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Cooking with Quinoa For Dummies

Author:
Cheryl Forberg
Published: January 3, 2013

Overview

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!

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!

Cooking with Quinoa For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Quinoa — easy to prepare, easy to cook with, and packed with nutrients and protein — is deservedly known as a super food. A pseudo-cereal with whole grain properties, quinoa has become more common on store shelves and increasingly popular on menus for all meals of the day. In the following articles, you can find basic cooking instructions, what makes quinoa so nutritious, a guide to help you choose healthier grains, and a list of gluten-free grains and cereals.

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Gluten-Free Whole Grains and Cereals

Quinoa is one of a variety of gluten-free whole grains and pseudo-cereals (plants that produce seeds that are used in much the same way as whole grain seeds are), but it’s not the only one. The following is a list of popular, gluten-free whole grains and pseudo-cereals that you are likely to find in your local store or available online:

  • Amaranth

  • Buckwheat

  • Corn

  • Millet

  • Oats (when not produced alongside gluten-containing products)

  • Quinoa

  • Unmilled rice and wild rice (not white rice)

  • Sorghum

  • Teff

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Basic Quinoa Cooking Instructions

Quinoa is one of the easiest whole grains to prepare and one of the most versatile. Measure out twice the amount of water as dry quinoa (1 cup of water to 1/2 cup dry quinoa, for example) and then use any of the following cooking methods:

  • Basic stovetop quinoa: Place the quinoa and water in a saucepan and bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer, cover, and cook until all the water is absorbed (about 15 minutes).

  • Energy-saver quinoa: Place the quinoa and water in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Cook, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat, cover, and let rest for 15 minutes.

  • Rice cooker quinoa: Add 2 parts water to 1 part quinoa, stir, and cover. When the cooker shuts off, the quinoa is done.

  • Microwave quinoa: Place the quinoa and water in a microwavable dish. Cook on high for 5 minutes, stir, and then cook 8 minutes longer at 60 percent power. Allow the quinoa to stand for a few minutes before serving.

For all these preparation methods, stir the quinoa a couple times during cooking to prevent it from burning or sticking. You can tell that the quinoa is done when the grains turn from white (or red or black) to translucent and the germ spirals out.

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Whole Grains versus Processed Grains

Some whole grains lose much of their nutritional value when they are processed into flour or flattened into flakes. Quinoa doesn’t. It is always gluten-free and always whole grain. When you shop for whole grains, use the following chart to help you make the choice that’s better for your healthy lifestyle. (Note: Not all of these grains are gluten-free.)