Cooking with Yogurt
Yogurt is one of the most versatile of foods when it comes to cooking – delicious on its own with fruit and honey, in smoothies, frozen as a dessert and as a cooler after a very hot curry. It can be used as a healthy alternative to cream, when you want a creamy effect without the calories. Equally delicious with sweet and savoury dishes.
Did you know…
Yogurt was a popular food in the Middle East for thousands of years and was becoming increasingly popular across Europe. It gained considerable popularity in America during the past few generations, in keeping with general trends toward a more varied and convenient diets. Daniel Carasso, the son of Isaac Carasso, who first made yogurt on a large scale, started to make yogurt in New York City soon after he arrived in the U.S. in 1942.
Heathy swaps and recipe ideas with yogurt
Overnight Oats for Breakfast
Make your morning a breeze by preparing breakfast the night before. Mix oats with milk or water and plain yogurt for a creamy taste and spruce up with honey, cinnamon, or nuts for crunch. It’s along the same lines as yogurt and granola, but much more filling
“Aioli”- A Healthier Version of Mayonnaise
A simple Sriracha mayonnaise sauce seems to be the go-to topping for sandwiches, wraps, salads, tacos and more. Switch out the mayonnaise with a cool yogurt for added health benefits and a balanced flavor. An easy recipe is just yogurt, a pinch of salt, and Sriracha, but feel free to spruce things up with lime juice and garlic
Meat Marinade – Lamb and Chicken
Marinating your meats in yogurt really tenderizes it by to helping to bread down tough cuts and make a perfectly moist, tender meat. This works especially great on keeping moisture in white meat of chicken and keeping turkey from drying out, but it can be used with just about any kind of meat. We love using it to marinate our lamb recipes and in curries like Chicken Tikka Masala.
Make it Frozen Yogurt
Use the high fat content of Greek or plain yogurt to make a deliciously creamy frozen dessert with a delicious fresh tang. Blend with a fruit sauce or jam for a beautiful combination of sweet and sour. If you don’t want to spin the ice cream, freeze into bites in an ice cube tray instead and enjoy.
Zest up your salad
Swap out the heavy mayonnaise of a chicken or egg salad with yogurt. Add cool yogurt to a spicy curry chicken salad for a lovely summer taste. Make a new potato salad by mixing half the amount of mayonnaise with yogurt and a squeeze of lemon juice, add some finely chopped red inion and some fresh herbs finely chopped and toss in the new potatoes while they are still warm.
Whether a chili topping or stirred into a pureed squash soup, plain yogurt is a great addition that has more nutritional benefits than heavy cream. Plus, it adds an acidic contract to most hearty, rich winter flavors.