Apple Pie Greek Yogurt

I’ve been on quite the apple kick lately. I went through a few years where my body was intolerant to apples but I decided to test the waters recently and learned that I don’t feel horribly sick anymore after eating one! Hence why they have become a staple to my diet again, mostly in the combo of apples and peanut or almond butter–is there anything better?!

This weekend I ran out of berries for my usual breakfast creation and was trying to think of a way to make my plain Greek yogurt less tart and more appetizing. Apples were the only fruit in the fridge and I knew we had some good apple pie spices so I went to work. I have eaten this every single morning since and don’t plan on looking back anytime soon!

Apple Pie Greek Yogurt

Ingredients:

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1 small container of Fage plain 2% Greek yogurt
1 Apple
Nutmeg
Cinnamon
Honey

  1. Cut up apple into bite size pieces and place in bowl.
  2. Empty the Greek yogurt container on top of the apples.
  3. Sprinkle cinnamon and nutmeg onto the yogurt, to taste. I used a heavy dash of cinnamon and a light dash of nutmeg.
  4. Drizzle honey on top.
  5. Stir and enjoy!

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Buffalo Chicken Spaghetti Squash

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As I sit here enjoying my third round of leftovers, I know that I must share this recipe with you all!

On Tuesday I found myself sitting in the parking lot at Ralph’s, starving, and for the first time, maybe ever, in the mood to cook. Nothing crazy, of course, but I’m getting a little tired of my favorite takeout places.

One of my specialties is spaghetti squash. I love how, with minimal work, it turns into a spaghetti like noodle and you can almost trick your brain into thinking that it’s the real thing. I’ve made spaghetti squash enchiladas and kept it simple mixing the squash with butter and parmesan, but this time I wanted to go all out.

I googled “easy spaghetti squash recipes” and was flooded with hits. When I say easy, I’m thinking like five steps and up to five ingredients. Any sautéing or multiple pots and pans and I’m out.

Thankfully, I stumbled upon a recipe on the blog Peas and Crayons for Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Spaghetti Squash Bowls. I was SOLD and headed into the grocery store eager to gather the ingredients.

You can find the original recipe here but below is my personal experience with making it!

What You’ll Need

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2 spaghetti squash (Jenn suggests medium but the ones I used were very large)

2 cups+ shredded chicken (I used prepared chicken breast from Ralph’s)

1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese

1/3 cup hot wing sauce (or more if you like a lot of flavor/spice)

1/2 cup Fage 2% plain Greek yogurt

2 tablespoons of melted butter

1/3 cup green onion

How to:

  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Microwave each squash individually for four minutes then cut in half and scoop out the seeds.
  3. Put some olive oil on the cut side of the squash to prevent sticking and place cut side down on a foil lined baking sheet.
  4. Place squash in the oven for 40 minutes.
  5. While squash is cooking, mix together shredded chicken, cheddar cheese, hot sauce, melted butter, yogurt, and most of the green onions in a large bowl.
  6. Once oven timer goes off, scrape the squash to create the “noodle” strands and mix 1/4 of the buffalo chicken mixture into each squash half.
  7. Top with extra cheese and place back in the oven for 10 minutes.
  8. Add some of the remaining green onions as a garnish and enjoy!

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This recipe was approved by my three coworkers and my husband so I know you’ll love it! It’s going to be a staple in our home—finally something I can cook that also tastes delicious!

Check out @peasandcrayons for other drool worthy concoctions.

Currently Crushing on: Peanut Butter Perfect Bars

I have been swooning over these bars for the last few weeks and I must share my obsession!

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I’ve tried so many protein bars with no success in finding one that I actually enjoy eating. So many taste like chemicals, have weird flavors that just don’t mesh with my taste buds, or have an awful protein to sugar ratio.

I’m not a dietitian, but there are two main things I look at when I’m choosing what bar to buy: protein and ingredients. These bars have 17g of protein, more than my go-to pre/post workout snack, Greek yogurt. Most importantly though, I CAN READ and understand every single ingredient in the Perfect bar!

perfect bar nutritional facts

While it tastes EXACTLY like peanut butter fudge, it’s packed with 20+ super foods including dried whole food powder of spinach, kale, carrot, and tomato (the list goes on). The texture isn’t chalky like I usually find in bars. My ONLY qualm is that I wish there was a bit less sugar, however the sugar does come from natural ingredients like honey.

You can tell that it’s legit just by the fact that these are the only bars stored in the refrigerated section at the grocery store to preserve the ingredients. Perfect Bars come in a variety of flavors including almond butter, cranberry crunch, and almond coconut, but I’ve found that peanut butter always stays my favorite and, in my opinion, has the best protein bang for you buck.

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I’ve found them at Ralph’s near the healthy juice/kombucha/cold brew and at 7-11 but you can see where they sell them near you here. They also sell a sample box for $19.99 at Costco that comes with 12 bars—four pb, four almond butter, and four cranberry crunch. Otherwise, they’re around $2.99 individually at the store.

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post, I really do feel strongly about how much I love these bars and wanted to share. I am neither a dietician nor an expert and these opinions are my own.