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my2cats
09-04-2011, 05:12 PM
I've recently "discovered" Greek yogurt, and am excited to try out a few variations. These are the things I'm planning to try next time I'm in the store (some of them plagiarized from these and other boards).

I'd love feedback or comments if people have tried something similar - my goal is to keep everything super-simple as I really never spend any time cooking or getting together 10 different ingredients.

Buffalo Dip:
(stolen from a similar idea on these boards)
Mix plain 0% yogurt with Frank's Hot Sauce, to taste. Use as dip for red pepper strips, or celery, or potentially over grilled chicken strips or on a southwest style salad.

Flavored w/o calories:
Plain 0% greek yogurt with Torani syrups of various flavors. Seems like it would be good and cut back about 1/3rd of the "fruit cup" calories that are pre-mixed, as well as being cheaper?

Frozen Yogurt:
This may be a little more of a stretch, but I own a Vitamix blender - if you're not familiar with it, it can make ice cream / sorbet from frozen fruits.
I'm thinking if I froze 0% greek yogurt in an ice cube tray and then blended the cubes with Torani syrup in the Vitamix, I'd get a tasty very low-cal frozen yogurt. You need to start with the "frozen" component since the Vitamix has no cooler like an ice cream maker, it just blends the heck out of it.

Whipped Topping:
Mixing it with low-cal maple syrup and using it as a topping on whole grain waffles.


Any other ideas of Greek yogurt combos that are simple and have few ingredients / low cals? This stuff just seems amazing.. it really lends itself well to either sweet or savory.


tommy
09-04-2011, 05:25 PM
Toss sliced cucumber in the yogurt along with some salt, lemon juice, finely minced or mashed garlic (or green onion finely sliced), and lots of black pepper. Makes a great side. Sometimes I add shrimp or chicken in cubes and some snipped herbs like parsley or dill and I have a filling lunch salad. Horseradish is a nice addition.

I have been thinking about a dessert I used to make (well it more of my last meal of the day and perfect in hot weather) - stir a bit of really flavorful honey into the yogurt, add some grapes or cherries sliced in half, and top with a sprinkle of toasted wheat germ. It is best if it sits just a few minutes to take the chill off - the flavors sort of marry and come forth

Puncezilla
09-04-2011, 05:30 PM
I have tried it with 0 calorie chocolate syrup. It's not bad.

Also good blended with frozen strawberries or other fruit for a smoothie or shake.

I usually prefer mine plain or sprinkled with nuts and seeds.


Puncezilla
09-04-2011, 05:32 PM
Tommy, The cucumber salad sounds good! I'm going to try that.

graciegoose13
09-04-2011, 05:41 PM
i'm such a fan of greek yogurts in smoothies too! i usually throw in a half of a banana, 20 blueberries, and 3 big strawberries along with as much spinach as i can fit into the blender. It makes a fantastic breakfast or snack...you just have to adjust to the green color!

QuilterInVA
09-04-2011, 05:51 PM
I like to layer it with berries and nuts for a yogurt parfait for breakfast.

I also like to stir in a packet of sweetener and a heaping teaspoon of cocoa powder with a drop of vanilla.

JessLess
09-04-2011, 06:39 PM
If you put ground flax seed in it, I think it tastes like granola, and add blueberries and sweetener.

shanhat81
09-04-2011, 07:08 PM
No-fruit, no-sugar granola -- 1/4 cup in 6 oz of Greek yogurt. Filling and delicious.

steinanwine
09-04-2011, 07:16 PM
I haven't tried this but I always wondered if this would work ... Instead of really unhealthy ranch dressing I thought you could mix dry packet of ranch seasoning with low fat sour cream or no fat greek yogurt for a fake ranch dressing maybe add a little water to thin? Throw in fresh herbs and even cucumber, could be a great salad dressing & maybe even a good marinade for chicken? I will have to experiment!

kat618
09-04-2011, 07:19 PM
YUMM-O, everyones laughs at me because I say Greek Yogurt is BFF....I use the hidden valley ranch packet(powder) a couple of tablespoons to your liking and use that as an awesome dip for my fresh cucumbers, peppers, squash. Even my husband and kids eat this with no complaints........my favorite sweet way is I only buy plain unsweetned greek yogurt and add splenda to sweeten it up and then of course fresh berries of any kind are always good, but my favorite is I keep frozen rasperry's in the freezer put 1/4 or 1/2 cup with a sprinkle of splenda in the microwave until unthawed and put them in the yogurt, it is sooooo good. That is my now daily treat feel like I am having a huge splurge.

josey
09-04-2011, 07:56 PM
I love greek yogurt. I have it almost every morning for breakfast with either nuts & oats & flax and some honey or just with homemade jam.

I also like the yogurt with cucumbers & garlic mentioned above. I call it Tzaziki (a greek dip) but I grate the cucumbers, salt them a little bit and let them drain. Then the garlic and some dill or mint. It is great with gyros or donair or just as a veggie dip.

I use it for dressings instead of mayonnaise or cream.

You can also bake with it. There are some recipes out there for cheesecake. It is very light and fluffy, not like the cream cheese cheesecake and oh so much better calorie wise!

As a dip for fruit, try it mixed with honey or jam or maple syrup. I like the Torani syrup idea, I have to try that some times.

kaplods
09-04-2011, 09:11 PM
I use it in place of sour cream in my veggie dips. I also make a cheesecake like dessert by adding in sugar free pudding mix (the dry powder). I was stirring 1/4 of the package into the 5.3 oz single serving Dannon Greek unflavored yogurt. Now I buy the Greek yogurt in the quart container and use 1 package of pudding mix to 2-3 cups of yogurt (sugar free pistachio pudding is my favorite, though the Jello brand chocolate fudge was really good too).

I just stir the dry pudding mix into the yogurt, and return it to the fridge for a few minutes to set up.

The taste and texture is so much like cheesecake that I'm amazed. I'm not a huge dessert fan, except for cheesecake. Cheesecake is usually my diet-kryptonite. I've never found a really good diet-friendly substitute before, but this not only like cheesecake, it fully satisfies my cheesecake craving. Unlike every other diet-friendly cheesecake or cheesecake substitute I've ever tried, my first thought was "wow this is great," not "this is pretty good for fake cheesecake."

sumire
09-04-2011, 09:33 PM
My latest fave: key lime Greek yogurt. Squeeze fresh lime juice (a lot) into your yogurt; add your sweetener of choice; stir & enjoy.

XLMuffnTop
09-07-2011, 10:22 AM
I use it in place of sour cream in my veggie dips. I also make a cheesecake like dessert by adding in sugar free pudding mix (the dry powder). I was stirring 1/4 of the package into the 5.3 oz single serving Dannon Greek unflavored yogurt. Now I buy the Greek yogurt in the quart container and use 1 package of pudding mix to 2-3 cups of yogurt (sugar free pistachio pudding is my favorite, though the Jello brand chocolate fudge was really good too).

I just stir the dry pudding mix into the yogurt, and return it to the fridge for a few minutes to set up.

The taste and texture is so much like cheesecake that I'm amazed. I'm not a huge dessert fan, except for cheesecake. Cheesecake is usually my diet-kryptonite. I've never found a really good diet-friendly substitute before, but this not only like cheesecake, it fully satisfies my cheesecake craving. Unlike every other diet-friendly cheesecake or cheesecake substitute I've ever tried, my first thought was "wow this is great," not "this is pretty good for fake cheesecake."

I tried this last night and it was fantastic. My husband was really impressed as well. It's really rich, so much so I don't think I could overeat it if I tried.

This will definitely be a go-to for our sweet cravings from now on.

:thanks:

ChickieChicks
09-07-2011, 12:50 PM
It took me awhile to get used to greek yogurt, and now I LOVE IT! I still can't eat it plain..just a bit sour for me, but I absoulely love to eat 5-6oz. plain greek yogurt with a small spoonful of my homemade jam. YUM!

SC Vitamin C
09-07-2011, 03:06 PM
I just tried it last week for the first time with red seedless grapes and peanuts mixed in. YUM!

gymfreak
09-09-2011, 06:29 AM
LOVE greek yogurt and it's so good for you. I like to add a scoop of chocolate protein powder to double up the protein content and make it taste even yummier. You can also make tzatziki with it which is super healthy and LOVELY with whole-wheat pita dipped in it (look up recipe online, it's v simple)

April Snow
09-12-2011, 10:26 PM
for a sweet version, you can mix in some Crystal Light or similar sweetened drink powder. I really like the strawberry, orange, banana flavor.

but start with just a tiny sprinkle - you can always add more but a little goes a long way!

iatejen
10-12-2011, 03:47 PM
I tried greek yogurt this morning with kashi go-lean and fresh raspberries. It was amazing. I felt so satisfied! I also use it to replace sour cream for my creamed garlic spinach. I tried it out to be more calorie friendly but my family actually likes this option a lot better.

I'm definitely going to try the cheescake and dip ideas.

iatejen
10-17-2011, 11:32 AM
Tried the combo of 2.5 cups of greek yogurt and 1 box s/f banana pudding Jello pudding last night (4 servings). It was phenomenal. Thank goodness it was so rick or I could have totally overindulged. The texture was so close to cheesecake and the flavor was great. I ate it as is. My fiance and son added a few Nilla wafers and drizzled Nutella over it. They both loved it as well.

GwenSue
10-24-2011, 10:38 AM
I've been adding Chia seeds to my Greek yogurt. I stir them in and let them sit for a few minutes before eating, they get a neat texture.

sensualappeal
11-08-2011, 02:30 AM
I am a total sucker for yogurt parfaits. My favorite is to put some Greek Yogurt (plain, cause it's the healthiest and all) in a bowl, put in some low-sugar bran cereal, maybe some raisins, and mix it up. It's delicious. To make it different each time, I either add berries, cinnamon, honey, or low-sugar jam. I am addicted. Try it! It's so good.

sensualappeal
11-08-2011, 02:30 AM
Oh and also, I use my greek yogurt plain instead of sour cream when I make my salads. Can't even tell the difference.

wisher
11-08-2011, 10:02 PM
I use plain unfavored/unsweetened greek yogurt anywhere I would normally use sour cream. Usually I eat it by itself though, instead of a topper. My favorite is with blueberries and slivered almonds

LovelyLeah
11-09-2011, 12:56 AM
OMG, I have sf pudding packets in the cupboard and greek yogurt in the fridge. I'm going to have to try that tomorrow!!

Serval87
11-14-2011, 07:30 AM
Greek yogurt is heavenly. I'm totally addicted to this stuff (and so is hubby!).

I like heating spinach, diced onions, and garlic in a pan until the onions are translucent, and then stirring the mixture into a whole 17 oz bowl of Fage 0% and combining it with spaghetti squash. You can also add a little sprinkling of Parmesan cheese to it if you like. I usually use frozen veggies, but fresh is good too. I've also stuffed tomatoes with this mixture.

One time I was bored, so I took a thing of frozen apples my mom had given me (harvested from her tree and frozen), heated them in a pan with lots of Cinnamon and a dash of ginger, and then mixed them with a little Greek yogurt. Talk about delicious! And super filling. It was a lot like eating pie.

I mix ranch seasoning in it.

I use it instead of sour cream and mayo.

I dip carrot slices in it, and have them with a sandwich instead of chips.

Clementines are also good mixed into it.

Slathered on slices of deli meat with veggies, and rolled up.

I thaw 1-2 cups of frozen blueberries or mixed fruit (or both) in the microwave in some water, drain the water, and mix it with Greek yogurt, and add a sprinkling of grapenuts on top. One of my most favorite meals.

Lorislosinit
12-02-2011, 02:43 AM
WOW! Thanks for all these ideas! I am just starting to get into Greek Yogurt as well. At first, the texture bothered me, but now, I really like it. I've been adding 1/2 of a vanilla or berry flavored GYogurt into my oatmeal. Seriously full for hours! : )

wickedlady
12-03-2011, 01:58 PM
I love the idea of mixing it with a ranch packet!

I used to always get the kind with fruit, but now I just get a big tub of the plain 0% and mix in a tsp or two of "all fruit" type jam. Or just mix it with some fruit. I find that if I defrost some frozen fruit, it's very similar because the juices mix in with the yogurt and add in some extra sweetness. Cheaper in calories and price than the individual cups and so tasty!!

shr1nk1ngme
12-03-2011, 02:33 PM
I tried it with half a packet of lemon Crystal Light and it was soooo delicious!

twish
12-03-2011, 03:17 PM
I was inspired by an earlier poster's idea of adding a ranch packet, so I went to the grocery store this morning to pick one up. I couldn't find ranch, but I did find an organic French onion dip mix. Made it this am and just tried it. It's fantastic with baby carrots- I think I actually prefer the flavor to sour cream based dips.

Thanks to all for your great ideas!

cfan
12-03-2011, 10:12 PM
This is a great thread, I am just starting to eat healthy so this gives me a choice.