I've been making lots of smoothies - partly because I'm trying very hard to lose weight, partly because I like them, and partly because I broke a molar and for several days that was about all I could handle. One of my favorites smoothies is a handful of frozen strawberries, a banana, a large spoonful of greek yogurt, a scoop of protein powder, and some milk. Since I generally make 2 or more a day (Mariah likes them too) I buy the yogurt in the large containers. I was at Kroger the other day and they had Mountain High plain yogurt for 99 cents for the large container. Since they only had 3 left I bought them all thinking I could freeze them until I used them. Then I was cruising on Pinterest. Addictive, fun, interesting Pinterest. I find all kinds of useful things on there. This particular day, I found a pin on making your own yogurt cheese. Now, I buy yogurt cheese in the grocery store. It's a semi-firm cheese, almost like a fresh mozzarella and very expensive. Normally I pay about $5 for a small ball of it. So, I checked out the recipe. It sounded very easy. I decided to try it. My result was not what I would normally buy in the store, but it was much better in my opinion - cream cheese!
To make this yummy dish, you take a colander or strainer and place it over a bowl. Line it with cheese cloth or coffee filters. Scoop 1 container of greek yogurt into the cheese cloth or filter.
If you use cheese cloth, gather it up and twist the top so that it forms a ball of yogurt. Place the entire thing (strainer & bowl) into the refrigerator and let it sit for at least 8 hours so that all the liquid drains out. I fixed mine up in the afternoonand let it sit until the next morning.
When I checked on it the next day, I had a creamy, thick substance that tasted exactly like cream cheese!
Next I took a small portion of it and mixed in a couple of spoonfuls of strawberry preserves. Yum!! This went on to the top of a bagel and was eaten for breakfast!! I now have a healthier, cheaper version of my favorite spread.
And what have YOU made lately?