Yogurt’s a staple in our house, and the fridge is always stocked with a variety of sizes and flavors. I often eat a Greek yogurt for breakfast at work (my favorites are vanilla and blueberry), and as a snack later in the afternoon. My kids have loved yogurt since they were babies, the more tart the better – it was one of their first foods!
But, aside from eating yogurt in its pure form, I also love to cook with it. It’s a great base to both sweet and savory dips, and keeps baked goods so moist you’ll never want to make a cake without it again!
Here are my top five simple Greek yogurt recipes you should memorize:
1. Fruit Dip
Mix 1/2 cup vanilla Greek yogurt with 1/2 cup softened cream cheese and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Serve the fruit dip with ripe organic strawberries, raspberries and blackberries in the summer; sliced apples in the fall; or any fruit that’s in season in your area.
Add 1/4 cup of plain Greek yogurt to a traditional homemade pancake recipe. You’ll never buy pancake mix again after you see how simple it is to make pancakes from scratch (most of the ingredients are probably in your pantry and fridge already), and how moist, light and fluffy they turn out!
3. Banana Bread
One of my favorite banana bread recipes calls for crème fraiche, but one day I wanted to make banana bread and I didn’t have any on hand. What I did have, however, was yogurt (my kids’ Yo Baby!), which I ended up using as a substitute. Since then I’ve made it with Greek yogurt and every time the banana bread turns out fabulous – moist, rich and delicious!
4. Veggie Dip
Whisk together 1 cup of plain Greek yogurt, 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce and 1 onion soup mix packet. Serve the veggie dip with sliced raw carrots, celery, sweet peas, cucumber, tomatoes or whatever vegetables are in season – the more local, the better!
5. Frozen Yogurt Pops
This one is so simple it’s silly! Pick your favorite flavor Greek yogurt and mix it with chopped strawberries, chocolate chips, coconut flakes, or whatever combo makes you drool. Then, freeze the yogurt in reusable freezer pop containers, or in small paper cups with wooden craft sticks, or even ice cube trays with toothpicks. Dessert in an hour!