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Back in October 2012 my Foodie Pen Pal sent me a Vanilla Infusion Kit.

I could not wait to get it going. So I grabbed my Vodka and Vanilla Infusion Kit and got mixing. I was so excited to break this open and Make My Own. I had no idea something like this was even available. All you do to make your own is split the vanilla bean and fill with vodka. Then you store for 4 to 6 months, and BOOM you have your very own 7 year supply of Vanilla.  The key to making it last 7 years is to keep adding vodka to the bottle as you use it.

What makes homemade vanilla extract so much better than “store-bought”? First, you have control over the quality and type of vanilla used in the extract. Using premium grade vanilla beans will provide significantly better flavor and aroma than commercially produced extracts.  Simply take the 7 whole vanilla beans out of your infusion kit, split each bean lengthwise and add 8 ounces of 35%+ alcohol.  Any type of alcohol can be used, but bottom shelf vodka is most common because it will not add any additional flavors to the extract. Bourbon, rum and brandy can also be used. After 8 weeks, the vast majority of the extraction process is complete. For complete infusion 8 months is a typical time frame.  Once the vanilla is ready to use the vanilla beans can be removed, but If the vanilla beans are left in the bottle, the flavor will continue to evolve (just be sure the beans are always submerged in alcohol).

Well….Here is the fruit of my labor, and I love that it only required the labor of fill and wait.

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So I had to test it out!

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I made a Biscoff – Yogurt Vanilla Infused Fruit Dip.

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INGREDIENTS

  • 2  6-ounces Greek yogurt with honey  (can use with any yogurt with or without honey)
  • 2 tablespoon crunchy biscoff spread or any nut butter
  • 1/2 tablespoon infused vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Add what you like…this recipe is so easy to incorporate YOUR favorite flavors

DIRECTIONS

  1. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. Serve with sliced apples, berries and assorted fruits.
  2. Store unused portion in the fridge for 2-3 days.

* I have frozen this dip before and it thaws well. Just be ready to whip it up as it thaws to get back the original texture.

 

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I make this little dip often and I have to say that my favorite version is this one. The combination of the crunchy biscoff and my new vanilla extract really gave it a fun crunch and a warm vanilla flavor.

Fruit Dips and Yogurt Recipes of the Past. 

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So I wanted to do a recap on some of the meals I enjoyed while getting creative using Chobani Greek Yogurt in recipes.  The promotion is called #justaddgood. Here’s the idea behind it:

Chobani Conversion Chart.

Chobani Ingredient Conversion Chart

So I’ll take you back to the original post on my Chobani Delivery.  Now let’s look at some dishes!

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Most recently I made this little frozen dessert. This recipe was adapted from Lindsay’s over at The Lean Green Bean. Lindsay has amazing recipes and she is really creative with health ingredients.

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Here’s how I put this all together.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups Crispy Brown Rice Cereal
  • 1 Large container of Vanilla Chobani Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup ground oatmeal
  • 4 tablespoons of powdered peanut butter or 2-3  tablespoons of regular nut butter
  • 2 tablespoons of chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoons of hemp seeds

Instructions for Crust

  1. Mix 1/2 cup ground oats and 4 tablespoons of PB2, along with 2 tablespoons of chia seeds and 2 tablespoons of hemp seeds together.
  2. Next, slowly add 1/4 cup of water to the dry mix until it is smooth and incorporated
  3. Press the crust into a 8×8 glass pan and proceed to make the filling

Instructions for Filling

  1. Mix yogurt and crispy brown rice cereal together in a bowl.

Now put it all together

  1. Spread yogurt mixture into the oatmeal crust.
  2. Cover with plastic wrap and place in freezer until frozen.
  3. Remove from freezer, cut into bars.
  4. Store in an airtight container in the freezer.

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It’s like a frozen rice crispy treat. They freeze well and I love them.

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So with having so much on hand and not wanting to waste a single drop I grabbed a container and made some FroCHO™ Ice Cubes to have on hand for smoothies. I have made Chobani Frozen Treats before, but I wanted more information. So I headed on over to the Chobani FAQ Webpage and here’s what I found on freezing!

Can I freeze Chobani?

Yes, frozen Chobani (or FroCHO™ as we like to call it) can be stored for up to three months. While frozen, the live and active cultures present in Chobani become dormant. But once thawed, either in the refrigerator or by your body heat when eaten, they become live and active again.

FroCHO™ will have a slightly different texture, whether eaten frozen or thawed, but makes for a refreshing treat.

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Once they were frozen, I bagged and dated them. Well I also had to try some in a smoothie, I am only human after all.

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So I grabbed 3 Chobani cubes, a frozen banana and a snack size bag of frozen raspberries and a scoop of protein powder. I keep lots of frozen fruits on hand. I have a small section of my freezer dedicated to items to make smoothies! Check out my stash here. I topped of my blender bottle with soy milk and blended. The Chobani cubes really kept it cold and super smooth.

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I love spicy, hot flavors. So when I saw Tiffany’s Post on Spicy Buffalo Chicken Enchiladas, I knew I had to make them. I meet Tiffany at the 2012 Blend Retreat. She blogs over at Snack Snark Bark. I did alter her original recipe, I did not have any celery on hand and I also omitted the jalapeno peppers. I do love spicy hot flavors, but jalapeno is just too much for this gal. I also stuffed them, I mean jam-packed them full so I only ended up with 5 enchiladas, where the original recipe called for 12 tortillas. Oops.

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I am in love with these bad boys, they are so zippy and spicy, I had to dab my upper lip a few times! If you like Franks Red Hot, then these are for YOU.

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Super Spicy Buffalo Chicken Enchiladas

  • 5 tortillas
  • 1 ½ lbs of chicken, cooked
  • 1 cup Chobani 2% plain yogurt (in place of cream cheese)
  • 4 oz. blue cheese, crumbled (same some for topping)
  • 4 oz. Frank’s Red Hot Wing Sauce
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp chile powder
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • Ranch dressing for drizzling

Mix together well, stuff tortillas and fold, place seam side down in pan, sprinkle with blue cheese and drizzle ranch dressing and hot sauce and bake on 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes and enjoy.

So on to a milder recipe….Cho-Egg Salad Sandwich.

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I just diced up 2 hard-boiled eggs a generous amount of mustard along with a few tablespoons of Chobani yogurt and mixed together, tasted then added more mustard and Chobani to my taste. Toasted some wheat bread. Piled the Cho-Egg mix on the bread, then topped with Organic Pea Sprouts, and dug in, it sure did make a perfect lunch.

Made my all time favorite breakfast bowl or Cho-Cereal Bowl. Kashi Heart to Heart cereal, PB2 (not pictured), hemp seeds, cinnamon and mixed with Chobani yogurt. Love, Love, Love.

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Cho-Enchiladas. Check out my recipe/post link.

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More Cho-Cereal Bowls.

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Shrimp Taco Wrap with Chobani instead of sour cream…Very Tangy.

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I think the one thing I am currently obsessed with is the Chobani Fruit Dip. Inspired by the Fruit Kebobs on the Chobani site.

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Chobani Fruit Dip

Serves 1

2 Tablespoons Chobani Greek Yogurt

1 Tablespoon Biscoff Spread or any Nut butter

1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

3 Shakes of Cinnamon

Blend together with a spoon and dip, dip away.

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I also wanted to mention that I froze 3 cups of this dip in a glass Pyrex container for a Super Bowl party. Before the party I let it thaw and whipped it up with a spoon, and the texture and flavor were as good as when it was first made fresh. CHO-Bonus.

Question of the Day: What’s your favorite way to use Greek Yogurt in your recipes?

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Special Delivery….#justaddgood…Chobani

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My good friends at Chobani sent me a wonderful box of goodness to try out in some recipes. I used this Conversion Chart from Chobani.

Chobani Ingredient Conversion Chart

Nothing but Good.

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So my first thought was to make some zesty chicken enchiladas. I didn’t use a particular recipe, I just added a few easy ingredients I love and threw them together, or rather rolled them together. So here’s how this very zesty recipe came together. I used the Greek yogurt instead of sour cream or a cheese soup mix like I normally would use. This really kept this recipe light and creamy, plus it gave this dish a real zippy bite. I was really excited at how the dish turned out. One huge benefit of using Chobani Greek yogurt for me is the increase in the protein it added to my meal. It’s a keeper recipe, with a keeper ingredient.

Ingredients

1 Can Yellow Corn
1 Can Black Beans
1 Cup Chobani Greek Yogurt
2-3 Chicken Breasts Cooked and Shredded
6 Large Wheat Tortillas
3/4 Cup Shredded Cheese – 1/4 Cup for Topping Tortillas

1 Cup Medium Salsa – Plus 1/2 Cup for Topping Tortillas

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 Degrees.

Incorporate all the ingredients together and spoon a large portion of stuffing mixture into each tortilla and roll. Place in a glass baking dish. Spoon additional 1/2 Cup salsa over the rolled tortillas and sprinkle with extra cheese. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes or until bubbling hot.
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Also wanted to introduce my new little girl, Ginger. We rescued her and she is amazing. She loves Stuart and Stuart loves her. She is 6-8 months old (vets best guess). After we lost Killian we decided to let our next dog find us. What we did not know is that she was already looking for us. I will post her story in an upcoming post. For now here’s a few pictures of my Ginger Lou.
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Ginger and Stuart have become fast friends. They nap together, play together and holiday together. Brother love his new Sister!
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When I made these Blue Cheese Chicken Wraps I had intended on taking them to work as my lunch, but once I made them, I had to try it, so I served them for dinner, and still had two left for lunches. All’s I can say is Blue Cheese Please.

We also had a Spinach salad and a side of rice with our Blue Cheese Chicken Wrap.

Love this salad, the dressing is so good, it’s a white balsamic vinaigrette.

Plus it also has blue cheese and I love blue cheese.

This wedge of Blue Cheese was so fantastic, I mean it, I could not stop taking bites of the bits.

Chopped the wedge into bits and added to the mix.

Such an easy recipe to just throw together.

My kitchen does not have much counter space so I do tend to assemble food on my stove, sorry about the dark photo’s.

I held back some of the spinach leaves from the salad and added to the wraps along with some shredded cheese.

Folded them up and grilled on the panini maker for 6 minutes.

Just enough time to heat up the ingredients and brown and crisp the tortilla.

I can not wait to make these again, they were spicy, cheesy and wonderful.

Buffalo Chicken Grilled Wrap

Makes 4 Wraps

Ingredients:

  • 1 – 13 Ounce Can of Chicken
  • 1/4 cup Frank’s Red Hot Sauce
  • 2 Green Onions Chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons Blue Cheese Salad Dressing
  • 1/4 Cup Crumbled Blue Cheese
  • 4 10-Inch Flour Tortillas
  • 1 – 5 Ounce Container of Plain Greek Yogurt
  • Salt , to Taste
  • Pepper , to Taste
  • Fresh Spinach (add just before you fold)
  • Shredded Cheese (add just before you fold)
Directions:
Mix all ingredients together except spinach and shredded cheese, and spoon equal sized portions into the center of each tortillas, put a few pieces of fresh spinach leaves on top of chicken mix and sprinkle with shredded cheese. Fold tortilla’s and grill for 6 minutes.
BEST BODY BOOTCAMP
Boot Camp Update: Boot Camp is going really well, I love weight lifting, and have really enjoyed the challenges. I like stepping out of my comfort zone and doing new exercises, and using new equipment. I really have found a love for squats and lunges.
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The Plie Squat with Upright Row has become a favorite of mine:
1. Wide stance, feet pointed diagonal away from body, dumbbells in front, palms facing towards body
2. Squat down without letting knees go beyond toes
3. When coming back up, raise dumbbells to chest height, elbows pointing out to side
4. Works inner thigh and glutes
The thing I am taking away from this Boot Camp that is the most important to me is the confidence I have developed.
Question of the Day: What’s your Favorite Wrap Sandwich?

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Yesterday was a really big day for me, I pulled out the grill, and I had a blast Getting My Grill On. I really missed my grill over the long winter, it is the only grill that I have ever been brave enough to start on my own. Let me explain, I had an incident when I was 16 years old lighting a grill. I made the mistake of having my face to close to the grill and as I dropped the match to light the flame and it sent a puff of flame straight up at me, and I ended up singeing my bangs and my eyebrows.  I have been afraid of grills ever since, but that all changed with a new grill purchase last spring.

Greek food is a favorite of mine and I just love Chicken Gyros. I really love the fresh flavors from the cucumber and yogurt sauce that is called Tzatziki.

I Grilled up some broccoli. That is my favorite way to prepare my vegetables during grilling season. I just make sure I toss the veggie with olive oil and use cooking spray on the pan I am using to prevent the vegetables from burning or drying out.

Here’s my Grill, she’s a beauty, I just love her. It’s so nice to have an electric start on a grill, nothing to light, no way to singe your hair, and it’s a perfect size, with 2 shelves.

Perfect for grilling your veggies and cooking your meal at the same time. I have even cooked french fries on the top rack using my toaster oven tray. We had a power outage last year for over a week (in August) and I made all our meals on the grill. It was fun and I looked at it as an adventure and I found that I learned so much about cooking that week. I really got creative.

Made a Simple Tzatziki Sauce.

  • 1/2 – Cucumber deseeded, and Chopped
  • 1 – Small Container Plain Greek Yogurt
  • Diced Garlic to Taste
  • Processed in a Food Processor until Incorporated

It came out smooth and creamy. I love the slight bitter flavor you get from the yogurt. I think you could put this on anything, I am going to use my left over sauce as a salad dressing. I will let you know.

Once the chicken is done grilling I let it rest for about 3 minutes then slice and dice into strips or chunks.

The broccoli cooked the entire time the chicken did and it was done perfectly. I kept the grill on medium the entire time.

Once I took off the chicken and broccoli I put the flat bread on the top rack for a minute on each side to warm.

Loaded the pita up with chicken, spooned on some of the Tzatziki sauce and topped with some feta cheese. I only wish I had some tomatoes to top it off with.

It was a really easy meal to make and I had a good time Getting My Grill On. Plus I am all for the easy cleanup in the kitchen, which leaves me with more time to spend with my guys.

BEST BODY BOOTCAMP

Boot Camp Update: Feeling really sore today and in lots of places. Upper chest is sore, hamstrings are really sore and my inner thighs are super sore. So I have been trying to get up from my desk and stretch throughout the day.

Plank Club Update: Had a set back this week in my Planking time, for some reason I have not been able to hold a Plank longer than 35 seconds, so I have been doing several throughout the day. It’s a work in progress.

I’m attending Blend Retreat 2012.

So in just under a month I will be flying out to Boulder Colorado to attend the Blend Retreat. There are still tickets available for anyone who wants to attend, just click here for the Blend Retreat Link. This retreat is for Bloggers and Readers. The list of sponsors just keep getting bigger, which means the Swag Bag’s are getting bigger and bigger. We have all kinds of activities planned, Hikes, Yoga Classes, Boot Camp Class, Food and Fun. I am so looking forward to meeting all the ladies.

Question of the Day: What’s your favorite Greek Food?

Additional Random Question: Have you ever been to a place that did not have Wi-Fi and you were not able to blog?

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