When Cassie emailed me asking to review her new cookbook, I was thrilled. Cassie is one of my favorite healthy cooking bloggers (and I adore her homesteading/hobby farming blog, too!). Plus, the book is a great fit for January’s Healthy Comfort Food theme, because it is all about lightening up your favorite foods by subbing in Greek yogurt!
With 68 recipes ranging from breakfasts to mains to sides to desserts, there is something for everyone in Cooking with Greek Yogurt. Perhaps the most useful section for other healthy recipe developers is the “simple substitutions” spread on page 24. A chart lays out everything that can be replaced either partially or entirely by Greek yogurt and how to do it. Want to lighten up your mayonnaise, for instance? For every cup, instead use just 2 tablespoons mayo and 3/4 cup of Greek yogurt.
There are several recipes where you may not have even thought of using Greek yogurt. Among the most unique are the spicy penne with shrimp (page 106), the yogurt and chive smashed potatoes (page 123) and the gyro nachos (page 94).
Some of the recipes, like the smoked salmon spread on page 36, are photographed step-by-step, but most recipes are shown completed, with maybe a process photo or two. Unless I missed one, every recipe has a delicious-looking photo to go with it, making the recipes even more appealing.
If you’re familiar with Cassie’s blog or design work, you will immediately recognize her style splashed across the pages of Cooking with Greek Yogurt. I love that she was able to do her own photography and design. Whereas in some cookbooks, bright colors could come across as obnoxious or cheesy, the way Cassie uses them reads instead as cheery and encouraging, making you want to immediately try substituting in Greek yogurt for your less healthy ingredients.
Overall, I give Cooking with Greek Yogurt by Cassie Johnston…
4 out of 5 stars.
Psst: This cookbook was provided to me to review, but all opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links. I only ever recommend books that I love and use myself.