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Cooking with Quinoa For Dummies

ISBN: 978-1-118-44780-2
360 pages
January 2013
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140+ gluten-free recipes for adding quinoa to every meal and snack

Touted as "the gold of the Incas", quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) has many health benefits. It is high in both protein and fiber, gluten-free, and has been known to help those with cardiovascular health problems, as well as people who suffer from migraine headaches. Research also shows that the nutritional composition of quinoa is important in fighting breast cancer, especially in post-menopausal women. It is a great gluten alternative, and provides complete protein in vegetarian or vegan dishes. Not only does it have all of these phenomenal health qualities, quinoa is also delicious and extremely versatile!

Quinoa can be made into a breakfast porridge, stuffed into a wrap for lunch, combined with vegetables for a hearty salad, rolled with spices and breadcrumbs to make a delicious burger, and added to an assortment of cakes and breads for an extra protein punch. Cooking with Quinoa for Dummies shows you how you can easily incorporate quinoa into each and every one of your meals and snacks.

  • Offers over 140 gluten-free recipes for incorporating quinoa into breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinners, and desserts
  • Explains the health benefits and disease-fighting power of this superfood
  • Provides the 4-1-1 on how quinoa can help you lose those unwanted pounds
  • Includes a 16 page color insert with beautiful photos of gluten-free quinoa-packed meals

Cooking with Quinoa For Dummies shows you how to use this hot new superfood in all your favourite dishes!

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I: From the Ancient Andes to the Modern Kitchen: Quinoa Basics 7

Chapter 1: Keen on Quinoa: An Introduction to Your New Favorite Food 9

Chapter 2: Funny Name, Serious Super Food: Nutrition Facts about Quinoa 19

Chapter 3: Quinoa’s Versatile Place at Your Table 37

Chapter 4: Getting the Quinoa Kitchen in Gear 51

Chapter 5: Quinoa Cooking 101 65

Part II: Let’s Get It Started! Appetizers, Soups, and Salads 75

Chapter 6: Appetizing Quinoa Appetizers 77

Chapter 7: Seriously Good — and Good for You — Salads 93

Chapter 8: Souped Up Soups 115

Part III: Mouthwatering Main Courses 131

Chapter 9: Starting Your Day Off Right: Breakfast Dishes 133

Chapter 10: Breathtaking Brunches and Lunches 149

Chapter 11: Seafood Recipes to Make Your Mouth Water 163

Chapter 12: Delectable Poultry-Quinoa Combos 179

Chapter 13: Heartier and Healthier Meaty Masterpieces 197

Chapter 14: Recipes Vegans, Vegetarians, and Everyone Else Will Love 211

Chapter 15: Kid-Friendly Favorites 239

Part IV: Snacks, Desserts, and More 255

Chapter 16: Simple and Sensational Snacks 257

Chapter 17: Desserts and Savory Baked Goods 271

Chapter 18: Drinking Your Quinoa 285

Part V: The Part of TEns 293

Chapter 19: Use Quinoa, Not That: Ten Quick Quinoa Swaps 295

Chapter 20: Ten Reasons Quinoa Is a Nutrition Superstar 301

Chapter 21: Ten Things You Probably Didn't Know about Quinoa 305

Appendix A: Shopping Sources for Gluten-Free Quinoa Cooking 309

Appendix B: Metric Conversion Guide 319

Index 323

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Author Information

Cheryl Forberg's work as the nutritionist for the NBC show The Biggest Loser is viewed by millions. A James Beard Award-winning chef and New York Times bestselling author, Cheryl is the go-to source for healthy cooking, from soup to nuts — literally. She delivers expertise in all she does — whether as an inventive chef or a trusted nutrition advisor.

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Press Release

January 07, 2013
Discover delicious, healthy recipes with Cooking with Quinoa For Dummies

Quinoa was once touted as “the gold of the Incas” for its phenomenal health benefits.  A genuine “superfood”, quinoa has been known to help with cardiovascular health problems, migraines, gluten allergies, breast cancer, weight loss and much more.

Cooking with Quinoa For Dummies (Wiley; January 2013; Paper), by Cheryl Forberg, bestselling author and nutritionist for NBC’s The Biggest Loser, teaches readers how to incorporate this delicious and versatile food into their everyday lifestyle.  Forberg provides information on how to properly prepare quinoa, how it benefits everyone’s health and fights disease and how to substitute it into family-favourite meals.

"I look at quinoa as the scrumptious solution,” says Forberg.  “It checks all the boxes – it’s versatile, gluten-free, requires little to no processing and is extraordinarily healthy.  It can transform your life.”

Cooking with Quinoa For Dummies offers over 140 gluten-free recipes, including Thai Quinoa-Coconut Chicken Soup, Quinoa Currant Hotcakes, Grilled Chili Beef with Quinoacado Relish and Quinoa Chocolate Cake.

Cheryl Forberg is available for interviews and can speak about:

  • How quinoa can help with those New Year’s resolutions to get fit and lose weight;
  • Why quinoa should be an essential part of everyone’s diet;
  • Managing gluten allergies and other digestive problems with quinoa;
  • Tips on kid-friendly meals;
  • Using quinoa in your favourite recipes, from cereals and pancakes, to mac and cheese and quesadillas, to chocolate cake and pudding.
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