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.
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.
Pineapple Pork Lettuce Wraps are a quick, healthy, and easy, “set and forget it” type of meal for busy nights! Set the meat up in the slow cooker in the morning and by dinner time you’ve got dinner ready. You can even do this in the Instapot!
Maybe you need it really fast? No worries. There is the fast, stove top version too!
What makes this dish shine is the use of J. Olive Co. Pineapple Balsamic and the Roasted Sesame Oil. If you do not have the Pineapple Balsamic, I think the Apricot or the Peach Balsamic would be great substitutes! We’ve also included recipes for Pineapple Salsa and Pineapple-Cilantro Rice to make this a full meal!
This is a perfect post workout meal or breakfast! You may even just need this in your life for a sweet bite. It is THAT good and decadent! You can make a big batch and keep in the fridge as part of your meal prep for up to 3 days.
Servings: 1 marvelous bowl all to yourself
Combine in a food processor:
1/2 Small sweet potato (about 1/3 cup mashed)
1/2 scoop vanilla protein (We use Quest Vanilla Milkshake)
1-2 tbs unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup cottage cheese
Dashes of cinnamon
Blend until whipped and smooth, about 1-2 minutes.
This is the perfect quick breakfast or snack (or even dessert!). You can premix the smoothie contents and keep in the fridge up to 3-4 days! So you may want to make triple. If you can find lemon infused olive oil go with that! It really makes the mix smooth and glossy. For extra “tropical” flavor, add in the coconut balsamic, but I have also made this without!
Combine in a food processor:
Big handful fresh or 1/2 cup frozen spinach
1/2 cup low fat or fat free cottage cheese
1/2 +/- cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder (I used Quest Vanilla Milkshake)
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.
Raise your hand if you like crispy breakfast sausage? Do you like crispy potato hash?! Are you American? Of course you do!
A frequently asked question by our CK clients is:
“What else can I eat for breakfast besides eggs?”
Even though there is no “rule” saying you can’t eat dinner leftovers for breakfast, some people just want “morning” food. So here you go, the CK Breakfast platter with a ssunnyside up egg and some Balsamic Potato Hash!
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!
Traci Massey beat cancer. Then she beat any excuse to give up on her health. She joined Versus in October 2015, and the CK 12 Week Challenge Summer 2016. Now a year later she not only completely restored her body, but has a brand new outlook on life. Check out her story told by Traci herself!
If you have been wanting to take back your health, now is your chance. Click here for information on the next Clean Kitchen 12 Week Challenge!
Traci Massey Blood work in 2014, before Versus and CK, and then again in January 2017.
2014 Total cholesterol : 245
2017 Total Cholesterol: 206
(LDL, HDL, VLDL)
2014 LDL: 158
2017 LDL: 135
2014 HDL: 72
2017 HDL: 61
2014 Vitamin D 25-Hydroxy: 32
2017 Vitamin D 25-Hydroxy: 58.1
Updated 2019 transformation! In total she has lost 52 pounds, built a boat load of muscle, and transformed her body over the last 3 years. Check out her new article about continued progress here on the Versus Success Stories page!
Traci Massey before CK 12 Week Challenge in 2016 and after, January 2019
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.
Download a complete menu, recipes and grocery list. I also included some extra meals to think about, as well as a sample day of food using the plan. I hope this helps all you new meal-preppers out there!