on June 4, 2013 :
Have you ever had a good idea gone oh so wrong? Eat quinoa, my nutritionist said my first day on a new diet. So, being gung-ho (for who isn't gung-ho their first week on a new diet?) I went right down to our natural food store and, when they didn't have the quinoa listed on my magical little diet list in stock and was told they could special order it ... for a price ... I did what any other frugal American would do and bought bulk. Yessiree! I bought a great big ginormous 40-pound bag of red quinoa!
You ever see that movie Finding Nemo where the fish from the dentist's fish tank finally orchestrate their escape into the ocean and are floating in the plastic baggies? Yeah ... it was like that. Now what? The entire family quickly balked at a constant diet of steamed red quinoa seeds, so 38.5 of that 40 pound bag has been sitting in my pantry sfor the past year.
Enter '40 Top Quinoa Recipes For Weight Loss.' You mean quinoa has a bitter shell and you're supposed to RINSE it first? Why didn't the nutritionist tell me that? No wonder the kids were balking! Or you can use it to make a tabbouleh-salad type concoction with lots of veggies and it actually tastes good? Or risotto? Pumpkin risotto?
I've tried 3 recipes from this little cookbook so far and have several more circled as potential 'favorites.' I liked it enough to use Adobe Reader to print it out 2-per-page and staple it together into a little 4.25x5.5 cookbook to keep in my cookbook collection so I'll use it every day. One of my 5-pound storage tubs of quinoa has been used! Whoopee! Only 35 pounds of quinoa more to go...
[*As for last year's diet ... I lost 8 pounds WITHOUT eating the quinoa and then gained it right back again so hopefully this cookbook will help with THAT problem as well!*]
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