my favourite ways to eat plain yogurt

One of the things I missed the most about having our own place was having our own kitchen.  I love to make things from scratch and it can be difficult to do that when living with others.  So within a few days of moving into our little nest, I was making yogurt.  Plain yogurt is so wonderful and so healthy… sometimes a tub of it lasts only a few days, while other times it seems to stay in the fridge for weeks.  I got thinking about yogurt and what I like to use it for, and thought I’d share with you and see what your favourite ways are.

1. with granola – basic but so good

2. in smoothies

3. in “five cup salad” – a favourite recipe my mom made when I was growing up (some recipes call for sour cream but I think yogurt is way healthier)

4. as sour cream with tacos, nachos, burritos, etc!  I can hardly taste any difference

5. in a Tandoori Chicken recipe I tried recently which was fabulous!  Thought I’d include it here because it’s so easy and so flavourful.

6. yogurt cake

7. Middle Eastern yogurt drink: my Iranian friends Sonia and Narges make this refreshing drink.  Basically you just mix plain yogurt, water, salt, and mint if you have some.  I just experimented with amounts until it tasted good.

8. tzatziki/yogurt salad: yogurt, cucumbers, mint…. really nice as a side with curry or something spicy.

9. Overnight, no-cook refrigerator oatmeal: I found this recipe on pinterest and tried it the other night.  It was awesome!  I did the maple/blueberry flavour.  Yum.  I will be doing a lot more of this in the near future.

What are your favourite ways to eat plain yogurt?


Tandoori Chicken with Yogurt Sauce (from “Great Food Fast”)

1 c. plain yogurt

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 tsp turmeric

1 tsp ground ginger

salt and pepper

4 bone-in, skinless chicken breast halves(I used boneless, skinless chicken breasts)

2 Granny Smith apples

1 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro


1. Preheat the oven to 475F.  In a large bowl, mix together 1/2 cup of the yogurt, the garlic, turmeric, ginger, 2 tsp salt, and 1/4 tsp pepper.  Add the chicken; toss to coat.

2. Transfer the chicken to a cookie sheet.  Roast until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the breast (avoiding the bone) registers 160F, 25 to 30 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, peel the apples; coarsely grate into a medium bowl.  Add the cilantro and the remaining 1/2 c. yogurt; season with salt and pepper.  Serve alongside the chicken, with rice, if desired.


Here’s an article I just found on the health benefits of plain yogurt.


4 thoughts on “my favourite ways to eat plain yogurt

  1. Mary says:

    1) With Indian curries – just a little spoonful on the side and you mix it in as you eat
    2) Broccoli salad (broccoli, feta, raisins, sunflower seeds, bacon, yogurt, vinegar, black pepper)

    I’m sure I’ll think of more in a minute…


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