The Greek Yogurt Kitchen by Toby Amidor

The Greek Yogurt Kitchen was quite a surprise: this isn’t a book taking one ingredient and overstating its usefulness and definitely isn’t about Greek food. Rather, what we have is a staple ingredient that can be used in many different ways in order to create healthier and often better tasting food. The emphasis of the book is on quick and easy preparation of common staples – foods you and your children will want to eat.

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The book breaks down as follows: 1) Greek Yogurt, a superstar food. 2) Breakfast. 3) Snacks and appetizers. 4) Salads, soups, sandwiches. 5) Main dishes. 6) Side dishes. 7) Desserts. Then notes, a metric conversion chart, and index.

The recipes were, as promised, very easy to follow. Often, they were about taking one very fatty or poor health ingredient such as cheese or milk, and substituting a lot of it with the yogurt. The taste was the same, but the sodium and calories were cut and no artificial sweeteners were ever used. The book is very health centered but doesn’t shun any ingredients except the artificial sweeteners.  It is useful in that you use a very small amount of cream, chocolate, sugar, etc., instead of a lot. So you’ll get the good taste without the unhealthy quantities.

Nearly all the recipes have wholesome and easy to find ingredients and all have nutrition breakdowns including calories, fat, protein, carbs, fiber, cholesterol, and sodium. Several have specific tipe about preparation (how to clean mushrooms) or presentation.

I really liked that the recipes were easy to follow and was surprised at how easy it was to find Greek yogurt (which isn’t Greek) in the local supermarket. Recipes such as deviled eggs without mayo, wasabi sesame dip, zucchini soup, tuna and white bean sald, grilled vegetable wrap with herbed cheese, and lemon-blueberry stuffed french toast were easy to make (most require 2-3 steps) and tasted great.

This is written by a nutritionist and it shows. These are health conscious recipes that make great use of the ingredients. I’ve enjoyed every recipe I’ve used so far in this book.

I rate this 4 out of 5 stars for formatting reasons: there are no images/photographs of the recipes and I prefer recipe steps to be numbered and with paragraph breaks. But again, I appreciate the nutrition information and that each recipe is for 1 healthy sized portion.

This recipe book was the surprise of the year for me – much better than I had expected and one of my favorite go-to reference books when trying to decide what meal to make for the family.

Reviewed from an ARC.

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