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

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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Gluten Free Carrot Cake Cookies (With Maple Glaze)

These Paleo Carrot Cake Cookies with a Maple Glaze are the perfect treat to make for your Easter holiday celebration. This gluten free carrot cake cookie recipe yields soft and chewy cookies, is easy to make and packs all the flavor of a traditional carrot cake in an easy-to-serve form.

Paleo Carrot Cake Cookies with Maple Glaze 

Carrot Cake Cookies with Maple Glaze

Easter weekend is here! While traditional carrot cake or a carrot cake loaf is standard, let’s switch it up this year! Everyone loves a good cookie, and a soft carrot cake cookie topped with the most delicious maple glaze is just guaranteed to be a hit of the dessert table. Guaranteed. 

Paleo Carrot Cake Cookie Dough

These cookies are wonderful for any carrot cake lover; and personally, since we don’t actually celebrate Easter in our home, can vouch that they are perfect for any occasion. These cookies are: lightly sweetened, packed with delicious add-ins, soft, and topped with a decedent frosting.

Gluten Free Carrot Cake Cookies

Want other paleo desserts with veggies? Try these favorites:

Carrot Cake Cookie Recipe

Carrot Cake Cookie Recipe

Carrot Cake Cookies with Vanilla Maple Frosting

Prep Time 10 min Cook Time 10 min Yields 12

Ingredients

Add-ins

  • 1/4 cup or more chocolate chips (Enjoy Life's or your favorite dark chocolate chunks)
  • 1/3 + 2 tbsp grated carrots
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/3 cup raisins

Vanilla Maple Frosting

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350
  • In a medium-sized mixing bowl combine almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda, and salt
  • In a small mixing bowl combine egg, honey, oil, and vanilla
  • Combine bowls and mix well, add your add-ins of choice and mix well
  • Drop tablespoons of dough on a lined baking sheet (I cover mine with parchment paper )
  • Bake for 10 minutes (undercooked), 10-12 (not undercooked)
  • While baking, mix together (using your KitchenAid or hand-mixer) all frosting ingredients until creamy, taste and adjust sweetness as desired
  • Let cool completely, frost, and serve!
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    P.S. Here are the cookies with the old frosting from 2015!

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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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      Turkey Chili (Stove-Top or Instant Pot)

      Healthier Classic Turkey Chili - Lexi's Clean Kitchen #turkey #chili #soup #intstantpot

      This is my classic go-to healthy turkey chili recipe all fall and winter long. I call it healthy comfort food in a bowl because it’s hearty and satisfying for all of those chilly days. It is perfect for a big gathering, football Sunday festivities, or for a good weekly meal prep option since there are tons of leftovers! Make it on the stove-top or right in your Instant Pot pressure cooker for an easy turkey chili recipe! Simply swap out turkey for beef to make the best beef chili recipe!

      Turkey Chili Recipe with toppingsHow to Make Turkey Chili

      The best part? You can customize this chili to your liking. Some days I’ll add more veggies based on what is in season. Make it on the stove-top, or in the Instant Pot pressure cooker! I’ve also perfected this chili to be equally delicious with or without the beans. Instant Pot directions included, and Whole30-approved!

      Healthy Turkey Chili Recipe

      Ahhh… comfort food. I think I could make this recipe with my eyes closed at this point! It is always a huge hit and it’s one of my top rated recipes. Perfect for a big party, football Sunday, or for a good weekly meal prep (tons of leftovers). The best part of the chili is you can customize to your liking, some days I’ll add more vegetables based on what’s in season! For a beanless turkey chili, and to make this Whole30 compliant, simply omit the beans! They are optional!

      Healthy Turkey Chili

      How to Make Chili in the Instant Pot

      • Using the sauté function, sauté the veggies until soft.
      • Add meat and cook until brown.
      • Add in the spices, tomatoes, and water (reduce water to 1 cup)
      • Lock the lid and cook under manual -> high pressure for 15 minutes.
      • Turn the knob to venting and release the pressure manually or let the pressure naturally come down.
      • Open and taste the chili! Add beans here if adding. Adjust the seasoning if necessary.
      • Notes: If you added too much water, use the sauté function for a few minutes to reduce the water down!

      Want more chili recipes?

      Healthy Turkey Chili Recipe

      What do you top chili with?

      • Scallions
      • Avocado Slices
      • Cheese
      • Diced Onion
      • Cilantro
      • Diced Tomatoes
      • Guacamole
      • Tortilla Chips
      • Shredded Lettuce
      • Sour Cream
      • Additional red pepper flakes if desired for heat
      • and MORE!

      Turkey Chili

      Prep Time 00:15 Cook Time 03:00 Serves 6

      Ingredients

      Directions

      1. In a soup pot, heat the oil over medium heat and sauté the garlic, onions, peppers, carrots, celery, and sweet potato, if using, for 5 to 7 minutes, until soft.
      2. Add the meat to the pot and cook until browned, stirring often to break up the meat.
      3. Once the meat is browned, add the water, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce and paste, salt, and all of the spices. Mix well to combine. If you are adding the beans and jalapeño, do so here.
      4. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat and let simmer, uncovered, until the chili is nice and thick, about 3 hours. Add additional water during this time if you want your chili more souplike. Towards the end of the cooking time, taste and adjust spices as desired. Add additional cayenne for an extra kick, and more salt and pepper as needed.
      5. Serve garnished with your favorite chili toppings, if desired. Mine are listed above.
      6. Store in refrigerator for 1 week or store in the freezer.


      Recipe Notes

      • *Omit beans to make this Whole30 compliant and paleo-friendly
      • How to Make Chili in the Instant Pot
        • Using the sauté function, sauté the veggies until soft.
        • Add meat and cook until brown.
        • Add in the spices, tomatoes, and water (reduce water to 1 cup)
        • Lock the lid and cook under manual -> high pressure for 15 minutes.
        • Turn the knob to venting and release the pressure manually or let the pressure naturally come down.
        • Open and taste the chili! Add beans here if adding. Adjust the seasoning if necessary.
        • Notes:
          • If you added too much water, use the sauté function for a few minutes to reduce the water down!
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      Harvest Salad with Maple Balsamic Dressing (Video)

      This Harvest Salad has all the ingredients you’ll want in a Winter kale salad recipe! Packed with chopped kale, roasted squash, pomegranate seeds, toasted pecans and topped with a super easy & delicious Maple Balsamic Dressing for the absolute perfect holiday salad all Fall and Winter Long!

      Winter Kale Salad Recipe in bowlHarvest Salad with Maple Balsamic Dressing

      My fabulous blogging girlfriends are here with me today bringing you healthy sides for your Thanksgiving feast. I am in love with this month’s round up because I mean… check out these recipes! Gorgeous, delicious, and good-for-you! I call it a WIN. Your family and friends will thank you, too!

      Maple Balsamic Dressing

      You guys, I’ve been putting this dressing on EVERYTHING. It is my favorite dressing that everybody loves and it is SO easy to make. You need to make it immediately. 

      Want other salad recipes?

      Harvest Salad with Maple Balsamic Dressing pouring

      How do you soften kale for a salad?

      To prepare kale for a salad, massage the kale with oil and lemon for 1-3 minutes.

      Can I use anything aside from kale?

      Yes, use any leafy green that you love! 

      Watch the video: 

      Harvest Salad with Maple Balsamic Dressing

      Prep Time 00:10 Cook Time 00:40 Serves 4

      Ingredients

        Salad

        Maple Balsamic Dressing

        Directions

        1. Preheat oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
        2. Slice kabocha squash and toss with olive oil and spread across a lined baking sheet.
        3. Roast squash for 30-40 minutes until fork tender. Remove and set aside.
        4. In a blender combine all dressing ingredients and blend until smooth.
        5. Place pecans on a baking sheet and place in the oven for 5-7 minutes, tossing halfway through, watch to avoid burning.
        6. Massage kale with olive oil for 1-2 minutes.
        7. Assemble salad: kale, squash, pomegranate seeds, toasted pecans. Top with dressing and serve.
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        Cauliflower Stuffing from The Healthy Maven

        This healthy, low-carb cauliflower rice stuffing will convince your Thanksgiving guests to jump on board the cauliflower rice train, while secretly getting them to eat more veggies! Plus it’s ready in under 20 minutes.

        Green Beans with Caramelized Shallots and Almonds from Eating Bird Food

        Add some green to your holiday table with this flavorful recipe for tender crisp green beans tossed with caramelized shallots, toasted almonds and fresh parsley.

        5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce from Running to the Kitchen

        This simple cranberry sauce is made with just 5 ingredients. Make it in the slow cooker and save the stove-top space for all the other Thanksgiving sides.

        Vegan Scalloped Sweet Potatoes from Food Faith Fitness

        These easy scalloped sweet potatoes are SO creamy and flavorful, you’ll have a hard time believing they’re secretly healthy and paleo and vegan friendly!

        Balsamic Sea Salt Brussels Sprouts from Fit Foodie Finds

        Make these delicious Balsamic Sea Salt Roasted Brussels Sprouts this holiday season for the most delicious vegan and paleo side that everyone will gobble up! 

        The BEST Paleo Bread [VIDEO]

        This recipe is one of my most popular paleo recipes for good reason! It is the BEST paleo bread recipe. These ultimate paleo sandwich rolls are ones that everyone will love. They are gluten-free, grain-free, fluffy, sliceable, and TOTALLY BREAD-LIKE with the best texture! Plus, they are simple to prepare!

        Paleo Bread Recipe Sliced

        How to make paleo bread

        I’ve been thinking about bringing paleo-friendly bread and rolls to LCK for some time now. But I knew before I did that I needed to make sure they fit specific criteria. They need the right flavor and fluffy, soft, air-y, bread-like texture. You see, I’ve never bothered buying gluten-free breads in the store. I never thought it was worth it because I always felt they were dense, not the right flavor, etc.

        Paleo Bread Recipe Video:

        Paleo Sandwich Bread with deli meat

        My ‘Everything Bagel’ Cauliflower Rolls are a huge hit around the web. But let’s be real, just like cauliflower pizza crusts, they are still cauliflower. They can’t really taste like pizza (or bread). So I bring you: The Ultimate Paleo Sandwich Rolls. Trust me. 

        Paleo Dinner Rolls on plate in sandwich

        Can you see that texture? Easy, breezy sandwich rolls. Trust me!

        Other Paleo Bread recipes: 

        How to use the bread:

        holding delicious paleo bread

        What kind of bread can you eat on the Paleo diet?

        Making this homemade bread is easy and kid-friendly! Paleo bread is different from gluten free bread because often on the paleo diet most grains are avoided. So gluten-free breads made with gluten-free flours like rice flour, teff flour, and corn meal would not be considered paleo bread! I like using this  combination of almond flour and tapioca flour as it creates the most legit paleo bread, and gluten-free I’ve ever tried!

        Paleo Sandwich Bread

        Prep Time 7 min Cook Time 15 min Serves 4

        Ingredients

        Directions

        • Preheat oven to 350°F.
        • In a bowl combine almond flour, tapioca, baking powder, and dash of sea salt.
        • Add in eggs and apple sauce and mix to combine.
        • Place round molds or large mason jar lids on a baking sheet and grease well.
        • Pour batter into molds until almost at the top, a little less.
        • Bake for about 15 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean*
        • Let cool slightly, slice in half, and serve.
        • Store in the refrigerator.

        Recipe Notes

        1. *Baking time might vary slightly based on how thin or thick you make your rolls
        2. I use round molds or mason jar lids, and it yields 4 fluffy sandwich rolls. See the comments for how readers have adapted!
        3. Updated 2/2017. I used to add 1 tablespoon of coconut oil or palm shortening but don't find it necessary for the texture so it has been removed.
        4. For 1 roll:
          Calories: 167
          Total Carbohydrate 17.3g
          Sugars 2g
          Protein 5.9g
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