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Greek Yogurt – Creative Snack Recipes

Greek Yogurt – Creative Snack Recipes

It’s Throwback Thursday.  This is one of my articles on the Modern Mom website from a few years ago…..

Growing up Greek we always had Mom’s homemade yogurt in the fridge, usually eaten with a bit of honey.

Here are some other variations of yogurt snacks, meals and substitutions:

Sour Cream Switch

Yogurt can be your secret weapon against unnecessary fat and calories.  Substitute yogurt for sour cream, whipped cream, and mayonnaise when you are cooking at home.  You might not even notice the difference it tastes so good!

Spicy Dip

Mix a couple tablespoons of Greek yogurt, one tablespoon of hummus, a dash or two of cayenne pepper and a tablespoon hot sauce (amounts can vary based on your tolerance).  It is a great dip for cold or hot veggies.

Sweet Breakfast

Mix a cup of Greek yogurt or skim milk, a cup of oatmeal, a half cup of bran cereal, a tablespoon of ground flax seed, a dash of cinnamon and a little sugar free sweetener or sugar free maple syrup.  It can be a power packed breakfast to start your day or a great dessert to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Craving Chocolate?

To get your chocolate fix, without all the calories of a candy bar, combine one cup of Greek yogurt with two tablespoons of Hershey’s Cocoa powder (amount can vary to taste), add two teaspoons of sugar free sweetener (amount can very to taste), mix it up well and you have some delicious “chocolate pudding”.

Dessert Delight!Dessert-Delight!

If you prefer something a little colder for your sweet tooth…try mixing a cup of Greek yogurt, a cup of berries (any berry frozen or fresh), a half cup bran cereal (for some crunch), a little sugar free sweetener.  This will definitely help your ice cream sundae craving!

For a slight variation of my last one and to help out on those warm summer days, try mixing some chopped up fresh fruit with Greek yogurt.  Stir it up well, seal the container tight, and put it in your freezer for an hour.  You just made a nice scoop-able treat for you and your family!

ENJOY!!!

Healthy Eating 

Grilled Chicken on a Caprese Salad…Looks too good to eat! Staying healthy & fit while traveling!

Plateia Chicago

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My favorite place to go when I’m back home! Plateia in Greek means Town Square.

Beet salad, chicken skewers, Nutella crepe, meatballs, pita, tzatziki, karidopita (Dessert) & ice cream!

To learn more about the restaurant, food and background of Plateia check out their website http://www.plateiachicago.com/

 

Akasha in Culver City

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Albacore Tataki with coriander, seared avocado, radish, togarashi, citrus soy

Nice N Easy at Four Seasons Hotel

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From Greece to the City of Angels An Evening of Culinary Exploration

Chef Christos menu for the evening…..

Tuna Tartare, Chives, Avocado, Olive Oil, Lime Zest, Quinoa Tabouli, Micro greens, Togurt Drops

Fava Bean Spread, Tomato, Picled Onion, Grilled Ocopus, Micro Leaves, Botarga

Greek Salad with Tomato, Cucumber, Peppers, Baby Zucchini and Kalamata Olives

Lamb Loin with Red Wine Gravy Sauce, Eggplant Caviar, Red Pepper Coulis (forgot to take a picture, I was too busy eating it…..oops!)

Greek Yogurt Mousse with Honey Jelly and Berries

 

 

 

 

Thrive Culinary Algae Oil

A taste of home at the Thrive House!!! Greek inspired dinner by Chef Marisa Churchill using Thrive Culinary Algae Oil.  One of the best home cooked meals I’ve ever had.  Light, healthy and tasty!

STARTERS

Spiced Baked Feta with homemade pita break baked with Thrive Algae Oil

Hummus Dip with homemade pita bread baked with Thrive Algae Oil

Warm Olives with preserved lemon & fried parsley fried with  fried with Thrive Algae Oil

MAINS

Mixed Green Salad with Greek Goddess Dressing and warm lentils infused and sauteed with Thrive Algae Oil

Baked Sea Bass Plaki with caramelized with onions and cauliflower rice baked, sauteed, caramelized with Trive Algae Oil

DESSERT

Walnut Cake with Citrus Frosting with orange segments and honey thyme syrup baked with Thrive Algae Oil

Mint Chocolate Ice Cream Bonbons with “magic shell” made with Thrive Algae Oil

Chef Ariane Resnick

Ariane Resnick is an organic special diet private chef for celebs, nutritionist and holistically healed chef.

http://arianecooks.com/

I remember watching her on Food Network’s show Chopped!

I was lucky enough to be invited to a friends house to taste the deliciousness of Ariane’s vegan menu!

Vegan Crab Cakes made with Hearts of Palm, Crab, Quinoa based, gluten free, NO flour.

Blanched Asparagus, Strip of Heirloom Tomato, wrapped with Wild Smoked Salmon with Balsamic Glaze and Dill

Flourless Nutmeg Chocolate Chip Cookies paired with Avocado based Chocolate Ice Cream

Sandwich with Flaxseed Bread, Almond Hummus, Olive Tapenade with Figs, Fennel and Apples (So tasty and good!)

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