25+ Ways to Use Up Container of Yogurt

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While yogurt makes a lovely bed for your morning fruit and granola, that’s only the beginning of its wide range of applications in the kitchen. Keep a tub of plain regular or Greek yogurt (preferably full-fat, because fat = flavor) in your fridge, and prepare to experience a whole new world of sweet and savory dishes. Here are more than 25 ideas to prove it.

1. Add it to cake batter.

If you’re searching for the moistest cake around, yogurt is the ingredient you’re after. Bake a plain and simple one, throw in different varieties of fruit, or fold in olive oil and herbs.

2. Make better Popsicles.

Turn yogurt into cool and creamy pops by blending it with fresh fruit, then freezing until solid. Enjoy for breakfast or as a refreshing afternoon snack.

3. Mix with jam for a fancy breakfast topping.

Grab whatever jar of jam you have on hand and spoon a little into your yogurt. Drizzle the sweet sauce onto waffles and pancakes.

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4. Cook up 2-ingredient flatbreads.

Yogurt and self-rising flour are all you need to make griddled flatbreads that pair well with just about anything you’re eating.

5. Make a creamy dressing.

Swap yogurt for buttermilk in this homemade ranch dressing, or whip up this mustard-y two-minute dressing.

6. Spread onto toast.

Add one bold flavor hit (think: prepared horseradish, fresh herbs, or grated garlic) season with salt and pepper, then spread the mix over toast or warm pita and top with cucumbers or tomatoes.

7. Use it as a marinade for chicken.

When used as a marinade, the lactic acid and calcium in yogurt gently break down the protein in chicken, making it juicy, tender, and extra-flavorful.

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8. Make a dip for fried food.

Whisk in a little lemon juice and serve simply as a cool, creamy dip for fried food. Or get fancy and spice it up with Sriracha.

9. Use it as the base for a no-bake tart.

Sweetened plain yogurt is a wonderful base for a crowd-pleasing no-bake tart, which is flavored with fresh lemon juice and topped with freshly grated zest.

10. Give panna cotta a tangy twist.

Continue on the no-bake train and opt for yogurt in place of heavy cream for a tangy twist on classic Italian panna cotta.

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11. Frost a cake.

Did you know you can use yogurt on the outside of cakes, too? This yogurt buttercream adds moisture and tang to any baked good.

12. Make a fast dip for veggies.

Create a magical dip for raw veggies by whisking a spice (we like ground cumin) and freshly squeezed lime juice into plain yogurt.

13. Bake biscuits.

Using the same equation as the flatbreads above, form the dough into breakfast biscuits instead. Your family will thank you.

14. Whip it with cream for an easy dessert.

Whipping yogurt with cream feels wrong at first, but trust us when we say it’s oh so right. The result is a lighter-than-air dessert that’s wonderful topped with fruit and nuts.

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15. Make frozen yogurt bark.

Spread yogurt onto a sheet tray and top with fruit and nuts for a cool and creamy yogurt bark that will satisfy a sweet tooth.

16. Toss it with pasta.

If you’re craving a creamy pasta but want to ditch the actual cream, that tub of plain yogurt is your answer.

17. Lighten up chicken salad.

Mayo is all well and good, but use yogurt instead for a twist on the classic chicken salad.

18. Make an easy sauce for grilled meat and vegetables.

Combine yogurt with mustard and Sriracha (or chile-garlic sauce) and you have a great sauce for grilled chicken, steak, and vegetables.

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19. Add it to avocado toast.

The one thing missing from your avocado toast? Yogurt! It adds another layer of richness and protein, making it that much more satisfying.

20. Churn up some frozen yogurt.

Extra yogurt in the fridge is the perfect excuse to finally try your hand at homemade frozen yogurt.

21. Make lighter, fluffier scrambled eggs.

Whisk some yogurt into your scrambled eggs before adding them to the skillet, making them extra light and fluffy.

22. Add moisture to turkey burgers.

Avoid the dreaded dry turkey burger and stir in a dollop of yogurt to the patties, which will lock in the moisture and ensure juicy results.

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23. Blend into a cool and creamy lassi.

This classic Indian drink is a perfect way to use the rest of the tub. While it’s typically made with mangos, we also love it with peaches.

24. Make a kid-friendly fruit dip.

Apple and banana slices taste better when paired with a sweet peanut butter and yogurt fruit dip.

25. Build a breakfast trifle.

Become a true breakfast hero by layering yogurt with cake and fruit and calling it a morning trifle.

26. Don’t forget about the empty container!

Decorate large yogurt containers and repurpose them as planters, or paint the single-serve ones, poke holes in the bottom, and use them as little shades for string lights.

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