Today I want to share something really special with you and offer you an honest-to-goodness giveaway. Before I do, I have to express disappointment in myself. Yesterday I introduced you to Okabashi shoes. I read through their website and was pleased with what I saw. A closed-loop business model, made in the USA, and zero-waste manufacturing. What I didn’t find on their information page is the fact that their product is made from a plastic that is made from Microblast. You can read more here Basically what this means is that the shoes are anti-bacterial and may (I stress “may” because this is a secret formula) contain triclosan which is a dangerous product to our health. My apologies to you for including this company in my good news.
Now to some better news!
Last week Eliza from Happy Simple Living asked me if I would be interested in offering you a chance to win a free copy of her new cookbook, The Quinoa Quookbook, (open to US and Canada). I have plenty of recipes for quinoa so I wasn’t sure if I would find anything new here, but Yes! I would love to offer you a chance to receive a collection of quinoa recipes.
Quinoa is referred to as the “mother of all grains”. For a vegetarian or vegan this little grain contains protein, iron,zinc, and calcium. It is low in fat and modest in calories for anyone who wants to watch their weight. While I am a vegetarian, this Quookbook is not for vegetarians or vegans alone, although there are plenty of recipes that qualify as vegetarian. There are recipes here for any diet and if a recipe sounds good it would be easy to modify to fit your needs.
I have to tell you after looking through Eliza’s book I have been missing out! Eliza has delicious recipes for breakfast, salads, soups, breads (yes you can use quinoa to make bread), Side dishes,and more, Eliza didn’t forget about desserts either. I want to try each of the desserts and now want to grow my own rhubarb to use in one dessert.
Even being blown away by the amount of new ways I can now eat quinoa, I still had to test one of the recipes before offering you a copy. :-) Tonight, not wanting to spend a lot of time preparing a meal I chose to make Quinoa Burrito Bowl. I don’t used canned beans, but have plenty of every variety on hand from dry beans. I wish I could have shared it with you :-) Delicious.
What’s on my list to make next? I’m not sure, maybe the Lentil Quinoa Soup, it is winter here. But these are also on my must try right away list:
- Maple Quinoa Banana Pancakes
- Quinoa Hash Browns
- Blueberry Quinoa Crunch Muffins (I’ll be calling on a neighbor with an oven soon!)
- Quinoa Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes
- Creamy Carrot Soup with Toasted Quinoa
- Crunchy Thai Quinoa Salad with Apples, Red Pear, Dried Cranberries and Toasted Pecans
- Asian Ginger Quinoa with Snow Peas
- Baked French Onion, Quinoa and Cauliflower
That doesn’t even include the desserts. This is a sampling of what you can try.
- Flourless Chocolate Quinoa Cake
- Quinoa Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp
- Dried Cherry, Almond and Quinoa Cookies
- Quinoa Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
- Raspberry Quinoa Streusel Bars
Have you tried Quinoa? What is your favorite way to prepare it?