10 Amazing Uses for Greek Yogurt

As the United States becomes more health-conscious, we are finding new ways to make better food choices, even in the seemingly minuscule areas.  We're beginning the read nutrition labels more than before, and finding shocking ingredients as well as nutritional values.  For example, did you know that 1 tablespoon of regular ol' mayo has 90 calories and 10 grams of fat?!  Greek yogurt only has about 13 calories and less than 1 gram of fat per tablespoon, and that's not even including the low fat and not fat versions!  That's huge!  And, don't even get me started on sour cream, it's just as unhealthy as mayo.  That being said, I've compiled a great list of tasty ways you can include more Greek yogurt in your diet (in no specific order) :

1.  Substitute Greek yogurt for mayo and/or sour cream in creamy dressings: Potato salads, macaroni salads, egg salads, you name it!

My creamy red potato salad with red onion and dill, lighter with using Greek yogurt!

2.  Substitute Greek yogurt for mayo and/our sour cream in party dips:  Got a famous 7 layer dip recipe?  Try using Greek yogurt in it instead!  You'll be pleasantly surprised!  Don't forget, this can work for your favorite creamy spinach artichoke dips too.

Guilt-Free Healthy 7 Layer Dip from the Picky Eater

3.  Use it in baking!  Some folks may not know that some of the best cake recipes have mayo or sour cream in them to add richness and moisture, but try using Greek yogurt instead! (Did I mention you can use it in tarts, cheesecakes, frostings and breads?  Yup, those too!)

Lemon Yogurt Blueberry Loaf from Smitten Kitchen

4.  Smoothie popsicles!  Integrate Greek yogurt in your favorite smoothie recipe, fill up some popsicle molds, freeze and viola!  A healthy but indulgent frozen treat!

Greek Yogurt Popsicles from Damn Delicious

5.  Use Greek yogurt in dipping sauces!  Re-invent ranch dressing for veggie trays, or mix it with some peanut butter to accompany fruit trays,  Turn around tartar sauce for an even better seafood condiment, or keep is traditional with tzatziki!

Lighter Greek Yogurt Ranch Dip by CookingClassy

6.  Make sensational pancakes!  Greek yogurt will give your flapjacks a richness that can't be beat!

Greek Yogurt Blueberry Pancakes by Not You Average College Food

7.  Deviled Eggs!  Take a little of the evil out without sacrificing decadence by substituting Greek yogurt for mayo and you'll never look at those little devils the same way again:

Greek yogurt Deviled Eggs from ByDash.com

8.  Use Greek Yogurt as a marinade!  Cooks in southern Asia and the Middle East have been using yogurt as a marinade since forever and it really helps add richness and moisture, while tenderizing meats too.  If you've ever had chicken tandoori for example, then you've have yogurt marinated food before.

Turkish Chicken Kebabs by BewitchingKitchen

9.  Soups:  Love those indulgent, heart warming, creamy style soups?  You could ditch the heavy cream and use some Greek yogurt to add the rich flavor and consistency!  Butternut squash soup, split pea, or even your favorite bisque, Greek yogurt would be a great addition!

Chipotle Sweet Potato Soup by the Foodie Physician

10.  Mashed Potatoes:  Last but not least, you can turn a carb and fat loaded side dish into something much more lean by using Greek yogurt!  If you're a fan of mashed cauliflower, you can use the same method as well.

Garlic & Chive Mashed Potatoes from WholeLiving.com

Got any other uses for this obedient ingredient?  Share it! :-)

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