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Perfect Quinoa Cakes with Roasted Red Peppers, Spinach and Feta

I am so happy that I am armed with a few really great books. It should be mentioned that last night’s dinner was from a cookbook that won “Winner of the Gourmand World Cookbook Award for Best Vegetarian Cookbook in the World, 2003.”  Not bad right? To be honest we have not once made a recipe from this book that did not blow us away or left us feeling like, “where’s the meat?”

We enjoy eating vegetarian at least 50% of the time because it’s easier on the pocket book, the flavors tend to be more interesting and the ingredient list is always fun. Cafe Paradiso Seasons is one of the most delightful presents we have received because it continues to bring us joy, meal after meal. Do yourself a favor and pick up this cookbook. You can buy it through the Amazon by clicking on My Favorites on the right side of the page.

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By on February 18, 2011 in Blog, Gluten Free, Low Carb, Lunch, Main Course, Main Ingredient, Quinoa, Recipes, Vegetarian

Quinoa Nectarine Salad with Cumin Dressing


This is a delightful summer salad. To be honest we eat this one all year round. In the winter substitute dried apricots for nectarines. Quinoa is by far one of my favourite grains. It is packed with nutrients and it is a complete protein which makes it a genius staple for vegans and vegetarians alike. The trick to quinoa is to rinse it well before cooking. This will make it less bitter. Add a little oil to a pot and add the quinoa. Stirring frequently, lightly toast the grains until you get a nutty aroma, approximately 5 minutes. Add 3 cups of water and cover. Allow to cook at a low simmer for 20 minutes or until the water has evaporated. Quinoa cooks very much like rice other than the toasting step and substitutes great for a starch at dinner.

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By on August 23, 2010 in Blog, Gluten Free, Lunch, Main Course, Main Ingredient, Quinoa, Recipes, Salad, Side Dish, Vegan, Vegetarian

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