Most of my recipes or hacks are created out of necessity. My main limiting factor would be that my son thinks “everything” I cook is “healthy.” To him, it doesn’t matter if I slather it with a pound of cheese. If I cook it, then it is healthy and he automatically doesn’t like it. So I do a lot of meals I can put a kid-twist on without having to cook an entirely different meal. And even though he turned his nose up at this at first, he still ate it. And my husband loved it too!
For mom’s casserole, I put the enchilada mix in a casserole dish. I also think this would be tasty with some spaghetti squash in the mix to make it more like a casserole rather than a meat casserole. None the less, it was still tasty! I paired it with a side salad. Mom, build yours into an enchilada salad bowl with some spinach, chopped black olives, greek yogurt, maybe even some more beans if you have them!
AKA “The Jenny Bou Spoon” — dedicated to my dear friend, Jenny, who has the same love-obsession with peanut butter like I do. Now we have a spoon full we can eat multiple times and not feel one single ounce of guilt 😉
Because something this magnificent deserves to be served on a golden spoon. So simple, yet so satisfying for a sweet craving. MAKE THIS NOW.
Sweet and savory is one of my favorite combinations. What better way to combine the two than with a recipe re-vamp of chicken and waffles! Here I am using the CK Chicken Tender recipe and a new Sweet Potato Waffle recipe. I also whipped up a Peach Glaze to go on top. If you do not want to make the glaze you could do a small drizzle of honey for some sweetness.
2 pounds of chicken tenders
1-2 eggs for egg wash
1/2 cup rice flour
1/4 cup almond flour
1//4 cup parmesan cheese
1 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp chili powder
Olive oil for cooking
Mix all dry ingredients in shallow bowl for dredging chicken through.
Whisk eggs in separate bowl.
Dip tenders in egg wash, then dredge to coat through breading.
Pre-heat olive oil in large pan over medium heat.
Cook tenders for about 4 minutes on each side. Do not crowd the pan too much.
Add more oil to the pan and cook tenders in batches.
Sweet Potato Waffles
3 cups baked sweet potatoes
1 whole egg
couple of dashes of garlic powder
couple of dashes of onion powder
1/2 cup Kodiak Cake Waffle Mix
pinch of salt
unsweetened almond milk
optional add in: dash of red pepper flakes and 1/2 tsp of sesame seed oil
Bake sweet potatoes, about 3 medium size potatoes. You could possibly use canned pumpkin puree but you may need more Kodiak Cake Mix.
Mix all ingredients in a mixing bowl. Consistency should look more like mashed potatoes and not a lot of liquid. Use the almond milk as needed if you need more liquid.
Pre heat waffle maker to medium-high heat. Once ready, spray both sides with cooking spray and add about 1/4 cup-1/2 cup of sweet potato waffles mix.
Close waffle maker and cook for about 3 minutes or until most of the steam stops coming out.
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!
*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
1/2 bag coleslaw mix
4 green onions chopped
2 crowns of broccoli chopped
Toss with crunchy topping, dressing, and serve immediately.
One of my favorite meals are the meatballs at Branch in Hattiesburg, MS. This recipe was inspired by that meal! But cooked in my Instapot for 15 minutes! The meatballs are also perfect for using two different ways, one for mom and one for the rest of the non-compliant members of the house. For my meal, I paired my meatballs with a simple side salad. For my son and husband, I made meatball subs toasted in the oven with melted mozzarella cheese! It was a hit and will be in heavy rotation in this house.
My family and I are starting a new tradition, Christmas Eve Brunch, and I think it is a fantastic idea! And though we will have some not-so-CK-food items, there is still a way to sneak some CK Recipes in there that are just as tasty! So if you are trying to lessen the damage done by the holidays without sacrificing taste, here are some ideas you can use for your Christmas morning breakfast — or brunch! Find more brunch ideas in Clean Kitchen: The Cookbook!
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!
When it comes to holiday meals, we all know the true stars of the show are the sides. The turkey or meat option is really just an after thought. We have you covered with a CK Holiday Menu that, even if you don’t control your portion sizes, at least there is not too much damage done with these recipe re-vamps of holiday classics!