Add a pottle (or two) of yoghurt to give your sweet or savoury dishes a creamier texture and flavour plus.
1. Go Greek
Make a tasty tzatziki to use as a dip or a sauce with meat. Mix plain yoghurt with chopped garlic, diced cucumber and lemon.
2. Creamy flavour
Use plain yoghurt as a garnish on a baked potato instead of sour cream, or top a spicy Indian curry with a dollop for a creamy contrast without the fat. Yoghurt added to chilled soups will add a creamy texture.
3. Dairy dessert
Whip up a fruit fool for a low-fat dessert. Use any chopped fresh fruit and fruit yoghurt in a complementary flavour. Serve layered in parfait glasses.
4. Lemon meringue pie
Mix plain or lemon yoghurt with lemon curd and serve with fresh fruit. Break a couple of meringues over the top for a delicious variation on lemon meringue pie.
5. Dress it up
For a yummy chicken salad dressing, try a mix of plain yoghurt, lemon juice, salt and pepper, and a dash of olive oil.
6. Berry jelly
Make yoghurt berry jellies by mixing berry-flavoured yoghurt with dissolved gelatine (follow the packet instructions). Pour into moulds and refrigerate to set. Serve with scattered berries.
7. Lighten up
Use yoghurt instead of cream in desserts – it works well with meringues, pavlova, trifle and other puddings where you want a creamy texture. Low-fat vanilla yoghurt works well.
8. Indian paste
Yoghurt is an important part of a tandoori marinade. Mix with tandoori paste to your taste. Marinate beef, lamb or chicken skewers in this mixture for a few hours or overnight. Stir-fry or bake.
9. Ice-block treat
For a treat, pour yoghurt into ice-block moulds to make calcium-rich frozen yoghurt pops.
10. Delicious dip
Make a tasty dip by combining smoked salmon or other smoked fish with yoghurt, lemon juice and fresh herbs such as parsley and dill. Prepare ahead for the best flavour.