I am a HUGE fan of Everything Bagels and cream cheese, it is just not a food inline with my goals. So, of course, I had to come up with a more nutritious alternative—Everything Quinoa Biscuit. No bagel is complete without cream cheese, Cucumber-Dill Cheese cheese to go with our plate. So while dreaming up this re-vamp I immediately thought of Lox and Bagels. Typically lox is smoked-cured salmon, but I didn’t have any. Instead I did a “Lox” Baked Salmon, seasoned it to mimic some “lox” flavor combinations, and DANG this was so yummy. To make this even more lox-a-licious, I threw in some quick sides with Quick Pickled Red Onion slices and Warm Spinach with Capers.
Below are the recipes that make up this entire plate. Make all or just a few, but I guarantee you will keep these in heavy rotation. In true CK fashion, these are simple and fast!
Nothing is better than a one-dish meal. Even better is a sheet pan meal and you can use tin foil to minimize clean up! Winning! This meal comes together super fast and easy. Well worth the cooking time wait!
Naturally sweet butternut goes perfectly with sweet caramelized onions. This super simple side dish would pair well with any protein, even for breakfast with a fried egg. We flavored this dish using J. Olive Co. Tuscan Herb Olive Oil and J. Olive Co. Gravenstein Apple Balsamic, garlic and feta to give a savory but hint of sweet taste. The onions do take some time to cook but this is well worth the wait!
Tuscan Herb Butternut Noodles
1 pack of frozen Green Giant Spiralized butternut squash
As part of our Week of: No Egg Breakfast Meals, the classic avocado toast gets a twist with using J. Olive Co. Gravenstein Apple Balsamic and Tuscan Herb Olive Oil to make a simple, yummy and filling breakfast (or any meal, really) when you need something fast! Mix the avocado and cook shrimp the night before for a fast breakfast!
I am often asked what makes CK Recipes different from other healthy recipes?
My answer… “we keep our pantry simple.” By that I mean we use a lot of the same spices in all of our recipes, but each yields different tastes. So once you buy a handful of pantry staples, you literally have the ingredients on hand to whip up anything with just a quick trip to the store to buy some fresh meat or produce. Which makes for quick store trips, less brain work and you end up looking like super mom. And as a working mom, I know we all need as many “brain breaks” as we can get.
Savory and rich and great for grilling! For this month’s pairing, Black Mission fig Balsamic and Wild Mushroom & Sage Olive oil, I went with marinades and barbecue sauce! I absolutely love roasted or grilled mushrooms. Marinate veggies in this pairing for an easy side dish to any meal. First up, I did a twist on Mushroom “Steak and Eggs,” and second I made a barbecue sauce for CK Turkey Sausage Meatball Kabobs!
This year, I turned 35 years old. I was at the lowest point I had been in my life in terms of my health. I knew something had to change, but I didn’t know what to do. In the depths of despair, I went to see a doctor for weight loss. Eat this, don’t eat that, take this pill, and come back in a month. I KNEW there had to be a better way.
I have struggled with weight most of my adult life. I have tried a little bit of everything in the past – calorie counting, counting points, fad “diets.” I would have some success with these methods, but it was nothing that I could stick with long term.
I have friends at work that have done the Clean Kitchen 12 Week Challenge and live the CK way of life. They encouraged me to sign up for Clean Kitchen and just do it. Without giving myself time to think too much about it or talk myself out of it, I enrolled for the Winter 2018 challenge.
The past 12 weeks have gone by so fast for me. This program is designed for anyone to be successful. I’m not sure how they’ve done it, but the daily lessons are timed perfectly. You get what you need when you need it. I also had a great coach who guided me, coached me, encouraged me, and helped me see the positive – even when I didn’t want to.
As a result of my CK experience, I lost a total of 18 pounds and 23.75 inches. It has been amazing to see the changes that happen simply from changing what goes in my body. I went from feeding my body garbage to feeding my body the things that it needs to function better. I have a whole new perspective on food. And the best part was that I didn’t go hungry at all. As a matter of fact, I have been eating more food than I used to. It’s just wholesome, healthy food. No gimmicks, no pills, no counting anything – just simple habits that are easy to integrate in to day to day life.
In addition to the physical changes on the outside, my blood pressure is lower, my lipid panel has improved greatly, and my glucose levels are better than what they were.
Although the 12 weeks are over, I’m already enrolled in the Clean Kitchen 2.0 program and I have signed up for a Versus boot camp. I lost a lot during the 12 week program, but gained so much more! I am excited to see where the next phase leads. I like to tell people that if I can do this, anyone can! It has been life changing.
On January 3rd, I went to my doctor for my annual wellness visit. I topped 300 pounds for the first time in my life. All of my bloodwork was at dangerous levels. I knew I had to change something. All the more with a 4-1/2-year-old son at home and a daughter on the way. My doctor mentioned Clean Kitchen to me and I was intrigued. That was 31 pounds ago. That amazing fact is made even more incredible by that fact that my wife and I welcomed our second child in the middle of this twelve-week challenge.
I thought I was going to learn how to eat better, but I learned so much more than that. I learned a whole new paradigm about food, eating, and my body. I learned how to keep it simple with the habits. I learned tips to make eating well doable in the midst of a busy season of life. My coach helped me to look at my eating without shame, but always looking for victories and for what can be improved. I learned to understand what my body was telling me about what I needed to eat or drink.
I learned that being level 2 (eating the best I can) was always my goal, but that level 1 (eating healthy and fulfilling my habits) was still a great way to eat and live. Amidst the craziness of our second child, with people bringing us food and sweets, I managed to maintain my habits and some progress, even though it slowed. As the craziness of the new baby has stabilized, I am moving back to level 2 and making faster progress again. I am so proud of myself for what I have achieved and I am thankful for everything that Clean Kitchen has done to help me become a better and healthier man. I cannot wait to see how far I will go before my next wellness visit next January.
Sweet, smokey and little heat, but not too much! This combo is perfect for different flavor combinations. We give you some Asian, American and Mexican food inspired flavors with one pairing, J. Olive Co. Serrano Honey Balsamic and Chipotle Olive Oil! We begin with an Almost “Tom Yum” Soup, a no-hassle breakfast hash and eggs—Smokey Breakfast Bake, and then top your tacos with the Serrano Honey Taco sauce. Goes great on the Breakfast Bake too! Let’s dig in!
Most of my recipes or hacks are created out of necessity. My main limiting factor would be that my son thinks “everything” I cook is “healthy.” To him, it doesn’t matter if I slather it with a pound of cheese. If I cook it, then it is healthy and he automatically doesn’t like it. So I do a lot of meals I can put a kid-twist on without having to cook an entirely different meal. And even though he turned his nose up at this at first, he still ate it. And my husband loved it too!
For mom’s casserole, I put the enchilada mix in a casserole dish. I also think this would be tasty with some spaghetti squash in the mix to make it more like a casserole rather than a meat casserole. None the less, it was still tasty! I paired it with a side salad. Mom, build yours into an enchilada salad bowl with some spinach, chopped black olives, greek yogurt, maybe even some more beans if you have them!