Blueberry-Yogurt Zucchini Pasta Salad with Coconut Crusted Baked Chicken

Blueberry-Yogurt Zucchini Pasta Salad with Coconut Crusted Baked Chicken

Today, I’m participating in a Blueberry Contest! You can check out all of the details on the Blueberry Council’s website. Basically, we’re directed to use blueberries somehow in a recipe and pair it with balsamic, rosemary, coconut or banana. I chose coconut, because I don’t cook with that ingredient enough!

I love blogging contests, because it encourages me to be creative with selective ingredients. Walking through a farmer’s market or grocery store, I’m inspired by all of the fresh produce and always bring a notepad so that I can jot down ideas. For example, I once saw persimmons next to the cheese aisle one morning and scribbled down the beginnings of this Persimmon Cucumber Salad.

Coconut and blueberries, here I come.

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Crispy Baked Potato Chips with Sriracha Garlic Yogurt Dip

Crispy Baked Potato Chips with Sriracha Garlic Yogurt Dip

I actually don’t love crispy potato chips – my favorite are “floppy chips.” In Winston-Salem, North Carolina where I went to college (Wake Forest!), there is this restaurant called The Village Tavern that serves up Southern-influenced traditional American food. I probably ate there 793 times while I attended college, never had a disappointing meal and rarely ordered the same thing twice…. except when it came to the floppy chips

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Zucchini Pasta alla “Skinny Jeans” Vodka with Grilled Chicken

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When you think vodka sauce, you think vodka and cream, right? Well, fuggedaboutit! This skinnier version of vodka sauce goes fantastically with ribboned zucchini. You can leave out the Parmesan cheese to fit into those skinny jeans sooner, but it does add a good texture and flavor! How’d I get away with leaving out the cream and still get that pink sauce color? Greek yogurt! I sprung for the 2%, but you can use 0% if you’re THAT committed. I used Tito’s vodka, because that’s what I had in my freezer, but just make sure you use something in the $20+ range. Honestly, I think the flavor is better than the real deal!

Inspiralized

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