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4 Ingredient Pesto Zoodle Salad

Quick and easy Pesto Zoodle Salad happyfitmama.com

I gushed about my new favorite kitchen toy a couple of weeks ago and I still can’t get enough of it. I swear I’ve spiralized something at least once a day. I’m not sure why I think it’s the best thing ever. It’s not like it makes food taste any different. It’s just so…fun. I guess it’s like the grown up version of making fun things out of your food. Whatever it is, I like it.

I’ve been playing around with sprializing different veggies and fruits. The possibilities really are endless. One night I was looking for something quick and easy to put together for dinner. I had zucchini, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms and pesto. I love all of those ingredients mixed together with pasta so why not make zoodle “pasta”?

With the over abundance of zucchini and tomatoes (not to mention fresh basil if you want to make your own pesto), this is the perfect garden to table dish.

It’s super easy too. Once you sprialize your zucchini, all you need to do is toss in the pesto, tomatoes and mushrooms. Add a protein of your choice and voila! Dinner is served. And you didn’t even need to turn on the oven.

I think I found the perfect summer dish.

Four ingredient Pesto Zoodle Salad  happyfitmama.com

4 Ingredient Pesto Zoodle Salad
  • 2 medium zucchini (spiralized)
  • 4 Tablespoons prepared pesto
  • 2 handfuls of cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 2 handfuls of baby bella mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
  1. Add all ingredients to a large bowl and toss to combine.
  2. Serve cold.

For more meal ideas check out Tina and Deborah’s Meatless Monday link up.

Do you have a spiralizer? What’s your favorite thing to sprialize?

Here’s the one I have and LOVE! (Disclaimer: affiliate link)

Quick and Easy Homemade Chocolate Frozen Yogurt

YayLabs and Stonyfield Frozen Yogurt  happyfitmama.com

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Stonyfield and YayLabs as a Stonyfield YoGetter. All opinions are my own, as always.

Yesterday was hot here in New Hampshire. Like 90 degrees hot. It was a roasty toasty day that I was dreaming of back in February (and March and April) when the temps were in the single digits and the snow was falling endlessly. It was marvelous!

It seemed like the perfect day for trying out the bright orange ball that arrived at our house last week thanks to Stonyfield and YayLabs. My kids had been itching to use it ever since it arrived. YayLabs is the maker of bright and fun Softshell Ice Cream Ball, that allows you to make ice cream anywhere.

My first trip to the grocery store for ingredients was a wash. There was no rock salt (which is needed to help freeze the ingredients) available. Kosher or sea salt is also an option, but I wanted the real deal “ice cream salt.” On my second trip, I found it mixed in with the charcoal. Who knew it would be there?

We loaded up our ice cream ball with Stonyfield yogurt, cocoa powder, maple syrup and vanilla. The options are endless but I thought it would be best to stick with something basic on our first attempt. Besides, you can’t go wrong with chocolate frozen yogurt! In the second compartment we packed in the ice and rock salt.

We were ready to roll, literally.

Making frozen yogurt   happyfitmama.com

We sat in the grass and rolled the ball around. The kids grew tired of that so we moved on to rolling it throughout the yard however you could. That didn’t last long so I had them build an obstacle course to roll the ball through. According to their estimation, it was taking FOREVER to make frozen yogurt!

YoLabs Frozen Yogurt  happyfitmama.com

While they did that, Ron and I rolled it for a bit before I decided to get in a workout. It’s actually a pretty great med ball – just don’t do any ball slams!

Stonyfield and YayLabs Frozen Yogurt | happyfitmama.com

After 25 minutes of rolling and curling, we had delicious, chocolate fro yo. We made our own little topping bar and went to town.

Chocolate Frozen Yogurt  happyfitmam.com

The perfect summer time treat.

Oh and please excuse the lack and quality of pictures of the actual FroYo. Like I said – it was 90 degrees and no one wanted to wait for me to take pictures.

Give us the FroYo NOW! 😉

4.5 from 2 reviews
Quick and Easy Homemade Chocolate Fro Yo
  • 1 pint of Stonyfield Whole Milk Plain or French Vanilla Yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • 1. 5 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Toppings (optional): Crushed graham crackers, chocolate chips, chocolate covered sunflower seeds, sprinkles
  1. Mix ingredients in a medium bowl.
  2. Pour the mixture into the metal cylinder, leaving an inch at the top. Close securely.
  3. Fill outer chamber with as much ice as possible. Then add ½ cup of rock salt before closely lid tightly.
  4. Roll, shake or pass the ice cream ball for 25 minutes.
  5. Use a plastic or wooden spoon to scoop out frozen yogurt and enjoy with your favorite toppings.


Check out Tina and Deborah’s Meatless Monday link up for more recipe ideas!

What’s your favorite flavor of frozen yogurt or ice cream?

What would you make with your own YayLab ice cream ball?

Spinach Pesto Dip

Spinach Pesto Dip Recipe  happyfitmama.com

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Stonyfield and Late July Snacks as a Stonyfield YoGetter. All opinions are my own, as always.

How is it the last week of June? I just can’t handle it. You know I’ll be saying the same thing a month from now. And before I know it, September will be here and I’ll be thinking of boots, jeans and Fall running.


I don’t want to think about any of that yet.

I want an endless summer.

What’s not to love about summer? Warm weather and longer daylight hours means BBQ’s, picnics in the park and impromptu gatherings of friends and family on the deck.

With the 4th of July coming up this weekend, I know my summer days are limited. I’m committing to more picnics, deck sitting, beach days, cook outs, hikes and generally spending time enjoying the season.

Spinach Pesto Dip  & Late July  happyfitmama.com

This Spinach Pesto Dip is perfect for all of that. With only three ingredients, it comes together in minutes, so you can spend less time in the kitchen and more time soaking in the fresh air and good times. And using Stonyfield plain Greek yogurt instead of cream cheese, ups the nutritional value without sacrificing taste.

You know what goes good with dip? Chips. Late July Organic Sea Salt by the Seashore Multigrain Tortilla Chips are my new favorite. Perfectly crisp with just the right amount of salt. They are organic, gluten-free non-GMO and made with 100% whole grain. But to be completely honest, I’ve never met a chip I didn’t like. #ChipAddict

Spinach Pesto Dip | happyfitmama.com

5.0 from 1 reviews
Spinach Pesto Dip
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt ( I use Stonyfield)
  • ½ of a 10 ounce package frozen chopped spinach, thawed, squeezed dry
  • ¼ cup pesto (store bought or homemade)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. In a bowl, mix yogurt, spinach and pesto. Add salt and pepper to taste
  2. Serve with tortilla chips or fresh cut veggies.


For more Meatless Monday recipes, check out Tina and Deborah’s link up.