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Quinoa Cuisine: 150 Creative Recipes for Super Nutritious, Amazingly Delicious Dishes Paperback – April 3, 2012
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Although a lot of the recipes contain meat, it is clear the authors had vegetarians and vegans in mind - many, many of the recipes can be easily modified to become vegan. That's evident even before you hit the vegetarian section. I really appreciate the symbols on each recipe that shows whether it's gluten free, vegan, etc - and again, many of those not labeled as vegan can become vegan with some very simple modifications.
My favorite so far? The kimchi-quinoa salad - ridiculously easy and incredibly flavorful.
I was not aware I could sprout these quinoa seeds, using the sprouts in salads and sandwiches for an even more nutritious meal. This books shows me how. And I never really considered quinoa as a source for pizza dough, muffins, or pancakes. This book offers easy-to-follow recipes for these and other uses.
The biggest surprise for me, though, is learning that I can use quinoa as a key ingredient in making my own trail bars for hikes. It will save me a bundle. I'm a weekend volunteer trail maintainer for a stretch of the Appalachian Trail in Virginia and packing lightweight, nutritious items for these strenuous days are vital. For my next work trip, I plan to share some of my homemade quinoa trail bars with my hiking buddies. It's about time they had something decent to nibble on while on the trail!