Cranberry Pear + Persian Lime

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A good sauce is everything to me…really. This combo created a sauce that is so versatile! The J. Olive Co. Cranberry Pear Balsamic and Persian Lime Olive Oil is one combo you will get so much use out of. I made a sweet and sticky hot sauce, a divine Dijon Balsamic Vinaigrette with a chicken salad, a sweet potato mash, even a Strawberry Compote with oatmeal! I went all over the place with different ideas. Let’s dig in!

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Harissa-Espresso Barbecue Sauce

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There are a number of reasons why you should make this sauce.

  • It literally took 2 minutes to mix and 5 minutes to simmer. DONE.
  • It taste so rich, but does not use ANY added sugar or ANY kind. No honey, no agave, no maple, etc. but you won’t miss it. The minimal sugar is does have would come from the little bit found in the sweetened Espresso Vinegar and the tomatoes in the salsa.
  • I am pretty sure you do not even have to cook it and it would taste just fine. The heat just helps it thicken.
  • You can use it on anything like these drumsticks, burgers, or meatballs.

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Espresso Balsamic + Harissa Olive Oil

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This combo = FLAVOR BOMB. Maybe it’s because I made so many different meal ideas using the same ingredients, but came out with 3 different flavors. I did a sweet bite, Korean-inspired Bibimbap, and American BBQ‚ÄĒthe sauuuuuuuce and I gave you 3 different uses for just the sauce! You will get a lot of use out of this combo. The J. Olive Co.¬†Espresso Balsamic reminds me a lot of a deep chocolate flavor and the J. Olive Co. Harissa Olive Oil (new flavor!) has a smokey, but not too hot kick. The Harissa could be subbed out for Chipotle (smokey and mild) or the¬†Baklouti (extremely hot). This combo is perfect for savory or sweet recipes and I have served you up with both! Let’s begin.

We will start with a dessert of sorts…

Walnut Butter and Apples

This is so simple I can’t believe I have never tried other nut butters. Honestly, this could work with many other J. Olive Co. dark balsamics! I used walnuts just because of the healthy Omega-3 essential fats it offers. Check out a quick video on how I made the walnut butter!

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Mediterranean Chicken Salad

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Servings : 4

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  • 1 lb crock pot chicken (about 2 chicken breast)
  • 1 cup chopped red Grapes
  • 1/2 cup fat free feta

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This has a little salt and a little sweet! Serve on top of a salad a dress with more J. Olive Co. Tuscan Herb olive oil, and J. Olive Co. Sicilian Lemon Balsamic or put it in a wrap for on the go lunch!

Coconut Balsamic + Chipotle Olive Oil

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With summer just beginning, the J. Olive Co. Coconut White Balsamic will bring out the natural sweetness in fruit like pineapple and strawberries (think Coconut Rum soaked fruit!), and even bell peppers and onions.  I decided to pair it up with the Chipotle Olive Oil for a subtle heat, but not too much to set your mouth on fire. In true CK fashion, these recipes use a lot of the same ingredients. Make sure you have chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, kosher salt and lime juice. The recipes are super simple, but pack a bunch of flavor! Now lets begin with my favorite of the bunch!

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Pomegranate Balsamic + Blood Orange Olive Oil

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J. Olive Co. has some amazing flavor combinations, but this is probably my number one so far. The past couple of weeks I have been addicted to this stuff! I have 3 different ways I used the Pomegranate Balsamic and Blood Orange Olive Oil combo.

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The J. Olive Co. Pomegranate Balsamic has a sweet, fruity flavor and the Blood Orange Olive Oil gives a citrus kick. So fresh and so yummy, I could literally eat an entire container of fruit saturated in this stuff. My favorite quick snack is pouring the Pomegranate Balsamic Vinegar and the Blood Orange Olive Oil over some red grapes and cantaloupe!

Fruit Salad Bowl

I made this as a single serving and¬†as a large batch for a family party the other weekend. This couldn’t be easier! You could use any of your favorite berries, apples, melons, oranges, anything and it would be delicious. Here is what I used. And I bought all pre-chopped fruit to save a step!

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Blue Cheese Turkey Burger Salad

The burger bowl is a classic CK meal and our turkey burger recipe. Turkey burgers are one of the most convenient protein preps out there. Make a huge batch and freeze them individually to use later. This is a fast lunch or dinner idea that will come together in minutes.

  • CK Turkey Burger (CK Cookbook)
  • 1 tbs reduced fat blue cheese
  • handful of chopped grapes
  • 2 handfuls of chopped spinach
  • Drizzle of J. Olive Co. Pomegranate Balsamic for the dressing.

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Next up is hands-down next-level flavor-bomb. And if you already loved the CK Protein Fruit Dip, well, I will take your obsession overboard with this one. This is your fix for any ice cream-cheesecake-pudding-craving you are having. This would be a perfect dessert for a brunch or shower as well.

CK Protein Parfait 

CK Protein Fruit Dip combined with J. Olive Co. Pomegranate Balsamic and Blood Orange Olive Oil.

  • In a food processor combine and mix together:
  • 1 cup measured of low fat cottage cheese
  • 1/2 scoop Quest Vanilla Milkshake Protein Powder
  • 1 tsp J. Olive Co.¬†Blood Orange Olive Oil

Assemble your parfait with Fruit Dip and fruit of choice. We used red grapes and blueberries here. You could also add in some walnuts or almonds for a crunch!

Drizzle with J. Olive Co. Pomegranate Balsamic Vinegar.

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