Homemade Meat Sauce Recipe

This easy Italian meat sauce recipe is my probably my all-time favorite pasta sauce recipe! It’s an easy homemade meat sauce recipe that is hearty and flavorful, and perfect for a weeknight meal. Make this healthy meat sauce with ground turkey or ground beef, and let it cook nice and slow! It’s gluten-free, paleo-friendly, whole30 compliant, and so yummy! Serve it over zucchini noodles or spaghetti squash for low carb, or gluten-free pasta!

Italian meat sauce recipe

Homemade Meat Sauce Recipe

I LOVE Italian dishes. Especially a quick and delicious meat sauce! I often make my favorite Italian dishes into healthy versions that I love to dig into, weekly. This spaghetti meat sauce is delicious, always a hit and so versatile! Serve it over zucchini noodles, spaghetti squash, the options are endless! I often make a big batch to have for the week, and I never get sick of it!

How do you make meat sauce
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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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Super Immune Smoothie

Turmeric is a spice that I don’t cook with often enough! It is a super spice loaded with anti-inflammatory health benefits. Turmeric is often used in Indian cooking and has a bold yellow color with warm flavor! Since we are focusing on food inspired by travel this month for Healthy Food Friday’s, I thought this super-spice would make the perfect addition!

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Turmeric is known to be a natural anti-inflammatory. So when my mom’s arthritis started acting up I knew I wanted to find some simple ways to incorporate Turmeric into meals. Adding it into smoothies, tossing with roasted veggies, and adding the spice into my egg scrambles or frittatas are my favorites! 

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To go along with this super-spice… a super smoothie!
Super Immune Smoothie

 

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Homemade Pumpkin Purée & Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

If you’ve been by the site recently you may be aware of my excitement about the Fall. I mean, clearly obsessed with it. Well, on my way home from work on Friday the farm was loading up their shelves with PUMPKINS. I pulled right over and picked up 2 sugar pumpkins to make some homemade pumpkin purée with. Let the pumpkin-everything begin! Yes, you can easily buy canned pumpkin, I always have a can or two on hand, but what’s better than fresh? PLUS, you get to roast pumpkin seeds, and those are just the perfect snack. So, what better way to start off the Fall baking with the purée that goes into so much of the goods!

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Creamy and delicious.

Homemade Pumpkin Puree Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

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Homemade Pumpkin Puree Oh, and keep in mind, cutting the pumpkin is an arm workout in itself! Homemade Pumpkin Puree

Yes, I licked the food processor. Then went in for a spoonful. Don’t judge. 

Pumpkin: Do you love it or hate it? 

Homemade Pumpkin Puree & Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Ingredients

    Pumpkin Purée

    • 1 Large whole sugar pumpkin (or 2 small)

    Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

    Directions

    1. 1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
    2. 2. Cut the top off of the pumpkin
    3. 3. Cut the pumpkin in 4 halves
    4. 4. With a spoon or an ice cream scooper, scoop out the pumpkin seeds into a bowl (KEEP THEM!!!!)
    5. 5. Place on a baking sheet (faced up or down- doesn't matter)
    6. 6. Bake for 40-45 minutes until fork tender and golden (skin will peel off easily)
    7. 7. Peel off skin and discard
    8. 8. Place pumpkin chunks into food processor or high-speed blender and purée
    9. 9. Store in an air-tight container for up to 1 week or store in freezer
    10. 1. Toss pumpkin seeds with 1 tbsp oil of choice and a sprinkle of Himalayan sea salt
    11. 2. Line a baking sheet with foil and spread out seeds
    12. 3. Bake for 25-35 minutes until golden

    Recipe Notes

  • My medium/large sugar pumpkin yielded 4 cups.
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    ‘Everything Bagel’ Topped Cauliflower Rolls [VIDEO]

    Everything Bagel Cauliflower Rolls {Low-carb, grain-free, paleo-friendly, no refined sugar} | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

    Growing up in New York, the “everything” bagel was my go-to sandwich bread. A toasted egg everything or a whole wheat everything… You name it, I loved it. These Everything Bagel topped Cauliflower Rolls are low carb, paleo-friendly, and a perfect roll alternative.

    Everything Bagel Cauliflower Rolls‘Everything Bagel’ Topped Cauliflower Rolls

    Now, you know I don’t eat those bagels anymore, not even the gluten-free ones, so I bring to you an alternative that is really so beyond good! When these rolls were baking in the oven my whole apartment smelled like those glorious everything bagels I loved so much.

    Everything Bagel Cauliflower Rolls

    Cheers to another delicious and healthy alternative!

    Watch the video:

     

    Everything Bagel Cauliflower Rolls

    Everything Bagel Cauliflower Rolls

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    Everything Bagel Cauliflower Rolls

    'Everything Bagel' Cauliflower Rolls

    Prep Time 10 min Cook Time 30 min Yields 6

    Ingredients

      Cauliflower Buns

      Directions

      • Preheat oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet.
      • In a food processor, or using a hand grater, pulse/grate cauliflower until rice consistency.
      • In a bowl combine eggs, cauliflower rice, almond flour, coconut flour, garlic powder, and salt,
      • In a separate bowl combine "everything" topping ingredients.
      • Roll cauliflower mixture into even sized balls and lay onto the baking sheet. Sprinkle "everything" topping and slightly press them into the top,
      • Bake for about 30 minutes, or until golden brown.
      • Optional: For extra crisp rolls, remove from baking sheet and broil on high for 3 minutes with the buns directly on the oven rack.
      • Remove from baking sheet and let cool directly on a cooling rack.
      • Serve as rolls with your meal, or serve as bread with your favorite sandwich ingredients.

      Recipe Notes

      • *Updated 12/2016.
      • *Note: Cauliflower sizes vary. If yours is bigger or makes more riced cauliflower, and it seems like it needs a little extra love to make them firm, add an additional egg and tablespoon of flour. 3 cups of packed riced cauliflower is the correct consistency for these rolls. Makes 4 large or 6 medium rolls.
      • *Nutrition (without toppings) for 4 large rolls, per roll: 94 calories, 4.4 g fat, 8.4g carb, 5.9g protein
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      Strawberry Chia Seed Jam (Paleo & Vegan)

      When strawberries are on sale, I stock up and make a batch of my Chunky Strawberry Chia Seed Jam. What does this go perfectly with? Oh well… just about everything! On top of your morning oatmeal, spread on some toast, or mixed with almond butter to make a nut butter and jelly dip (oh yeah, that’s happening)… endless possibilities!

      Paleo Strawberry Jam For FillingStrawberry Chia Seed Jam

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      Can you make jam without pectin?

      Absolutely! The chia seeds thicken this jam wonderfully!

      Strawberry Chia Seed Jam in jars

      How long can you keep chia jam?

      I store mine in a mason jar for up to 10 days in the refrigerator!

      What should I do with jam?

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      Chunky Chia Seed Jam

      Prep Time 2 minutes Cook Time 20 minutes Yields 2 cups

      Ingredients

      • 5 cups organic strawberries, rinsed, hulled, and cut
      • 1/4 cup raw organic honey or maple syrup
      • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
      • 2 tablespoons chia seeds

        Directions

        1. Rinse strawberries well and cut into pieces
        2. In a bowl, pour honey over strawberries
        3. Mix together and let sit for 20 minutes
        4. Transfer mixture to a pot
        5. Add lemon juice, and lightly smash strawberries with a potato masher
        6. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and let simmer
        7. Once simmering for 5 minutes, add chia seeds
        8. Let simmer for 10-15 minutes, stirring often to avoid sticking
        9. Once thick, remove from heat, let cool and store in air-tight containers for up to one week. 
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        Sweet Potato Buns

        Sweet Potato Buns | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

        These Sweet Potato Buns make for the perfect nutrient-rich bread-alternative! I love how creative you can get with them. Breakfast sandwiches, the traditional BLT, avocado toast… the options are endless!

        Sweet Potato Buns - Lexi's Clean Kitchen

        Sweet Potato Buns are my favorite! You can make them bigger or smaller, you can make them for  breakfast, for lunch, or for dinner! You can make them open face sliders or full sandwiches! So versatile!

        Sweet Potato Buns - Lexi's Clean Kitchen

        Simply roast the sweet potato, load with desired fillings, and DEVOUR! Whole30 compliant, grain-free, gluten-free, and dairy-free!

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        Sweet Potato Buns

        Prep Time 5 min Cook Time 25 min

        Ingredients

          Sweet Potato Buns

          Make It Into A Breakfast Sandwich

          • Eggs, as desired
          • bacon, cooked
          • baby spinach, wilted

          Directions

          • Preheat oven to 400°F and line baking sheet with parchment paper.
          • Cut sweet potatoes into 1/2 inch thick rounds. Toss with oil, cinnamon, and sea salt.
          • Lie flat on baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes or until fully cooked, flipping over halfway through.

          Recipe Notes

          • *This recipe was updated in March, 2017.
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