Monday, March 14, 2011


I've been adventuring lately in the cookbook "Quinoa 365," which whenever we get it in the shop, we seem to sell out right away!
As someone who loves Quinoa but was desperate to find different ways to eat it, this cookbook seemed perfect to me.
I know some of you may be adverse to using a lot of quinoa, due to the difference in price between it and rice. However, did you know that quinoa triples in volume when cooked, whereas rice only doubles? That right there makes a huge difference in purchase power.
Secondly, if you didn't know that quinoa needs to be rinsed before cooked, then you were probably eating a lot of really bitter and yucky tasting quinoa. Dump quinoa in a sieve and give it a good rinse before you cook it.
Thirdly, quinoa is a great alternative for gluten free or alkaline diets. It is a versatile product that can be used in baking quite easily and has a lovely, nutty flavour. It is also more nutritious than using only rice flour as it carries a protein punch!
You can use the quinoa flour in recipes that call for regular flour-you may have to experiment a bit, but that's what cooking is all about!

You will want to try some of these recipes, as I have added them to my repertoire and my daughter loves them all!

Quinoa Pancakes
Pumpkin Quinoa pancakes
Moist Chocolate Cake (made with cooked quinoa!)
Berry Smoothies with Quinoa
Carrot Spice Quinoa Muffins

Check out their website for more ideas and information!

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