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10 Awesome Uses for Yogurt

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Once I taught  a food-writing course to a bunch of college students; there were about 15 or so seniors, and every single one of them ate yogurt for breakfast. I mean, all of them. I didn’t get it: Yogurt, to me, is such a boring food. It’s just milk that has been fermented by bacteria, after all; nomadic tribes first “invented” it as a way to preserve milk.  Unlike sour cream, which has that beautifully tart flavor, and cottage cheese, which has a pleasingly lumpy-bumpy texture, yogurt falls between two stools. There is something even I dig about yogurt, though: It is an outstanding ingredient in many recipes I love. What it doesn’t bring as an entree, it delivers as tangy marinade, a tenderizer, and a flavor-booster in a whole lot of other dishes. Here are ten ways I use yogurt that prove it’s not just for breakfast.

Great uses for plain yogurt:

1. Mix into scrambled eggs: It’s the secret ingredient that “The Six O’Clock Scramble” recommends (enter to win the cookbook here, and tell us your scrambled egg secret here).

2. Marinate chicken thighs, or the chicken breasts in this great cilantro-mint chicken.

3. Whip up a fun face mask for a beauty treatment that you can both make and use with your kids.

4. Create a dip by putting together a tzatziki sauce, or by mixing yogurt with Maytag blue cheese. Two other good-and-yogurty dips: chilled curried yogurt-chickpea dip and roasted eggplant dip.

5. Make awesome homemade peach frozen yogurt, creamy rocket popsicles, or mango lassi pops.

6. Incorporate it into baked goods: Try it in these peach-bran muffins.

7. Use it to make way-better turkey burgers.

8. OK, this is breakfast, but it’s far from ho-hum: Make your own Swiss-style muesli.

9. Use it make creamy salad dressing (like this ranch) that is not-so-bad for you.

10. Use it to replace the mayonnaise in your favorite recipe for chicken or tuna or pasta salad.

photo: Courtesy of Dairy Australia

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