Chili Mac

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THREE SPICES is all you need to make this! I am often asked what makes CK Recipes different from other healthy recipes?

My answer…”we keep our pantry simple.” By that I mean we use a lot of the same spices in all of our recipes, but each yields different tastes. So once you buy a handful of pantry staples, you literally have the ingredients on hand to whip up anything with just a quick trip to the store to buy some fresh meat or produce. Which makes for quick store trips, less brain work and you end up looking like super mom. And as a working mom, I know we all need as many “brain breaks” as we can get.

Real food, really easy, for real mommas.

Some nights you need to please the fam and they want real deal pasta and cheese. But do not let that derail you. Here is recipe you can cook super fast and please EVERYONE. Even those who are not a fan of the spaghetti squash substitute.

I made spaghetti squash for me and elbow macaroni for my son and husband. We both used the Chili Mac meat mix . Because I was only making one version tonight I kept the meat sauce separate until serving. You could totally add more veggies to this mix and create Chili-Veggie-Mac!

Check out all the details on our upcoming Clean Kitchen 12 Week Challenge here!

Momma’s Version

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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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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—the 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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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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