Good morning, friends!
The grad school girls hosted a little belated engagement celebration for me at our friend Libby’s apartment last night!
I feel spoiled because I went out to dinner with my high school girlfriends on Monday night to celebrate, too! So much celebrating.
The grad school gang wanted to celebrate right away last week, but since last week was so busy with school and then most of us left on Wednesday for fall break, we decided it would be best to postpone. It was well worth the wait!
You ladies are the best. Thanks for the party.
We had Great Harvest pumpkin chocolate chip bread:
Crackers, cheese, and jam (I love jam with cheese — such a good combo!):
Champagne for toasting, of course:
And miss Elle was sweet enough to make my most favorite cookies ever!! Check these guys out:
Oh, yes. Those are Carrot Cake Sandwich Cookies (recipe here!) and they are as delicious as they look. Elle first made these for us at a potluck dinner she hosted last fall, and no one has stopped talking about them since. I seriously yelled “YESSSS!!!!” when I saw she had made them again my honor.
Me + carrot cake sandwich cookies = love.
These cookies remind me of a more awesome version of those oatmeal cream pie cookies you can buy packaged at the grocery store. Do you guys remember those? Plus, the cookies and the filling both include yogurt — so that makes them healthier.
I love modifying recipes to make them healthier, as you guys know, and Greek yogurt (or regular yogurt) is especially awesome for making baked goods moist without the need for oil or butter.
Here are some of my other favorite baked good recipes modified to be healthier using yogurt:
- Sweet Potato Cranberry Coconut Muffins
- Blueberry Apple Cinnamon Yogurt Bread
- Pumpkin Muffins (or Bread) of Deliciousness
- Oatmeal Banana Coconut Cookies
- Cranberry Yogurt Scones
And it doesn’t just have to be baked goods — I love using yogurt in place of mayonnaise, too:
Or in place of sour cream, either in a recipe or just on top of your favorite Mexican meal! Try my Healthier Seven Layer Dip — perfect for football game watching this fall.
Want some more tips for making a recipe healthier by substituting ingredients? Check out my downloadable/printable “How to Make a Recipe Healthier” handout.
Chobani’s “Chobani Kitchen” website also has some seriously awesome recipes made healthier by yogurt. I was especially intrigued by their Panko Coconut Scallops with Chobani Chutney and their Pumpkin Mini Tarts!
Have a look for yourself! Love this fun healthy recipe/cooking with yogurt campaign Chobani has started.
What are your favorites ways to use yogurt to healthify a recipe/meal?
This post is sponsored by Chobani. (But all text/beliefs about the awesomeness of yogurt are my own!)