Maple Balsamic Tea

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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!

Servings: 2

  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 tbs maple balsamic
  • 1 tbs unfiltered apple cider vinegar
  • 1 /2 tbs honey
  • dash of cinnamon

Pineapple Pork Lettuce Wraps

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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!

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Mom’s Enchilada Casserole + Kid’s Enchiladas

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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!

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Chili Mac

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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!

Check out all the details on our upcoming Clean Kitchen 12 Week Challenge here!

Momma’s Version

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Butternut Stuffing

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Butternut Stuffing is a twist on stuffing using cubed butternut instead of bread, and loading it up with some CK Turkey sausage. This is a perfect guilt-free holiday recipe! I highly suggest getting some J. Olive Co. Maple Balsamic vinegar to turn that turkey sausage into “maple” sausage :). I have made this with both regular balsamic and with the Maple balsamic. Both are equally delicious!

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Stuffed Acorn Squash

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You know when you get really excited to eat a meal, you wouldn’t mind eating that same meal multiple times in one day?Well that is this meal. It’s that good, you won’t mind eating it multiple times! This one was inspired by my friend Sharra, who sent me an awesome stuffed acorn recipe to try. I did my own twist, creating a CK Turkey Italian Sausage and using my @msfarmed Farm Pack shiitake mushrooms! Thank you Sharra for the inspiration!

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CK Turkey Breakfast Sausage

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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!

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Jambalaya

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By Meredith West

Fresh

  • 2 cups frozen seasoning blend
  • 5 cloves garlic chopped
  • 3 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 3 bell peppers, chopped in large pieces
  • 2 packs raw chopped/riced cauliflower
  • 1 bunch celery, chopped
  • 1 pack turkey sausage, sliced
  • 3 chicken breasts, cooked chopped or shredded.

Pantry

  • 1 can Rotel (tomatoes and chilis)
  • 2 cups basmati rice
  • 1 quart chicken bone broth

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In a large Dutch oven or other oven safe pot brown sausage and set aside.
  3. Sauté cauliflower rice in same pot with 1 tbsp garlic or regular olive oil a pinch of salt and some pepper. Pour out and set aside with the sausage.
  4. Sauté seasoning blend, garlic, tomatoes, celery, and bell pepper. Season mixture with salt and pepper. Cook for 10 min or until very little liquid remains and veggies are soft.
  5. Add cauliflower, sausage, chicken, 1 1/2 c rice, can of rotel, and quart of chicken bone broth. Bring to a boil. Put lid on Dutch oven and transfer to preheated oven.
  6. Bake 1 hour or until rice has absorbed most of the liquid.
  7. Serve topped with green onion and hot sauce of your choice!

Note: this makes at least 10-12 large servings! This should freeze fine and be a perfect emergency freezer meal. If rice gets to thick or sticky add some extra broth or stock to thin it out.

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Changing my life, saved my life.

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By Will Easterling

About mid-way through the Clean Kitchen 12 week challenge, it hit me. I realized at that point in time, that Clean Kitchen didn’t just “change” my life in so many positive ways, I began looking at CK as “saving” my life. I began to realize how much this program was going to positively affect the quality of my life and actually help lead to a longer life as well. And by living a longer, healthier life, I thought about how many more great memories I will have now have spending time with my family and doing all the things I love to do. I realized that the nutritional habits we create today not only affect us in the short-term, but they most likely have even greater long-term affects.

“I came to a point where I wanted to make sustainable changes, but I didn’t know how. There are too many “diets” out there promising “this and that” which made the change I desired and needed way too confusing. So for years, I chose to do nothing.”

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Summer 2017 Progress Pictures

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Every 12 week Challenge we see amazing results. But we measure “results” in many different ways. The pictures get a lot of attention and they are nothing short of amazing, but when we hear feedback from our clients (like below), we know we helped change a life for good. And those kind of “results” you do not get to see in a picture or girth measurements.

But you know, we still get incredibly giddy about seeing some incredible transformations in body composition as well!!!!!! Here is a sampling of the Summer 2017 Challenge class. You guys will inspire so many people to take the leap of faith because you did 12 weeks ago. Congrats to all participants!! We can not wait to see how the rest of your journey unfolds. And of course, we will always be there supporting you the entire way!

The next Clean Kitchen 12 Week Challenge begins soon! All details here.

CK Challenge Winner is chosen by CK peers in an anonymous vote of all who turn in progress pictures. The client with the most votes wins $1000!!!

Summer 2017 Clean Kitchen Challenge winner is…

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First place winner of $1000!

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Second Place!

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Third Place!

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