I looooove sushi. But I would never go through the hassle of making my own, and let’s be honest, it can be expensive. That’s why I am obsessed with making this super simple, quick dish. It gives me the flavors I crave, but I don’t need to buy sushi grade fish to have it! Shrimp will do!
Inches, pounds, pants sizes— they all go down. But what builds up is even more important…confidence, self-esteem, knowledge, action, happiness, excitement, understanding, forgiveness… the list can go on.
Do you know what really happens in the Clean Kitchen 12 Week Challenge? It’s not a weight loss program. It’s a complete re-train of what you think you know, what you think you have to do, what you think you like, and what you think you want.
We do not tell you what to do—we show you what healthy habits are, what consistency really looks like on a day-to-day basis, coach you how to get there and stay consistent. You have a full 12 weeks of practice to get really good at these habits, and as a result, your body composition changes.
These habits are not just for people who want to “lose weight.” These are the habits our coaches use and people living a healthy life, free of yo-yo dieting, crash diets, counting or gimmicks.
Because these habits are not a gimmick. These habits are what healthy individuals do as their “normal.” Do you get that?
We are people who:
- eat majorly whole foods;
- drink water as our beverage of choice;
- we are never on a “diet;”
- we love eating lots of food;
- we see food for what it can do for us, rather than the enemy.
If you don’t, you need to sign up for the 12 Week Challenge.
CK is not a magical meal plan, or precise macro-calorie-counting, or special systematic timing of meals. CK is real life application. We don’t go around weighing every once of food or telling ourselves we “can’t eat because it’s not time.” No, we learned to eat they way our bodies were intended to be nourished so there is no need for that.
The CK Challenge is about becoming a “different” person than you are now in every way. Not just physically as you see in these photos below, but in the way you think about food, how you plan, how you measure progress, how you talk to yourself and forgive yourself. More importantly, how you learn to love a process that is foreign to some of you now. By the end of week 12 you will get it, it’s automatic…it’s a habit 😉
Our clients really get it. You can too.
Below is a sampling of client progress pictures from the Summer 2019 Challenge!
By Rebecca Bennett
This year, I turned 35 years old. I was at the lowest point I had been in my life in terms of my health. I knew something had to change, but I didn’t know what to do. In the depths of despair, I went to see a doctor for weight loss. Eat this, don’t eat that, take this pill, and come back in a month. I KNEW there had to be a better way.
By Meredith West
Great for a large party side! But if you are just making it for your family, just half the recipe to make a smaller batch.
Tip: If you are preparing this for a meal prep or planning on keeping in the fridge a few days, wait to add the romaine. All other ingredients will hold up and soak up the yummy juices, but the romaine will get soggy!
Update: I recently tried this recipe substituting the romaine with chopped kale, and it held up wonderfully as leftovers.
- 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
- 1/2 cup J. Olive Co. Blenheim Apricot White Balsamic
- 2 tsp J. Olive Co. Toasted Sesame Oil or 1/4 c olive oil or avocado oil
- 2 Tbsp soy sauce
*If making a half batch use 1/4 cup red wine vinegar, 1/4+ Apricot Balsamic, 1 tsp sesame seed oil, 2 tbs soy sauce. If you want more liquid, just eyeball it! Nothing wrong with a little more dressing 😉
Crunchy topping: Mix together and add to a pan.
- 1/2 c raw, pre-rinsed quinoa (you can find pre-rinsed or rinse yourself)
- 1/4 c sliced almonds
- 1/4 c chopped walnuts
Spray pan with cooking spray, over low-medium heat. Add nut mixture, drizzle with butter olive oil, pinch of salt. Watch closely and stir until nuts begin to brown lightly, about 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat and cool.
- 1 head Chopped romaine or chopped kale
- 1/2 bag coleslaw mix
- 4 green onions chopped
- 2 crowns of broccoli chopped
- Toss with crunchy topping, dressing, and serve immediately.
- Optional topping: Tablespoon of chow mein noodles
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!
Our coaches are not simply going to tell you what you “should” be doing, they’ll help you discover what is really going on.
Eight weeks in to our Winter 2017 challenge, we asked clients,
What is one thing you have learned about your (past and present) eating habits through your CK experience?
Here’s what they said…
“I’ve learned it doesn’t have to be complicated. Keep it simple – plant, protein, water, repeat. Consistency is key.”
“I was focusing on the wrong things, I was avoiding the “bad” foods and restricting myself during the week and then binge eating on the weekends.”
“I am eating more food and losing weight!”
Clean Kitchen is all about making healthy eating really simple to do, and this is exactly why we have partnered up with J. Olive Co. to give you even more inspiration in the kitchen for easy meal ideas. Today we show you a recipe to cook for dinner, then re-vamp it for lunch the next day.
J. Olive Co. offers so many unbelievable flavor combinations of their infused olive oils and balsamic vinegars to transform any dish into a flavor bomb! All you have to do is pour the flavor on!
Why CK loves J. Olive Co. products:
- Packs a big flavor punch without all the sugar found in other dressings or marinades.
- Olive oils offer your body a boat load of healthy fat and antioxidants. Healthy fats keep your hormones happy!
- Balsamic vinegars offer antioxidants and help with your digestion!! Which translates into a healthy gut and better nutrient absorption.
- All their oils and vinegars come in sample bottles you can keep with you for dressings on the go! A perfect CK-type-of-hack, but also great to sample all the J Olive Co. flavors. Trust me, you will want more than one combo.
In Clean Kitchen, we do not count calories. Because when people eat, we are not looking at our plate knowing exactly how many “calories” we are eating. We eat portions of food, not counted out macronutrients. No calculators, no adding up your macros. Just simply use you hand size as your guide to portion control.
No this does not have pasta in it, BUT if the kiddos wanted it (or even you), just throw in some whole wheat pasta and call it a post workout meal! This has all the flavor of lasagna but is way easier to make. This is basically the Clean Kitchen Spaghetti Sauce recipe with an extra 4 cups of broth added to it and a special cheese mixture to dollop on top.
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Servings: 5 servings