14 Sep 7 Surprising Ways to Use Greek Yogurt
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People are always surprised when I tell them just how many ways you can use Greek yogurt when cooking and baking. It really is such a versatile ingredient and once you start getting the hang of using it in many of your dishes, it will become a staple in your kitchen.
To help get your creative juices flowing, here are 7 surprising ways you can use Greek yogurt.
The calories and fat can really add up in traditional creamy dressings. By substituting half of the mayonnaise or buttermilk with Oikos Plain Greek Nonfat yogurt, it’s a better for you way to get the creamy texture you want without sacrificing flavor. I use it in my Salad Parfait from my cookbook The Greek Yogurt Kitchen. Greek yogurt isn’t just for creamy dressings, you can also use Greek yogurt to add body and flavor to vinaigrette-type dressings.
It may sound like an unusual addition, but it adds creaminess and complements the nutrients in guacamole by providing protein and calcium. The next time you whip up a guac, add ¼ cup of Oikos Plain Greek Nonfat yogurt.
A dish typically high in calories, saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium becomes more nutritious when you use Greek yogurt to replace some of the cheese and eggs. Give it a try- it’s tough to taste the difference from the traditional version.
Replace some of the milk or buttermilk with Greek yogurt in a traditional recipe and you’ll have better-for-you pancakes in a flash. My kids beg me to make my Whole-Grain Banana-Chocolate Chip Pancakes from my cookbook The Greek Yogurt Kitchen.
5. Cheese Pizza
To use Greek yogurt on pizza, I substitute half the soft cheese, like ricotta or goat, for Oikos Plain Greek Nonfat yogurt. This helps add less fat and calories without compromising flavor.
Most store bought popsicles are loaded with sugar and artificial sweeteners. Pick up a popsicle maker and make your own using fresh fruit and Oikos Vanilla Greek Nonfat yogurt. It’s a delicious and healthy treat and a fun activity to do with the kiddos!
7. Deviled Eggs
This typically indulgent appetizer can now be in regular rotation on your dinner table. Replace half the mayo the recipe calls for with Oikos Plain Greek Nonfat yogurt. You’ll still get the creamy texture you love, plus some additional calcium and protein.
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