5 Recipes to Turn Plain Greek Yogurt into a Party!

Eating healthy can often mean giving up on the dips, spreads and toppings you’ve grown to love. Greek yogurt to the rescue! With this favorite, high protein, low calorie and good for you staple, you can create some yummy and healthy dips, spreads and toppings that are sure to make you feel like you’re cheating- without increasing your pant size!

My favorite Greek yogurts to use are….

Chobani Greek Yogurt
Oikos Organic Greek Yogurt
Fage Greek Yogurt

1. Tzatziki
This is the perfect, versatile dip to use as a sandwich spread, to dip cut veggies into, to top your salad or to dip grilled lemon-marinated chicken into!

Ingredients
16 ounces Plain Greek Yogurt
1/2 Cucumber, grated or finely chopped
2 Garlic Cloves, minced
1 TBSP Dried Parsley
1 Lemon, juiced
1 tsp Sea Salt
1/2 tsp Fresh Ground Black Pepper

Directions: In a medium bowl combine Greek yogurt, cucumber, garlic, parsley, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Let chill for 30 minutes before serving.


2. Spicy Mayo

This is the perfect, versatile dip to use as a sandwich spread or use it to spice up your burgers!

Ingredients
4 TBSP of Sriracha
16 ounces Plain Greek Yogurt

Directions: In a medium bowl, mix the Sriracha, 1 TBSP at a time into the Greek yogurt. Taste test after each addition of Sriracha. Keep adding the hot sauce until you reach the desired heat of the spice.

3. Smoky Chipotle
This is the perfect, versatile dip to use as a sandwich spread, to dip cut veggies into, add to a spicy ground turkey salad or to dip grilled chicken into!

Ingredients
2 TBSP Tomato Paste
1 TBSP Organic Honey
1 tsp Chipotle Powder
1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
1 1/2 tsp dried Cilantro Leaves
1 tsp Sea Salt
1/2 tsp Fresh Ground Black Pepper
16 ounces Plain Greek Yogurt

Directions: Whisk all the dry ingredients in a medium bowl until evenly mixed. Add the Greek yogurt and mix well. Use immediately or cover and refrigerate. Use within 5 days.

4. Strawberry-Vanilla Fruit Dip
Perfect for dipping cut fruit into or topping fruit parfait style!

Ingredients
16 ounces Plain Greek Yogurt
1/2 cup Strawberries, pureed in blender or food processor
3 TBSP Honey
1 Vanilla Bean

Directions:
1. Put the Greek yogurt into a medium bowl.
2. Slice open the vanilla bean and scrape the vanilla out of the middle of the bean and add it to the yogurt.
3. Add the strawberry puree and honey and mix well until combined.
4. Chill for 30 minutes to let the flavors combine and serve chilled.

5. Spinach & Artichoke Dip
This is a yummy alternative to the heavy, filled with fat version you usually see at parties. Serve with cut veggies or home-baked whole grain tortilla chips.

Ingredients
2 16-oz. bags Frozen spinach, thawed
2 cans artichoke hearts in water, drained and chopped
16 ounces Plain Greek Yogurt
1/2 cup Parmesan, plus a little extra to sprinkle on top
1/2 Sweet Onion, chopped
2 Garlic Cloves, minced
1 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 tsp Sea Salt
1 tsp Fresh Ground Black Pepper
1 tsp Paprika to Garnish

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Thaw spinach in the microwave or by running water over the bag. Drain & chop artichoke hearts.
2. Add the minced garlic & chopped onions into a large pot with the olive oil and cook saute over medium heat until the onions become translucent. Turn off heat.
3. Add the remaining ingredients to the pot and stir well. Taste-test for flavor, and add half of the yogurt and mix, keep adding more yogurt if you want the dip to be creamier. (You may not use all of the yogurt.)
4. Spread dip into a pie pan and bake. Baking time will depend on the type of pan you use. At 30 minutes test to see if it’s nice and warm. If so, it’s ready to eat! If not, bake another 5-10 minutes.

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2 thoughts on “5 Recipes to Turn Plain Greek Yogurt into a Party!

  1. Yum! We are having tzatziki this weekend with chicken using a recipe from your cookbook. It sounds amazing. We had the Mediterranean tuna last night and it was so good…even our 2 year loved it. I can’t wait to try the spinach and artichoke dip. You totally rock!

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