Saturday, September 8, 2012

Greek Yogurt

I’m sure you’ve all seen Greek Yogurt either in stores or in commercials.  The most popular brand in the U.S. is Oikos which may have to do with their spokesperson, John Stamos.  I’ve had a crush on him since Full House and I must say he has improved with age.  So dreamy!

John Stamos Oikos

Ok, back to reality.  For Greek yogurt I am not a huge fan of the Oikos brand or the Yoplait brand, but I do like the Yo-Crunch brand.  I love the packet of granola you can add to it which gives it a crunchy texture which I prefer.  But to each their own as there are plenty of brands out there.

I recently pinned a recipe for pizza dough which consisted of just two ingredients: 1 cup self-rising flour and 1 cup plain Greek yogurt.  I wasn’t able to find plain Greek yogurt in a small single serving cup, so I went ahead and bought a large container.  All you do is mix the two ingredients together and then knead for 5 minutes.  I used the pastry hooks on my hand-held mixer then rolled it out flat.  We baked it for about 7-8 minutes at 400F then topped it with sauce, cheese, pepperoni, sausage and more cheese.  We baked it for another 15 minutes or until the cheese all melted. 

I liked the pizza dough but Jamie was less impressed, so now I had a big tub of plain Greek yogurt and not sure what to do with it, but that very night my friend pinned a recipe for a Banana Yogurt Smoothie


This recipe is super easy and even though it was for a post-workout dinner I’ve been making them all week for breakfast.  

  • ½ cup Milk
  • ½ cup Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1 small Banana
  • 1 Tbsp Peanut Butter
  • 1 tsp Honey
  • ½ tsp cinnamon

When I first made it I didn’t have any honey and even with the banana and peanut butter it wasn’t very sweet so I went out and tried it with the honey and it is much better.  This smoothie keeps me satisfied all morning and I no longer get hungry at 10am.

To make the smoothie I use an immersion blender that I’ve had for many years and only recently have Jamie and I been using it almost daily.  It is super easy to use and clean up.  If you like to make smoothies then this blender is perfect and it doesn’t take up much room in the cupboard either. 

immersion blender

Now all I need to do is find some recipes for the remaining self-rising flour I bought.  I’m sure there is lots to make with that!

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