With its delicious tang and luxurious texture, Greek yogurt has been quite popular in the last several years. While some suggest that this dairy product has reached its peak as far as growth goes, it’s just as much of a breakfast and snack time star as it’s ever been.
Plenty of protein, calcium, and probiotics make it a choice that’s as healthy as it is delicious. While it’s great topped with fruit, nuts, or a drizzle of honey, it might be time to shake things up. Instead of going the sweet route, try it as a savory ingredient at the dinner table, and you’ll be delighted by the amount of flavor it adds. We’ve rounded up 6 great recipes to show you how it’s done.
1. White Chicken Enchilada Casserole
There are plenty of creamy enchilada recipes out there calling for sour cream. They’re delicious, but Ali Ebright decided to try subbing Greek yogurt to add a little bit more protein to the dish. “I can’t even taste the difference,” she says. The creamy dairy gets a boost from green chiles, chicken stock, and cumin. “It’s a simple sauce, but surprisingly full of flavor just beyond the typical creamy base,” Ebright says.
While most versions of this traditional dish can be kind of labor-intensive, this recipe is anything but. Ebright says it’s “easy to make by stacking the enchiladas into a casserole instead of rolling them up.” It’s also the perfect dish to make ahead of time. Just layer everything as the recipe says, then cover the dish, and pop it into the fridge for later in the week.
Visit Gimme Some Oven for the recipe.
2. Creamy Tomato Orzo Soup
Every once and a while, bad eating habits can get the best of us. While getting back on the path to healthy eating can be bland, it doesn’t have to be. Maria Lichty whipped up this delicious soup as a way to lighten her diet after indulging in a bit too much sweet stuff, and found she liked it even more than she thought she would. “This is hands down my new favorite soup,” she says.
Because it’s super fast, this is one meal that’s perfect for busy weeknights. Lichty says, “You can have this soup on your table in less than 30 minutes. No joke!” If you’re planning on having leftovers, just stir the pasta into individual bowls and store the rest separately. Adding all of it will lead to thick soup and gummy pasta after it sits in the fridge.
Visit Two Peas and Their Pod for the recipe.
3. Chicken Curry
When you’re looking for a way to jazz up a standard chicken dinner, this curry is just the thing. Jennifer Segal found inspiration from a Cooks Illustrated recipe and ran with it. The combination of the poultry, peas, and sauce practically begs for something starchy to sop it up. That’s good news, because Segal says it will be ready “in the time it takes to cook some basmati rice.”
Flexibility makes this dish a true standout. Segal says, “the taste and spice level will vary a bit depending on the type of curry powder you use,” making it easy to adapt for different tastes. If you’ve got some heat-shy folks in your family, consider going with a mild curry powder and sprinkling individual portions with sliced chiles at the end. That way, no one will have to suffer through unbearable heat.
Visit Once Upon a Chef for the recipe.
4. Greek Style Meatballs With Yogurt Dipping Sauce
Linda Baker’s Greek meatballs give a completely different look to this Italian-American favorite. Even if you’re a diehard spaghetti fan, you’ll want to give these a try. Though Baker says these are “a perfect appetizer or hors d’oeuvre for your next get together,” they also make a pretty stellar main course when piled into some pita.
Although the ingredient list for these meatballs might look a little bit intimidating, don’t let it fool you. “These meatballs are really simple,” Baker says. But the best part might be the cooking method. Baker says that “since they are baked in the oven, it doesn’t even mess up your cooktop.” That leaves you plenty of time to mix up the dreamy yogurt dip, which also goes great with some crunchy vegetables.
Visit LindySez for the recipe.
5. Southwestern Chopped Salad With Cilantro Lime Dressing
Most chopped salads look exactly the same and manage to be both boring and bland. Chung-Ah Rhee took the concept in a completely different direction with Mexican flavors. The idea for the dressing actually came from some extra cilantro that she didn’t want to go to waste, and it turned out fabulously. Rhee says, “this is one of the creamiest, most flavorful dressings I have ever made.”
Of course, the salad itself is pretty stellar. Loaded with goodies like tomatoes, corn, and beans, it’s healthy and satisfying. Rhee says, “It’s quickly become a favorite of ours, and we’ve had it almost every day this week!” Just don’t skimp on the tortilla strips. Even healthy food needs a little bit of indulgence.
Visit Damn Delicious for the recipe.
6. Tortellini With Greek Yogurt and Mushroom Sauce
Pasta with yogurt might sound a bit unusual, but don’t let your suspicions keep you from giving this supper a shot. Kristin King came up with the idea when she was looking for a healthier way to recreate her mom’s sour cream and mushroom sauce that she served for Thanksgiving. She loved this creamy combo so much that she says “it tastes amazing on just about everything we have at Thanksgiving, except maybe the pumpkin pie.” Initially, she thought about using a low-fat sour cream, but decided Greek yogurt might be a good swap. “Well, it turned out great,” she says.
This sauce goes wonderfully with the stuffed pasta, but don’t let that limit you. King says, “it would be great over lots of things, including chicken, turkey, another pasta, or just about any steamed vegetable.” We particularly love it served with green beans.
Visit Dizzy Busy and Hungry for the recipe.