It wasn’t until we found ourselves buried in debt that I really gave plain yogurt a chance. Previously, I bought the more expensive sugared varieties in individual packaging. Once I started to drastically cut my grocery budget, I became a little more cut-throat in my yogurt buying: I only bought store brand on sale or a name brand on sale with a coupon.
Buy Plain Yogurt
As it turned out the store brand’s flavored varieties were pretty gross and they were filled with ingredients and fillers I didn’t want my family to eat. So, I started buying plain yogurt which had the great price, but without all the additives I wanted us to avoid. I doctor it up with fresh fruit or jam or even maple syrup or honey. My older children haven’t quite caught on, but my younger ones are totally on board. As for me, I love to make parfaits with berries and granola.
I’ve also used plain yogurt as a substitute for sour cream in dressings and in baking. It’s a key ingredient in Mix and Match Muffins and Chocolate Banana Marble Cake as well as our favorite topping for fish tacos, Yogurt-Dill Dressing. It makes Fish Tacos into Happiness on a Plate. Plain yogurt is also a fantastic base for marinades like this Buttermilk-Yogurt Marinade or Tandoori Chicken.
My target price is $0.30 to $0.40 per individual cup or $2 or less for a large carton. The full fat version from Mountain High is divine in parfaits, but I opt for the nonfat because I can’t shake my lipo-fears. (I’m open to reforming my ways, though. So tell me why full fat won’t make me fatter.)
Either way, plain yogurt is a healthy and economical ingredient. Most definitely a good cheap eat.