Delicious Yogurt Mix-Ins

My family loves yogurt. Since my children were little they’ve been eating it almost every day and my husband loves it too. It is one of our favorite go-to snacks that is portable and easy for my kids to get on their own.

This month we tried a Yulu, a delicious new yogurt. Lately my husband has been on a Greek yogurt kick, but after trying Yulu he’s quickly becoming a fan of this Aussie inspired yogurt. My kids literally said it was the best yogurt they’d ever had and were asking when I could buy more.

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Yulu is smoothed twice for extra creaminess and contains real fruit. What it doesn’t contain is artificial flavors. It is available in vanilla bean, strawberry, blueberry, raspberry and honey.

Any yogurt endorsed by kids and guys is probably worth trying, don’t you think?

Yogurt makes a great snack, and can even be a quick meal when you mix in fruit, nuts or protein.

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My daughter and husband both like a little crunch in their yogurt so they suggested granola or almonds, both of those were delicious.

My younger daughter loves bananas and thought the granola and bananas were the best combination.

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The fresh blueberries were a also big hit and you can always substitute with frozen when they are out of season!

I thought toasted coconut and pineapple would be a great combination in the vanilla bean yogurt.

We also like to mix-in yogurt with our smoothies. The creaminess of yulu would make a delicious smoothie combined with your other favorite fruits and vegetables.

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Hello Yulu… Good-bye Greek, our family has a new favorite yogurt. If you haven’t tried double smoothed, double delicious yulu yogurt find out where it is being sold near you and give it a try.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Yulu. The opinions and text are all mine.


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Baked Chicken Fries

Baked Chicken Fries at The Happy HousewifeBy contributing writer Beth

If you’re looking for a delicious finger food for a crowd, these Baked Chicken Fries are the perfect hearty appetizer. With very few ingredients, it’s easier than you might think to make these delicious snacks.

Serve them at the big game or as an appetizer at a dinner party. They’re delicious with a side of ranch and veggies or spicy hot wing sauce.

Baked Chicken Fries
Recipe type: Appetizer
Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • 2 large chicken breasts (around 1¼ pounds) cut into ½ inch slices
  • 1 box chicken flavored stuffing mix (6 ounce package)
  • ½ cup flour
  • ¼ cup cornmeal
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon hot water
  • 2 eggs
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 425 degrees and line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper.
  2. In a food processor, grind contents of stuffing box into a fine powder.
  3. In a gallon zipper bag, combine stuffing powder, flour, and cornmeal.
  4. In a shallow dish, place the butter and heat it on high in the microwave just until melted. Add hot water and stir together. Add eggs and whisk to combine.
  5. Add a few pieces of chicken to the gallon bag and toss to coat the chicken. Shake off excess crumbs and transfer chicken to the egg mixture. Move the chicken back to the crumb bag to coat once more.
  6. Place the chicken on the lined baking sheet and arrange flat so it cooks evenly.
  7. Repeat these steps until all chicken is coated with crumbs, egg, and crumbs again.
  8. Bake at 425 for 8 minutes and use tongs to turn the chicken over. Bake for another 7 - 9 minutes until light golden brown.
  9. Remove from oven and serve warm with your favorite veggies and dip.

Baked Chicken Fries at The Happy Housewife

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Crispy Baked French Fries

I love French fries, however, fried food and healthy living don’t quite go hand and hand. When I started making changes to my lifestyle a few years ago I gave up fried food, including fries. It was one of the few foods I missed with my new healthy diet. Once I got fit I brought the fries back, but in moderation.

I really wanted to find a way to make fries at home in the oven that tasted as good as some of my favorite fried restaurant fries. I tried a few different recipes and the fries were never quite crispy enough. I couldn’t get the texture right they were always a little mushy and didn’t taste great.

Last week I decided to try again (since I had a 10 pound bag of potatoes sitting in my kitchen) and spent a few days working on my fry recipe. (Tough job but someone has to do it!)

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Then it hit me… I needed to soak the fries before cooking! Soaking potatoes helps get rid of the starch, and too much starch was making my fries mushy in the oven.

I tried it and the baked fries were absolutely perfect! They were crispy and tasted just like the fried version. They are so easy to make and you can even do most of the prep work ahead of time if you wanted to make these for a Super Bowl party or other gathering.

Crispy Baked French Fries
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Serves: 8
 
These baked French fries are much healthier than the fried version and easy to make. The are super crispy and taste delicious!
Ingredients
  • 4 large white potatoes
  • 1 Tablespoon canola oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Paprika, Chili Power, Cayenne Pepper (use your favorite spices)
Instructions
  1. Wash potatoes.
  2. Cut the potatoes into large fry shaped strips, keeping the skin on.
  3. Soak potatoes in water for at least an hour. They can soak overnight in the fridge.
  4. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  5. Drain water and dry potatoes thoroughly. Do not skip this step!
  6. In a large bowl mix together fries and the canola oil until the fries are covered.
  7. Add salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
  8. Add additional seasonings if you like spicier fries.
  9. Place fries side by side on a cookie sheet, making sure they are not piled on top of each other.
  10. Sprinkle with additional seasoning.
  11. Bake in a 425 degree oven for 15-20 minutes depending on the thickness of your fries.
  12. Serve.

 


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Homemade Bagels

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Homemade bagels are easy to make and delicious. I put off making them for 3 years and when I finally started making them, I couldn’t believe how much better they tasted!

We love bagels at our house, my kids would eat them all day if they could. When I realized how easy, healthy and inexpensive making homemade bagels was, I was sold!

When I shared that I was making bagels every week I received many questions on how to make bagels. Hopefully, this post will answer those questions.

The cost of making homemade bagels is under $2 for 13 large bagels. Compare that with the supermarket prices or Panera, and you can see that making your own is a great deal.

This is a modified version of the recipe from the Bread Becker’s Recipe Collection.

Homemade Bagels
 
Ingredients
  • 2¼ cup warm water
  • 2 tablespoon honey
  • 2¼ teaspoon salt
  • 5 cups flour (you can use all white, half white/half wheat, or all whole wheat)
  • 1 tablespoon gluten
  • 2 teaspoon instant yeast
Instructions
  1. Combine water, honey, and salt.
  2. Add part of the flour, yeast and gluten, mix well.
  3. Continue to add flour until you have a slightly sticky dough, kneed for about 10 minutes.
  4. Let dough rise until it has doubled.

  5. This is the time to add any extras if you so desire. You can mix in onions (for onion bagels), assorted seeds or nuts, cinnamon and sugar, it is up to you. I kept these bagels plain for the pictures.
  6. After the dough has risen (and you've added your extras if you want), divide into 11-13 balls. I can usually get 13 bagels out of this recipe, but today I only got 12.
  7. After you have divided your dough, take the balls and put your thumbs through the middle of the ball. You will make the bagel shape by doing this. You need to work the hole to a pretty large diameter (almost 2 inches) because the hole will shrink when they rise.
  8. Allow the bagels to rest (covered) for 20 minutes. It is best if you watch the time on this. You won’t ruin your bagels if they rest for 25 or 30 minutes, but 20 minutes is ideal.
  9. While the bagels are resting, start boiling a pot of water on the stove.
  10. Add honey or sugar (about ⅓ cup) to the water (I have no idea why you do this but every recipe I have tried recommends this step).
  11. After the bagels have rested and your water is boiling drop the bagels (one or two at a time depending on how big your pot is) into the boiling water.
  12. Boil for one minute. Let me repeat this, boil for one minute. Do not over boil. Your bagels will fall apart. You can under boil them, but do not over boil.
  13. After a minute remove from the water with a slotted spoon and place on greased cookie sheet.
  14. After the bagels are boiled you can brush them with an egg wash (one egg white and about 3 Tbs of water) but it isn’t required. The egg wash gives the bagels that shiny look. These bagels were not brushed with egg.
  15. Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 20 to 30 minutes. You can flip them if you think they are getting too brown on the bottom, but they won’t be as pretty.

Homemade Bagels at The Happy Housewife

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