Greek Yogurt Muffins

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Before I landed my current position in Hotel Sales, I worked as a wedding & event planner. I worked at a private club and later a hotel, planning and coordinating weddings. I worked with a number of brides and mothers-of-the-bride from the beginning phases of booking their wedding to the actual wedding day itself. This included small intimate affairs and lavish 300 person weddings, but for some reason all of the brides had one thing in common. They were all at some point, completely stressed out. And I just didn’t get it. Maybe it was the hundreds of chair covers I tied or the thousands of escort cards that I painstakingly alphabetized, but I sort of became immune to the details that stressed so many brides out. I always had the idea that when it came to my own wedding, I wouldn’t care about the details.

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My philosophy has always been if I end up married to my best friend at the end of the day, the wedding will be a success. Sure, I’ve had fun planning cute little details for our big day,(I’m not letting those years in the industry go to waste!) but when it comes down to it, the only thing I really care about is the actual getting married part of the wedding day. So because of this, I always thought I would be the exception to the “stressed out bride” norm. And for the most part I have been. Even though so many brides-to-be go on some sort of crazy crash diet to look their very best on the big day, that just isn’t my style. Because it’s a wedding, not a beauty pageant. And even though I kind of hated the way they did my hair for my “bridal hair trial” I’m not too worried, as I’d much rather just do my own hair anyway.

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But the type of stress I didn’t expect to take on was the guilt. The guilt of having family members and friends spending so much time to throw not one but four bridal showers for me. And the guilt of asking my best friends to fly into town and wear a dress I picked out so they can stand by my side at the alter. And the guilt of running into people I went to high school with that might possibly expect an invitation despite the fact that we lost touch years ago. So even though I promised myself I would be cool as a cucumber when my big day rolled around, certain types of stress are inevitable. And for me, this has resulted in terrible stomach aches that my doctor attributed to “wedding stress.” As a former wedding planner, I’m a little embarrassed. But I guess that’s life. So to combat my “stress induced stomach pains” I was told to relax and avoid a few food groups to see if it helped at all. And one of these forbidden food groups was dairy. And since I had just purchased some Chobani Greek Yogurt, I decided I needed to use it in a different way. And that is how this muffin recipe came to be. The muffins have a slightly tangy flavor from the key lime flavored yogurt which I think pairs really nicely with the sweet blueberries. Just make sure you add the blueberries in while they are still frozen or else they will bleed and result in some ugly blue muffins.

Ingredients: Makes 12 muffins

  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 1 6oz container Key Lime Greek Yogurt (or the flavor of your choice)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup frozen blueberries

Preparation:

  1. In a large bowl, beat milk, applesauce, yogurt and egg until well blended
  2. Stir in next 4 ingredients (flour through salt) until just combined
  3. Gently fold in frozen bluberries
  4. Divide batter between 12 muffin liners
  5. Bake at 400 for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the middle

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“Pinterest” Greek Yogurt Chicken

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I remember the first time a coworker told me about Pinterest. It made absolutely no sense to me. I did not understand how a collection of links to other websites could really be all that addicting. Flash forward a year and Pinterest has become a huge craze. And I finally understand why. The ability to save and organize recipes, wedding ideas and home decor tips all on one convenient little website is really pretty cool. But my only problem is that I almost never make or use any of the ideas that I so carefully pin and save. Until now. I had seen this recipe for Greek yogurt chicken pinned a number of times, and the reviews were always fantastic. So when we had a family dinner this weekend I decided to give this recipe a try. And I was very pleasantly surprised. This chicken is not only incredibly easy to make but it is also really delicious. The Greek yogurt mixture locks in the moisture of the chicken and the flavor is fantastic.  And it’s a healthy recipe? Can’t get much better than that. Well played Pinterest, well played.

Ingredients: Makes 4 servings

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons seasoning salt (I used Lawry’s)
  • 1 teaspoon freshly minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Preparation:

  1. Place chicken breasts on a lightly greased cookie sheet
  2. In a small bowl, combine next 5 ingredients (yogurt through pepper)
  3. Spread yogurt mixture on the tops of each chicken breast
  4. Bake chicken at 375 for 45 minutes
  5. Remove chicken from the oven and turn to broil on high heat
  6. Return chicken to oven and broil on high for 3-4 minutes until topping is slightly browned

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Strawberry Lime Breakfast Bread

Everyone tells you that you to never skip breakfast. And I wholeheartedly agree. Mostly because I absolutely love breakfast foods and can’t imagine a morning without my daily Greek yogurt or peanut butter on toast.  But not everyone wakes up … Continue reading