Once, long ago in a house far away, lived an overweight woman. This poor woman felt grumpy and dowdy. She desperately wanted to feel young and alive again, so she joined Weight Watchers and learned to make yogurt cheese.
I’m sure you can guess who the overweight woman was, and while yogurt cheese wasn’t the only key to losing 40 pounds, it was certainly one of my favorite replacements for fattening dips, spreads, dressings and desserts. The texture is that of Greek yogurt, and the flavor has a slight tang. The longer you let it sit, the thicker your concoction will be.
How to Make Yogurt Cheese
1. Buy inexpensive cheese cloth, or you can use a very thin kitchen towel (I prefer cheese cloth)
2. Line a colander with your cheese cloth, and set the colander in a bowl.
3. Dump a large carton of low fat yogurt in the colander and cover with the cloth. Don’t be afraid to use the large container of yogurt. Believe me, you’ll use up all that creamy goodness before it goes bad.
4. Place the yogurt in the refrigerator for up to 12 hours to allow the whey to drain off. Test the consistency, and if you like it, remove the cheese to a container.
To get your creative juices flowing, here’s a few ideas as to how you can use your low calorie alternative to mayonnaise, cream cheese, and sour cream.
* To make mousse or ice cream, combine the yogurt cheese with your favorite fruit and whip at high speed in your blender or Magic Bullet. The result is a fluffy mousse that you can also freeze into a low calorie ice cream.
* Add fresh herbs, garlic and green onion to make a dip for crackers or crudité.
* Replace the cream cheese in your favorite no bake cheesecake or dessert recipe.
* Spread it on sandwiches in place of mayonnaise, or add it to canned tuna or salmon for a tasty sandwich.
* Don’t let it sit as long and use it as a replacement for expensive Greek yogurt. Top it with fruit, chopped nuts and a drizzle of honey for a delicious breakfast, or snack.
So there you have it – yogurt cheese. Even if weight loss isn’t your goal, give it a try. I promise you won’t be disappointed.
The statements made here are strictly my opinion and are not meant to replace medical advice from your physician. Please see disclaimer for further details. Nutrition information is compiled with MacGourmet. If you find discrepancies, please let me know. It’s important to me that I provide you with accurate information.