Greek yogurt is so popular I kind of feel sorry for regular yogurt. One reason that Greek yogurt is so popular because of all the protein it has in it. It has twice the protein as regular yogurt. Protein is good for building muscle and bone, and it stays with you longer than carbohydrates.

Some people poo poo oats ūüôĀ ¬†but not me, I love them cold or hot. I’m one of those people that still believes they are healthy for me, especially when they are whole. This breakfast on the go or snack is easy to make ahead of time, taste good and has lots of good for you stuff in it. If you don’t have agave syrup to add for sweetener then just add honey. The recipe makes just two servings. Hope you give this simple little recipe a try.

Healthy Greek Yogurt with Raspberries & Oats

1 Cup Plain Greek yogurt
1/2 cup whole oats
1 cup of fresh raspberries
2-4 Tablespoons of agave syrup

Directions: Mix all ingredients together except a few whole berries for the top. Place in a seal-able container and refrigerate overnight.


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Melon Berry Popsicles

by Suzanne on June 15, 2012

in Appetizers and Snacks, Sweet Things

After working all day outside my husband loves to come home to an ice cold house and drink an ice cold fruit smoothie. All year round you’ll find us with blankets and socks on in the house, my kids complain but I’m used to it by now and actually prefer it to stay cold year round too. If you want to get warm then walk outside and melt in the high 90-100 heat and humidity of the South.

So on an ordinary hot humid day I offered to make my husband a smoothie. I had some really ripe honeydew that needed to be eaten because it was too ripe but perfect for a smoothie. I tossed it in the blender with some strawberries and some yogurt and it was really good. I had a little taste but gave most of it to my husband, then I went on to make another smoothie using the remainder of the melon and berries. Because it was late at night and I really didn’t need a smoothie I got the idea to freeze this yummy smoothie into popsicles. I love ice cream but I love healthy popsicles just as much and don’t feel near the gulit upon consuming 1 or 2. The honeydew gave these pops a nice melon taste that we normally don’t get to enjoy year round. If you make these I think you could substitute cantaloupe in place of honeydew although I haven’t tried it that way but I’m sure it would be just as tasty. My popsicle molds are about 4 oz. each and this recipe made 8 pops, if you have left overs you could always drink the left overs.

Melon Berry Popsicles

1 cup honeydew chopped
1 cup sliced strawberries fresh or frozen
1/3 cup Greek style plain unsweetened yogurt
1/3 cup water
2 T. agave syrup

Directions:
Step 1: measure the water and yogurt and put into the blender. Then measure the chopped fruit and put in blender. Turn on to blend well. Taste for sweetness and then add the 2 T. of agave syrup in.
Step 2: Pour into molds and put sticks in. For a how to tutorial check out my strawberry pops.


BBQ Chicken Pizza on the Grill

by Suzanne on June 16, 2011

in Chicken, Savory

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Turn off that OVEN and turn on that GRILL! Have I told you how much I have been grilling?Just in case you haven’t ever seen pizza cooked on the grill here is what it looks like, pretty good. ¬†Some people put the actual pizza right on the grill grate, but I kept it on my pizza stone and it worked fabulously. ¬†I hoped I wouldn’t crack or brake my stone, so glad it didn’t because I love that stone, and it must love me back because it always gives me great results with all my baking :).

There are two good reasons for me to use the grill, 1) I am trying to save the energy bill by not heating up the house, 2) the heat source coming from the bottom of grill made my crust crispier and I like that.  An added benefit was it was pretty darn easy, all I did was turn my grill to low and popped that pizza in, closed the lid and viola 15 minutes later it was done.  I also cooked a dessert pizza after this BBQ beauty was done, more on that in the next post.

The crust recipe for this pizza is my friend Maria’s, I pretty much made her same pizza minus the Swiss cheese. ¬† I also changed up the crust by¬†substituting¬†one of the cups of ¬†white flour for wheat flour and it was still great. ¬†The BBQ sauce was from a bottle and the toppings were rather simple besides chicken, I used sweet caramelized red onions,¬†parmigiana cheese, cooked sliced bacon and some cheddar/Colby cheese sprinkled on top. ¬†Hubby loved it :), teenager loved it, boy child not so much ūüôĀ only because of onions, so if you have picky boy children leave a little off for them.

BBQ Chicken Pizza on the Grill

Ingredients for Crust:
4-5 cups all purpose flour ( I used 1 cup wheat in mine)
1 T. olive oil
1 T. sugar or honey
2 tsp. yeast
1 1/2 tsp. salt
2 cups warm water

Directions:
Step 1:
In a large mixing bowl of a stand mixer put in the warm water, sugar and yeast together and let stand for about 5 minutes to proof the yeast.

Step 2: Add oil, salt and about 4 cups of flour and put the bread hook on your stand mixer and knead on low until the dough no longer sticks, add 1/2 c up of flour if the dough looks to be too sticky and knead until it isn’t sticky. If you don’t have a stand mixer that’s fine just do it by hand. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and set in a warm place to rise until double. If you don’t have time for letting the dough rest then you can still proceed the dough will not be as airy and light but still works well.

Step 3: When the dough has risen long enough then punch dough down and cut about a 1/3 of the dough off and set back into the bowl for making a small dessert pizza. Shape the dough into a ball and on a lightly floured surface begin to roll the dough into a circular shape. I roll it a few times then turn my dough so that it doesn’t stick to the counter and continue until I get the shape I’m looking for. Place your dough onto the desired pan, if you are using a pan that your food typically sticks to then spray your pan with cooking spray first or sprinkle some corn flour onto it. The stone I use doesn’t need any oil or flour. With a fork make prick marks through out the pizza dough so large air bubbles will not form during the baking.

A side note: pizza stones heat slower and more evenly so remember that when choosing a pan, mine is a Pampered Chef stone, but there are all types out there.  Another pan that I like to use is the air bake pan which gives me the same results as my stones do.  If you have neither use a heavy duty pan possibly a cast iron skillet or griddle would do or other heavy duty pan so that your bottom crust does not get done so quickly due to the direct heat coming up from the bottom.

Pizza Toppings:
BBQ sauce about a 1/2 cup
1 cup shredded parmesan cheese
1 cup shredded Colby jack cheese or whatever you have
1/2 large red onion sliced thin and cooked on low heat until caramelized
1 cup shredded chicken can use left overs or rotisserie
5-6 slices of bacon cooked and crumbled

Directions:
Step 1: Spread BBQ sauce on dough then add Parmesan cheese,chicken, onions then bacon sprinkle with Colby jack.

Step 2: Put the pizza in the pre-heated grill on low heat and close the lid and bake for about 15-20 minutes.

Take out and enjoy! Come back for the dessert pizza on my next post ūüôā

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I know what you’re thinking…sounds good except for the green part. I know that people make green smoothies with all different types of ingredients so I thought what the heck and I tried it. ¬†Guess what…I loved it, really I did. In the morning if I don’t ¬†have time to eat breakfast or if I […]

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