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Surprising Ways to Use Greek Yogurt

Greek yogurt is not only the higher protein, the thicker counterpart of regular yogurt, it also makes for the perfect healthy base for a myriad of sweet and savory dishes. In the plain flavor, it can be used in all kinds of recipes beyond a classic fresh fruit breakfast parfait. The next time you buy an economy-sized tub of this Greek goodness, consider these new and exciting ways to use it.

Replace mayo or sour cream

With Greek yogurt, you retain the tangy flavor and creamy texture of these condiments without the fat. Try it in sandwiches, dips, tacos - anywhere you would use mayo or sour cream.

Marinade meat

Yogurt is a natural meat tenderizer that’s more gentle on protein than regular acid-based marinades. The end result is a juicy, succulent piece of meat. Mix it with spices and a little lemon juice or vinegar to coat your choice of protein. Chicken, lamb, and fish work well here.

Dress up a salad

Mix it with honey or herbs to make a refreshing salad dressing that imparts a delightfully creamy texture. Greek yogurt dressings can be used on traditional salads, fruit salads, and even pasta salads!

Top off spicy dishes

A dollop of Greek yogurt on hot soups or curries adds a cooling contrast to the spicy heat of these dishes and balances the complex flavors quite nicely.

Enhance a sauce

Finish a rich meat or pasta sauce with a spoonful of Greek yogurt to introduce a bright, tangy, acidic flavor to the dish. Add it to warm macaroni and cheese or mashed potatoes for a similar effect.

Make your own cheese

Strain your Greek yogurt to make a homemade labneh. By removing the whey, you leave behind a thick, creamy yogurt cheese that’s perfect for spreading on toast with fresh berries or on pita with olive oil and herbs.

Frost a cake

Combine powdered sugar with Greek yogurt to make the easiest healthy icing to frost cakes, muffins, and banana bread. Mix with honey or fruit to make a sweeter topping with more depth.

Make healthy desserts

Similarly, blend Greek yogurt with the frozen fruit of your choice and freeze the thick mixture in little drops on a lined baking sheet to make healthy frozen yogurt dots. There are also many recipes for Greek yogurt-based desserts including a Greek yogurt brulee, cheesecake, and biscuits.

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