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Dip Redo: Yogurt Dips to Share

Dip Redo: Yogurt Dips to Share

Highlights
    • KEEP YOUR COOL. Greek yogurt is best used in cold dips, as its consistency doesn’t change due to high temperatures. If using it in a warm dip, cook at low heat so it doesn’t curdle.
    • FANCY THE FRIDGE. Refrigerating dips made with Greek yogurt before serving helps maintain a thicker consistency.
    • A WEEK’S WORTH. Keep one step ahead of cravings by making a couple of dips for the week. That way, you’re not reaching for a less healthy alternative in a pinch. Store in a SNAPWARE® TOTAL SOLUTION™ PYREX® GLASS FOOD STORAGE 4 CUP, ROUND in the fridge, and they should keep for up to 5 days.

The party host has asked you to bring your famous fat-laden, guilty-pleasure chip dip. But you’re still trying to make good on that New Year’s resolution. You know, the one about eating healthfully? Here’s an idea: Make it with good-for-you Greek yogurt in place of sour cream and skip the worry. It’s easy!

Protein-packed and available at almost every grocery store, Greek yogurt has a similar consistency to sour cream, so using it as a replacement is simpler—and tastier—than you might think. These tips, tricks and recipes are all you need to make the switch. After all, summer is just around the corner. Keep your body in tip-top shape while satisfying snack attacks with a total dip redo.

Greek yogurt dips are crowd-pleasers, too. If making for more than a couple people, simply double or triple the recipe ideas below and transport in a SNAPWARE® ENTERTAIN-A-BOWL PINK 1.25-QT BOWL.

A QUICK COMPARISON

A look at the average numbers and it’s easy to see why Greek yogurt is the healthy way to go:

  • Sour Cream: Calories 450, Fat (grams) 45, Cholesterol (milligrams) 120, Protein (grams) 5
  • Greek Yogurt: Calories 220, Fat (grams) 11, Cholesterol (milligrams) 28, Protein (grams) 20

HOW TO USE

Ready to give Greek yogurt a go? Keep these tips and tricks in mind.

  • Easy Conversion. Because they are of similar consistency, subbing Greek yogurt for sour cream is a snap. Keep the ratios the same, or, in other words, simply use 1 cup of Greek yogurt for 1 cup sour cream. Easy!
  • Don’t Skimp. For optimal taste and texture, use whole-milk Greek yogurt rather than fat-free or low-fat versions.
  • Add a Splash. Some brands of Greek yogurt can be on the thick side. If after adding it your dip seems clumpy, stir in a splash of milk to loosen it up.
  • Tame the Tang. Greek yogurt has a sharper flavor than sour cream. If making a sweet dip for fruit, you may need to add a touch more sugar to lessen the pucker factor. If the dip is savory, usually a squeeze of lemon does the trick. You can also try adding a splash of olive oil or pinch of salt.
  • Forgo the Fat. Okay, you only have non-fat Greek yogurt on hand. No problem. Simply strain the excess liquid by wrapping it in cheesecloth overnight in the fridge before using. This helps give it a thicker consistency but with a lower fat content.

LET’S DIP!

Get those chips and that crudité platter ready. A delicious dip that won’t leave you feeling guilty is mere minutes away. These dips can be suited to fit any taste—use as much or as little of the suggested ingredients as you wish!

  • Dillicious. The little black dress of dips, everyone should have a go-to recipe for dill dip. Haven’t found the right one yet? Try this Fresh Dill Yogurt Dip from Betty Crocker on for size.
  • Pesto-Packed. Add store-bought pesto to plain Greek yogurt; stir to combine. Season with salt and freshly cracked black pepper.
  • Berry Good. In a blender, place 1 cup fresh or frozen (thawed and drained) raspberries and 1-1/4 cups vanilla-flavored Greek yogurt. Add a bit of honey and some grated lime peel to taste. Serve with fresh fruit.
  • French Onion. No need to pass on a long-standing favorite when you can indulge in this healthy version. Try this Greek Yogurt Caramelized Onion Dip.
  • Spinach ’n Choke. Amazing served with chips, veggies or crostini, this Skinny Spinach and Artichoke Dip Recipe from Natasha’s Kitchen is to die for.
  • Lemon Love. Mix 2 cups plain Greek yogurt with freshly squeezed lemon juice (as little or as much as you like), 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel and 1 tablespoon prepared horseradish. Add finely chopped green onion for color and crunch. Season with salt and pepper.

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Highlights
    • KEEP YOUR COOL. Greek yogurt is best used in cold dips, as its consistency doesn’t change due to high temperatures. If using it in a warm dip, cook at low heat so it doesn’t curdle.
    • FANCY THE FRIDGE. Refrigerating dips made with Greek yogurt before serving helps maintain a thicker consistency.
    • A WEEK’S WORTH. Keep one step ahead of cravings by making a couple of dips for the week. That way, you’re not reaching for a less healthy alternative in a pinch. Store in a SNAPWARE® TOTAL SOLUTION™ PYREX® GLASS FOOD STORAGE 4 CUP, ROUND in the fridge, and they should keep for up to 5 days.