Disclosure: During ExpoWest weekend in Anaheim, CA, Alpina invited me out to a test kitchen. At the Happy Cooking Co. in Fullerton, CA we were taught how to cook with Alpina Greek Yogurt with Chef Laurie as our mentor. All opinions are my own.
Alpina Greek Yogurt is fairly new to the yogurt industry. Their plant opening in September of 2012, and just beginning to launch this past January, but Alpina brings a different twist to their granola. The granola, created by Chef Laurie and produced by Udi’s Gluten Free, is a gluten free granola combined with pumpkin seeds, chia, chai spices, almond berries, and more.
Chef Laurie gave us 4 recipes to try out:
1) Apple Muffins with Greek Yogurt made inside
2) Chicken Fingers with Granola as the Coating
3) Green Smoothie with Kale, Yogurt, and Blueberries
4) Strawberry Shortcake with whole grain biscuits and homemade whipping cream!
I was a bit hesitant to try out a green smoothie because the color always has me scared, but I was pleasantly surprised with how good it actually did taste. And I learned how easy they were to create. Add in your favorite fruits to give it a sweeter, more delicious taste.
And my favorite recipe of the day was the Chicken Fingers. Grab your chicken and coat it with the granola then cook as usual. The granola, combined with cereal, makes for a great coating, and one you’re be very happy with. The granola gives the chicken a sweeter taste, but very pleasant.
And, of course, we had to end with dessert. Chef Laurie made this strawberry shortcake as healthy as can be with whole grain biscuits and the homemade whipping cream.
Chef Laurie had a great sense of humor during the taping of this test kitchen and made it very interactive. Even a few bumps in the process such as cereal falling out of the bag to the muffins not turning out the way we had hoped. But in the end, in this short few hours, I learned a whole lot about cooking with Greek Yogurt and can’t wait to begin playing around on my own.
Alpina USA should have a very good year as they begin to launch Revive Greek Yogurt as it begins to hit the shelves nationally. Currently it is carried on the East Coast and should be hitting the West Coast throughout the year.
Do you currently cook with Greek yogurt? Will you start to?