Healthy Holiday Recipes

The holidays are here which means it’s time to start planning! We’ve got a great list of our favorite Healthy Holiday Recipes starting with brunch and ending with dessert. These healthy but super delicious recipes will be loved by all!

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Healthy Holiday Recipes

The holiday season is here, which means it is finally my favorite season for entertaining! If you are looking for healthy, flavorful, and simple meals to make this season, we have got you covered! From my favorite brunch recipes to serve a crowd and ending with all of those holiday treats. Scroll through to see our favorite LCK Holiday Recipes that everyone is going to love!

Healthy Holiday Brunch Recipes

If you are hosting family from out of town for the holiday, sometimes it isn’t just the big meal you have to think about. However, not everyone has the (space) or time to create a massive brunch. We’ve compiled a list of some easy breakfast recipes to feed a crowd!


Cinnamon Roll French Toast Bake: This Cinnamon Roll French Toast Casserole is the the absolute best holiday brunch. It literally taste just like a cinnamon roll, without all the work of making cinnamon rolls. Plus, it’s great to prepare the night before and either bake up for guests at home, or to bring along to a pot luck brunch. Trust me, you are going to love this one.

Gingerbread Muffins: Nothing says December and a comforting holiday breakfast like a warm gingerbread muffin. These gluten free muffins are easy to make and so delicious.

Sheet Pan Classic Breakfast Bake  This Sheet Pan Classic Breakfast is made up of Eggs, Bacon, & Home Fries and comes together in a pinch and made using only ONE PAN. It’s a great one pan breakfast bake that is perfect for a brunch to feed a crowd with little to no mess!

Orange Cranberry Overnight Oats This Orange Cranberry Overnight Oats recipe is the best make-ahead breakfast, and you can make a big batch of it, if you need. It’s creamy (without any dairy) and bursting with seasonal orange, cranberry and pecan flavor. It’s vegan-friendly and gluten-free.

Breakfast Prep Baked Egg Cups These healthy baked egg cups make the perfect breakfast meal prep. Make the night before, and heat up as needed throughout the morning.

Chocolate Peppermint Baked Oatmeal This oatmeal bake is a perfect make-ahead breakfast to feed a brunch crowd, and it’s easy to make. It’s dairy-free, gluten-free and made without any refined sugars. 

Everything Bagel Hummus Breakfast Toast Try this non-recipe recipe for an easy breakfast idea! It’s an easy way to to get a quick breakfast on the table that is full of protein and fiber and tastes SO GOOD.

Healthy holiday appetizer recipes

Healthy Holiday Appetizers

Appetizers for everyone to love!


How to Build The Ultimate Charchuterie: A charcuterie board is a quick, delicious and beautiful appetizer idea to feed a crowd. Fill a big board (or platter) with all of your favorite meats, cheeses, and crudités, and follow my tips to make it gorgeous, for the most festive spread this holiday season!

Gluten Free Pigs in a Blanket: These Pigs in a Blanket are as perfect for a large holiday gathering as they are for game day eats. They are made using an easy gluten-free and nut-free dough that doesn’t need any chilling time. These are a sure crowd pleaser for both kids and grown-ups alike!

Crudité Platter This Crudité Platter with Dairy-Free Tzatziki Sauce makes for such a light and refreshing snack, appetizer, or side-dish! The perfect bright and colorful dish to make with any seasonal veggies you have on hand! Dairy-free, egg-free, grain-free, gluten-free, and Whole30 compliant! This will be the most gorgeous appetizer on the table, for sure!

Deviled Eggs with Bacon: These are your answer for an easy-to-make appetizer to please a crowd! They are so delicious and can even be made ahead of time! The addition of bacon and chives bump these deviled eggs up to the next level!

Potato Latkes: These Gluten Free Classic Potato Latkes are just like grandma makes them, only made without any refined white flour! They have the classic delicious flavors you want, and I guarantee that nobody will know they are gluten-free!

Buffalo Chicken Baked Hummus Dip: This 5-Ingredient Buffalo Chicken Baked Hummus Dip is the perfect lightened-up appetizer to serve for game-day or for any gathering! It is simple to prepare, made with minimal ingredients, has all of the buffalo chicken flavors you love, and it’s made with a healthy, creamy alternative: hummus

Spinach and Artichoke Dip: Bound to be a hit at your next party, this Healthy Spinach Artichoke Dip has all that creamy flavor without any dairy. This paleo, vegan and Whole30 friendly appetizer is simple to put together and nobody will know this isn’t the classic version.

Thai Meatballs: These Thai Meatballs are paleo, gluten-free, and bursting with flavor. They are a healthy meatball recipe that everybody will love. This thai meatball recipe is loaded with veggies and infused with the perfect flavor combination of ginger, chili, garlic, and more. A total crowd pleaser that gets rave reviews!

Healthy Holiday Mains

Pick that main dish before you choose what you are going to serve with it!


How to Roast a Turkey:  If you’ve never roasted a turkey before, this for a Citrus Herb Turkey explains it all!

Maple Glazed Ham: Looking for a turkey alternative, or an extra protein to pair with the turkey for a large crowd? This sweet and salty Maple Glazed Hame would be perfect.

Kale and Sweet Potato Stuffed Turkey Breast: This is perfect for a dinner party or small Thanksgiving feast. A boneless turkey breast is stuffed with quick caramelized onions, kale, sweet potato and herbs, then baked in the oven in just about an hour. Double the recipe to feed a crowd! It’s also gluten-free, Paleo and Whole30 friendly.

Lamb Chops with Crispy Shallots and Pomegranate Sauce : This Lamb Chops with Crispy Shallots and Pomegranate Sauce recipe makes for a decadent meal done in under 20 minutes! It’s elegant, super flavorful, and comes together quickly and works equally as well for a romantic dinner for two, or a weeknight easy meal.

Pork Chops with Apples: This skillet Pork Chops with Apples recipe is the quintessential fall meal. The pork chops are perfectly cooked and paired with sweet and savory fall flavors like sage, apple cider and apples.

Bone-in Pork Chops with Cherries: Perfectly cooked pork chops topped with Tart Cherry Compote is the perfect festive holiday meal that will make you feel fancy in no time!

Turkey Roast with Pear Chutney: This turkey breast roast is perfect for smaller holiday gatherings and was a staple at my family holiday dinners! 

Spinach Artichoke Stuffed Spaghetti Squash: Looking for a great vegetarian main that doesn’t involve tofu? This is it! All the classic flavors of spinach and artichoke dip made healthy and stuffed into a low-carb and nutrient-rich spaghetti squash! You can optionally add-in chicken to make it heartier, or leave it as a vegetarian main dish. Make it dairy-free using cashew cream, or not.

Healthy Holiday Side Dishes

Side dishes are for some the BEST part about a holiday dinner, and we’ve got quite the list for you!


Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole: This classic casserole makes the absolute perfect side dish at your Thanksgiving dinner or at your December holiday party. Do you want to know the best part? It’s lighter than your typical sweet potato casserole and free of refined sugar! Plus it’s easy to make-ahead of time and the perfect side to bring along

Classic Mashed Potatoes These Dairy Free Mashed Potatoes taste just like the classic version. They are everything you want in that comforting and warm side dish, but lightened up to include chicken broth and olive oil. They’re soft and creamy and a cinch to make. Plus they’re Whole30, paleo, and vegan friendly.

Garlic and Herb Mushrooms: 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!

Honey Glazed Carrots These are the perfect fuss-free side dish. They’re cooked in one pan and result in the most tender, slightly sweet glazed carrots. They are so good they are borderline addictive and both kids and adults will love them! They’re paleo friendly and easily made dairy-free.

Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon These addictive brussels sir outs with bacon and maple syrup is sure to make this side dish a fan favorite for everybody! This paleo-friendly recipe is sweet and savory and definitely going to be in your winter meal plan rotation!

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.

Healthy Creamed Spinach (Made Without Cream!) This Creamed Spinach is a lightened up version of your favorite holiday classic and is made without cream for the perfect healthy and veggie-packed side for Thanksgiving! Creamy, flavorful and so simple to make!

Green Bean Casserole This lightened up, healthier version of a Green Bean Casserole is sure to be a crowd pleaser. It’s dairy-free, made without any soup mix, and EASY to make. 

Scalloped Potatoes Creamy with just the right amount of cheese, lightened up, and baked to perfection, this au gratin scalloped potato recipe will be a favorite.

Dairy Free Creme Brulee

Healthy Holiday Desserts:

Even sweet treats can be lightened up, and nobody will know the difference!


Cut Out Cookies: These Gluten Free Cut Out Cookies are the best for decorating holiday cookies! They are so simple to put together, can be rolled out immediately and decorated (or not) to celebrate any holiday! These versatile cookies are made with only 5 ingredients (plus a pinch of salt!) and are a great activity to do with the kids. We’ve included tips and tricks for decorating using an easy powdered sugar icing so you can get your holiday bake on now!

Peppermint Bark: Using only 5 ingredients, this Peppermint Bark is simple to prepare and perfect for giving away to friends and family as holiday gifts. It’s as easy as melting and spreading chocolate, but truly looks fancy. Top it with candy canes for that super festive look (and taste)!

Double Chocolate Macadamia Cookies: These Double Chocolate Chunk Macadamia Nut Cookies are the perfect gluten-free and paleo-friendly cookie that everyone will love! Soft, chewy, and bursting with chocolate and macadamia nuts! A household favorite!

Cookie Truffles: These  Cookie Truffles are the CUTEST gluten-free treat that you can make for any occasion. They’re made using a handful of ingredients, including our favorite gluten-free chocolate cookie, are no bake and are so easy they’d be a great activity to do with the kids! Perfect to serve up for any fun event!

Easy Slow Cooker Baked Apples: These easy-to-make “baked” apples have just the right amount of sweet, they swarm your home with the most delicious fall scent, and they are super EASY to throw together.

Creme Brûlée: This dairy-free and refined-sugar free version is just as decadent as the classic version but lightened up with a secret healthy ingredient! It’s perfectly sweetened with a blend of honey and maple sugar and despite it feeling fancy it is really easy to make.

Apple Galette This is similar to an apple pie with a buttery crust with thinly sliced juicy apple, but easier to put together! It’s the perfect dessert to serve during the holidays or a fun weekend baking project to celebrate the fall season! It’s made using unrefined sweeteners and uses the BEST gluten-free crust.

Classic Apple Pie This classic pie has  a buttery crust with thinly sliced juicy apples laced with cinnamon and nutmeg. It’s made using unrefined sweeteners and uses the best gluten-free crust.

Pecan Pie: This Pecan Pie made in a tart pan is absolutely stunning, yet simple to put together. And the best part? It’s made without any refined sugar or corn syrup!

Nut-Free Pumpkin Pie This Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie is smooth and creamy (without any cream) with just the right note of spice. It’s made using our nut-free and gluten-free crust that is so simple to put together! 

Grain-free Cranberry Apple Crisp This healthy apple crisp is made without oats, with a pop of color and tartness thanks to added cranberries and is sweetened just right! 

Creamy Peppermint Coconut Cups: These Creamy Peppermint Coconut Cups are the perfect treat to have in the fridge! They are chocolate-y, peppermint-y, and coconut-y! They are keto-friendly, too! Perfect keto cups!  

Espresso Candied Pecans: These Espresso Candied Pecans are the perfect DIY gift giving treat! They are easy to make, and you can make large batches to package up for friends and family this holiday season!

Sparkling Citrus Punch

Healthy Holiday Drinks:

We’ve got your covered with both virgin and alcoholic festive drinks for the holiday season!


Apple Cider Sangria: This Apple Cider Sangria is everyone’s favorite Fall cocktail! It’s flavorful, packed with cinnamon, ginger, apple cider, and white wine for the perfect dinner party sangria! Serve it with a caramel rim (or opt out for simplicity), make a large pitcher, and enjoy this easy fall cocktail!

Pumpkin Coffee: This recipe for easy Pumpkin Spice Coffee can be made using your favorite regular coffee or made into a Pumpkin Spice Latte. It’s refined sugar-free and customizable so you can make it dairy-free if you need to!

Golden Milk Latte: This Golden Turmeric Latte with Espresso is about to become your new favorite morning pick-me-up! It’s dairy-free, packed with nutrients, and is such a fabulous alternative to your standard cup of coffee or afternoon drink!

Slow Cooker Mulled Cider: Slow Cooker Mulled Cider with a Caramel Pecan Rim will be the hit of your parties or dinner parties all Fall and Winter long! The combination of the caramel and nutty pecans with the warming cider is perfection, and made with no added sugar.. Have it without any alcohol, or spike it as desired with your favorite liquor!

Sparkling Citrus Punch: This Sparkling Citrus Punch is the ultimate holiday and New Year’s Eve lightened up cocktail! It is so delicious, it serves a crowd, and it is made with fresh, good quality ingredients you can feel good about serving!

Pumpkin Smash Cocktail: This Pumpkin Smash Cocktail, made with Stoli Gluten Free, has all the flavors of Fall in one delicious cocktail! The easy vanilla bean pumpkin syrup makes a batch large enough to whip up a number of cocktails, perfect for a dinner party


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Healthy Gingerbread Muffins

Warm and inviting, these Healthy Gingerbread Muffins are bursting seasonal flavors! These cozy paleo winter muffins come together easily, are made gluten-free with almond flour, and the perfect healthy muffin recipe for a holiday brunch or as a snack!

Gluten Free Gingerbread Muffins

Nothing says December like these warm gingerbread muffins.  These grain-free muffins are so simple, moist, and delicious. They have a light and fluffy texture and a spiced gingerbread flavor. Add in some dark chocolate chips or dried cranberry to really make them festive! Serve them for brunch or for a snack. Nobody will know these muffins are gluten-free, grain-free, and paleo-friendly!

Ingredients for Healthy Gingerbread

  • Almond Flour
  • Baking Soda
  • Cinnamon
  • Ground Ginger
  • Nutmeg
  • Ground Cloves
  • All Spice
  • Eggs
  • Unsweetened Applesauce
  • Honey or Maple Syrup
  • Vanilla

How to Measure Almond Flour

If you have an electronic kitchen scale at home, it’s best to use it here to measure almond flour. Almond flour can be tricky to measure as it can be easily compacted, even straight from the bag. The same goes for coconut flour too since it’s such an absorbent flour. Even a small measuring error with coconut flour can impact a recipe. So we’ve included the weight in grams here. Any electronic kitchen scale can switch between grams and ounces. Since grams are more precise we’re use that. If you don’t have a scale: whisk almond flour until it’s lightened up and lightly scoop the almond flour or coconut flour into the cup measurement and level it off. 

Healthy Gingerbread Muffins as Gifts

We are all about giving gifts made with love! These muffins would be great to bring as a hostess gift or to a gluten-free friend! 


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Gingerbread Chocolate Chip Muffins

Prep Time 5 min Cook Time 20 min Total Time 0:25 Yields 6

Ingredients

    Dry

    Wet

    • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
    • 3 eggs
    • 3 tbsp raw honey
    • 1/2 tsp vanilla

    Add-ins

    Directions

    1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
    2. Grease muffin tin or line muffin tin with silicone muffin liners.
    3. In a bowl, combine dry ingredients.
    4. Add in wet ingredients and mix.
    5. Fold in add-ins (chocolate chips).
    6. Pour batter into muffin tins, a little more than halfway to the top.
    7. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

    Recipe Notes

    1. This makes 6 large muffins. Keep as is to make 12 mini muffins, or to make 12 large muffins follow as directed:
    • Change almond flour to 2 cups
    • Change applesauce to 1/2 cup
    • Add 2 tablespoons spectrum organic shortening or coconut oil
    • Change honey to 1/3 cup
    • Everything else stays the same!
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    Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Recipes

    Thanksgiving is just around the corner which means it’s time to start planning! We’ve got a great list of our best Gluten Free Thanksgiving Recipes starting with brunch and ending with dessert. These healthy but super delicious recipes will be loved by all!

    Gluten Free Thanksgiving Recipes

    Gluten Free Thanksgiving Recipes

    We’ve compiled a list of our BEST recipes for Thanskging. Some are traditional (like roasting a turkey) while others are just plain delicious (I’m looking at you Ultimate Mushrooms). Scroll through to see our favorite LCK Thanksgiving Recipes that everyone is going to love!

    Sheet Pan Classic Breakfast for brunch

    Thanksgiving Brunch Recipes

    If you are hosting family from out of town for the holiday, sometimes it isn’t just the big meal you have to think about. However, not everyone has the (space) or time to create a massive brunch. We’ve compiled a list of some easy breakfast recipes to feed a crowd!

    Sheet Pan Classic Breakfast Bake  This Sheet Pan Classic Breakfast is made up of Eggs, Bacon, & Home Fries and comes together in a pinch and made using only ONE PAN. It’s a great one pan breakfast bake that is perfect for a brunch to feed a crowd with little to no mess!

    Orange Cranberry Overnight Oats This Orange Cranberry Overnight Oats recipe is the best make-ahead breakfast, and you can make a big batch of it, if you need. It’s creamy (without any dairy) and bursting with seasonal orange, cranberry and pecan flavor. It’s vegan-friendly and gluten-free.

    Breakfast Prep Baked Egg Cups These healthy baked egg cups make the perfect breakfast meal prep. Make the night before, and heat up as needed throughout the morning.

    Pumpkin Oatmeal Bake This oatmeal bake is a perfect make-ahead breakfast to feed a brunch crowd, and it’s easy to make. It’s dairy-free, gluten-free and made without any refined sugars. Keep it all about the pumpkin flavor as-is, or add in chocolate chips, nuts or dried cranberries for a twist.

    Everything Bagel Hummus Breakfast Toast Try this non-recipe recipe for an easy breakfast idea! It’s an easy way to to get a quick breakfast on the table that is full of protein and fiber and tastes SO GOOD.

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    Gluten Free Thanksgiving Recipes for Side Dishes

    Side dishes are for some the BEST part about a Thanksgiving dinner, and we’ve got quite the list for you!

    Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce: This recipe is 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!

    Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole: This classic casserole makes the absolute perfect side dish at your Thanksgiving dinner or at your December holiday party. Do you want to know the best part? It’s lighter than your typical sweet potato casserole and free of refined sugar! Plus it’s easy to make-ahead of time and the perfect side to bring along

    Easy Gluten-Free Cornbread This sweet, moist and tender cornbread is super simple to put together! This cornbread is, of course, gluten-free and also with some easy swaps can be made dairy-free as well!

    Gluten-Free Cornbread Stuffing This sweet and savory stuffing is packed with herbs and cranberries and the best gluten-free cornbread! This vegetarian stuffing is easy to prepare and will definitely be a winner on your holiday table.

    Classic Mashed Potatoes These Dairy Free Mashed Potatoes taste just like the classic version. They are everything you want in that comforting and warm side dish, but lightened up to include chicken broth and olive oil. They’re soft and creamy and a cinch to make. Plus they’re Whole30, paleo, and vegan friendly.

    Honey Glazed Carrots These are the perfect fuss-free side dish. They’re cooked in one pan and result in the most tender, slightly sweet glazed carrots. They are so good they are borderline addictive and both kids and adults will love them! They’re paleo friendly and easily made dairy-free.

    Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon These addictive brussels sir outs with bacon and maple syrup is sure to make this side dish a fan favorite for everybody! This paleo-friendly recipe is sweet and savory and definitely going to be in your winter meal plan rotation!

    Healthy Creamed Spinach (Made Without Cream!) This Creamed Spinach is a lightened up version of your favorite holiday classic and is made without cream for the perfect healthy and veggie-packed side for Thanksgiving! Creamy, flavorful and so simple to make!

    Cinnamon Roasted Sweet Potatoes Using only three-ingredients, these Roasted Sweet Potato Home Fries make for the perfect combination of cinnamon + sweet potatoes yet. So simple, yet so full of flavor!

    Easy Pumpkin Soup This soup is creamy, flavorful, smooth, and garnished just right with Chili Garlic Oil and roasted pumpkin seeds! It’s perfect for the fall season, and for any holiday gathering! This soup comes together quickly and is paleo-friendly!

    Gluten Free Biscuits: These light and fluffy biscuits come together quickly and are made using a mix of almond flour and coconut flour. They can be made in under 30 minutes, and are perfect on their own or in any recipe that require biscuits!

    Gluten-Free Stuffing On the lookout for the best gluten free stuffing to add to your Thanksgiving table? We have got you covered! This Easy Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Stuffing is packed with fresh herbs, hearty, easy & delicious! 

    Green Bean Casserole This lightened up, healthier version of a Green Bean Casserole is sure to be a crowd pleaser. It’s dairy-free, made without any soup mix, and EASY to make. 

    Scalloped Potatoes Creamy with just the right amount of cheese, lightened up, and baked to perfection, this au gratin scalloped potato recipe will be a favorite.

    Harvest Salad with Maple Balsamic Dressing This salad is packed with chopped kale, roasted squash, pomegranate seeds, toasted pecans and topped with a super easy & delicious Maple Balsamic Dressing.

    Gluten free thanksgiving recipes for turkey

    Gluten Free Thanksgiving Main Dishes

    Let’s get down to it with nitty gritty of Thanksgiving: the main course! We’ve got a few options ranging from the classic turkey, to the vegetarian main, or even an additional protein alternative to turkey!

    How to Roast a Turkey:  If you’ve never roasted a turkey before, this for a Citrus Herb Turkey explains it all!

    Kale and Sweet Potato Stuffed Turkey Breast: This is perfect for a dinner party or small Thanksgiving feast. A boneless turkey breast is stuffed with quick caramelized onions, kale, sweet potato and herbs, then baked in the oven in just about an hour. Double the recipe to feed a crowd! It’s also gluten-free, Paleo and Whole30 friendly.

    Turkey Roast with Pear Chutney: This turkey breast roast is perfect for smaller holiday gatherings and was a staple at my family holiday dinners! 

    Creamy Pumpkin Casserole This dairy-free casserole is healthy and delicious, made with spaghetti squash, pumpkin, spinach, and chicken and is topped with a delicious sauce and baked to perfection. It’s Paleo and Whole30, too.

    Spinach Artichoke Stuffed Spaghetti Squash: Looking for a great vegetarian main that doesn’t involve tofu? This is it! All the classic flavors of spinach and artichoke dip made healthy and stuffed into a low-carb and nutrient-rich spaghetti squash! You can optionally add-in chicken to make it heartier, or leave it as a vegetarian main dish. Make it dairy-free using cashew cream, or not.

    Maple Glazed Ham: Looking for a turkey alternative, or an extra protein to pair with the turkey for a large crowd? This sweet and salty Maple Glazed Hame would be perfect.

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    Gluten Free Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes

    Classic Apple Pie This classic pie has  a buttery crust with thinly sliced juicy apples laced with cinnamon and nutmeg. It’s made using unrefined sweeteners and uses the best gluten-free crust.

    Pecan Pie: This Pecan Pie made in a tart pan is absolutely stunning, yet simple to put together. And the best part? It’s made without any refined sugar or corn syrup!

    Nut-Free Pumpkin Pie This Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie is smooth and creamy (without any cream) with just the right note of spice. It’s made using our nut-free and gluten-free crust that is so simple to put together! 

    Grain-free Cranberry Apple Crisp This healthy apple crisp is made without oats, with a pop of color and tartness thanks to added cranberries and is sweetened just right! 

    S’mores Pie: Made with a rich chocolate pudding-like filling, made totally gluten-free using my homemade graham crackers or gluten-free graham crackers, and is topped with good quality marshmallows for the ultimate Summer dessert you can feel good about serving!

    Easy Slow Cooker Baked Apples These easy-to-make “baked” apples have just the right amount of sweet, they swarm your home with the most delicious fall scent, and they are super EASY to throw together.

    How to Make Creme Brûlée (Dairy-Free) This dairy-free and refined-sugar free version is just as decadent as the classic version but lightened up with a secret healthy ingredient! It’s perfectly sweetened with a blend of honey and maple sugar and despite it feeling fancy it is really easy to make.

    Apple Galette This is similar to an apple pie with a buttery crust with thinly sliced juicy apple, but easier to put together! It’s the perfect dessert to serve during the holidays or a fun weekend baking project to celebrate the fall season! It’s made using unrefined sweeteners and uses the BEST gluten-free crust.

    Leftover thanksgiving recipe for soupGluten Free Thanksgiving Recipes for Leftovers

    Have a lot leftover? Repurpose that food to create meals to feed yourself over the weekend!

    Thanksgiving Stuffed Acorn Squash This delicious stuffed squash is loaded with cranberry relish, stuffing, turkey, and all your veggies; and it is SO good.

    Turkey Wild Rice Soup This recipe is the perfect lunch or dinner to whip up after a great Thanksgiving meal. This easy to prepare soup is full of veggies, it’s warm and hearty and so delicious!

    The Ultimate Thanksgiving Sandwich Looking for a way to use leftovers this Thanksgiving?! This Ultimate Thanksgiving Leftover Sandwich is made with my go-to paleo-friendly sandwich bread and is seriously one of my favorite things to make over Thanksgiving! Turkey, cranberry sauce, roasted veggies… need I say more?!

    Feel Good Veggie Soup Go ahead and make this soup with added turkey!


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    Gluten Free Thanksgiving Recipes

    Slow-Cooker Beef Stew

    Slow Cooker Beef Stew [paleo-friendly, grain-free, dairy-free] | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

    This Slow-Cooker Beef Stew is the perfect healthy comfort food for cold days! It’s hearty, flavorful, packed with veggies, and easy to make right in your crock pot. Make it for a cold winter night, or a festive St. Patrick’s Day meal! Beef stew is a simple recipe that will wow everyone who tries it.

    Traditional Beef Stew Recipe

    The Slow Cooker is an amazing phenomenon in my opinion. Even those friends of mine who aren’t big cookers use it! Throw all the ingredients in with the right flavor combo and BOOM: the perfect stew. It’s hands off, easy to use, and safe!

    What is Irish stew made of?

    Filled with beef, carrots, mushrooms, onions, and potatoes is the perfect main dish for your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. The beef is so tender, it just melts in your mouth!

    Tips For Slow Cooker Beef Stew

    • Brown your meat
    • Don’t use too much liquid
    • Don’t skimp on the cook time
    • Layer your beef and veggies
    • Set it and forget it! The beauty of a slow cooker!

    Ultimate Slow Cooker Beef Stew

    This stew is: hearty, flavorful, tender melt-in-your-mouth beef, and packed with veggies! It is also paleo-friendly, dairy-free, whole30 compliant and has no sugar added… does it get any better than that? I love making this soup at the beginning of the week and enjoy it all week long!

    What defines a stew?

    • In a stew you aren’t looking for the consistency of a soup, so minimizing added liquids is helpful!
    • Beef stew doesn’t need to be super, super thick. You’ll most likely be using potatoes, and their starch will naturally thicken your stew! If not, don’t worry, this stew thickens whithout it, too.

    What kind of beef is used for stew?

    You can buy beef stew meat, which is cut and cubed and is generally chuck or round! Beef round cuts (bottom and eye) are generally leaner than chuck (shoulder, leg and butt) and very well-suited to stew.

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    Can you put raw meat in a slow cooker?

    You certainly can, but for this beef stew recipe, we prefer to sear the meat first to bring out the amazing flavor that you’ll get!

    Easy Beef Stew

    Tools used to make this easy slow cooker beef stew recipe:

    • Slow Cooker: Inexpensive and works great. I’ve had mine for years!
    • Cast Iron Skillet: I like a nice, hot cast iron skillet to sear our stew meat!
    • Chef’s Knife: My go-to chef’s knife. Use whatever you have on hand!
    • Tongs: To easily flip the meat while searing.
    • Cutting Board: A good cutting board, of course! To chop all those veggies!

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    Slow-Cooker Beef Stew

    Prep Time 10 min Cook Time 8 hr Total Time 8:10 Serves 6

    Ingredients

    Directions

    1. Heat oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet. Sear meat for about 3 minutes on each side, until brown. Set aside.
    2. Place meat and vegetables in the crockpot
    3. Add in broth, tomato paste, tapioca, and spices
    4. Mix well to combine
    5. Set on low for 8-10 hours
    6. After 7 hours, taste and adjust spices to your liking (i.e. add additional salt, cayenne, or red pepper flakes)
    7. Remove bay leaf and serve hot
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    Gluten Free Apple Pie

    This Gluten Free Apple Pie has all the markings of the classic version we all know and love: a buttery crust with thinly sliced juicy apples laced with cinnamon and nutmeg. It’s the perfect pie to serve during the holidays or a fun weekend baking project to mark the fall season! It’s made using unrefined sweeteners and uses the BEST gluten-free crust.

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    Gluten Free Apple Pie

    If you must know how to make one pie out there, THIS IS THE ONE. We knew when we were planning our apple recipes for this month that we had to include a Gluten Free Apple Pie because it is such an iconic American dessert, and for good reason! Apple pie is a must-make during the fall season: at least once!

    This recipe is definitely staying true to what we believe is a classic apple pie with juicy cinnamon and spice apples encased in a buttery pastry. We turned to our favorite pie dough that uses almond and tapioca flour and butter. If you are dairy free and are looking for a substitute for the butter in the crust, palm shortening or a non-dairy butter can work but it alters the flavor of the crust a bit. We also use tapioca flour in the filling to thicken the pie.

    We use a combination of gala and granny smith apples in this pie, but if those aren’t available check out this apple guide to figure out which apples are best for baking.

    almond flour pie crust with butter

    TIPS to make pie baking easy peasy:

    1. Make the crust 1-2 days ahead of time.
    2. Roll the crust out ahead of time. Place the bottom crust in a tin and cover with plastic. Place the top crust on a parchment lined baking sheet, and cover with plastic wrap. This ensures it doesn’t dry out. You can do this a day ahead or a few hours ahead of time. It also makes it easier to work with the crust since it’s already cold. If you are choosing to weave a lattice do so on a piece of parchment paper. When ready to place on the top crust of the pie simply invert the lattice from the parchment on to the filled pie.
    3. When peeling and slicing the apples, squeeze apples with lemon juice to prevent browning.
    4. When placing the apples inside of the rolled out dough, make sure to pack them in tightly! This reduces the chance that the filling will shrink when baking and leave a gap between the apples and top crust.
    5. Make sure the crust is cold when rolling it out and working with it. If it’s getting too warm and melty, place it back in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes.
    6. Make the whole pie a day ahead of time! You can leave it at room temperature, covered, for 24 hours. Simply place in the oven at 350 for about 10-15 minutes to warm up, if desired.

    almond meal tart crust

    We chose to weave a lattice to top our apple pie, to show it can be done with gluten-free crust, but it is totally not necessary. You can simply place a rolled out crust on top with a few slits for steam to escape, or you could roll out the crust and stamp a few decorative designs or apple cut outs on it. If you do want to do a lattice, it’s easier with this crust if you use bigger strips of pastry. And, I may sound like a broken record here but make sure your pastry is cold while you are working with it! We definitely had to place the pastry back in the refrigerator at least once between the rolling out the pastry and weaving the lattice. So when in doubt, chill the pastry for 10 minutes and you’ll have an easier time.

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    Gluten Free Apple Pie

    Prep Time 00:40 Cook Time 01:00 Total Time 01:20 Serves 10

    Ingredients

    For Crust

    For Filling

    Directions

    To Make Pie Crust:

    1. In a food processor combine almond flour, tapioca flour, salt and cold butter and pulse until the butter is broken down into pea-sized pieces.
    2. Add in eggs and honey and process until the dough comes together.
    3. Shape dough into two round disks, wrap in plastic wrap and transfer to refrigerator until cold, at least 4 hours or overnight. 

    To Prepare Crust and Filling:

    1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Remove one dough disk from the refrigerator (leave the other chilling). Between two sheets of parchment, roll out dough to fit the size of a 9 inch pie tin, about a 12 inch circle. Removing one sheet of parchment and invert the pie dough into your tin.
    2. To make the filling: In a large mixing bowl combine the sliced apples, lemon juice, coconut sugar, tapioca, vanilla, salt and spices and toss until combined. Spoon apple mixture inside pastry lined tin and place back in refrigerator while rolling out the top crust. (See note)
    3. Roll out the remaining dough disk to an 11" circle. If you are making a lattice, cut the dough into 8 or 10 strips (depending on your lattice ability!) and weave the lattice on a sheet of parchment.
    4. Remove chilling filled pie from refrigerator and either invert lattice on to the top of the pie, or place the whole rolled pastry on top. Seal the pastry pieces together, and crimp the crust, if desired. If covering the pie make sure to slice in a few holes to let the pie vent. If at any point during the process of making a lattice or placing on the pastry the pie crust gets too warm and is difficult to work with place in the refrigerator on sheet tray until cool enough to handle 10-15 minutes.

    To Bake Pie:

    1. Brush crust with egg wash, and coarse sugar, if using and place on a rimmed baking sheet and bake until apples are tender and filling is bubbly, about 1 hour. If crust is browning too quickly, tent with aluminum foil.
    2. Let cool at least 1 hour before serving, but best to wait at least 4 hours.

    Recipe Notes

    1. We use a deep dish 9" pie plate to make our pies and fit about small to medium apples. If you pie pan isn't a deep dish, you may want to use 1-2 less apples.
    2. When placing the apple mixture inside, try to leave as little space as possible between apple slices by moving them around a bit to help them fit as tightly as possible. This makes sure you can pack in as much apple flavor in your pie, and so that your apple filling doesn't sink during baking.
    3. We recommend a mix of apples such as gala and granny smith.
    4. To make an egg wash mix together 1 egg and 1 teaspoon of water until completely combined. An egg wash leaves the pie crust shiny. It can be omitted if desired.
    5. Once baked the pie can remain at room temperature, covered, for about 24 hours. Any longer than this and it should be stored in the refrigerator and briefly warmed up, if desired, before serving.
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    How to Make Homemade Vanilla Extract

    Homemade Vanilla Extract requires only two ingredients, and we’re going through the step-by-step process of how to make it. It’s better quality than anything you can buy at the store, for less money and it makes a great gift!

    how to make your own vanilla extract

    How to Make Homemade Vanilla Extract

    Here at LCK, we treat vanilla extract like liquid gold. We love using it in all of our baked goods like muffins, cookies and cakes. A good vanilla extract can make a big difference in a recipe, especially ones that only have a few ingredients in it. The price of vanilla beans fluctuate from year to year, and currently they are trending to be very expensive causing the cost of store-bought vanilla extract to rise. In addition to this, there are often quite a few added ingredients besides vanilla bean in the extract that are questionable. All this being said, it makes total sense to make it at home because Homemade Vanilla Extract is SO EASY to make. All you need are two ingredients (vanilla beans and vodka) and about 10 minutes of time to put together a batch!

    We’ve included instructions to make a one cup batch, but this is something that is so easy to double or triple to make a great big batch to last a while, or to give out as gifts during the holidays.

    how to make vanilla extract from vanilla beans

    How Do You Make Homemade Vanilla Extract?

    It is so simple! All you need to do is scrape out the beans from 5 vanilla pods (beans) and cut the pods to fit the size of your jar. It is best to use grade B vanilla beans which are better for making extract because they are drier than grade A, which are better for baking with. Place the scraped beans and the cut pods inside of a clean jar and top with 1 cup of alcohol and close with a tight-fitting lid. Scraping the beans leaves the extract with flecks, which we think makes it more authentic, but you can also skip this step and just slice open the beans and place in the jar, or strain it if you don’t want any flecks.

    vanilla extract ingredients

    What Kind of Alcohol is Used To Make Vanilla Extract?

    Any neutral tasting alcohol like vodka is a good choice, but really any 80 proof alcohol like brandy, rum or bourbon is fine so long as you are okay with it imparting a slight flavor. We like to use a gluten-free vodka, like Tito’s.

    best bottles for homemade vanilla extract

    How Long Does Homemade Vanilla Extract Last?

    The jar sits at room temperature and is ready to use at 6 weeks, though it is best to leave it as long as possible. We’ve tasted it at 6 weeks, when it is similar to store-bought extract, and then at 6 months where it is pretty phenomenal and after a year, it is truly the most amazing extract you have ever smelled. Pure extracted vanilla in alcohol has an indefinite shelf life.

    Homemade Vanilla Extract

    If you make more than one jar at a time you can make sure you never run out. When one jar starts to get low, place in a few more scraped vanilla beans and top it off with some vodka and set it aside while you start on your second jar.

    BONUS: You can also give these out as gifts by purchasing some small jars and putting on a cute label and with some ribbon.

    Homemade Vanilla Extract

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    P.S. We buy our grade b vanilla beans here.

    How to Make Homemade Vanilla Extract

    Prep Time 00:10 Total Time 00:10 Yields 1 cup

    Ingredients

    • 5 grade B vanilla beans
    • 1 cup gluten-free vodka (We Like Tito's)

    Directions

    1. Using a sharp pairing knife, slice vanilla beans in half. Scrape out beans using the back of the knife and place inside of a clean 8 ounce jar. Continue with the remaining vanilla beans. Once they have all been scraped, cut beans in half or to fit jar.
    2. Place cut beans inside the jar and pour in 1 cup of vodka and cover with a tight fitting lid. Let sit at room temperature for at least 6 weeks before use. The longer you let it sit, the more flavor it has.

    Recipe Notes

    1. We love to have the flecks of the vanilla beans in the extract, but if you'd like to have a clearer extract you can save the beans for another use, or strain the extract before use.
    2. To make more extract at once, double or triple the recipe.
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