Yogurt has long been a healthy food, but now Greek yogurt has taken over. With a huge amount of protein, vitamins, minerals and less sodium than regular yogurt, sales of Greek yogurt are booming. The yogurt section of my local grocery stores have gone from being 90% regular yogurt to being at least 50% Greek. There is even Greek yogurt cream cheese! So with all of this new commerce, it is only fitting that there is now a The Greek Yogurt Cookbook: Includes Over 125 Delicious, Nutritious Greek Yogurt Recipes
.This is a great book for anyone wanting to incorporate more healthy ingredients in their foods. By substituting Greek yogurt for sour cream or other fats, you don’t sacrifice taste, but you certainly boost nutritional value. Starting with a chapter on Breakfast and zooming through Appetizers, Salads, Side Dishes, Entrees, Pasta, Smoothies, all the way to Desserts, the book has over 125 recipes containing Greek Yogurt. My personal favorite chapter was Smoothies. My family have long been milkshake fans. I ventured into one basic smoothie recipe using regular yogurt, but I have not experimented enough with frozen fruits, chia seeds, oatmeal or protein powder. This chapter alone might change my breakfast or snack game plan. With recipes like Oatmeal Cookie Dough Smoothies, Mint Chocolate Smoothies, Apple Pie Smoothies and more, I can definitely see my kids lining up with glasses in hand!
Other great sounding recipes include Artichoke Mushroom Gruyere Crustless Quiche, Amazing Cinnamon Apple Quinoa, Indian Style Lentils with Chicken, Broccoli Rice Cheese Bake, Avocado Egg Salad, and Perfect Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie with Pecan Crust. Yes, you did notice that all of those recipes are gluten free. This is not a gluten free cookbook, but a good portion of the recipes are naturally or purposely gluten free.
The recipes are set up with nutritional analyses, ingredients in separate boxes for easy grocery planning and helpful hints for getting more benefits from your food. There are only 24 photos: one-fifth of the recipes. I prefer cookbooks with more photos, but some are better than none.
- 2 Tbsp natural peanut butter
- ½ cup nonfat Vanilla Greek yogurt
- ½ cup milk, almond or coconut milk
- 2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 Tbsp chia seeds
- ½ cup ice cubes
- Place peanut butter, yogurt, milk, cocoa, then chia seeds and ice in a blender.
- Always make sure to add the dry stuff after the wet and then the ice.
- Blend until smooth.
- Drink immediately.
I received this book for free from the publisher, but all opinions are my own.