Moroccan Eggplant with Chermoula Sauce

This fried Moroccan Eggplant with Chermoula Sauce is easy to make, has so much flavor, and is SO SO delicious. The perfect Moroccan starter! Plus, the chermoula sauce with roasted peppers would be fabulous on fish, meat, or chicken, too!

Moroccan Eggplant Sliders Topped With Chermoula SauceMoroccan Eggplant with Chermoula Sauce

If you read my Morocco recap, you know we had the most magical trip. We loved the culture, the people, and of course, the food. When the amazing chef from Riad Fes said I could share a few recipes from our cooking class with you, I was SO excited. When we took a cooking class and we made this Moroccan Eggplant (with Chermoula) appetizer that blew our minds! We had a blast in the kitchen cooking up all sorts of traditional Moroccan dishes and I am so excited to share some of them with you!

This chermoula is made with fresh herbs, good quality olive oil, roasted red bell pepper, and all the fresh Moroccan flavors we have come to love and cherish since our trip. I love this sauce on top of chicken, meat, and fish. It’s simply perfect, and easy to prepare!

Check out the photo of Mike below holding the Moroccan Eggplant recipe we made on our trip at the hotel!

Moroccan Eggplant (with Chermoula)Moroccan Eggplant (with Chermoula) from Riad Fes in Morocco

Here is what you need to make this Chermoula Sauce:

  • Red Bell Pepper
  • Garlic
  • Parsley
  • Cilantro
  • Olive oil
  • Lemon
  • Sea salt
  • Cumin
  • Paprika
  • Ground Black Pepper

Roasted Red Pepper at restaurant cooking classWhat is Chermoula Sauce good on?

It’s obviously amazing on these fried eggplants, but you can use this sauce to top anything. It would be great on all cuts of meat, with other vegetables, or as a dip with fresh veggies or crackers.

Chermoula Sauce in a bowl

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Moroccan Eggplant

Total Time 0:00

Ingredients

  • 3 eggplants
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup parsley
  • 1/4 cup coriander
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 glass of lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Directions

  1. Cut the eggplant into slices.
  2.  Add a little salt to disgorge. Fry the eggplant slices in hot oil until both sides are golden.
  3. Put the red pepper in the oven for ten minutes. Place in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap and let steam for a few minutes. Peel the pepper to keep only the flesh. Chop finely the pepper.
  4. In a bowl, grate the garlic, chop the parsley and coriander very finely, add the olive oil, lemon juice and spices, chopped peppers and marinate.
  5. Spread the marinade on a face of each slice of eggplant. Serve!

Recipe Notes

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Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes (Lightened Up)

Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes - Lexi's Clean Kitchen

These easy, Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes are about to become a new go-to side for holiday entertaining! Creamy, just the right amount of cheese, lightened up, and baked to perfection! My holiday meals will be complete with this creamy au gratin scalloped potato recipe.

Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes - Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes

How do you make homemade scalloped potatoes

Have you ever have scalloped potatoes? They are made with thinly sliced potatoes (this is the mandolin we recommend), an epic cheese sauce, and then baked to a crispy-topped perfection. So much flavor! This lightened up version is easy to make and so delicious.

Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes - Lexi's Clean Kitchen

This is a holiday must-make this year and for years to come. It will definitely be on our table! Grab my other healthy and gluten-free Thanksgiving recipes!

Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes - Lexi's Clean Kitchen

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Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes - Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes

Prep Time 15 minutes Cook Time 40 minutes Total Time 0:55 Serves 6

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 425 °F. Grease a casserole dish with butter and set aside.
  2. In a dutch oven or large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add onion, salt, pepper, dried thyme and paprika. Cook until onion is translucent and starting to brown, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and whisk in arrowroot for about 3 minutes.
  3. Pour in milk and bring sauce to a boil. Once at a boil, lower heat and let simmer, uncovered, for 8-10 minutes or until the sauce is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.
  4. Stir in 2 cups cheddar cheese. Lightly salt and pepper potatoes and add them to the sauce. Stir often for 10 minutes, or until potatoes start to soften.
  5. Transfer potato mixture to a greased casserole dish. Top with more cheddar cheese and bake for 30 minutes uncovered.
  6. Top with scallions and parsley or herb of choice and serve warm!
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Gluten-Free Minestrone Soup (In 30 Minutes!)

Gluten-Free Minestrone Soup - Lexi's Clean Kitchen

This Gluten Free Minestrone Soup takes only 30 minutes and is loaded with fall veggies! It’s flavorful, hearty, and comforting. It makes for the ultimate customizable vegetarian soup for any day of the week! Made in partnership with Pacific Foods!

Gluten-Free Minestrone Soup

I am so excited to partner with my friends at Pacific Foods to bring you today’s DELICIOUS recipe. I love that they are committed to sourcing organic and as locally as possible, and using trusted suppliers for quality and traceability. No GMOs for them!

Growing up, a hearty minestrone soup was one of my favorites. Luckily for my mom, it also had tons of veggies in it which I never seemed to mind! This gluten-free version has all the flavors, herbs, and veggies you love in a classic minestrone soup!

What vegetables should I put in minestrone soup?

  • Green beans
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Kale
  • Spinach
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Zucchini

Gluten-Free Minestrone Soup

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Minestrone Soup

Prep Time 8 minutes Cook Time 30 minutes Total Time 0:38 Serves 8

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Heat oil over medium heat in a large dutch oven.
  2. Add onion, garlic, celery, and carrots and cook until the onion is translucent, about 5 minutes.
  3. Toss in the potatoes, and add more oil in this step if needed. Let cook until the potato starts to soften, about 5 minutes. Add green beans, salt, black pepper, bay leaf and Italian seasoning, Mix well.
  4. Pour in vegetable broth and mix, making sure to scrape up all of the bits from the bottom of the pan.
  5. Add fresh thyme, 1 can of diced tomatoes, and the beans. Cover and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low and let simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, or until potatoes are just tender.
  6. While cooking, in a separate pot cook pasta as directed based on the package. Set aside.
  7.  Turn off heat of the soup and add kale or spinach. Mix well until greens have wilted. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed.
  8. Taste and adjust seasoning as desired. Serve hot, with added pasta as desired, topped with red pepper flakes if using!

Recipe Notes

  1. When reheating this soup, feel free to add more vegetable broth as necessary.
  2. I add the pasta as serving to avoid it soaking up all of the liquid. If saving the pasta for later, place in a tupperware tossed with a little olive oil to avoid the pasta hardening and sticking together.
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This post is sponsored by Pacific Foods. 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!

26 Gluten-Free Meatless Monday Recipes You Need To Try

The Meatless Monday Movement was founded on the idea of cutting out meat for just one day in hopes of reducing meat consumption for personal and planet health. This year I have focused on adding more plant-based meals into my diet to keep it on track and balanced. Here are 26 absolutely delicious and healthy plant-based, gluten-free recipes to help you add more veggies into your weekly routine!

26 Gluten-Free Meatless Monday Meals You Need To Try - Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Although I have started adding some grains and beans into my diet, I made sure to include a ton of paleo-friendly options as well since I know how hard it can be to add plant-based meals to a strict paleo approach!

Loaded Kimchi Fries from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (Egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, and vegetarian. Make this paleo-friendly by omitting the optional cheese!)

Instant Pot Lemon Vegetable Risotto from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (Egg-free, 30 minutes or less, gluten-free, nut-free, vegetarian)

Green Coconut Curry from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (30 minutes or less, dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, paleo-friendly, vegan-friendly if you omit the fish sauce!)

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

Meal Prep Mediterranean Bowls from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (Gluten-free, vegan if you omit the feta cheese!)

Paleo Veggie Mushroom Burgers from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (dairy-free, gluten-free, paleo-friendly, make these vegan by using a flax egg!)

Loaded Grilled Eggplant with Creamy Herb Sauce from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (dairy-free, gluten-free, paleo-friendly)

Green Chili Vegetable Soup from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (30 minutes or Less, dairy-free, nut-free, paleo-friendly, and vegan)

Orange Power Pasta from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (vegan, paleo-friendly, egg-free, nut-free)

Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Chili from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (Dairy-free, vegan-friendly, nut-free, paleo-friendly)

Eggplant Meatballs from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (Dairy-free, gluten-free, paleo, vegan)

Sweet Potato Noodles with Garlic and Kale from Love and Lemons (Vegan-friendly, paleo-friendly, whole30 compliant!)

Late Summer Ratatouille from With Food and Love (vegan-friendly, dairy-free, grain-free, egg-free, nut-free, whole30 compliant)

Easy Grilled Sweet Potato Pizzas from Fit Foodie Finds (Vegetarian, grain-free)

Kale Sweet Potato Curry from Minimalist Baker (30 minutes or less, vegan-friendly, grain-free, dairy-free, paleo-friendly, whole30 compliant)

Zucchini Noodle Pad Thai from Tasty Yummies (Paleo-friendly, grain-free, dairy-free, vegetarian if you omit the fish sauce)

Easy Vegetarian Stir Fry with Cashew Cream Sauce from Food Faith Fitness (gluten-free, low-carb, dairy-free, and vegan-friendly)

Mushroom Asparagus Tacos from Gourmande in the Kitchen (Paleo-friendly, vegan, dairy-free)

Green Goddess Fig Nourish Bowls from Cotter Crunch (Vegan, paleo-friendly, whole30 compliant)

Greek Stuffed Sweet Potatoes from Two Peas and Their Pod (vegan and paleo-friendly if using a dairy-free tzatziki sauce, grain-free, gluten-free, and no sugar added)

Butternut Squash Macaroni and No Cheese from Eat Your Beets (Vegan-friendly if you omit the optional cheese, gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free)

Veggie Burger Bowl with Spiralized Carrots from Inspiralized (vegetarian, gluten-free, make this whole30 compliant by using coconut aminos and a whole30 compliant veggie burger!)

Low-Carb Lasagna from Well Plated (low-carb, grain-free, gluten-free, and vegetarian)

Everything Spring Green Salad with Basil Lemon Vinaigrette from Ambitious Kitchen

10-Minute Gazpacho from Gimme Some Oven (Whole30 compliant, dairy-free, vegan-friendly)

Broccoli and Mushroom Stir Fry (Vegan-friendly and dairy-free. Serve over cauliflower rice to make this grain-free, dairy-free, paleo-friendly, and whole30 compliant)

BONUS: Add more veggies into a treat with this Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread!

Grilled Sweet Potato Salad with Honey Mustard Vinaigrette

Grilled Sweet Potato Salad [paleo-friendly, grain-free, gluten-free] | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Delicious flavors come together in this Grilled Sweet Potato Salad with Honey Mustard Vinaigrette! Grilled-to-perfect sweet potatoes, aromatic grilled red onion, fresh herbs, and the best creamy dressing to toss it all together with! Serve this as a side at any BBQ or summer gathering, or make it for a weeknight meatless dinner! Made in partnership with Stop & Shop!

I am so excited to bring you today’s blog post in partnership with Stop & Shop. I love their Buy Local campaign throughout their stores right now, and that they work hard to support local New England farmers. As of right now, they offer locally sourced produce from 35 New England farmers! The produce is picked at the farm and the next day it is in stores – you can’t get any fresher than that! Fun fact: Stop & Shop has been supporting local farmers for decades sourcing potatoes, corn, cucumbers, squash, tomatoes, and apples; to name a few!  I shopped at the Watertown, MA location for ALL of the ingredients for this recipe, and the produce for this recipe came from Paquette Farms in Shrewsbury, MA. How cool is that?

Grilled Sweet Potato Salad with Honey Mustard Vinaigrette (Vegetarian & Gluten-Free) - Lexi's Clean Kitchen

First, you’ll need to toss your sweet potatoes with olive oil, salt, and pepper!

Grilled Sweet Potato Salad with Honey Mustard Vinaigrette (Vegetarian & Gluten-Free) - Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Now, while that’s grilling, whisk together your dressing! I love the Nature’s Promise organic line of products that Stop & Shop has. The products are affordable and are a great quality. In this dressing alone we used their Dijon mustard, apple cider vinegar, and wild honey! Even the sweet potatoes are Nature’s Promise! Affordable, delicious, and good quality- my three musts!

Grilled Sweet Potato Salad with Honey Mustard Vinaigrette (Vegetarian & Gluten-Free) - Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Grilled Sweet Potato Salad with Honey Mustard Vinaigrette (Vegetarian & Gluten-Free) - Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Combine, assemble, and devour!

Grilled Sweet Potato Salad with Honey Mustard Vinaigrette (Vegetarian & Gluten-Free) - Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Every bite is flavorful and delicious! Grilling season is my favorite season and if you haven’t grilled sweet potatoes yet, you must! They are SO good. Plus it’s one of those great transitional veggies that’ll get you grilling from Summer into Fall!

Grilled Sweet Potato Salad with Honey Mustard Vinaigrette (Vegetarian & Gluten-Free) - Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Grilled Sweet Potato Salad with Honey Mustard Vinaigrette (Vegetarian & Gluten-Free) - Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Grilled Sweet Potato Salad with Honey Mustard Vinaigrette

Prep Time 00:10 Cook Time 00:40 Total Time 0:50 Serves 4

Ingredients

    Grilled Sweet Potatoes

    Honey Mustard Vinaigrette

    Everything Else

    • 1 large red onion, sliced
    • 1 lime, cut into wedges for serving
    • 1/4 cup parsley or cilantro
    • 1/3 cup chopped scallions
    • Optional: feta cheese
    • Optional: 1 cup black beans, drained and rinsed
    • Optional: crispy bacon

    Directions

    1. Preheat your grill to 350ºF and grease the grates.
    2. In a large bowl, toss sweet potatoes with oil, salt, and pepper.
    3. Place on grill and let cook for 15 minutes on each side until tender.
    4. While grilling, add all dressing ingredients into your blender and blend until smooth. Set aside.
    5. When the sweet potatoes have 10 minutes left on the grill, add sliced onion to the grill and let cook for 10 minutes or until soft and fragrant.
    6. Once done grilling, gently toss sweet potatoes and grilled onion with dressing (amount as desired).
    7. Assemble: Place sweet potatoes and red onion on a plate. Top with more dressing if desired, feta (optional), black beans (optional), bacon (optional), parsley, cilantro, and scallions. Serve warm or cold with lime wedges.
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    Want to master the grill this summer? This guide is a good start to becoming a grill master, and not having overcooked (or undercooked) meals!

    Grilling 101 - Lexi's Clean Kitchen

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    Greek Veggie Bowls

    Greek Veggie Bowls [Paleo and Vegan] | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

    These Greek Veggie Bowls with Greek Cauliflower Rice are a weeknight favorite of ours! Packed with veggies, fresh herbs, hummus, and so much flavor, these easy-to-prepare gluten-free bowls are a fabulous dinner or lunch, and perfect for meal prep!

    Greek Veggie Bowl

    I am loving all things Mediterranean, Greek, and Middle Eastern lately. If you tried my Mediterranean Fritters or Bowls, you know just where I’m coming from. The flavors are just so delightful, healthy, and fresh!  These Greek Veggie Bowls are simple and perfect for meal prepping or a quick meal any night of the week!

    Greek Veggie Bowl

    All those fresh herbs going into that cauli rice!

    Greek Veggie Bowl

    These bowls are loaded with:

    Roasted or Grilled Veggies

    Fresh herbs

    Greek Cauliflower Rice

    Hummus to top

    Greek Veggie Bowl

    Roasted veggie time!

    Greek Veggie Bowl

    Greek Veggie Bowl

    Greek Veggie Bowls

    Prep Time 00:05 Cook Time 00:45 Total Time 0:50 Serves 4

    Ingredients

      Grilled Or Roasted Veggies

      Cauliflower Rice: (See notes for regular rice)

      Everything Else

      • Hummus, for topping (homemade or store-bought)
      • Optional: crumbled feta cheese

      Directions

      1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
      2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread veggies across it in one single layer. Toss with extra-virgin olive oil, sea salt, and black pepper. Bake for 45-5o minutes, or until veggies are soft and start to blister.
      3. Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add in onion, garlic, and herbs and cook until the onion turns translucent. Add in cauliflower rice and lemon and cook for 5 minutes. Take off heat and set aside.
      4. Assemble the bowl! Place roasted veggies and cauliflower rice in serving bowls of choice. Top with hummus, feta cheese (if using), and serve right away or store in an airtight container for later.

       

      Recipe Notes

      • *To make this dish with regular rice, follow the directions on your basmati rice package, and add fresh herbs, garlic, and onion to the water while cooking your rice!
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