Cooking with Quinoa, Rena Patten
Cooking With Quinoa - The Supergrain, Rena Patten (RRP $29.95)
What a fantastic book on cooking with Quinoa - one of my absolute favourite recipe books. It makes a lovely gift too. Most of us have heard of Quinoa and we’re keen to use it for our health's sake, but our range of dishes or creativity using this supergrain is usually quite limited. This fabulous book will certainly change that!
Impress your friends and family with nearly 200 pages of delightful Quinoa recipes using it in it’s various forms – as a grain, flake and/or flour – there’s something for every meal of the day …
- Breads & Pastas
- Sweet Things
Quinoa - pronounced keen-wah - is a grain, but not just any grain. It is considered to be almost a complete food.
It is very high in protein, full of vitamins, gluten- and wheat-free, cholesterol-free and usually organic. And it is simply delicious.
An ancient plant native to the Andes Mountains, Quinoa is known to have been a staple food of the Incas.
Quinoa contains more protein than any other grain. It is also a very good source of manganese, magnesium, potassium, phosphorous, copper, zinc, vitamins E and B6, riboflavin, niacin and thiamine.
It has more calcium than cow's milk, is an excellent antioxidant, is rich in dietary fibre and has more iron than any grain.
It also has the highest content of unsaturated fats and a lower ratio of carbohydrates than any other grain plus a low Glycaemic Index level. The health benefits are truly enormous.
In the kitchen, Quinoa has a huge range of uses and lends itself beautifully to many dishes. When cooked, it has a very delicate texture and is lovely in soups and sweets, and makes wonderful salads, pasta, breads and delicious vegetarian and non-vegetarian meals.
It is simple to prepare, easy to digest and most enjoyable to eat. It is very light on the stomach and you don't tend to feel at all heavy after eating a meal made with quinoa.
About the Author
Rena Patten has written her book on Quinoa grain to raise awareness of the versatility and health benefits of the many uses of Quinoa in everyday meals and the fact that it is a food that can be enjoyed by everyone including people with gluten and wheat intolerances.