Thursday, January 20, 2011

Thursday Thirteen - Yogurt

A. Catherine Noon and I were discussing our mutual appreciation of yogurt. As a result, I’ve listed thirteen uses for plain, fat free yogurt.

1. Hummus – a tablespoon of tahini (sesame paste), some garlic, 1 tbsp. cumin, and a can of chick peas makes a great, low fat hummus with half a cup of yogurt; I add hot peppers for heat before blending

2. Chicken tikka masala – yogurt makes a fabulous chicken breast marinade with 2 cloves chopped garlic, 1/2-inch cube of freshly chopped ginger root, 2 tsp. ground coriander, and 1/2 tsp. ground garam masala

3. Ginger sauce for salmon – 2 tsp. grated fresh ginger, 1/4 tsp. minced garlic, 1 plum tomato (seeded and chopped), 1/4 tsp. Cumin, 3/4 c. plain non-fat yogurt, 1 thinly sliced green onion, 1 tbsp. chopped fresh mint, Dash red pepper sauce, 1/4 tsp. salt, 1/8 tsp. freshly grated ground pepper

3. Pie crust - 2 C flour, 1 tsp. salt, 2/3 C plain yogurt, 3 to 4 tbsp. cold water; Sift flour, add salt. Cut yogurt into flour using a pastry blender. Add cold water until flour is moistened. Makes two 8 or 9 inch crusts (yogurt substitutes well for shortening and reduces the fat content while it adds nutritional value to your crust and makes it easier to handle)

4. Mixed with a fair amount of hot sauce – it makes a tasty vegetable dip for a heat loving palate

5. Topped with cherries from the freezer department – this is my personal alternative to pricy “fruit-on-the-bottom” containers

6. Sweet potato pie – even the cat approved of Alton Brown’s dessert recipe! You can find it here:

7. Chicken enchilada casserole – yogurt makes a smooth sauce with a tangy taste (I actually replaced the sour cream and liked the results better); the recipe can be found here:

8. Sauce for gyros – combine ½ C yogurt with an equal amount of minced and seeded cucumber, 2 tbsp. each freshly chopped mint, cilantro, and green onion, and 1 tbsp. fresh lime juice

9. Blended with dill to taste – this goes great with crusty bread, vegetable trays, and baked fish

10. Sauce for turkey meatballs – mix 1 C plain low-fat yogurt with 1 tsp. finely chopped Italian parsley, 1 tsp. sugar, 2 tbsp. fresh lime juice, 1/8 tsp. salt, 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper

11.Marinade for lamb – 1 c. firmly packed fresh minced mint, 1/2 C white wine vinegar, 2 tsp. sugar, 1 tbsp. water, 3/4 C plain yogurt, 2 cloves minced garlic

12. Baked chicken - 3 1/2 lb. broiler-fryer chicken cut into serving pieces, 1 C plain yogurt, 1 1/2 tsp. salt, 1/2 tsp. ground cumin, 1/2 tsp. dry mustard, 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes, 1/4 tsp. ground ginger, 1 clove minced garlic, 1/2 C scallions sliced diagonally in 1-inch pieces including green part; marinate at least eight hours in refrigerator and bake for one hour at 325 degrees Fahrenheit

13. My simple favorite – on a baked potato with a dash of salt and pepper, usually a dollop of hot sauce


  1. I love eating strawberry flavored yogurt for breakfast, and I put almonds in mine for a little crunch. :) Happy Thursday!

  2. So many of these sound wonderful. Yoghurt is so good for you. Sadly, I'm allergic to milk products, so I have to be careful with it. Sigh.

  3. If you take the plain yogurt, add some sugar and blend with ice, you get a variation on Indian lassi. Very tasty in the summer!

  4. Those all sound so good! Love your recipe, too, Kimberly! I love yogurt!


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  5. I gotta try that pie crust, and now I feel like making some hummus.

  6. Damn, woman!!! Those are friggin' awesome! I so wanna go home, right this second, and start experimenting.

  7. I so want to try that Chicken Tikka Marsala recipe! I've been dying to try Indian cooking.
    Great list!!!!

  8. My mouth is watering! I adore yogurt. My favorites on this list are Chicken Tikka Masala, Hummus, with fruit and plain yogurt on a baked potato. But I MUST try the hot vegetable dip, salmon ginger sauce, lamb and baked chicken. Don't know why I never thought to try it with gyros.

    Love this list, Darla!

  9. I honestly cannot say many of these appeal to me -- I'm more of a plain fruit and yogurt type.

  10. It's fun reading all the great comments. Thanks, dears! Originally intending to do pure facts, I had fun looking up these recipes. It is interesting how the food has several different spellings and exists in numerous cultures.

  11. Curry! We always use it for curry, and then, well, just to eat with bananas and apples itself. It's all good!

  12. Great list..I will have to try a few of the ones I haven't.

  13. Good list! I never knew about some of these. The pie crust sounds intriguing. It'd make pot pies a lot less fatty. Pot pies are good when it's rainy out.

  14. Mmmmm... pot pie sounds good on this snowy day. Thanks for reading and commenting, DukTape!

  15. I'm adding a quart of plain yogurt to my shopping list today! Great list.

  16. That's cool, Dilo! Ironically, I just had some go well past the expiration date. Sigh... Time to go shopping again anyway.


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