Thursday, 1 April 2010

Cookbook Review: Quinoa 365

Quinoa 365
The Everyday Superfood
More than 170 Delicious Recipes
Patricia Green & Carolyn Hemming

Touted as one of the world's most perfect foods, quinoa is seeing a renaissance in the kitchen these days. The Incas referred to it as "the mother grain" and held it in the highest esteem. Today we are learning all over again the important roll that quinoa can play in our own diets. Quinoa (keen-wah) is high in protein and minerals, digests slowly -which is perfect for weight-loss diets, and is naturally gluten-free. Nowadays many of us have tried quinoa at home but are we utilizing this wonderful and versatile food enough?

Quinoa 365 shows you how to use all types of quinoa, including sprouted, flour, and flakes, in every kind of meal. This is the first book review that has caused me to lose weight!

Starting off with a nutritional bang, we had the Pomegranate, Almond, and Feta Salad. They used black quinoa, which I haven't come across yet, so I used the red. What a fresh and delicious salad, and the quinoa adds protien so it is more filling than you would think.

We are big fans of tabbouleh so I had to make their Quinoa Tabbouleh. As you might expect, the quinoa replaces the cracked wheat for a delicious, nutritious and gluten-free version of this classic salad. I love the subtle touch of cinnamon in it.

Finding that broccoli has been on sale lately, this Broccoli Cheese Soup was the perfect way to put it to use. I love that the quinoa is used as a thickener as well as a nice, grounding flavour. The soup gets blended at the end so this might be a good way to sneak some quinoa into your kids!

How much fun can you have with a can of salmon? The answer is lots! We highly enjoyed these Light Open-Faced Salmon Burgers. They have a yummy lime cream cheese spread over an English muffin, followed by baby spinach, tomatoes and the salmon burger - a baked burger made out of cooked quinoa, canned salmon, eggs, green onions, and seasonings. A nice slice of Gouda tops it off deliciously. This has the added bonus of being quite easy on the pocket-book.

And for dessert, we had the Baked Apples with Berries. Quinoa replaces the more familiar oats in this dish, creating a delicious and nutritious dessert. It also doubles as the perfect breakfast with a big dollop of Greek yogurt. Almost like eating apple pie for breakfast, guilt-free. Don't even try to tell me you have never had apple pie for breakfast.

There are lots of great ideas in here for incorporating more quinoa into your regular diet, as well as nutritional information.
Eat more quinoa!

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