Monday, October 28, 2013

Amazingly Simple and Delicious Homemade Yogurt

I'm a member at the Dr. Fuhrman forums and while visiting I was introduced to an amazingly simple method that makes really delicious yogurt.

I was in the market for a new yogurt maker anyway so I purchased the Euro Cuisine YM80 Yogurt Maker .

Then I purchased GI ProStart . I have to admit that when I got the jar of starter I was surprised at how small it was given what I paid for it. In the end I'm ok with it though because you only use 1/8 teaspoon to make a quart of delicious soy yogurt and you don't have to heat the soy milk or so much as dirty anything more than a measuring spoon to do so.

Finally I purchased Westsoy Organic Unsweetened Original Soymilk ( 8x64 OZ) . DO NOT buy this using the link. It's way cheaper in the grocery store. I included the link so you can see what I'm talking about.

My yogurt maker came before my starter and I'll admit that I tried making yogurt with unsweetened silk soy milk and a starter I got in our co-op and the results, while fairly tasty, weren't as good as with the westsoy. I think that's because Silk does contain some thickeners while Westsoy is simply filtered water and soy beans.

I also think you could make this with regular milk if you prefer.

So here's what you do. You take your 32 ounce box of room temperature soy milk open the top and put 1/8th tsp. starter into the opening. Then close the little lid and shake, shake, shake. Actually, you don't have to shake too long. I think I lasted about 15 seconds. Then open the lid and distribute the soy milk equally between your yogurt jars. I turn the yogurt maker on and leave it do its thing over night. (I'll usually start it right before bed - 8pm and it's done when I get up at 4 am. )

The yogurt it makes is delicious, even plain. It's a low calorie treat that you can feel good about indulging in.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Eat To Live Cookbook

I've had the book Eat to Live Cookbook: 200 Delicious Nutrient-Rich Recipes for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss, Reversing Disease, and Lifelong Health for almost 2 weeks but I didn't want to review it until I put it to the test. It passed, with flying colors!

I purchased the kindle version with a bit of trepidation. Kindle cookbooks are not always easy to navigate. I've returned a few of them for this reason. Yet I love having them on my kindle because it makes pulling them up and using them quite easy. It's also very space conscious in a smaller than small kitchen.

This kindle book is beautifully formatted with the recipes being well chaptered within categories and also linked from a recipe table of contents.

I've prepared about 6 recipes from the cookbook and they were all delicious and also family approved. My family is not totally salt free so for them to enjoy not just one salt-free recipe but 6 is a major deal.

There's a mix of complicated and more simple complicated recipes. I chose the more simple simply because of the amount of time I have for cooking. Over the holidays I hope to indulge myself in some of the more time intensive recipes.

The recipes in the book are plant based although there is a short section with recipes that contain modest amounts of animal products.  Some of the recipes are repeats from other Dr. Fuhrman books. Some of the repeats are tweaked slightly.

Having this cookbook on your shelf - or on your kindle - will certainly make planted based eating more delicious. I highly recommend it!