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Frozen Yogurt Bites (and Fox 19)

There are so many things I love about summer.  One of those is sweet frozen treats like soft serve.  But, I’m also trying to eat cleaner and healthier so I needed to find an alternative to those ice cream cravings.  It was important for me to make something simple, healthy, and tasty.  What I love about these yogurt bites is that essentially, you only need two ingredients: yogurt and fruit.  Everything beyond that is bonus.

Lining up my key ingredients.

When I started making these yogurt bites, I use greek vanilla yogurt, honey, and fresh fruit.  Mix it.  Scoop it on some parchment paper. Freeze.  As I said, super simple.  My friends said they looked like yogurt cookies.  I love that it’s cold and refreshing.  A little bit sweet and a little bit tart.

Yogurt bites.

Soon I started mixing up the yogurt.  For example, I might use blueberry yogurt, honey, and fresh strawberries.  Or, I’d use banana yogurt, honey, and pineapple (frozen pineapple is so good).  The possibilities are endless.  When I decided to make these for Fox 19, I tried ice cube trays and popsicle molds.  Genius.  The ice cube trays allow for more room in the freezer and the popsicle molds are easy to hold.  Some of my favorite varieties so far are:

  • coffee yogurt, cold brew coffee, a little milk, banana, a tad bit of nutella
  • banana yogurt, honey, fresh banana (mashed), a few chocolate chips
  • vanilla yogurt, honey, fresh strawberries, granola
  • orange cream yogurt, agave simple syrup, fresh pineapple, orange slices

Tip: If you want to put in a bit more effort, blend the fruit for a denser, creamier treat. If you make popsicles, put them in some warm water for a bit to ease them out of the molds.  Or, use dixie cups and wooden popsicle sticks!

Yogurt pops!

It’s so easy.  Get a bowl.  Dump in the yogurt.  Add some honey or agave simple syrup.  Fold in some fruit.  Add in any other fun additions.   Scoop onto parchment paper or into ice cream trays or popsicle molds.  Freeze.  Eat and enjoy.  Check out the live segment on Fox 19 by clicking here.

Fun fact:  While I was hanging out in the green room, I ran into the owner of Sweets and Meats BBQ in Mt. Washington (future post) and the organizers of the Fairfield County Brew Trail (which I’m doing at the end of the month).  You never know who you will see hanging out at Fox 19!

GO THERE ( Your kitchen )!  TRY THAT (Frozen yogurt treats)!

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Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers

Typically I write about local, non chain restaurants.  However, when a new place, even a chain, moves into town I gotta check it out.  Plus, who doesn’t love a great burger and fries?!  When Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers opened a location on Red Bank Road in Cincinnati, I couldn’t resist a little taste testing.  In fact, my entire family went to Freddy’s in Centerville for Mother’s Day.  What can I say? We’re a burger, hot dog, and onion rings kind of clan.  My Mom and I both love shoestring fries and the burgers at Freddy’s, made to order, are pressed thin so you get those crispy edges.   Plus, those cheese curds are the best in town.  All six of us found something we loved on Freddy’s menu and all six of us, full from lunch, still ordered frozen custard and savored each creamy, smooth, rich bite.

Cheese curds are a must!

Happy Mother’s Day to my mom!

California Steakburger

So here’s the thing.  This is part restaurant post and part cooking post.  Freddy’s sells two items that I had to bring home: Steakburger and Fry Seasoning and Fry Sauce.  The french fries at Freddy’s are dusted with this awesome seasoning.  I didn’t even use ketchup which is way unusual for me.  And the burger I ordered, the Double Steakburger California Style, had this magical sauce on it.  If you’re a Big Mac/Big Boy kind of person, this is even better.

Ready to use at home.

But, I am trying to cook healthier at home and we just got a new grill.  I decided to take that seasoning and that sauce and use it for grilling seafood and veggies.  Basically, I made this up.  I basted the shrimp and the zucchini with the Jalapeno Fry Sauce.  The potatoes and asparagus got a drizzle of olive oil and a healthy coat of Steakburger and Fry seasoning.   Then, for the fresh Tilapia, I used some grapeseed oil and the Steakburger and Fry seasoning.  I wrapped the fish in aluminum foil, threw the veggies is disposable trays, and skewered the shrimp.  All of it went on the grill at medium heat!

  • Diced potatoes 20 minutes
  • Tilapia wrapped in foil, 6 minutes each side
  • Asparagus and other veggies, 12 minutes total
  • Shrimp on skewers (soak wooden skewers first), 3 minutes each side (the jalapeno fry sauce is perfect for shrimp)

Tilapia

Veggies in Fry Sauce and Seasoning.

Shrimp basted with Fry Sauce.

Dinner is served!

This meal was delicious (if I do say so myself), pretty darn healthy, and seasoned perfectly!  The shrimp basted in the Fry Sauce was tender and spicy!  So good.  I loved the veggies, and the potatoes, but that fish was especially a-maz-ing with that seasoning.  I don’t each much fish and I’m trying to improve that.  This was incredible; I will be repeating this meal soon.  And, tip, a little seasoning goes a long way!  I’m excited to use this seasoning on burgers next.

Be like this cool kid enjoying Freddy’s custard.

This is post is sponsored by Freddy’s Steakburgers and Frozen Custard, but these are my opinions! Whether dining in, driving thru for custard or cooking with Freddy’s Fry Sauce or Steakburger and Fry seasoning, I am a fan.  I know Freddy’s is fast food, but it is definitely elevated and fresh fast food.  I’m curious, what’s your favorite Freddy’s order?

GO THERE (Freddy’s)!  TRY THAT (Steakburger and Fry Seasoning, California Burger, Cheese Curds, Custard)! 

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