I like to make kefir. It has great health benefits and is a lot like a yogurt drink. I often use kefir in smoothies, and when I have too much, I make kefir cheese. (It's easier than you think to end up with a lot of kefir). Don't know what kefir is? Learn everything you'd ever want to know about kefir and more here.
Kefir cheese is really just kefir that has been strained. The curd separates from the whey and you end up with a cheese that is anywhere from a thick yogurt consistency to blue cheese like crumbles. The thickness depends on how long you let the kefir strain. You can also make yogurt cheese using the same process. Here is a great step-by-step demonstration with pictures if you're curious.
For this recipe you can replace the kefir with a thick yogurt, Greek yogurt (I like Fage), sour cream or whipped cream cheese. If it's too thick for your liking, add a little milk until you get the right consistency.
I served this with vegetables and pita chips and the first bite produced, "mmmmmmmm.....'s" from everyone. I have another great healthy snack to add to my arsenal! Woohoo!
1 cup kefir (or your choice of a substitute from the list above).
2 Tbsp fresh, chopped parsley (or 1 Tbsp dried)
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/8 tsp chili powder (or to taste)
1 Tbsp nutritional yeast or 1 Tbsp Parmesan cheese
Mix it all together. Arrange a variety of colorful vegetables and crackers on a plate. Place the bowl of kefir dip in the middle and serve.
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