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Recipes that Didn’t Make it.

Going to be 100% real right now. I make and photograph a lot of recipes that don’t make it to the blog. Why? Because not everything comes out as delicious and beautiful as I would hope. I sometimes spend hours cooking and photographing food that ends up tasting bland or frankly, disgusting.

Thank goodness for my trusty taste-tester, Travis, who can be honest with me about whether or not a recipe is blog-worthy.

I thought it would be fun to share some photos of recent “recipe failures” so you could see a different side of what goes on in my kitchen. So, without further ado, welcome to the gallery of recipes that didn’t make it to the blog!

 

Sweet and Sour Carrots

I am not exactly sure what happened with these carrots because a whole lot of delicious ingredients went into this recipe, but the end result was incredibly boring. If a side dish is going to take you a good 45 minutes to make, it better be worth it. Am I right!?

Sweet and Sour Carrots

 

Gluten-Free Brownies

I had high hopes for these brownies. I used PB2 instead of flour, hoping that I was onto a delicious gluten-free breakthrough. Unfortunately, even after cooling in the pan for hours, these brownies were SO sticky. After I attempted to cut them into clean squares, it looked like a tornado hit the pan.

These three little squares were the cleanest cuts I was able to get. The perfectionist in me was screaming! So even though these gluten-free brownies tasted great, I wasn’t about to post something that didn’t look like bake-sale perfection.

Healthy Brownies

 

Mahi Mahi with Mango Salsa

Let me start by saying that I LOVE this recipe. Like LOVE. So does Travis. We’ve made it one million times. But, when I finally went to photograph it for the blog, the auto-focus on my camera stopped working. Every photo was a blurry mess. #FAIL.

Mahi Mahi with Mango Salsa

Now that my camera is up and running again, I’ve been meaning to remake this for you guys. Maybe this weekend?

 

Frozen Greek Yogurt Bark

I’ve seen a bunch of recipes for yogurt bark on Instagram, so I decided to have a go at it myself. I must have seriously missed something with this one, because my yogurt bark turned out terribly. The bark was all crackly, plus one minute it was rock-solid and next it was a melty mess. What a disaster!

Yogurt bark masters out there, what the heck did I do wrong?

Greek Yogurt Bark

There you have it! As you can see, not everything turns out like rainbows and butterflies around here. It’s all about experimentation.

 

What about you? Any funny cooking disasters you want to share? But actually. Please share and make me feel better…

Gluten-Free Snack

Sun-Dried Tomato Dip

I love eating tapas-style because that way I get to try small bites of many different things. More and more restaurants are offering shared small plates instead of larger dishes, and it is always my preference to order this way, as opposed to getting my own entree. This is probably why I always look forward to snacking at the appetizer table during the holiday season – lots and lots of delicious nibbles to try. Although, I will admit, it is very hard for me to exercise self-control with such a variety in front of me, and I often fill up before the main meal. Oops.

Unfortunately, we all know that a delicious spread of cheeses, breads, crackers, and other bite-sized goodies can often be our winter-diet downfall. So many of these appetizers are calorie-heavy and high in fat. Sure, they taste mighty good, but they aren’t the healthiest option.

Sun-Dried Tomato Dip Recipe

So when Chobani contacted me about creating a recipe for their #MadeWithChobani campaign, I knew right away I wanted to create a healthy appetizer for the holiday season. I cook and bake with greek yogurt a lot. I especially love using yogurt as a substitute for mayonnaise and sour cream in dips. You get that creamy, tangy taste without all of the unnecessary fat and calories. Plus, when you add greek yogurt to any recipe, you give it a great boost in protein!

Sun-Dried Tomato Dip Recipe

If you like sun-dried tomatoes, you are going to love this dip. I had all the ingredients in my fridge and chances are you do, too! This recipe requires only four ingredients and comes together in under five minutes, so it is perfect if you are pinched for time!

Sun-Dried Tomato Dip Recipe

We chowed down on this dip with baked pita chips and carrots sticks. It would also be delicious with sliced bell peppers and warm whole wheat pita. Bring this to your next holiday gathering and people will be begging you for the recipe.

 

I was asked by Chobani to participate in their #MadeWithChobani campaign. This recipe as well as all opinions stated are my own. 

 

Sun-Dried Tomato Dip
 
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Serves: 6-8
Ingredients
  • ½ cup crumbled feta
  • 1 cup Chobani nonfat plain greek yogurt
  • 1 Tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes, packed in olive oil (drained)
  • salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl mash the feta crumbles. Stir in the greek yogurt, olive oil, and sun-dried tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve with pita chips, veggie crudites, or warm pita bread.
 

Tips and Tricks

Greek Yogurt Face Mask

You see a lot of Greek Yogurt on here, don’t you? I just love the stuff. It is so healthy and packed with protein, so it keeps you full for a long time. I use Greek Yogurt in my kitchen in so many ways.

Recently around here you’ve seen it served with my delicious Cardamom Granola.

How to Make a Homemade Greek Yogurt Facemask

And also in my yummy Curried Yogurt Dip!

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But did you know that Greek Yogurt actually makes a fantastic face mask!?

I am sure you’ve seen body washes in the drug store that boast “yogurt” as a main ingredient. That’s because the lactic acid in the yogurt can do wonders for moisturizing and exfoliating the skin. The zinc also has anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce swelling and redness from acne or irritation.

But, there is no need to go out and buy a fancy yogurt wash, when you can make your own Greek Yogurt face mask at home. And all you need is just three simple ingredients! I have sensitive skin, but because the ingredients in this mask are all-natural, they don’t irritate my skin at all.

 

Greek Yogurt Face Mask

How to Make a Homemade Greek Yogurt Facemask

Simply combine 1 Tablespoon of Greek Yogurt, 1 teaspoon of honey and a squeeze of lemon (optional for extra exfoliation) in a small bowl or dish. Using your fingertips or a brush, apply the mixture to your face and leave on for 15 minutes. Afterwards, rinse off the face mask with warm water and pat dry with a washcloth.

That’s it! My face feels so clean and soft afterwards.

 

What is your favorite way to use Greek Yogurt? Have you tried it on your skin before? 

Gluten-Free Snack

Curried Yogurt Dip and Sweet Potato Chips

I never crave salty things. My cravings come in the form of chocolate chip cookies, ooey-gooey brownies, and anything chocolate-peanut butter.

Travis is the opposite. He craves chips. Recently he’s been buying a different type of chip each week. For the past month it’s been sweet potato chips and now he has both of us hooked! I never thought I could be so in love with a salty snack, but these are addicting (I think it is because they are a little bit sweet).

A big bag of Trader Joe’s Sweet Potato chips inspired this yogurt dip.

Curried Yogurt Dip and Sweet Potato Chips Recipe -- www.littlechefbigappetite.com

The dip is only three ingredients, so it is very easy to throw together. I think it is a delicious and unique alternative to your standard chips + salsa or guacamole (although, I will always love my guac).

Curried Yogurt Dip and Sweet Potato Chips Recipe -- www.littlechefbigappetite.com

Travis and I ate this yogurt dip without any guilt because it is completely healthy! I recommend Way Better, Trader Joe’s, or Terra Sweet Potato Chips – none of them have nonsense ingredient lists and they all taste great.

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Curried Yogurt Dip
 
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • ¾ cups Plain Non-Fat Greek Yogurt
  • ½ tablespoon Curry Powder
  • 1 tablespoon Fresh Lime Juice
  • Salt & Pepper
Instructions
  1. Combine the yogurt, curry powder and lime juice in a small bowl. Add the salt and pepper to taste. Chill the yogurt dip for one hour in the fridge before serving.
 

Side Dish

Roasted Carrots with Spiced Greek Yogurt

Oh boy, do I have a recipe for you!

Roasted Carrots with Spiced Greek Yogurt Recipe

Ever since I had colorful carrots at a restaurant a little over a year ago, I just can’t go back to regular orange carrots.

Roasted Carrots with Spiced Greek Yogurt Recipe

There is something about all of these colors that makes me smile. They add so much vibrancy to my dinner plate.

And when I buy carrots with the tops on, I feel like they were pulled right from the earth and delivered straight to my kitchen. Other times I just feel like a rabbit.

Roasted Carrots with Spiced Greek Yogurt Recipe

This dish is restaurant quality, but it comes together very easily. Make it for guests and you’re sure to impress.

I highly recommend making the yogurt alongside the roasted carrots. It provides a tart bite (and a good dose of protein!) that will make you go back for seconds.

Roasted Carrots with Spiced Greek Yogurt Recipe

Travis and I ate these carrots alongside pine nut-crusted chicken, but I think this dish would pair well with almost anything…especially a nice crisp white wine.

Roasted Carrots with Spiced Greek Yogurt Recipe

We both devoured these, so if you’re cooking for a crowd, I recommend doubling the recipe!

 

Roasted Carrots with Spiced Greek Yogurt
 
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Serves: 2-3
Ingredients
  • ¾lb Carrots (I like the colored variety)
  • 1 tablespoon Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 teaspoons Sugar
  • ½ teaspoon Paprika
  • ¾ teaspoons Ground Cumin (Divided)
  • ½ teaspoon Coriander (Divided)
  • ⅛ teaspoon Salt
  • ¼ teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
  • ¼ cup Plain Greek Yogurt (I used Fage 0%)
  • ½ tablespoon Fresh Lime Juice
  • 2 teaspoons Sesame Seeds
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Remove stems from carrots to ½ inch. Wash and peel carrots. Toss in the olive oil. In a small bowl combine the sugar, paprika, ½ teaspoon of the cumin, ¼ teaspoon coriander, salt and ground black pepper. Lay the carrots on a baking sheet and sprinkle with the spice mixture. Make sure the carrots are thoroughly coated.
  2. Roast in the oven for 35-40 minutes, turning halfway through the baking time. Five minutes before the carrots are done, remove from the oven and sprinkle with the sesame seeds. Return the baking sheet to the oven for the last 5 minutes. Once done allow the carrots to cool for 5 minutes before serving.
  3. While the carrots are roasting in the oven, heat a medium skillet on medium-high heat. Add ¼ teaspoon cumin and ¼ teaspoon coriander to the skillet. Stir constantly until fragrant, 3-4 minutes. Combine the spices with the greek yogurt and lime juice. Mix well and chill until the carrots are done roasting. Serve with the carrots.
 

Breakfast

How to Make Overnight Oats

I’ve been getting lots of questions on my Instagram about how I make my Overnight Oats. If you google “Overnight Oats” you will find hundreds of different ways to make them, but the basic idea is that you soak oats in some form of liquid in the fridge overnight, so that in the morning all you have to do is eat!

I love making overnight oats to have on busy weekday mornings when I get home from the gym before I rush off to work. I make them so often now that I don’t use an measuring cups or spoons, but I measured everything out this time, so I could show you guys how I make them.

How to Make Overnight Oats

The basic ingredients you will need are: plain greek yogurt, almond milk (I used unsweetened vanilla), rolled / old-fashioned oats, chia seeds, and a fruit of choice (optional).

How to Make Overnight Oats

Start with a large jar or tupperware of choice. The most DELICIOUS way to make overnight oats is to put all of the ingredients in an almost empty nut butter jar, like you may have seen on my Instagram. This way the oats soak up the peanut buttery taste overnight and every bite is extra yummy.

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I think these pictures prove that I finish way too many jars of Peanut Butter and Almond Butter….

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Okay, here it goes! We’re makin’ oats, guys:

First, put 1/3 cup oats in your jar.

How to Make Overnight Oats

Then add 1/3 cup each of almond milk and greek yogurt. I use plain greek yogurt because I like to sweeten my oats with fresh or frozen fruit. Feel free to use a flavored greek yogurt if you wish, though.

How to Make Overnight Oats

Next, add 1 teaspoon of chia seeds and mix everything up! Note: chia seeds are NOT optional for overnight oats. They play the essential role of thickening the oats overnight.

How to Make Overnight Oats

I then like to top everything off with about 1/4 cup of frozen fruit. As I have mentioned before, I love buying frozen fruit because I never have to worry about it going bad if I don’t eat it fast enough. In this recipe the frozen fruit will defrost in the fridge overnight, so the berries will be juicy and ready to eat in the morning.

How to Make Overnight Oats

And, that’s it! Put the lid on your jar or tupperware and place it in the fridge overnight. Wake up, stumble into the kitchen, pull your jar from the fridge, grab a spoon, and dig in. Your oats will be ready to eat and you don’t even have to lift a finger in the A.M.

I know, you’re welcome 😉

How to Make Overnight Oats
 
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Ingredients
  • ⅓ cup rolled oats
  • ⅓ cup plain greek yogurt (I use non-fat)
  • ⅓ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  • Stevia, to sweeten (optional)
  • Frozen or fresh fruit of choice
Instructions
  1. Combine the first five ingredients in a jar or tupperware. Stir well to combine. Top with fruit and put the lid on the jar. Place in the fridge overnight to soak. In the morning, take off the lid and enjoy!