4 Tasty Ways To Use Plain Greek Yogurt
Plain greek yogurt makes a great healthy breakfast when you are running late for work or even a late night snack before going to bed.
However, did you know that yogurt comes with many added health benefits?
It is a good source of protein, calcium, vitamin B-2, vitamin B-12, potassium and magnesium.
In addition to all these amazing nutrients, plain yogurt also has probiotics. This is friendly bacteria which helps keep a healthy digestive system. Probiotics also help boost the immune system and decrease inflammation in your body.
But many people just think that you can only eat plain greek yogurt in the morning as breakfast; therefore, it can get boring. However, you will be surprised with the multiple ways you can use plain yogurt in your meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
1. Greek Yogurt Pancakes
Pancakes are a great meal to have on a Sunday morning! But you can make them with Greek Plain Yogurt instead of using milk. This makes pancakes a lot healthier and you do not need to feel bad eating more than one.
- One 5.3-ounce container nonfat Greek Yogurt
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 cup Golf Medal All-Purpose Flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
- Mix yogurt and egg in a medium bowl until blended and smooth. Add flour and baking soda and stir until the dry ingredients are mixed in. The batter will be thick.
- Preheat a griddle or large pan to medium heat. Spray with nonstick spray.
- Use and ice cream scoop to scoop the batter into the pan. Spread each of the batter scoops into an even circle.
- Dot blueberries or bananas on top of each pancake. Cook for about 3 minutes or until golden brown, then flip and cook the other side for about 2 minutes, until it is golden brown too.
- Repeat with the remaining batter. Serve with additional fruit and/or syrup.
Source: Recipe Girl
2. Yogurt Breakfast Bowl
Plain yogurt in the morning can get boring over time as a choice of breakfast. However, with this recipe you can change it up a bit and making your yogurt in the morning a lot more interesting.
- 1 teaspoon tandoori spice or curry powder
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2 cups low fat Greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup all-natural granola
- 1 cup fresh berries
- 1 cup dried mango, pineapple and berries
- Small sprigs fresh cilantro
- In a small skillet, toast spice on low, stirring, until very fragrant, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat, add honey and stir.
- Divide yogurt among 4 bowls. Drizzle with spiced honey; top with granola, fruit and cilantro.
3. Mac & Cheese
- Nonstick cooking spray
- 4 ounces whole wheat macaroni
- 1/2 cup onion-garlic puree
- 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
- Pinch cayenne pepper
- 1 cup shredded 50 percent reduced fat cheddar
- 1/3 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
- 1/4 cup whole wheat panko bread crumbs
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Mist an 8 by 8 inch baking dish with cooking spray; set it aside.
- Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add macaroni and cook according to package directions, drain.
- Meanwhile, bring onion-garlic puree, mustard, and cayenne to a simmer in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring often. Whisk in cheddar until melted. Remove from heat and whisk in yogurt.
- In a medium bowl, toss the macaroni with the cheese sauce. Season with salt to taste. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish and sprinkle panko over the top. Top with Parmesan.
- Bake until Parmesan is melted and macaroni is hot throughout, about 10 minutes.
Source: Fitness Magazine
4. Spiced Apple Crumble
During the fall and winter a baked dessert is great to warm up and enjoy some time indoors. However, you do not need to worry about your waistline if you use frozen yogurt as an ingredient for your desserts, like spiced apple crumble.
- 3 Fuji Apples
- 6 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 3 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 teaspoon ground clove
VANILLA NONFAT YOGURT
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 3 tablespoon plain nonfat Greek yogurt
- 1 vanilla bean
- Peel and dice the Fuji Apples
- In a medium bowl, add the apples, brown sugar, ground clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, and cornstarch. Roughly mix it with a spoon.
- Add the apple mixture into a small saucepot over medium heat, and cook for 10 to 15 minutes. Add a little water occasionally if the mixture becomes too dry.
- Taste an apple for your desired consistency then take it off the heat and let it rest for a few minutes.
- In a small town add the flour, spices, butter and mix until itâ€™s mealy.
- Put the spiced mix into a small sheet tray and bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes.
- Take it out of the oven and let cool until it becomes crisp.
VANILLA NONFAT YOGURT
- Add the yogurt to a small bowl and mix in vanilla and sugar.
- Dollop on top of the dessert for garnish.
Source: Oikos Yogurt
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