Let’s just get right into it: I’m very excited to bring you today’s recipe!
Chobani asked me to participate in #DeliciousBowl by Chobani, with an original Super Bowl snack incorporating their Greek yogurt. (You can search #DeliciousBowl on Instagram and Tumblr to find other participating bloggers!) Of course I agreed immediately. Whipping things up in the kitchen is way too fun. (Remember my football snackies?) I won’t be hosting any Super Bowl get-togethers this year…but if I did, this Creamy Butternut Squash Dip would be there with some pita chips!
The hardest part of this recipe-creation was deciding between sweet or savory. My sweet tooth screamed caramel apple dip… but in an unexpected twist, I went with something herb-y and cheese-y. And whaddaya know, it turned out pretty great.
Super Bowl Sunday Delicious Bowl Appetizer: Creamy Butternut Squash Dip with Pita Chips
- 1 butternut squash, cubed
- 4 Tbs. olive oil
- dash of salt
- dash of pepper
- 1 Tbs. Garlic powder
- 1/2 cup feta cheese
- 1 cup Chobani Greek Yogurt (Plain flavor, 0% fat)
- sprinkle of Parsley
- 1 Tbs. Oregano (I’m in love with the smell of oregano right now)
- 1 Tbs. ground Sage
- Pita chips for dipping (I used Wheat Thins’ new product Toasted Pita Chips)
1.) Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil.
2.) Toss the butternut squash cubes in 3 tablespoons of olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic powder.
3.) Roast for 30 minutes or until very soft, flipping half-way through.
4.) Combine the roasted squash, feta cheese, and remaining 1 Tbs. olive oil in a food processor. Place mixture in the refrigerator and allow to cool completely.
5.) Once the squash is totally cool, add Chobani Greek yogurt, sage, oregano, and parsley to the food processor. Combine until it’s one creamy mixture!
6.) I topped this #DeliciousBowl with some more parsley and feta for color and served with pita chips on the side.
I’m happy I went with the ‘savory’ selection! The spices and herbs are crazy-flavorful, and this recipe is a much healthier option than traditional cheesy or cream-based dips like ranch or onion. Greek yogurt adds fat-free creaminess with extra protein; herbs flavor the dish without sugar or excess sodium; squash and feta round out the recipe for some uniqueness.
Thanks to Chobani for asking me to participate and I hope you all try out this new recipe! Maybe even something to add to your Super Bowl XLIX menu…?
Remember when we were in middle school and it was “cute” to play dumb? (Actually I think some people mistakenly believe it still is.) That one TV show, The Simple Life, revolved around Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie. The girls would ask what Wal Mart was and we would laugh at their adorable stupidity. Then this trend took off and instantly a nation of girls thought it was funny and adorable to play the airhead role. Granted at 13, we make many questionable decisions (gaucho pants, blue tinted sunglasses, bangs, etc.) But I would hope that by 22 we would start to realize that ignorance or idiocy (feigned or not) has long lost its place in our character.
Next month I will celebrate my 22nd birthday (refrain from any T-Swift reference please.) And then its just a couple short months until I’m a college graduate. A full-on “grown up.” There are certain things a self-sufficient member of society ought to be able to do.
- Budget. And by budget, I mean prioritize purchasing necessities over random splurges. If you habitually pick up a coffee or a latte but can’t seem to afford your own paper towels or shampoo…it’s time to reevaluate. In a couple months, you will be done with college (or maybe you already are). You can no longer use the excuse ‘broke college student’. If you’re broke, it’s because you don’t know how to budget or prioritize. No one likes that one friend who’s constantly mooching off their stuff, asking for favors and never offering anything in return.
- Paint your own nails. I’m still working on this one! I was spoiled growing up, and I didn’t start painting my own nails until freshman year of college. Manicured hands make a difference in your overall appearance though, so I’ll stick with the pale colors for now ;)
- Iron your clothes. None of my friends even own an iron, and judging by the wrinkled polo’s and mussed crop tops, I would say neither does the rest of campus. (It should also be stated that leggings are not pants, and ironing said leggings will not make them pants.) Ironing your clothes is important for your appearance; wrinkles look sloppy. You can’t get away with the sloppy look outside of Sociology 101.
- End the texting games. I know a girl who is on her phone 24/7, yet she has a strict rule that she can’t text back within 5-10 minutes. She says it makes you look too eager. WTH? Sounds like a big waste of 5 minutes every time you want to respond to someone. You’re too old for senseless time-frame rules.
- Stop showing up late on purpose. Fear of being the first one there…guess what, if everyone showed up on time it wouldn’t matter! Showing up half an hour late acting like you had something more important is an insult. Constantly running behind means you are lazy or just can’t manage time. Either way, you’re too old for this.
- RSVP. So here’s a scenario: a friend invites you to her house for movie night in 2 days. You’re waiting for something better to come along so you don’t answer her until a couple hours before the movie starts. Um, invite rescinded! People who extend invitations, no matter how casual, deserve a legitimate response. Constantly keeping plans ‘tentative’ while holding out for something better is selfish. Stop that.
- Own a vacuum. By now you are living away from your parents, or getting ready to. Whether you share an apartment, rent a condo, whatever….being a grown up means owning grown-up things like a vacuum. Should probably also have non-plastic dishes and a bed frame by now.
- Talk on the phone. In an age where teacher’s tweet the class, younger generations have a fear of speaking on the phone. It’s unnatural and all to personal for us. There is something so charming about having a landline phone and personally calling up a friend just to talk about the day. We should do this more.
- Learn how to follow a recipe. (No the instructions on the mac n’ cheese box don’t count.) A lot of college meals consist of cheap pastas, frozen boxes or leftovers. Taking the time to cook an actual meal will be well worth it when you graduate and become a real self-sufficient adult who gets their nutrients and all that good stuff ;)
So that’s my list. Did I forget anything? Do you agree?
Finally another recipe!
Going along with the whole ‘domesticated’ theme, I thought I should venture beyond frozen meals and salads in the kitchen. The long holiday weekend was the perfect opportunity to spend some extra time meal prepping for the week and trying out new recipes.
First I tried Jordan’s Butternut Squash Banana Brownies from The Balanced Blonde blog. (Say that 5 times fast!) So delicious, clean, vegan, and gluten-free as well, buuuuut not too impressive-looking to photograph. They looked like a giant chocolate clif bar, ha!
So instead I bring you a homemade veggie burger recipe. This recipe is adapted from this Jalapeno Lentil Chickpea Burger recipe. It is: vegan, gluten-free, clean, and delicious. **I’m definitely not a vegan, I just tend to avoid handling raw meat whenever possible** Oh, and it’s not a complicated recipe but you will need a food processor!
When I read that it incorporated jalapenos and chili powder, I thought Holy Hotness. But the spice is not overpowering, I promise. I made sure to rinse the jalapeno and remove all the seeds and veins first though.
Spicy Chickpea Burgers:
Makes 8 medium burgers
- 1 red bell pepper, diced
- 1 jalapeno, diced
- 1/3 red onion, diced
- 1 large carrot, shredded
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1/2 cup dried lentils
- 15 ounces of chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
- 1 Tbs. mustard
- 1 Tbs. cumin
- 1 Tbs. chili powder
- 1 tsp. salt
- Pepper to taste
- 1/3 cup oats (any kind)
1.) Chop and dice all of your colorful veggies and place in a large mixing bowl.
2.) While you are chopping up the vegetables, heat the lentils with 1.5 cups water in a saucepan over medium. Once the water starts to boil, reduce heat and cover. Simmer for 15 more minutes, drain excess water, and set aside to cool.
3.) In the food processor, combine chickpeas, garlic, mustard, cumin, chili powder, salt, pepper, and lentils.
4.) Add the chickpea mixture to the mixing bowl of vegetables. Combine all of the ingredients, adding in the oats.
***If you are not vegan, I recommend adding an egg now too. It will help bind the burgers together when you form the patties ***
5.) Shape the chickpea mixture into flattened patties. Heat a medium skillet over medium heat; spray with olive oil. Cook the burgers for about 4 minutes on each side.
These freeze fine, but they are best enjoyed freshly made. :) Enjoy them burger style, or on top of a salad like I did!
Are you experiencing snow on this Wednesday morning too? Looks like another indoor workout/gym day here. On the bright side, my brand new running shoes are staying white and clean with all of the treadmill action they’re getting!