Greek yogurt is calcium-rich, full of probiotics and often has twice the amount of protein traditional yogurt does. Greek yogurt is a great substitute for cream cheese, mayonnaise and sour cream in many dishes. In Cooking With Greek Yogurt by Cassie Johnston (Countryman Press, $15.95), every recipe uses plain Greek yogurt to step up the healthy aspect of the dish.
The recipes for “lightened-up comfort foods” are for anyone looking for a healthier lifestyle. The yogurt complements, rather than overpowers, the flavors. Recipes include wedding cauliflower soup; cranberry-oat breakfast bars; Buffalo blue cheese chicken dip; dark chocolate coconut frozen yogurt; green chicken enchiladas; under-the-weather smoothie; lemon poppy seed cupcakes; potato salad with sun-dried tomatoes and bacon; broccoli rice cheddar bake; sweet corn chowder; creamy chickpea and tuna salad; orange salted chocolate mousse; and roasted red pepper spaghetti.
— Ellen Folkman
Special to Tampa Bay Times