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iStock 623866590 CroppedGreek yogurt is more than just breakfast and a healthy snack - it's a great way to make your favorite recipes healthier!

Greek yogurt is the new wonder to the cooking world. It’s loaded with protein, is fat-free, and has probiotics to add to it’s health benefits. It can be substituted for ingredients we used to think we had to use.

Ingredients like sour cream and butter add flavor, but are also the very ingredients that add on hundreds of calories and are heavy in cholesterol and sugar content.

Wonders of Greek Yogurt

Just by substituting some of life’s most common kitchen ingredients with plain Greek yogurt, you’ll save yourself a trip to the grocery store and a few hundred calories.

There are so many flavors of Greek yogurt. Plain Greek yogurt, unlike flavored Greek yogurt, is a substitute for many key ingredients. If you cook often, are an awesome baker, don’t keep buttermilk and heavy cream in the fridge or just don’t like using butter when recipe’s call for it, stock up on plain Greek yogurt. 

Greek yogurt is light yet thick enough to where you won’t miss the taste or consistency of sour cream or butter. The foods you can make with Greek yogurt are endless. You won’t believe how many foods you think you need mayo or butter for that tastes just a good or even better with Greek Yogurt instead. When it comes to dips and even a dollop of sour cream, Greek yogurt works. Let’s start with a Greek yogurt substitute chart.

Greek Yogurt Substitute Cheat Sheet

1 cup butter 1/4 cup Greek yogurt + 1/2 cup butter
1 cup margarine 1/4 cup Greek yogurt + 1/2 cup margarine
1 cup oil 3/4 cup Greek yogurt
1 cup sour cream 1 cup Greek yogurt
1 cup mayoinaisse 1 cup Greek yogurt
1 cup cream cheese 1 cup Greek yogurt
1 cup mascarpone 1/2 cup mascarpone + 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
1 cup ricotta cheese 1/2 cup ricotta cheese + 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
1 cup buttermilk 2/3 cup Greek yogurt + 1/3 cup milk or buttermilk
1 cup milk 1/4 cup Greek yogurt + 3/4 cup milk
1 cup heavy cream 1/2 cup Greek yogurt + 1/2 cup heavy cream
1 cup light cream 1/4 cup Greek yogurt + 3/4 cup light cream
1 cup half-and-half 1/4 cup Greek yogurt + 3/4 cup half-and-half
1 cup crème fraîche 1 cup Greek yogurt
eggs and oil in box mixes 1 cup greek yogurt + 1 cup water

Foods to Cook Using Greek Yogurt

  1. Tuna Salad
  2. Chicken Salad
  3. Potato Salad
  4. Pasta Salad
  5. Deviled Eggs
  6. Tomato Basil Cheddar Soup
  7. Red Lentil Soup
  8. Zuppa Toscana Soup
  9. Taco Soup
  10. Classic Spinach Dip
  11. Cookie Dough Dip
  12. Alfredo Sauce
  13. Pesto Sauce
  14. Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta
  15. Chipotle Chicken Quesadillas
  16. Creamy Guacamole
  17. Frosting(s)
  18. Chocolate Pudding
  19. Ranch Dressing
  20. Homemade Mashed Potatoes
  21. Potato Casserole
  22. Chicken Casserole
  23. Homemade Cheesecake(s)
  24. Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies (vanilla flavored Greek yogurt)
  25. Red Velvet Cookies


Who knew altering regular cooking directions and ingredient lists could taste so wonderful! Let us know how you plan to incorporate Greek yogurt in some of your dishes. If you use Greek yogurt in classic cake mixes or traditional recipes, we want to know how it turns out!

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