After all the indulgences of the holiday season, I crave something healthy this time of year. But instead of resigning myself to sad and spartan dishes, I opt for food that's wholesome and wholly enjoyable. That's why I always come back to yogurt. I've loved it forever—we ate my mum's homemade version almost daily when I was a kid. You probably already know how great yogurt is for you: It's brimming with protein and vitamins, and ones with live and active cultures can strengthen the immune system. But did you know it's also a culinary powerhouse that can add richness and depth to dishes in countless other ways?

Seared Salmon with Roasted Beets and Yogurt Vinaigrette
Salmon Photo: Emily Kate Roemer

For a surprisingly easy meal, try pan-seared salmon with roasted beets and mint over a yogurt vinaigrette. No matter how you use it, this staple is nourishing and delicious—a combination that never goes sour.

Get the recipe: Seared Salmon with Roasted Beets and Yogurt Vinaigrette

Lime-Ginger Yogurt Drink
drink Photo: Emily Kate Roemer

I also love blending yogurt with coconut milk, lime and ginger for a tangy, refreshing drink.

Get the recipe: Lime-Ginger Yogurt Drink

Chicken Korma
korma Photo: Emily Kate Roemer

In my chicken korma, yogurt gives a creamy, velvety finish to the intense spiced sauce (I add baby kale to sneak in extra greens).

Get the recipe: Chicken Korma


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