Avocado and Corn Salsa

This Corn Avocado Salsa recipe is a quick and delicious side to serve up with just about anything! This cool summer side dish is easy to make and is gluten and dairy free!

Corn and avocado salsa recipe in a bowlAvocado and Corn Salsa Recipe

This is the perfect summery side dish to serve when the weather is HOT. This Avocado and Corn Salsa comes together quickly. It is the perfect easy side dish to throw together and flies off the table! This dish is served great with nearly anything, but we especially like it for other quick cooking summer dishes like this Blackened Fish, quick Chicken Tacos or this Garlic and Lime Grilled Steak.

Corn Salsa Ingredients

  • Fresh Corn on the Cob
  • Red Onion
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Avocado
  • Olive Oil
  • Lime
  • Cilantro
  • Salt and Pepper

Corn salsa with avocado plated with fishMethods to Cook the Corn

The only piece of this salsa that needs to be cooked is the corn! There are a few different methods you can use to cook it. You can quickly boil it, as we suggest in the recipe. Or you could grill it! Additionally you can also cook corn in the Instant Pot using these directions here.

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Corn Avocado Salsa
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Ingredients
  1. 2 local organic corn on the cob
  2. 1/2 red onion, finely diced
  3. 1/2 cup fresh grape tomatoes, cut in half
  4. 1 avocado, cubed
  5. 1/2 tsp ground garlic (from garlic mill, or garlic powder), more to taste
  6. 1/2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  7. Juice from one lime
  8. Dash of Himalayan sea salt, more to taste
  9. Optional: 1 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
Instructions
  1. 1. Grill or boil corn
  2. 2. Cut corn kernels off and place into bowl
  3. 3. Add tomato, onion, and avocado and mix together
  4. 4. Add cilantro, ground garlic, lime juice, oil, and salt, mix together to combine
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Buffalo Chicken Burgers

Raise your hand if you have an addiction to buffalo anything! If yes, you’re going to love these Buffalo Chicken Burgers. They’re spiced just right and perfect topped with tomato and avocado and wrapped in lettuce. They also happen to be gluten-free, paleo friendly and low carb!

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Buffalo Chicken Burger Recipe

Let’s talk about how much we all love buffalo over here at Lexi’s Clean Kitchen. To start we’ve got Buffalo NuggetsBuffalo Sweet PotatoesBuffalo TendersBuffalo HummusBuffalo Chili and we could go on and on but we’ll move on to these delicious Buffalo Chicken Burgers! They’ve got that slight heat packed into a ground chicken burger and are so delicious it kind of makes you think they’re “bad” for you but they’re actually quite nutritious. Serve them up with lettuce and tomato in a low carb lettuce wrap or you can eat them like you would any other burger: in a bun! These also make great meal prep for the week ahead! 

Here’s what’s in them:

  • Ground chicken
  • Egg
  • Onion
  • Scallions
  • Carrots
  • Hot Sauce
  • Garlic powder
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Sea Salt and Pepper

Buffalo Chicken Burgers

What to serve with Buffalo Chicken Burgers

This is a pretty versatile dish. You can serve this with a side salad, or a cucumber salad which will help cool down the heat. Or you can serve this with a heartier salad like this Tomato Cucumber Salad with Crispy Chickpeas or Israeli Salad. This would also be great served with cauliflower rice!

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Buffalo Chicken Burgers

Prep Time 10 min Cook Time 20 min Total Time 0:30 Yields 4

Ingredients

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • In a food processor food processor combine carrots and onion; pulse to chop into small bits.
  • In a large bowl combine the vegetable mixture, ground chicken, egg, garlic powder, hot sauce, and salt & pepper.
  • Form into patties and bake for 20 minutes. Flipping halfway through.
  • Broil on high for 2 minutes at the end.

Recipe Notes

  • Serve over lettuce, or in lettuce wraps with avocado, tomato, or any toppings you'd like!
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7 Layer Taco Dip

This 7 Layer Taco Dip is just what any party, or fun Saturday night needs! 7 layers of Mexican inspired flavor that is so delicious! This dip is gluten-free and optionally dairy-free and paleo!

7 layer taco dip recipe with meat and chips7 Layer Taco Dip Recipe

Is there any better food to bring to a pot luck or serve at your own party than a 7 Layer Taco Dip? Don’t think so! This classic dip is made healthier here with a few homemade substitutes for standard store-bought ingredients, and so so worth it! This version is gluten-free and we offer a few substitutions to make it paleo and dairy free if you need it.

Be warned: there is no way there will be any leftovers when this dish is served, so make sure you get in there early if you want to have some yourself!

How to make a 7 Layer Taco Dip

Make or gather all of the layers!

  • Layer 1: Refried Beans (or extra guacamole for paleo/whole30)
  • Layer 2: Cooked beef mixture
  • Layer 3: Salsa
  • Layer 4: Guacamole
  • Layer 5: Cooked beef mixture
  • Layer 6: Cheddar cheese (substitute another layer of salsa for paleo/whole30/dairy-free)
  • Layer 7: Chopped Lettuce, Tomato, Red Onion

Layer in all of the ingredients in an oven 8″x8″ (or similarly sized ) oven safe dish. After placing in cheddar cheese put in the oven to melt. Layer on the remaining and serve with hearty tortilla chips and veggies.

baked 7 layer taco dip with meat

Can this be made ahead of time?

You can assemble and prep this entire dish 1 day ahead of time, with the exception of adding the fresh ingredients on top. You can prep those ahead of time though and have them all ready to go for your party. Right before serving place the assembled dip under the broiler to warm up and melt the cheese, and then top with fresh lettuce, tomato and onion.

What to serve with this dip?

Serve it with the classics: Tortilla chips (either corn or a grain free option like Siete) and veggies like celery, cucumber, peppers or carrots.

Best ever Mexican layer dip with chip

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7 Layer Taco Dip

Prep Time 20 min Cook Time 10 min Total Time 0:30

Ingredients

    Layers

    Refried black beans

    Beef mixture

    Salsa

    • Store-bought or homemade

    Guacamole

    Directions

  • 1. Make refried black beans- Heat 1 tbsp oil of choice in a pan
  • 2. Add in beans and let heat for 3-5 minutes, begin mashing
  • 3. Add in spices, mash and mix well
  • 4. Add in 2 tbsp water; mix until water is combined
  • 5. Remove from heat and set aside
  • 6. Make beef- in a skillet heat oil and garlic
  • 7. Add in beef and cook until brown
  • 8. Add in tomatoes, spices, and hot sauce; let cook for 3-5 minutes then remove from heat and set aside
  • 9. Make guacamole and chop lettuce, tomato, and onions for layer 7
  • 10. Once all the layers are prepared, start assembling in your dish; serve and enjoy!
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    Paleo Chicken Stir Fry

    This Paleo Chicken Stir Fry uses cauliflower rice, whatever veggies you have on hand, and is so simple to throw together! It is a great Whole30, low-carb, dairy-free, egg-free, and gluten-free meal for any night of the week!

    Paleo Chicken Stir Fry mealPaleo Stir Fry

    Stir-fry night should also be called clean-out-your-refrigerator night to make a delicious, quick meal! Let this recipe serve more as a guide to using up what you have on hand to create a quick meal that everybody will love, with a really delicious paleo stir fry sauce. We serve this with a garlic scallion cauliflower rice, but you could alternative serve the stir fry with regular white rice if you would like!

    You could also alternative use another meat here, like thin sliced steak or pork, or you could really fill up on the veggies and make this meatless!

    Paleo Stir Fry with cauliflower rice

    What Veggies Can You Use For This Paleo Chicken Stir Fry

    In this recipe we used:

    • Broccoli
    • Red Pepper
    • Snap Peas
    • Bok Choy
    • Mushrooms
    • Carrots
    • Bean Sprouts

    But you could really use any veggies you have on hand or what is in season. This is the perfect dish to cook up all year long, but particularly good during the CSA season when your refrigerator is full of veggies!

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    Stir-Fry with Garlic Scallion Cauli Rice

    Prep Time 00:05 Cook Time 00:15 Total Time 0:20 Serves 4

    Ingredients

      Teriyaki sauce

      Stir Fry

      • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
      • 2 garlic cloves, minced
      • 1 red onion, sliced
      • 2 broccoli crowns, chopped
      • 1 cup mushrooms, thinly sliced
      • 1 organic red pepper, chopped
      • 1/2 cup snap peas
      • 1 lb organic chicken breast
      • 2 handfuls fresh organic spinach
      • 1 bunch baby bok choy, sliced in half
      • 2 cups bean sprouts

      Garlic Scallion Cauli-Rice

      Directions

      1. In a bowl, mix together teriyaki sauce ingredients and set aside.

      2. In a large skillet, heat sesame oil over medium-high heat.

      2. Add garlic and onion and let cook until the onion turns translucent, about 3-5 minutes.

      3. Add broccoli, mushrooms, red pepper, and snap peas and cook for 3-5 minutes, or until mushrooms have softened.

      4. Add chicken and cook until the chicken is fully cooked through and no pink remains.

      5. Pour in teriyaki sauce and mix well. Add in spinach, baby bok choy, and bean sprouts. Once the spinach starts to wilt, turn off the heat and set aside.

      6. Using a food processor or cheese grater, pulse/grate cauliflower until rice consistency.

      3. Heat a medium-sized skillet over medium-high heat.

      4. Add in cauliflower rice, seasoned vinegar, salt, and scallions.

      5. Let cook, stirring often, for 3-5 minutes or until the cauliflower starts to soften.

      6. Transfer to bowl and serve hot.

      Recipe Notes

      Updated 3/1/2017

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      Quick Spicy Italian Chicken in Tomatoes

      Spicy Chicken In Tomato Sauce {Low-carb, paleo-friendly, Whole30 compliant, 30 minutes or less} | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

      This Quick Spicy Italian Chicken in Tomatoes is such a simple and quick weeknight dinner, that is packed with so much flavor! There is option to turn up, or eliminate the heat of the dish, but either way it’s delicious. Serve these chicken breasts in tomato sauce alongside roasted green beans and you have yourself a perfect low-carb, paleo-friendly, Whole30 approved meal that takes under 30 minutes to prepare! Talk about a WIN!

      Chicken breast in tomato sauceQuick Cooked Chicken Breast in Tomato Sauce

      Easy weeknight dinners are THE BEST! This quick cooking Spicy Italian Chicken in Tomatoes is a super delicious dinner to cook when you have less than 30 minutes to get food on the table and you are relying on pantry staples!

      We made this low carb by serving it with roasted green beans, but if you want to go a little heavier with the carbs and have a little bit more time on your hands you can serve it with roasted potatoes, rice or pasta.

      Chicken breast cooked in tomato sauceWant to make this easy chicken and tomato recipe without the spice?

      We love spice, but not everybody does, especially if you are serving kids at the table. Feel free to omit the red pepper flakes in this dish, or lower the heat by adding in just half.

      Ingredients Needed to Make this Italian Chicken in Tomatoes:

      • Boneless, skinless chicken breasts
      • Italian seasoning
      • Dried Basil
      • Onion
      • Garlic
      • Whole Plum Tomatoes
      • Red Pepper Flakes
      • Green Beans

      You can also substitute whatever seasonal veggies you have on hand to roast as well. Cauliflower would be great here, as would zucchini or eggplant.

      Chicken in tomato sauce Italian on a plate

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      Spicy Chicken in Tomatoes

      Prep Time 5 minutes Cook Time 10 minutes Total Time 0:15 Serves 2

      Ingredients

      Roasted Green Beans

      Directions

      1. Heat extra-virgin olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat.
      2. Pat chicken dry. Season with Italian seasoning, sea salt, and pepper on both sides.
      3. Gently place chicken in pan. Let sear for about 3-4 minutes on each side, until all sides are nicely browned.
      4. Add crushed garlic and onion to the pan and sauté for 2 minutes or until the onions turn translucent.
      5. Lower heat to medium-low and add in tomatoes, basil, red pepper flakes if using, and salt and pepper to taste. Simmer for 8-10 minutes or until sauce has reduced and the chicken is fully cooked through.
      6. While sauce is simmering, pre-heat the oven to 350 ℉. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Toss green beans in olive oil, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, sea salt, and pepper. Bake green beans for 10-15 minutes or until fully cooked through. When done, set aside until chicken has finished cooking.
      7. If adding spinach, add to the pan for the last 1-2 minutes of simmering until the spinach has started to wilt.
      8. Remove from heat. Serve hot with roasted green beans!
      9. Green Beans: Pre-heat oven to 350 °F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Toss green beans in garlic powder, salt, pepper, and olive oil. Place on the parchment lined baking sheet. Once oven is pre-heated, bake for 10-15 minutes, or until fully cooked.

      Recipe Notes

      • This post was updated in March, 2017
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      Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

      These Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes are so creamy, flavorful and delicious and make a great lunch or dinner! They also could be perfect as a make-ahead meal option. This buffalo chicken sweet potato recipe is nutritious and filling, gluten-free and optionally made Paleo and Whole30 by omitting the cheese.

      Buffalo Chicken Sweet Potato on a sheet tray

      Buffalo Chicken Baked Sweet Potato

      Who doesn’t love potato skins? Nobody! Who doesn’t love potatoes skins that are made healthier but still with all the flavor? Can’t think of anyone! These healthier baked sweet potato skins are stuffed with a creamy buffalo chicken dip packed with extra veggies and nutrients. These are the perfect appetizer for a game day party, or a super delicious lunch or dinner. We love the portability of these and think they’d be a great make-ahead meal as well.

      Close up of sweet potato buffalo chicken

      What type of sweet potatoes are best for this recipe?

      We choose small to medium sweet potatoes to minimize the time roasting in the oven. You can choose larger ones, but they will take longer to roast. Just make sure they are all about the same size, and as round as you can get to fit in more of the buffalo chicken stuffing.

      Can you cook the sweet potatoes in the Instant Pot instead?

      You could, but it will likely take you the same amount of time to roast in the oven between the time it takes to come up to pressure and the time it takes to naturally release. Put the sweet potatoes on a basket and add 1 cup of water. You can use the steam function for 10 minutes, with a natural release.

      Skinny buffalo chicken stuffed sweet potatoes on a plate

      How can you store these Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes for meal prep?

      If you wanted to make these for a few days of lunches, complete the recipe as directed and then cool the broiled sweet potatoes completely before placing in a container in the fridge. We like using glass containers because they can double as a storage container and can be heated up in either a microwave or a toaster oven. These would taste better if heated up in a toaster oven, but if the only option when you are at work is a microwave that will work as well!

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      Prep Time 5 minutes Cook Time 35 minutes Total Time 0:40 Serves 4

      Ingredients

      • 4 sweet potatoes
      • 1 onion, diced
      • 2 garlic cloves, minced
      • 1 scallion, thinly sliced
      • 2 carrots, diced
      • 1 cup spinach
      • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
      • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
      • 1/4 cup Frank’s hot sauce
      • 1 rotisserie chicken, shredded

      Directions

      1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees °F.
      2. Pierce sweet potato with a fork, and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 30 minutes, or until soft.
      3. While the sweet potato is baking, saute onions, carrots, garlic, and scallions for 2-3 minutes, or until the onions turn translucent. Add in spinach and cook just until the spinach starts to wilt. Remove from heat, let cool, and place in a medium mixing bowl.
      4. Add shredded chicken, mayonnaise, hot sauce, and pepper to the sauted vegetables and mix well. Taste and adjust seasoning as desired.
      5. Once sweet potatoes are soft, carefully cut sweet potatoes in half and scoop out insides to make “boats.” Leave about 1/4 – 1/2 inch of flesh so they don’t become too fragile and difficult to handle.
        Set oven to a high broil.
      6. Fill the sweet potatoes with a heaping spoonful of shredded buffalo chicken. Top with cheddar cheese and broil for 2-3 minutes, or until the cheese is fully melted. Serve hot!

      Recipe Notes

      Recipe updated March 2017

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