Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Chobani in the Kitchen and a Giveaway

It's hard to imagine that a year ago, I thought I hated Greek Yogurt. I am a girl with texture issues - I dislike scallops and raw tomatoes due to texture reasons only. At one point in my life, Greek Yogurt fell into that category. After I moved to Tampa, Keri came to visit and bought Greek Yogurt to make parfaits for breakfast. I turned my nose up to it, watching her make a beautiful yogurt, raspberry and granola breakfast. Finally, I broke down and tried it to realize that I really liked Greek Yogurt! I learned that adding crunch to the yogurt initially helped me with the texture issue. Today, I can eat the yogurt straight.

Not only is Greek Yogurt my go to breakfast staple, I also cook with it. We go through a 32oz container of plain Greek yogurt a week. I use it in place of sour cream, buttermilk, heavy cream, mayonnaise and much more. Here is a handy chart from the Chobani Kitchen.
When Chobani offered to send me a cooler full of product, I didn't know what I would expect to find on my doorstep. I am normally not a flavored Greek Yogurt person, the most unadventurous I get is Vanilla. When my UPS man dropped of a box from Chobani on Friday night, he called me his Job security which got a giggle out of me. I opened the box, to find a aluminum cool bag, which I will be re-using.
Now it's like a Chobani Christmas in my house, what will I get? Upon opening the box, I saw a huge variety of flavors. Black Cherry, Blood Orange (!!), Pineapple, Strawberry, Apple Cinnamon (YUM), Pear, Banana, Mango, Strawberry Banana, Blueberry, Plain and Peach.
Of the flavors, I got super excited about the 0% Apple Cinnamon. It was the first one I tried of the group, I had it for breakfast and I loved every moment of it. The second one which caught my eye was 0% blood orange. Oh my -It tasted exactly like a creamsicle. I added chocolate chips to it and I now have a favorite Chobani flavor.
Chobani wants to give you a 12 pack cooler packed full of their goodies too! I want to know if you substitute Greek Yogurt in cooking. Chobani offers many delicious recipes on their website. A few of my favorites are featured below using the flavors I received in the package. Leave me a comment letting me know what you would make at home if you won the prize pack. After leaving your comment, make sure you enter on  Rafflecopter as that is how I select my winner. If you are unsure how to use Rafflecopter, click here for a quick video explaining how to use it.

Pineapple upside down cake using Pineapple 2%
Source - Chobani.com
Black Forest Cupcakes using Black Cherry 0%
Source - Chobani.com
Mango Lentil Soup using Mango 2%
Souce - Chobani.com
Peach Jalapeno Hush Puppies using Peach 0%
Souce - Chobani.com

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39 comments:

  1. I used to hate yogurt until I found Chobani! I love using it in smoothies, but I've always wanted to try to make a veggie dip with the plain yogurt! It'd be so much healthier than ranch!

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    1. My friend has an awesome veggie recipe on her blog using Chobani 0%: http://tampauncorked.blogspot.com/2013/01/recipe-healthy-sundried-tomato-dip-with.html

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  2. I've never thought to cook with yogurt! I LOVE Pineapple Upside Down cake, so that sounds amazing!!

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    1. Oh you must give it a try! I use it so often in place of heavier fatty creams.

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  3. I would love to try those hush puppies out! I eat Greek Yogurt every morning.

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    1. The hush puppies look awesome and would make a great Superbowl snack.

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  4. I think id make the Black Forest Cupcakes using Black Cherry! I love greek yogurt and eat it all the time!

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  5. I love love love love love Greek Yogurt. I think I should win since I introduced you to it.

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    1. I can't fix contests, lol! You are pretty lucky though being you were one of 1,000+ to win the Guacamole contest.

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  6. Chobani is great, in fact I'm interviewing with them for a job right now.

    Alicia

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  7. My favorite is to use Chobani to make Indian food.

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    1. me too Alicia! I made Butter Chicken last night and used the plain 0%.

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  8. I'd make a smoothie with the blood orange flavor!

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  9. wow pineapple upside down cake?! Have to try that recipe ASAP! :)

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  10. Not a huge gan of fruit chunks in yogurt ( I also have texture issues)...But my favorite yogurt is the Chobani Champions in very berry...it's their Greek Yogurt for kids! Blended smooth and delicious, and a perfect little snack size! I steal my kid's yogurts all the time ;)

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  11. The pineapple upside down cake looks amazing, love this yogurt so much!

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  12. That mango lentil soup sounds so good!

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  13. I would probably just eat it as is out of the container as a snack :)

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  14. I would make mango lentil soup(:

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  15. I would probably eat it as is, but I would like to try the pineapple upside down cake. I <3 Chobani!

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  16. I have Chobani in my fridge right now! I'm using it make a sauce for Shrimp Tacos!

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  17. I make green machine smoothies!

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  18. I tried another brand of greek yogurt about two years ago and did not like it. It was very tart and my mom has told me about Chobani but I have yet to try it. The variety of flavors definitely has me interested!!

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  19. I love Greek Yogurt! I mix in some or all of these: cocoa, cacao, chocolate shavings, coconut shreds, cacao nibs, cinnamon, almonds.

    Sadly, it is very near impossible to find full fat yogurt. Usually the best I can do is 2%. That's ok, just add in more healthy fats of your choosing!

    Thanks for the yummy giveaway!

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  20. Those black forest cupcakes look good - maybe I'd try them.

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  21. I wouldn't be able to make anything because it will be gone right away! My son loves it!

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  22. I LOVE greek yogurt! I always use it as a healthy alternative when cooking and baking. I would love to get my hands on some pineapple chobani to make pineapple upside down cake - one of my favorite desserts!

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  23. I would use it in some banana nut bread!

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  24. I think the apple cinnamon flavor sounds fantastic! Is it bad that I would just want to eat it for breakfast? Because, that is totally what I'd make ;)

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  25. I would make some protein fruit smoothies for after my gym workouts!

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  26. Some baked goods with Chobani would be yummy! I'd like to try some blueberry muffins and banana nut bread too!

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  27. I have a recipe using the pineapple flavor as a chicken marinade. It's fantastic. I also like to use yogurt instead of butter or oil in my quick breads.

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  28. Yay! The case of Chobani was delivered yesterday! What a generous company. I think they might be a little too sweet for me, but Hubby loved the Peach flavor he ate yesterday. I have a fridge full of the large containers of plain Chobani that I like to mix my chocolate and coconut, etc into. :)

    Thanks again to you for hosting the giveaway and to Chobani!

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