Crock Pot Cranberry Sauce

This Crock Pot Cranberry Sauce is an easy update on the classic Thanksgiving staple! It is such a great combination with tart cranberries, along with sweet apples and just the right amount of citrus. It’s made right in the slow cooker which means hands-off cooking so you can focus on other aspects of your holiday meal! It contains no refined sugars and is bound to be a new family favorite!

Slow cooker cranberry sauce

Crock Pot Cranberry Sauce

Forget the over sweetened canned cranberry sauce this year because it is SO EASY to make this Crock Pot Cranberry Sauce! You essentially throw all the ingredients in your slow cooker and walk away! It also is  refined sugar free relying on coconut sugar, honey and sweet apples to balance the tart cranberries and citrus.

This sauce is of course well known as a Thanksgiving staple, but I also love to put a spoonful right on top of of latkes or as a versatile spread for breakfast or leftovers!

Easy homemade cranberry sauce

How do you sweeten homemade cranberry sauce?

We used a combination of naturally sweet apples, orange juice, honey and coconut sugar!

How long does homemade cranberry sauce last?

Homemade cranberry sauce will last quite a while, so this makes it a great make-ahead part of your holiday feast! We’d recommend using it within 7-10 days after making for optimal freshness, but it could very well last longer. For Thanksgiving it might make sense to make the cranberry sauce a few days ahead of time! You can serve it cold or you can re-heat gently in a pot over low heat.

Cranberry sauce with orange juice

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Crock Pot Cranberry Apple Sauce

Prep Time 00:00 Cook Time 04:00

Ingredients

Directions

  • 1. Place all ingredients in slow cooker
  • 2. Cook on high for 4 hours
  • 3. At 3 hours, use a potato masher and mash mixture (leave some chunks)
  • 4. Cook for the remaining hour with lid ajar

Recipe Notes

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Healthy Game Day Recipes

Football season is here! Do you entertain? Go out weekly for games? It is such a tempting time to sit around with friends, drinking and eating all sorts of delicious, yet unhealthy foods. These clean eating game day recipes will be a hit with everyone. Here are Healthy Game Day Recipes that are perfect for Football entertaining!

Healthy Game Day Recipes #football #superbowl #glutenfree #paleo Healthy Game Day Recipes


Game Day Appetizers

Appetizers are a game day must! These cleaned up appetizers are perfect, delicious, and indulgent in a guilt-free way!

Crispy Baked Buffalo Wings (Paleo-friendly, Grain-free, and Gluten-free. Use Ghee or Extra-Virgin Olive Oil in the sauce to make this recipe Whole30 approved)

Ultimate Charcuterie Board (Gluten-Free if using gluten-free crackers)

Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes (Gluten-free, paleo,Whole30 if omit cheese)

Sliders (Vegetarian, Gluten-free, omit the cheese to make this dish Paleo-friendly)

Sweet Potato Chili Fries (Dairy-free, Gluten-free, and Grain-free)

Loaded Nachos (Dairy-free, Gluten-free, and Grain-free)

Mini Deep Dish Pizzas (Grain-free and Gluten-free)

Dry Rub Wings (Gluten-free, paleo,Whole30)

Spinach Dip Stuffed Mushrooms (Gluten-Free, Paleo, Vegetarian, omit cheese for dairy-free)

Fried Buffalo Chicken Bites (Nut-free, Omit the butter to make this Whole30 approved, Paleo-friendly)

Oven-Baked Zucchini Fries (Vegetarian, Grain-free, Paleo-friendly)

Sweet Potato Fries & 10 second Honey Mustard (Vegan, Dairy-free, Paleo-friendly)

Moroccan Cauliflower Bites (Vegan, Dairy-free, Grain-free, Paleo-friendly)

Bacon Wrapped Sriracha Lime Chicken Bites (Whole30 Approved, Paleo-friendly, Grain-free, Dairy-free)

Zesty Paleo Chicken Bites (Whole30 Approved, Paleo-friendly, Grain-free)

Carne Asada Nachos (Gluten-Free, Paleo-Friendly, Keto minus tortilla chips)


Game Day Dips

Everyone loves game day dips! Here are out favorites!

Spanish Eggplant Dip (Paleo-friendly, Dairy-free, Gluten-free)

5-Ingredient Buffalo Chicken Baked Hummus Dip (Gluten-Free)

Southwestern Baked Hummus Dip (Vegetarian, Gluten-Free)

Homemade Guacamole (Dairy-free, Paleo-friendly, Whole30 Approved)

Spinach and Artichoke Dip (Vegetarian and Grain-free. Omit the optional cheese to make this dip Whole30 Approved, Dairy-free and Vegan)

Crudite with Tzatziki Sauce (Gluten-Free, Vegetarian, Paleo)

Aji Salsa (Grain-free, Dairy-free, Whole30 Approved, Vegan)

Buffalo Chicken Dip (Grain-free, Gluten-free. Omit the cheese to make this dish Whole30 approved and Paleo-friendly)

7 Layer Mexican Dip (Grain-free, Gluten-free, Nut-free)

Restaurant Style-Blender Salsa (Grain-free, Dairy-free, Whole30 Approved, Vegan)

Chicken Bacon Ranch Baked Hummus Dip (Gluten-Free, Nut-Free)


Game Day Meals

Ultimate, easy main dishes to serve your guests!

Lasagna Soup (Gluten-Free)

Spaghetti Squash Enchilada Bake (Gluten-Free, Paleo-Friendly)

Game-Day White Chicken Chili (Whole30 Approved if you omit the optional white beans, Paleo-friendly if you omit the optional white beans, Grain-free, Dairy-free)

Buffalo Chicken Chili (Paleo-friendly, Grain-free, Whole30 approved, and Dairy-free)

Pecan Popcorn Chicken (Whole30 Approved, Paleo-friendly, Grain-free)

Sweet Potato Chili (Vegan, Grain-free, Dairy-free)

Instant Pot Mongolian Beef (Gluten-free, Grain-free, Paleo-friendly, whole30, Instant Pot)

Ultimate Taco Meat (Gluten-free, Grain-free, Paleo-friendly, whole30, Instant Pot)

Slow Cooker Baked Potato Bar (Grain-free, Use Ghee instead of butter and omit cheese to make this Whole30 Approved)

DIY Lettuce Wrap Bar: Crock-Pot Shredded Chicken and Fixings (Paleo-friendly, Whole30 Approved, Grain-free)

Deconstructed Chicken Pot Pie (Paleo-friendly, Grain-free, Dairy-free, Instant Pot)

Turkey Chili (Paleo-friendly, Grain-free, Dairy-free, Instant Pot)

Meatball Subs (Paleo-friendly, Dairy-free, Grain-free)

Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad (Gluten-free)

Sheet Pan Steak Tips (Gluten-free, Grain-free, Paleo-friendly, Whole30)

Two Ingredient Salsa Chicken (Gluten-free, Grain-free, Paleo-friendly, whole30, Instant Pot)

Eggplant Pizza Crust (Gluten-free, Paleo-friendly, Vegetarian)

BLT Pasta Salad (Gluten-free)

Beef Barbacoa (Paleo-friendly, Grain-free, Dairy-free, Instant Pot)

Crock-Pot Beef & Veggie Bowls (Paleo-friendly, Grain-free, Dairy-free)

Sheet Pan Buffalo Chicken and Veggies (Gluten-free, Paleo-friendly)

Paleo Sandwich Rolls with deli meat (Dairy-free, Paleo-friendly, Grain-Free)

Roasted Poblano and Chicken Soup (Gluten-free, Grain-free, Paleo-friendly)

Caprese Pesto Pasta Salad (Gluten-free, Vegetarian)

BBQ Chicken Pizza (Nut-free, Dairy-free, Grain-free, Paleo-friendly)

Thai Turkey Burgers with Spicy Slaw (Nut-free, Dairy-free, Grain-free, Paleo-friendly)

Pizza Stuffed Peppers (Grain-free and Gluten-free. Omit the cheese to make these Whole30 Approved and Paleo-friendly)

Slow Cooker French Onion Soup (Gluten-free, Grain-free, Paleo-friendly)

Slow Cooker Ribs (Grain-free, Paleo-friendly, Dairy-free)

Hidden Veggie Mac and Cheese (Gluten-free)

Sausage and Veggie Pasta (Gluten-free)

Cauliflower Pizza Bites (Grain-free, Paleo-friendly, Keto, Dairy-free)

Pulled Pork (Gluten-Free, Paleo)

Air Fryer Chicken Tenders (Grain-free, Paleo-friendly, Keto, Dairy-free)

Buffalo Chicken Tenders (Grain-free, Paleo-friendly, Keto Dairy-free)

Meat Sauce (Grain-free, Paleo-friendly, Dairy-free)


Game Day Treats

Don’t forget about dessert!

Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Cups (Paleo-friendly, Grain free, Dairy-free)

Chocolate Chip Cookies (Dairy-free, Paleo-friendly)

Secret Ingredient Brownies (Gluten-free, Grain-free, Paleo-friendly)

Double Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies (Dairy-free, Grain-free, Gluten-free)

Lemon Bars (Gluten-free, Grain-free, Paleo-friendly)

Nutella Pizza (Paleo-friendly, Grain-free, Dairy-free)

Brownies Bites with Protein Frosting (Dairy-free, Paleo-friendly)

Cookie Dough Dip (Gluten-free, Grain-free, Paleo-friendly, Vegetarian)

Roasted Citrus with Salted Vanilla Whipped Cream (Paleo-friendly, Grain-free, Dairy-free)

Matcha Cupcakes (Gluten-free, Grain-free)

Cookie Bars (Gluten-free, Grain-free, Paleo-friendly)

Easy Meringue Cookies (Gluten-free, Grain-free, Paleo-friendly)

S’mores Pie (Gluten-Free)

Enjoy!!

Coffee Banana Smoothie

This easy Coffee Banana Smoothie Recipe is the perfect creamy and flavorful smoothie to add to your morning routine! It uses leftover coffee or cold brew, and is dairy-free, refined sugar-free, and SO delicious.

Coffee Banana Smoothie

Coffee Banana Smoothie

Looks like summer is here and I am certainly ready! I started off my day with a refreshing shake that contains my morning coffee, protein, and healthy fats (don’t be afraid of fats, you guys!). Oh, and it was DELICIOUS.

Easy Coffee Smoothie Recipe

This smoothie is a hit with everyone who makes it! To build a perfect smoothie, you want it to be nutrient dense, creamy, and not super thin. 

Frozen bananas smoothie prep

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Vanilla Coffee Protein Shake

Prep Time 00:10 minutes Cook Time 00:00 Yields 2

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 cup freshly brewed organic coffee, place in fridge for 10 minutes
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 scoop SFH Grass-fed Whey Protein {Use code LEXI for 10% off all purchases}
  • 1/2 tablespoon chia seeds
  • Optional: 1 teaspoon raw honey or sweetener of choice
  • Optional: Handful of ice cubes

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a high speed blender.
  2. Blend until creamy.
  3. Taste and add additional sweetener if needed.

Recipe Notes

  • *If your shake isn't thick enough for your liking, add the optional ice.
  • **Photos updated April, 2017.
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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
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How Do You Make Meat Sauce

Lexi's Meat Sauce

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

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  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

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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    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

    Ingredients

    Directions

    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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