Chicken and Spinach Yogurt Pesto Pasta and a Giveaway!

Update: I plugged the numbers into Random.org and a winner has been chosen! The winner is comment #24! Rachel said, “I love eating it with granola for lunch.” So check your email Rachel! If the prize isn’t claimed within 5 days a new winner will be selected. Thank you for all of your entries!

I’m sure that my recent lack of posts has made it pretty obvious that I’ve been in a cooking/blogging funk lately. I’m not sure if it’s the excitement of the baby or this cold weather that’s getting me down, but I just haven’t had a whole lot of creativity or motivation in the kitchen. It feels like I’ve just been rotating the same 5 meals lately. Needless to say, I was so excited when my friend Jessica, from My Baking Heart, invited me to join a Virtual Cooking Party! Perfect opportunity to get some excitement back into my kitchen!!

For this party we all put our own spin on the same recipe, featuring Stonyfield Greek Yogurt. I am a HUGE fan of cooking with Greek yogurt, I often use it as substitute for sour cream in recipes and as a topping. I’ve even used it to replace the mayonnaise in a cole slaw recipe! It’s a great way to make some of my favorite recipes a little bit healthier without making a sacrifice in taste.

The recipe chosen for this Virtual Cooking Party was Spinach Yogurt Pesto Pasta. I love pesto because it is always so fresh tasting and it’s packed with layers of flavor. This recipe is no exception. I even told Jessica that I would happily just eat spoonfuls of this pesto for dinner. :) But, since I live with a meat and potatoes man, I used pasta AND chicken. The chicken seemed to grab onto just the right amount of the subtle lemon flavor. And as it turns out, the swirls of the rotini pasta made perfect pockets for holding on to the delicious pesto. I thought the Greek yogurt was the perfect way to add creaminess to the pesto. The slight tang of the yogurt perfectly balanced the fresh basil and powerful garlic. To help make dinner a little more economical, I substituted walnuts for pine nuts. All in all, dinner was a huge success! Big thanks to Jessica for bringing a fresh new recipe to my kitchen! Be sure to stop by her blog to see how the other party-goers put their own spin on this recipe!

For this party I was happy to get my hands on some free Stonyfield Greek Yogurt, and I’d love for you to be able to get your hands on some as well! Because what’s a party without a fun prize/giveaway?! Stonyfield has generously agreed to offer one lucky reader a case of Stonyfield yogurt and a Stonyfield Cookbook!

The giveaway is now closed and a winner has been announced!
How to enter:

Leave a comment telling me your favorite way to use Greek yogurt!
Sorry, only US residents please

Deadline & Winning Information:

The deadline for entry will be 11:59 pm Saturday, February 1
Winner will be chosen using a random number generator and will be announced at the top of this post on Sunday, February 2
The winner will receive an email from me (so be sure to enter your correct email address!) and will have 5 days to respond. If no response is received, a new winner will be chosen.

Disclosure:

I was offered free Stonyfield Greek Yogurt as a part of this Virtual Cooking Party. However, the opinions and review are my own!

 

 

 

Comments

  1. rachelcartucci says:

    My favorite way to use greek yogurt is mixing it with honey and fruit. I also use it in a pie shell mixing it with whipped cream and fruit and freezing it.

  2. I love using Greek yogurt in baked goods like breads and muffins. Great butter substitute!

  3. Stephanie says:

    I love to use it in place of sour cream. I also throw it in smoothies and oatmeal really often.

  4. I like to make dips for fruit using Greek Yogurt.

  5. brittany o says:

    we use greek yogurt for everything in this household! with fresh fruit and ginger granola for breakfast, in smoothies, but my favorite use is in hot vegetable soup or atop chili!

  6. I like to eat it straight out of the carton

  7. Thank you for joining me, love! Your huge bowl of pasta makes me want to find a diving board… is that wrong? ;)

  8. I must say that I love plain Greek Yogurt for breakfast with some bananas and pomegranate seeds and a little bit of honey it it.

  9. I love using yogurt as a substitute for butter in my cooking!

  10. YEAH for a foodie party!! Your spin looks fantastic and don’t stress on the lack of food blog posts. You got a sweet little angel who occupies like 24 hours of your time! Enjoy her itty-bittiness while you can, and when you child starts biting you, growling at you for food, or throwing food on the floor – then we can talk. LOL

    MIss you!

  11. I love eating it for breakfast with berries!

  12. I have a great muffin recipe that calls for yogurt I use Greek yogurt because of the extra protein.
    My daughter takes them to work and I bring dozens to my parents. They are in their late eighties and no longer cook much.
    Thank you

  13. Lisa Langston says:

    I love making dips and just eating it plain!

  14. I love eating Greek yogurt with fruit and granola for breakfast! As a substitute, I love using it in cakes and baked goods in place of sour cream!

  15. Christie Ferguson says:

    My daughter loves it on sliced apples with a sprinkling of chia seeds!

  16. Corisa Jubinsky says:

    egg salad sandwiches!

  17. I love your photos, Jess. Everything looks great!

  18. greek yogurt + fruit = the perfect midday snack in my eyes!

  19. I like subbing it for sour cream.

  20. This looks amazing! I love that you used walnuts in the pesto…it makes a great pesto, and the walnuts are a lot easier to find in stores. :-)

  21. I love my greek yogurt with fruit and granola.

  22. Susan Christy says:

    I use it to make dip.

  23. Chris DeHart says:

    Smoothies is my favorite way to use it.

  24. I love eating it with granola for lunch.

  25. Rachel DeHart says:

    I like making home made lactose free yogurt, than making sour cream, frozen yogurt, ranch dressing and yogurt cheese. Yum and can’t wait to make cakes, icing, and cheesecake from yogurt also.

  26. my favorite way to eat greek yogurt is in a dip.

  27. My favorite way to use Greek yogurt it to use it to make dips.

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