Smoothies are a little sneaky. There are all kinds of fancy recipes out there calling for lots of different add-ins that usually result in a pretty high sugar shake. But here at Clean Kitchen we teach our clients how to make perfectly portioned smoothies so things do not get out of hand. Check out 3 dairy-free smoothies, that are not only simple, but tasty as well!
It is as simple as sticking to our meal habits, protein + plants + fats = meal.
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!
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.
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.
Topping: Oven roasted nuts (chopped walnuts , almonds or pumpkin seeds)
- Any nuts of your choosing. Here we used walnuts and sliced almonds.
- Preheat oven 325 degrees.
- Spray nuts with cooking spray and liberally season with salt. Toss to coat.
- Bake for about 5-6 minutes until fragrant.
Topping: PB Drizzle
1 tbs powdered peanut butter (such as PB2 Brand)
1+ tbs water (add more for more drizzle consistency)
optional: 1/2 tbs J. Olive Co. Maple vinegar
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)
- 4 frozen peach slices
- 1 tsp J. Olive Co. lemon olive oil or lemon extract
- 1/2 tbs J. Olive Co. coconut balsamic (optional)
- 1/2 small sliced banana
- 1 kiwi sliced
- 1 tbs unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1 tbs hemp seeds (You can find these at most grocery stores, even Walmart. Usually by the nuts and coconut flakes!)
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.
- 16 oz of frozen peach slices
- 1 tbs ghee
- 1/2 cup J. Olive Co. Apricot or Peach Balsamic
- 1/2 cup water
- Add ghee and frozen peaches to medium sauce pot, over medium to high heat and cook peaches down about 7 minutes.
- Once peaches are cooked and soft enough to smash, add the liquid and allow to simmer.
- Allow the liquid to reduce down about 7 minutes. While simmering, smash some of the peaches to help thicken the glaze. The glaze will thicken more once it cools down a bit.
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!