Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Yogurt Culture

I think my mom invented the first frozen yogurt. Yep, she used to just put a small container of Dannon Fruit-on-the-Bottom yogurt in the freezer and then hand it to us when we asked for a treat. It was pretty good, though I do remember that it was hard to eat until it thawed a little. Her other favorite yogurt treat was to plop a little jelly in with plain yogurt to make our own fruit yogurt.

Yogurt is still a popular food in our house. My fiancee and son prefer the sweet ones--now you can get chocolate, mocha, maple, and caramel! If we had had those flavors as kids I would have been more excited about yogurt! Now I am a fan of whole milk plain yogurt, or greek style yogurt, though I do indulge in the occasional Yoplait Key Lime Pie. I love Trader Joe's pomegranate and blueberry yogurts. I find that a good quality organic plain yogurt actually tastes sweet to me. And I just recently discovered soy yogurt. Since it has so little sugar and is non dairy, I have been slowly introducing it into my daughter's diet as a first food. I have tried both brands sold at the local Coop (Willy Street coop)-Whole Soy and Co. and Silk Live--and like them both, though Whole Soy and Co has the least sugar.

Yogurt is great in dressings and smoothies!

Favorite Smoothie Recipe

1 banana frozen
1 cup frozen fruit
2 tbsp frozen chopped spinach
2/3 - 1 cup milk
1/3 cup juice
1/2 cup yogurt

blend away! yum.

Yogurt Dressing

1 cup plain yogurt
2 tbsp milk
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 garlic clove, crushed
1/2 tsp salt

blend away! Guten apetit!
pepper to taste

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