Healthy Labor Day Recipes (Paleo & Gluten-Free)

Savor the last long weekend of the Summer with these gluten free and paleo healthy labor day recipes to make at home or bring with you on-the-go!

Healthy Labor Day Recipes

Healthy Labor Day Recipes

Labor Day Weekend is bittersweet! It’s the last long weekend of the Summer where everyone gets a chance to soak in the last of the sun with final beach days, BBQ’s, and the chance to make all of those summer recipes you’ve been pinning and saving. I’ve rounded up some favorite appetizers, side dishes, main dishes, and treats to satisfy every person at your home this weekend with these healthy labor day recipes!

Labor Day Appetizers

These late summer appetizers are perfect to make at home or to share!

Labor Day Pasta Salads and Sides

Sometimes the salads are the BEST part of a BBQ

Labor Day Cocktails

Make them as cocktails or mocktails!

Labor Day BBQ Ideas

Get that grill lit up, because we need to fire up the end of summer!

Labor Day Desserts

A sweet finish to the end of summer!

Healthy Game Day Recipes

Football season is here! Do you entertain? Go out weekly for games? It is such a tempting time to sit around with friends, drinking and eating all sorts of delicious, yet unhealthy foods. These clean eating game day recipes will be a hit with everyone. Here are Healthy Game Day Recipes that are perfect for Football entertaining!

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Game Day Appetizers

Appetizers are a game day must! These cleaned up appetizers are perfect, delicious, and indulgent in a guilt-free way!

Crispy Baked Buffalo Wings (Paleo-friendly, Grain-free, and Gluten-free. Use Ghee or Extra-Virgin Olive Oil in the sauce to make this recipe Whole30 approved)

Ultimate Charcuterie Board (Gluten-Free if using gluten-free crackers)

Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes (Gluten-free, paleo,Whole30 if omit cheese)

Sliders (Vegetarian, Gluten-free, omit the cheese to make this dish Paleo-friendly)

Sweet Potato Chili Fries (Dairy-free, Gluten-free, and Grain-free)

Loaded Nachos (Dairy-free, Gluten-free, and Grain-free)

Mini Deep Dish Pizzas (Grain-free and Gluten-free)

Dry Rub Wings (Gluten-free, paleo,Whole30)

Spinach Dip Stuffed Mushrooms (Gluten-Free, Paleo, Vegetarian, omit cheese for dairy-free)

Fried Buffalo Chicken Bites (Nut-free, Omit the butter to make this Whole30 approved, Paleo-friendly)

Oven-Baked Zucchini Fries (Vegetarian, Grain-free, Paleo-friendly)

Sweet Potato Fries & 10 second Honey Mustard (Vegan, Dairy-free, Paleo-friendly)

Moroccan Cauliflower Bites (Vegan, Dairy-free, Grain-free, Paleo-friendly)

Bacon Wrapped Sriracha Lime Chicken Bites (Whole30 Approved, Paleo-friendly, Grain-free, Dairy-free)

Zesty Paleo Chicken Bites (Whole30 Approved, Paleo-friendly, Grain-free)

Carne Asada Nachos (Gluten-Free, Paleo-Friendly, Keto minus tortilla chips)

Game Day Dips

Everyone loves game day dips! Here are out favorites!

Spanish Eggplant Dip (Paleo-friendly, Dairy-free, Gluten-free)

5-Ingredient Buffalo Chicken Baked Hummus Dip (Gluten-Free)

Southwestern Baked Hummus Dip (Vegetarian, Gluten-Free)

Homemade Guacamole (Dairy-free, Paleo-friendly, Whole30 Approved)

Spinach and Artichoke Dip (Vegetarian and Grain-free. Omit the optional cheese to make this dip Whole30 Approved, Dairy-free and Vegan)

Crudite with Tzatziki Sauce (Gluten-Free, Vegetarian, Paleo)

Aji Salsa (Grain-free, Dairy-free, Whole30 Approved, Vegan)

Buffalo Chicken Dip (Grain-free, Gluten-free. Omit the cheese to make this dish Whole30 approved and Paleo-friendly)

7 Layer Mexican Dip (Grain-free, Gluten-free, Nut-free)

Restaurant Style-Blender Salsa (Grain-free, Dairy-free, Whole30 Approved, Vegan)

Chicken Bacon Ranch Baked Hummus Dip (Gluten-Free, Nut-Free)

Game Day Meals

Ultimate, easy main dishes to serve your guests!

Lasagna Soup (Gluten-Free)

Spaghetti Squash Enchilada Bake (Gluten-Free, Paleo-Friendly)

Game-Day White Chicken Chili (Whole30 Approved if you omit the optional white beans, Paleo-friendly if you omit the optional white beans, Grain-free, Dairy-free)

Buffalo Chicken Chili (Paleo-friendly, Grain-free, Whole30 approved, and Dairy-free)

Pecan Popcorn Chicken (Whole30 Approved, Paleo-friendly, Grain-free)

Sweet Potato Chili (Vegan, Grain-free, Dairy-free)

Instant Pot Mongolian Beef (Gluten-free, Grain-free, Paleo-friendly, whole30, Instant Pot)

Ultimate Taco Meat (Gluten-free, Grain-free, Paleo-friendly, whole30, Instant Pot)

Slow Cooker Baked Potato Bar (Grain-free, Use Ghee instead of butter and omit cheese to make this Whole30 Approved)

DIY Lettuce Wrap Bar: Crock-Pot Shredded Chicken and Fixings (Paleo-friendly, Whole30 Approved, Grain-free)

Deconstructed Chicken Pot Pie (Paleo-friendly, Grain-free, Dairy-free, Instant Pot)

Turkey Chili (Paleo-friendly, Grain-free, Dairy-free, Instant Pot)

Meatball Subs (Paleo-friendly, Dairy-free, Grain-free)

Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad (Gluten-free)

Sheet Pan Steak Tips (Gluten-free, Grain-free, Paleo-friendly, Whole30)

Two Ingredient Salsa Chicken (Gluten-free, Grain-free, Paleo-friendly, whole30, Instant Pot)

Eggplant Pizza Crust (Gluten-free, Paleo-friendly, Vegetarian)

BLT Pasta Salad (Gluten-free)

Beef Barbacoa (Paleo-friendly, Grain-free, Dairy-free, Instant Pot)

Crock-Pot Beef & Veggie Bowls (Paleo-friendly, Grain-free, Dairy-free)

Sheet Pan Buffalo Chicken and Veggies (Gluten-free, Paleo-friendly)

Paleo Sandwich Rolls with deli meat (Dairy-free, Paleo-friendly, Grain-Free)

Roasted Poblano and Chicken Soup (Gluten-free, Grain-free, Paleo-friendly)

Caprese Pesto Pasta Salad (Gluten-free, Vegetarian)

BBQ Chicken Pizza (Nut-free, Dairy-free, Grain-free, Paleo-friendly)

Thai Turkey Burgers with Spicy Slaw (Nut-free, Dairy-free, Grain-free, Paleo-friendly)

Pizza Stuffed Peppers (Grain-free and Gluten-free. Omit the cheese to make these Whole30 Approved and Paleo-friendly)

Slow Cooker French Onion Soup (Gluten-free, Grain-free, Paleo-friendly)

Slow Cooker Ribs (Grain-free, Paleo-friendly, Dairy-free)

Hidden Veggie Mac and Cheese (Gluten-free)

Sausage and Veggie Pasta (Gluten-free)

Cauliflower Pizza Bites (Grain-free, Paleo-friendly, Keto, Dairy-free)

Pulled Pork (Gluten-Free, Paleo)

Air Fryer Chicken Tenders (Grain-free, Paleo-friendly, Keto, Dairy-free)

Buffalo Chicken Tenders (Grain-free, Paleo-friendly, Keto Dairy-free)

Meat Sauce (Grain-free, Paleo-friendly, Dairy-free)

Game Day Treats

Don’t forget about dessert!

Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Cups (Paleo-friendly, Grain free, Dairy-free)

Chocolate Chip Cookies (Dairy-free, Paleo-friendly)

Secret Ingredient Brownies (Gluten-free, Grain-free, Paleo-friendly)

Double Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies (Dairy-free, Grain-free, Gluten-free)

Lemon Bars (Gluten-free, Grain-free, Paleo-friendly)

Nutella Pizza (Paleo-friendly, Grain-free, Dairy-free)

Brownies Bites with Protein Frosting (Dairy-free, Paleo-friendly)

Cookie Dough Dip (Gluten-free, Grain-free, Paleo-friendly, Vegetarian)

Roasted Citrus with Salted Vanilla Whipped Cream (Paleo-friendly, Grain-free, Dairy-free)

Matcha Cupcakes (Gluten-free, Grain-free)

Cookie Bars (Gluten-free, Grain-free, Paleo-friendly)

Easy Meringue Cookies (Gluten-free, Grain-free, Paleo-friendly)

S’mores Pie (Gluten-Free)


Kick-Start Your Morning: 8 Healthy Breakfast Recipes

SPRING is here and I am loving that the sun is now setting a bit later in the day! High five for daylights savings and being able to shoot recipes for you after 4pm!

Today, I want to talk about kick-starting your Spring, and your mornings, with delicious and nutritious breakfast recipes that will give you proper fuel to keep you energized and moving!

8 Healthy Breakfast Recipes

Breakfast is an important meal of the day, so why does it often get skipped over? Today I’m sharing a few of my favorite LCK breakfast recipes– some that come together in under 15 minutes, some that are grab-and-go, and a variety of types of recipes to satisfy everyone. All of the recipes are packed with good-for-you ingredients to fuel your morning.

A good idea is to prep the night before so you can get up and nourish your body!

On-The-Go Egg Nests

Egg Nests

Morning Glory Muffins Gluten-Free Morning Glory Muffins

Mexican Breakfast Casserole Mexican Breakfast Casserole

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Breakfast FajitasBreakfast Fajitas

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BLT Sweet Potato Frittata SweetpotatoBLTfrittata5 

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 What is your favorite breakfast to eat in the morning?

Baked Saucy Garlic Wings

These Baked Saucy Garlic Wings are the perfect addition to your Superbowl party, or tonight’s dinner! Slather on the garlicky, delicious sauce for some crowd pleasing wings! 

Baked Saucy Garlic Wings

  First, let’s chat a bit! Remember a few months back I was in Atlanta with some bloggers for a fun Tuttorosso event with Chef Hugh Acheson?



Well, at the event, the Tuttorosso ladies set up a canned tomato tasting and we were all mind blown. Quite literally. I’ve never taste-tested canned tomatoes, because it’s not a typical thing to eat out of a can, and oh my, you guys….There is such a difference it’s really just insane. Between texture, flavor, appearance, color, and so much more. It really is interesting to check out.

SO, I decided to do a little experiment at home to show you.
tuttorossoWe have two different cans, same type of tomatoes (whole, peeled plum tomatoes). I cracked open the cans (not literally cracked), but you get the idea. Just look at the difference between these two tomatoes.

tuttorosso2I wish you could have been in the kitchen with us when we did our little taste test.

Tuttorosso’s tomatoes were hands down the freshest, tastiest, and were uniformed (as you can see). The Tuttorosso can had no peels in the sauce, no taste from the can, etc. Canned tomatoes are used so often in recipes, and for good reason, so it definitely is a fun little experiment to try at home so you can really taste and see the difference in the canned tomatoes you are using!

 Now… to the wings!

The Superbowl is right around the corner. For good measure and for some good taste-testers, I made these wings for last’s week championship game and everybody loved them!

They are perfectly cooked. Saucy, garlicky, and finger-lickin’ good.

Baked Saucy Garlic Wings

Grab one off the screen, go for it!
Baked Saucy Garlic Wings

Baked Saucy Garlic Wings


Baked Saucy Garlic Wings
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Prep Time
7 min
Cook Time
30 min
Prep Time
7 min
Cook Time
30 min
For the sauce
  1. 1/4 cup butter
  2. 4 cloves garlic, minced
  3. 1 cup Tuttorosso tomato sauce*
  4. 1 tablespoon chile garlic sauce
  5. 1 tablespoon coconut sugar
  6. 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  7. Pinch fine sea salt
  8. Pinch freshly ground black pepper
  9. Optional: Red pepper flakes
Everything else
  1. 3 lb. chicken wings
  2. 1 teaspoon salt
  3. 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  4. 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  5. Chopped cilantro leaves, for garnish
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F
  2. In a small saucepan, heat butter and minced garlic and mix for 2 minutes
  3. Add in additional sauce ingredients and mix to combine
  4. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and let simmer for 10 minutes until thick and slightly reduced
  5. While cooking, toss the wings with salt, pepper, and oil
  6. Line on a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes, flipping halfway through
  7. Once wings are cooked, remove from the oven and toss with sauce (reserve about 1/3 for dipping)
  8. Place back on baking sheet and place oven on broil (high)
  9. Broil wings for 5 minutes to get them nice and crispy
  10. Serve with additional sauce and fresh chopped cilantro
  1. *Can use sauce in the whole or diced tomatoes, or blend up 1 cup of the tomatoes.
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Baked Saucy Garlic Wings

This post is sponsored by my friends at Tuttorosso Tomatoes. All opinions are 100% my own! 

Favorite wing flavor- ready… GO!

Baked Saucy Garlic Wings

Prep Time 7 min Cook Time 30 min Total Time 0:37


    For the sauce

    Everything else


  • Preheat oven to 350°F
  • In a small saucepan, heat butter and minced garlic and mix for 2 minutes
  • Add in additional sauce ingredients and mix to combine
  • Bring to a boil then reduce heat and let simmer for 10 minutes until thick and slightly reduced
  • While cooking, toss the wings with salt, pepper, and oil
  • Line on a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes, flipping halfway through
  • Once wings are cooked, remove from the oven and toss with sauce (reserve about 1/3 for dipping)
  • Place back on baking sheet and place oven on broil (high)
  • Broil wings for 5 minutes to get them nice and crispy
  • Serve with additional sauce and fresh chopped cilantro
  • Recipe Notes

  • *Can use sauce in the whole or diced tomatoes, or blend up 1 cup of the tomatoes.
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    Lexi’s Weekly Dinner Plan Week 1 (2016)

    January is officially here! After the holidays it’s time for us all to kick it into gear, set some new goals and resolutions, and kick start 2016 off right. Are you with me? Each week this month I’ll be sharing New Years Resolution Healthy Dinner Plans, sharing weekly dinner meals and grocery lists that you can use as a meal plan to guide you through the month.

    We are going to do this together, you guys!

    New Years Resolution

    Those ^ are some of the things on my 2016 game plan!

    We’ve spent the last two weeks with family and friends, celebrating holidays and ringing in the new year. Aka we ate out and drank a lot more than usual, so I am ready to kick it into serious gear.

    Ah, 2016. It’s going to be a BIG year.

    For starters, we are getting MARRIED this summer!

    I am working on my cookbook which will be out later this year (!!!!), working on tons of new blog projects, and working on making more time for my health and well-being. Healthy living is so much more than just how you eat, so don’t forget to get good sleep, listen to your body, and make time for things that you love.

    Let’s get to this week-

    New Years Resolution Healthy Dinner PlanMonday: Chicken Fajita Salads

    Tuesday: Maple Glazed Salmon with Veggies

    Wednesday: Harvest Salad with Maple Balsamic Dressing

    Thursday: Chili

    Friday: Leftovers

    Saturday: Dinner Out

    Sunday: Breakfast for dinner: try my Tomato, Potato, and Leek Gratin with Eggs or my Shakshuka!

    New Years Resolution Healthy Dinner Plan

    Click HERE to download PDF!


    P.S. Remember last year’s epic ebook of the best paleo recipes of 2014? Well, it’s back this year and it’s seriously better than ever. The best of Paleo 2015 eBook is on sale NOW and it’s packed with the best recipes from your favorite bloggers and authors! One hundred and ninety two recipes. No joke!BOP-ipad-white-small-2

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    192 recipes 

    Over 30 never-before-seen, exclusive recipes

    Contributions from 32 of the top Paleo Authors and bloggers

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    Best of Lexi’s Clean Kitchen 2015

    What a year it has been! I am so grateful and cannot believe all that has happened this past year. I am so excited for the new year and have SO much in the works, but need to step back and reflect on the amazing things that have gone on in 2015. I can also thank all of you for all that has happened, because if it weren’t for you being here, none of it would have been possible. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart! I hope you have nourished your lives with healthy and delicious recipes this year, and that you’ll be back for even more in 2016!


    Okay let’s take a look.

    • For starters and probably the biggest news. I left my full-time teaching job, and on my two-year blogging anniversary in June, I announced that I would be blogging full-time

    • But wait, let me back up… in March we got ENGAGED! So now we are planning our wedding, I started blogging full-time, and…

    • THEN I announced that I’d be writing my first cookbook. WHOA. 

    • I also hired an assistant, Sabrina, who helps me in the kitchen and with social media. She’s the greatest and SUCH a lifesaver.

    So many announcements and changes in a short 5 month span!


    Lexi’s Clean Kitchen got a makeover in 2016. A new color scheme, new fonts,  an updated vibe, and based on reader feedback, easier navigation tools,!


    I love some of the new search features! There are new subscribe features, easier search navigation, updated recipe finder page and other new pages, like a travel section, a life section, and a blogging resources section. All brought to you by my amazing team at J Louis Technology.



    In 2015 I brought some more travel to Lexi’s Clean Kitchen. 

    A Week at Round Hill in Jamaica


    Weekend Getaway Canyon Ranch in Lenox


    10 Things To Do in Portland, Maine in 24 Hours


    blogger event with Tuttorosso Tomatoes in Atlanta, GA


    I am so excited to bring you to even more travel spots in 2016, where I’ll highlight healthy eats and so much more! 


    BEST OF 2015  

    With over 6 million visitors and TONS of content, let’s take a look at some of the favorites for the year! 



    Fluffy Pancakes // Buffalo Chicken Bites // Meatball Veggie Soup

    3-Ingredient Breakfast Skillet // Grain-Free Dog Treats // Thai Meatballs

    Sweet Potato Sliders // Secret Ingredient Brownies // Pumpkin Waffles



    INFOGRAPHHow To Build The Ultimate Salad

    Grilling Guide

    How To Build The Perfect Soup

    How To Make The Ultimate Cheese Plate

    WHAT’S NEW FOR 2016?

    Oh, MAN! I am just over the moon about all that is to come in 2016. 

    Aside from A. Getting married and B. Releasing my first cookbook later this year, which are my two most exciting I’d say ;), I have a ton of blog projects, travel, collaborations, partnerships, recipes, and so much more coming your way! 

    Make sure to subscribe to my newsletter here so you don’t miss my latest posts, exclusive content, deals, and much more.WEEKLYMEALPLANS



    P.S. The first project I am launching in January is a mini series with weekly dinner meal plans and printable grocery lists!




     What are you hoping to see come to LCK in 2016? I would love to hear from you!