Greek Lentil Salad

This Greek Lentil Salad is a must-make for a healthy, light dinner or an easy side dish! With protein-packed lentils, tomatoes, feta, cucumbers and mint, this easy-to-make salad will be on repeat this summer!

Cooked lentils used in a salad.Greek Lentil Salad with Tomatoes and Feta

We are digging into our pantry and using up one of our tried and true staples we always have on hand: lentils! This Greek Lentil Salad is so flavorful and loaded with veggies and herbs! It tastes as fresh as it looks and is the perfect dish to serve as a light dinner or as a side. It also can work as meal prep for a few days. With a base of nutritious protein-packed lentils, this hearty salad is hype-worthy.

Lentil salad Ingredients in a BowlIngredients Needed for this Lentil Salad

How to Customize It

What we love about salads is that that they are so easily customizable! Don’t have fresh bell peppers, but have roasted red peppers? Swap them in! Don’t have tomatoes? Leave them out!

You can also add in some extra protein here if you want. Leftover rotisserie chicken would be great here, as would canned tuna or salmon!

Greek lentil salad with tomatoes and feta.How long will this salad keep?

This salad as made is best served the day it is made. But if you’d like to keep it longer, or use for meal prep you can make the salad up to 3 days ahead of time.

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Greek Lentil Salad

This Greek Lentil Salad is a must-make for a healthy, light dinner or an easy side dish! With protein-packed lentils, tomatoes, feta, cucumbers and mint, this easy-to-make salad will be on repeat this summer!


Yield 4-6
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Recipe Type: Salad

Difficulty: Easy
Author: Lexi's Clean Kitchen
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup green or brown lentils, picked through and rinsed
  • 2 cups water or broth, more as needed
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup diced cucumber
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • ½ red onion, diced fine
  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 cup fresh herbs (mint, parsley, basil are our favorite picks here)
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

  1. To cook lentils: Add lentils, and water to a medium pot. Turn on heat and bring lentils to a rolling boil. Once boiling, cover and reduce heat to let simmer gently for 20-30 minutes until lentils are tender but not mushy. Occasionally check lentils to see if the water has evaporated, adding more water as needed. Remove from heat and strain lentils. Once strained, add 1 teaspoon salt to lentils to season them. Let lentils chill overnight in the refrigerator, or place on a sheet pan and let sit at room temperature for 10 minutes and in the refrigerator for another 10 minutes, until lentils are well chilled.
  2. Add all ingredients to a large bowl and mix together. Season to taste.
  3. Salad is best served on the day it is made, but will keep for up to 3 days.

Recipe Notes

  1. For more information on how to cook lentils, including how to cook them in the Instant Pot, check out this Guide to Cooking Lentils.

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Greek Lentil Salad

This Instant Pot Italian Chicken and Rice is an easy-to-make dinner that the whole family will love. Made with a few simple whole ingredients and a zesty Italian flavor, this healthy dinner will soon be a family favorite. Made in partnership with my friends at Farmer Focus!

A bowl of Italian chicken and rice.Easy Italian Chicken and Rice

Everyone needs to have a healthy and delicious dinner recipe that can be made quickly and this Instant Pot Italian Chicken and Rice is ours! This easy chicken and rice dinner requires only about 10 minutes of prep and hands on cooking time, while the rest is done easily in the Instant Pot. The rice is creamy, the chicken is perfectly cooked and it has the zesty Italian flavors we love. We’re confident in saying even the pickiest of eaters will like this one!

Ingredients Needed

Chicken and rice in the Instant Pot.

What Type of Rice to Use

This recipe was developed and tested for the use of long-grain white rice. This will be labeled as long-grain white rice, Jasmin rice or Basmati rice.

Using other types of rice such as brown rice or wild rice will not work here.

Don’t have an Instant Pot but Still Want to Cook it?

We love making it in the Instant Pot, but understand not everyone has one! To cook this recipe without it, follow these instructions:

  1. Heat a 12” heavy bottomed high-sided pan over medium-high heat. Once hot, add oil, onion and garlic and cook, stirring often, until beginning to soften, about 5 minutes. Shut off the saute function.
  2. To the pan add red peppers, rice, chicken broth, chicken, lemon juice, italian seasoning, salt, pepper and and mix well. Make sure the mixture is spread evenly in the pan and the veggies and chicken are pushed into the liquid as much as possible.
  3. Let mixture come up to a boil, then cover with a tight fitting lid, and lower the heat to medium-low.
  4. Cook for 20 minutes, or until the rice is cooked through.
  5. Shut off heat, quickly remove the cover and sprinkle ½ cup peas over the top. Close the lid and let steam for 5 minutes.
  6. Fluff with a fork garnish with parsley and a sprinkle of lemon juice

Cooked instant pot chicken and rice with peas.

Why Quality Chicken is a Must

With so few ingredients in this dish, it is incredibly important to use quality chicken. I am so happy partnering with my friends at Farmer Focus to bring you this easy Instant Pot chicken recipe! Farmer Focus has been my go-to, trusted chicken for years now, because they pride themselves in producing the highest quality meat grown on family-owned farms. You can 100% taste the difference. I love knowing that, without a doubt, when I pick up Farmer Focus chicken at the grocery store, it’s the best there is and I don’t have to question whether it was raised in a humane way.

Chicken for chicken and rice.

Farmer Focus is building partnerships with farmers through their innovative Farmer Focus Business Model

Here is what I love about Farmer Focus: they are a company that supports their farmer partners and they are working hard to do things right and truly raise and produce the highest quality chicken! Every Farmer Focus product includes a 4-letter Farm ID that traces your chicken to the farm that raised it. Buying meat from Farmer Focus also gives me peace of mind that I am supporting hard-working family farmers.

Farmer Focus chickens are humanely raised and fed a diet free from animal byproducts, pesticides, and antibiotics. On their website you can see where all of the farms are located, so you know just where your chicken was raised! How awesome is that?!

You can also use their easy store locator to find where you can get this amazing quality chicken near you.

A bowl of Italian chicken and rice.

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Instant Pot Italian Chicken and Rice

This Instant Pot Italian Chicken and Rice is an easy-to-make dinner that the whole family will love. Made with a few simple whole ingredients and a zesty Italian flavor, this healthy dinner will soon be a family favorite.


Yield 4
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 17 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes
Recipe Type: Dinner

Difficulty: Easy
Author: Lexi's Clean Kitchen
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Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon avocado or olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup roasted red peppers, diced
  • 1 cup long-grain white rice, rinsed and drained well
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1-½ lb. Farmer Focus boneless and skinless breasts, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese
  • Fresh parsley, for serving

Directions

  1. Heat oil, using the saute function in a 6 or 8 quart Instant Pot. Once hot, add onion and garlic and cook, stirring often, until beginning to soften, about 5 minutes. Shut off the saute function.
  2. To the pot add red peppers, rice, chicken broth, chicken, lemon juice, italian seasoning, salt, pepper and and mix well. Place the lid on the Instant Pot and set the valve to sealing. Cook on manual high pressure for 10 minutes and when done use a quick pressure release.
  3. Once all the pressure has released, remove the lid from the Instant Pot and add in the frozen peas and parm cheese and mix well to combine. Place the lid back on top, and switch the valve to sealing and let the mixture steam for 2 minutes.
  4. Stir the rice and serve immediately with parsley.

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This post is sponsored by Farmer Focus! All thoughts and opinions are always 100% my own! I love the integrity of their products and think you’ll love them too. Thank you for continuing to support LCK and the brands I work with!

Instant Pot Italian Chicken and Rice

Switch up taco night and make Instant Pot Chicken Fajitas your new go-to easy weeknight dinner. Simple to prepare by adding sliced chicken, peppers and onions to your pressure cooker and then cooking with the push of a button. It can even be optionally prepared ahead of time and stored in the freezer (hello “dump” dinners). Serve with all your favorite fajita fixin’s! Made in partnership with my friends at Farmer Focus!

Instant pot chicken fajitas recipe.Instant Pot Chicken Fajitas

We are all about super simple weeknight dinners here, and this Instant Pot Chicken Fajitas checks all of those boxes. It takes minimal amount of time to prepare, is cooked using our favorite hands-off cooking kitchen gadget and is SO DELICIOUS. But the bonus? This can be prepared in batches ahead of time and stored in the freezer for the ultimate fast, healthy dinner. We’re talking another great dump dinner idea with this fajita recipe!

The truth is, fajitas are already a pretty quick dinner idea. But what makes cooking them in the Instant Pot so unique, especially when prepared ahead of time as a dump dinner, is that it truly is a place-all-the-ingredients-in-the-pressure-cooker dinner, set a button and walk away until you hear it beep. Some weeknights, especially when you have a busy family, are too chaotic to think about cooking. But everyone needs a healthy delicious dinner, so this recipe is good to have on hand. 

Serve the chicken fajitas with ALL the fixin’s (or the ones that are easy) like avocado, cheddar cheese, cilantro, shredded lettuce and cauliflower rice.

Dump instant pot chicken fajitas recipe.

How to Make a Dump Freezer Dinner

So let’s talk a little bit about the concept of a “dump” dinner!

A dump dinner is recipe that doesn’t really require too many steps in terms of preparation before it is cooked. Typically you just gather the ingredients, with minimal chopping, and dump them into the cooking equipment. Usually this is either a slow cooker, a stock pot or an Instant Pot. A Freezer Dump Dinner is a meal that is gathered ahead of time and frozen. When you want to cook it, you defrost in the refrigerator overnight and then dump the meal in the cooking vessel when ready to cook!

For this recipe, it will work either way. Gather all off the ingredients for the Instant Pot Chicken Fajitas and either prepare one (or more) batches ahead of time and freeze, or gather up all the ingredients and cook immediately in the Instant Pot.

Ingredients Needed

A Note about the Amount of Liquid

Typically, Instant Pot recipes require a minimum of 1/2 a cup of liquid to work. This recipe doesn’t require any added liquid, minus lime juice. We originally started testing this with 1/2 cup of added liquid and the Instant Pot Chicken Fajitas quickly turned into soup, so we kept testing less and less liquid until we discovered that there was no added liquid needed because the peppers, onions and chicken release so much. We’ve tested this in 3 different types of Instant Pots, including an Instant Pot that has the “burn notification” ability. We never ran into a problem of there not being enough liquid released before the dish came up to pressure, and nothing ever burned.

If you are really concerned, you can add in liquid, but it will result in more of a soup than fajitas.

Why We’re All About Good Quality Chicken

I am so happy to partner again with my friends at Farmer Focus to bring you today’s easy Instant Pot chicken recipe! Farmer Focus has been my go-to, trusted chicken for years now, because they pride themselves in producing the highest quality meat grown on family-owned farms. I love being able to grab up a package of Farmer Focus chicken at the grocery store and not having to question whether it is truly coming from meat raised in a humane way.

Farmer Focus is building partnerships with growers through their innovative Farmer Focus Business Model

Farmer Focus is a company that supports their farmer partners and that is working hard to do things right and truly raise and produce the highest quality chicken! Every Farmer Focus product includes a 4-letter farm I.D. that traces your chicken to the farm that raised it. Buying meat from Farmer Focus also gives me peace of mind that I am supporting hard working family farmers.

Farmer Focus chickens are humanely raised and fed a diet free from animal byproducts, pesticides, and antibiotics. On their website you can see where all of the farms are located, so you know just where your chicken was raised! How awesome is that?!

You can also use their easy store locator to find where you can get this amazing quality chicken near you.

Instant pot chicken fajita on a plate.Fajita Toppings

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Instant Pot Chicken Fajitas

Switch up taco night and make Instant Pot Chicken Fajitas your new go-to easy weeknight dinner. Simple to prepare by adding sliced chicken, peppers and onions to your pressure cooker and then cooked with the push of a button. It can even be optionally prepared ahead of time and stored in the freezer (hello "dump" dinners). Serve with all your favorite fajita fixin's!


Yield 4
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 26 minutes
Recipe Type: Dinner
Cuisine Gluten-free
Difficulty: Easy
Author: Lexi's Clean Kitchen
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Ingredients

Directions

  1. Add chicken, peppers, onion, chili powder, salt, pepper, paprika, cumin, cayenne and lime juice to the Instant Pot and mix together. Place the tomato paste on top without stirring. Cover and set the steam valve to sealing. Cook on manual high pressure for 6 minutes, then manually release the pressure.
  2. Stir together the chicken and serve immediately with tortillas and desired toppings.

Recipe Notes

  1. To make it a dump freezer meal prep: Gather your ingredients and place everything in a gallon sized freezer bag and seal tightly. Storage flat in the freezer. To defrost, place in the refrigerator the night before and cook according to instructions.

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Instant Pot Chicken Fajitas

This might be a recipe for a Classic Macaroni Salad, but that doesn’t mean it has to be boring! This dish is a staple at picnics and potlucks and for good reason–it’s delicious! Serve it for a crowd, or pair it with protein for a cool, summer dinner.

Bowl of classic macaroni saladClassic Macaroni Salad Recipe

This site is no stranger to pasta salads, having previously made a BLT Pasta Salad, Caprese Pesto Pasta Salad, and Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad. But we realized as summer rolled on in that we were missing the beloved deli style pasta salad! This refreshing Classic Macaroni Salad may look simple, but it’s bright, with crunchy veggies and perfect for any summertime gathering. This creamy pasta salad looks like the same version you can buy in a deli, but obviously OH SO DELICIOUS because it’s homemade with fresh ingredients.

Want to know the best part about this pasta salad? It is a make-ahead dish! So make it a day before that party you’re bringing it to, or combine it with some protein like tuna, hard boiled eggs or shredded chicken and prep yourself lunch for a few days.

Ingredients for classic all American macaroni saladIngredients for our Classic Macaroni Salad

We admit, using the word classic can be touchy because everybody can have their own version of what makes something classic. But we decided on a version that’s creamy and bright (thanks to a hefty addition of apple cider vinegar), with lots of crunchy fresh vegetables and just the right amount of sweetness that brings the whole thing all together.

How to make macaroni salad

Here’s what’s in it:

Easy macaroni salad in a bowl

Proteins to Pair to Make it a Meal

This is the perfect side dish to pair with just about any grilled main dish, but it would also make a great summer dinner or lunch meal prep. Pair it with a protein to make it a but more substantial:

Best classic macaroni salad recipe

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Classic Macaroni Salad

This might be a recipe for a Classic Macaroni Salad, but that doesn't mean it has to be boring! This dish is a staple at picnics and potlucks and for good reason--it's delicious! Serve it for a crowd, or pair it with protein for a cool, summer dinner.


Yield 6 as a side
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Recipe Type: Side dish
Cuisine Gluten-free, Vegetarian
Difficulty: Easy
Author: Lexi's Clean Kitchen
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Ingredients

Directions

  1. Cook pasta according to package instructions. Rinse well under cool water and drain.
  2. Meanwhile in a large bowl whisk together mayo, apple cider vinegar, honey, dijon mustard and salt and black pepper.
  3. To the bowl add the cooked pasta, celery, red pepper, carrots and red onion and mix well. Taste and adjust seasoning.
  4. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to use. Pasta salad will keep up to 4 days.

Recipe Notes

  1. Don’t need to be gluten-free? Use whatever pasta you’d like!
  2. We tested this with a few different types of gluten-free pasta. Brown rice pasta is slightly hard when cold, while other brands that contained white rice flour, corn flour or soy flour stayed soft when cold. We’d recommend if you want to use brown rice pasta not making it ahead of time to keep it the correct consistency.

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