If you are gluten-intolerant or simply wanting to know how to make just about anything with quinoa, then you want to check out 500 Best Quinoa Recipes. This book covers it all.
In case you are not familiar with this super-food, quinoa is a gluten-free grain that is high in protein, plus it contains all of the essential amino acids. Because quinoa is an excellent source of magnesium, folate, phosphorus, iron and fibre, it’s also an ideal ingredient for vegans, vegetarians and flexitarians. And because it is gluten-free, it is like gold for anyone who is gluten intolerant.
In addition to the health benefits of quinoa, this grain has a great texture and a nutty flavour, and it comes in many forms, as seeds, flakes and flour, lending itself to a myriad of recipes.
Written by veteran cookbook writer Camilla V. Saulsbury and published by Robert Rose, 500 Best Quinoa Recipes covers everything from the essentials about quinoa, to dozens of recipes for every course, and many converted recipes for those who are looking for a gluten-free version of old favourites.
I had the pleasure of meeting Camilla in Toronto recently during her book tour. If the adage ‘you are what you eat’ is true, then after meeting Camilla, you want to live off her books. Full of energy that springs from a combination of her healthy diet and commitment to fitness as a fitness instructor and personal trainer, Camilla brings the credentials.
In the Spring, I reviewed another fabulous title by the same author, 5 Easy Steps to Healthy Cooking, which has become one of my favourite books of all time. Fabulous, healthy recipes that are easy to follow.
Camilla has a dozen published books under her belt, and 500 Best Quinoa Recipes is her sixth title with Robert Rose. And it is evident why this partnership works. Robert Rose is known for offering high-value cookbooks, usually with an established number of recipes in the title, in a very specific area, so that you know what you’re getting for your money. And Camilla does her research.
If you are new to quinoa, or even if you’re already familiar with it, the introduction alone has five pages dedicated to Quinoa 101 where she covers everything from cooking yields (so when a recipe calls for 3 cups of cooked quinoa, you know how much uncooked quinoa you need in advance), to various ways to cook quinoa, how to make quinoa flour (a very cool tip) and even a dead-easy method of cooking quinoa overnight in a thermos that a student could even do in a dorm.
Often books that focus on specific health concerns are written by authors who have an intolerance themselves. But since Camilla has written everything from cake and muffin cookbooks (that do not adhere to specific dietary needs) to vegan muffins to gluten free muffins, plus 5 Healthy Steps, which focuses on healthy foods, but is not dedicated to a specific area, I was curious to know how she got came to write 500 Best Quinoa Recipes, which is 100% gluten-free.
Camilla’s son once had gluten intolerance, so she started creating recipes specifically for him. While her son eventually outgrew the problem, Camilla continued to find her self interested in creating cookbooks for the many people who are faced with these health issues.
That’s what I love about 500 Best Quinoa Recipes, and it’s what I love about Camilla, for that matter. She really knows her stuff. Ask her anything about quinoa, and she has an answer for you. How to buy it, prepare it, and how to substitute with it.
Quinoa is not just for those who are gluten free. My husband and I are enjoying trying various quinoa recipes in our commitment to eating more vegetarian meals each week. I made Black Bean Quinoa Chipotle Chili, which was not only fast and easy, but it had lots of great texture, yet, at the same time was incredibly light, unlike a typical meat-based chili, which can be quite heavy. And it freezes very well.
Another fabulous recipe from the book, and one that Camilla admitted that she is partial to, is her Warm Butternut Squash Salad with Crispy Chickpeas. Full of complex flavours and a great combination of textures from quinoa, roasted butternut squash and chickpeas and chewy dried cranberries, it makes a wonderful main course salad.
And I have fallen head over heals for the Peanut Butter and Quinoa Granola. Wow. If you’re looking for a great hostess gift during the holidays, without breaking the bank, make a batch of this granola, and you will definitely get invited back.
This week, courtesy of Robert Rose, I am featuring a giveaway for this fabulous book. Today I am sharing the Black Bean Quinoa Chipotle Chili recipe, with more recipes to come throughout the week.
Here are the details for this week’s giveaway for 500 Best Quinoa Recipes. There will be multiple opportunities to be entered in the draw this week (up to three chances in total).
There will be additional posts with recipes from 500 Best Quinoa Recipes this week, including this week’s posts featuring Warm Butternut Squash Salad with Roasted Chickpeas and Peanut Butter and Quinoa Granola. Details with additional opportunities to enter the draw will be included in those posts.
Here’s the fine print:
- Open to residents of U.S. and Canada.
- To enter in today’s post, simply answer in the comments section: Have you ever tried quinoa? If so, what is your favourite way to use it?
- When entering your comment, please ensure that you include your full email address so that if you win, you can be contacted. You can use your first name only in the comments section, and rest assured, your email information will never be shared.
- The first name drawn will be contacted by email and required to respond within 24 hours with your mailing address. Failure to respond within this time frame will disqualify the entry and the next name drawn will be contacted.
- Contest closes on Sunday, October 21st at 6 pm EST.
- All qualified entries will be included in the draw from this week’s posts, and the winning name will be drawn using Random.org.