Last Call for CCK and What’s Next!

August 1st, 2023 Update

Thank you for trusting the Clean & Colorful Kitchen as a partner in your healthy lifestyle. Whether it be one week or 6 years, it has been an honor and a privilege to fill your fridge with Plant Forward food. While it is bittersweet to be closing our kitchen this weekend, we could not be more excited about our new partners we are recommending.

Sonya and Angela at Plant Based Meals are incredible women and leading the charge in Plant Based Meal Prep in San Diego. I could not be prouder of a company to recommend you to after we close.

They cook slightly different than us, as they are a Whole Food Plant Based kitchen, cooking exclusively vegan. But their recipes are intricate, beautiful and loaded with plant protein and all the phytochemical benefits that come with them. I think you will absolutely love them if you give them a try!

As an added incentive, they have offered all CCK clients 10% off their first order, so please take them up on that! I certainly will be!

Please visit their website at and use code CCK10 to take 10% off your first order. Their deadline and delivery are a little different than ours. But hopefully it will all still work out just fine and you can still order from and support a local, woman-owned small business!

Please feel free to call or text our main customer service line (858) 304-7632 with any questions as we want to make this transition as easy as possible for you!

Wishing you health, happiness and all the joy of plant based food and not having to cook it!

Teresa Marie & Your Veggie Ninja Crew

July 29, 2023 Update

All of our last orders have been submitted and we are beginning our final production this weekend. We are going out with a bang and will be prepping one of our largest orders in company history this weekend. Thank you again to all of our lovely clients, brand new and original, for all the kind notes we have received. It’s truly heart warming to hear about the impact we have made in your lives over the years.

We will send out another newsletter, update this page, and send out text messages to all active plan holders with information on how to order from the best Plant Based Meal Prep company in San Diego next week! Until then, don’t hesitate to text our customer service line at (858) 304-7632 with any questions at all!



Originally Posted July 25, 2023

Dear CCK Clients Present & Past,

It is bittersweet that I write you today to announce the closing of the Clean & Colorful Kitchen July 30th, 2023. It has been an incredible 330 weeks of production helping San Diegan’s unprocess their diet and eat more plants. This teeny company has made a pretty big impact in the lives or our clients, crew and partners. I am very proud of everything we have been able to achieve over the years. Rest assure, we are closing on a high note and I want to share that with you now. Here are all the details you need to know about what’s next for me and all of you!

Why are we closing?

A teeny business is essentially an extension of the founder and operators personal life, and that is exactly what CCK has been for me. It has been an incredible vehicle to explore business development, employee engagement, customer service, recipe innovation, and all the nuts and bolts that get a company started and keep it running. It kept me focused and sane through the pandemic. It brought me life long friends in the form or crew and clients.

It’s been exciting, exhausting, humbling and empowering all at the same time in different ways.  This business has been successful since the day it opened. We are not closing out of despair, it’s simply a personal decision. I am tired. And I am excited about a different future for myself…but more on that at the end of this note.

When are we closing?

Our last full of production will be Sunday July 30th. Which means orders placed on or before Friday the 28th at 1pm will be ready for pick up or out for delivery Sunday July 30th starting at 4:30. And that all orders delivered by Monday the 31st will be the last batches of meals you receive from your veggie ninja crew at CCK. Early next week I will send out very detailed instructions on who you can and should order from after we close.

What if I still need veggie heavy meal delivery in San Diego?

I would not leave our veggie loving clients hanging! I have researched the other companies in San Diego and the landscape of healthy meal delivery has definitely changed since we started cooking in March of 2017. I felt a need to start this company because, at the time,  there simply wasn’t a good option in this city. Meal Prep in 2017 was still very much meat, potatoes and grey broccoli with few to no vegetarian options and about zero vegan options.

That is not the case anymore. Instead of fighting to compete, I have selected the BEST company as our replacement. While different from us in some ways, we share the same values and goals. I hope that you will be very happy with the owners, operators and passionate women who own Plant Based Meals and the delicious, health inducing food they cook. I will share more transition details early next week. And I think and hope you will come to love them as much as I have!

What if I can’t live without CCK recipes?

I have hundreds and hundreds of plant forward recipes for breakfasts, entrees, snacks and smoothies. It is my passion in this business and the thing I would miss most. But good news, I won’t go away. While I’m tired of running my kitchen every weekend, I am not tired of discovering and documenting delicious recipes that highlight the beauty, simplicity and deliciousness of PLANTS!

I will be converting The Clean & Colorful Kitchen to an online company where we will produce and distribute recipes and instruction for those who love to meal prep at home. If you have an idea or question about how it would work, please send me an email at as I would love to hear your thoughts as I build out that service. I will share more details here, via email and on Instagram as updates develop.

What’s next for me (Teresa)

For me personally, I am tired. Working every weekend for that past 6+ years has taken its toll on me and I am ready for a new venture and more flexibility in my life. In January, I started working at the Hub Pickleball in Spring Valley for fun. Over the few months I’ve been there, I have taken on more responsibility and am now the Director of Memberships and Social Events. I will also be playing a larger role in the company as we expand into Franchise Operations. I will also be working diligently to bring CCK online to life.

On a more personal level, Ben and I were also engaged in March and will be getting married here in San Diego in October. We also finally bought a new (old) home in La Mesa, will be renting out our cabin full time and we adopted a puppy in June.  It’s a year of BIG changes for us! I truly am excited for this next phase of our lives.


What’s next for you?

Well that’s up to you – but I hope this doesn’t disrupt your healthy eating goals in the least! In fact, maybe some of you will be reinvigorated and excited to try a new, highly recommended company if it has been a while since you’ve ordered from our Kitchen? But for right now, place your order like normal from us this weekend and stay tuned on how to order from your new favorite San Diego Meal Prep company next week! Also keep an eye on instagram to see how the online recipe program develops.

Thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of my veggie loving heart. It has been an honor and a pleasure to cook for so many of you over the years.

Forever your veggie ninja,

Teresa Marie

2022 Holiday Schedule

Happy Holidays from your Healthy & Happy Veggie Ninja Crew!

  • December 18th: This is the last weekend to order meals from CCK in 2022! We have added extra freezer friendly items to our menu this weekend in case you want to stock up!
  • Christmas Weekend: Christmas Eve and Day fall on Saturday and Sunday. While we sure do like each other, we’re going to take that weekend off to be with our families and on a little vacay. We will have no services available.
  • New Years Weekend: New Years Eve and Day also fall on Saturday and Sunday. So that’s a pretty big deal, but we also know you’ll want some healthy eats to kick off 2023 feeling fab. So we’ll open the kitchen for partial ordering and be offering soups, smoothies, detox kits and snacks for Pick up or delivery on Monday, January 2nd.

Wishing you the best holiday season of all!

CCK Mid Summer Sale

We are in that mid Summer lull, it’s hot and our clients are traveling. While we do appreciate the slower, easier weekends in the kitchen, we’d much rather be busy-busy chopping, cooking and plating for more new and old clients! So in the spirit of 100% honesty and transparency, that is EXACTLY why we have created the CCK MID SUMMER SALE!

This is the perfect time to get set up with fresh, healthy, perfectly portion meals, smoothies or even a complete detox kit! Here are the deals we’re talking about:

What is the CCK Mid-Summer Sale?

It’s the BEST time of year to sign up and save! Everyone’s costs are high right now, and we know how much every little bet helps, so here are our current incentives:

  1. 15% off New Plans – new or old clients, save 15% off your first order when you start a new plan! And for those of you who don’t already know, we have 2 plans to choose from! Our traditional Subscribe & Save and new to 2022 our One-Time Order Plan. Get all the details here.
  2. 10% off Gift Cards – I always hate it when only new clients get to take advantage of deals so I always offer something or our most loyal clients as well. You can buy them and use yourself or as the name implies, Gift them away to someone who would love it. See all your options here.
  3. Increased Referral Credits – Our business is pretty much a word of mouth/referrals business. Even at capacity, we are a small business and we love cooking for what feels like our friends and family. The best way for us to grow is to also cook for our current clients friends and family! We always offer a $15 account credit to your friends and to you once they sign up. Right now, we’ve pumped your referral credit to $25!!
  4. Up to 50% off CCK Swag and Partner Products – we’ve got some fun things on our menu, beyond health boosting meals and snacks. You’ll see them at the very bottom of our weekly menu and right now is an excellent time to buy them!

How long will the CCK Mid-Summer Sale Last?

This will likely depend on the success of the sale! When we hit capacity, we can’t take more clients. I would imagine this will stay active until the end of August, but is subject to end early if we max out. So don’t wait, take advantage of these deals now!

How do I take advantage of these generous savings?

We really like our ordering process to be self-sufficient, you should be able to leverage all these deals simply from our website. Here are the details:

  1. 15% off New Plans – Simply use code CCKMSS15 at the payment screen of the checkout process.
  2. 10% off Gift Cards – Easy peasy. Just be sure to select the Mid Summer Sale option on our Gift Card page here. Note: Max 2 per client.
  3. Increased Referral Credits – Long into your account and grab your unique referral code and/or link. Share it with your friends and family. Text, social media, email, snail mail. Any and all of it works, and once that code is used, you’ll score $25 CCK cash and there is no limit to how much you can earn!
  4. Up to 50% off CCK Swag and Partner Products – these are already marked down on our menu. Just add them to your cart before you check out.!

I have more questions about your products/services.

We’d love to answer them! Be sure to check out our FAQ page and don’t hesitate to email me directly at or text/call us at (858) 304-7632.

We hope our Mid Summer Sale hits you and the perfect time and you’re ready to sign up for easy living and clean eating with us!

Summer 2022

Summer is coming and it’s definitely starting to heat up in San Diego! With school wrapping up and vacations on the horizon, schedules start to go a little bananas. But don’t let that mess up your healthy eating goals. Like always, we’ll be sweating it out in our kitchen all Summer long so YOU DON’T HAVE TO!  Woot!

In this post you’ll find:

  • modified menu for 4th of July Weekend – get ready for a post holiday detox!
  • A fun Summer freebie for our favorite clients and a way to win a $100 CCK Cash!
  • Important date reminders for what’s coming up this Summer.
  • An update on our No Waste Kitchen efforts.

Let us help you make this a great summer full of long, warm days, fun memories, and lots and lots of clean, healthy, plant forward eating!


The 4th of July is on a Monday this year, which means the weekend prior, we will be having a modified production for a few reasons:

  • Our crew needs a break.
  • Our kitchen is getting new floors.
  • You deserve a good, post holiday detox!

What does this mean for you? It means that the menu we will have available to order Friday July 1, will be dramatically different. Because we won’t have a full staff or full access to our facility, we won’t be cooking that weekend. But we also wont leave you high and dry and without any healthy options!

We will have a post holiday detox menu available! Which means you can order any combination of juices, smoothies and our delicious soups to be picked up or delivered Sunday July 3rd or delivered Monday July 4th (no pick up Monday, July 4th).

We’ll also bring our side salad back so you can order a soup and salad combo. And our treat and partner products menu will also be up and running.

We also have planned a special menu the week prior, full of entrées that will freeze and re-heat particularly well if you’d like to stock up the week of June 24th.

In summary:

  • June 24th: Special “freezable” menu, stock up if you want entrees the following week!
  • July 1st (4th of July Weekend): Modified, post holiday detox only menu and no pick up hours Monday 4th of July.
  • July 8th: Business as usual with a rested crew, new floors and detoxed clients!

Thank you for your flexibility and understanding. We hope the soup, salad, smoothies, treats and special menu the week prior help you feel nourished & successful!


What could possibly be cooler than custom Veggie Ninja sunglasses? We don’t know, so we had some made! And we love them so much, we’re giving them away for free all Summer long*!

Oh, I know what’s cooler: A chance to win $100 CCK Cash! Snag your shades now and snap and share a cool picture of you having fun in them this Summer and we’ll give away $100 CCK Cash!

To get your free shades: Add them to your cart in the CCK swag section of our menu. Then use code SUMMERSHADES at checkout.

To be entered to win $100 CCK Cash: Post a picture of you and your Veggie Ninja Shades (or just the shades somewhere cool) on Social Media (Facebook or Instagram) and tag us @cleanandcolorfulkitchen and use #veggieninja anytime this Summer. We’ll announce the Winner in September!

Just one more way we’re helping you stay cool, calm and easy breezy this Summer!

*While Supplies Last

Summer 2022 is bringing us some great things, you have these dates to look forward:

  1. Juneteenth and Father’s Day: This Sunday, June 19th!
  2. Summer Solstice: Tuesday June 21st marks the first official day of Summer!
  3. Independence Day: Monday, 4th of July. We’ll be open, but with modified menu and pick up hours.
  4. National Bikini Day: Tuesday July 5th. What better things could you have to do on a Tuesday?
  5. International Friendship Day: Sunday, August 7th. Show your friends some love!
  6. National Beach Day: Tuesday August 30th. Another great thing to do on a Tuesday!

Happy Summer to all our amazing clients! 

We’re cruising into another San Diego Summer…our crew is ready! We work hard every weekend, but we make sure we have fun while we do it. We hope you feel the good energy and love in all the plant forward goodness that comes out of our Kitchen!

We are wishing you a wonderful Summer ahead!

— Your Healthy & Happy Veggie Ninja Crew

Healthy Quarantine Meal Packs

As it looks now, the COVID-19 Quarantine lifestyle is here to stay for a bit. And while that is frustrating and frightening for many of us, it can also be a time to continue to welcome the downtime, reflect and dig into taking care of your body. We know as well as anybody that the grocery stores are not fun, and maybe plant forward cooking isn’t your jam. But if you want the benefits of from scratch, veggie heavy, delicious meals, we’d love to load you up with a Healthy Quarantine Meal Pack!

Stay in. Stock up. And SAVE!

We run an a la carte menu and our order minimum is just $30. But if you want to load up your orders during quarantine and spend less time shopping and cooking, we want to help you save some money too!

What is a Healthy Quarantine Meal Pack?

When you order a minimum of 10 entrees and 5 breakfasts per week, we’ll apply a 15% discount to your entire order as we limp through this quarantine process. Our family meals are also included in this deal! Three of our family portions are equal to 12 meals and are about the same cost. If you’re eating from home anyway, dishing out servings from a family container can make plenty of sense.

Why would I want to order a Healthy Quarantine Meal Pack?

Sooo many reasons, but we’ll list the top 5 here:

  1. EASE: You don’t have to plan, shop, cook or clean. One order and your fridge is full!
  2. TIME: How much time do you spend shopping or in the kitchen? What else could you create with that time?
  3. HEALTH: Now is the time to fuel yourself with high quality, plant forward nutrition to keep your body running well and your immunity strong. We cook food that works like preventive medicine and truly has healing power.
  4. SAVINGS: You’re going to save money, this discount is pretty significant on large orders so use it to your advantage!
  5. SUPPORT:  We are a very small, very local business and we are grateful we are able to continue our operation during this difficult time. All the revenue from your orders goes right back into the San Diego economy to purchase ingredients, pay wages, rent and more.

How do you place your Healthy Quarantine Meal Pack Order?

It’s as easy-peasy as placing any order in our system!

If you are a new client:

  1. If you don’t have an active subscription, click on start order and select the flexible subscription plan.
  2. Select a minimum of 10 entrees (or 3 family meals) and 5 breakfasts. But feel free to add more, as the discount applies to the entire order.
  3. Enter your zip code to identify your pick-up and delivery options, choose what’s best for you.
  4. At the check out screen, enter the code QK15 in the discount field at checkout to take 15% off your entire order.
  5. Enter your payment information and complete your order.
  6. That’s it, you’re done! You’ll automatically receive an order receipt and we’ll take care of the rest!

If you are a current client:

  1. Start your order selection like normal.
  2. Select a minimum of 10 entrees (or 3 family meals) and 5 breakfasts. But feel free to add more, as the discount applies to the entire order.
  3. Click through to the check out screen and enter the code QK15 in the discount field at checkout to take 15% off your entire order.
  4. Confirm your order and you’re all set! Remember, you have until Friday at 1pm to make any changes.

We hope that our Healthy Quarantine Meal Pack promotion offers a win win for everyone!


Please don’t hesitate to call/text our customer service line at 858-304-7632 or send an email to teresa@cleanandcolorfulkitchen with any questions at all! We look forward to cooking for you soon!

Healthy Recipe: CCK Plant Powered Bowl

You may not always have the time to cook, but when you do, our Original Plant Powered Bowl is a delicious option and a great meal to make at home with your family! These veggies and other ingredients are not particularly difficult to locate and can be found at just about any grocery store, year round.

The white bean sauce may sound odd, but if you haven’t had it, trust us, you’ll love it! Navy beans are a great way to create a rich, creamy sauce that is not only vegan, it’s also high in fiber and protein!

Bon Appetite!

Plant Powered Bowl Ingredients:

  • 2/3 lb Purple Potatoes
  • 1 Large Bunch of Kale
  • 1 2/3 lbs Carrots
  • 1 lb Broccoli
  • 1 Large Red Onion
  • 1/4 cup Olive Oil
  • Spray Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Cumin
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 2 cups Cooked Garbanzo Beans
  • 2 Tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 2 tsp Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Salt

Veggie Preparation & Cooking Instructions:

  1. Vegetable Prep: Wash potatoes and cut into about 1″ pieces. Remove the broccoli stalk and cut into 1″ florets. Rinse kale and let dry. Remove stems and tear into 1″ pieces. Cut ends off the onion, cut in half to remove outer layers and then slice into crescents. Peel carrots and cut into 1/4″ thick medallions. Pro Tip: A mandoline can speed up this process a lot and is also great for the potatoes.
  2. Vegetable Roasting: Preheat oven to 400. Mix together cumin, salt and pepper. Using 2/3 of the olive olive oil but without mixing the veggies together, coat the carrots, potatoes and broccoli then season by tossing in the spice mixture. Roast carrots and potatoes for about 10 minutes, remove and toss and return to oven with the broccoli for an additional 10 minutes. Spray the Kale and red onions with oil and season with remaining spices and roast for 7-10 minutes, until crispy.
  3. Cooking the Chickpeas: Strain and rinse the chickpeas. Heat a skillet and coat the chickpeas in remaining olive oil, brown sugar, chili powder, 1⁄2 tsp salt and add to a heated skillet. Cook and stir occasionally, about 8 minutes. They may look burnt, but they aren’t.

White Bean Sauce Ingredients:

  • 1 cup White (Navy) Beans
  • 1 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Cumin

Sauce Preparation:

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend on high until well combined.

Plating Instructions:

Divide cooked veggies into 6 equal portions and top with 1/6 of the sauce. Enjoy! You can also store this in 6 single serve, air-tight containers for the rest of the week in the refrigerator!

Nutrition per serving: 439 Calories, 16g Protein, 17g Fat, 16g Fiber, 18g Sugar.

In Summary…

Plant forward cooking isn’t hard, it’s just tedious and time consuming. Which, if you have the time is a great way to pass it! If you don’t, or you don’t enjoy it, we’re always here for you too. Our menu changes weekly and orders received by Friday at 1pm are ready for free pick-up or delivery starting Sunday at 6pm.


Easy Vegan Meal Prep: Stuffed Red Peppers

Being a vegan or vegetarian has its upside in terms of health, supporting a healthy planet and of course by protecting our furry friends. It can however, pose a small problem when you’re looking for high powered, delicious and still easy vegan meal prep recipes.

If you don’t have time to meal prep for yourself, that’s why we’re here and that’s why we cook these Vegan Stuffed Red Peppers every 5-6 weeks as a part of our plant forward menu. But if you do have time to cook, then you’re in luck because today, we’re sharing the recipe!

These ingredients are easy to find, inexpensive and this recipe is super easy to follow. The meal when it’s finished, is beautiful, plant forward and sure to impress your friends, family and coworkers!

Easy Vegan Meal Prep: Stuffed Red Pepper Ingredients

Stuffed Pepper

  • 1 cup Dry Quinoa
  • 1 cup Dry Black Beans
  • 1 cup Fresh Corn Kernels
  • 1 ½ cups Salsa Fresca
  • 2 Tbsp diced Fresh Cilantro
  • 3/4 tsp Cumin
  • 2 ¼ Tbsp Lime Juice
  • 3/4 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 2 Large Red Bell Peppers (or 4 Small)

From Scratch Red Pepper Dressing

  • 1 Medium Red Bell Pepper
  • 3 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • ½ tsp Kosher Salt
  • ¼ tsp Garlic Salt
  • 1-2 cloves of Garlic
  • 1 ½ tsp Lime Juice
  • 1 ½ Tbsp Water

Serves 4: Nutrition per serving: 414 calories, 16g protein, 11g fat, 13g fiber, 9g sugar

How to Make the Stuffed Red Peppers

  1. Rinse and soak beans overnight. Rinse and boil for an hour, drain and rinse.*
  2. Add quinoa to sauce pan with 2 cups of water. Cover and cook until quinoa is soft and water is absorbed, about 15-20 minutes.*
  3. Shuck the fresh corn and remove kernels with a knife*.
  4. In a large bowl, add cooked beans, quinoa, fresh corn, salsa fresca, cilantro, cumin, lime juice and salt. Mix well to combine.
  5. Slice the bell peppers in half and remove stem, core and seeds. Fill the peppers with the quinoa blend.
  6. Add all sauce ingredients to the blender and blend until smooth. Final season to your taste. Poor over peppers just before serving.

*All these steps can be done in bulk and leftovers can be frozen in single serve containers for up to 2 months. 

Nutrition Comparison: Vegan Stuffed Red Pepper vs. Traditional

To boost the nutrition of this dish and not cut any flavor, we made these three Clean & Colorful upgrades to a traditional stuffed pepper.

  1. We used a quinoa and black bean blend to bring your protein versus ground beef as you traditionally find. Check out the difference it makes in cutting fat and adding fiber below!
  2. We top our Stuffed Red Peppers with a to-die for, also vegan red pepper dressing versus traditional cheddar or mozzarella cheese. We’re adding more antioxidants, healthy fats and fiber instead of saturated dairy fat. Your gut will thank you!
  3. We swapped traditional processed white rice for quinoa, delivering a 300% increase in fiber and 67% more protein!

Nutrition Facts (per serving) Summary

  • 414 vs. 540 = 23% fewer calories
  • 11g vs. 43 = 74% less fat (mostly all saturated fat)
  • 13g vs. 3.3 = 300% more fiber
  • 100% Plant Protein

If you’re looking for a  delicious and easy vegan meal prep recipe, you should bookmark this page right now!

Reminder: If you want us to cook for you, check out this week’s menu and place your order before Friday at 1pm!

Drink the Rainbow: Healthy Inspired Cocktails

You hear the term “Eat the Rainbow” all the time (especially from us!) but why not “Drink the Rainbow?” Liquid plants are more bioavailable and hydrating than their food counterparts and an amazing way to boost your body with phytochemical, plant power!

To Booze or Not to Booze — A Serious Question!

The other wonderful thing about all these recipes is they are tasty on their own and can be kicked up a notch with 2 oz of your preferred liquor. We generally recommend clear liquors like vodka, gin or blanco tequila to lessen the hangover load. These recipes all feature 2 oz of 80 proof spirits and those calories are included in the count. But you can take it own and 128 calorie with it and enjoy these as zero proof cocktails for the sober curious.

When and How to Use these Recipes

Whether it’s a holiday or happy hour, these recipes will dazzle your friends and you can leverage the fun nutrition facts to impress your friends and family.

Have fun! These recipes are not only excellent as is, they are also a starting ground to stock your Rainbow Bar. Once you have all your ingredients and get used to the quantities, have fun with it! Play mix and match and please share your inspired creations with us!

The Honey Citrus Syrup Recipe

Most of these recipes call for an ounce of honey citrus syrup. This is a more flavorful and boasts more health benefits than traditional simple syrup and is very simple to make. Just mix together 2 oz honey, 1 oz lemon juice, 1 oz lime juice, 4 oz water and 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon and add to a sauce pan and bring to a simmer to melt the honey and bind the flavors. This recipe makes 8 oz total, so adjust accordingly. You can store in a mason jar in the fridge for weeks and it adds 25 calories per oz anytime you use it.

Red: Watermelon Cooler (187 calories)

  • 6 oz Watermelon Juice (4 oz by weight)
  • 1 oz Lime Juice
  • 2 oz Vodka
  • 1 cup Ice
  • Garnish Mint Leaf

Directions: Add watermelon to a blender to make the juice. It’s delicious and easy! Fill a mason jar 1/2 with ice, top with watermelon juice, lime juice, vodka and stir with a straw and garnish with fresh mint.

Fun Facts:

  • This drink is hearty, refreshing and hydrating and is an excellent welcome or post meal drink with drink 1g protein and 1g fiber!
  • Watermelon is an antioxidant power house loaded with vitamins A & C and it gets its pinkish/red color from lycopene, a carotenoid in most reddish fruits and veggies.
  • Its strong antioxidant features prevent and repair cell damage and also associated with reducing blood pressure.
  • Can blend extra mint into the juice if desired.

Orange: Skinny Mimosa on the Rocks (88 Calories)

  • 3 oz Champagne
  • 3 oz Orange Juice
  • 3 oz Soda Water
  • ½ tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 cup Ice
  • Garnish: Orange Wheel

Directions: Add orange juice and cinnamon to the bottom of a mason jar and mix well. Fill 1/2 the jar with ice, top with champagne, soda water and stir with a straw and garnish with an orange wheel.


Fun Facts:

  • This is an excellent morning beverage and the cinnamon adds great flavor.
  • Adding soda water thins it out and cuts sugar and alcohol making it a hydrating beverage you can drink all day long.
  • Use fresh squeezed OJ vs from concentrate or boxed, because it will have about ½ the sugar and twice the flavor.

Yellow: Sweet Citrus Spritzer (151 Calories)

  • 1 oz Honey Citrus Syrup*
  • 2 oz Citrus Vodka
  • 6 oz Soda Water
  • 1 cup Ice
  • Garnish: Lemon Wheel

Directions: Add honey citrus syrup and vodka to the bottom of a mason jar and mix well. Fill 1/2 the jar with ice, top with champagne, soda water and stir with a straw and garnish with an orange wheel.

Fun Facts:

  • The honey simple syrup is easy to make and superior to traditional simply syrup not only in flavor but because honey itself has more naturally occurring antioxidant benefits than sugar itself.
  • There is also added vitamins from the citrus juice and the antimicrobial and blood glucose support from the cinnamon.

Green: Cucumber Detoxifier (165 Calories)

  • 3 oz Cucumber Juice
  • 1 tsp Grated Ginger
  • 2 oz Vodka (or Gin is good too!)
  • 1 oz Honey Citrus Syrup
  • 3 oz Soda Water
  • 1 cup Ice
  • Garnish Cucumber Wheel

Directions: Add cucumber juice, vodka, ginger, honey citrus syrup to the bottom of a mason jar and mix well. Fill 1/2 the jar with ice, top with soda water and stir with a straw and garnish with a cucumber wheel.

Fun Facts: This cocktail is actually perfect for the morning after because it has:

  • Honey to restore blood sugar levels.
  • Ginger to also sooth a queasy stomach.
  • Cucumber juice is naturally hydrating and comes with B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish essential nutrients the body lost.
  • This beverage in water content, supporting rehydration.

Indigo: Beet Your Berry Heart Out (190 Calories)

  • 1 oz Beet Juice (3 oz Beet juiced)
  • 1 oz Honey Citrus Syrup
  • 2 oz Orange Juice
  • 2 oz Vodka
  • 3 oz Soda Water
  • Garnish: Berry Skewer

Directions: Add beet juice, vodka, orange juice, honey citrus syrup to the bottom of a mason jar and mix well. Fill 1/2 the jar with ice, top with soda water and stir with a straw and garnish with a cucumber wheel.

Fun Facts: Beets are trending as a superfood in 2019 because they are:

  • Loaded with vitamins and minerals (including Ca and Fe) and are a good source of fiber.
  • Packed with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory powers from Carotenoids (mostly beta carotene) and betalains, which give it its brilliant color.
  • Full of Boron, some call it nature’s Viagra.
  • Contain Betaine, which fights depression and spots a dose of tryptophan, known for making you happy.
  • Berries are always a superfood because of their potent antioxidant and polyphenol content and top this drink off with 1.5g protein and 2.3g fiber!

Want to see CCK Founder Teresa mix these up live on San Diego CBS8 Morning Extra? Click here!



How to Make a Seasonal Breakfast Casserole

Having a Seasonal Breakfast Casserole first thing in the morning is a great way to start the day, but who has time to cook up a fresh batch of eggs and veggies every morning?

That’s why this breakfast casserole idea works so well. You can whip it up quickly on Sunday morning and store leftovers in single serve containers to use all week long.


All it takes is a few simple, natural, whole ingredients! With a little time and attention you can make something on the lighter side, yet still filling that you’ll be excited to eat and proud to serve!

Seasonal Breakfast Casserole

  • 1 zucchini, shredded
  • 1 yellow (Summer) squash, shredded
  • 1/4 onion, shredded
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 sausage link, chopped
  • 1 cup spinach, chopped
  • 1/2 cup cheese, shredded
  • 1 oz parmesan cheese
  • 4 egg
  • 1/2 cup light almond milk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper


  1. Spray a pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Add chopped and shredded veggies and optional sausage.
  3. Whisk together eggs, salt, pepper and milk in a small bowl and pour on top.
  4. Bake at 375 for 40-45 min.
  5. Remove, top with cheese serve immediately or package in single serve containers to last all week long!

Other Breakfast Casserole Filling Ideas:

By no means are these veggies the only things you can toss in here. The list of what you can toss in here is endless, which makes it the perfect dish to serve year round and you can fill it with the most seasonally delicious produce.

And if you’re a vegetarian, skip the sausage! Let the eggs and almond milk be the canvas for your seasonal breakfast casserole! Here are some quick ideas if you’re looking for a good starting ground based on the seasons.

Summer Produce Filling Ideas

  • Beets (pre-roasted and diced)
  • Bell Peppers (diced)
  • Corn
  • Eggplant (pre-roasted and diced)
  • Green Beans (diced)
  • Jalapeno Peppers (diced)
  • Peas
  • Tomatoes (diced)

Fall Produce Filling Ideas

  • Acorn or Butternut Squash (pre-roasted and diced)
  • Broccoli (finely chopped)
  • Brussels Sprouts (shredded)
  • Cauliflower (finely chopped)
  • Jalapeno Pepers (diced)
  • Mushrooms (sliced)
  • Swiss Chard (shredded)

Winter Produce Filling Ideas

  • Brussels Sprouts (shredded)
  • Collard Greens (chopped)
  • Kale (chopped)
  • Sweet Potatoes (pre-roasted and diced)

Spring Produce Filling Ideas

  • Asparagus (blanched)
  • Broccoli (finely chopped)
  • Collard Greens (chopped)
  • Corn & Peas (frozen if you’d like!)
  • Green Beans (chopped)
  • Swiss Chard (shredded)

More Delicious Protein Filling Ideas

Filling your casserole with at least two to three different veggie is a great way to load it with color, flavor, fiber (making it more filling) and of course, health boosting phytochemical power! The eggs provide some protein, but if you’re looking to boost the protein content, here are some great ideas:

  • Bacon or Turkey Bacon
  • Cooked Quinoa
  • Cooked and Cubed Ham
  • Black Beans
  • Roasted Chicken
  • Grilled Shrimp

More Delicious & Decadent Filling Ideas

If you want to give your casserole a luxurious and decadent feel, try adding any one of these flavors. But beware, all these flavors are not as interchangeable as the proteins and produce listed above!

  • Feta Cheese
  • Smoked Salmon
  • Chunky Salsa
  • Artichoke Hearts
  • Sun Dried Tomatoes
  • Caramelized Onion
  • Fresh herbs like Chives, Fennel,  Basil, Thyme, Tarragon

Breakfast Casserole Serving Size and Nutrition

This casserole deceptively low calorie but nutritionally dense with micro and macronutrients. The entire dish looks like it should feed 9 based on aesthetic serving size, but then it would be too low calorie to serve as a meal. The entire dish, with the recipe as listed is only 4 servings. Get ready to be very, very full! Based on 4 servings, you can count on:

  • 250 calories
  • 3g fiber
  • 16g protein
  • 96% vitamin C
  • 45% vitamin A
  • 28% calcium
  • 11% iron

The dish is also high in phosphorus and selenium. FYI, I just read about a study from Diabetes Care the other day while working on my CPT recertification, that people with high levels of selenium were less likely to develop type 2 diabetes.

Or, of course, you can always add breakfast to your order from our kitchen and we’ll cook, pack it and deliver it to your door!

Seasonal Breakfast Casserole

How to Reduce Food Waste in Your Kitchen

In honor of Earth Day, we wanted to impart some of our experience in reducing food waste. And you can follow many of these simple tips to easily reduce food waste in your own kitchen! Read and share this post or this pretty flyer to help make a difference this Earth Day!

At the core of Clean & Colorful Kitchen’s philosophy are three distinct value propositions:

At CCK, we…

  1. Make food that is good for your BODY
  2. Create it in a way that supports your COMMUNITY
  3. Operate responsibly to protect our ENVIORNMENT

We spend a lot of time talking about these on our Mission and Core Values page, but in this post I wanted to elaborate about our third Value Proposition and the actions we take in our kitchen to support a healthy planet. In addition to shopping and delivering only locally, using minimal amounts of animal protein, sourcing responsible materials and recycling as much as possible, we also do quite a bit to reduce food waste in our kitchen.

5 Tips to Reduce Food Waste in your Kitchen

Many of these actions we take in our commercial kitchen can be transferred directly into your private kitchen as well. And not only will some of these tips protect the enviornment by reducing food waste, but will also save you some money and boost your own personal health. Talk about win-win-winning!

1. Buy only what you need.

What we do:

This might sound obvious, but it’s the most effective way to control your waste and it’s one of the reasons I love our business so much. We don’t buy in advance and guess what our customers want and hope we got it right. We collect orders THEN we shop. This is one of the best ways we prevent food waste because we know exactly what we need and what we’re going to make with it.

What you can do:

Have a plan! Don’t just roll through the grocery store or farmers market and think …. “Um…that looks good” and toss it in the cart. Taking a few minutes (ok, maybe 30, but it’s worth it!) to create a plan for the week will save you time as you shop and of course help reduce your waste. Make a meal plan and shopping list and know what recipes you’re going to cook. If you don’t already have awesome tools to help you with this, might I suggest our DIY Nutrition plan?

2. Store leftovers to extend life.

What we do:

We store leftover veggies like onions and tomatoes in a cool dark place, not the fridge. In the fridge, we store extra veggies unwashed and un-chopped, because moisture tends to increase spoilage and cutting induces oxidation. For leafy greens and herbs, we keep them in plastic with a little paper towel to pull away moisture which can go a long way!

What you can do:

All of what we do, unless you like to wash and chop all your veggies at once. Which is actually a great habit because it increases your likelihood of eating them at all, which is the most important thing. If you do that, be sure to store them in covered containers lined with paper towels.

3. Get creative with your leftovers and be flexible.

What we do:

We do buy full cases of  vegetables to help control costs even if we only need half of it. So what do we do with the remaining half of the case? We get creative! We make soup and smoothie bags (which we can freeze), we mix up our menu based on what we have. Have you ever wonder how and what we decide what to put in our seasonal salads? Or when to make zucchini muffins?

We also play the veggie shuffle. Sometimes you’ll have more colored peppers, sometimes less. Sometimes zucchini noodles, sometimes Summer squash. We still follow the major macronutrient profiles of our recipes, but the color of veggies can change because we remain flexible.

What you can do:

You should totally make soup and/or smoothie bags! Having healthy prepared food in your freezer ready to go is an awesome way to reduce food waste and also improve your health! Win-win! You can also feel comfortable swapping out veggies in your recipes. For the most part, they are low in calorie, high in fiber and interchange well in casseroles, scrambles, salads and pasta.

4. Don’t be afraid to freeze them.

What we do:

This does not happen often, but if we don’t have time to make soups or smoothie bags, we’ll wash it, chop it and put it in the freezer. They won’t defrost well enough for a fresh dish, but they work well in soups and smoothies when we have the time to make them. And believe it or not, produce can live for 8-10 months in the freezer and still maintain nutritional value.

What you can do:

When in doubt, wash it, chop it and put it in the freezer for later. Frozen fruit is always good in the blender and frozen veggies are awesome for soups, pastas and scrambles.

5. You CAN actually use the stuff you think you can’t.

What we do:

That sounds weird but a good portion of the veggie would be lost in the processing of it for consumption. Think carrot peals, stems, leaves, cores, etc. Even though these parts of the veggie are not a good fit to be the star of your main dish, it does not mean we can’t still pull some nutrition out of them. Here are 2 things we do with these less than viable portions of the plants in our kitchen:

  1. Rabbit Bags. No joke. We put all the “waste” in plastic bags and we store them in our walk-in. We are lucky enough to share a kitchen with someone who has access to a farm. Their rabbits love what would otherwise be considered veggie waste.
  2. Veggie Stalk. These are not the tastiest parts of the plant so I wouldn’t include then in our soups, but if all of these parts are properly washed, you can add them to a stock pot with water and let it boil down for a few hours. Strain the chunks (yes, those are eventually discard, but can be composted and we know we pulled every last nutrient out of it) and either use or freeze the stock.

What you can do:

You can totally make veggie stalk! And the more you boil it down, the more dense the flavor and nutrition will be and easier to store in the freezer. Did you know that buying veggie stock can actually be more expensive that beef or chicken? This is a great way to save veggies and money!

You can also of course store your veggies for the rabbits if you know anybody who has one or of course, you can compost. If you don’t have a garden yourself, look for a community garden in your area and see if they accept donations. But skip the citrus and onion peals, they are toxic to some of the worms and bacteria that make the compost magic happen.

Five simple ways you can reduce food waste in your kitchen!

We hope you enjoyed post and found it useful. Please pass it on in celebration of Earth Day and/or any day simply because you love our planet. And don’t feel like you need to do all five, just mastering one can make a difference and every small effort counts!

And as always, if you really don’t want any food waste, remember, you can just order from our kitchen and we will only deliver EXACTLY what you need for the week (and take care of reducing food waste while we’re at it!)!

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