Quinoa is the Queen of Nutritious, Tasty Grains

Cooking How-To, Healthy, How-To, Recipes
on July 11, 2012

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