Genius Ways to Cook With Greek Yogurt
If you’re attempting to eat a more healthy diet, one easy way to do so is to stock your fridge and pantry with nutritious ingredients that can be used in a wide range of preparations. When you’re hungry, you won’t be tempted to snack on anything fattening or full of sugar because there won’t be any of these items in your kitchen!
One mindful ingredient I always have on hand is Greek yogurt. Although the thick and tangy yogurt is now omnipresent and can be found at virtually every grocery store in America, it wasn’t always like this. In 2005, Greek yogurt amounted for $60 million in sales, but by 2011, the creamy and rich breakfast treat had turned into $1.5 billion business. The popularity of the Mediterranean diet and the introduction of Chobani’s American-made Greek yogurt in 2007 helped Greek yogurt grow into the money-maker it is today.
If you’re not experimenting with the mayonnaise substitute in the kitchen. you should be. Plain Greek yogurt is a wildly versatile and healthy ingredient that can be used in everything, from a marinade for chicken to a spread for toast. To prove just how incredible Greek yogurt is, here are 12 genius ways to cook with it.
There’s no sugar in this addictive creamy dessert. The blueberry swirl frozen Greek yogurt is sweetened with vanilla extract and maple syrup. Feel free to substitute strawberries, raspberries, or frozen peaches for the blueberries.
Fans of lamb will go gaga for this hearty flatbread recipe that’s topped with bright white yogurt and hearty ground lamb. The recipe has you make dough from scratch, but if you’re pressed for time, use store bought whole-wheat pita or lavash instead.
No Greek yogurt recipe roundup would be complete without a delicious breakfast preparation. Follow this recipe to make homemade granola and strawberry compote. Then enjoy both the granola and compote in a deep bowl with a generous dollop of Greek yogurt on the side. Tasty!
Beet salads have become ubiquitous as of late; that’s why whenever I see one that incorporates interesting and exotic elements, I jump at the chance to try it. One that I’ve been wanting to make is this recipe for little gem lettuce with roasted beets and feta dressing. Beets and red onion are coated in cumin oil before being roasted until tender. The dressing is a sweet tart mixture of feta cheese, Greek yogurt, and honey. Fresh mint and cilantro are tossed with the lettuce to make a green base that is herbaceous and crisp. Sounds delish, right?
One of the most well known uses for Greek yogurt is tzatziki. The yogurt and cucumber condiment is served all over Greece as an accompaniment for grilled meats and flatbreads. It’s also a great dip with crunchy pita chips. Yum!
At first I was a little skeptical about spreading yogurt on toast. Then I realized that it’s a diary product like butter and it has the same texture and depth as avocado, so I thought why not? If butter and avocado taste scrumptious slathered on toasted seeded bread, why wouldn’t yogurt as well? Try it for breakfast tomorrow by following this uncomplicated recipe for toast with yogurt, hazelnuts, and honey.
Panna cotta is a great dinner party dessert because it sounds incredibly fancy, but is actually super easy to make. It’s simply cream that’s mixed with sweetener, gelatin, and a flavoring agent. The components are heated to ensure that everything is well combined and then placed into individual ramekins and popped in the fridge to set. They can even be made days in advance! The flavoring agent in this recipe is Greek yogurt; don’t skip the honey-glazed apricots. They look like jewels when served over the panna cotta!
Hoping to give the classic egg salad a wholesome update? Use this recipe for egg white and avocado salad. There’s no egg yolks or mayonnaise—instead a mixture of mashed avocado, Greek yogurt, Dijon mustard, and lemon juice provides a richness and creamy texture. Enjoy open faced on a bed of greens and whole-wheat bread with a garnish of turkey bacon. It’s an ideal lunch to bring to work.
To make traditional tandoori chicken, you start by marinating the meat in a mixture of spiced yogurt. After the chicken has had a good overnight yogurt bath it’s cooked in a tandoori grill. You don’t need this clay oven to make this version, the broiler achieves similar results.
In need of a show-stopping side dish? You’ll be sure to impress with this spice-crusted carrot and harissa yogurt recipe. Harissa is a spicy red pepper paste native to North Africa that can be found in gourmet grocery stores and specialty food markets. Whenever I come across it, I buy a jar, because it’s a great flavoring agent that lasts for a long time in the fridge.
Having guests over this weekend? Whip up a Greek-inspired meal. Start with baked feta and marinara sauce. Move onto a feast of lamb and artichoke kebabs with greek yogurt dip. Serve with warmed pita bread, cucumber salad, and hummus. It’s a sophisticated menu that’s ideal for a laid-back evening of entertaining.
Greek yogurt and cucumbers were a match made in heaven. Don’t believe me? Try this recipe for yogurt cucumber salad. It’s refreshing, herbal, crunchy and creamy—everything you could ever want in a salad!
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What is your favorite unusual use for Greek yogurt?