51 Healthy Greek Yogurt Recipes for Any Meal
If you’ve been to a grocery store’s dairy aisle lately, you’ve probably picked up on the fact that Greek yogurt is becoming pretty darn popular. At Greatist, we think this stardom is well earned: We consider the stuff a superfood thanks to its high protein and probioticcontent. But frankly, we’re getting a little sick of the classic Greek yogurt and granola combo that’s been a staple of our breakfasts since who-knows-when. So we’ve rounded up 51 healthy recipes from around the web that use Greek yogurt in surprising, delicious ways — and not just for breakfast (okay, we’ve got some breakfast recipes too — but we guarantee that they’re equally surprising).
1. Greek Yogurt Pancakes
These pancakes aren’t only beautiful; they’re also loaded with protein and antioxidant-rich blueberries — and not much else. To increase the health “oomph” even more, substitute in whole-wheat pastry flour.
One 5.3-ounce container nonfat Greek Yogurt (any flavor- see *Tips)
1 large egg (or 2 large egg whites)
1/2 cup Gold Medal® All-Purpose Flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup fresh blueberries (or 1/2 large banana)
1. Mix yogurt and egg in a medium bowl until blended and smooth. Add flour and baking soda and stir until the dry ingredients are mixed in. The batter will be thick.
2. Preheat a griddle or large pan to medium heat. Spray with nonstick spray. Use an ice cream scoop or 1/4 to 1/3 cup measuring cup to scoop the batter into the pan. Spread each of the batter scoops into an even circle. Dot blueberries or bananas on top of each pancake. Cook for about 3 minutes or until golden brown, then flip and cook the other side for about 2 minutes, until it is golden brown too. Repeat with the remaining batter. Serve with additional fruit and/or syrup.
*For blueberry pancakes, use blueberry Greek yogurt and fresh blueberries.
*For banana pancakes, use vanilla or vanilla-honey yogurt and fresh banana.
2. Eggs Florentine with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto
Olive oil provides some healthy fats, spinach adds iron and calcium, and sun-dried tomato pesto and pepper add a zap of flavor to these creamy, protein rich eggs Florentine.
Nutritional Facts per serving
|SATURATED FAT||1.8 G|
|TOTAL SUGARS||3.8 G|
|DIETARY FIBER||5.2 G|
3. Yogurt Breakfast Bowl
This ain’t no ordinary breakfast yogurt. Curry powder, cilantro, and honey add unique flavor to this yogurt bowl, which is packed not only with granola (choose whole-grain and low-sugar options if you’re so inclined) but also with loads and loads of vitamin-rich fruit.
- 1 teaspoon tandoori spice or curry powder
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2 cups 2% plain Greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup all-natural granola
- 1 cup fresh berries
- 1 cup freeze-dried mango, pineapple and/or berries
- Small sprigs fresh cilantro
1. In a small skillet, toast spice on low, stirring, until very fragrant, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat, add honey and stir.
2. Divide yogurt among 4 bowls. Drizzle with spiced honey; top with granola, fruit and cilantro. Serve.
4. Breakfast Berry Enchiladas
Fill a whole-wheat tortilla with heaping spoonfuls of berries and Greek yogurt, add in flavorful seasonings such as super healthycinnamon and nutmeg. Superfood almonds top off this concoction with a dash of protein, healthy fat, and fiber.
Research suggests that a protein-rich breakfast is the best breakfast, and this meal delivers: Salmon and poached egg top a whole-wheat English muffin, then get smothered in a lighter version of Hollandaise sauce using Greek yogurt and fresh herbs and spices to pack a flavorful punch.
6. Lightened-Up Blueberry Lemon Greek Yogurt Bread
Two large eggs and Greek yogurt pack a protein punch, while a heaping cup of fresh blueberries infuses this moist, delicious bread with a whole bunch of vitamins and antioxidants.
8. Pasta with Zucchini, Tomatoes, and Creamy Lemon-Yogurt Sauce
This colorful bowl of pasta uses whole-wheat linguine, protein-rich Greek yogurt, and hearty doses of zucchini, tomatoes, andgarlic, which is packed with vitamins C and B6 and manganese.
9. Broccoli Cheddar Twice Baked Potatoes with Greek Yogurt
Take a plain ‘ol baked potato up about six notches with the addition of Greek yogurt (a healthier alternative to sour cream) and 2 cups of broccoli, which contributes Vitamin C, fiber, and folate.
10. Skinny Greek Yogurt Chicken
The recipe promises that this chicken will “melt in your mouth,” and we don’t doubt it. Greek yogurt and just half a cup of grated parmesan cheese add protein and a creamy texture, while garlic powder and freshly ground black pepper make the flavor pop.
11. Healthy Mac and Cheese
This lighter take on a childhood classic uses whole wheat macaroni, a whole bunch of onions and garlic, and spicycayenne pepper, which contains a compound that may help boost metabolism. The recipe calls for much less cheese than the traditional style, but don’t worry — it still tastes plenty creamy thanks to our dear friend Greek yogurt.
12. Roasted Eggplant and Tomatoes with Tangy Cucumbers and Yogurt
This fancy, colorful dish is chock full of good-for-you ingredients, including eggplants, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, shallots, olive oil, Greek yogurt, rosemary, and pine nuts. It’s light, but hearty enough for a filling lunch.
13. Blackened Chicken Breast over Cilantro Lime Quinoa
In the mood for something fancy? Whip up these flavorful, protein rich chicken breasts and lay them over a bed of cilantro and quinoa. Top with a puree of Greek yogurt, avocado, cilantro, and some lemon juice, and you’ve got a meal sure to dazzle dinner guests.
14. Yogurt-Marinated Chicken Kebabs with Aleppo Pepper
“Yogurt-marinated chicken kebabs” might not sound tasty, but we’re pretty sure this recipe will change your mind. Chicken and Greek yogurt add a whole heap of protein, while olive oil contributes healthy fats, garlic ratchets up the nutrient profile, and spicy seasonings pack a wallop of flavor.
15. Cheesy Chicken Quesadillas
For a healthier take on creamy, delicious quesadillas, swap in whole-wheat tortillas, a whole bunch of veggies, and some good-for-you cumin. Top with salsa and Greek yogurt (instead of sour cream), and enjoy.
16. Sriracha-Roasted Chickpeas & Cauliflower with Pickled Mustard Seeds
We’re big fans of Sriracha here at Greatist, and this recipe has just given us another reason to embrace the spicy paste. Chickpeas add protein and fiber, superfood cauliflower packs vitamin C and phytochemicals, olive oil adds some healthy fats, and Greek yogurt helps balance out the heat while adding even more protein.
17. Roasted Eggplant Salad with Saffron Yogurt
We couldn’t find something wrong with this recipe if we tried. Eggplants, olive oil, saffron, Greek yogurt, black pepper, basil leaves, and pine nuts are all that’s required, and they’re all good with us!
18. Steak Salad with Chive-Yogurt Dressing
This hearty salad calls on Greek yogurt, lemon juice, and just a tiny bit of mayonnaise to make a light, flavorful dressing that complements the steak’s rustic flavor.