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The Sneaky Chef knows her substitutions

Patricia Conte has a background in marketing communications and works as an independent writer. In 2010, she was given the opportunity to combine her love of writing and food when she started as a contributing writer for the Food channel...

Great taste and texture with a lot less fat

Eating is much more enjoyable -- and healthy -- when you can make smart substitutions. Missy Chase Lapine, "The Sneaky Chef," shows you how to make four different dishes (including dessert) using Plain Dannon Oikos Greek-style yogurt that maintains the taste and texture of the food, while cutting back on a whole lot of fat!

    Creamy, dreamy meatball stroganoff

    This one-dish-wonder has a hearty, earthy flavor thanks to the mushrooms. Your family will love this meal and won't know that it's much lower in fat since we swap whole milk for skim and Plain Dannon Oikos Greek-style yogurt for the sour cream. Dinner never tasted so good!


    • 1 (12 ounce) package wide whole grain egg noodles
    • 1 (8 ounce) package of fresh mushrooms, sliced
    • 1 tablespoon spreadable butter with canola oil
    • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
    • 1 cup reduced sodium organic beef broth
    • 1 (16 ounce) package of frozen cooked meatballs (preferably turkey)
    • 1 cup Plain Dannon Oikos Greek-style yogurt
    • 1/2 cup skim milk
    • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
    • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
    • Non-fat cooking spray


    1. Bring the whole-wheat noodles to a boil in a large pot of salted water.
    2. Meanwhile, add cooking spray to a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms to the pan, cover them to allow for release of their liquids. Cook the mushrooms for about two minutes.
    3. Add the spreadable butter and flour to the mushrooms to thicken them, whisking to help ensure there are no lumps.
    4. Add the beef broth to the mixture, turn to high heat and bring to a boil.
    5. When the mushroom mixture is boiling, add the meatballs to the pan and cover.
    6. In a separate bowl, whisk together the yogurt, milk, mustard and parsley. Stir this mixture into the meatballs mixture while on the stove and reduce the heat to low.
    7. Drain the noodles and add them to a large serving bowl.
    8. Pour the stroganoff mixture on top of the noodles, tossing them gently to coat. Serve warm.

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