Superfood: Yogurt

Classified as a healthy snack, yogurt is also a cook’s helper giving texture to baked goods and body to soups, sauces, and dips.

  • Health benefits of yogurt.
    Text By: Maureen Callahan, RD, Oxmoor House

    Superfood: Yogurt

    Yogurt deserves superstar status for its bone-strengthening calcium and high quality protein. If it comes packaged with “active cultures,” add disease-fighter to that list since “good” bacteria (probiotics) help keep the stomach and immune system healthy. One little hitch: to reap the health benefits of yogurt, stick with plain varieties including the newly popular plain Greek yogurts. Yogurts packaged with added sugars (fruit and flavored ones) are little more than dessert in disguise.

  • Raspberry Yogurt Cheese with Gingersnaps
    Text By: Maureen Callahan, RD, Photo: James Baigrie

    Raspberry Yogurt Cheese with Gingersnaps

    With just three ingredients -- honey, plain yogurt, and fresh raspberries -- you can make a scrumptious spread for bagels, crackers, or tea sandwiches. Dieting? Switch out the full fat plain yogurt for fat-free plain, or zero fat Greek yogurt, for a skinnier spread.
  • Spiced Chicken Thighs with Yogurt Sauce
    Text By: Maureen Callahan, RD, Photo: Lee Harrelson; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross

    Spiced Chicken Thighs with Yogurt Sauce

    One of our most popular weeknight suppers, Moroccan spice-rubbed skinless chicken thighs are topped here with an easy yogurt sauce made with minced garlic and chopped cilantro. The sauce is also great with roasted lamb or drizzled over steak tacos.
  • Chilled Cucumber, Avocado, and Yogurt Soup
    Text By: Maureen Callahan, RD, Photo: Jennifer Mariné; Styling: Randy Mon

    Chilled Cucumber, Avocado, and Yogurt Soup

    Rich creamy soups are typically high in fat and calories, but this one proves the tasty exception. Low-fat plain yogurt adds the creaminess while a mix of garlic, cumin, cucumber, avocado, and fresh herbs makes it flavorful.
  • Honey-Roasted Pears with Sweet Yogurt Cream
    Text By: Maureen Callahan, RD, Randy Mayor; Lydia DeGaris-Pursell

    Honey-Roasted Pears with Sweet Yogurt Cream

    While pears roasted with honey are delicious, you have to love the three ingredient cream sauce served on the side. Made with honey, vanilla, and drained plain low fat yogurt, it’s a perfect light sauce for all kinds of desserts.
  • Carrot-Celery Slaw with Yogurt Dressing
    Text By: Maureen Callahan, RD, Photo: David Prince

    Carrot-Celery Slaw with Yogurt Dressing

    The colorful combination of carrots and celery is fun, but what makes this salad so special is its light creamy dressing. Made with low-fat plain yogurt, Dijon mustard, and olive oil, it’s a refreshing alternative to fat-laden mayonnaise.
  • Yogurt-Zucchini Bread with Walnuts
    Text By: Maureen Callahan, RD, Photo: © Frances Janisch

    Yogurt-Zucchini Bread with Walnuts

    Low-cal Greek yogurt helps keep this luscious tea bread moist without all the fat of traditional baked goods. Walnuts, zucchini, and sweet spices create a hauntingly good flavor combination that makes it hard to believe this quick bread is light.
  • Spinach Simmered in Yogurt
    Text By: Maureen Callahan, RD, Photo: © Kana Okada

    Spinach Simmered in Yogurt

    Creamy spinach takes a trip to the Mediterranean with the addition of bold-flavored seasonings including red chili, garlic, coriander, and turmeric. Yogurt tames the spices to make it a great last-minute side dish for roasted meats.
  • Grilled Yogurt Chicken with Cucumber Salad
    Text By: Maureen Callahan, RD, Photo: Leo Gong; Styling: Randy Mon

    Grilled Yogurt Chicken with Cucumber Salad

    Plain yogurt enhanced with cumin and turmeric makes a great marinade for grilled chicken breast. And then it does double duty as a dressing for a light and easy cucumber salad to serve on the side.
  • raspberries-chocolate-mousse
    Text By: Maureen Callahan, RD, Jim Bathie

    Raspberries with Chocolate Yogurt Mousse

    Almost too simple to be a recipe, this lightning fast dessert flavors zero fat Greek yogurt with cocoa and honey to make a creamy mousse that’s crowned with fresh raspberries. Added bonus: Greek yogurt has double the appetite-quenching protein of regular yogurt.

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