Posts Tagged ‘Greek yogurt’

Captain Rodney’s Baked Cheese Dip

First things first… SNOW IN EAST TN!! We didn’t get as much as some places but it still made me happy. I think that’s the most snow I’ve seen ever fall in TN. I am trying to curb my enthusiasm however as many people’s Valentine’s Day plans may be disrupted and/or lose power. That’s just not good for anybody. But you know what is? Cheese and bacon.

Even though I am restricted to cooking healthy meals, there are plenty of game nights at which to make appetizers and dessert – hooray! I took the first opportunity to make this dip (albeit I did make a slightly healthier version) using a new found love, Captain Rodney’s Boucan Pepper Glaze. It’s a sweet and spicy sauce that can be used on just about anything such as a glaze on meats and vegetables, straight out of the bottle as a dip, or mixed in to add flavor to a recipe.

Sarah made this dip for our lab Christmas party and I nearly inhaled the entire pan by myself. It’s a cream cheese and cheddar mixture topped with crushed Ritz crackers, bacon, and Captain Rodney’s glaze. What’s not to love about that? And as part of my going away present from her (which was super amazing by the way), she included a bottle of this glorious glaze. Thankfully, the recipe only required 1/2 cup which means I get to try it with all kinds of other things. So many possibilities!

Captain Rodneys Baked Cheese Dip

One year ago: White Chocolate Cake Batter Hearts

Two years ago: Pasta with Vodka Sauce
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Strawberry Pretzel Salad

I’ve discovered one downfall to living in a home where the temperature is kept at over 68 degrees in the winter – dehydration. I have been dried up like a fall leaf ever since I got to my parents and I consider myself someone who drinks a decent amount of water. Don’t get me wrong I am not complaining about not needing to wear layers all the time (sometimes supplemented with a blanket), but didn’t anticipate the extra water that a couple extra degrees would suck up. Guess I need to pump up the water intake… and water is in Jell-O right? (Woo look at that transition!)

This “salad” isn’t really a salad at all, making be wonder how it acquired that name because it’s a dessert. During my pre-blogging years this recipe was one of my favorite finds but I have neglected to revisit it since. So when my parents had a couple friends over the other night to play euchre I decided it was finally time. If you are unfamiliar with this treat, it consists of a pretzel crust, cream cheese filling and a strawberry Jell-O topping. I actually used a new grocery store find for the filling – Greek cream cheese which is a blend of Greek yogurt and cream cheese. Talk about a brilliant idea.

Strawberry Pretzel Salad

One year ago: Red Velvet Hot Cocoa Mix & Cream Cheese Frosting Marshmallows

Two years ago: Dark Chocolate Strawberry Shortcakes with Amaretto Cream

Three years ago: Guiltless Fettuccine Alfredo
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Spicy Cheddar Ranch Dip for One

Alright folks today is my last day in Memphis, for real. I’ve said many tearful goodbyes and there will be a few more of those today, but it’s okay because I will come back! If for nothing else other than Music Fest or BBQ fest, or one of the many other fantastic festivals that occur in and around Memphis in May. Heck it’s my birthday month, what better way to celebrate than how I’ve been doing it the past 7 years? And there’s always the chance I’ll find a job here. Or anywhere else in the country…

Moving on to what you probably care most about today: The Superbowl. However, maybe you are not gathering up with the masses for a viewing. But of course you still need some grub of course so make this Ranch dip with some added spice and cheddar because it serves one (or maybe two if you are willing to share). Mix it, dip it, enjoy it until it’s gone.

Spicy Cheddar Ranch Dip for One

Two years ago: Reese’s Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies

Three years ago: Homemade Taco Bell Beefy 5-Layer Burrito
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Peanut Butter Greek Yogurt Fruit Dip

I finally decided that my final departure from Memphis will either be Friday evening or Saturday morning. The decision depends on whether there will be reason to stay later in the day on Friday, resulting in the requirement for sleep before driving. As of right now, I do not know of any such plans but if nothing comes up I’ll just mosey on out to start living the pretend retired life. Bring on the card games!

Speaking of games, the Superbowl is nearly upon us and I have barely touched upon appropriate recipes. I’m so out of it with upcoming holidays, food holidays, and other such events that I even missed peanut butter day. Disgraceful. In an attempt to remedy this I am sharing an easy, 3-ingredient fruit dip that you can whip up in no time. If you don’t feel challenged enough, then go ahead and put that fruit on skewers to make it look all fancy schmancy. Stay turned tomorrow for an entire lineup of Superbowl eats!

Peanut Butter Yogurt Dip

Two years ago: Berries & Cream Granola
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Three Cheese Chicken and Artichoke Bake

Who wants to make dinner tonight without lots of dirty dishes? Not only is this meal easy to clean up but it also only serves two. Of course like most recipes I share on Single Serving Sunday you can double if you happen to be feeding more than one or two.

This recipe mixes up cubed chicken with some of my favorite things: cream cheese, Greek yogurt and cheddar cheese. Add a little artichoke for some healthification, jalapeno for spice, and serve it alone or over your favorite carb! Done and done.

Three Cheese Chicken and Artichoke Bake

Two years ago: Almond Cherry Chip Blondies

Three years ago: Apple Oatmeal Breakfast Muffins
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Cranberry Greek Yogurt Waffles

I should’ve declared this week “Dad Recipe Week” because this is the third recipe I have shared that came from my Dad. Originally these were made with sour cream, but as you know I like to use Greek yogurt whenever I have the chance so these waffles changes from sour cream waffles to Greek yogurt waffles! And then I found some frozen cranberries in my freezer and decided to toss some of those in as well.

ALso, I have discovered the secret to packing up breakable items: just break them before you pack them and throw them away! I’m not seriously doing this on purpose but I have already broken one pyrex measuring cup and two decorative drinking glasses (there goes two of my smoothie cups for pictures). Guess that’s three less things I have to pack, although sadly those were some of my thicker glass items. Figures.

Cranberry Greek Yogurt Waffles

One year ago: Salted Nutella Peanut Butter Thumbprint Cookies

Two years ago: Homemade Pizza Sauce

Three years ago: Peanut Butter Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Greek Yogurt Gnocchi with Spicy Pesto

I’m at it again, mixing Greek yogurt into places where it doesn’t belong. Or maybe I’m just uncovering places where it does belong? This time I made gnocchi and they turned out great! It didn’t hurt that I tossed them in my homemade pesto with crushed red pepper (I have a serious weakness for fresh pesto). But whatever sauce of choice you use, these gnocchi will happily join the party.

Greek Yogurt Gnocchi with Spicy Pesto 1

In other news, I have submitted my second first author paper to be published! Hopefully this one will go through easier than the first one (which was conditionally accepted with the final revision is to be submitted soon). You cannot PubMed me just yet but I will let you know as promised. Once one of these babies goes to print, it will definitely strengthen my CV for this whole job hunt thing.

Greek Yogurt Gnocchi with Spicy Pesto 2

Two years ago: Cajun Chicken Alfredo Pizza

Three years ago: Black Cherry Vanilla Almond Smoothie
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Jalapeno Popper Crostini

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Jalapeno Popper Crostini

Sneaking healthier options into recipes is one of my favorite tricks. It may not result in health-food but at least it is less unhealthy, reducing the guilt that comes with snacking. These jalapeno popper crostini were made using Laughing Cow’s reduced fat cream cheese spread and Greek yogurt, making them a healthier alternative to traditional jalapeno poppers and a perfect snack to prepare for viewing sports games on TV or any social gathering. I brought these to a party over the holidays and they nearly disappeared before I got to try one for myself.
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Thanksgiving Dinner for Two

Normally for Single Serving Sunday I try to share recipes that only make one serving, but with the upcoming Thanksgiving feast I decided to do something special – a Thanksgiving meal that serves two. Many recipes for Thanksgiving produce a magnitude of servings, but what about the people out there only cooking for two, or four? This menu I have prepared easily serves 2 with leftovers. Because who doesn’t want leftovers from Thanksgiving? That being said, the turkey could serve four but if you have hearty eaters you may want to double the sides.

This dinner consists of a slow cooker turkey tenderloin with gravy, Greek yogurt-rosemary rolls, bagel-bacon stuffing, roasted brussels, twice baked sweet potatoes, cranberry-pomegranate sauce, and pumpkin crème brulee for dessert. Take a moment to be jealous.

 Crockpot Turkey Tenderloin

My turkey tenderloin came out so juicy and flavorful that it will be hard to convince me to cook a whole turkey in the future. It literally fell apart when I lifted it out of the pot. By using a slow cooker I was also able to do whatever the heck I wanted in the oven, which is a huge perk for those of us with only one oven (one day I hope to be spoiled with a double oven). Even the gravy was amazing after cooking in all those delicious juices.

Crockpot Turkey Tenderloin with Gravy

As you are aware, I have a habit of adding Greek yogurt to anything I possibly can so it shouldn’t be a surprise that it shows up here in dinner rolls. The rosemary really sold me on these rolls. If you don’t like rosemary, please substitute for another herb because they will rock your world with their subtle herby-ness. You can also prep these the day beforehand and refrigerate before the last rise. The next day, take them out of the fridge about 30 minutes before you want to bake them.

Greek Yogurt-Rosemary Dinner Rolls

Then there’s the stuffing. I’ve seen stuffing made with all types of bread but this was the first recipe I had seen using bagels. I originally set aside two corn muffins for stuffing, but those were thrown into the freezer once I discovered I could use a bagel instead. I freaking love bagels! And I was not disappointed by the trade-off, especially since there was bacon involved.

Bagel and Bacon Stuffing

For a green side I chose brussels sprouts. Only a couple Thanksgivings ago I discovered that I no longer hated them and actually became obsessed. As a result, they are nostalgic to me at this time of year. Just a simple roasting and a drizzle of balsamic is all they needed.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Growing up we usually had both regular mashed potatoes and mashed sweet potatoes but knew I would burst if I tried to add both onto this already long lineup. I went with a twice baked sweet potato that is topped with pecans and coconut. Although it is less sweet than a marshmallow topping, it has a crunchier topping that will make you forget about those puffy white things (no offense marshmallows, I still love you).

Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes

No Thanksgiving dinner is complete without some cranberry sauce. This version uses pomegranate juice for a more complex flavor. This can be made the day beforehand or even a few days before to minimize the amount of work you have to do on the big day. But if you do have to whip it up the same day, rest assured that it will only take 20 minutes.

Cranberry-Pomegranate Sauce

Of course, once you’ve stuffed your face you’ll still find room for dessert, right? Especially for pumpkin crème brulee. I know you may initially think it’s a crime to not have pumpkin pie but it’s basically pumpkin pie and crème brulee all in one. Are you really going to be upset by having both?

Pumpkin Creme Brulee 1

Now for some tips on how I timed everything in order to be hot and ready all at the same time. An hour before turkey is done cooking (mine only took 4 hours), take rolls out of fridge (if prepared the night before), toast the bagel for stuffing, and prep the brussels sprouts. Bake the stuffing and brussels at the same time and with 20 minutes of cook time remaining, add the sweet potatoes and rolls to the oven. At that time, remove the turkey from the slow cooker and prepare the gravy. Slice up the turkey and serve! Then once your belly has digested a little to make room for dessert, torch the creme brulee just before you’re ready to dig in.

 Pumpkin Creme Brulee 2

One year ago: Buckeye Cupcakes

Two years ago: Apple Blackberry Pie

Three years ago: Cranberry Sauce
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Gluten-Free Chipotle Cornbread Muffins

What goes better with chili than cornbread? Cheesy chipotle cornbread! I have already shared a jalapeno cornbread from which this recipe is adapted from, but changed the jalapeno to chipotle, substituted half the oil with Greek yogurt, and used gluten-free flour in order to cater to my gluten-intolerant friend. The best thing about this recipe is it’s ease of preparation. The ingredients are all mixed in one bowl and is very forgiving, as made evident by my substitutions.

Gluten-Free Chipotle Cornbread Muffins 1

The only complaint I heard while we devoured chili with these cornbread muffins was the chunks of onion, but I think that is a matter of texture preference. You could leave them out all together but you run the risk that they might not be as moist. I would suggest either mincing the onion or using a cheese grater in order to reduce the size of onion chunks.

Gluten-Free Chipotle Cornbread Muffins 2

Guess what? I graduate and get my PhD hood 1 month from today!

One year ago: Streusel-Topped Milky Way Apple Butter Bread
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