31 Days of Global Flavors for National Nutrition Month: Day 1

In honor of National Nutrition Month (that’s March!), I asked nutrition experts from around the country their favorite global flavor. Each day throughout the month of March, you will find a new flavor and recipe posted, giving you a different perspective and idea on how to incorporate different flavors from around the world.

Today, I am sharing my favorite ingredient, Greek yogurt.

People are always surprised when I tell them just how many ways you can use Greek yogurt when cooking and baking. It really is such a versatile ingredient and once I started getting the hang of using it in many of my dishes, it will become a staple in many of my dishes. Some of my favorite ways to use Greek yogurt is in pancakes, popsicles, parfaits, deviled eggs, and smoothies. I even love using a dollop of Greek yogurt to add some flavor to soups and chili.

One of my favorite ways to use it is in these Whole Grain Banana-Chocolate Chip Pancakes.  I use it to replace buttermilk by combining Greek yogurt with a little milk. All my kids request these pancakes on their birthday and they now have a very special place in our family traditions.

Photo courtesy of Hollan Publishing

As for a cultural connection, my family originates from Israel and thick yogurt has been on my breakfast table since I was a girl. Labne, which is a thick yogurt in Israel, was only available in vanilla and chocolate flavors when I was growing up. Once Greek yogurt became more popular in the U.S. it reminded me of my childhood and quickly became a favorite in my home. My first book, The Greek Yogurt Kitchen, is all about the versatility of Greek yogurt in the kitchen! Wow, how things have come full circle.

–Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN, FAND of Toby Amidor Nutrition



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