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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Honey Balsamic Brussels Sprouts

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Honey Balsamic Brussels Sprouts is a recipe I can not take full credit for! I found a similar recipe a while back, but of course changed up a few things to make it more inline with the CK-way and how we coach our clients to cook in the Clean Kitchen 12 Week Challenge. It is also a perfect recipe to use some of the J. Olive Co. Balsamic Vinegars! This recipe is featured as apart of our Christmas Dinner Giveaway with Corner Market!

Fresh

  • 2 pounds Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
  • 6-8 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • Grated parmesan cheese for topping

Pantry

  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • ground pepper to taste
  • 3/4 cup white balsamic vinegar — or any of the J. Olive Co. White Balsamic Vinegars
  • 2 tbs honey (if using J. Olive Co. Balsamic, cut honey by half)
  • 1/2 tsp Red pepper flakes

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. 
  • Trim and halve brussels sprouts.
  • Toss the brussels sprouts with oil in a mixing bowl; season with salt and pepper.
  • Spread brussels sprouts out on baking pan in an even layer. I like to lay flat side down.
  • Roast brussels sprouts about 35 minutes, until tender and a few burnt edges.
  • Meanwhile, combine the vinegar and honey in the saucepan and whisk until
  • Combine in a sauce pan, white balsamic, red pepper flakes, and honey.
  • Simmer over medium-high heat, whisking occasionally, until slightly syrupy, about 10 minutes or less.
  • Remove from the heat and let cool. The balsamic will thicken as it cools down.
  • Transfer the Brussels sprouts to a platter; drizzle the Honey Balsamic on top and sprinkle with parmesan cheese.

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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Harissa-Espresso Bibimbap

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“Bibimbap” is a typical Korean dish that literally came from throwing any leftover food in a bowl and mixing it together. Sounds like a CK kind of meal! We hate wasting food around here so it fits with the CK philosophy. Leftovers will save you. This dish is usually on top of a bowl of rice, but if you are looking to watch your carb intake, just use more veggies and less rice!

For the sauce I combine Espresso vinegar, Harissa Olive oil and soy sauce. Instead of using a chili sauce for heat, I used the Harissa Olive oil. Instead of typical rice vinegar I used the Espresso Balsamic to give a richer, sweet taste. I think it turned out phenomenal! Best part, its so fast to put together. This being a “leftover” dish, you can use any combination of veggies and protein that you have. The plants I used were just because I had them, so use what you have.

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Up In Farms Farm Packs

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Up In Farms is bringing the Farmer’s Market to your door step. In an effort to bring fresh, Mississippi-grown produce from all over the state into your kitchen, Up In Farms has created the “Farm Pack.” It’s a box of seasonal fresh veggies, farmed by local Mississippians, delivered to you every week for a month. A new month means a new variety depending on the season!

I have to say, we love this idea at Clean Kitchen! Each week you get a new batch of veggies to add into your meal habits AND it’s one less decision you have to make. If you have been through the Clean Kitchen 12 Week Challenge you know we preach simplicity is the key to success. Get all the help you can get!

If you get a Farm Pack, you are going to need ideas, right?

We want to help. Each month CK is going to help out with posting meal ideas and recipes to use the ingredients of your Farm Pack. Keep checking back for updated post!

How much is the Farm Pack?

You get 4 Farm Packs for $120! That is $30 for 12-15 pounds of fresh produce each week. It’s month by month “subscription.” You must pre-order you Farm Pack each month, but don’t worry they will send you an email reminder.

How is it delivered?

There are pick up locations all around Mississippi. There are delivery options available, for extra cost. A little bonus for CK or Versus members, they will deliver directly to Versus Gym in Hattiesburg and wave the delivery fee! It’s a win/win…come get your workout in and leave with a bushel of veggies.

What do you get in a Farm Pack?

12-15 lbs of fresh produce. A weekly pack of fresh and healthy food from MS farms! Includes tomatoes from Flora, collards from Tchula, bell peppers from Choctaw, squash from Simpson County, just to name a few.

Each week of the program, you will get a new online video demo by Chef Nick Wallace and nutritionist Rebecca Turner to help you make the most of your Farm Pack.

You can also sponsor a plan for one of many families and individuals in need around the area! Super cool idea.

I know I am in. I just signed up for my first Farm Pack! You can too. Click here to get your month of plants!!