Sunday, February 3, 2013

Top 10 Uses for Greek Yogurt ( That you haven't Seen Yet)

Greek Yogurt is such a versatile ingredient that is not limited to eating it as a snack by itself anymore! I buy a large container of 0% Greek Yogurt weekly and use it for anything from a sour cream substitute to sweet desserts! Read on for some new uses for Greek Yogurt and start cutting fat and eating more protein pronto!

 1. In Cake

So long oil and eggs! Put 1 cup of 0% Greek Yogurt with boxed cake mix and 1 cup of water and voila! Cake at 180 calories per serving.Click here for the complete recipe!

2. In Dips

No need for mayonnaise or sour cream anymore. Greek Yogurt is a perfect substitute for mayo and sour cream and I swear you will never taste the difference. I am so used to doing this every time I see mayo or sour cream I automatically reach for the Greek  Yogurt.

3. In Creamy Pasta Sauce

Greek Yogurt is perfect to thicken cream sauces in place of cream just make sure you add it when you take the sauce off the burner. I used it recently in this mac & cheese and it was absolutely amazing!

4. In Baking

Who knew that Greek Yogurt can be used in recipes in place of common ingredients like buttermilk, butter, and cream cheese. Not sure how much to use? Chobani has a chart for how much Greek Yogurt to use in place of these common ingredients.

5. In Home Made Creamy Salad Dressings

Home made salad dressings are one of the easiest foods to make! It is so good to make store bought items at home because you don't have to eat all of the preservatives or pure crap that goes into store bought foods. Home made creamy dressings don't even include that many ingredients. Stir some Greek Yogurt in with low fat milk and seasonings and you are done. Store in an airtight container and you are all set! Here is the blue cheese and ranch dressing I made!

6. Doggie Treats
 Ever have left over Greek Yogurt that is too small to use for any larger recipes, but you don't want to waste it? Add some honey and cinnamon and put in ice cube trays and freeze. They make perfect dog treats! My pug Meatball loves them! They even get a yogurt mustache.

7. Use it as a marinade or coating
 Greek yogurt is the perfect food to marinate chicken to keep it very juicy. You can even coat the meat with Greek yogurt and and roll in grated parmesan cheese and bake!

8. Frozen Yogurt 
 Love ice cream, but hate that it isn't healthy? Add some peanut butter or cocoa powder and pop in the freezer for about 30 minutes. You have yourself a delicious and low fat treat!

9. Add to Mashed Potatoes
Add some zing to mashed potatoes instead of cream or buttermilk. I actually really enjoy adding greek yogurt to mashed potatoes because it makes them super creamy without adding too much fat.And of course add them to baked potatoes as a sour cream substitute, just add a pinch of salt.

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  1. I never thought about using it for frozen stuff before! I'm definitely going to have to try that one! And Greek Yogurt and Sriracha is my favourite chip dip! Good calls on all!

  2. Mine too! I usually put greek yogurt/sriracha on veggies burgers. So delish!

  3. I made snickerdoodle frozen greek yogurt last night... plain chobani a little vanilla extract some cinnamon and a little truvia to sweeten it... perfect treat!

  4. I love the dog treat idea. Now I have another use for all the ice cube trays I bought for freezing baby puréed!