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Chobani LA Dinner

Yesterday I had the honor of attending a Chobani dinner with Amy Keefe (Chobani) and some über awesome LA bloggers! Dinner was held at Hatfield’s in West Hollywood for an evening of nothing but good food and drinks, complete with Chobani-inspired dishes specially prepared by acclaimed chef Quinn Hatfield. I entered the restaurant to see a group of lively bloggers and Amy, the girl behind the Chobani emails! It’s so exciting when you finally get to put a face to the name of someone you have been talking to via email. Amy is hilarious and so much fun to chat with! After dinner, we decided we were long lost soul sisters. I definitely need to make a trip to the Chobani SoHo Yogurt Bar in the big apple and say hi to all of my other email pen pals at Chobani! CHO has the funniest bunch of employees I have ever worked with.

I was so excited to meet some blogger pen pals and new bloggy friends like the adorable Jessica from What Would Jessica Eat?,  Kelly from Foodie Fiasco (um ya, this little powerhouse is a freshman in high school. She is so inspiring and wise beyond her years! Needless to say I am obsessed with her), and Adrianna of A Cozy Kitchen. Adrianna and I found out that we both have tri-colored Corgis and after that… there was tons of squealing, picture showing, and “awwwws” going on until wee hours into the night. Proud corgi mommas. Oh, and I decided that my Corgi Teddy and her Corgi Amelia are dating. It’s love.

Why do I love Chobani so much?
Besides their awesome employees, I love that their yogurt is natural and Greek strained. It’s made with only milk and cultures with the addition of real fruit and cane sugar in flavored options. Some brands market their product as Greek yogurt, but in fact it isn’t true Greek strained yogurt. Be aware that “Greek-Style” yogurt is not the same. Greek-style yogurts contain additives, milk concentrate, and added whey protein to make the yogurt taste and mimic the texture of authentic Greek yogurt.

So what is Greek Yogurt?
The word Greek refers to the straining process which gives the yogurt it’s thick texture and high protein content. True Greek yogurt only contains milk and live & active cultures.

Did you know that Chobani uses 3 pounds of milk for every 1 pound of Chobani Greek Yogurt? Thats where that high protein rich creaminess comes from!

Chobani LA Dinner
#1 Chobani community coordinator Amy Keefe and I! If you love cats & Chobani, you will def love Amy!

Chobani LA Dinner
Finally met one of my favorite healthy living pen pals: personal trainer Bree Bond!
Bree and I have been exchanging tweets for almost a year! You have to checkout her Instagram. She is so inspiring, and girl has a sweet six pack!
I told Bree she needs to start training me haha
Bree’s Instagram & Twitter.

Chobani LA DinnerChobani LA bloggers!

Chobani LA Dinner“It’s time to treat CHOself!”

Chobani LA DinnerFIVE courses of Chobani inspired nom noms! Ohhhh my gosh, checkout that menu!

Chobani LA DinnerAnd of course, the wine pairing. Because Chobani goes all out!

Chobani LA DinnerThe night started with a small crab salad.

Chobani LA DinnerFirst Course: Raw Marinated Kanpachi
Marinated baby radish, herbed Chobani Yogurt, fresh horseradish.

Chobani LA DinnerSecond Course: Butternut Squash Soup
Roasted apple, pancetta, hon shimeji mushrooms, Chobani yogurt crema.
 – took a photo of Amy’s soup to show you guys since I’m allergic and couldn’t have it! –

Chobani LA DinnerModified Second Course: Arugula Salad
Marisa Sheep Cheese and Pecans.
Since I found out the hard way that I am in fact 200% allergic to squash a couple of weeks ago… the sous chef made me a fresh salad! Simple and delicious.

Chobani LA DinnerThird Course: Sous Vide Chicken in Greek Yogurt
Roasted Fennel, Chobani creamy barley, apple salad, whiskey prune smear.
I’m pretty much vegetarian, but I really wanted to give all of the menu items a try. The Creamy Chobani Barley was insanely amazing. I NEED to learn how to make this! Totally inspiring me to make a Chobani Risotto. Or shall I say RiCHOtto!

Chobani LA DinnerFourth Course: Thirty-Six Hour Braised Beef Rib
Smoked Chobani yogurt potatoes.
Once again, I’m not really a meat eater at all, especially red meat, but I’ll try anything once. I like to live life on the edge! haha. The potatoes and roasted broccolini were out of this world. Oh. my. gosh. Absolutely mouthwatering!

Chobani LA DinnerFifth Course: Meyer Lemon and Chobani Yogurt Meringue Tart
Grapefruit confit, mint, huckleberry.
Minus the huckleberry because of my allergy!

Chobani LA DinnerAfter dinner coffee, a must!

Chobani LA DinnerChobani swag bag: Love this bag, upcycled from a burlap coffee bag! Inside the bag was a sweet reusable Chobani water bottle, wooden spoon to get my cookin’ on, Chobani Nike Dry-Fit shirt, and a magnet with conversions for cooking with CHO
Chobani LA DinnerConversions for cooking with Chobani!
Simple swaps to make any meal even healthier! #justaddgood

Aren’t you totally inspired to cook something with Chobani now?
Checkout their awesome recipes and get inspired

Huge thank you to Chobani and Hatfield’s for the amazing dinner!

Chobani Muffin For One + Giveaway

Motivation Monday: “I don’t sweat, I sparkle!”

Sooo my Q&A did not end up happening on Friday, or even Saturday… but it will be here this week! Trust me, I don’t get my stitches out until August 30th, so there is still plenty of time for me to type away on the couch. There are only so many times that I can see Happy Feet, Kung Fu Panda, and Pirates of the Caribbean on TV. This past weekend turned out to be much busier than I planned. Or maybe it just seemed busier because everything I did ended up taking 10 times as long with my gimpy foot and crutches in tow. My birthday celebrations continued with the arrival of one of my very best friends Kelsie flying in from NY and another birthday dinner with my volunteer group. Amongst the birthday festivities, I still had a few minutes for a healthy baking recipe that is “nothing but good.”

Chobani naturally powered 5 US athletes to the Olympic Games in London 2012, bringing 2 gold medals home for Team Chobani!
I don’t know about you, but I was so happy to see Chobani sponsoring Team USA at this years Olympics. It’s such a refreshing change to see something that athletes most likely consume, compared to unhealthy fast food like McDonald’s being promoted. The more Chobani commercials I saw throughout the games, the less Chobani I saw on the shelves at my local grocer. It looks like their advertising worked, go CHO!

Who said muffins can’t be make for a healthy breakfast? Today I have a recipe for a super moist, fluffy single serving muffin made with Chobani’s new Vanilla Chocolate Chunk Greek Yogurt. This little treat is baked without any oil or butter, making for a light protein filled muffin with healthy ingredients. If you’re anything like me, making one dozen muffins is just dangerous. You no longer have to be afraid of eating one too many muffins, because this is a muffin for one. For someone who always wants “just one more” or someone who lives alone, your problem has been problem solved!

Chobani Muffin For One
Serves 1

4 Tbsp Chobani Vanilla Chocolate Chunk Greek Yogurt
3 Tbsp whole wheat flour
1 Tbsp liquid egg whites
1 Tbsp chia seeds
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/4 tsp or 1 packet of stevia
1/4 tsp baking powder

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine all ingredients and stir until well mixed. Pour the batter into a cupcake liner in a muffin tin. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for 5-10 minutes. Enjoy warm out of the oven.
Note: This recipe would also work great with other Chobani flavors such s cherry or blueberry where there are chunks of real fruit!

In collaboration with Chobani, I am hosting a giveaway! One lucky RFFMBT reader will win 6 blended 16oz containers of Chobani Greek yogurt!

For your chance to win:

  • Leave a comment on this post “Chobani Muffin For One + Giveaway” telling me your favorite way to eat Greek yogurt!
  • You can earn another entry by tweeting: “Enter to win 6 @Chobani 16oz Blenders! Hosted by @EatRabbitFood .”
  • Complete your Twitter entry by leaving a separate comment on this post with a copy of your tweet.
  • You can earn an additional entry by taking a photo of your favorite breakfast on Instagram along with the tag @RabbitFoodForMyBunnyTeeth and hashtag #RFFMBTchobani
  • Complete your Instagram entry by leaving another comment on this post with a link to your Instagram image.
  • That means you can earn up to 3 entries: comment on this post, tweet, and/or Instagram!
  • All entries must use a valid email address.
  • Contest open to U.S. residents only.
  • All entries must be posted by Thursday, August 23 at 11:59pm (PST).
  • The winner will be announced on Friday, August 24.

Here is a list of other RFFMBT recipes that contain Greek yogurt:
Carrot Cake Smoothie
Cinnamon Apple Pie Quinoa Parfait
Honey Wheat Protein Pancakes
Cherry Almond Green Tea Smoothie Bowl
Healthy Beet Cookies
Cherry Chia Parfait
Honey Yogurt Covered Grapes
Protein Popsicles
Individual Protein Cheesecake
Quinoa Grape and Sunflower Seed Parfait

Don’t forget to Follow Chobani on Facebook and Twitter for more Greek yogurt goodness!
Good luck little CHObunnies!

* The giveaway has ended, and the winner will be announced on Friday, August 24.
** Congratulations to the winner: Nicole B.