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Six Greek Yogurt Recipes To Enjoy Your Lunch

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Six Greek Yogurt Recipes To Enjoy Your Lunch

Greek yogurt has become a kitchen staple. It’s yummy, exotic, and packed with nutrition. It has a tangy, creamy texture that is a tad less sweet than regular yogurt. Loaded with calcium and live bacterial cultures, Greek yogurt has half the sugar of regular yogurt and double the protein.

Greek yogurt is regular yogurt that has been strained to remove the whey (the liquid leftover from curdled milk).  It isn’t really shipped from Greece, and why they call it ‘Greek’ yogurt has several different scenarios. It really doesn’t matter though how the yogurt got its name– all that matters is that it’s yummy and is the ingredient for a dynamite lunch! Try these six Greek yogurt recipes for your next lunch.

1. Lunchtime Chicken Salad

  • 4 Tbsp plain Greek yogurt
  • ¾ tsp apple cider vinegar
  • ½ tsp honey
  • 4 ounces shredded chicken breast
  • 2 Tbsp chopped apple
  • 2 Tbsp halved yellow grapes
  • ½ cup chopped celery
  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts

In a medium bowl combine the yogurt, vinegar and honey. Add the chicken, walnuts, and apple. Stir in grapes. Serve on whole wheat bread or in your favorite tortilla to create a chicken wrap. Makes one serving.

2. Lunchtime Hummus

  • 4 Tbsp plain Greek yogurt
  • 4 Tbsp prepared hummus
  • 1 Tbsp sesame tahini
  • 1 glove garlic
  • ½ Tbsp lemon zest
  • ½ Tbsp chopped parsley
  • Pita chips

In a bowl, combine yogurt, hummus, tahini, garlic, lemon zest, and parsley. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve with pita chips for a delectable, nourishing lunchtime favorite.

3. Blueberry Pancakes

  • 4 Tbsp plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries

In a bowl, combine yogurt and eggs. Add in flour and baking soda. Mix well. Gently fold in blueberries. Scoop batter onto prepared skillet. Flip and heat until golden brown. Yum.

4. Greek Cheesecake

  • 4 Tbsp plain Greek yogurt
  • ½ Tbsp sugar free cheesecake flavored instant pudding mix
  • ¾ cup fiber bran cereal
  • 4 Tbsp water
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • ½ tsp stevia
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • A dash of nutmeg

Combine yogurt and pudding for filling. Set aside. In a food processor, grind the bran cereal to create a fine texture. In a mixing bowl, add the bran, stevia, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Add the butter and water and stir until blended to create the crust. Pour the crust mix into a four-inch pan. Press the crust mix in the bottom of the pan and along the sides. Pour the filling over the crust. Chill for 25 minutes. Serve cold. Makes one serving.

5. Greek Apple Pie

  • 4 Tbsp plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 apple, diced (your choice of variety)
  • ½ cup cooked cold quinoa
  • 1 ¾ Tbsp walnuts
  • ½ tsp cinnamon

In a small bowl, combine diced apple with cinnamon. Microwave for one and a half minutes. Set aside. In a parfait glass, begin layering ingredients. Layer the yogurt in the bottom, then the quinoa, walnuts, and apple mixture. Repeat layers. Served chilled or warm.

6. Greek Grapes

  • 4 Tbsp plain Greek yogurt
  • ½ tsp honey
  • 1 cup of red or green grapes

Mix the honey into the yogurt. Prepare a wax-lined container to place in the freezer. Stab a grape with a toothpick and dip into yogurt mixture. Place on wax-lined container. Remove toothpick. Repeat until all of the yogurt is used. Freeze grapes overnight.

Anytime is a good time to enjoy Greek yogurt. There are many Greek yogurt recipes that will tantalize your tastebuds for an enjoyable, nutritious lunch. Like any dairy product, Greek yogurt needs to be kept refrigerated or chilled. See you at lunch! Enjoy!

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