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Clean Eats – The Greek Yogurt Edition

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Who else is glad that it’s almost the weekend???

My work laptop decided to roll over and DIE ON ME last weekend. Since I’m a remote employee, I had to wait for our guys to ship me a replacement. Well, I also have shit to get done so… I took a deep breath, opened my office closet door, and pulled out this baby.

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Needless to say, my productivity this week has been in the shitter. That’s what happens when you go from modern technology to a 2002 caveman OS, not even 1GB of memory and a turtle-speed processor. Luckily the replacement arrived in record time and I’m now back up and zipping along! It’s not a Mac, but it’ll do, pig. Wait… I just discovered that MS office isn’t installed. What the f***.

Come on, weekend.

Today’s Clean Eats post is all about my love for Greek Yogurt. First up is my Creamy Curry Dipping Sauce.

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  • 2TBSP Plain 0% fat Greek Yogurt
  • 4-5 shakes of curry powder
  • 1TBSP Dijon Mustard

This made an excellent topper and healthier alternative to tartar sauce for my Salmon Cakes. The Salmon Cakes can be found here and they are gluten-free and dairy-free!

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what? I was hangry.

Next up, I love to snack on red bell pepper, so I decided to whip up something southwestern as a dip for them.

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Southwestern Dipping Sauce

  • 2TBSP Plain 0% fat Greek Yogurt
  • 4-5 good shakes of Mrs Dash No-Salt Chipotle Seasoning
  • let these sit and get to know each other for a bit to open up the flavors
  • It’s super cute if you serve them in mini-Mason jars.

People, I understand this snack is not quite the Guacamole and Scoops mind asploshun I caused my friend Eric…. guac3 …but it’s still tasty and much less guilt-inducing.

Next up are two of my favorites when the sugarmonster is getting the best of me. Rather than killing an entire bag of Oreos, I’ll grumble but eat this instead.

Coconut Cinnamon Apples with Fruit Dip

  • One small to medium apple of your choice, cut into slices or chunks.
  • 1TBSP of coconut oilz

Saute the apples in the oil until they’re softened but not mushy. Mushy is no bueno. Unless you want chunky applesauce. Then go for it.  When they’re done, sprinkle them with cinnamon.

Now for the dip!

  • 1/2 cup 0% fat Greek yogurt
  • Splash of unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 TBSP plain or chocolate PB2
  • shake of cinnamon

Mix all this up together in a large bowl, then dump those cinnamon apples over it. Proceed to die and go to heaven.  PS – thanks to CarrotsNCake for the apple genius! appleWM I originally posted the next recipe back in September, and it’s worth mentioning again.

PEACH’S BANANA CAKE BATTER

  • 1/2 ripe banana, mashed till it’s nice and mooshy. Isn’t that a fancy description?
  • 1/4 to 1/3Cup Fage 0% Greek Yogurt, Plain
  • dash cinnamon
  • dash nutmeg
  • splash Coconut/Almond Milk, unsweetened
  • Organic unsweetened shredded coconut (optional)

Mix it all up and eat as-is. Or serve it over waffles. Or as a fruit dip. Or use it as a hair mask. Not really. That would be weird. But you’d smell delish.

If you’re bored of your usuals right now, you can also find these recipes/links in my previous Clean Eats post:

  • French Toast Scramble
  • Mini Crustless Quiches
  • Peach’s Veggie Saute
  • Peach’s Spaghetti Squash Bake
  • Salmon Cakes
  • Italian Meatloaf
  • Peach’s CrockPot Curry Chicken
Mason jars > tupperware.

Mason jars > tupperware.

Have a great weekend, y’all!

Recipe Share: Chocolate Rolo Cookies

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I welcomed my Long Island BFF and her boyfriend to Atlanta this past weekend. Knowing it would be difficult to coordinate visiting all our friends in just a few short days, I figured the easiest solution would be a party at my place. Luckily, I’m not the type of hostess that freaks out. I just supply the food, the fridge space, some back-up booze, and open my front door to all. Drop in whenever, bring your booze and/or your kiddos, and get ready to be hugged. A lot.

And that’s exactly how it went!  At one point I caught three little boys laying on my bed with their feet crossed. They were propped on the pillows, facing my bedroom TV. Toy Story was on but one was engrossed with an iPad, another had the TV remote, and the other had an iPhone. Jeez, boys and their toys.  I snuck my phone from my back pocket and took a picture. I also got to bounce an 8 month old baby girl with the world’s biggest brown eyes on my hip. She pulled my hair and drooled on me. I didn’t care. All I knew was that my house was filled with noise and laughter and my oldest, dearest friends. My heart was full.

As for the food, I repeated the menu of my Charity:Water party: My famous chili, Buffalo Chicken Dip, Sausage Balls and guacamole + chips. But instead of Pumpkin Cake, I made chewy chocolate cookies stuffed with gooey, melty caramel.

Get ready to have your world rocked.

Chocolate Rolo Cookies

  1. 1 box of Devil’s Food Cake mix
  2. 1 stick of butter, melted
  3. 1 egg
  4. Rolos
  • Preheat oven to 350
  • Dump cake mix into a big bowl. Add the egg and melted butter.  Mix until it forms a thick dough.
  • Unwrap those Rolos. Because foil would suck to bite into.

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  • Take a small bit of the dough and flatten it into your palm. Then stick a Rolo on top of it and shape the dough around the Rolo until the candy is covered with dough.  Roll it around between your hands like you’re making a-spicy meat-a-ball-ah.
  • Place the choco-balls onto an ungreased baking sheet a good 2 inches apart.
  • Cook for 8-10 minutes, depending on your desired goo-factor.  I chose 10 minutes, because I made them pretty large. Go with less time for smaller cookies.
  • Try not to eat all of them before your guests arrive.

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You’re welcome.

Chocolate Rolo Cookies don’t replace my favorite cookie of all time (the Snickerdoodle) but they come damn close!  What are your favorite holiday cookies?