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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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!

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.

Maple Balsamic Tea

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Drinking vinegar mixed in water has long been used to help aid in digestion. For me personally, I know if I eat a big meal that doesn’t agree with me I can drink a little vinegar tonic and it helps my system.

I started thinking about this idea because I like to drink an Apple Cider Vinegar Tea occasionally. ACV is known for it’s health benefits, but did you know that other fruit based vinegars are just as beneficial? Mixing J. Olive Co White balsamics and water are very popular with clients, but why not the darks too?!

Let’s holiday this up and get cozy! It taste and smells like Apple Cider! You could even substitute the maple out for other J. Olive Co. Balsamics!

Servings: 2

  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 tbs maple balsamic
  • 1 tbs unfiltered apple cider vinegar
  • 1 /2 tbs honey
  • dash of cinnamon

Healthy Halloween Treats for kid parties!

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Healthy Halloween Treats for kid Halloween parties can be super simple and super cute! We know this season is full of temptation—snacking on candy every other minute. Even if you do not have the will power of a saint, you can still do damage control with throwing in a few “healthier” options when it comes to celebrating the holiday. And we want to show you how!

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A Christmas Brunch

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My family and I are starting a new tradition, Christmas Eve Brunch, and I think it is a fantastic idea! And though we will have some not-so-CK-food items, there is still a way to sneak some CK Recipes in there that are just as tasty! So if you are trying to lessen the damage done by the holidays without sacrificing taste, here are some ideas you can use for your Christmas morning breakfast — or brunch! Find more brunch ideas in Clean Kitchen: The Cookbook!

Raspberry Muffins

Cookie Wreath Fruit Pizza

Pumpkin Pancakes

Protein Banana Bread

CK Turkey Breakfast Sausage

Balsamic Potato Hash

Spicy Shrimp & Sausage

Walnut Butter and Apples

Pumpkin Spice Latte

Cookie Wreath Fruit Pizza

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My mother is accredited with this beautiful creation! Its a fruit pizza recipe re-vamp! Having just completed the Clean Kitchen 12 Week Challenge herself, she took on re-vamping a cookie recipe to make a fruit pizza for a holiday party. It was fantastic and beautiful! Even the kids gobbled this one up. We did make some tweaks to her cookie recipe by replacing 1.5 cups of almond flour with oat flour to cut down on some of the fat. If you only have almond flour, then by all means just use that. Let us know how yours turns out!

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Cookie ingredients:

  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbs coconut oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1  1/2 cup oat flour
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp salt

Icing ingredients – mix together and set aside.

  • 1 (8 oz) pkg Greek Yogurt Cream Cheese, softened
  • About 1/4 cup of granulated Truvia sugar substitute
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1-2 teaspoons of lemon or lime juice

Fruit topping:

  • strawberry
  • blackberries
  • blueberries
  • raspberries
  • kiwi
  • fresh mint to garnish

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees
  2. Line a pizza pan with parchment paper.
  3. In a medium bowl, beat egg until frothy, add coconut oil, honey, and vanilla.  Mix well.
  4. Add baking soda, oat and almond flour and mix until combined.
  5. Take the dough and flatten it with your hands on the parchment paper lined pizza pan. The dough was a little sticky, just do your best. It is going to be covered with icing and fruit anyway!
  6. I then used a large round drinking glass to cut out the inner ring.  Added the inner ring portion back into the newly shaped “wreath” on all sides.
  7. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until the bottom of the cookies are golden brown.
  8. Cool completely before adding your cream cheese icing mixture.
  9. Arrange fruit on top of your cream cheese mixture.  We used strawberry, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries and kiwi. Add fresh mint to garnish.

Enjoy!

Raspberry Muffins

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Servings: about 36 mini muffins

Fresh

  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 cup greek yogurt cream cheese (or sub for extra 1/4 cup of cottage cheese)
  • 1/4 cup low fat cottage cheese
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries or strawberries (1/2 cup reserved for in batter mix, other 1/2 cup to top mini muffins)

Pantry

Directions 

  1. Add all ingredients to food processor, but reserve 1/2 cup raspberries to top mini muffins with. Mix well.
  2. Pour batter in mini muffin pan.
  3. Top muffins with remaining raspberries, one per muffin.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-18 minutes.
  5. Drizzle with a little honey to serve.

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Turkey Sausage Balls

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Ingredients

  • 1 lb Jennie O Turkey breakfast sausage or CK Breakfast Turkey Sausage
  • 1 cup kodiak cakes buttermilk
  • 1 cup pepper jack cheese shredded
  • 2-3 dashes cayenne pepper (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Combine all ingredients in large bowl.
  3. Roll into 1 inch balls.
  4. Bake 18-20 mins on nonstick baking sheet or use parchment paper.
  5. Check them at 10 mins to make sure they aren’t sticking.

Yields 33. Enjoy!

Need more party food ideas? Check out the CK Holiday Menu Recipes and CK Party Food Recipes!

Cranberry Relish

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In food processor chop pineapple, add cranberries and pulse until berries are chopped.  Add zest of orange.  Peel and section orange.  Add orange sections to food processor squeeze in juice of orange.  Add Balsamic. Pulse food processor approximately 10 times.  Best served the next day after flavors meld.