Saranno Honey + Chipotle

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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!

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Coconut + Lemon

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The J. Olive Co. Coconut White Balsamic and Lemon Olive Oil combination is so light a fresh! Just in time for spring and summer weather!! This combo goes perfect with fresh fruits and seafood. Check out our delicious Green Smoothie Bowl, which combines all the CK Habits in one treat! Next up is the Watermelon Mocktail—which you could totally turn into a Summertime Cocktail! We also used this recipe to create a watermelon smoothie. Last up in a Coconut Crusted Fish and Mustard Sauce. We love cooking with fish because it is such a fast meal! This one was a quick cook but packs some major flavor!

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Apricot + Toasted Sesame

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The J. Olive Co. Blenheim Apricot White Balsamic might just be my new favorite over the Cranberry Pear! I am obsessed with it and currently on bottle #2 for the month. This pairing of course screams Asian food, like in our “Fried Rice” Turkey Bowl. But do not let this combo scare you from trying it in other recipes. The Orange Glaze Fish has just a hint of the Toasted Sesame, but doesn’t scream “Asian” flavor. I’ve used the apricot balsamic drizzled on cantaloup for a sweet bite like dessert and used the dressing from the Sweet and Sour Broccoli Salad on a Turkey Burger Bowl with grapes, feta, walnuts, and spinach. Try this combo with any veggie you would like to stir fry like we did the Garlic & Apricot Balsamic Broccolini. You could also substitute the Apricot Balsamic for Cranberry Pear Balsamic.

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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.

Maple + Butter

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This month’s J. Olive Co. pairing is the perfect flavor combination for the holidays! The J. Olive Co. Maple Balsamic smells exactly like maple syrup and the J. Olive Co. Butter Olive Oil is something I cook with daily. Check a few holiday inspired recipes using this yummy combo. We have “Beans in a Bundle,” and Butternut Stuffing, and a Warm Maple Vinegar Tea to keep you healthy through the cold months!

First up,  an idea you probably never really thought about using your dark balsamic vinegars for.

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Beans in a Bundle with Maple-Dijon Dressing

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I LOVE “Beans in a Bundle” with Catalina Dressing. We have every year around holiday meals. Here is a healthier twist on using other dressings, with hint of maple!

Fresh

  • Turkey bacon
  • 12 oz fresh steamed green beans or 2-3 cans of whole green beans

Pantry

  • 1/2 cup J. Olive Co. Maple Balsamic
  • 1 tbs J. Olive Co. butter olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 tbs course grain Dijon mustard

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Mix the dressing.
  3. I like a lot of “sauce” and this is one you can dial back or make more of depending on preference. For the dressing mix together the Maple Balsamic, butter olive oil, salt and course grain dijon mustard. Set aside.

Assemble the bundles.

  1. I slice the bacon slices in half. Use one “half slice” per 5-6 whole green beans. You can secure the bundle with a toothpick if needed.
  2. You can use canned or fresh green beans. I have used both. My family prefers the softer texture of the canned green beans. If you have fresh you can simply steam them before assembling the bundles.
  3. Place bundles in a greased, oven-safe baking dish and then pour dressing on top.
  4. Bake at 375 degrees for about 45 minutes.

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Butternut Stuffing

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This is a twist on stuffing using cubed butternut instead of bread, and loading it up with some CK Turkey sausage. This is a perfect guilt-free holiday recipe! I highly suggest getting some J. Olive Co. Maple Balsamic vinegar to turn that turkey sausage into “maple” sausage :). I have made this with both regular balsamic and with the Maple balsamic. Both are equally delicious!

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Oven “fried” Green Tomatoes with Comeback Sauce

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Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 4 medium green tomatoes: 1/2 inch thick slices
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 tbs Neapolitan Herb balsamic (optional)

Flour mix together:

  • 1 tsp ms dash lemon pepper
  • 1 tsp creole seasoning
  • 2 tsp Garlic Olive Oil or Extra Virgin Olive Oil – this will help the crust get crispy!
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal

Mix with hands to help massage the garlic oil in in the flour or pulse in food processor.

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Mix flour ingredients in a wide bowl or plate.
  3. Mix in a separate bowl, mix 2 eggs with 1 tbs neopalitan herb balsamic.
  4. Slice green tomatoes about 1/2 inch thick slices.
  5. First dredge slices through egg wash, then dredge through flour mix.
  6. Place on greased baking sheet.
  7. Bake in oven 30 minutes.
  8. Flip tomatoes to other side and bake an additional 30 minutes.
  9. Serve immediately with Comeback dipping sauce.

Comeback Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Greek
  • 3 tbs ketchup
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbs Neapolitan Herb Balsamic or Worschshire sauce
  • 1 tsp Creole Seasoning Blend
  • 1 tbs cider vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • ¼ tsp hot sauce

Neapolitan Herb + Garlic

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By now I think most people understand my love for sauces. And this post of recipes will not disappoint the sauce-addicts of the world! The J. Olive Co. Neapolitan Herb Balsamic and Garlic Olive Oil is the perfect combo to make a rich and tangy flavor to any comfort food recipe.  In this post we have Red Beans & Rice and a “ketchup,” Oven “Fried” Green Tomatoes with Comeback sauce, Roasted “Everything” Eggplant and yellow squash, and Balsamic Potato Hash! Let’s get cooking!

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Wild Raspberry + Blood Orange

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For this pairing I decided to go less savory and more on the sweet “treats” side. The J. Olive Co. Cascadian Wild Raspberry White Balsamic and Blood Orange Olive Oil are wonderful on top of fruit or any salad. You could even use this pairing to flavor up a smoothie! Two of my favorite recipes from this pairing came from inspiration from 2 of our Clean Kitchen Coaches! Coach Michael had the clever idea to turn cantaloup into a Cantaloup frozen sorbet, and Coach Kellar’s Orange Almond Muffins got a raspberry-twist re-vamp, Raspberry Muffins! This wouldn’t be a CK recipe post if we didn’t throw in some veggies with Warm Red Cabbage Salad. Our last treat is Crock Pot Apple Sauce!

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