1. Greek yogurt parfait: The phenomenon spread in the Middle East, and now we know why! This yogurt has the consistency of sour cream, but flavor of yogurt. Naturally is it bitter but with 2 bags sweetener it is delicious. Add in some toppings and you’ve got yourself a yogurt parfait.
2. Ranch-onion dip made with Greek Yogurt: If sweet ain’t your style, cut up some onion (or cheat and buy onion mix), 2 pinches of salt, and make yourself ranch-onion dip. Grab some chips, or if you’re feeling healthy, some carrots and snack away. Greek yogurt is available in various brands at Frogro, my personal favorite is Fage.
3. Salads with homemade dressing: Ran out of salad dressing? Not to worry! With a lemon squeeze and pinch of salt you’ve got a nice kick. Drizzle some olive oil on top for an Israeli Salad dressing.
4. Ants on a log: Cut up celery or a banana and dip in peanut butter. Scatter raisins on top. Being a vegetarian isn’t an excuse for this one.
5. Tofu noodles: A simple source of protein for all the vegetarians out there. Each package supplies two servings and they are available at the Uncommon Market under 1920 Commons. Drain them in the sink (Attention roommates: they smell) and microwave them for 2 minutes. Then add tomato sauce (or any other pasta sauce) with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese on top. They’re filling and taste exactly like regular pasta. Bon Appétit!
6. Greek Pizza: Definitely not the one on the menu at Allegros but a home-made version! Grab whole wheat pita, and layer on some Swiss cheese. Cut up veggies of your choice (pepper, broccoli, onion, mushroom..) and put them on top. Heat it up in the oven (or microwave) and eat up!
7. No Pudge Fudge: Best hidden dessert secret. Ever. $5 dollars at Fro-gro, this is a fat free brownie mix. The secret? It’s chocolate powder, but instead of baking with eggs, use 2 cups of fat-free vanilla yogurt. The yogurt gives the brownies the same, smooth consistency as eggs and oil without the calories. The best part is the flexibility. You can make extra crispy brownies, or softer ones, depending on how long you leave them in the oven. If you’re not a chocolate lover, try other flavors: mint chocolate chip, or raspberry. The batter is so good you may want to just grab spoons and lick the bowl instead!
By Nikki Pepperman