Chobani… Cafe? ya, it’s a real thing, y’all! it’s a big deal in New York, and i for one am ecstatic that Chobani chose the Woodlands, Texas for their 3rd cafe location. what an honor! i’m originally from the north side of Houston and even though i got hitched and moved out west towards Katy, it was worth the almost hour drive Kosi and i took to get there. hey, it’s a heck-of-alot closer than NY, right 😉this particular location is housed inside a super cool, high-tech, brand spanking new, neighborhood Walmart. providing healthy snack/lunch options before or after grocery shopping is a wooooonderful idea! as the young girls say, #ImHereForIt two of the sweetest, most gracious hosts, Lauren (l) & Blair, showed us around the new spot and fed my face!Lauren handles all the PR for Chobani, and Blair is the senior communications manager.so many amazing flavor combos and things to choose! they explained the menu thoroughly and urged me to try at least one option from every section. wut? music to my EARS. here’s what i went with:i started with the incredibly dreamy Citrus Ginger Carrot Drink (plain greek yogurt + fresh pressed juice) which is a blended combo of apple, mango, banana, carrot, fennel, ginger, turmeric, and lime. from the Sweet Creations section, this simple, classic fresh fruit + granola combo was calling my name! berries, granola, plain greek yogurt, and a drizzle of honey. someone got hungry watching me taste all this food! it was her turn to eat lunch, so i whipped out my Milk Snob cover and let her do her thing.it was the perfect time to step outside the box and try some savory yogurt. they swore by it and i see why! i devoured the Mango + Avocado from the Savory Creations section; it was served with blue corn tortilla chips. Simit Sandwiches!! it’s different and it sets them apart from the rest. it works. i’m a simit first timer and Laura described it as a larger, but thinner bagel. i went with another classic combo and all time fave of mine, avocado and turkey breast. they slather the toasted simit with a savory yogurt spread which ties the sandwich flavors all together. SO.GOOD. my girl my girl Adaeze lives in the area, so i told her to meet me at the Cafe so she could say hi to Kosi! Lauren and Blair were so kind and let her try out a few things on the menu too! these tables though! how about i need them in my home kitchen so when Dego spills his juice it won’t get all over the chair and floor! #genius it’s all coming together beautifully! they are scheduled to open very, very soon. they even sent us away with goodie bags!inside was some grape and strawberry yogurt for my boys, they threw in a few Turkish Nazars for my boys which are believed to protect one from the evil eye in Eastern Mediterranean culture. you wear them on your arm just like bracelet. cannot wait to come back and use that gift card!also, there was some clover honey,EVOO,and this cool fitted cap that i’ll never see again now that it’s in Chiso’s hands! spring break is almost over but we still have more stuff to cross off our list 🙂
… i KNOW i am not alone, hahahaha!
“hmm… let me think about it. thank you.” *speeds off* #no
he is going.to.town. sample stations make for great shopping experiences when you’ve got the little ones in tow. long as they like what’s being served of course. my 4 yr old is crazy picky but Dego is my little garbage disposal and eats literally everything. ironically, i’m more likely to pile my basket full of stuff i don’t even need when i’m snacking & shopping. never fails. clever marking nontheless, HEB. #here #takemymoney
even after all that snacking i hit the salad bar for the ride home.
while there, i got a few fresh salmon fillets, and then i asked the fish monger to ground up a couple pounds for me as well.
she removed the skin and did just that. depending on where you shop, it may or may not be a free service. just ask!
Chobani wants us all to get creative with their #madewithChobani campaign and of course i jumped right on in! the key ingredient and binder for these bangin’ burgers was plain, 0% Chobani greek yogurt. it’s a not so little secret that greek yogurt can be swapped for mayo and sour cream in recipes which means added protein and less fat. it’s a healthier trade off and the flavor is not compromised. win-win!
the yogurt combined with my favorite HEB organics whole grain mustard
plus all these other fresh ingredients you most likely have in your fridge and pantry made inevitable, delicious magic.
the longer these flavors hang out together the better. 20 minutes was all we could stand.
cook the patties for 5-7 min on either side of your griddle (mine was set to 375),
then dress them up however you’d like! i added fresh lime wedges to squeeze over the patties before devouring and more whole grain mustard for slathering.
make a sandwich on whole grain bread, pile them high with veggies, or eat them as is.
chef hat off, mommy hat on, kitchen closed.
recipe is below; enjoy these burgers, fit friends! happy early fridaaaaay!
Q: have you ever actually cooked with yogurt other than eating it cold? what’s your all time favorite yogurt flavor?
all Chobani products were purchased by me; no compensation was given for this post and all opinions are my own. challenge accepted and conquered!