2-Ingredient Strawberry Fruit Leather

This homemade Strawberry Fruit Leather recipe is a little bit like magic. You place place pureed strawberries with a touch of honey into the oven, close the door and then a few hours later you have a healthy and fruity snack reminiscent of the store-bought version, but so much more delicious and good-for-you.

Strawberry fruit leather rolled up like a fruit rollupStrawberry Fruit Leather Recipe

If you think this fresh Strawberry Fruit Leather recipe looks beautiful, just wait until you taste it! This homemade strawberry fruit rollup copy cat is packed with strawberry flavor and actually super simple to make. It will be loved by both kids and adults alike. It requires only 2 ingredients: fresh strawberries and a touch of honey. You can even skip out on the honey if your strawberries are very ripe and sweet. This is made in the oven, instead of a dehydrator so no special equipment is needed.

So how do you make it? Basically you are just drying out the strawberries in the oven! It’s almost all hands-off cooking. The hardest part about making this fruit leather is that you’ll have to plan a time to be home to have it go in the oven! This recipe requires a baking time of between 6 and 8 hours depending on the temperature of your oven. You’ll also need to make sure your oven temperature can go as low as 175ºF. 

Making strawberry fruit leather recipeHow to Make Strawberry Fruit Leather

To make the fruit leather you’re first going to prepare the strawberries. Make sure the berries have no signs of mold and actually taste good! Next you’ll puree them, add in a touch of honey and then boil them on the stove to kill off any potential harmful bacteria.

After that you’ll spread the mixture on a baking sheet that is lined with ideally, a silicone baking mat. In a pinch parchment paper will work, as well. Make sure to spread the mixture evenly on the baking sheet. If you spread the middle too thick in the middle it won’t cook fast enough and the edges might overcook and become brittle.

Homemade fruit leather with strawberries

The fruit leather will take about 6-7 hours to dry at an oven temperature of 170º. You’ll know it’s dry because the fruit leather changes colors and becomes darker when all of the moisture has evaporated. If you still aren’t sure whether it is done, you can lightly touch the strawberry mixture to see if it’s dry. If it’s still a bit wet let it go for an hour more at a time. It should take no longer than 8 hours.

Once it’s done cooking, let it sit at room temperate to cool completely and soften up. We like to let it sit for about 3-6 hours.

How to cut it up and store it.

Next you’ll place the whole mixture on a piece of parchment paper, roll it up and cut it into serving sizes. It will keep at room temperature for a few days, or in the freezer for up to 1 month.

Cutting strawberry leather into strips with scissors

Tips for Successfully Making it

  1. Use the correct size sheet pan. When we say sheet pan we are referring to the rimmed half sheet pan which is 18″ by 13″. The size of the sheet pan matters because you want to make sure this is spread to the correct consistency.
  2. Take care to spread the mixture evenly. If it is too thick in the middle and thin on the edges, the edges will burn before the middle has cooked through.
  3. The fruit leather will change color when it’s dehydrated enough. Instead of sticking your finger in the mixture prematurely and causing a hole in it (we may have done this a few times) look to check on the color of the fruit leather first. If it has darkened in color throughout, it is likely done and then you can double check by touching it to see if it’s dry. If the middle is a slightly brighter red color than you can assume it’s still uncooked in the middle and you should place it back in the oven to continue to dry.

How to Cut it up

Lay a sheet of parchment on top of the fruit leather. Invert the leather and gently peel off the mat. Roll up the entire sheet of fruit leather starting from the short side and then cut the leather with kitchen shears into 1” strips, or as desired. Store in an airtight container for a few days, or in the freezer for up to 1 month.

Strawberry fruit leather recipe on sheet pan

If you like this home fruit snack recipe, check out these others:

Strawberry Fruit Leather

Prep Time 00:10 Cook Time 08:00 Total Time 08:10 Serves 12

Ingredients

  • 2 quarts strawberries, washed and hulled and halved
  • ¼ cup honey (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 170º degrees F, and position a baking rack to the center of the oven. Line a rimmed 18” x 13” sheet pan with a silicone baking mat, or silpat.
  2. Place strawberries in a blender and puree until smooth.
  3. Pour strawberry puree into a large pot on the stove and add honey (if using) and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Pour puree into the center of the prepared sheet pan and using a spatula spread the puree evenly almost to the edges of the baking mat.
  5. Bake in the oven for 6 hours, or until the fruit puree is completely dry to the touch. Let cool completely.
  6. Lay a sheet of parchment on top of the fruit leather. Invert the leather and gently peel off the mat. Roll up the entire sheet of fruit leather starting from the short side and then cut the leather with kitchen shears into 1” strips, or as desired.
  7. Store in an airtight container for a few days, or in the freezer for up to 1 month.

Recipe Notes

  1. Use the correct size sheet pan. When we say sheet pan we are referring to the rimmed half sheet pan which is 18″ by 13″. The size of the sheet pan matters because you want to make sure this is spread to the correct consistency.
  2. Take care to spread the mixture evenly. If it is too thick in the middle and thin on the edges, the edges will burn before the middle has cooked through.
  3. The fruit leather will change color when it’s dehydrated enough. Instead of sticking your finger in the mixture prematurely and causing a hole in it (we may have done this a few times) look to check on the color of the fruit leather first. If it has darkened in color throughout, it is likely done and then you can double check by touching it to see if it’s dry. If the middle is a slightly brighter red color than you can assume it’s still uncooked in the middle and you should place it back in the oven to continue to dry.
Loading nutrition data...
There may be affiliate links in this post! By clicking on them, or purchasing recommended items I may receive a small compensation, at no cost to you! However, I only recommend products I absolutely love and use in my own home! Thank you for supporting Lexi's Clean Kitchen when you shop! See my privacy policy for more information about this, the information we save, and more!

Travel Friendly Store-Bought Clean Eating Snacks

No matter where your travels are taking you this summer, you most definitely don’t want to get caught hungry and in search of healthy cleaner snack options. After all, nothing kills a good mood or positive attitude quite like a snack craving! Homemade treats tend to be cleaner, but I understand that making your own isn’t always possible in the rush of getting ready for a trip, so I’ve compiled 15 of my favorite travel-friendly clean eating snacks that are available for purchase. They’re all tasty, portable, relatively healthy, and kid-approved. Safe travels! 

clean snacks for vacation in a bagStore-Bought Portable Clean Eating Snacks

For better (and healthy) travel treats. 

Here are 15 clean eating snacks to shop before your next trip: 

1. RXBARs: There are a lot of protein bars out there, but these are some of my favorite to recommend (they were even in our wedding hotel welcome bags!). They come in delicious flavors from Chocolate Cherry and Blueberry to Chocolate Sea Salt and Mango Pineapple (and that’s just the start!)… and if you’re looking for something a little extra kid-friendly, there are four RXBAR varieties targeted especially for littles. This company is open about their ingredients, which include simple, clean items like egg whites, dates, and almonds. Throw a few of these in your tote for plenty of protein on the go. 

2. Meat Sticks: While we’re talking protein, we’ve gotta talk about meat sticks. There are few sources of protein better than lean dried meat, and there are few things that can serve you better while you’re traveling than protein! There are plenty of brands and varieties out there producing meat sticks for you to try, but The New Primal, Chomps, Epic Bars are three of my faves. 

3. Simple Mills Crackers: The Simple Mills company prides themselves on providing consumers with “nothing artificial, ever” — and if you’ve been hanging around here for a while, you know that’s a motto that I can get behind. Every Simple Mills product is gluten-free, grain-free, soy-free, non-GMO, and paleo friendly, including their wide variety of cracker options. Choose from Fine Ground Sea Salt Almond Flour crackers (perfect with a bowl of classic chicken soup FYI), Farmhouse Cheddar Almond Flour crackers, Smoky BBQ Cheddar Almond Flour crackers, and more. Bring a box along for the perfect bite on a long car trip, beach day, or extended plane ride. 

4. YumEarth: I’ve given you a lot of good savory options here, but sometimes, you just need to satisfy a sweet tooth! Enter YumEarth. This company uses super simple ingredients and has eliminated commonly problematic items like eggs, fish, milk, peanuts, soy, and wheat from all of its products. They’re also certified USDA organic, non-GMO, gluten-free, and vegan across the board. What’s your favorite candy treat? Lollipops, gummy bears, licorice, fruit snacks, sours, hard candies… YumEarth has you covered!

5. Hu Kitchen Dark Chocolate: Hu Kitchen is well-known for its lack of “weird ingredients” — but it may be even better known for how good it is! Hu’s 70% house ground dark chocolate is free of refined sugar, cane sugar, sugar alcohols, and dairy, but will still fulfill your chocolate craving in a pinch. Stock your suitcase with these so you’re ready for the inevitable chocolate fixation at any moment. 

6. Freeze-Dried Cheese: If you have yet to get on the freeze-dried cheese train, allow me to extend an official invitation to jump on board! Nutristore, Moon Cheese, and Augason Farms are readily-available brands that offer different varieties of cheese based on your family’s preference. Satisfy that craving for something cheesy while in transit without risking the icky, old cheese smell.  

7. Granola: I’m pretty partial to my own granola recipes (my gluten-free version with crunchy clusters and my Cherry, Coconut, and Chocolate Granola are both delish), but if you don’t have time to DIY pre-travel, there are a few clean varieties out there that you can buy easily.

8. Plantain Chips: These little beauties are rich in Vitamins A and C, as well as potassium and high-quality fats, which makes them an extremely well-balanced snack for travel of all kinds. They also have anti-inflammatory properties and can help support your immune system, which can help you stay healthy while you’re on the move. Amazi plantain chips are clean, simple, and just good. 

9. Healthy Chips: There’s nothing like the satisfying crunch of a chip to uplevel your snack game, and thanks to companies like Siete Foods and Jackson’s Honest, you can get that crunch without feeling like you’re filling your body with excess salt and icky additives. Some of my favorite healthy chip options are Siete Brand Tortilla Chips (I love the Fuego) and Jackson’s Honest Chips. 

store bought clean snacks in a bag for travelingStore Bought Clean Snacks

10. Nut butter packets: There’s nothing like a few perfect bites of nut butter when you feel yourself getting hangry, and thanks to brands like RXBAR and Justin’s, the snack is now available in a portable pouch for easy travel. You, your friends, your kids, and your partner are all bound to approve of this on-the-go snack. It’s a real crowd pleaser! 

11. Trail Mix: Trail mix can make a great travel companion for your hungrier moments, as long as you remember that not all trail mix is created equal! Steer clear of anything with unnecessary added sugars and lots of candy pieces (though I’ll sign off on a few dark chocolate chunks and dried fruit here and there, because… yum). Nuts and seeds are really the best route if you’re trying to stick to a fairly clean eating routine while you’re on the go. I like making my own and stocking up on nuts and dried fruit from Trader Joe’s for affordability, but you can find plenty of great pre-packaged options at stores like BJ’s, Costco, Whole Foods, or online, too!

12. Crispy Chickpeas: This is another snack that I typically make in my own kitchen, but it’s also available pre-packaged from brands like Biena! Chickpeas are rich in vitamins, minerals, fiber, and protein, and when you make them crispy, they give you the perfect crunch. You’ll never crave a potato chip or cheese curl again! 

13. Simple Mills Cookies: You already know how I feel about Simple Mills crackers, and I’m an equally big fan of their cookie selection. This brand — again, gluten-free, grain-free, soy-free, non-GMO, and paleo friendly — has quite a selection of cookies. You’ve got your crunchy cookies (Chocolate Chip, Cinnamon, Toasted Pecan) and your soft-baked cookies (a chewier take on Chocolate Chip, Snickerdoodle, Peanut Butter, and Dark Chocolate Toasted Coconut). The gang’s all here, and ready to tag along with your family no matter where your travels take you. 

healthy clean snack ideas for travel

14. Emmy’s Organics Coconut Cookies: While we’re on the subject of cookies, I’d also like to recommend the Emmy’s Organics brand. Their coconut cookies and chocolate-covered coconut cookie bites are ideal when you want a taste of something decadent, but don’t want to get too off-track with your clean eating. Emmy’s Organic uses non-GMO, organic, and gluten-free ingredients. 

15. Freeze-Dried Apple Chips: Get all the health benefits of apples in an easier-to-transport form with freeze-dried apple chips from Whole Foods 365 Brand or online (make sure the only ingredient is apples!). I guarantee that these will be especially popular with your kiddos! 

P.S. Don’t forget some fresh fruit that won’t go bad super easily, and can hang out of the fridge  like apples, oranges, and bananas.

What are your cleaner go-to travel snacks?

How to Make Maple Kettle Corn

If you’ve ever wondered How to Make Maple Kettle Corn we’re giving away all the details on how to make it at home, in under 10 minutes using just three ingredients! It’s so much better than anything you’ve ever purchased and will be your new favorite go-to treat. It’s whole grain and made without any refined sugars.

How to make kettle corn with maple syrupHow to Make Maple Kettle Corn

How good is that caramel-y kettle corn you buy at fairs, or in a bag at the grocery store? It’s crunchy, sweet and full-on addicting. Well this homemade kettle corn is SO MUCH BETTER, we promise! And it’s super easy to make! Using only three ingredients, 1 pan and 10 minutes of your time, you’re going to want to whip up this maple kettle corn recipe anytime you need a quick treat! If you’re looking for savory or plain popcorn, check out this post!

Maple syrup popcorn

A word on what popcorn to buy

We don’t always recommend buying organic everything, but corn crops in this country are often sprayed with harmful chemicals. We recommend buying an organic brand (and non-GMO) of popcorn, and there are many, and if possible choosing an heirloom variety. These are available in a lot of stores, and also on Amazon. We like the brand Tiny but Mighty and Arrowhead Mills.

How to make homemade kettle corn

There are a few key factors to making sure you are successful at making homemade popcorn:

  1. Use a heavy bottom pan. A heavy pan conducts heat evenly and will ensure all the kernels will pop and that you won’t burn any popcorn.
  2. Don’t skimp on the oil! This recipe calls for 3 tablespoons coconut oil. It make seem like a lot but it is needed in order to create enough steam and heat in the pot to pop all the popcorn.
  3. Give the pan a good shake once the kernels have started rapidly popping. This ensures all the kernel pops and the maple syrup doesn’t burn. When you are shaking the pan be careful of any hot caramel escaping from the pan, it could burn you.
  4. If at any point you see smoke–not steam, immediately turn down the heat. While this never happened during testing for us, if you accidentally cook it too high and the oil burns you’ll want to start over. This will flavor the the whole batch of popcorn like burnt.
  5. Keep the pan covered until the popping starts to slow down. Then you want to leave a small space to let the steam escape so you don’t get soggy popcorn.
  6. Pour the kettle corn on a parchment lined sheet pan to cool. Once it’s cool it will be nice and crunchy.
  7. Store in an air tight container for 2-3 days (it likely won’t last that long!)

Clean eating kettle corn

If you like this How to recipe, check out these others:


How to Make Maple Kettle Corn

Prep Time 00:00 Cook Time 00:06 Inactive Time 00:00 Total Time 00:06 Serves 4

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Heat a heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat. Add the oil and two popcorn kernels and cover the pot.
  2. Once the popcorn has popped the oil is ready. Add the remaining popcorn kernels and return the cover. Remove the pot from the heat for 30 seconds. This ensures the oil doesn't overheat.
  3. Return the pan to heat. Give the pan a shake every few seconds as you wait for the popcorn to start popping. Once it starts popping, quickly add the maple syrup and salt and stir rapidly. Cover and give it a good shake every few seconds.
  4. Once the popping has slowed down, and let the steam vent by moving the cover on the pan slightly.
  5. Once all the popping has stopped, pour onto a large bowl parchment lined sheet pan and let cool.
  6. Serve once cool or store in an airtight container.
Loading nutrition data...
There may be affiliate links in this post! By clicking on them, or purchasing recommended items I may receive a small compensation, at no cost to you! However, I only recommend products I absolutely love and use in my own home! Thank you for supporting Lexi's Clean Kitchen when you shop! See my privacy policy for more information about this, the information we save, and more!

How to Make Stovetop Popcorn

Homemade popcorn is a thousand times better than any alternative and is really simple to make. We’re talking all about the magic of how to make stovetop popcorn at home (without any fancy equipment) that you can customize to your taste.

How do you make popcornHow to Make Stovetop Popcorn

If you’ve never made popcorn at home before, it may feel a little intimidating. Sure it’s easy to buy it premade, or even use packets you make in the microwave but I’m sure you can already guess what we’re going to say about that: it doesn’t taste even a fraction as delicious as homemade, it likely contains ingredients that aren’t that healthy and it’s expensive!

Making it at home is so economical (even the organic heirloom popcorn is inexpensive) and OF COURSE it tastes infinitely better–plus you can customize it at home to suit your tastes with different flavoring. We also talk about how to make Maple Kettle Corn over in this post, so be sure to check that one out too. Careful though, once you learn to make it once you might find it happening everyday!

Homemade popcorn

A word on what popcorn to buy:

We don’t always recommend buying organic everything, but corn crops in this country are often sprayed with harmful chemicals. With that said, we recommend buying an organic (and non-GMO) brand of popcorn, and there are many, and if possible choosing an heirloom variety. These are available in a lot of stores, and also on Amazon. We like the brand Tiny but Mighty or Arrowhead Mills.

What you need to make homemade popcorn:

  • Popcorn Kernels
  • Coconut Oil or Avocado Oil
  • A heavy bottomed pan with a tight fitting lid

Popcorn recipes

Tips for Making Homemade Popcorn

There are a few key factors to making sure you are successful at making homemade popcorn:

  1. Use a heavy bottom pan. A heavy pan conducts heat evenly and will ensure all the kernels will pop and that you won’t burn any popcorn.
  2. Don’t skimp on the oil! This recipe calls for 3 tablespoons coconut oil. It make seem like a lot but it is needed in order to create enough steam and heat in the pot to pop all the popcorn.
  3. Give the pan a good shake once the kernels have started rapidly popping. This ensures all the kernel pops.
  4. If at any point you see smoke–not steam, immediately turn down the heat. While this never happened during testing for us, if you accidentally cook it too high and the oil burns you’ll want to start over. This will flavor the the whole batch of popcorn like burnt.
  5. Keep the pan covered until the popping starts to slow down. Then you want to leave a small space to let the steam escape so you don’t get soggy popcorn.
  6. Season the popcorn after it’s cooked! Place it in a large bowl and immediately add the seasoning to the popcorn while it’s still hot.
  7. It’s best consumed while fresh.

Popcorn recipes

Toppings for Homemade Popcorn

  • Salt (under salted popcorn tastes bland)
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • Butter or ghee
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Spices (garlic powder, chili powder, chipotle powder, cumin, celery salt, oregano, curry powder, cayenne)
  • Nutritional yeast
  • Grated parmesan
  • Truffle oil
  • Balsamic vinegar or white vinegar
  • Lime or lemon zest
  • Make it sweet: check out this post

How to make popcorn from corn

If you like this How To recipe, check out these others:


How to Make Stovetop Popcorn

Total Time 0:00

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup popcorn kernels
  • melted butter and salt, for serving (optional)

Directions

  1. Heat a heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat. Add the oil and two popcorn kernels and cover the pot.
  2. Once the popcorn has popped the oil is ready. Add the remaining popcorn kernels and return the cover. Remove the pot from the heat for 30 seconds. This ensures the oil doesn't overheat.
  3. Return the pan to heat. Give the pan a shake every few seconds as you wait for the popcorn to start popping. Once it starts to pop rapidly give the pan a good shake to make sure the kernels pop evenly.
  4. Once the popping has slowed down, and let the steam vent by moving the cover on the pan slightly.
  5. Once all the popping has stopped, pour into a large bowl.
  6. Add toppings while hot and toss until it coats the popcorn evenly.
  7. Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

  1. You can use another oil such as avocado oil.
  2. If at any point you smell smoke, or you see smoke (not steam) shut off the heat. You will have to start over as the oil and kernels have burned and the smell will permeate the popcorn.
Loading nutrition data...
There may be affiliate links in this post! By clicking on them, or purchasing recommended items I may receive a small compensation, at no cost to you! However, I only recommend products I absolutely love and use in my own home! Thank you for supporting Lexi's Clean Kitchen when you shop! See my privacy policy for more information about this, the information we save, and more!

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!

Healthy Game Day Recipes #football #superbowl #glutenfree #paleo Healthy Game Day Recipes


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)

Enjoy!!

50 Back To School Gluten-Free Lunches, Dinners, and Snacks

Fifty healthy, delicious, and simple recipes that are perfect for this busy time of year! From easy packable lunches, perfect mid-day snacks, to simple and healthy make-ahead dinners! With back-to-school approaching (where have you gone, Summer?), this round-up will ease you into the school year with the ultimate kid-friendly (adult-friendly, too) recipes to make your life easier!

50 Back To School Easy Lunches, Dinners, and Snacks That Are Gluten-Free - Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Packable Lunches

Sweet Potato Tuna Melts from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (dairy-free if omit cheese, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, paleo-friendly, whole30 compliant if omit cheese)

Loaded Egg-Salad from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (dairy-free, gluten-free, nut-free, paleo-friendly, whole30 compliant)

Caprese Pesto Pasta from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (30 minutes or less, egg-free, gluten-free)

Copycat Chipotle Chicken Burrito Bowls from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, paleo-friendly, whole30 compliant)

The Ultimate Paleo Sandwich Rolls From Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (*Make a paleo-friendly sandwich out of them*, 30 minutes or less, dairy-free, gluten-free)

Hardboiled Eggs, Chicken Apple Sausage, Cherry Tomatoes, and Grapes from Nom Nom Paleo (dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, paleo-friendly, whole30 compliant)

Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (30 minutes or less, dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free)

Mini Deep Dish Pizzas from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (30 minutes or less, dairy-free paleo-friendly)

Anti-Pasto Lunch Box from Super Healthy Kids (Substitute the whole what buns for my Everything Bagel Cauliflower Rolls to make this paleo friendly!)

Simple Lemony Tuna Salad Packable Lunch from Eating Bird Food (Dairy-free, 30 minutes or less, Whole30 compliant)

Raw Tacos with Spicy Zucchini Salsa and Creamy Cilantro Sauce from Gourmande in the Kitchen (Gluten-free, paleo-friendly, dairy-free)

Mason Jar Zucchini Lasagna from Food Faith Fitness (Grain-free, gluten-free, and low-carb)

Meal Prep Cilantro Lime Chicken With Cauliflower Rice from Fit Foodie Finds (Paleo-friendly, grain-free, gluten-free)

Peanut Noodle Salad In a Jar from Eating Bird Food (Paleo-friendly options, dairy-free, low-carb)

Tropical Sriracha Chicken Salad from The Healthy Maven (Paleo-friendly, grain-free, dairy-free)

Honey BBQ Baked Salmon Bowls from Cotter Crunch (30 minutes or less, gluten-free, dairy-free)

Honey Mustard Chicken Chopped Salad from How Sweet It Is (gluten-free, omit the cheese to make this dairy-free, low-carb)

Sweet Potato Noodles with Chicken and Tomato Basil Sauce from Inspiralized (Gluten-free, grain-free, egg-free, and dairy free if you omit the cheese)

Chicken Salad on Celery Sticks from Super Healthy Kids (Grain-free, gluten-free, and low-carb. Omit the Greek yogurt to make this paleo-friendly and dairy-free)

Paleo Pinwheels from Fed and Fit (whole30 compliant, grain-free, dairy-free, paleo-friendly)

 

Weeknight Dinners

30-Minute Loaded Taco Skillet from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (whole30 compliant if omit cheese, dairy-free if omit cheese, egg-free, gluten-free, paleo-friendly)

30-Minute Thai Basil Turkey Bowls from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (whole30 compliant, dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, paleo-friendly)

Sausage and Spring Vegetable Pasta Salad from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (30 minutes or less, gluten-free, nut-free, paleo-friendly)

Pizza Stuffed Peppers from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (gluten-free, nut-free, paleo-friendly)

Loaded Turkey Meatballs from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (30 Minutes or less, dairy-free, vegetarian, paleo-friendly)

Eggplant Meatballs from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (30 Minutes or less, dairy-free, vegetarian, paleo-friendly)

Zesty Chicken Bites from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo-friendly)

Sheet Pan Buffalo Chicken & Veggies from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (whole30 compliant, gluten-free paleo-friendly, dairy-free)

Cauliflower Baked Ziti from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen via Detoxinista’s cookbook No Excuses Detox (gluten-free, vegetarian, nut-free)

Eggplant Pizza (with VIDEO) from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (paleo-friendly, grain-free, gluten-free)

Classic Chicken Soup from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (whole30 compliant, dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, paleo-friendly)

Tomato Basil Soup with Grilled Cheese from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (gluten-free, nut-free, egg-free)

Chicken and Veggie Sheet Pan Dinner from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (whole30 compliant, dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free)

Eggplant Rollatini from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (gluten-free and nut-free)

Chicken Milanese from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (dairy-free, gluten-free, nut-free, paleo-friendly)

Snacks Everyone Will Love

Apple Nachos from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (30 minutes or less, paleo-friendly, vegetarian)

Mint Chip Energy Bites from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (30 minutes or less, Dairy-free, Egg-free, paleo-friendly, vegan-friendly)

Vanilla Maple Almond Sunbutter from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan, egg-free, paleo-friendly)

Healthy Eggplant Parm Bites from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (gluten-free, vegetarian, paleo-friendly)

Easy Kiwi Pops from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (30 minutes or less, dairy-free, egg free, vegan, paleo-friendly)

Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (dairy-free, gluten-free, paleo-friendly)

Trail Mix Granola Bars from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (dairy-free, egg-free, paleo-friendly)

N0-Bake & Nut-free Powerbites from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (30 minutes or less, dairy-free, egg-free, paleo-friendly, vegan)

Cherry Lemonade Smoothie from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (Dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free)

Very Berry Chocolate Protein Smoothie from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (Vegan, dairy-free, paleo friendly)

Paleo Banana Verry Berry Muffins (with VIDEO) from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (Dairy-free, gluten-free, paleo-friendly)

Smoky and Spicy Candied Cashews from PaleOMG (gluten-free, grain-free, paleo-friendly, dairy-free)

Banana Sushi from Fit Foodie Finds (30 minutes or less, grain-free, paleo-friendly, dairy-free, egg-free)

Paleo Chia Pudding with Almond Pudding Parfait from Against All Grain

Salad Roll-Up (with VIDEO) from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (30 minutes or less, dairy-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free)

Happy Eating!