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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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

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

Pineapple Pork Lettuce Wraps

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Pineapple Pork Lettuce Wraps are a quick, healthy, and easy, “set and forget it” type of meal for busy nights! Set the meat up in the slow cooker in the morning and by dinner time you’ve got dinner ready. You can even do this in the Instapot!

Maybe you need it really fast? No worries. There is the fast, stove top version too!

What makes this dish shine is the use of J. Olive Co. Pineapple Balsamic and the Roasted Sesame Oil. If you do not have the Pineapple Balsamic, I think the Apricot or the Peach Balsamic would be great substitutes! We’ve also included recipes for Pineapple Salsa and Pineapple-Cilantro Rice to make this a full meal!

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Lemon Olive Oil + Peach Balsamic

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This combination is so refreshing! Here we have changed up a traditional basil pesto to use the J. Olive Co. Lemon Olive Oil and a hint of sweetness with the J. Olive Co. Peach Balsamic to replace lemon juice. Check out our Basil Pesto Chicken recipe using this delish pesto.

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Lemon-Basil Pesto

Combine in a food processor until smooth:

  • 2 handfuls of spinach
  • Small handful basil leaves (about 6 leaves)
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1/4 cup walnuts
  • 1 tbs J. Olive Co. Peach balsamic 
  • 1/4 cup J. Olive Co. Lemon olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Pepper

Pesto Chicken

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Ingredients

  • Lemon-Basil Pesto
  • grape tomatoes, sliced
  • chicken breast
  • parmesan cheese

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and prepare a baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Depending on the thickness of your chicken breast, you can choose to split the chicken breast in halves like shown here. Also allows for quicker cooking time.
  3. Season raw chicken with a little salt and pepper.
  4. Smear 1 tbsp of pesto on top of chicken, grape tomatoes and a small sprinkle of parmesan cheese.
  5. Bake in oven for about 15-20 minutes. Possibly longer if you have thicker chicken breast.
  6. If needed, broil on high for a few minutes to crispy up cheese.

Blueberry Protein Oatmeal

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For a while now I have had to use plant-based protein powders instead of whey. And honestly, I do not love the taste of a lot of them. But one I have grown to like is the Evolve  brand of powders and shakes. I made a delicious bowl of protein oatmeal using the vanilla powder and the CK Blueberry Chia Seed Jam.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1 tbs chia seeds
  • 1 cup of unsweetened almond or cashew milk—possibly more depending on how much protein powder you use
  • 1-1.5 scoops vanilla protein powder—adjust as needed
  • CK Blueberry Chia Seed Jam

Directions

Add almond milk, oats, and chia seeds to a small pot over high heat. Bring to a boil. Then remove from heat and cover. Let sit for about 5 minutes until oats and chia seeds have soaked up milk. Then add your protein powder and more milk if needed. Top with CK Blueberry Chia Seed Jam or Strawberry Compote.

Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

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This is a two part recipe using our Blueberry Lemon Sauce to top our sweet potato stuffed with the Balsamic Kale and Mushrooms—which are delicious on their own! I’ve used so many of the J. Olive Co. Balsamic vinegars in my sautéed kale. You really can not pick a bad one! For this kale stuffing I used the Blueberry Balsamic to go with our Blueberry Lemon Sauce on top.

Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

  1. 1 baked sweet potato (baked at 425 degrees for 45 minutes)
  2. Top potato with Balsamic Kale and Mushrooms, fat-free feta cheese and the Blueberry Lemon Sauce! See recipes below!

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Blueberry Chia Seed Jam

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This is a quick jam with no added sugars! With a few ingredients you can whip up any kind of fruit jam you would like. Here we have used the J. Olive Co. Blueberry Balsamic in our jam. You could interchange the sweet fruit based balsamic to any other flavor like Strawberries, Fig, or Pomegranate!

Ingredients

  • 2 tbs chia seeds
  • 2 cups frozen blueberries
  • 1/4 cup blueberry balsamic
  • pinch of salt
  • drops of stevia to taste (I did about 4-5 drops of liquid stevia)

Directions

  1. Combine in a sauce pan over medium to high heat, 2 tbs chia seeds,
  2. 2 cups frozen blueberries, 1/4 cup blueberry balsamic, and pinch of salt.
  3. Bring to a boil and allow the blueberries and balsamic to reduce down. Occasionally stirring and smashing blueberries as they cook down. After about 5 minutes of simmering it will start to thicken. 
  4. Remove from heat once it resembles a thick syrup consistency. 
  5. The chia seeds will begin to expand and create a gelatin to thicken the jam more. Once removed from heat add your stevia to the jam. I would gradually add drops and then taste test. Liquid stevia is very potent!
  6. Here I have topped roasted sweet potato “toast” with part-skim ricotta cheese and Blueberry Chia Seed Jam. For my sweet potato slices I seasoned with salt and cooking spray, roasted in the oven for about 20 minutes at 400 degrees. Perfect sweet bite snack or party food!

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Sticky Chicken

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This chicken…so delicious, so fast and so so easy. THE SAUCE!!! Make this!!! You could also change up the protein in this dish. It works great on fish or shrimp!

Sticky Chicken

Servings: 4

Cook time: under 10 minutes

Ingredients 

  • 1 pound chicken tenders
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • Season chicken with:
  • garlic powder
  • onion powder
  • black pepper
  • kosher salt

Sauce:

Directions

  1. Heat 1 tbs olive oil over medium heat in pan.
  2. Season chicken with salt, pepper, garlic and onion powder. Add to hot pan. Cook for 3 minutes each side.
  3. Mix together sauce and set aside.
  4. Once chicken is golden, add sauce to pan. Toss chicken until well coated. Let sauce simmer and reduce down, couple of minutes.
  5. Removed chicken from pan and reserve the left over sauce to baste on chicken tenders.