Monday, November 28, 2011

Why I Love Yogurt of the Greek Variety

I love the versatility of greek yogurt; plain nonfat yogurt too.  I use them to replace sour cream and mayonnaise a lot.  And I also love to eat them as intended :)  Here are three recipes that show great ways to use yogurt to replace fattier ingredients.  These are staples in my diet and I know you'll love them.

Baked Potatoes:
Russet potato clean and poked with a fork
Plain nonfat yogurt
Your favorite salsa verde

Place the baked potato in a microwave safe glass bowl with a couple teaspoons of water.  PLace a plate over the bowl and cook on the baked potato setting or for about 5-6 mins.

Top the potato with a couple tablespoons of yogurt and salsa verde, salt and pepper to taste.

This was my favorite meal in college and a great quick goto for dinner or lunch.  Depending on the size of the potato, this meal clocks in around 240 calories.  I don't recommend trying this out with sweet potatoes.  Sweet potatoes and yogurt are not friends as far as I can tell.

Chicken Salad Melt Open-Faced Sandwiches:
1x can of chicken or 1 chicken breast chopped into small pieces or tuna if that's your thing
1 T. dijon mustard
1/4 c. greek yogurt
1 oz. grated cheddar cheese
1 stalk of celery (chopped into small pieces)
Pepper to taste
4 slices of whole wheat bread (plain or toasted)

Mix chicken, mustard, yogurt, cheese, celery, and pepper in a bowl until well combined.  Spoon over slices of bread.  If you have a toaster oven, you can toast these on the highest setting until they get all melty.  I like them cold.  This recipe makes four open-faced sandwiches.

I made this for lunch today, soooo good.  It is a great way to use those packages of canned chicken you buy from Costco for food storage and only costs about 200 calories per sandwich :)  Eat them with your favorite soup or a salad and you have yourself a very fulfilling and super nummy meal.

Yogurt with Granola and Sugar-Free Jam:
1/2 c. Greek Yogurt
1/3 c. granola
1 T. sugar free jam

Use your favorite granola and sugar free jam.  We really like the mango-passion granola from Trader Joe's and pear jam.

The protein in the yogurt makes a great breakfast that will sustain you all the way to lunch for only 189 calories :)

Other Uses:
Replace sour cream with greek/plain yogurt in tacos
Use greek yogurt in mashed potatoes instead of butter and milk

1 comment:

  1. Just made some homemade greek yogurt. Check out the post:


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