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Yogurt and Cream Cheese Recipes

Updated on June 28, 2010

20 Minute Yogurt and Cream Cheese Recipes

Who said mediterranean food took long to prepare? This lens, part 2 of my yogurt and cream cheese recipe series, will explain how to cook delicious meals in 20 minutes or less. These tried and true recipes have been in my family for years, require few ingredients and are easy to prepare. Middle Eastern Cooking has gained in popularity in North America in the last 15-20 years and has become one of the most popular cuisines. In fact, in my town we have several mediterranean grocery stores that have popped up lately and they have become a local favorite. Hope you like my recipes!

Sun Dried Tomato Pesto with Cream Cheese

The Perfect Appetizer

Sun dried tomato pesto with cream cheese

1/3 cup pecans, toasted

1/3 cup oil- packed sun dried tomatoes, drained

1 clove Garlic

2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley

1/2 tsp paprika

1/2 cup cream cheese

Directions

Put all ingredients in a food processor. Pulse until combined. If you wish, you can omit the cream cheese from the food processor. Instead, you can butter crackers or toasted pita bread with the cheese and then spread the pesto on top.

Serve with crackers or toasted pita bread that has been cut into 2 x 3 inch squares

Variation: Instead of 1 cup cream cheese, you can use 1/4 cream cheese and 1/4 cup goat cheese.

Yogurt and Cream Cheese

Yogurt can be eaten with so many different foods and different ways. When it's sweet, it goes well with fruit. When it's tart, it makes a delicious side dish with the main course.

How do you like your yogurt?

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Tzatziki

A yogurt side dish recipe served on meat, rice and potatoes!

1 medium size cucumber chopped or grated

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper optional

1/2 clove garlic, minced

1 tbsp dried mint

2 cups homemade yogurt

Note- If you choose to grate the cucumber , squeeze out the excess liquid from the cucumber before adding other Ingredients

Also if you find the yogurt too runny, you can strain it by putting it in a paper towel lined sieve inside the fridge for approximately 30 minutes to let the liquid run out.

This will produce a thicker, creamier texture

Mix together all ingredients. Serve immediately.

Yogurt as a side dish

Eating yogurt with foods such as rice or potatoes is something new to a lot of people. But it is delicious!

Have you ever eaten plain yogurt with your meal?

Easy Cheese and Yogurt Scones

A great after school snack and easy to prepare!

My kids usually come home starved and gobble these scones up in a flash! And it's healthy too!

2 1/4 cups flour

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 cup homemade yogurt

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp sugar

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1 egg

6 ozs grated cheddar or mozzarella cheese

3 tbsp milk

Preheat oven to 350F

Mix together egg, oil, yogurt, cheese and milk. In a separate bowl combine flour, sugar, salt and baking powder. Combine with liquid ingredients forming a dough. Roll out on lightly floured surface to a thickness of 1/4- 1/2 inch. Cut into your favorite shapes. Bake 15-20 minutes or until golden.

Variation: These scones can be prepared with sour cream instead of yogurt.

It all started with this!

It all started with this!
It all started with this!

Rice with Meat and Yogurt

A meal on it's own!

This fast, easy and economical recipe is a big hit in our household!

3 cups parboiled rice like Uncle Bens, soaked for 15-20 minutes

1 lb lean minced beef or lamb

1/4 c slivered almonds or pine nuts lightly toasted

2 tsp all spice

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

1 stick butter

In a 5 qt. pot, sautee meat in half the butter. Add salt, pepper and allspice. Once meat is cooked add rice on top and just enough water to cover. Add 1 tbsp salt and the remaining butter. Bring to a boil over medium meat. Simmer for 15-20 minutes. Fluff with a fork, sprinkle with toasted almonds or pine nuts and a little cinnamon (optional) and serve.

Variation: If you want more protein in the meal, add 2 cups cooked cubed chicken or turkey pieces to the rice before serving

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Chicken Kabobs made with yogurt marinade

Otherwise known as Shish Taouk- My favorite!

This Shish taouk recipe is very similar to the chicken brochette recipe found in Greek and Middle Eastern Restaurants.

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 2 inch cubes

1 cup homemade yogurt

Juice of one lemon

1-2 cloves garlic, minced

2 tbsp. olive oil

1 -2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

2 tsp oregano

Vegetables such as onions, bell peppers, zucchini, eggplant or mushrooms cut into large chunks

Mix ingredients together in a bowl. Let marinate several hours or overnite. I have found that the longer the chicken is marinated, the tastier it becomes. Place chicken on a skewer, alternating between chicken, and vegetables. BBQ until well cooked or bake at 400F in oven for approximately 30 minutes turning over brochettes halfway through

Serve with rice and meat recipe and tzatziki

Do you have room for dessert? Or do you feel like this bubble?

Lemon Yogurt Coffee Cake

If you don't have any yogurt, you can substitute it with sour cream

2 sticks softened butter

2 cups all-purpose flour

4 Eggs

2 lemons

1 1/2 c Sugar

1 cup Plain yogurt

2 tsp baking powder

3/4 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp Salt

LEMON-YOGURT GLAZE:

1 cup sugar

1 small Lemon

1/4 cup plain yogurt

Instructions:

1- For The Cake, coat a 3-quart bundt or tube pan with 1 tbsp butter and dust with flour

2- Separate the eggs and set aside.

3- Grate 2 teaspoons lemon zest and squeeze 1/3 cup lemon juice.

4- Beat remaining butter and the sugar in a bowl until the mixture is light and fluffy.

5- Beat in egg yolks, one at a time.

6- Beat in lemon zest, lemon juice and yogurt.

7- Sift remaining flour with baking powder, baking soda and salt.

8- Turn mixer to low and beat in dry ingredients until just incorporated.

9- Turn mixer to medium, beat for 2 minutes.

10- With clean beaters, whip whites to firm peaks and fold into batter.

11- Pour batter into prepared pan.

Adjust oven rack to middle position and preheat oven to 350F.

Bake until a cake tester inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean, about 50 minutes.

Cool cake in the pan for 10 minutes, then invert onto a wire rack to cool completely.

For The Glaze, sift confectioners' sugar into a medium bowl or large measuring cup.

Squeze in 1 tablespoon lemon juice and stir in yogurt until glaze is smooth.

With cake on a wire rack set over a pan to catch drippings, pour glaze over the cake, allowing it to drip down the sides.

Let cake stand at room temperature until glaze sets, about 10 minutes.

Makes 12 servings.

The Finished Products! - Don't these yogurt and cheese dishes look yummy?

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Rice with MeatCheese and Yogurt SconesTzatzikiLemon-yogurt coffee cakeShish TaoukSun-dried tomato pesto with cream cheese
Rice with Meat
Rice with Meat
Cheese and Yogurt Scones
Cheese and Yogurt Scones
Tzatziki
Tzatziki
Lemon-yogurt coffee cake
Lemon-yogurt coffee cake
Shish Taouk
Shish Taouk
Sun-dried tomato pesto with cream cheese
Sun-dried tomato pesto with cream cheese

Delights from the Mediterranean

Spanning from Spain to the Middle East

The ingredients used in the Medittereanean diet are considered to be one of the healthiest in the world. They include olive oil, yogurt, nuts, and of course a lot of fresh fruit and vegetables. The countries located around the mediterranean have a climate ideal for growing foods such as dates, avocados, olives, tomatoes, almonds and others too numerous to mention. As well, many other fruits and vegetables have always been a staple for people living in that region. Less red meat is eaten than in North America.The population gets their protein from different types of fish such as tuna, sword fish, mackeral, sardines and anchovies.

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So what do you think? - Will you give these yogurt and cream cheese recipes a try?

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      othellos 4 years ago

      Excellent lens. Your recipes are awesome and the use of both yogurt and cream cheese is definitely on the correct path. As I see I have a lot of work now...Thanks a lot:=)

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      ellagis 6 years ago

      more than only one! :)

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      miaponzo 6 years ago

      Sure will!

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      poutine 7 years ago

      I always have room for dessert...

      Well done lens.

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      sheriangell 7 years ago

      I'll be back to give those chicken kabobs a try. Thanks for the recipes.

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      maplesyrup59 7 years ago

      @GramaBarb: Thank you! These recipes are staples in our home and we love them!

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      GramaBarb 7 years ago from Vancouver

      Love your selection of recipes and all your pictures made me hungry.

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      HorseAndPony LM 7 years ago

      I will give these recipes a try. I miss having a good Mediterranean meal. When I lived in Pittsburgh, PA there were great Mediterranean restaurants and found many more on a visit to Chicago. Nothing notable in the Philadelphia area and I'm still searching Colorado. Thanks for the info. Blessed! http://www.squidoo.com/horseandpony-squidangel

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      jolou 7 years ago

      I love Tzatziki. The recipes sound good especially the scones and chicken.

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      garyrh1 7 years ago

      I absolutely love yogurt and cream cheese. The sundried tomato recipe sounds amazing. I'll have to try it sometime.

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      garyrh1 7 years ago

      I absolutely love yogurt and cream cheese. The sundried tomato recipe sounds amazing. I'll have to try it sometime.

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      Cynthia Arre 7 years ago from Quezon City

      I love both yogurt, cream cheese AND Mediterranean food so everything on this lens sounds delicious! Looking forward to making everything on this lens especially the tzatziki which is something I only enjoy in restaurants. Had no idea I could easily make it at home so I'm glad I found this lens. (:

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      Tarra99 8 years ago

      Yummy lens! I will give some of these recipes a try!...I love yogurt AND cream cheese!

      Thanks for sharing...and thank you for popping into my Shepherds Pie lens and leaving

      a comment...I appreciate it! :o)

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      Rhonda Albom 8 years ago from New Zealand

      Some great recipes here. Can't wait to give the rice with meat and yogurt a try. Don't think I will tell the family what it is until after they have tried it though.

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      AppalachianCoun 8 years ago

      Fantastic lens. Thank-you for the awesome recipes. They all sound great. 5 stars*****

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      thewishpearl 8 years ago

      [in reply to Eclectic_Muse]

      Thank you I hope you enjoy the recipes!

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      The Eclectic Muse 8 years ago

      What a super lens! I'm going to try your recipes, especially the coffee cake. I lensrolled you too, thanks!

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      poutine 8 years ago

      I'm not a big fan a yogourt.

      I didn't grow up with it.

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      Sojourn 8 years ago

      Wow, some excellent lenses! Saw some I definitely need to try. Very nicely laid out and easy to follow. Great job!

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      thewishpearl 8 years ago

      [in reply to Suzie-Shine]

      Thanks for visiting Suzie, there is something for all tastes!

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      Suzie-Shine 8 years ago

      Some super recipes - though not the ones with meat as I'm a veggie! I love yogurt in all sorts of ways.

      Suzie

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      julieannbrady 8 years ago

      The lemon yogurt coffee cake sounds tasty. Last night we had yogurt -- frozen strawberry yogurt by Blue Bell. Hubby liked it very much.

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      thewishpearl 8 years ago

      [in reply to clouda9]

      Thank you Correen, I appreciate your feedback

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      clouda9 lm 8 years ago

      This lens is beautiful,,,really comes from the heart. Loved every last bite :)

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      thewishpearl 8 years ago

      [in reply to AmandaBB]

      Thank you, I'm flattered:)

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      thewishpearl 8 years ago

      [in reply to Wir55]

      Bon apetit!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I love your recpes and I'm lensrolling it to my cooking collection lens.

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      Wir55 8 years ago

      Very nice lens! It's making me hungry :)