Substituting Greek Yogurt for Common Ingredients
Greek yogurt can come to the rescue to replace certain ingredients when you’re in a pinch, and it’s a great way to enhance favorite dishes. Whether you’re baking muffins or making lasagna, Greek yogurt is versatile enough for both sweet and savory dishes. Substitute Greek yogurt as a replacement when you’re out of a key ingredient, or to add tangy depth of flavor.
Greek yogurt is made when regular yogurt is strained to remove the liquid whey, resulting in a thicker, creamier, tarter yogurt. Compared to regular yogurt, Greek yogurt has twice the amount of protein (one serving typically has 15 grams) and about 14% less lactose, while still delivering 13 essential nutrients like calcium.
How to Use Greek Yogurt in Your Recipes
Incorporating Greek yogurt into your meals adds protein to keep you full longer while delivering dairy’s nine essential nutrients. See how you can start using Greek yogurt in your favorite recipes. Here's a conversion guide:
|Use Greek Yogurt to Replace||Replace With|
|1 Cup Butter||1/4 Cup Greek Yogurt + 1/2 Cup Butter|
|1 Cup Sour Cream||1 Cup Greek Yogurt|
|1 Cup Heavy Cream||1 Cup Greek Yogurt|
|1 Cup Mayo||1 Cup Greek Yogurt|
|1 Cup Oil||1/3 Cup Oil + 2/3 Cup Greek Yogurt|
|8 oz Cream Cheese||4 oz Cream Cheese + 1/2 Cup Greek Yogurt|
|1 Cup Ricotta Cheese||1/2 Cup Ricotta Cheese + 1/2 Cup Greek Yogurt|
|1 Cup Milk, Half and Half, or Light Cream||3/4 Cup Milk, Half and Half, or Light Cream + 1/4 Cup Greek Yogurt|
Substitute Greek Yogurt for Higher-Fat Ingredients
From traditional comfort foods to fresh baked goods, Greek yogurt can substitute oil and mayonnaise.
Mayonnaise: Keep the creaminess by swapping Greek yogurt for mayonnaise at a 1:1 ratio in your favorite recipes – like in this Cajun Yogurt Remoulade.
Use Greek Yogurt When You’re Low on Your Favorite Dairy Ingredients
If you’re low on dairy ingredients, don’t fret. Greek yogurt can substitute milk, sour cream and heavy cream.
Milk: If you’re short on milk, half and half or light cream, Greek yogurt can be used to make up for the difference. If your recipe calls for one cup of milk, use three-quarter cup of milk and one-quarter cup of Greek yogurt instead. Check out this Pomegranate Smoothie or Cottage Cheesecake to see how it’s done.
Butter: When you’re running low on butter, Greek yogurt can help. If your recipe calls for one cup of butter, use half a cup of butter and a quarter cup of Greek yogurt. Curious how to use Greek yogurt the next time you bake? Give these Gingerbread Breakfast Cookies a try.
Ricotta Cheese: Lasagna without ricotta cheese? It can be done! Having some Greek yogurt on hand can save you a trip to the store the next time you run out of ricotta cheese, just like in this Baked Spaghetti Lasagna.
Heavy Cream: Greek yogurt is perfect for creamy dishes. It keeps the creaminess while adding protein, like in this Slow Cooker Creamy Green Chile Chicken Enchilada Soup.
Use Greek Yogurt as a Marinade
Greek yogurt is so versatile it can even be used as a marinade. The lactic acid and calcium in Greek yogurt work together to break down the protein in meat, leaving it tender and moist. Check out these Yogurt Marinated Pork Kabobs or this Yogurt Marinated Chicken.
Thicken Soups and Sauces: Greek yogurt is another way to thicken soups and sauces, like in this Russian Stroganoff. Just make sure you mix Greek yogurt into your soup or sauce at the end to prevent it from separating.
Add Protein into Your Favorite Meals: Try adding Greek yogurt to your favorite meals for a boost from essential nutrients. Garnish your soup with a swirl of Greek yogurt or even add some to your hummus.
Our Favorite Recipes That Use Greek Yogurt
Looking for more recipes that use Greek yogurt? Give these a try:
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