This is the lamest excuse for an entry, but what is the Internet if not an excuse to ask people things?

I am making a soup that uses plain non-fat yogurt as a garnish, which you can generally only buy in honking great containers the size of a D cup. I only need a spoonful or two, so for once I’d like to maximize my leftovers. What are your favorite creative uses for plain non-fat yogurt, besides, you know, eating a giant bowl of plain non-fat yogurt? Because I don’t think I can do that.

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  1. This recipe, if you like banana bread: http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/classic-banana-bread-10000000549764/

    I bake muffins, which I bake for around 30 minutes. They’re moist and delicious and folks rave about how much they love them. And they freeze well, too.

  2. You can use any kind of fruit jam to make plain yogurt into flavored yogurt. Which is still not super exciting. Unless you’re a small boy, perhaps, and can be convinced that ‘choose your own yogurt flavor’ is an exciting eating event (assuming you have more than one kind of jam or some fruit or granola).

  3. I add salt, cumin and chopped cucumber to make Indian Raitha. Then I eat it with toasted pita, so delicious.

  4. Add honey and vanilla flavoring, mix well, eat on Eggos. Mmmm.

  5. I concur with Robyn for a savory use, but I add lemon juice, minced garlic and whisk in olive oil for a Turkish idea. Use it to dip in pita, veggies, or grilled chicken and lamb.

  6. Also, I’ve found you can buy plain Dannon in the single-serving size, for what that’s worth.

  7. This: http://www.yumsugar.com/Curried-Chicken-Pita-Recipe-10523478
    I substitute an apple for the pear, and it’s delicious.

  8. smoothies. Add a tiny bit of vanilla extract if you think it’ll be too tart.

  9. I used it in muffins and pancakes, often as a substitution for sour cream. Or I mix it with grape nuts and a tablespoon of brown sugar.

  10. I buy the Greek kind and make dip. Various things I’ll add to said dip, in random combinations: fresh herbs of any kind you like, minced; smoked paprika; hot sauce; minced capers; minced olives; herbes du provence; buttermilk powder; preserved lemon, minced; shallot salt; regular salt; pepper; dill; miso; cajun seasoning, random raids of the spice rack, go crazy. I also buy dipping veggies – baby carrots, snap peas, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, you get the idea – and as a result I end up snacking on my daily quota of veggies and dairy.

  11. I’m with canuckindc. It’s all about dip – so much healthier than sour cream as a base, but every bit as creamy and delicious.

  12. You can use it to marinate chicken or lamb for some really juicy and delicious meat!

  13. I have nothing new to add, just want to agree that it’s great in banana bread and dips!

  14. Buy an ice cream maker if you don’t already have one. Make flavoured frozen yoghurt. Once the yoghurt is used up, keep using the ice cream maker to make delicious ice cream. (The best thing about that is you know exactly what is going in to it, unlike with the store bought, and you can experiment with flavours.)

  15. Smoothies. Or mix a packet of dry salad dressing and use it as dip.

  16. I use plain, non-fat greek yogurt as a substitute for sour cream in everything. Black bean burritos with low-fat cheese, yogurt, salsa are a pretty healthy meal.

  17. Often I sweeten the yogurt with splenda, add some cinnamon, then stir in chopped-up fruit, like apples and raisins; or slices of clementine. Your boys might like this, too.

  18. I use yogurt in place of sour cream w nachos, quesadillas, etc. try draining it in a coffee filter to thicken it and then it’s also a good sour cream sub in dips and stuff, too (though I tend to use full-fat!). And I always buy plain yogurt and then just mix in jam to make whatever kind I feel like eating. Or honey and granola.

    Also try searching for recipes for things like apple cake–I know there are lots that use yogurt for moisture.

  19. I TOTES use it for dip. And sauces. You know how you feel about sauces.

  20. Equal parts yogurt/light mayo – 1/2 cup
    1 T orange juice
    1 T sugar

    Mix and you have a WONDERFUL dressing for fruit: i.e. toss a can of pineapple chunks, chop a couple of granny smith apples, add raisins if you like then toss with dressing to taste.


  21. Use it in place of mayonnaise in cole slaw.

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  23. Before I started my diet my favorite use was to sub it for milk in cake and muffin recipes (it makes baked goods extra moist and delicious). Now that i am on my diet I mix in a spoonful of maple syrup, lots of fresh berries, possibly a chopped banana and a scoop of granola. The maple syrup really takes the edge of the plainness of the yogurt so that I can enjoy all the goodies.