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These Greek yogurt recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and in between are perfect for using up extra Greek yogurt that is close to spoiling, or simply creating delicious snack and meal recipes for any time. Greek yogurt is a baking essential in our household and one that may surprise you with how many uses it has!
Cooking With Greek Yogurt
Greek yogurt is a versatile ingredient that can take the place of several other ingredients in your recipes for a lighter, healthier alternative.
When choosing Greek yogurt for baking and cooking, plain and unsweetened is best. Look for Greek yogurt products that have minimal additives. If you are eating yogurt on its own and prefer sweeter alternatives, you can naturally sweeten your Greek yogurt with fruit, and add seeds or nuts for some delicious crunch.
Greek Yogurt Benefits
You may be wondering how Greek yogurt is different from other types of plain yogurt. The difference is mostly in the processes. Standard yogurt is strained twice, leaving some of the liquid residues and making it thinner inconsistency.
Greek yogurt is strained 3 times. This makes it thicker while removing more of the sugar, lactose and water. As a result, it has a stronger flavour and higher acidity, which makes it easier for your body to absorb other nutrients.
Here are some of the key benefits of Greek yogurt:
- It is a higher source of protein than milk
- Greek yogurt can easily help you reach your daily dietary intake of dairy
- It is loaded with probiotics to help promote a healthy gut
- High in potassium which can help reduce blood pressure
- It makes a great alternative to B-12 supplements
Plus, it happens to be a perfect recipe substitute for many different ingredients!
Common Ingredients you can substitute
Plain Greek yogurt can be a very useful ingredient to have in your home. Not only does it make a delicious healthy snack on its own, but it can also save you a trip to the grocery store when you realise you’ve forgotten another ingredient too.
Here are a few ideas for ingredients you can substitute with Greek yogurt in recipes:
- Sour cream
- Thickened cream
Or try reducing the quantities of other ingredients. For example, instead of 1 cup of butter, use 1/2 cup of Greek yogurt and 3/4 cup of butter. These small changes all add up to big health benefits.
Sometimes I switch out the mayonnaise in this egg salad recipe for Greek yogurt for a healthier alternative and it still tastes just as good.
Find more ingredient substitutions in case you find yourself short of an essential for your next recipe.
simple Plain Greek Yogurt recipes
These Greek yogurt recipes are some of our favourites that we have no doubt you will love as well. I love to make muffins as they are a perfect lunch box recipe for kids. I almost always use Greek yogurt in my muffin recipes so you will find plenty of delicious muffins in this list.
Plus more sweet treats, afternoon snack ideas, appetisers and lunch box fillers. These are recipes for plain Greek yogurt, that is unsweetened. However, you can just as easily substitute with what you have at home already.
MUFFINS & SCROLLS
The perfect lunch box recipes - delicious muffins loaded with flavour and simple to make Greek yogurt scrolls.
Sweet and light Greek yogurt dessert recipes to enjoy without the guilt!
These healthy and delicious breakfast recipes are the perfect way to start the day.
APPETISERS AND SIDES
Side dishes, salads and appetisers incorporating yogurt that you can serve alone or as part of a meal.
Incorporate Greek yogurt into your main meals and dinner recipes with these delicious meal ideas.