Herb and Garlic Quinoa

This easy and delicious Herb and Garlic Quinoa is the perfect side dish to accompany just about anything. What’s even better is the recipe uses pantry staples so you can throw it together whenever you are looking for an easy side dish to pair with dinner.

Herbed Quinoa Recipe

You need to keep this recipe in your back pocket because whenever you are looking for a side dish to pair with your dinner, this is the one! Nutritious and earthy, quinoa is cooked up with pantry staples to make the best flavored quinoa side dish! You have the option to either add dried herbs or fresh herbs if you have them, making this the perfect seasoned quinoa dish to make all year long.

Ingredients Needed

  • Quinoa
  • Oil
  • Salt
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Italian herb blend (or fresh herbs)

Is quinoa healthy?

Our in-house nutritionist Gabby says: Quinoa is tremendously healthy, especially for those following a vegan or vegetarian diet. Quinoa is one of the very few plant proteins that contains all nine essential amino acids that our body cannot make by itself, making it a complete protein. Not only is it a rich source of protein, it is also naturally gluten-free, safe for those with celiac disease.

There is much debate about whether quinoa is a seed or a grain. Either way it is a nutrient-dense, high-fiber substitute for things like white pasta. Quinoa is high in many vitamins and nutrients that Americans are deficient in such as magnesium, thiamin, folate, iron, potassium, calcium and phosphorus.

Do you need to rinse quinoa?

This is controversial because some people feel strongly that they prefer to not rinse quinoa. But after all of our testing we feel that this is not a step that should be skipped, even if your quinoa says “pre-rinsed”. Rinsing the quinoa gets rid of the natural powdery coating called saponin that has a strong, somewhat unpleasant flavor. To rinse it, put the quinoa in a strainer and rinse really well under cold water for 1-2 minutes. Then it’s ready to use.

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Herb and Garlic Quinoa

Prep Time 00:02 Cook Time 00:20 Total Time 00:22 Yields 3 cups

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Rinse quinoa under cold running water really well. 
  2. In a medium pot add all of the ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until quinoa is tender, about 10 minutes. 
  3. Remove from heat and let stand, covered, for 5 minutes. 
  4. Fluff with a fork and serve!

Recipe Notes

  1. Check out this post, all about the different methods to cook quinoa.
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Easy Homemade Taco Seasoning

If you’ve got 5 minutes, than you can put together this easy homemade taco seasoning recipe and always have some on hand for taco Tuesday, or any night of the week!

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It sure is easy to buy your own spice blend at the store, but you know what else is easy? Making it at home so you can control the ingredients and flavor and always have it on hand! Homemade taco seasoning mix is simple, can be customized to your tastes (though we’re pretty sure you’re going to love this blend), and can be used on an endless variety of meats and veggies for a quick meal any night of the week, and not just for tacos! Use it on chicken, beef, shrimp, beans, cauliflower, potatoes or even popcorn!

What’s in it

  • Chili Powder
  • Cumin
  • Paprika
  • Garlic Granules
  • Ground Celery Seed
  • Fine Sea Salt
  • Pinch Cayenne Pepper (optional)

ingredients for how to make taco seasoning mix

Why you should make your own DIY taco seasoning

The best part about making your own spice blend is that you can control the quality of the spice and quantity of each. When you are purchasing a bottle of it at the store there is always a chance you actually don’t like the taste. You’ll know what we mean if you’ve picked up a brand name bottle and hated it because they really can vary drastically in flavor. Taco seasoning, or Mexican spice blend is definitely one of the ones that can be hit or miss. But our blend of spices? It’s the best, we promise! But also we list what we use and the quantity, so if you know you love a particular spice a lot and want to add a little extra, it’s totally okay to do. Start with 1/2 teaspoon at a time of decreasing or increasing to adjust to your particular taste.

How long does it keep

So it’s not that spices go bad, it’s that spices lose their potency. It’s generally accepted that spices should last about a year once opened, but that’s assuming the store you are purchasing it from has a quick turnover rate and isn’t let spices sit on the shelves for a while. If you are making this spice blend with spices that have been sitting on your shelf for a while your blend will lose its potency quicker. At the LCK test kitchen, if spices have been around for more than a year we toss and refresh with new ones.

Taco seasoning is perfect on:

  • Chicken
  • Shrimp
  • Beef
  • Fajitas
  • Burritos
  • Pork
  • Beans
  • Cauliflower
  • Potatoes
  • Veggies
  • Popcorn

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Homemade Taco Seasoning

Prep Time 00:05 Total Time 00:05 Yields 1/3 cup

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Place all ingredients in a jar and stir or shake to mix it up completely.
  2. Close with a tight fitting lid and store for up to one year (see note).

Recipe Notes

  1. Spices are best kept for one year, so if you are starting with older spices it may lose its potency sooner.
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Cauliflower Hummus

This Cauliflower Hummus 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.

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Cauliflower really is a magical vegetable that can be turned into anything! Previously we’ve made noodle-free tuna casserole, hash browns, cauliflower parmesan, and pizza bites with cauliflower and now we’ve turned a classic dip into a legume-free version! This Cauliflower Hummus is so close in flavor to the real thing that most people eating it wouldn’t know it wasn’t traditional hummus. This is a great dip for people who can’t tolerate beans, those eating a paleo diet or a low carb diet. But also it’s just a really great dip: no special diet or lifestyle needed to love this one.

And the best part about it all is that it’s so easy to make. Simply roast some cauliflower and garlic (of course!) and whirl it up in a food processor or blender with some traditional flavorings and it’s done!

Roasted cauliflower hummus

What do you serve cauliflower hummus with?

This is a great dip to serve alongside a spread of crackers, vegetables or pita or a gluten-free equivalent. This would also be lovely served along a dinner like grilled chicken and vegetables.

How long can you store cauliflower hummus?

It can be kept in a refrigerator for about 3 days. It can easily be made ahead of time if serving at an event!

Cauliflower Hummus recipe

Tools we used in this recipe:

  • Sheet pan
  • Food Processor
  • Essentials: knife and spatula

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Cauliflower Hummus

Prep Time 00:10 Cook Time 00:25 Total Time 00:34 Serves 6-8

Ingredients

  • 1 small cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 4 garlic cloves, left inside of skin
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • ½ teaspoon dried parsley
  • ½  teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin
  • ¼ teapoons paprika

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF.
  2. On a sheet pan toss together cauliflower, whole garlic cloves and avocado oil. Roast until tender, about 25 minutes. Let cool slightly.
  3. Remove roasted garlic from the skin and add to a food processor. Add cauliflower and all of the remaining ingredients and process until the hummus comes together.
  4. If desired top with a drizzle of olive oil, paprika and fresh parsley. Serve warm, or chill and serve cold with crackers and vegetable crudite.
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Sausage and Vegetable Pasta

Gluten-free Sausage and Veggie Pasta | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

This Sausage and Vegetable Pasta is my go-to gluten-free dish for a quick weeknight meal or for entertaining. It’s delicious, serves a crowd, is easy to prepare, and is made using only ONE POT!

Sausage and Spring Vegetable Pasta

Sausage and Spring Vegetable Pasta

My blogging girlies and I are excited for SPRING, so we’ve teamed up to bring you five recipes packed with our favorite Spring produce. You have carrots, potatoes, leeks, broccoli, asparagus, spinach, strawberries, peas, and radishes!

5 Healthy Spring Recipes

Now, this pasta! 

Sausage and Spring Vegetable Pasta

I always make this dish when entertaining. Super Bowl, a dinner party, or just having friends or family over. It’s always a hit, and super easy to prepare!

Sausage and Spring Vegetable Pasta

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Sausage and Spring Vegetable Pasta

Prep Time 00:05 Cook Time 00:25 Total Time 0:30 Yields 6

Ingredients

Directions

  1. In a large pot, make pasta as directed on the box/bag of pasta you are using.
  2. Drain pasta and set aside.
  3. In the same pot, heat 1 tablespoon of oil and sauté garlic for 30 seconds. Add in broccoli and asparagus and sauté for 5 to 10 minutes until fork tender. To speed up the time, add 2 teaspoons of water and cover the pot.
  4. Remove the casing from the sausage and add to the pot. Cook until no pink remains.
  5. Add the spinach and sauté until wilted.
  6. Add the pasta into the pot, add remaining olive oil, and salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, and parmesan if adding. Taste and adjust spices as desired.
  7. Serve hot!
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Baked Saucy Garlic Wings

These Baked Saucy Garlic Wings are the perfect addition to your Superbowl party, or tonight’s dinner! Slather on the garlicky, delicious sauce for some crowd pleasing wings! 

Baked Saucy Garlic Wings

  First, let’s chat a bit! Remember a few months back I was in Atlanta with some bloggers for a fun Tuttorosso event with Chef Hugh Acheson?

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tomatotasting

Well, at the event, the Tuttorosso ladies set up a canned tomato tasting and we were all mind blown. Quite literally. I’ve never taste-tested canned tomatoes, because it’s not a typical thing to eat out of a can, and oh my, you guys….There is such a difference it’s really just insane. Between texture, flavor, appearance, color, and so much more. It really is interesting to check out.

SO, I decided to do a little experiment at home to show you.
tuttorossoWe have two different cans, same type of tomatoes (whole, peeled plum tomatoes). I cracked open the cans (not literally cracked), but you get the idea. Just look at the difference between these two tomatoes.

tuttorosso2I wish you could have been in the kitchen with us when we did our little taste test.

Tuttorosso’s tomatoes were hands down the freshest, tastiest, and were uniformed (as you can see). The Tuttorosso can had no peels in the sauce, no taste from the can, etc. Canned tomatoes are used so often in recipes, and for good reason, so it definitely is a fun little experiment to try at home so you can really taste and see the difference in the canned tomatoes you are using!


 Now… to the wings!

The Superbowl is right around the corner. For good measure and for some good taste-testers, I made these wings for last’s week championship game and everybody loved them!

They are perfectly cooked. Saucy, garlicky, and finger-lickin’ good.

Baked Saucy Garlic Wings

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Baked Saucy Garlic Wings

Baked Saucy Garlic Wings

 

Baked Saucy Garlic Wings
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Prep Time
7 min
Cook Time
30 min
Prep Time
7 min
Cook Time
30 min
For the sauce
  1. 1/4 cup butter
  2. 4 cloves garlic, minced
  3. 1 cup Tuttorosso tomato sauce*
  4. 1 tablespoon chile garlic sauce
  5. 1 tablespoon coconut sugar
  6. 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  7. Pinch fine sea salt
  8. Pinch freshly ground black pepper
  9. Optional: Red pepper flakes
Everything else
  1. 3 lb. chicken wings
  2. 1 teaspoon salt
  3. 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  4. 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  5. Chopped cilantro leaves, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F
  2. In a small saucepan, heat butter and minced garlic and mix for 2 minutes
  3. Add in additional sauce ingredients and mix to combine
  4. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and let simmer for 10 minutes until thick and slightly reduced
  5. While cooking, toss the wings with salt, pepper, and oil
  6. Line on a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes, flipping halfway through
  7. Once wings are cooked, remove from the oven and toss with sauce (reserve about 1/3 for dipping)
  8. Place back on baking sheet and place oven on broil (high)
  9. Broil wings for 5 minutes to get them nice and crispy
  10. Serve with additional sauce and fresh chopped cilantro
Notes
  1. *Can use sauce in the whole or diced tomatoes, or blend up 1 cup of the tomatoes.
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Baked Saucy Garlic Wings

This post is sponsored by my friends at Tuttorosso Tomatoes. All opinions are 100% my own! 

Favorite wing flavor- ready… GO!

Baked Saucy Garlic Wings

Prep Time 7 min Cook Time 30 min Total Time 0:37

Ingredients

    For the sauce

    Everything else

    Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F
  • In a small saucepan, heat butter and minced garlic and mix for 2 minutes
  • Add in additional sauce ingredients and mix to combine
  • Bring to a boil then reduce heat and let simmer for 10 minutes until thick and slightly reduced
  • While cooking, toss the wings with salt, pepper, and oil
  • Line on a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes, flipping halfway through
  • Once wings are cooked, remove from the oven and toss with sauce (reserve about 1/3 for dipping)
  • Place back on baking sheet and place oven on broil (high)
  • Broil wings for 5 minutes to get them nice and crispy
  • Serve with additional sauce and fresh chopped cilantro
  • Recipe Notes

  • *Can use sauce in the whole or diced tomatoes, or blend up 1 cup of the tomatoes.
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    Gluten Free Garlic Breadsticks

    These Gluten Free Garlic Breadsticks takes my favorite gluten-free pizza dough recipe and turns them into a garlic lover’s dream! They’re easy to make and perfect to serve as a snack or alongside your favorite Italian dish.

    Gluten free garlic bread sticks cut upGluten Free Garlic Flatbread

    I love garlic sticks, and this gluten-free version definitely doesn’t disappoint! They’re easy to make, without the hassle of waiting for yeast to rise and they’re so delicious! Easy to whip up on with a weeknight dinner to serve alongside your favorite pasta dish or soup!

    Gluten Free garlic flatbread

    Ingredients Needed for Gluten Free Garlic Breadsticks

    • Tapioca Flour
    • Coconut Flour
    • Baking Powder
    • Salt
    • Garlic powder
    • Garlic
    • Italian seasoning
    • Ground flax meal
    • Palm shortening
    • 1 egg
    • Butter

    Gluten free garlic breadsticks

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    Garlic Breadsticks
    Serves 4
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    Prep Time
    7 min
    Cook Time
    25 min
    Total Time
    32 min
    Prep Time
    7 min
    Cook Time
    25 min
    Total Time
    32 min
    Ingredients
    1. 1 cup tapioca flour
    2. 3 tbsp coconut flour
    3. 1 tsp baking powder
    4. 1 tsp fine pink Himalayan sea salt
    5. 1/2 tsp garlic granules
    6. 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
    7. 3 tbsp ground flax meal
    8. 1/3 cup warm water
    9. 1/3 cup palm shortening
    10. 1 egg
    Garlic topping
    1. 1/4 cup grass-fed butter
    2. 4-5 garlic cloves, crushed
    3. 1/2 tsp fine pink Himalayan sea salt
    4. 1 tsp Italian seasoning (combination of rosemary, basil, oregano, thyme)
    5. Optional: 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
    Instructions
    1. Preheat oven to 350°F
    2. In a bowl combine tapioca, coconut flour, baking powder, salt, garlic, Italian seasoning and flax
    3. Add in warm water and mix well
    4. Add in palm shortening and egg; mix well
    5. Line a baking sheet with silpat baking mat or piece of parchment paper
    6. Roll the dough into a ball with your hands
    7. Place the ball onto your baking sheet and cover with an additional piece of parchment paper
    8. Using a roller, gently roll out dough until thin
    9. Bake until crispy--about 20 minutes
    10. In a bowl combine butter with garlic and spices
    11. Remove the bread and spread butter mixture onto it
    12. Bake for an additional 5-7 minutes
    13. Remove and serve with pizza dipping sauce or favorite marinara sauce
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