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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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Sweet N’ Spicy Collard Greens

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While in the Clean Kitchen program, you will learn how to “re-vamp” a recipe, such as these sweet n’ spicy collard greens. Many people think that eating a cleaner diet will eliminate tasty food—so not true! You just need to learn how and what ingredients you can substitute in a recipe to make it healthier. Here is a recipe I re-vamped this week, collard greens.

The best collard greens are made with ham hocks and a bunch of sugar, we all know this if you are from the south! I was in the mood for some sweet n’ spicy collard greens the other night, so I decided to break this down and figure out what flavors I needed.

Here are my substitutions:

Ham hocks = salty and smoky = smoked turkey sausage

sugar = sweet = liquid stevia

So next time you want something hearty, that does not mean it has to be heavy. Just try to break the recipe down into flavors and textures, then see what you can come up with!

Sweet N’ Spicy Collard Greens Ingredients:
  • 1 lb of chopped collard greens – use the pre-chopped bag
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1/2 package or one link of turkey sausage, chopped (I used Butterball Smoked Turkey Sausage)
  • 1/2 tbs of garlic seasoning, such as Flavorgod Garlic Lovers (Flavorgod.com) or Ms Dash.
  • Roughly 1/2 tsp (+/-) red pepper flakes – adjust to taste for heat level, but even if you do not like spicy, at least add just a little!
  • 3 cups of chicken stock
  • 2 tbs apple cider vinegar
  • Optional: 1/4 tsp of liquid stevia – or less depending on how sweet you want it. Add this at the end once cooking is done.

Directions:

Add onion and sausage to pot, sautee over med heat until brown bits form around the edges.

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Next, add collard greens and season with garlic seasoning and red pepper flakes. You can add a little salt, but the sausage and stock add enough for me. It is always possible to add more later if you would like.

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Stir and let collards wilt down, a few minutes, and then add 3 cups of chicken stock. Any type of stock works really, veggie or even beef.

brothBring to a simmer and then cover. Cook for 40 minutes. Then add in 2 tbs of apple cider vinegar (or red wine vinegar) and liquid stevia. Stir and enjoy your sweet n’ spicy collard greens! This tastes even better the next day as leftovers!

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