5 Ways to Use Greek Yogurt

Recently, Greek yogurt has become an essential household staple and here’s why:

- Greek yogurt is higher in protein
- Lower in sugar
- Lower in lactose compared to traditional yogurts, making it lactose intolerant-friendly and more nutrient-dense 

H-E-B Select Ingredients Plain Greek YogurtOur very own H-E-B Select Ingredients Plain Greek Yogurt has a hefty 23 grams of protein per 1 cup serving!  Greek yogurt can be used as a flavorful substitute for mayonnaise, sour cream, or cream cheese, and by doing so, you’ll decrease the calories and total fat while dramatically increasing the protein content of your foods.

Ways You Didn't Think to Use Greek Yogurt

Use Greek yogurt in place of sour cream

1. Use in Place of Sour Cream
Making this swap increases the protein value of meals while also making it more tolerable for people with lactose intolerance. Try it over chili, enchiladas and even baked potatoes! 

See Touchdown Chili Recipe

Chicken Skewers

2. Use as a Marinade
Who would’ve thought Greek yogurt could also be used as a marinade?! This recipe combines everything from sweet to smoky to savory and is sure to satisfy whatever it is that you’re craving.  The chicken with the Greek yogurt creates a dish with a hefty 33 grams of protein.  To increase the fiber content of this meal, be sure to add some non-starchy vegetables on the side.  

See Chicken & Pineapple Kabobs Recipe

Spicy Spinach Dip Recipe

3. Use in Place of Mayo
If you have 30 minutes and the six ingredients listed, you’re well on your way to making a deliciously rich dip!  Replace the traditional mayo or sour cream in spinach dip with Greek yogurt. Pair it with crispy vegetables and now you’ve increased the fiber value too!

See Spinach Dip Recipe

Tangy Citrus Yogurt Ranch Dressing

4. Use to Make Ranch Dressing
In a food processor, combine Greek yogurt, lemon juice, garlic, chives, Dijon mustard, buttermilk, salt and pepper and blend until smooth. Compared to regular ranch dressing made with mayo, this Greek yogurt ranch dressing is lower in fat and has added protein.

See Crispy Chicken Gyros with Tangy Citrus Ranch Dressing Recipe

Fluffy Greek Yogurt Pancakes Recipe

5. Use to Make Fluffy Pancakes
In 30 minutes, you can prepare a batch of super fluffy pancakes with 11 grams of protein per serving.

See Fluffy Greek Yogurt Pancakes Recipe

Bonus Tips from H-E-B Dietitians: 
Creamy Greek Yogurt Macaroni and Trees

Try it In Your Pasta
This creamy macaroni and cheese is not one you’ll feel guilty about after indulging.  That’s because this recipe uses plain Greek yogurt to make it creamy, which also increases the protein and calcium value of this dish.  This recipe is easy to make in large batches, so make a large quantity and have it throughout the week!  

Grilled Asparagus with Yogurt Balsamic Hollandaise

Try it As a Sauce
We know that vegetables provide us with fiber and a variety of nutrients, but it’s always an added benefit if we can make a vegetable dish with added protein.  The hollandaise in this recipe calls for a cup of H-E-B Greek Yogurt, which bumps up the protein to 8 grams per serving.  Substituting Greek yogurt in sauces like these reduces the total and saturated fat, while increasing the total protein.

See Grilled Asparagus with Yogurt Balsamic Hollandaise Recipe

 

 
Stacy Bates, MS, RDN, LD, CDE is a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator with over 8 years of experience in nutrition communications and education.