Greek Yogurt/Healthy Condiments
I use it in my shakes every morning but I've been missing my one and only vice, condiments. So I'm about to go to the store and buy a pre-made ranch seasoning package (high sodium, I can deal with) Greek instead of sour scream.
also same should be said with honey and mustard (instead of mayo.)
Ketchup, I've given up on. Because I only like the bad for you kind.
I've also been told greek yogurt by itself is a great substitution for mayo on a sandwich.. not sure about the taste though.
any other suggestions for making healthy condiments?
"Practice safe Lunch, use Condiments."
If you want to use strained yogurt (I think the "Greek" designation is unnecessary) in lieu of mayo, avoid fat free. You need a little fat to give you a creamy texture that can replicate the properties of mayo. Personally I use whole milk yogurt, but I think you can get away with 2%.
If you beat yogurt, its consistency will ease up and you can use it to make creamy sauces. If you add a touch of citrus juice, it is a fine substitute for sour cream in things like chipotle dressing, ranch, etc.
I'd turn the Greek yogurt into a tastier condiment- raita, tzatziki, etc.
I also like mixing some garam masala and lemon juice into Greek yogurt, and drizzling it over cauliflower or broccoli.
I also use low-fat sour cream. I like it better than yogurt with potato dishes.
Guacamole can be used as a spread (high fat but healthy).
Tahini mixed with lemon juice can be used as a condiment.
I use white balsamic vinegar in a lot of dishes, and sometimes use olive oil and white balsamic in tuna salad instead of mayo.
I like improving store-bought hummus with a little lemon juice, cumin and cayenne/aleppo.
Yoghurt mixed with Indian Lime Pickle (Patak's works well). Makes an amazingly good dip that works well with veggies, and is good spread on a sandwich.
Other good mix-ins for yoghurt based dips...
Lemon juice, garlic and chopped fresh dill.
Lemon juice, garlic and whatever combination of fresh herbs you like.
Roasted red peppers, roasted garlic and a bit of balsamic vinegar.
Tapenade is good as a spread on sandwiches, as is hummus and tatziki. Try different types of mustards.
Greek yogurt mixed with a liberal squirt of sraracha (aka rooster sauce) is fantastic on a surprising variety of foods.
do you like pesto? You can make pesto-like sauces by putting a clove of garlic, a couple of very large handfuls of fresh basil, parsley or cilantro and a generous amount of olive oil in a blender or food processor. Whiz it up and pour on just about anything. You can control how thick or thin it is by varying the amount of olive oil. Yum.
I like to mix greek yogurt with jarred salsa and use as a veggie dip.
For ranch I buy Bolthouse brand, I think it contains yogurt and is relatively low cal, and fairly natural.
Some other low cal condiments:
Balsamic Vinegar - dipping bread, on grilled veggies, salads
Franks Red Hot - on eggs, chicken
Miso paste - mixed with steamed veggies
WhatsEatingYou named the ones I was going to... Balsamic Vinegar and Franks Red Hot (or any kind of hot sauce really).
I have used greek yogurt almost anywhere that sour cream is used, even in mashed potatoes or instead of cream in cream sauces (that gets trickier because of the heat, it can curdle). I too have also heard of folks using it as a replacement for mayo, although I haven't tried it.
Hummus is also great on sandwiches instead of mayo, and mustard is a very low cal condiment.