stonyfield yogurt snack tasting

One sure way to get kids to pick a healthy snack? Only give them healthy options.

Over Thanksgiving break, Stonyfield sent me a bunch of new yogurts and I decided to have a family snack time while everyone was visiting.

stonyfield tasting

And no surprise – the kids loved this yogurt snack time the most.

The girls at Stonyfield hooked us up – we had greek yogurts, the new OhMyYog! (they have a gingered pear flavor…woah), some of their blueberry soy yogurt AND some of the yokid and yotot pouches.

stonyfield tasting

My nephew tried two different yogurts – this pouch and some of the OhMyYog! blueberry. I didn’t even get outside fast enough to get a picture of him trying the pouch! He ate it super fast, and then went back inside to grab some more.

I had a gingered pear OhMyYog! – I hadn’t been able to find them in stores near us yet, so I was really excited to see that flavor. And my goodness, it’s good. So perfect for this time of year. I’m not a fan of fresh pears by themselves, but I love them in everything else.

stonyfield tasting

And my niece finished off a cup of the blueberry OhMyYog! She was working on this cup for about 10 minutes, trying her hardest to every.last.drop of yogurt out of the cup.

Aren’t kids the best?

stonyfield tasting

chicken lettuce wraps from dinner for two

If there’s one thing I love, it’s finding a new cookbook I love. And boy, do I have one.

You guys know my friend Julie from Table for Two, right? Her cookbook – Dinner for Two – just came out and I am already in love.

chicken lettuce cups

  1. Her pictures are amazing. Everything looks like it is jumping off the page and directly onto my kitchen counter. (Is there a way to actually make this happen?)
  2. Everything looks SO good! I had a hard time choosing what to make first.
  3. Just the right size meals for a few people? Sign me up. I do love leftovers, but sometimes it’s nice to have just enough for a meal or two – not twenty.

dinner for two

So, I’m probably the only person that has never been to P.F. Changs, yes? Have you? Has everyone? I’m pretty sure they all went without me.

We don’t have one anywhere near us, but I have heard of the place. And apparently, their chicken lettuce wraps are one of the most popular items. Since I can’t compare this recipe to those, I’ll just say this: this was my first time ever making chicken lettuce wraps like this at home, but it will not be the last.

chicken lettuce cups

I love having the shitake mushrooms in this mix – I always forget about them!

Sorry, shitakes. I should use you more often. They’re so tender and light, and they make the perfect addition to the chicken and seasonings.

chicken lettuce cups

The chicken mixture was really simple in terms of ingredients but so flavorful. It was nice to not have an ingredient list a mile long or have to buy anything totally obscure at the grocery store to make these.

If you’re looking for a new cookbook with easy to follow recipes and fantastic photography, check out Dinner for Two! You won’t be sorry.

dole take aways – salad anytime, anywhere

Is it blasphemy to talk salad in between Thanksgiving and Christmas?

I’m going to do it anyway. Because honestly. Maybe you have some green bean casserole on your holiday table, but that does not make up for all the veggies you should be getting every day during the holiday season.

Plus, all those heavy meals leave me feeling pretty sleepy and lazy – which is GREAT on the day of! Not so great the rest of the week. I like to make sure we have some hearty, healthy meals between all the heavy / sweet / sugary foods that are typically on our holiday menus.

dole take aways salad

And Dole makes it even easier now with their new Take Aways. I am a little obsessed with these little boxes.

They have everything in them that you need to make an amazing salad. Greens base, a mix of grains / proteins / seasonings, a dressing to match, and some kind of drizzle for even more flavor.

dole take aways salad

Plus – it comes with a fork AND a wet wipe. And they’re so easy. We’ve loved having these for grab-and-go lunches on busy work days. Everything you need is already in the box, and then, you USE the box as your serving bowl.

Open containers. Dump everything in. Mix together. Eat.

dole take aways salad

I think my favorite so far is the Mediterranean Feast – so good with the feta and olives in the mix. Yum! I love that they have whole grains, too. It’s nice to have some new mix-ins that you might not have thought of trying before.

dole celery

And ps: when you’re looking for these Take Aways, make sure to grab some of their new snappier celery hearts. Oh, I have great plans for this. I’ll let you know how my recipe idea turns out.

I am a Dole ambassador and was provided these salads and celery to sample and review. As always, all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting brands that support us!

Raise your hand if you need a salad after all the marathon eating sessions the past couple of days. I know I do!

Not every holiday dish is heavy, but there definitely tends to be more rich foods this time of year, so it’s only fitting that we celebrate fall and are thankful for delicious, filling salads like this one – after a few days of pie, that is.

It’s all about balance.

roasted squash pecan cranberry salad

When I think fall, I think three things: winter squash, pecans, cranberries. You can put these three things together in almost anything and it will be good.

Squash, pecans, and cranberries in pancakes? Good.

In sticky buns? Good.

In a casserole? Good.

In this salad? So good.

roasted squash pecan cranberry salad

A hearty, well balanced salad is one of my favorite lunches or dinners. It’s filling, but not too much. Light, but enough to keep you satisfied.

Plus, it’s just fun to toss together all your favorite things, add a simple dressing, and mix it together. This is playing with your food as an adult. Put all the fall things in one bowl and call it dinner!

roasted squash pecan cranberry salad

For this mix, I started with one of Dole’s new chopped salad mixes, the Pomegranate – a mix of lettuce, cabbage, brussel sprouts, green onions, kale, carrots, pomegranate-infused cranberries, flaxseeds, and a pomegranate vinaigrette. We added a bit more punch with my favorite fall flavors, a drizzle of olive oil, and a bit more of my favorite balsamic vinegar.

I can’t wait to have this again! Maybe tomorrow.

Roasted Squash, Pecan, and Cranberry Chopped Salad

Salads don't have to be fussy to be delicious. The only prep for this is roasting the squash - and you can do that ahead of time, so there's no excuse NOT to try this fall mix!

Ingredients:

  • 1 bag Dole Pomegranate Chopped Salad mix
  • 1 small butternut or honey nut squash, peeled, deseeded, and sliced into rounds
  • 1/3 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1/4 cup goat cheese
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp cherry balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp fresh ground black pepper

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Empty the salad contents into two separate bowls.
  3. Place the squash pieces on a parchment lined baking sheet and roast for about 20 minutes, flipping them over halfway through, until tender and beginning to brown.
  4. Let the squash cool for a few minutes.
  5. Top the salads with the pecans, goat cheese, and squash.
  6. Drizzle each salad with some of the dressing from the salad package, a tablespoon of olive oil, and a drizzle of the cherry balsamic vinegar. Top each with some salt and pepper and dig in.

As a Dole Ambassador, I am provided with products to sample and use in recipes throughout the year. As always, all opinions and recipes are my own. Thank you for supporting brands that support us!