~Yogurt Every Day Book Review PLUS a GIVEAWAY~
Yogurt Every Day is a comprehensive recipe book covering all sorts of ways to incorporate yogurt into every meal, even including snacks and dessert! It was just published May 30, 2017 so it’s hot off the press! If you’re looking for more creative ways to use yogurt, read on; this book has lots for you. Oh, and don’t forget to check out the details on the giveaway below! #yogurteveryday
So everyone…how was your weekend? We had a beauty of a one around here (minus Saturday cause we had so much rain, but the grass did need it. I tried an awesome workout this weekend. What is it, you ask? Well, it’s called ‘Give Furry Child a Haircut.’ I know I’ve said it before but, boy oh boy, what a struggle! I mean, seriously, furry child is under 20 pounds and has the strength of the hulk. We started cutting his hair ourselves because he was too stressed out at the groomer. It takes both hubby and I every ounce of strength to keep him in place to cut his hair. And, I’m pretty sure after it was said and done that I had more hair on me than furry child had left. After which, he had a bath with ‘Strawberry Yogurt’ scented dog shampoo and a blow out, which is basically more ‘spa treatment’ in one day than I had in the last month, lol. Speaking of yogurt, let’s talk the edible kind, shall we?—>(great transition huh 😛 )?
WHAT’s yogurt every day about?
Yogurt Every Day is written by Hubert Cormier, who is a registered dietitian. Besides being currently enrolled in a doctoral program at the Institute of Nutrition and Functional Foods in Quebec City, in 2015 he was presented with the Annual Merit Award in Nutrition – Young Professionals, which is a prize given by his professional body on recognition of outstanding devotion to the field of nutrition. Yogurt Every Day is his first English book and prior to this he has written three successful books on nutrition in French. So, suffice to say, the guy knows his stuff!
The premise of this book is the use of yogurt in all meals – everything from breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert and snacks. Plus, there are even recipes to make your very own yogurt; how cool is that??
At first, you may think ‘yogurt in every meal?’ But, seriously, when you consider it further, it totally makes sense; yogurt can be eaten as is, in smoothies or even as a marinade so there are a multitude of uses. I don’t know about you, but I love ingredients like that – one ingredient, lots of uses. Also, more bang for your buck!
There are 75 recipes in this book and the sections are organized as follows –
- The Quick History of Yogurt
- Health Benefits
- The Basics
I love a quote shown on the ‘Table of Contents’ page – “The Table is a matchmaker of friendships.” – French proverb – How lovely, isn’t it?!
What I love is that after the Table of Contents, when you flip the page, you are presented with the recipes contained in each category, but it goes a step further – there’s a picture with each recipe listed right at the very beginning (a snapshot if you will); I don’t know about you, but I find that very helpful.
With each recipe, there is a colourful photo; we eat with our eyes first and even though anyone can pretty much follow a recipe per instructions, seeing a picture makes all the difference – you get to see how the author intended it to look; you never have to wonder ‘did I make this right?’ There is also a little description indicating what the recipe is about or where it came from. Plus, with a lot of the recipes, there are tips for serving (e.g. suggested garnishes or slight changes). For example, the recipe for Crispy Chicken on page 117, Hubert’s Tip is to add ground pecans or walnuts to the puffed rice crumbs for an even crisper texture. Stuff like that is good to know, right?
A big positive for me is the nutritional value of each recipe is listed on the bottom of the page. A lot of recipe books have the nutritional value at the back of the book (that’s if it’s even there at all), but not this one. It’s nice knowing that kind of stuff, especially if one is watching caloric intake, fat, or sodium, for example.
Something else that I think is fabulous about this book is that it offers a section on substitutions. For example, if you wanted to sub out some mayo with yogurt; it shows the appropriate quantities to use.
RECIPES I TESTED
Wafflewich on page 35. This recipe is for the actual waffle component of the sandwich which, of course, contains yogurt. The toppings are up to you; my particular wafflewich contains roast beef, arugula, cheddar, and a chive mayo/yogurt based sauce. You do you, ya know?
In the recipe book, Hubert used a square waffle maker. Mine is round so my wafflewich was little triangle-shaped ones. No biggie. He did say in the instructions that depending on the type of waffle maker you have, the cook time may vary, which was definitely our case. We had to cook ours a tad longer than what Hubert suggested in the instructions but, like I said, he did note that in his recipe.
The batter was a bit looser than batters I have made in the past for waffles, but it worked out beautifully. I loved the addition of the shredded cheese in there (cause, duh, cheese – you know me and my cheese).
We ended up with leftover wafflewiches and I must say that they maintained their integrity even after eating more a few hours later. I would definitely try this recipe again and experiment with different topping combos. How about a breakfast sandwich? Now, that would be pretty awesome too!
I also tested the Mediterranean Burritos on page 41. I love a good breakfast wrap and hubby and I have regularly, especially on the weekends. To me this one seems more like a ‘tex mex’ style than ‘Mediterranean’ because of the black beans, avocado and salsa.
The main base of this recipe calls for half a cup of Greek yogurt, 2 eggs, and two egg whites. For me, there seemed to be a lot of yogurt to egg ratio. When I cooked the egg/yogurt mixture, there was a lot of moisture that came out (I’ m thinking because of the Greek yogurt).
While I did love the flavours of this burrito and would make again, I would tweak slightly for my own tastes. I think I would add yogurt and salsa as a topping (like I would with the avocado and black beans), rather than incorporating the ingredients into the eggs. And because I LOVE spice, I would probably add a touch of chili next time.
I do appreciate that this recipe, though, is loaded with protein, which makes it a great way to start the day. According to the book, there’s 25 grams of protein in these babies! High five to that!
OTHER NOTEWORTHY RECIPES
Aside from the recipes I tried, I also tagged a bunch to make soon including-
- Creamy Carbonara Tagliatelle on page 94
- Yogurt, Tomato, and Braised Lamb Risotto on page 106
- Orange and Almond Scones on page 149
- Goat Cheese, Grape, and Pecan Balls on page 150
- Chocolate-Dipped Cheesecake Bites on page 189
- Pumpkin Spice Sorbet on page 190
should this book be on your bookshelf?
Yogurt Every Day retails for $19.95 U.S. or $24.95 Canadian. There are a good variety of recipes in this book with easy, accessible ingredients. I would definitely recommend this one. The overall feel of the book is a healthy one, but there are some ‘indulgent’ recipes that are made healthier – I’m looking at you Crispy Chicken and Butter Chicken. I can see a lot of use out of this book in your everyday cooking – which means lots of bang for your buck. Plus, given that the book is written by a Nutritionist/Dietitian gives the book a lot of credibility, ya know?
Title: Yogurt Every Day
Author : Hubert Cormier
Paperback: 208 pages
Publisher: Appetite by Random House
Recipes from Yogurt Every Day by Hubert Cormier. Copyright © 2017 Hubert Cormier. Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher.
A Giveaway—>DETAILS BELOW!
You guys, the publisher has been kind enough to give away a second copy of Yogurt Every Day!
In order to be eligible to enter the giveaway –
-You must be a Canadian resident
–Enter a comment down below on how you like to use/eat yogurt.
–Then, click the contest form below.
The contest ends July 24, 2017. The winner will be drawn at random week of July 24th and will be notified via email. Should there be nil response from the winner (or the winner does not meet qualification requirements as indicated above, there will be a redraw). The prize will be directly mailed from the publisher to the winner. Good luck!
So, tell me, how do you like to eat yogurt?
Hope you get to check out Yogurt Every Day; I know you’ll love it!
Until next time, take care and chit chat again soon 🙂
Disclosure: I received a review copy of Yogurt Every Day from Appetite by Random House®, a division of Penguin Random House Canada Limited, but was not otherwise compensated. All opinions, as usual, are my own.