Monday, April 30, 2012

Chobani Champions in Boston & a Chobani Champions Giveaway!

Going back to school, I know in the long run is what is best for my family.  In the present, though, it is incredibly stressful.  One of my biggest stressors is being the mom that I expect myself to be and trying to do good in school at the same time.  During the week, I sit at my computer and study all the time and am trying to distract my kids with activities at home so that I can get things done.  I wish I could spend more time one-on-one with them, but school keeps me so busy.

Fortunately, on Friday while sitting at my computer, I noticed a post on Facebook from Jessica from 30 Something Mother wondering if anyone wanted to attend a kid's Chobani Champions cooking class on Saturday.  I immediately jumped all over it as I knew my kids would love to head into Boston for a cooking class and I was excited to find something that we could all do as a family.

We drove into Boston on Saturday afternoon, and somehow found cheap parking directly across the street from the Boston Center for Adult Education which is where the class was being held.  The BCAE was a beautiful facility and I plan on keeping an eye on their classes and maybe heading back into town to take a class for myself sometime.  

We were pretty early for the class because I wasn't expecting to find such good parking, but it allowed us to meet Emily from Chobani and Chef Dustin who would be instructing us today.  The classroom was set up very cute and my kids were so excited to get started.


Goodie bags and Chobani Champions to eat!

Tables set up for the kids to arrive with Chobani aprons for the kids.

Chef Dustin.

Once everyone arrived, we got started.  They had picked out three kid-friendly recipes that we would be making using the new Chobani Champion flavors.  Our first recipe was an Orange Vanilla Cake for Champions.  Bridget and Gabbie were so excited to hear that we would be making cake and that they got to do all the work.

Bridget measuring out the flour and sugar.

Gabbie digging into the flour.

Bridget appears to be concentrating on something.

Orange zest!

Lots of little cakes ready to bake.

The cakes needed to bake for 15-30 minutes so after we put them into the oven it was time to move onto our main course, Verry Berry/Very Healthy Chicken Dinner.  Yes, we were cooking chicken with the Chobani Champions Verry Berry Yogurt, and I promise it was DELICIOUS!

Cutting up our chicken.

Shaking the chicken in the Chobani.

Chef Dustin emptying the chicken into the pan.

Yum, I wish I had some to eat right now.

Plating their dinner.

So cute, I loved how he served the dish over rice in an avocado shell, so fancy and so easy!

This was Bridget's FAVORITE part, she loved it and Gabbie was surprised how much she enjoyed the green stuff in the dish.  :)

As soon as they were done eating their chicken dish, the cakes were done and it was time to frost them with a frosting we made out of the Orange Vanilla Chobani and powdered sugar.  And then it was time to taste our cake and, again, it was so good.  I am not a fan of orange in anything and I loved the cake.  The Chobani made it very moist and it was so easy making the little pans for each kid.  I normally don't have the patience to make individual servings, but could see myself doing that again.

Gabbie was proud of her cake.

Icing the cakes.

Finally it was time to make parfaits with a combination of the Chocolate Chunk Choabni and the Honey-nana.  Gabbie was licking the spoon at this point.  She was in love with the yogurt.  They layered the Chobani with fresh fruit and granola.  My girls were very excited to eat their parfaits for breakfast the next morning.
Breakfast parfaits! (Or you can pop in the freezer for a few minutes for an easy dessert.)

Chobani Champions lunch boxes to take home all our creations.

The kids had a blast and I was so happy to have spent two hours cooking with my favorite girls.  This was my first cooking class I have ever attended and now I am really excited to try an adult class out myself.  If you are looking for recipes to cook with Chobani check out their website and Pinterest.  There are so many ideas that you can use Chobani in!  (If you are interested in any of the recipes that we tried out this weekend, leave me a comment or email me and I will get it to you as soon as it is available to me.)

And as if I wasn't already in love with Chobani, they have offered to give away two boxes of Chobani Champions to one of my readers.  To enter:

  1. Leave a comment on this post.
  2. Tweet about this giveaway and come back to tell me that you tweeted.
*This sweepstakes is open for US Residents Only and you must be 18 to enter. The sweepstakes runs April 30, 2012 until Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 11:59pm EST. I will be using random.org to pick the winner and will announce the winner Monday, May 7, 2012. One winner will be selected. I will announce the winner in a blogpost on May 7th and the winner will have one week to contact me before a new winner will be chosen. Incase of a technical glitch and entries are lost, all entrants must resubmit comments for entries. You may enter by leaving a comment on this post as tweeting about the giveaway.

19 comments:

krissy murphy said...

mmmm! I love chobani, that honey-nana flavor is MAGICAL.

krissy murphy said...

Tweeted :D https://twitter.com/#!/krissymmurphy/status/197027046558416896

Laura said...

What a great opportunity-- looks like so much fun! I just saw Jessica's post, too. I didn't realize you lived so close to each other! And yes, I would love to win two boxes of Chobani. :)

Laura said...

And I tweeted!

Jess said...

OMG I LOVE your kids!! They are so adorable! I also love that you got to cook some super fun recipes with this yogurt! I LOVE the chocolate chunk chobani champion frozen, it tastes WAY better than any fro-yo I've ever had. YUMTASTIC.

Run Boise said...

Yum. I think Chobani is awesome. Love them!

Jana said...

Your girls are adorable! Looks like you all had a great time and the food looks delicious.

Liana said...

Chobani champions is tots not just for kids! Its my favorite Chobani so far.

Jolene said...

Aww! What a fun day you guys must have had! I love Chobani Champions, not just for kids, hehe ;-)

Christyruns said...

I would love to win, I love Chobani!

Brenna Kate Simonds said...

I'm interested!

Raymond said...

Love Chobani - enter me please :-)

Raymond said...

Tweeted!

Christine McCarthy said...

what an awesome class! Wish I had one around here to take my daughter to. Love my Cho. especially the orange-vanilla champions. ;)

Renata said...

My family would love to try these! Thanks so much

Renata said...

Tweeted your giveaway link :)

Georgina said...

Would love to try the Champions little cups of Greek Goodness! Thanks so much!

Beth U. said...

Sounds like a really fun class and great way to spend time with your kids. It makes me want to look for something like that where I live to do with my kids. I'd love to try some Chobani!

Michelle said...

How freaking fun and aswesome that it opened your girls eyes to food they wouldn't normall taste.

My kids LOOOOOVE Chobani Champions - it's so nice to have non-sugaroverload choices!