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4/11/10 4:27 A

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Maybe you should try a different brand. Some of original style, or vanilla which is of course sweeter. I don't know what brand it is but the one I eat is sooo sweet. I combine it with kashi cereal with honey, and it can replace ice cream for me. Try other brands!

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4/10/10 7:49 P

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And that's probably not French, he he. I like that "fauxtatoes".
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4/10/10 6:53 P

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In most circles the mashed cauliflower is called Fauxtatos.

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4/10/10 7:09 A

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I tried the Oikos bt it had me so gassy :(

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4/10/10 12:05 A

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Oh, lol. Yeah, I meant the vanilla flavor of Chobani. =)

That cucumber dip sounds amazing!

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4/10/10 12:03 A

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I love Oikos and Fage grrek yougurt with frozen defrosted raspberries and sometimes flaxseed meal. But right now I am Casein free for a while :(

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4/9/10 7:50 P

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Here's the recipe copied right out of my own files. I have a zillion and a half recipes stored in my computer. When I actually make one of them I always write a comment about how it turned out. This recipe is one of those that I tried for a get-together with friends. Here it is:

Yogurt and Cucumber Dip

This can also be used for a sauce or dressing or turned into a soup

1 long English cucumber or 2 slender un-waxed reg. cucumbers
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2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 tbsp white wine vinegar
2 tbsp olive oil
1½ C plain yogurt
1 tbsp dried mint
2 tbsp fresh mint leaves for garnish

Slice the cucumbers peeling them if they are the regular type. (If they’re very seedy, cut the cucumbers into quarters lengthwise and cut away the seeds.) Place the slices in a bowl and toss with a little salt. Set aside for 15 minutes or longer to draw some of the liquid out of the cucumbers.

In a bowl in which you will serve the dish, use the back of a spoon to mash the garlic to a paste with 1 teaspoon salt. Stir the vinegar into the paste and then stir in the oil. Add the yogurt and dried mint and mix well.

Rinse the salt from the cucumber slices in a colander and pat them dry with a kitchen towel. Fold them into the yogurt mixture. Garnish with fresh mint and serve with wedges of pita bread or crackers, or fresh vegetables such as carrots or celery sticks, to dip into the sauce.

Makes about 2 cups. If thinned with 1 cup of water, 6 servings of yogurt soup.

Annie’s comments: About ¾ tsp salt with the garlic is good. This is a pretty soft dip. It can be made thicker by draining the yogurt for a while before adding. Or, you could use part regular yogurt and part drained yogurt (Greek-style). Experiment with thickness according to how you want to use it (soup, dip, or sauce).

I got several positive comments on this dip at a gathering summer ’08. It’s very light, fresh and has nice flavor.

There's another recipe at this link:
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Edited by: ANIDUCK at: 4/9/2010 (19:54)
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4/9/10 6:32 P

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Great! Now I am craving a GYRO emoticon

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ANIDUCK's Photo ANIDUCK Posts: 10,850
4/9/10 5:51 P

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That sounds like the Greek dipping sauce; sometimes includes cucumber--yes, very good and refreshing. Great with pitas.

Hospitals are terrific for traumatic care; for acute care. They do a really, really good job in saving lives when it’s a sudden bleeding emergency. But in terms of chronic care, they’re terrible; (that is) in terms of the illnesses that most people have, endure, that cost the most money, that last the longest and ultimately die from. -Dr. Andrew Saul


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4/9/10 3:44 P

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Mmmm, Greek yogurt. I don't remember where I got the recipe, but I did hear about eating Greek yogurt with some mint and olive oil. No, it's not yogurt and berries, but it is *delicious.*

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4/9/10 3:37 P

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Oh, sorry, I thought you were referring to vanilla itself; as an ingredient. I see now that you were referring to a variety of Chobani yogurt. Oops.

Chobani, vanilla sounds good and basic to me. However, I like organic and no sugar but that's just a personal preference. I do like to put vanilla and a little stevia in my plain yogurt--something about that flavor combo is so yum! I sometimes use maple syrup for sweetening (real maple syrup; not the typical stuff with the HFCS in it).

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Hospitals are terrific for traumatic care; for acute care. They do a really, really good job in saving lives when it’s a sudden bleeding emergency. But in terms of chronic care, they’re terrible; (that is) in terms of the illnesses that most people have, endure, that cost the most money, that last the longest and ultimately die from. -Dr. Andrew Saul


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4/9/10 12:43 P

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Well the ingredients for the vanilla Chobani are :

cultured pasteurized nonfat milk, sugar, natural vanilla flavor and five active cultures

If all of that is clean, then it's good!



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MUSCLE DOES NOT WEIGH MORE THAN FAT 5 lbs = 5 lbs

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If nothing tasted as good as being thin felt, no one would ever get fat!

FOOD TASTES GOOD
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4/8/10 7:54 P

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Truely everybody; make your own Greek-style yogurt.

Thanks, VINCECANOVA for the mashed "potatoes" recipe; sounds yum!

And Amber, why wouldn't vanilla be "clean"?

Adding vanilla and stevia is a great way to calm down the sourness if that's a problem for you. A lot of the sourness drains out with the whey when you make it yourself. That's why I often use the whey as the liquid in artisan-style breads--it gives a slight sourdough taste.

Maybe you could drain the yogurt overnight at least 10 hours (in the refrigerator) to make it very, very thick (this is yogurt cheese) and then stir in some skim milk (if you're concerned with calories) to loosen it up a bit and dilute the sourness even further. Now that I've said this (made it up) I'm going to try it and see what kind of thing I come up with. I'm thinking that low fat or non fat yogurt, drained, and then blended with low fat or non fat milk might just make a very creamy, mild, cream cheese or sour cream substitute--just an idea.

Hospitals are terrific for traumatic care; for acute care. They do a really, really good job in saving lives when it’s a sudden bleeding emergency. But in terms of chronic care, they’re terrible; (that is) in terms of the illnesses that most people have, endure, that cost the most money, that last the longest and ultimately die from. -Dr. Andrew Saul


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4/8/10 4:51 P

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I really wish we had a Trader Joe's. I swear it sounds like an awesome place. I feel like I'm missing out!

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4/8/10 4:39 P

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If you have a Trader Joe's nearby I would recommend their own brand of Greek Yogurt. They have plain as well as vanilla, blueberry, and pomegranate. The price is a lot less than other name brand Greek Yogurt's like Oikos or Fage and they taste great. Add fruit, honey or even mix in some flavored whey protein if you're just going with the plain. I've done this with chocolate whey protein and vanilla greek yogurt and it was almost like having ice cream!

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Walmart actually started carrying a brand and it's pretty reasonable.

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When I'm able to find greek yogurt it's horribly expensive!
I tried the yoplait brand, it was yucky.

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4/8/10 2:22 P

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I also put fresh fruit in my greek yogurt! Or some Naturally Nutty Almond Butter or for breakfast I'll chop in a banana and put in some granola (which can be made at home) or drop in some dried cranberries for something sweeter.

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4/8/10 10:19 A

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To jazz up the plain I had a little Stevia and fresh fruit or an all-fruit jam. I agree with the Chobani suggestion. The vanilla might not be 100% clean, but it's pretty darn close and yummy!

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MUSCLE DOES NOT WEIGH MORE THAN FAT 5 lbs = 5 lbs

5 lbs of muscle simply takes up less space than 5 lbs of fat!

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If nothing tasted as good as being thin felt, no one would ever get fat!

FOOD TASTES GOOD
Let us eat it in moderation.


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4/8/10 10:11 A

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I felt the same way when I tried greek yogurt for the same time. Add some fresh fruit with each bit it taste a lot better or a little honey! I don't care for it plain.

Here's a recipe that it's awesome if you like peanut butter. Grab an apple and it's delicious! emoticon
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4/8/10 9:53 A

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Have you tried Chobani Greek Yogurt? I often get the vanilla kind... I don't know if it's exactly clean but I'm about 80% clean. It has nonfat milk, evaporated can juice, natural vaniila flavor and five active cultures. It does not taste like sour cream and it is thick. It's wonderful if you can find it.

http://www.chobani.com/products/c/nonfat

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4/8/10 8:20 A

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I LOVE Greek Yogurt! I can't find it where I live but had it while I was in Barbados and couldn't get enought of it. Yumm! I don't like sweet Yogurt so it is right up my alley. Making your own is quite easy as Ani explains and the fat content is lower as well.
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Did you know that 500ml a day of Yogurt is great for your health? I read an article just recently. If I can find it again I will post it.

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Kosher gelatin....not a happy ingredient.

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4/8/10 5:04 A

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That sounds like a yummy subsitute for mashed potatos!

The ingrediants in the Yoplait Greek Yogurt are: cultured pasteurized grad a non fat milk, milk protein concentrate, kosher gelatin, vitamin a acetate, vitamin d3.

What are your thoughts on these ingrediants?

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Call me crazy but I use GY to make cauliflower mashed potatoes. Well cooked cauliflower drained, some GY, garlic, cracked pepper and if you like things a little spicy, some cayenne or chili powder. Blend that bad boy up and it is a great mashed potato replacement (or fix for me)

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4/8/10 2:01 A

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Hi and welcome to the team. You will learn a lot of great things there about food stuff.

Greek yogurt: Greek-style yogurt is simply plain yogurt that has been drained. You can do it yourself using a good, organic plain yogurt. Just put it into a coffee filter (or a couple of layers of cheesecloth) in a strainer and let the whey drip out for a couple of hours or over night. the longer it drips the thicker the yogurt will become.

Here on this team you will find we are real big on reading ingredients on the labels of things and asking questions about what we find. Good, clean yogurt will only have 2 ingredients, milk and culture. Maybe this thread that you've started will attract another great conversation about yogurt.

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4/8/10 12:44 A

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Hey everyone! I am on Week 2 of Clean Eating.

I decided to take a stab at eating Greek Yogurt. Right now I have Yoplaits version of Greek Plain yogurt. I don't know if it is the brand or maybe my taste buds, but...

It tastes exactly like sour cream.

Like I can't get over it. I feel like I need to have a taco or a burrito as a side item! I even put in some honey and cinnamon to hopefully sweeten it up but that is not even touching the flavor.

Anyone have any suggestions to make Greek Yogurt taste better? Maybe it's just an acquired taste? Or maybe I just didn't get the best brand?

Any thoughts and wisdom is much appreciated! I have almost made it through this 6 oz container but it's struggle city!!

Hugs to all!

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