Think outside the bowl.

By Sarra Sedghi
Updated March 18, 2019
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Simple yet satisfying, yogurt is a versatile building block for any number of dishes, both savory and sweet. Yogurt is filling enough to act as an easy main dish, but plays just as hard on the sidelines as a dip, topping, and so much more.

If you put your mind to it you can come up with all kinds of ways to cook with yogurt. In the meantime, here are 40 great ways to start using plain yogurt in the kitchen:

Mix it with confectioners sugar to make a cake glaze.

Substitute it for butter in baked goods like banana bread.

Serve it with sweet or savory oats.

Turn it into labneh.

Spread it on a cheese sandwich before grilling it.

Turn it into more yogurt.

Use it as a rub or marinade.

Make mango lassi.

Scoop a dollop over a baked potato.

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Stir some matcha powder into it.

Use it instead of sour cream for tacos or quesadillas.

Make turmeric-yogurt dip for your beet chips.

Serve it underneath fried eggs.

Use it in your pie filling.

Mix it into mashed potatoes.

Smear it on street corn.

Create a tangy vinaigrette.

Make an epic Breakfast Trifle.

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Pair it with pork chops.

Freeze it into popsicles.

Serve it as a creamy base for crispy roasted vegetables.

Spoom some on top of chili.

Cook a healthier take on creamed spinach.

Make a watermelon or citrus smoothie.

Turn it into healthyish onion dip.

Cut out the mayo and use it in deviled eggs.

Serve it with lentils and roast chicken for a triple-protein combo.

Transform it into fluffy cheesecake.

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Dip potato chips into plain yogurt and just trust me.

Add it to hummus.

Blend it with tahini and dates for a killer shake.

Mix it with crème fraîche and serve it over poached pears.

Make raita.

Add some tang to your grits.

Whip up some tiny parfaits.

Use it instead of heavy cream in homemade pasta sauce.

Cook up some Moroccan Beef Daube.

Pile it on top of berries and granola and add a little Nutella.

Transform it into a treat and make yogurt bark.

Have it with poached berries for breakfast.

Spread it onto your fancy toast.

Make super moist zucchini bread.

Use it when you dredge oven-fried chicken.