As you know, Mary and I both try to eat whole, real foods but our diets still vary from day-to-day. Mary and her husband James try to eat Paleo as much as they can while I try to prioritize a sugar-free, gluten-free diet. But here’s the thing – we aren’t perfect and we aren’t trying to live by any set of “rules.” We try to eat real food and listen to our bodies. If something makes us feel sick (gluten has that effect on both of us), then we take it out of our diet and see if we feel better.
So while Mary avoids most dairy (but hey she sure loves full fat cheese) – I don’t really mind keeping it in my diet. I don’t drink cow’s milk as a beverage but it doesn’t bother me if I have Greek yogurt, cheese or a milkshake. So when Chobani contacted me about collaborating on some recipes – I was thrilled! I’m hoping to share a few more in the next month (before my shipment of their yogurt disappears out of my fridge) so stay tuned.
Chobani Greek Yogurt Benefits
I love Chobani Greek yogurt for many reasons. Not only is it a great addition to my tacos, smoothies + meals – it’s good for me too. Here are some of the reasons why I love using Greek yogurt while I cook:
- It contains a lot of protein. Like 22 grams per serving (when using the low-fat yogurt).
- It’s only made up of about 5% lactose.
- They don’t use any thickners.
- They source their milk from cows NOT treated with rBST (a growth hormone).
- It’s gluten-free, free of artificial sweeteners and vegetarian.
- Chobani has this great guide for substituting their yogurt for other ingredients!
Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad
When I thought about what I wanted to make – I was stumped. I still want to try out a few dessert recipes but realized I missed eating my mom’s chicken salad. While I do love her version – I really hate mayonnaise. So here’s what you’ll need for my Greek yogurt chicken salad recipe (full details at the end of this post):
Gather all your ingredients together and figure out how you’d like to cook the chicken. I prefer grilling (it keeps my kitchen cool and the chicken tastes great) but you can cook it however you’d like. I turned on the grill and let it heat up while I prepped the other ingredients. Once the grill was ready – I placed the three chicken breasts on and let it cook slowly. I don’t like tough, dry chicken (but that’s just me).
Once the chicken was done I set it aside to cool. I sliced the grapes in half and once the chicken was cooler, I shredded it. Combining the grapes, sliced almonds and chicken – I set it in the fridge while I made the chicken salad dressing!
I combined the Greek yogurt, dijon mustard and stevia in a separate bowl and then poured the mixture over the chicken/almonds/grapes! Mix and toss everything so that the dressing it distributed evenly. And you’re done! I prefer to refrigerate a bit more before eating (I like my chicken salad to be really cold) and place on your choice of arugula, croissant or whatever else sounds good!
I especially love this recipe because it can keep in the fridge all week and I don’t even have to think about what to eat for lunch!
- 1 cup Chobani (I used low-fat) yogurt
- 2 Tablespoons organic dijon mustard
- 2 Tablespoons vanilla (unsweetened) almond milk
- 6 drops of liquid Stevia
- 1.5 lbs of shredded chicken (I used 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts)
- purple grapes, halved (as much as you'd like, I used about 2 bunches)
- .5 cup of sliced almonds
- Figure out how you want to cook your chicken! I decided to grill my 3 chicken breasts.
- While the chicken is cooking, gather up all your other ingredients.
- Cut your grapes in half (I used about 2 bunches of purple grapes).
- Once the chicken is done cooking - shred it and set it aside to cool.
- Combine the Greek yogurt, dijon mustard, almond milk and stevia to make the dressing.
- Combine the shredded chicken, grapes and sliced almonds.
- Pour the dressing over the chicken/grapes/almonds and mix well.
- Refrigerate to cool and serve over whatever sounds great (I chose arugula)!
*Chobani sent me a shipment of their yogurt. All opinions and recipes are my own!