Monday, March 5, 2012

The wonderful world of Greek yogurt and other substitutions

We have started eating Greek yogurt and finding all kinds of great uses for it!

For lunch, I was sharing a peach flavored regular yogurt mixed with plain yogurt with my toddler. It worked well, cut the sweetness, and went further. When we tried it with regular peach yogurt mixed with plain Greek yogurt, it was very creamy and more filling.

Guests were asked to bring a dish to pass for a party I was attending. I like making fruit salad for parties. Because it was winter I got pineapple, oranges, and mango. It was very good. I brought some vanilla Greek yogurt to go with it. It went from very good to amazing!

I have started using Greek yogurt in place of sour cream in a ground turkey casserole and the yogurt is undetectable.

Next up was to try it in cakes. When I made a chocolate cake from scratch, it wasn't anything special. I found a link from Hungry Girl that explained a bunch of substitutions to use for cake mixes.

So far we have tried Devil's food cake with a cup of Greek yogurt and a cup of water. We used cupcake papers and the results were a bit denser than traditional cake and delicious!

We also tried spice cake with a can of pumpkin. Hungry Girl suggests that it will turn out like pumpkin bread. We felt the consistency might be a bit more like bread, but it was plenty sweet like cake. I used cupcake papers again and it worked well.

I can't wait to find more uses for healthier substitutions. Applesauce has long been a favorite of mine for baking, but I think Greek yogurt is my new favorite!


  1. You can also make regular yogurt Greek yogurt:

    I've done it a few times, and it works really well.