Thursday, January 17, 2013

Win your own book to Celebrate Cooking with Quinoa

Celebrate the International Year of Quinoa in 2013 with this book Cooking with Quinoa for Dummies written by Cheryl Forberg.
Quinoa is a "super food" that nearly disappeared in the 1500s as Spanish explorers destroyed Qunioa fields to break Incas' morale.  Qunioa survived in isolated places in high altitude regions until it was rediscovered and became available in South America in the 1970s.  Qunioa is increasingly becoming popular in North America because it is an easy to digest seed that has lots of nutriets, fibre, protein and more.
Cooking with Quinoa For Dummies has over 140 gluten-free recipes, including Thai Quinoa-Coconut Chicken Soup, Quinoa Currant Hotcakes, Grilled Chili Beef with Quinoacado Relish and Quinoa Chocolate Cake.  Making quinoa in different ways will help keep it interesting to enjoy it all the time.  It is even served in high end restaurants such as in Silks Dining Lounge.  
Forberg provides information on how to properly prepare quinoa, it health benefits and on how we can substitute it into our favourite meals.  Quinoa will transform our diet, health and life.  

There are lots of useful information about nutrition and other food as well, here are a Quinoa specific information from the book.

  • The white, red and black quinoa have a slightly different taste.  
  • To cook 1 cup of quinoa we will need to use 2 cups of liquid; it is a 2:1 ratio.  
  • 1/2 cup of dried quinoa is equal to 1 1/2cups cooked quinoa, it is a 3:1 ratio.  
  • Basic rule is to simmer the quinoa for 15 minutes (maybe a bit more) when it is ready we will smell its aroma strongly and the kernels will be translucent all the way through and germ will spiral out like a short thread on each kernel.
Cook the quinoa with the water in a pan by bringing the water to a boil then reduce the heat to simmer, cover and cook until the water is absorbed.  We can also cook the quinoa in the rice cooker.  Fluff it with a  fork and use it in any recipe.  

Asian Quinoa Coleslaw recipe adapted from this book
1 1/2 cups cooked quinoa
2 tsp olive oil
1 cup onion chopped
1 tbsp garlic minced
2 tbsp fresh ginger chopped
4 cups green cabbage finely shredded
1 cup carrot grated
1/3 cup cilantro without stem chopped 
1 tbsp soy sauce
salt to taste
2 tsp lightly toasted sesame seeds optional

Heat the oil then sauté the onion.  Add the garlic and ginger.  Add the cabbage, cover the pan and cook for a minute.  Remove the cover and stir-fry the cabbage until it is softened for about 2 minutes.  Add the quinoa and grated carrot and cook for 2 minutes until it is heated through.  Add the cilantro, soya sauce, salt and sesame seeds.  Serve it warm.

Giveaway:
Looking forward to hear if you have you cooked with Quinoa before, if so what is your favourite thing to make with Quinoa?
3 people in Canada or US can win this fabulous cookbook.  Giveaway ends on February 10th.
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48 comments:

  1. Yes I'm Canadian!

    I have used Quinoa before but it was quite bland. I need dished with flavour! Hope to find some in this book :)

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  2. I am Canadian. I have never cooked with Quinoa but I have wanted to try.

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  3. I am in the Us and have recently discovered quinoa. I love it, and my favorite way to eat quinoa is in soups for the winter, and salads for the summwer.

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  4. Canadian. Have not cooked with it myself, but have tried other people's recipes.

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  5. Muchas felicidades, este libro tiene que estar muy bien, yo todavía no he probao la quinoa y es que le tengo muchas ganas, besos
    Sofía
    milideasmilproyectos.blogspot.com

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  6. I am in Canada. I have cooked with quinoa before and my favorite way to have it is quinoa patties.

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  7. This book looks so interesting...
    Have a nice day

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  8. A nice giveaway!!! Did try salad from quinoa, loved it!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

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  9. nice n useful book..Til today i never used quinoa..vl try sum recipes

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  10. I am in Canada. I have never cooked with Quinoa but I have tried it at restaurants and I have love it

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  11. I have never cooked with Quinoa but I have wanted to try, probably my first recipe is Peruvian.
    Good day

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  12. I use quinoa instead of rice in many dishe, would love to try the desserts with quinoa..

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  13. I'm in the us! I have never cooked with Quinoa, but I am interested in trying it out!

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  14. I'm in Canada and I like Quinoa, but I've always been too intimidated to make it myself!

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  15. I am in Canada. I have cooked with it a few times- usually we make a salad with it.

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  16. I am in Canada I love making quinoa and black bean salad! YUM!

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  17. canada and I have no idea how to cook with Quinoa but would love to learn!

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  18. I live in Canada and my favorite thing is a quinoa salad with roasted beets, feta cheese, red onion, and cilantro. Here's my recipe: http://ubcfoodie.blogspot.ca/2012/10/roasted-beet-quinoa-salad.html

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  19. I live in Canada and my favorite way to cook quinoa is to make it with roasted beets, feta cheese, red onion, and cilantro. I have a recipe for it on my blog:

    http://ubcfoodie.blogspot.ca/2012/10/roasted-beet-quinoa-salad.html

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  20. Love cooking with quinoa! So many amazing options.

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  21. Thank you so much for visiting me! That coleslaw looks so good! Have a lovely week! Angie xo

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  22. I just tried cooking with quinoa for the first time yesterday! Success! I made some really fantastic quinoa/sweet potato/chickpea patties. Made for a great lunch today.

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  23. Quinoa pulav is my favorite dish. I add a handful of quinoa into most preparations after washing it thoroughly. As I live in Canada, I stock all coloured quinoa from Bulk barn.

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  24. I am in Canada. I cook with Quinoa regularly. Our favorite Quinoa recipe is Avocado and Quinoa Salad.

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  25. I'm in Canada. I haven't cooked with Quinoa and would like to try a recipe.

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  26. I am located in Canada. I have never cooked with Quinoa before, but I've heard about the many health benefits of it, and would like to try it!

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  27. US
    haven't used it because I don't know what to use it with...need this book!
    xo

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  29. Canada
    I have cooked with Quinoa before and like it in salads with vegetables and an oil dressing or as a breakfast cereal with fruit, nuts and cream.
    FanterraF

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  31. I'm in Canada - all I've ever used quinoa for is a pilaf

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  32. I'm in Canada.
    No, I've never cooked with it, but have heard for months how healthy it's supposed to be, and I want to try it.

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  33. I'm in Canada...I've just started making Quinoa in place of rice - cooked like rice. Would love some recipes to try out!

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  34. I live in BC, and I like to cook Quinoa in broth as a side!

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  35. US; Have not cooked with it before, but would like to.

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  36. Canada, I have used as plain side dish with vegies bu wish to get more creative and use for salads etc too in future!

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  37. I'm in Canada. Have cooked with quinoa but don't have a favourite dish yet.

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  38. I'm in Canada. I've only made Quinoa a few times, but I love it! I just need more recipes so this would be perfect! I like it cooked in chicken broth.
    Laura

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  39. I am in Canada and I have cooked with quinoa. My favorite dish is a quinoa salad.

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  40. Canadian. I've eaten with Quinoa but not made it myself

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  41. I live in Canada. I have never cooked with quinoa but would really like to learn to cook with it, as I heard it is very good.

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  42. I live in Canada
    I like to make a quinoa salad

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