Garlic & Apricot Balsamic Shrimp are easy, simple, and best of all delicious! Nothing makes cooking quick tastier than the balsamic vinegars and oils from J. Olive Co, like this pairing of Apricot balsamic and Blood Orange olive oil. Throw it together with a quick coleslaw using the same pairing!
By Rachael Myrick
My journey towards being healthy and having a healthy relationship with food has been years in the making. As a child, I struggled with being overweight until I hit my awkward pre-teen growth spurt.
Flash forward to college years, I competed in Miss Mississippi and dropped to the low weight of 100lbs to get ready for swimsuit competition. I severely limited my caloric intake and worked out like a madwoman. Sadly, this is actually what it took to win the swimsuit competition.
My experience then definitely clouded my judgment of what eating healthy looked like. Less calories= less weight in my view.
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!
It’s really no secret that I’ve struggled with my weight my entire life. Two years ago I was at my heaviest, and I was miserable to say the least.
I read about Clean Kitchen and all the results past clients had, but I had an abundance of excuses as to why I wasn’t going to try the program, one of the main reasons being the cost.
I took matters into my own hands and bought the CK cookbook as I, once again, ventured into a healthier version of myself. I made great progress on my own for a while, but I eventually fell back into bad habits.
I participated in the Summer 2018 Clean Kitchen 12 Week Challenge, and it taught me, for the first time in my life, how to eat to live instead of living to eat. Even though it’s all very self-driven, having your own personal coach to help guide you and hold you accountable and to answer any questions you have makes all the difference.
I have nothing but great things to say about the program and what it taught me, and the fact that I’ve been able to sustain it since the challenge ended is everything.
The absolute game changer was when I decided to try a Versus class. About 3 weeks before my CK challenge ended, I joined Anna’s outdoor class at Oak Grove. I was concerned I wouldn’t be able to do the workouts because of some old injuries, but Anna put my mind at ease, and there’s been no looking back.
Thanks to Anna’s Versus Outdoor class, I am stronger than I’ve ever been, and I’m continuing to see amazing changes in myself. Like Anna keeps telling me, “This is just the beginning.” I couldn’t be more grateful for being a part of the Versus family; their encouragement and support is like no other!
With 45 pounds gone, 17 inches lost , 2 dress sizes down, I’m a believer in this process! I truly believe this program is one of the best investments in yourself you can make. Want to learn more about the CK Challenge? Check out the FAQ page here.
Horseradish Crust Rib Roast is a recipe courtesy of Tyler Florence from foodnetwork.com. See original recipe here—though I have omitted a few things to keep it simplified and my cooking time is a little different for my oven!
I have cooked this rib roast every year for Christmas lunch for the past several years. It is so easy to prepare, with minimal ingredients. I just put it in the oven in the morning and by lunch it is done! The secret is in the salty, horseradish crust—all the yumminess just soaks right into the roast!
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!
- 2 pounds Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
- 6-8 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
- Grated parmesan cheese for topping
- 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
- 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.
Drinking vinegar mixed in water has long been used to help aid in digestion. For me personally, I know if I eat a big meal that doesn’t agree with me I can drink a little vinegar tonic and it helps my system.
I started thinking about this idea because I like to drink an Apple Cider Vinegar Tea occasionally. ACV is known for it’s health benefits, but did you know that other fruit based vinegars are just as beneficial? Mixing J. Olive Co White balsamics and water are very popular with clients, but why not the darks too?!
Let’s holiday this up and get cozy! It taste and smells like Apple Cider! You could even substitute the maple out for other J. Olive Co. Balsamics!
- 1 cup hot water
- 1 tbs maple balsamic
- 1 tbs unfiltered apple cider vinegar
- 1 /2 tbs honey
- dash of cinnamon
Salad bowls (or bowl meals) have long been a favorite around Clean Kitchen because they are fast, versatile, and fill all the CK habits! Now we have a restaurant in Hattiesburg, MS dedicated to just that, and we couldn’t be more excited.
We’ve partnered up with The Salad Station to create not only 5 yummy bowl combinations, but also the CK Lemon Parm Vinaigrette dressing! Menu cards will be available at all locations to help you build you CK-Bowl!
The Salad Station is a “build your own salad” place. Pile as much as you want in the bowl in any combination. You pay by weight of your bowl contents—which can be problematic if you do not have a plan. So naturally we wanted to help you navigate their huge selection on the salad bar.
In Clean Kitchen we plan! So here are 5 CK-Approved-bowls that won’t break the bank. All bowls were under $8, with dressing and tax included! After all, it’s all about portion sizes and having a plan!
The bowls you see here are the actual bowls I made, weighed, priced AND ate!
- Always use the serving cups for your dressings so you don’t over pour and add $$ to your bowl.
- It’s not a bad idea to “meal prep” for several meals while you are there! If you plan to make multiple salads, just go before the busy hours around 10-11am or after lunch.
Casseroles are the one pot wonder meal that just gets better as leftovers and a are perfect for you next meal prep. Sometimes you can just throw a bunch of yummy ingredients together and magic happens, like in this Smoked Black Bean and Sweet Potato Casserole with Ground Turkey.
As usual in CK-fashion, all ingredients are simple and easy to come by. No specialty grocery store needed!