Quinoa is the Queen of Nutritious, Tasty Grains

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July 11, 2012

Pages and pages of healthful recipes simplify cooking this ancient staple

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Quinoa’s the “it” grain these days, and author Wendy Polisi just can’t say enough good things about it.

The Quintessential Quinoa Cookbook offers 200 pages singing the praises of quinoa, the facts of quinoa, and good food based on quinoa in many forms.

Did you know there are 1800 varieties of quinoa, some as small as grains of sand? That quinoa can be prepared in a rice cooker? That quinoa has as much protein as dried whole milk?

Polisi discovered quinoa by accident and calls it “love at first bite.” She went on to create cookingquinoa.net, where she develops recipes for quinoa and receives 200,000 visits per month. Her newsletter has about 32000 subscribers, who come for the healthy pilafs, pastas and salads, and come back for baked goods and treatsloaded with protein and micronutrients.

If it can be done with rice, grits, or wheat, Polisi wants to make it quinoa. Cheesy breakfast bake? Yes. Pizza? Yes. Fritters? Absolutely. Ice cream sandwiches? Of course!

Plenty of Quintessential Quinoa recipes can be tweaked to suit a vegan diet or a gluten-free diet. Polisi’s helpful hints include ways to speed up the preparation and ideas to convert recipes to “clean eating” guideines.

Learn why quinoa has so many devotees with these three smart entrees from Quintessential Quinoa Cookbook.

Quintessential Quinoa Cookbook (Skyhorse Publishing, 2012)

Wendy Polisi’s quinoa website

By Nicki Pendleton Wood

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Black Bean and Quinoa Tostadas

A light way to enjoy tostadas without sacrificing flavor.

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Quinoa with Roasted Butternut Squash and Cranberries

This is a simple grain and vegetable recipe can be made regardless of your skill level in the kitchen.

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Sweet Potato, Quinoa and Butternut Squash Gratin

With all its creamy richness, this dish is just a little bit indulgent, but, oh, so worth it. All of the flavors combine to make this a dish worthy of a special occasion.

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