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Healthy Living: Greek Yogurt

Cream Cheese Marbled Chocolate BrowniesGreek yogurt is quite possibly the best thing to come out of the Mediterranean country since the Olympics.

OK, not really, but Greek yogurt definitely deserves a gold medal.

Greek yogurt is made from goat’s milk, which has been strained through a cloth, paper bag or other filter to remove the whey, resulting in a relatively thick texture while not altering the taste.

Greek yogurt has fewer carbohydrates, more protein and about equal the number of calories as regular yogurt. You can substitute Greek yogurt for sour cream, mayonnaise or even oil in a variety of dishes. One trick is to add 1/4 cup Greek yogurt to a boxed chocolate cake mix to make it taste more “homemade.”

Cream Cheese Marbled Chocolate Brownies

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Serves: 24

2 oz fat-free cream cheese
1/4 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
2 Tbs sugar
1 large egg yolk
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
3/4 tsp baking powder
1 stick butter, cut into pieces
4 (1 oz) squares unsweetened chocolate
2 1/4 cups sugar
1/2 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
2 tsp vanilla extract
4 large eggs

In a small bowl, whisk together cream cheese and 1/4 cup yogurt until completely smooth. Add sugar and egg yolk; whisk and set aside.

Preheat oven to 325° F. Coat a 13 x 9 dish lightly with cooking spray. In a small bowl, whisk together flour and baking powder.

In a large heat-proof bowl, combine butter and chocolate. Set over saucepan of barely simmering water, and stir often until melted and combined. Remove from heat.

Whisk sugar into chocolate mixture, then whisk in 1/2 cup yogurt and vanilla. Add eggs one at a time, whisking well after each addition. Whisk in flour mixture until well-blended. Scrape butter into prepared dish. Spoon dollops of cream cheese mixture on top, and swirl with spoon or spatula to create marbled effect. Bake 40 to 50 minutes, or until wooden toothpick inserted in center come out with only a few crumbs. Set on wire rack to cool completely. Cut into squares.

Calories Per Serving: 184, Fat: 8 g (5 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 52 mg, Sodium: 49 mg, Carbohydrates: 27 g, Fiber: 1 g, Protein: 3 g.

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Original Greek Yogurt Where to Swap

1 cup sour cream 1 cup 2% plain Greek yogurt
  • baked potato
  • tacos
  • dips
  • quick breads
    & cakes 

1 cup mayonnaise 1/3 cup mayonnaise
2/3 cup 2% plain Greek yogurt
  • dips
  • sauces
  • coleslaw 

1 cup butter 1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup 2% plain Greek yogurt
  • mashed potatoes
  • cookies
  • cakes 

1 cup oil 1/3 cup oil
2/3 cup 2% plain Greek yogurt
  • brownies
  • cookies
  • cakes
  • pancakes 

1 cup heavy cream 1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup 2% plain Greek yogurt
  • cream-based soups
  • soups
  • frosting 

1 cup milk or
half-and-half or
light cream
3/4 cup milk or half-and-half or light cream
1/4 cup 2% plain Greek yogurt
  • mashed potatoes
  • cereal
  • doughs 

1 cup buttermilk 1/3 cup buttermilk
2/3 cup 2% plain Greek yogurt
  • biscuits
  • bread
  • pancakes 

8 oz cream cheese  4 oz cream cheese
1/2 cup 2% plain Greek yogurt
  • cheesecake
  • frosting
  • dips 


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