Healthy Turkey Chili

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This easy-to-make Healthy Turkey Chili is perfect for a big gathering, football Sunday festivities, or for weekly meal prep option since there are tons of leftovers! With ground turkey, beans and tomatoes, it is hearty comfort food. It’s made easily in the slow cooker or Instant Pot and easily customizable by adding on all your favorite toppings. It’s gluten-free, dairy-free and Paleo friendly.

Healthy turkey chili topped with avocado, diced onions and cheese.

Healthy Turkey Chili Recipe

This is my classic go-to healthy turkey chili recipe all fall and winter long. I think I could make this recipe with my eyes closed at this point because I truly make it weekly! It is always a huge hit and it’s one of my top rated recipes for years now. We’ve given the photos an update so more of you can find this amazing recipe. It’s perfect for game day eats or even meal prep. The best part of the chili is you can customize to your liking, some days I’ll add more vegetables based on what’s in season! For a beanless turkey chili, and to make this Whole30 compliant and Paleo, simply omit the beans! And of course you get to choose the toppings to customize your dietary needs.

A ladle full of turkey chili.

Ingredients Needed

A hand sprinkling cheese on turkey chili in a bowl.

How to Make It

We’ve got options for making this for both the stove top and the pressure cooker. 

Making it in the Instant Pot is great because it builds flavor quickly without much hands on time. The chili is under pressure for 15 minutes, with a quick pressure release. However, don’t forget to account for the prep time (gathering up your ingredients and dicing some up), the saute of the veggies and the time it takes to come up to pressure. It will take at most about an hour to cook this in the Instant Pot. But it’s mostly hands-off cooking time and it adds a ton of flavor.

When I cook this on the stove top I simmer it for a long time, close to 2 hours, so it’s perfect to cook on a slow Sunday afternoon. Make sure to check back in on it, stirring occasionally and adding in more water if needed.

Chili Toppings

Cornbread with Chili?

OH yeah, if it’s your thing! Cornbread is super popular served with chili. Here is our easy recipe for cornbread and it’s a winner for sure. 

Two servings of ground turkey chili in bowls.

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Turkey Chili



Yield 6
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 15 minutes



Author: Lexi
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Ingredients

Directions

  1. In a soup pot, heat the oil over medium heat and sauté the garlic, onions, peppers, carrots, celery, and sweet potato, if using, for 5 to 7 minutes, until soft.
  2. Add the meat to the pot and cook until browned, stirring often to break up the meat.
  3. Once the meat is browned, add the water, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce and paste, salt, and all of the spices. Mix well to combine. If you are adding the beans and jalapeño, do so here.
  4. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat and let simmer, uncovered, until the chili is nice and thick, about 3 hours. Add additional water during this time if you want your chili more souplike. Towards the end of the cooking time, taste and adjust spices as desired. Add additional cayenne for an extra kick, and more salt and pepper as needed.
  5. Serve garnished with your favorite chili toppings, if desired. Mine are listed above.
  6. Store in refrigerator for 1 week or store in the freezer.


Recipe Notes

  • *Omit beans to make this Whole30 compliant and paleo-friendly
  • How to Make Chili in the Instant Pot
    • Using the sauté function, sauté the veggies until soft.
    • Add meat and cook until brown.
    • Add in the spices, tomatoes, and water (reduce water to 1 cup)
    • Lock the lid and cook under manual -> high pressure for 15 minutes.
    • Turn the knob to venting and release the pressure manually or let the pressure naturally come down.
    • Open and taste the chili! Add beans here if adding. Adjust the seasoning if necessary.
    • Notes:
      • If you added too much water, use the sauté function for a few minutes to reduce the water down!

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Healthy Turkey Chili

Nothing tastes better than fresh homemade salsa! This restaurant style salsa is SO easy to make, much less expensive than buying it in the store and customizable to suit your exact tastes. Get this BEST EVER salsa recipe right now, grab your ingredients (likely already in your pantry) and serve it up with your favorite chips or tacos.

Easy Restaurant Style Salsa

Have you ever gone to a restaurant and been served salsa and chips and realize, just as your meal is coming, you aren’t hungry anymore because you’ve devoured so much of the them? Same. And same thing will happen at home with this delicious restaurant-style salsa! It’s delicious and fresh tasting (all while using mostly pantry staples) and a CINCH to put together. Seriously it takes like 5 minutes from start to finish. Serve as is, or pair with your favorite taco recipe (we’ve got a few you might like).

Ingredients Needed for Salsa

How to Make Salsa in a Blender

This explanation is going to be short and sweet because all you need to do to make restaurant style salsa in the blender is place all of the ingredients in the blender and give it a few pulses! That’s it. Depending on what type of blender to use, just start off with two pulses and then check to see the consistency. Keep pulsing with the blender until it is the right consistency for you. I found 3 pulses were enough to blend my salsa! This can also be done in a food processor.

Do I need to use fresh tomatoes for salsa?

NO! While you definitely can, we made a version that comes together so quickly, doesn’t require fresh tomatoes, and tastes just like the restaurant salsa you know and love!

Customize your Salsa

This recipe is pretty basic. Feel free to add in some other flavors or ingredients to customize it the way you want. Here are some ideas:

How long will homemade salsa last?

It should last for roughly one week in the fridge in a sealed container!

Serving salsa:

It goes great with so many things, like our Homemade Guacamole, 15-Minute Chicken TacosTwo-Ingredient Salsa Chicken (Instant Pot or Slow Cooker), and as dressing on our Taco Salad!

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Quick Restaurant-Style Salsa

Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Chili [vegetarian, dairy-free, paleo-friendly]| Lexi's Clean Kitchen

This easy-to-make Sweet Potato Chili is the perfect option for meatless Monday or a family-friendly weeknight dinner win. With sweet potatoes, beans and tomatoes, it is hearty vegetarian comfort food. It’s made easily in the slow cooker or Instant Pot and easily customizable by adding on all your favorite toppings.

Vegetarian chili with sweet potatoes in a bowl.Sweet Potato Chili Recipe

This is my classic go-to vegetarian chili recipe to make all fall and winter long. I call it healthy comfort food in a bowl because it’s hearty and satisfying for all of those chilly days. It is perfect for a big gathering, football Sunday festivities, or for a good weekly meal prep option since there are tons of leftovers! Make it in your slow cooker or your Instant Pot pressure cooker for easy hands-off cooking! And don’t forget about the best part about chili: all the toppings! I’ve got a list of my favorites below.

Vegetarian Chili Ingredients

Sweet potato chili in the Instant Pot.

How to Make It

We’ve got options for making this in both the slow cooker and the pressure cooker. The slow cooker is a great option for making this if you want to prepare it in the morning before leaving for work and have it ready in the evening when you return home.

Making it in the Instant Pot is great because it builds flavor quickly without much hands on time. The vegetarian chili is under pressure for 5 minutes, with a 10 minute pressure release. However, don’t forget to account for the prep time (gathering up your ingredients and dicing some up), the saute of the veggies and the time it takes to come up to pressure. It will take at most about an hour to cook this in the Instant Pot. But it’s mostly hands-off cooking time and it adds a ton of flavor.

To Make on the Stove Top

We didn’t include instructions for cooking this on the stove top in the recipe, but you could. To make on the stove top:

  1. Heat the oil in a dutch oven. Once hot add peppers, celery, onion and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until very softened, about 10 minutes. 
  2. Add the sweet potatoes, beans, broth, all spices, tomato sauce and diced tomatoes and stir together. Bring up to a boil and then reduce heat to simmer.
  3. Cook until the sauce has thickened and the sweet potatoes are cooked through.
  4. Serve with desired garnishes.

Chili Toppings

Bowl of sweet potato chili.

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Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Chili



Prep Time 10 min
Cook Time 8 hr
Total Time 8 hours 10 minutes



Author: Lexi
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Ingredients

Directions

  1. Place chopped vegetables into the crock-pot
  2. Add in beans, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, water, and spices
  3. Mix well to combine
  4. Set on low for 8 hours
  5. After 7 hours, taste and adjust spices to your liking (i.e. add additional salt, cayenne, or red pepper flakes)

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Sweet Potato Chili

With all the classic flavor of a taco, this easy-to-make soup is a family-friendly weeknight dinner win. Customize your soup by adding on all your favorite toppings! It’s made in about 30 minutes, and is also gluten-free, Paleo and Whole30 friendly.

Taco Soup Recipe

Taco Soup Recipe

Taco night can’t come easier when traditional ground beef tacos are turned into taco soup! This easy and healthy Taco soup recipe is most definitely going to be a crowd favorite. It’s delicious, so customizable and best of all easy-breezy to make! We take the classic flavor of a ground beef taco, plus a few hidden veggies, seasoned it and quickly cook it all together. Top it with your favorite taco toppings and dinner is ready in just about 30 minutes. This also works equally as well for lunch meal prep for the week!

Taco soup in a ladle.

Ingredients Needed

Customize it with your favorite taco toppings. We love to top it with fresh tomato, pickled jalepeno, tortilla chips, cheese and avocado!

How to Make Taco Soup

This soup is pretty simple to make as-is on the stove top. We chose not to give Instant Pot directions because likely it would take the same amount of time because of the time it takes for the Instant Pot to heat up. 

  1. Cook ground beef and cook until no pink remains. Add onion, pepper and garlic and cook until beginning to soften. Add in zucchini and all spices and stir together and cook until the spices are fragrant.
  2. Add in remaining ingredients and bring to a boil then reduce heat and let simmer for 15 minutes or until the zucchini is tender.
  3. Taste and adjust spices as desired. Top with optional garnishes!

Easy taco soup recipe.

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Easy Taco Soup

Hearty, warm and inviting, this Instant Pot Lentil Soup is the absolute perfect winter meal. This vegetarian soup is flavored with tomatoes, fresh herbs and a hint of spice that make this soup not only feel-good-food but just plain delicious. It’s made easily in the Instant Pot (or in your Slow Cooker) for a hands-off meal destined to make whoever it is served so happy.

vegetarian Instant Pot lentil soup in a bowlInstant Pot Lentil Soup

When the weather is chilly outside, and your body just needs to feel warmed from the inside out, this Lentil Soup is JUST what you need. This hearty soup is packed with lentils, veggies, fresh herbs and spices. It has a deep flavor but is pretty simple to make, especially since we’re using the Instant Pot! But don’t worry, we’ve included instructions for the slow cooker as well. This vegan soup is pure comfort food in a bowl.

Ingredients Needed

Instant pot lentil soup being partially pureed with a hand blender

How to Make Lentil Soup in the Instant Pot

We love being able to make this in the Instant Pot! It truly makes this an easy one pot meal that you don’t have to worry about checking on!

Instant Pot Directions:

  1. Cook the onion, carrots, celery using the saute mode until very softened.
  2. Add the garlic, salt, pepper, paprika and coconut aminos and toast for 1 minute. Add in the tomatoes, lentils, broth. Tie the thyme sprigs and bay leaves together with kitchen twine (so they can easily be removed later) then add to the Instant Pot.
  3. Cover and set the steam valve to sealing. Cook on manual high pressure for 10 minutes. Once the timer has gone off, allow the pressure to release for 15 minutes, and then release any remaining pressure.
  4. Open the lid and remove thyme and bay leaf. If desired, puree 1 cup of the soup to create a thicker texture. Stir in the apple cider vinegar, and season to taste with salt and pepper.

Slow Cooker Instructions

Don’t have an Instant Pot? This works well in the slow cooker as well!

  1. Create an herb bundle by tying up the fresh herb with butchers twine so it can easily be removed from the soup.
  2. Place the herb bundle and all ingredients except the apple cider vinegar inside a large slow cooker.
  3. Cook on low for 8 hours, or until the lentils are tender. 
  4. Puree 1 cup of the soup to create a thicker texture, if desired. Stir in the apple cider vinegar, and season to taste with salt and pepper.

Lentil Soup made in the instant pot in a bowl

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Instant Pot Lentil Soup

Hearty, warm and inviting, this Instant Pot Lentil Soup is the perfect winter meal. This vegetarian soup is flavored with tomatoes, fresh herbs and a hint of spice that take make this soup not only good-for-you but just plain delicious. It's made easily in the Instant Pot (or Slow Cooker) for a hands-off meal destined to make whoever it's served to happy.


Yield 4-6
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Recipe Type: Dinner
Cuisine Gluten-free
Make Ahead: Easy
Author: Lexi's Clean Kitchen
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Ingredients

Directions

  1. Using the saute function on a 6 or 8 quart Instant Pot, heat the oil. Add onion, carrots, celery and cook, stirring occasionally, until very softened, about 10 minutes. 
  2. Add the garlic, salt, pepper, paprika and coconut aminos and toast for 1 minute. Add in the tomatoes, lentils, broth. Tie the thyme sprigs and bay leaves together with kitchen twine and add to the Instant Pot.
  3. Cover and set the steam valve to sealing. Cook on manual high pressure for 10 minutes. Once done, allow the pressure to release for 15 minutes, and then release any remaining pressure.
  4. Open lid, remove thyme and bay leaf. If desired, puree 1 cup of the soup to create a thicker texture. Stir in the apple cider vinegar, and season to taste with salt and pepper.

Recipe Notes

  1. See body of the post for slow cooker directions.

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Instant Pot Lentil Soup

If you love chicken parmesan, you are going to love this Instant Pot Chicken Parm Soup. This soup is made easy in the Instant Pot with our favorite chicken, a flavorful tomato broth and topped with all the classic chicken parm flavors. Made in partnership with my friends at Farmer Focus!

Chicken parmesan soupInstant Pot Chicken Parmesan Soup

This Instant Pot Chicken Parm Soup takes all the classic flavors of chicken parmesan but cooked up conveniently in soup form, without much work. It is pure comfort food in a bowl, but this version is lightened up compared to the classic. This dish starts off by cooking up chicken in a flavorful broth, quickly, in the Instant Pot. Then some pasta is cooked right in the broth, though this step is optional if you want to keep it low-carb. We then top the soup with parmesan cheese and my favorite gluten-free breadcrumb alternative: pecan breadcrumbs! I really love how special these nut breadcrumbs make the dish. They are naturally gluten-free and really give you that breadcrumb flavor, in a nutrient dense form.

Why Cooking Dinner in the Instant Pot is the Best

We could sing praises all day about about why we love the Instant Pot, especially for easy dinners! This appliance isn’t just for making quick work of typically long braised dishes like beef barbacoa or pork carnitas. It’s also great for quick weeknight dinners that don’t actually require much hands-on cooking. This Instant Pot Chicken Parm soup is great for all of that. The recipe doesn’t require very much prep work aside from gathering some ingredients. All that means an easy delicious meal without much effort.

Ingredients for chicken Parm soupChicken Parm Soup Ingredients

A Note about Cooking Pasta in Soup

We call for cooking the pasta directly inside the tomato broth for this soup. But a word of caution, only do this if you plan to consume immediately. As with any soup recipe, if you cook the pasta directly in the soup, the longer it sits the more broth the pasta will soak up. Eventually the pasta will become water logged if stored, and can disintegrate. So if you want to make this soup as a make-ahead lunch or dinner, cook the pasta and store the pasta separately and only add it when you are ready to eat.

Instant pot chicken parm soup with a ladleWhy we Choose Farmer Focus to Raise the Chicken We Buy

I am so happy to continue my partnership 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.

Sprinkling Parm on chicken Parm soupSwaps for this Chicken Parmesan Soup

Want to make this dairy-free? Simply leave out the cheese on the top! Of course, part of the flavor profile on chicken Parm, is well, the Parm! But this soup is flavorful enough that it won’t be missed too much.

Want to make this nut-free? Go ahead and leave out the pecan breadcrumbs. If you wanted to substitute them with regular or gluten-free breadcrumbs, that works too!

Don’t have an Instant Pot?

You can make this soup in the stove top too!

  1. Heat oil in a dutch oven over medium heat. Once hot, add onion and garlic and cook until beginning to soften, about 5 minutes. Add in tomato paste, oregano, salt and pepper and cook for 30 seconds. Add in diced tomato, chicken breasts and broth and stir together. Lower heat and simmer until the chicken is cooked through and tender, about 30 minutes. Remove chicken, dice and set aside
  2. Add in 1 cup of water and bring the broth to a boil. Once boiling, add the pasta and cook according to package instructions.
  3. Meanwhile, toast the breadcrumbs: Heat oil in a small pan over medium heat. Add pecans, italian seasoning and garlic powder. Cook stirring occasionally until the pecans smell toasted, about 3-5 minutes.
  4. Once the pasta has finished cooking, place the diced chicken back in the pot. If needed, add remaining cup of water to thin out the soup.
  5. Serve the soup with a garnish of parmesan cheese, “breadcrumbs” and parsley.

Chicken Parmesan soup in a bowl

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Instant Pot Chicken Parm Soup

If you love chicken parmesan, you are going to love this Instant Pot Chicken Parm Soup. This soup is made easy in the Instant Pot with our favorite chicken, a flavorful tomato broth and topped with all the classic chicken parm flavors. Made in partnership with my friends at Farmer Focus!


Yields 4
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Recipe Type: Dinner
Cuisine Gluten-free
Make Ahead: Easy
Author: Lexi's Clean Kitchen
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Ingredients

For Soup:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • 1-½ teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-28 ounce can diced tomato
  • 1-½ pounds Farmer Focus boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup water, or more if needed
  • 4 ounces penne pasta
  • Parmesan cheese, for garnish
  • Parsley, for garnish

For Pecan “Breadcrumbs”:

Directions

  1. Press the saute function in a 6 or 8 quart Instant Pot and add olive oil. Once hot, add onion and garlic and cook until beginning to soften, about 5 minutes. Add in tomato paste, oregano, salt and pepper and cook for 30 seconds. Add in diced tomato, chicken breasts and broth and stir together. Shut off the saute function.
  2. Close the lid and set the pressure-release valve to sealing. Cook soup on manual high pressure for 9 minutes with a quick release. Remove chicken, dice to bite-sized pieces and cover to keep warm while the pasta cooks.
  3. Press the saute function on the Instant Pot and add in 1 cup of water. Once boiling, add the pasta and cook according to package instructions.
  4. Meanwhile, toast the breadcrumbs: Heat oil in a small pan over medium heat. Add pecans, italian seasoning and garlic powder. Cook stirring occasionally until the pecans smell toasted, about 3-5 minutes.
  5. Once the pasta has finished cooking, place the diced chicken back in the pot. If needed, add remaining cup of water to thin out the soup.
  6. Serve the soup with a garnish of parmesan cheese, “breadcrumbs” and parsley.

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Instant Pot Chicken Parm Soup

This One Pan Moroccan Fish is a super flavorful and easy-to-prepare weeknight dish! It’s got a nice hint of heat and is loaded with hearty veggies! Made in under 30 minutes, this Paleo and Whole30 friendly dish is your ticket to healthy and comforting dinner.


One Pan Moroccan Fish

I love getting inspired by other cuisines. I am always impressed with the different combinations of various spices and how they come together to bring delicious warm flavors. This one pan Moroccan fish recipe is just that: it’s loaded with flavor and packed with veggies. It’s also an elegant looking dinner that nobody would guess was super easy to prepare. It takes less than 30 minutes and requires only ONE pan.

This spiced Moroccan Fish recipe is so hearty and comforting. You start off by sautéing some veggies in a pan and then keep building the flavor up from there with warms spices and tomatoes. Next, you nestle in the halibut for a quick 7 minute cook time. It is filling all on it’s own, but certainly can be served with some rice or even some light beans, like chickpeas!

How can you tell when fish is cooked through?

Fish cooks quickly and becomes more “fishy” if it’s overcooked so it’s important to cook it correctly! There are a few ways to tell when a fish is done. A fish is cooked through when it is opaque and flakey on the outside. To ensure it’s cooked through in the middle you can stick a thin butter knife into the center of the fish. If the fish gives any resistance, then it’s still needs a bit more cooking time. If the butter knife is inserted easily inside the fish without any resistance the fish is done. Remove it from the heat immediately.

Alternatively you can take the fish temperature with an instant read thermometer. Properly cooked fish can be taken off of the heat at 140ºF, and it will continue to cook for another minute or two off of the heat naturally and will bring it up to the proper temperature of 145ºF.

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One Pan Moroccan Fish



Prep Time 7 min
Cook Time 10 min
Total Time 17 minutes



Author: Lexi
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Ingredients

Directions

  • Heat oil and garlic in a pan
  • Add in zucchini, onion, carrots, and garlic and sauté until veggies are soft
  • Add in whole peeled tomatoes, paprika, turmeric, cinnamon, cayenne, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes
  • Bring to a boil then reduce and let the sauce simmer for 5 minutes
  • Spread a space slightly for the fish
  • Salt the fish lightly
  • Place fish in the sauce, cover, and let cook until the fish is opaque (about 7 or so minutes)
  • Add capers and serve!

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    Israeli Salad {low-carb, vegan option, grain-free} | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

    This one-bowl Israeli Salad is the perfect refreshing Spring and Summer side-dish! I like to make a big bowl of it and keep it in the fridge all week long! The flavors from the lemon, tomatoes, onion, and herbs go so nicely with almost anything!

    Israeli cucumber Salad recipeIsraeli Salad Recipe

    I discovered the delicious Israeli salad a number of years back on a trip to Israel and I have loved it ever since. I often forget about this simple salad, and go a long time without making it. This summer I am teaching art classes at the Jewish Community Center and have rediscovered my love for it, as they often have it in the Cafe. Now that your tomatoes are ripening, get ready to make this delicious salad all season long! Low-carb, vegan-friendly option, and so so simple to toss together!

    Israeli Salad recipeIngredients for this Israeli Salad:

    How to Make it:

    This isn’t complicated to make, but does involve some chopping! Once that’s done, place all the ingredients in a bowl and toss to coat!

    israeli chopped salad recipe

    How long will this last?

    I keep this salad for up to 5 days in the refrigerator, but it is best served within 2-3 days.

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    Israeli Salad

    This one-bowl Israeli Salad is the perfect refreshing Spring and Summer side-dish! I like to make a big bowl of it and keep it in the fridge all week long! The flavors from the lemon, tomatoes, onion, and herbs go so nicely with almost anything!


    Yield 4
    Prep Time 10 minutes
    Cook Time
    Total Time 10 minutes
    Recipe Type: Lunch, Dinner
    Cuisine Gluten-free, paleo
    Make Ahead: Easy
    Author: Lexi
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    Ingredients

    Directions

    1. Combine cucumbers, tomatoes, onion, and parsley in a medium mixing bowl.
    2. Add in lemon juice, olive oil, and spices and mix well to coat. Taste and adjust seasoning as desired.
    3. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. 

    Recipe Notes

    • *Tip: to prevent salad from getting too watery, scoop out the seeds from the tomatoes before chopping.
    • **Photos updated April, 2017

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    Israeli Salad

    This Garden Veggie Pizza with Tart Cherry Balsamic Reduction is everything you want about summer: filled with fresh veggies, simple to put together and the most flavorful drizzle thanks to tart cherries. It uses my classic gluten-free and paleo pizza crust, with a white ricotta and garlic base, and can be thrown together SO quickly! Seriously, it’s so easy to make! Topped with all your in-season veggies and you have the ultimate summer veggie pizza. Made in partnership with the Cherry Marketing Institute!

    Healthy Veggie Pizza

    Garden Veggie Pizza

    I am so excited to partner with my friends at the Cherry Marketing Institute today to bring you this Garden Veggie Pizza with Tart Cherry Balsamic Reduction recipe straight from my CSA and garden to your kitchen! U.S.-grown Montmorency tart cherries can be enjoyed year-round, and you can find them dried, frozen and in canned forms, in addition to juice and concentrate. Today, we’re using dried tart cherries AND the tart cherry juice and they totally make this pizza!! I love the tart sweetness playing off the savory garden veggies and ricotta! It is the ultimate summer pizza combination.

    White Veggie Pizza

    SO, why do I choose Montmorency tart cherries? Well, let’s get a little science-y for a second! For one, they are abundant in anthocyanins – a natural compound that contributes to the ruby-red color and distinctive sweet-tart taste. This phytonutrient, a type of flavonoid, is also behind the potential health-promoting properties of Montmorency tart cherries. From exercise recovery to sleep and heart health to inflammation, like soothing arthritis symptoms these Montmorency tart cherries have been credited with an array of health advantages! I seriously love them so much!

    Healthy Veggie Pizza Slice

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    Garden Veggie Pizza

    Just look at that cherry balsamic drizzle!!! And it’s so easy to make. This crust is no-fuss, paleo-friendly, and SO good. Seriously, I’ve tried A LOT of gluten-free pizza crusts and this one is my all-time favorite.

    Gluten Free Veggie Pizza

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    Garden Veggie Pizza with Tart Cherry Balsamic Reduction (Gluten-Free)


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      Tart Cherry Balsamic Reduction

    • 1/4 cup Montmorency tart cherry juice
    • 2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar, good quality
    • Pizza Dough

    • 1 cup tapioca flour
    • 3 tablespoon coconut flour
    • 3 tablespoon ground flax seed
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
    • 1 large egg
    • 1/3 cup palm shortening
    • 1/3 cup warm water
    • Everything Else

    • 1/3 cup whole-milk ricotta cheese (see note for dairy-free)
    • 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
    • 2 garlic cloves, grated
    • 4 chives, sliced fine
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
    • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half
    • 1/2 large zucchini, grated and squeezed in a clean kitchen towel to drain liquid
    • 1/4 cup dried tart cherries, divided
    • 2 cups arugula
    • 2 teaspoons avocado oil
    • coarse sea salt and fresh ground pepper, for serving

    Directions

    1. Pre-heat oven to 350º.
    2. Make tart cherry balsamic reduction by place juice and vinegar in a medium sauce pan and heat over medium. Bring to a boil and let cook for 2 minutes, or until the mixture has thickened slightly. You do not want to overcook this as it will turn to candy as it cools! Remove from pan and set aside in a small bowl to cool.
    3. Meanwhile make pizza dough: In a bowl combine tapioca, coconut flour, flax seed, baking powder and salt. Add in the egg and shortening and mix with a wooden spoon to combine. Add the warm water and mix until the dough is smooth.
    4. Place the dough on a piece of parchment paper. Top with another piece of parchment and using a rolling pin gently roll out the dough into a circle that is about 1/2" thick. Remove the top piece of parchment and par-bake in the pre-heated oven for 12 minutes.
    5. Make the ricotta mixture by whisking together in a bowl the ricotta, parmesan cheese, garlic, chives, and ground pepper.
    6. Top the par-baked dough with the ricotta mixture and spread to the edges, leaving 1/2" of space for the crust. Top with grated and drained zucchini, tomatoes and 2 tablespoons of the dried tart cherries.
    7. Bake for an additional 20 minutes, or until the edges of the ricotta mixture is beginning to turn a light brown (the pizza crust doesn't change much color).
    8. Take the pizza out and let cool for a few minutes before continuing on.
    9. In a small bowl combine arugula, oil and a pinch of coarse salt and gentle massage the arugula to break it down slightly.
    10. Top the pizza with the arugula, remaining tart cherries and drizzle with the tart cherry reduction. Top with coarse sea salt and ground pepper and enjoy immediately.

    Recipe Notes

    1. This is one of those ingredients that really pays off when you use a higher quality. If you have a very inexpensive balsamic vinegar you may need to reduce the cherry and balsamic glaze for longer to achieve the correct consistency.
    2. To make paleo, sub ricotta for dairy-free version and omit parmesan cheese. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt to dairy-free ricotta mixture.
    3. This serves 2, go ahead and double to make two pizzas to feed 4.

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    This post is sponsored by the Cherry Marketing Institute. All thoughts and opinions are always 100% my own! I love tart cherries and think you’ll love them too! Thank you for continuing to support LCK and the brands I work with!

     

    Garden Veggie Pizza with Tart Cherry Balsamic Reduction (Gluten-Free)

     

    A warmly spiced dish, Lubee is braised Lebanese Green Beans and Beef in a tomato sauce with cinnamon. Perfect for a cozy unique fall dinner.

    Lebanese Green Beans and Beef

    Lubee Recipe: Lebanese Green Beans And Beef

    This Middle Eastern dish from my girlfriend, Liz‘ newest Cookbook, The Ultimate Syrian Sunday Dinner, makes for such a perfect freezer-friendly comforting dish. On cold Fall and Winter nights, I want something simple, flavorful, and hearty and this dish is just that! One-pan and limited ingredients… it just doesn’t get any better than this!

    When my good friend Liz, from the food blog The Lemon Bowl, published a Food From Our Ancestors eCookbook series featuring home-style Italian family recipes, I knew I was going to be in LOVE. Her series of 4 e-books has recipes like Shrimp Scampi and Eggplant Parmesan, authentic Mexican Posole Rojo and Enchiladas Verdes, homemade Jewish Challah Bread and Beef Brisket and SO many awesome recipes from her newest book, the Ultimate Syrian Sunday Dinner Cookbook!

    Make this on a Sunday for meal prep and enjoy the leftovers all week long! This dish is also very freezer friendly. Feel free to make a big batch and freeze the leftovers for an easily re-heatable dinner for those busy days when just don’t have time to cook!

    Syrian Cookbook Cover

    This dish is featured in the Syrian Cookbook edition and will definitely not disappoint. Tender beef stewed over low heat with sweet tomatoes, cinnamon, and green beans all served over cauliflower rice with parsley and an optional dollop of yogurt… count us IN! We loved this dinner!

    Lubee: Lebanese Green Beans and Beef | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

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    Lubee Lebanese Green Beans And Beef


    Yield 4
    Prep Time 15 minutes
    Cook Time 2 hours
    Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes



    Author: Lexi
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    Ingredients

    • 2 tablespoons clarified butter
    • 1 pound chuck roast, cut into bite-sized pieces
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, divided
    • 1/2 teaspoon pepper, divided
    • 1 medium onion, diced
    • 32 ounces tomato sauce
    • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
    • 1 pound green beans, trimmed and cut in 2-inch pieces, fresh or frozen
    • minced parsley to garnish
    • rice pilaf and plain yogurt to serve

    Directions

    1.Heat clarified butter over medium-high heat in a large stockpot.
    2.Sprinkle beef cubes evenly with 1 teaspoon of the salt and 1/4 teaspoon of the pepper. Add beef and onions to the pan and cook until meat begins to brown and onions start to become translucent, about 8-10 minutes, stirring frequently.
    3.Sprinkle in remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper and cinnamon. Add tomatoes to the pot and bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for two hours or longer. (You’ll know the dish is ready when the beef is tender.)
    4.Once the meat is tender, add green beans to the pot. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to low. Simmer until beans are tender, about 45 minutes.
    5.Serve over rice pilaf and a dollop of plain yogurt. Garnish with fresh parsley.

    Recipe Notes

    *Try this in the slow cooker! In a medium skillet, sear the beef over medium-high heat until brown on all sides. Place beef in the crockpot with the rest of the ingredients. Cook on low for 8 hours. Taste and adjust seasoning as desired.


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    Lebanese Green Beans And Beef

    This Chicken Cacciatore has the best fall-of-the-bone chicken and is packed with veggies and hearty flavor! A healthier version of the classic Italian dish everyone will LOVE, that’s made quickly in your Instant Pot pressure cooker! Easy Chicken Cacciatore

    Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore

    This fall-off-the-bone chicken is hearty and flavorful, and serves a crowd or makes for delicious leftovers. The pressure cooker is one of my new favorite gadgets. Why? Because a chicken this tender and flavorful usually requires cooking low and slow, yet we made it quick!

    What do you eat chicken cacciatore with?

    Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore

    Serve it over rice, cauliflower rice, or gluten-free rice pasta for the perfect meal!

    Which instant pot to get?

    I love my 6 qt. Duo. If you’re often cooking for more than 4 people, I’d go for the 8 qt.

    What can I cook in instant pot?

    Lots of things, but let me say, not EVERYTHING. I’ve seen people wanting to make every single thing in the Instant Pot and I don’t think it works like that. It’s used for convenience. It cooks fast and definitely can cook things uniquely that you can’t get over the stovetop. With that said, it cooks food using water or other cooking liquid. Pressure is created by boiling a liquid, such as water or broth, inside the closed pressure cooker. The trapped steam increases the internal pressure and allows the temperature to rise. So since it steams, you wouldn’t want to make things like steak in your pressure cooker. Does that make sense?

    How do you use an instant pot?

    Based on what you’re cooking, add a cup or so of cooking liquid or of water to the pressure cooking pot. Lock the lid in place and make sure the valve is in the sealing/pressure cooking position. Select a pressure cooking button and let it cook! Use quick release or natural release (see below) once done, then enjoy!

    InstantPot Chicken Cacciatore over pasta

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    7 reviews

    Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore


    Yields 6
    Prep Time 10 minutes
    Cook Time 20 minutes
    Total Time 30 minutes



    Author: Lexi
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    Ingredients

    • 8 chicken legs and/or thighs
    • 2 teaspoons sea salt, use more as necessary for coating chicken and seasoning at the end
    • 2 teaspoons freshly ground pepper, use more as necessary  for coating chicken and seasoning at the end
    • 2 tablespoons avocado oil or extra-virgin olive oil
    • 1 medium onion, sliced into thin strips
    • 3 carrots, minced
    • 1 red pepper, diced medium
    • 1/2 pound mushrooms, trimmed and sliced
    • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
    • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
    • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
    • 2 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
    • 1 bay leaf
    • 1 cup chicken broth
    • 14.5 oz can Tuttorosso diced tomatoes in juice
    • 14.5 oz can Tuttorosso diced tomatoes in juice, pulsed in a food processor or blender
    • 2 tablespoons freshly parsley, plus more to garnish
    • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
    • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

    Directions

    1. Pat chicken dry and sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Set the pressure cooker to the saute setting at high heat. Add in oil. Working in batches sear chicken until golden brown, about five minutes on each side, adding more oil as necessary. The chicken should not be fully cooked at this stage but the skin should be nicely browned. Transfer chicken to a plate and set aside.
    2. Add onion, carrots, peppers, and mushrooms to the pressure cooker and saute until vegetables are soft, scrapping up browned bits, about 4 minutes. Add garlic, oregano, and red pepper flakes, and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add bay leaf, chicken broth, tomatoes, fresh thyme, fresh parsley, and balsamic vinegar. Return chicken to pressure cooker and press into tomatoes until they are mostly covered.
    3. Place lid on pressure cooker and lock in place. Cook on high pressure for 12 minutes. Release pressure using quick release valve and remove lid. Remove bay leaf. Season to taste with salt and pepper. (If a thicker sauce is desired, you can remove the chicken to a plate and simmer sauce until it is the desired thickness. Do this before seasoning to taste with salt and pepper.)
    4. Garnish with parsley and serve over rice, cauliflower rice, or gluten-free pasta.

    Recipe Notes

    * Don't have a pressure cooker, cook this on the stovetop as well using Nanny's Potted Chicken on page 160 of the Lexi's Clean Kitchen Cookbook as a reference! In a large braising pan or Dutch oven, follow steps 1-2 as directed, cover, lower the heat to medium-low and simmer until the chicken is tender, about 90-100 minutes.


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

    Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore

    This Pumpkin BBQ Sauce is a little twist on a classic bbq flavor with a hint of pumpkin spice! This super simple sauce contains no refined sugars, is paleo friendly and takes under 20 minutes to put together! It’s easy, and the perfect condiment to spice up your fall bbq.Pumpkin BBQ Sauce

    Homemade BBQ Sauce is surprisingly easy to make once you have the right formula! We love this sauce because it’s so simple to make and is a great sauce for so many dishes! For this recipe all you need to do is add all of your ingredients to a pot and simmer away!

    This BBQ Sauce would be perfect on:

    Pumpkin BBQ Sauce

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    One-Pan Eggplant Chicken | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

    This quick braised One Pan Chicken and Eggplant recipe is going to be on repeat for dinner on nights when you want a delicious healthy meal but don’t feel like investing too much time with hands on cooking. It’s hearty and comforting and customizable based on what you have on hand. It’s gluten-free, low-carb and Paleo and Whole30 friendly.

    Eggplant and chicken recipe in a potOne Pan Chicken and Eggplant Recipe

    Easy dinner alert! This One Pan Chicken and Eggplant dinner is a delicious seasonal dish! It’s as simple as chopping up a few veggies, sautéing in one pan, letting it quickly braise and then dinner is serve! It’s also pretty customizable based on what you have on hand. You can serve it as is for a low carb dish, or you can pair it with rice, cauliflower rice or pasta! 

     

     Chicken and eggplant with tomatoes and other veggies in a panWhat other veggies can be used in this dish?

    The best part about this dish is that you can swap out other seasonal veggies for what you have on hand!

    Summer:

    Winter:

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    6 reviews

    One-Pan Eggplant Dinner


    Yield 3
    Prep Time 5 min
    Cook Time 20 min
    Total Time 25 minutes



    Author: Lexi
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    Ingredients

    Directions

    1.  In a large sauté pan over medium heat, heat oil and garlic. Add sliced onion and eggplant and let cook for 5 minutes, stirring often until onions are translucent and eggplant is somewhat soft.
    2. Cut uncooked chicken breast into cubes, and add to the pan. Let cook for 5-7 minutes until chicken is fully cooked.
    3. Add in fresh spinach, mix and let cook until spinach wilts.
    4. Add in diced tomatoes and seasoning. Mix and let simmer for 7-10 minutes.
    5. Taste and adjust spices as desired! Serve hot.

    Recipe Notes

    • *Vegan? Simply sub out chicken for zucchini and other veggies of choice!
    • **Photos updated April, 2017.

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    Easy One-Pan Eggplant Chicken Dinner [VIDEO]

    This Lemon Basil Shrimp Salad is tangy with a kick and the perfect refreshing lunch or light dinner on a summer day! Simply toss everything in a bowl, taste, and devour! Check out the video below for how to make it.

     

    Tossed Shrimp Salad in lettuce cupsLemon Basil Shrimp Salad Recipe

    Don’t you love easy, 1-bowl, super flavorful lunches or dinners? This Lemon Basil Shrimp Salad is light on the prep but heavy on the deliciousness. Eat this tossed shrimp salad in a lettuce cup, over a bed of grains or all by itself! It’s my favorite meal to whip up super quickly that has so much flavor! The options are endless!

    Here’s what you need to make it:

    Shrimp tossed salad in a mason jar

    Can’t buy precooked shrimp?

    This shrimp salad recipe calls for fully cooked shrimp. If you can’t buy them, you can starting with raw shrimp. Clean, devein, and remove the tail. Cook in a small skillet with oil of choice, salt, and pepper until pink, fully opaque and fully cooked through.

    Can this be made ahead of time?

    You can make this day up to 1 day ahead of time, but ideally served within a few hours after making it.

    Lemon dressing for shrimp salad in lettuce boats

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    1 reviews

    Lemon Basil Shrimp Salad


    Yields 4
    Prep Time 10 minutes
    Cook Time
    Total Time 10 minutes



    Author: Lexi
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    Ingredients

    • 15/20 large shrimp, roughly chopped
    • 1 cup grape tomatoes, diced
    • 1 red onion, chopped
    • 1 avocado, diced
    • 1 tablespoon fresh basil, more for garnish

    Lemon-Basil Marinade

    Directions

     

    1. In one bowl combine cooked shrimp, grape tomatoes, onion, avocado and basil and set aside.
    2. In another bowl combine marinade ingredients and mix well, taste and add more ingredients to your liking.
    3. Pour marinade over shrimp salad and toss.
    4. Serve in a lettuce leaf, garnish with fresh basil, and serve with additional lemon if desired.

     

    Recipe Notes

    If you are starting with raw shrimp. Clean, devein, and remove the tail. Cook in a small skillet with oil of choice, salt, and pepper until pink, fully opaque and fully cooked through.

     

    You can also use about 30 whole baby shrimp instead of the large.


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