I am excited to be partnering with Stonyfield on today’s post! They are a great organic company that not only does their best to treat both farmers and the planet well, but is also passionate about helping in the fight to label GMOs. And today we are going to be discussing Stonyfield’s signature product – organic yogurt!!
I think it’s safe to say that most of us have eaten yogurt at one time or another. I know my family has certainly had our fair share. That’s the thing though – most of us just sit down and eat yogurt (or add it to a smoothie), but it’s not always top of mind when it comes to cooking and baking. Maybe we don’t think about using yogurt in recipes? Or know how to cook with it exactly? Well whatever the reason, it’s never too late to start experimenting, which is why I am excited to share with you the following Yogurt Substitution Chart!
And to think, just last week some readers were asking me what they could substitute for heavy cream…who knew. :)
I also made a printable version for you in case you want to keep this conversion chart handy! :) If it doesn’t open properly in your browser, just Right Click > Save As to download to your computer.
And whether it’s for cooking, baking, or eating, this is what I personally look for in a yogurt:
- Plain: That way I can sweeten or flavor it myself and know exactly what I am eating (including how much sweetener and what kind).
- Organic: Especially with dairy products, I think it’s important to avoid the added hormones in the animals as well as the pesticides and GMOs in their feed.
- Whole Milk: In general, I just prefer getting as close to the real deal as possible.
Some people are also curious about Greek yogurt. My personal opinion is that Greek yogurt is not really better or worse than the regular stuff – just different!
So before I let you go…how about some recipes that use yogurt to get you started? Enjoy!
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 onion - medium, finely chopped
- 4 cups vegetable broth - or chicken
- 2 red potatoes - medium, finely chopped
- 15 oz frozen corn - 1 1/2 10-ounce bags
- 1 red bell pepper - diced
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon allspice
- 1/4 teaspoon cumin
- salt - to taste
- pepper - to taste
- 1 1/2 cups plain yogurt - Stonyfield Organic
Place a large soup pot over medium-high heat. Add olive oil and sauté onions until translucent. Add broth and bring to a boil. Add potatoes and cook for 8 minutes or until tender.
Add corn kernels, red peppers and spices to pot and cook for 2 minutes longer. Remove from heat; pour soup through a strainer, reserving vegetables and broth.
Place half of the vegetables in a bowl, and gently mix in the yogurt. This will help to temper the yogurt and prevent it from separating. Combine the remaining vegetables and broth in a blender, and purée until smooth.
Place the puréed vegetables and broth mixture in the soup pot over medium heat, and then stir the yogurt and vegetable mixture back into the pot. Serve warm and garnish with a dollop of plain yogurt.
We recommend organic ingredients when feasible.
Bibb Salad with Sautéed Shrimp
Recipe from Stonyfield
- ⅔ cup plain yogurt - whole milk Stonyfield Organic
- 4 tablespoons olive oil - extra virgin
- 3 tablespoons mustard - coarse grain
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- 1 pound shrimp - raw, large, peeled, and deveined
- 2 cups corn - cut from 4 ears
- 4 radishes - thinly sliced
- 2 heads Bibb lettuce - washed and roughly chopped
For the Dressing:
Whisk together the yogurt, 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, 2 tablespoons of the mustard, ½ teaspoon of the salt, and the pepper; set aside.
For the Salad:
Combine shrimp, 1 tablespoon of the remaining olive oil and remaining 1 tablespoon mustard in a large resealable bag; toss to coat and refrigerate for 1 hour.
Heat remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add corn to pan and cook, stirring occasionally for about 10 minutes. Remove corn to a serving bowl.
Increase heat to high and add shrimp to skillet; sprinkle with remaining ¼ teaspoon salt. Cook 2 to 3 minutes per side or until cooked through; transfer to bowl with corn. Cool 10 minutes.
Add radishes and lettuce to serving bowl and drizzle with prepared dressing. Toss to combine and serve immediately.
Note: We recommend organic ingredients when feasible.