Blueberry Chicken Salad

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Chicken salad is a CK staple recipe. We have quite a few! Chicken salad is the perfect, fast meal prep and easy to take on the go meal that fills all the CK meal habits. Needless to say, we are big fans of chicken salad!

Blueberry Balsamic + Rosemary Olive Oil from J. Olive Co. gives chicken salad a new twist and we think it is absolutely delicious!

But this chicken salad was what I call a “happy accident.” My happy accidents usually happen when I completely bomb an original idea for a recipe, but then out of the ashes I become inspired to salvage it.

Originally I planned to do a marinated, bone-in spilt chicken breast with blueberry balsamic, rosemary oil, salt, garlic cloves, and fresh rosemary. I thought it would turn out fantastic, but it ended up being under seasoned. So instead of wasting the chicken, I thought it would be good to add more seasoning and “things” for a chicken salad. And wholah! Blueberry chicken salad was born!

And I think you are going to love it. I know I do!

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A letter for the New Year

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A letter…journal…ramble by Jamie Page. My thoughts and hopes for where we started and where we are going with CK.

Clean Kitchen is four years old. 

As I reflect on how much CK has grown since Fall 2014, I realize we have been building momentum for a long, long time. It’s been in small increments — little steps that felt natural to do at a particular time it needed to happen. 

Nothing has ever felt rushed. That is not to say we didn’t feel a sense of urgency to get things moving. It needed to feel right and not forced. There is a hunger we have to keep creating and giving, because the needs are always there. 

It’s hard to explain the drive we feel. It is like an insatiable hunger to tell the truth and help people come to a realization that this is not suppose to be so difficult!

I literally have the urge to shake people sometimes! To tell people you can be different, but you do not have to be perfect! You can change YOU. And I don’t mean the cheesy line “new year, new you,” nor do I mean the old you is a bad person, but you can take care of yourself. We are not here to change your morals, but we do mean to change the way you respect yourself. 

The Clean Kitchen program is more about becoming a new person that thinks and acts differently—and through this process you improve your health.

People ask me all the time, how do I stay motivated to workout and eat right? Truth is, I don’t have to stay “motivated” because it is who I am. I am not saying I eat perfectly or love to workout every single day, but these habits have become me and make my health what it is.

We created Clean Kitchen to teach people to become the process. 

To learn to love the process. 

To create a new identity in these new habits they practice every single day.

To live in it forever.

But selling this philosophy is not very easy. Try advertising “you may lose 10-15 pounds in 12 weeks” and not many people are going to be knocking down our doors to get in. People want double that no matter how unrealistic it is.

Once you get it—you “get it.” It’s that “ah-ha” moment when you realize what I am talking about when I say become the process.

Our clients’ successes are not measured by a mere 12 weeks. Their success is measured in the YEARS that follow. Three months turns into 6 months, then 1 year later and they don’t even recognize their pictures on their social media time hop.

Where would these people be if we hadn’t decided to share what we know to be true?

What would their life look like 5-10 years from now if we had decided not to create Clean Kitchen?

We believe we have a responsibility to these people to lay it out honestly. In a world full of fake, unrealistic images of health, we want to be the voice for the normal people. We see a need, we fill it. 

People don’t cook enough. Let’s make it easy for them and show them.

People don’t eat real food. Let’s create easy, real-food recipes that are not intimidating. 

People don’t have time. Let’s help them manage their time.

People have too much to do. Let’s help them prioritize and organize.

People fall off the wagon. Let’s keep them accountable.

People think they have to suffer. Let’s retrain their brain and rewrite the narrative about what being healthy truly is. Because that is not what other “programs” are selling. 

I don’t know what is in store for CK and the years to come. Although I am confident we can and have hopes and dreams that we will, I don’t know if we will ever grow far outside our bubble. But I do feel we are on the path we were meant to follow! 

I have always believed this is the path God created for me. In hindsight, I began on this path in 2006. It was the year I graduated college and began working in Atlanta. Every year since I can see where He was guiding me and training me for the skills I needed for Clean Kitchen. 

Even when I wanted bigger things earlier in this process, I wasn’t ready to take them on. I needed experiences that would mold my perspective and knowledge to what it continually grows into today.

What is meant to be will happen only by His timing and I should hold steady with the plan already set for me. Believing in His timing is the only thing that keeps me from crawling out of my skin. 

The stress, the pressure to build CK, to make it bigger and better by reaching people everywhere — I remind myself doesn’t have to consume me because I know I’m not going at this alone. I have an amazing team of coaches and creatives that have made CK what it is today. 

I don’t claim to be a super religious person, but you do not have to be “religious” to believe He has got your back. I can’t tell you how many times I have had conversations with Him to help calm my mind and anxiety about where Clean Kitchen is going. 

We are helping the people we were meant to help. If it is our destiny to grow larger, I pray the decisions we make now keep us on the path He started us on. I never want to lose that focus. 

When people tell me CK changed their life, it validates and reestablishes my focus. Because every. single. time. I get anxious or overwhelmed with the weight of this responsibility, someone reaches out and tells me their story of how we helped them. To those who have personally shared their stories with me, you have no idea how much encouragement that gives me. It is truly a gift. 

Help one more person. Plant a seed. Create a domino effect. That is our mission. 

Every event, every post, every article, every recipe, and every one-on-one conversation is meant to plant a seed in one person God has decided we should cross paths. It’s not by chance, but by a larger plan not designed by me. 

I have self-doubt everyday. Did I say the right thing? Do I know enough? Do I have what it takes to lead this where it needs to go? Should I keep going? Is it worth the stress?

The answer is, help one more person. Plant a seed. Create a domino effect.

And so we keep going.

Clean Kitchen was made for a bigger purpose. I can feel it. Even if that “bigger purpose” is meant to be a stepping stone for something else. What we do matters. We are ready to take on another year. And I am ready to keep on the path He has set ahead of me, though I have no idea what is in store. If it feels right, I’ll keep going! 

Bring on 2019!

New Year’s Eve Menu

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“Success is the product of daily habits—not once-in-a-lifetime transformations…it doesn’t matter how successful or unsuccessful you are right now. What matters is whether your habits are putting you on the path toward success. You should be far more concerned with your current trajectory than your current results.” —James Clear, Atomic Habits

At Clean Kitchen, we firmly believe that most things are not left up to chance, and if you want true change you have to take action. This is why we created the Clean Kitchen 12 Week Challenge—to help you learn the daily habits and actions it takes to create a healthy life, not just for weight loss.

Clean Kitchen is not a program with the goal of losing the most weight or strict macro-counting. We are a program that teaches small, daily changes can add up to big results.

Our goal is to change your way of thinking, acting, and planning on a daily basis. We teach people how to eat for life—and real life is not weighing food on a scale or counting macros or points.

So if you are reading this thinking you want to enroll in our 12 Week Program to lose a bunch a weight by some drastic meal plan or strict system, just to gain it all back after your are finished, this is not the program for you. We want clients who are committed to a true brain re-train.

Clean Kitchen is a journey unlike anything you have experienced. So come with an open mind and willingness to be a beginner. Whether you need to shed a bunch of pounds or if you have specific body composition goals, the path all starts with the foundational habits and whether or not you can be consistent at those habits. The “level” of your habits all depends on what you are capable of doing (right now) and your goal.

But let’s get to the real reason you clicked this link—the food.

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Pomegranate Harvest Salad

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Pomegranate Vinaigrette

Directions

  1. Combine ingredients in a small sauce pot.
  2. Bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat and allow to simmer for about 5-8 minutes until slightly thickened.
  4. Set aside to cool. Once the dressing cools it will thicken even more.

Build your salad

  1. arugula or spring mix greens
  2. spiced pumpkin seeds and walnuts — I roast in the oven with, cooking spray, salt and paprika, 250 degrees, for about 10 minutes.
  3. pomegranate seeds
  4. acorn or butternut squash, baked— I use chopped butternut, roasted in the oven, 375 degrees, with salt, paprika and drizzle of J. Olive Blood orange oil and pomegranate balsamic.
  5. fat free feta cheese

Black Eyed Peas

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Instant Black Eyed Peas couldn’t be any easier to prepare! It’s the perfect plop-n-drop side dish, especially for your New Year menu!

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Ingredients

  • 1 pound dried black eyed peas
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 6 cups bone broth
  • 1 lb chopped ham
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

Put all ingredients in Instant Pot. Manually set for 30 minutes, once timer goes off let peas stay in pot for an additional 12 minutes. Release steam.

Check out more of our simple, healthy recipes here. And don’t forget to check out our upcoming Clean Kitchen 12 Week Challenge!

Jill Rutherford

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It’s really no secret that I’ve struggled with my weight my entire life.  Two years ago I was at my heaviest, and I was miserable to say the least. 

I read about Clean Kitchen and all the results past clients had, but I had an abundance of excuses as to why I wasn’t going to try the program, one of the main reasons being the cost. 

I took matters into my own hands and bought the CK cookbook as I, once again, ventured into a healthier version of myself.  I made great progress on my own for a while, but I eventually fell back into bad habits. 

I knew something had to change, so I finally made the decision that my health and well-being was worth the investment and to trust this program that so many others have had great success in.

I participated in the Summer 2018 Clean Kitchen 12 Week Challenge, and it taught me, for the first time in my life, how to eat to live instead of living to eat.  Even though it’s all very self-driven, having your own personal coach to help guide you and hold you accountable and to answer any questions you have makes all the difference. 

I have nothing but great things to say about the program and what it taught me, and the fact that I’ve been able to sustain it since the challenge ended is everything. 

The absolute game changer was when I decided to try a Versus class.  About 3 weeks before my CK challenge ended, I joined Anna’s outdoor class at Oak Grove.  I was concerned I wouldn’t be able to do the workouts because of some old injuries, but Anna put my mind at ease, and there’s been no looking back. 

Thanks to Anna’s Versus Outdoor class, I am stronger than I’ve ever been, and I’m continuing to see amazing changes in myself.  Like Anna keeps telling me, “This is just the beginning.”  I couldn’t be more grateful for being a part of the Versus family; their encouragement and support is like no other!

With 45 pounds gone, 17 inches lost , 2 dress sizes down, I’m a believer in this process! I truly believe this program is one of the best investments in yourself you can make. Want to learn more about the CK Challenge? Check out the FAQ page here.

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Tyler Florence’s Prime Rib Roast

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Horseradish Crust Rib Roast is a recipe courtesy of Tyler Florence from foodnetwork.com. See original recipe here—though I have omitted a few things to keep it simplified and my cooking time is a little different for my oven!

I have cooked this rib roast every year for Christmas lunch for the past several years. It is so easy to prepare, with minimal ingredients. I just put it in the oven in the morning and by lunch it is done! The secret is in the salty, horseradish crust—all the yumminess just soaks right into the roast!

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Sweet Potato Bread

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Sweet Potato Bread is the same concept as our Protein Banana Bread, using many of the same ingredients. This is yummy alternative for a holiday dessert or post workout carb choice! In the Clean Kitchen 12 Week Challenge we teach all our clients how to eat carbs that work for your body.

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Honey Balsamic Brussels Sprouts

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Honey Balsamic Brussels Sprouts is a recipe I can not take full credit for! I found a similar recipe a while back, but of course changed up a few things to make it more inline with the CK-way and how we coach our clients to cook in the Clean Kitchen 12 Week Challenge. It is also a perfect recipe to use some of the J. Olive Co. Balsamic Vinegars! This recipe is featured as apart of our Christmas Dinner Giveaway with Corner Market!

Fresh

  • 2 pounds Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
  • 6-8 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • Grated parmesan cheese for topping

Pantry

  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • ground pepper to taste
  • 3/4 cup white balsamic vinegar — or any of the J. Olive Co. White Balsamic Vinegars
  • 2 tbs honey (if using J. Olive Co. Balsamic, cut honey by half)
  • 1/2 tsp Red pepper flakes

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. 
  • Trim and halve brussels sprouts.
  • Toss the brussels sprouts with oil in a mixing bowl; season with salt and pepper.
  • Spread brussels sprouts out on baking pan in an even layer. I like to lay flat side down.
  • Roast brussels sprouts about 35 minutes, until tender and a few burnt edges.
  • Meanwhile, combine the vinegar and honey in the saucepan and whisk until
  • Combine in a sauce pan, white balsamic, red pepper flakes, and honey.
  • Simmer over medium-high heat, whisking occasionally, until slightly syrupy, about 10 minutes or less.
  • Remove from the heat and let cool. The balsamic will thicken as it cools down.
  • Transfer the Brussels sprouts to a platter; drizzle the Honey Balsamic on top and sprinkle with parmesan cheese.

Fall 2018 Progress Pictures

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600+ pounds gone forever.

135+ inches, from their waist alone, gone forever.

Weight-loss is a big draw for anyone to do a “challenge,” but ours is more of a brain-retrain. When you know better, you do better. But sometimes knowing what to do is not enough. You need accountability and a system in place to keep you consistent. This is what we coach and teach.

The Clean Kitchen 12 Week Challenge is not a “challenge to lose the most weight.” It is a challenge to change your life. And all our clients go through a life-changing experience during the 12 weeks. The by-product are the amazing results you see below.

Average weight-loss is about 10-15 pounds of body fat. But what is not measured on the scale is measured by the massive amounts of inches lost, and the boat-load of confidence all our clients, not just the ones you see here, gained during their time with us.

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We coach people from the inside out and change not only their bodies, but their perspective about healthy living too.

So without further ado, here is the winner of $1000 and the Fall 2018 Clean Kitchen 12 Week Challenge!!

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First place winner of $1000 CASH!

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Second Place winner of one month free CK 2.0 coaching!

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Third place winner of a copy of Clean Kitchen: The Cookbook!

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