Yogurt isn't just for topping with granola at breakfast or grabbing as a midafternoon snack. It also can be a healthy substitute for heavy cream, mayonnaise, butter or sour cream in many dishes. You'll find that low-fat or nonfat yogurt is rich enough for certain dressings, marinades and sauces, while full-fat Greek yogurt works wonders in soups, stews and desserts. These are some of our favorite recipes that include yogurt as a key ingredient.
by Didi Emmons
This is a soup (despite the mango) that gets its smooth texture from yogurt rather than cream. Cilantro, chili, ginger and orange juice provide a nice mix of tangy and spicy.
Per serving: 220 calories, 3g saturated fat, 35g carbohydrates, 6g protein, 3g fiber, 647mg sodium
by Nigella Lawson
Influenced by the flavors of baba ghanoush, Lawson's dip benefits from the thick consistency of full-fat Greek yogurt. Serve with flatbread or crudités.
Per serving: 184 calories, 3g saturated fat, 16g carbohydrates, 5g protein, 6g fiber, 34mg sodium
by Margaret Howard
Yogurt plays an important role as a tenderizer in the marinade for this super-easy Indian-inspired dish.
Per serving: 275 calories, 2g saturated fat, 1g carbohydrates, 50g protein, 0g fiber, 569mg sodium
by Deborah Szekely and Deborah Schneider
Cilantro and corn provide a healthy burst of Mexican flavor, and peppery radishes are a fresh addition — though you could use this dressing on all kinds of salads.
Per serving: 149 calories, 1g saturated fat, 20g carbohydrates, 4g protein, 3g fiber, 156mg sodium
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