The Ultimate Garlicky Mushroom Side Dish

This mushroom recipe is the last one you’ll ever need to look up for a side dish idea. These Ultimate Herb and Garlic Mushrooms are packed with umami flavor, are quick to make and topped with fresh herbs. Serve these at your next Thanksgiving or dinner party and everyone will rave about them!

Mushroom recipe with garlic and herbsGarlic Mushrooms Recipe

Before I even began my thanksgiving planning, I knew I wanted to make the ultimate garlic mushroom side dish. One that was quick and simple to make but super delicious. I think we got it with this recipe for the Ultimate Herb and Garlic Mushrooms! This simple side dish is packed with flavor and will make a mushroom lover out of anyone. They’re perfect for a thanksgiving side dish, or throughout the year. I’m thinking these would be amazing with a perfectly seared steak. Either way, these should be on your table real soon! 

Ingredients for Garlic Mushrooms

  • Mushrooms 
  • Garlic
  • Fresh Herbs
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Butter and Oil
  • Shallot
  • Balsamic vinegar

Garlic mushrooms with tons of herbs in a saute panHow to Clean Mushrooms

Mushrooms often come from the grocery store very dirty. Because they act like sponges, soaking them or rinsing them in water is out of the question. Instead, to clean mushrooms wipe them with a clean towel and a dry pastry brush. Get off as much excess dirt as possible.

Dishes to Pair with this Mushroom Recipe

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Garlic mushrooms on a plate

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Herb and Garlic Mushrooms

Prep Time 00:10 Cook Time 00:11 Total Time 00:21 Serves 4-6 as a side dish

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 shallot, finely diced
  • 16 ounces mushrooms (see note), cleaned, quartered
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced finely
  • 1 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons parsley, chopped finely
  • 1 tablespoon chives, chopped finely
  • 1 tablespoon thyme, picked off the stem

Directions

  1. Heat oil and butter in a large saute pan over medium-low heat. Once hot add shallots, cook until softened, 3-5 minutes.
  2. Increase heat to medium and add mushrooms, salt and pepper. Cook until beginning to brown, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add garlic, cook for 30 seconds. Add water, balsamic vinegar and herbs and cook until syrupy, about 2 minutes.
  4. Serve warm.

Recipe Notes

  1. Literally any herbs that you like will work here! We loved the combination of parsley, chives and thyme, but feel free to use whatever extra herbs you have on hand.
  2. Use any type of small mushroom, like Cremini, Baby Bella or Button mushroom.
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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!

Teaspoon of homemade taco seasoning recipeHomemade Taco Seasoning Recipe

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.

Easy cauliflower hummusCauliflower Hummus

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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Grilled Salmon Bowl with Garlicky Kale

This Grilled Salmon Bowl with Garlic Scapes and Kale makes for the perfect summer meal in a bowl. Packed with flavor and fabulous ingredients, this dish is packed with everything you need for a delicious and nutritious lunch or dinner.

Grilled salmon bowls with an egg on topGrilled Salmon Bowl Recipe

This Grilled Salmon Bowl is the perfect healthy dinner that will leave you feeling way better than before you ate it. It starts with some perfectly grilled salmon. You can grill either outside or “grill” underneath the broiler in the oven. Then pile that salmon with some garlicky wilted kale, rice and your choice of pairings. This is the perfect spring or summer dinner that is also paleo-friendly, Whole30 and gluten and dairy-free.

Last year was my first year of joining a local CSA and frequenting my new town’s farmers markets. I came home week after week with incredible amounts of produce like this kale and garlic scapes, many of which at a loss of what to do with. (P.S. if you’re looking to save money eating organic, a CSA is an amazing resource). This year I’m working through all the different types of produce I take home to create into delicious meals that can be recreated by you. 

Grilled salmon with rice and kale

Salmon Rice Bowl Ingredients

For the fish:

  • Wild Salmon
  • Olive Oil
  • Dijon mustard
  • Coconut Aminos
  • Lemon
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Kale
  • Garlic scapes (if available, or garlic cloves)
  • Cooked White Rice 

Salmon Bowl Toppings:

Top your salmon bowl with whatever you have handy or you think might go well with it. I enjoyed topping mine with these options:

  • Avocado
  • Cucumber 
  • Scallions
  • Radishes
  • Soft-boiled eggs
  • Sesame Seeds

How to Grill Salmon

There are two choices for grilling this salmon. The first is on a traditional grill outdoors. Though if that isn’t available to you, feel free to “grill” this under your broiler.

To “grill” fish in the oven: Place broiler on high. Place fish on a lined and greased baking sheet and broil for 7 to 9 minutes depending on the thickness of your fish. Add sesame seeds to garnish.

To grill on an outdoor grill: Grease grill and heat to medium. Place fish on a sheet of tin foil and cook for 8 to 10 minutes until fully cooked to your liking. Add sesame seeds to garnish.

Salmon rice bowl

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Grilled Salmon Bowls with Garlic Scapes and Kale
Serves 4
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
For the fish
  1. 2 teaspoons avocado oil or extra-virgin olive oil
  2. 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  3. 1 teaspoon coconut aminos
  4. 1/2 lemon, juiced
  5. Pinch of fine sea salt
  6. Pinch of back pepper
  7. Pinch of red pepper flakes
  8. 1 1/2 pounds wild salmon filets, or fish of choice
  9. Sesame seeds, for garnish
For the Kale and Garlic Scapes
  1. 1 tablespoon unsalted grass-fed butter or oil
  2. 4 cups chopped kale
  3. 8 to 10 garlic scapes, diced
  4. Pinch of salt and pepper
Everything Else
  1. 2 cups cooked white rice (I cook mine in broth for extra flavor)
  2. 1 avocado, sliced
  3. 1 cucumber sliced
  4. 1/3 cup scallions, chopped
  5. Radish slices, for garnish
  6. Optional: Soft-boiled eggs (how-to HERE)
Instructions
  1. In a bowl whisk together fish marinade ingredients and pour over fish. Let sit for 10 minutes or up to 1 hour.
  2. Cook fish inside: Place broiler on high. Place fish on a lined and greased baking sheet and broil for 7 to 9 minutes depending on the thickness of your fish. Add sesame seeds to garnish.
  3. Cook fish on the grill: Grease grill and heat to medium. Place fish on a sheet of tin foil and cook for 8 to 10 minutes until fully cooked to your liking. Add sesame seeds to garnish.
  4. In a skillet heat oil and garlic scapes and sauté until kale is wilted and garlic scapes have softened slightly.
  5. Assemble bowls: Add rice to each bowl. Top with kale mixture, salmon, avocado, cucumber, egg, scallions, and radish slices. Serve and enjoy.
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