September 19, 2012 | Home >Healthy Kids >Cucumber Flowers with Yogurt Cheese Spread
Cucumber Flowers with Yogurt Cheese Spread
September 19, 2012 | Home >Healthy Kids >Cucumber Flowers with Yogurt Cheese Spread

Cucumber Flowers with Yogurt Cheese Spread

Strained yogurt makes a high protein dip, perfect for veggies like cucumbers!

Have you tried making yogurt cheese yet?  It’s just plain yogurt, sent through a strainer to thicken it up.  We’ve made it before for a strawberry bagel spread, but we decided to make it again for a savory spread.

Cucumber flowers with pepper yogurt cheese spread. Strained yogurt makes a high protein dip, perfect for veggies like cucumbers!

To make the yogurt cheese:

  • Scoop plain yogurt into cheese cloth (double layered), over a colander, over a bowl. My only colander is super huge, so I used the steam basket from my rice cooker.
  • Put in fridge till desired consistency (the longer in the fridge, the thicker it will get). But generally overnight at least!
  • Remove the cheese from the top of the cheese cloth.
Cucumber flowers with pepper yogurt cheese spread. Strained yogurt makes a high protein dip, perfect for veggies like cucumbers!

 

Cucumber flowers with pepper yogurt cheese spread. Strained yogurt makes a high protein dip, perfect for veggies like cucumbers!

Then, for this savory spread, we used our yogurt cheese and added finely diced bell peppers, and just mixed it together.  One bowl with orange bell peppers, and one with red.  Then, we spread the pepper cheese onto cucumber slices!

Cucumber flowers with pepper yogurt cheese spread. Strained yogurt makes a high protein dip, perfect for veggies like cucumbers! Cucumber flowers with pepper yogurt cheese spread. Strained yogurt makes a high protein dip, perfect for veggies like cucumbers!

Then, we sliced our cucumbers at a diagonal so they would be long and petal like.

Then, while I was looking in a box in my back closet, I found my mini cutters! I literally lost these in July, and even had bought some new ones that I had never opened.  That is why you haven’t seen too many artsy posts lately.  So, of course, I wanted to use them this morning.   These next cucumber pepper flowers were easy, and I’m not a food artist by anyone’s standards! I just cheat with my  mini cutters.

Cucumber flowers with pepper yogurt cheese spread. Strained yogurt makes a high protein dip, perfect for veggies like cucumbers!

Start with some slices of cucumber and peppers.

Cucumber flowers with pepper yogurt cheese spread. Strained yogurt makes a high protein dip, perfect for veggies like cucumbers! Using nesting mini cutters, cut a larger shape out of your cucumber, and a smaller one out of the pepper.

Cucumber flowers with pepper yogurt cheese spread. Strained yogurt makes a high protein dip, perfect for veggies like cucumbers!

Then using the same smaller cutter, cut the center out of the cucumber.Cucumber flowers with pepper yogurt cheese spread. Strained yogurt makes a high protein dip, perfect for veggies like cucumbers!

Then, simply nest them together.

Cucumber flowers with pepper yogurt cheese spread. Strained yogurt makes a high protein dip, perfect for veggies like cucumbers! Cucumber flowers with pepper yogurt cheese spread. Strained yogurt makes a high protein dip, perfect for veggies like cucumbers! http://www.superhealthykids.com/cucumber-flowers-with-yogurt-cheese-spread/
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Amy Roskelley

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Comments(9)
jamie says:

If you don’t want to use or buy cheesecloth, I’ve used a paper towel and it works just great. If you have the super cheap paper towels you might want to use two so that it doesn’t rip. (I usually use the Costco brand) I’ve heard you could use a coffee filter too if you have those around. Just thought I’d save someone a trip to the store if they didn’t have cheesecloth handy. 😉

Amy says:

Really?? That’s awesome because even if I remember to get it, I always forget where to buy it!

Vera says:

I love the bell pepper flower in the cucumber flower. These are 2 things my daughter will actually eat.

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Christine says:

Where did you find those cute little flower nesting cutters? Thanks.

Amy says:

Christine, we get them at the craft store by the molding clay.

Lisha says:

These are super cute and i like the fact that kids are eating healthy too. Hope to use with my boys and also share on my parenting page, http://www.facebook.com/ConsciousParentingApproach – inviting you and your fans to come join us! See you there!! 🙂

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