Blue Cheese & Greek Yogurt Aioli

If you like the tangy taste of blue cheese, you are going to love this aioli recipe! When I see the word aioli, I think of a creamy, unique sauce to put on top of sandwiches and burgers. Unfortunately, it also conjures up the word mayonnaise, as that is the base ingredient for aiolis. I personally am not a fan of mayo, and thankfully neither is my husband. If you are looking for a healthy alternative to mayonnaise, all you need is plain Greek yogurt. It’s surprising how well it takes on the task of becoming a silky smooth base for dips and aiolis. The flavorful blue cheese and dijon mustards blend beautifully into the yogurt and can be easily slathered on a bun for a more gourmet burger.

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Photo: Grass-fed beef burger on a homemade wheat bun, topped with arugula and blue cheese aioli.

This blue cheese aioli packs a potent flavor punch, so keep in mind that a little bit can go a long way. Limit the amount to about one tablespoon per sandwich; any more than that, and you may not be able to taste the other ingredients of your burger! Did I mention how healthy it is? There’s 3g of protein per serving!

Blue Cheese & Greek Yogurt “Aioli”

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of plain, non-fat greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp whole grain mustard
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder

1). Combine all ingredients together in a bowl with a wire whisk or fork until well mixed. Serve and enjoy!

Servings: about 12. Nutritional Information per Serving: Calories: 29 Carbs: 1g Fat: 1g Protein: 3g Sugar: 1g Fiber: 0g

WW PointsPlus: 1 Old Points: 1

Recipe adapted from: http://www.afamilyfeast.com/blue-cheese-aioli/ 

Homemade Skinny Tzatziki Sauce


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Tzatziki.

Hard to spell, fun to say, and absolutely delightful in any Greek flavored dish!

Tzatziki is a Greek yogurt-based sauce that has dill, garlic, cucumber and lemon juice. It actually incredibly healthy because the main ingredient is Greek yogurt. I used 0% fat plain Greek yogurt and it worked great!

The cucumber adds a bright freshness that is unique and light. The sauce is creamy and cool, perfect for spring and summer.

Best of all, this recipe is fat free and low calorie!

In the next couple weeks I will add a couple of recipe ideas for using this sauce. Truth be told, however, it is great even for simply dipping fresh carrots, peppers, cucumbers, celery, etc. (And so much healthier than dipping the crudites in ranch dressing like many people do!) I’ve also used it as a replacement for dressing in a Greek salad!

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This recipe is so easy! Be sure to taste the sauce and adjust it to your taste. If you think 1 tbsp of lemon is too much, start with 1 tsp. If it needs more dill, add it! Give it a try and let me know what you think!

Homemade Skinny Tzatziki Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz fat free greek yogurt
  • 1 large cucumber, seeded and peeled
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried dill (or 1 Tbsp fresh, but I never seem to have fresh on hand!)
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper

1) Finely shred cucumber using a grater. Squeeze excess liquid out of the shredded cucumber.

2) In a medium bowl, mix cucumber, yogurt, garlic, dill, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Chill for 1-2 hours before serving.

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Recipe adapted from allrecipes.com 

Nutritional Information per 1/4 cup serving (makes 8 servings): Calories: 18 Fat: 0g Carbs: 1.7g Protein: 2.6g