrative medicine practice where you could actually get tests done right there, and so much more. 

      I took a circuit class, spin class, and a yoga class. Now I’m not the biggest Yogi but I am making an effort to get more into it, so I decided to take a class. Antoinette was the teacher and she was beyond amazing. I loved her nature, energy and the vibes of the class. I wish she was here in Boston! Mike took a meditation workshop, a yoga class (more intense than mine), and a kettlebell class which ended up being one-on-one since he was the only person who showed up! 

      I really loved the classes, and also loved spending time in the Women’s Spa. Sauna, steam room, hot tub, relaxation area, and more. Total bliss.

      Another highlight that we loved was the natural “sports drink” in the fitness area. Seeing the word Sports Drink you can imagine what I thought the ingredient list would look like, but I was in fact wrong! A blend of iced teas, orange juice, white grape juice, lemon oil, and sea salt. That’s it! We added a little to our waters to fuel us through the day. I think I’ll have to recreate this one for all of you 🙂


       Next time, we’ll stay for longer and get outside for one of the hikes and other activities that we couldn’t fit into our stay! 

      The Spa

      Mike and I both got massages, mine an 80-minute deep tissue and his a 50-minute Swedish. I also got a deep cleansing facial which was phenomenal. I loved the spa area of CR and the awesome, knowledgeable staff there!


      Disclosure: I was not paid to write this post, but did receive complementary amenities. All opinions are 100% always my own!