Holiday gift idea: The Complete Quinoa Cookbook

If you know someone who loves quinoa, here’s a great holiday gift suggestion for them (or for you if you love quinoa) — a new cookbook that has more than 100 recipes using quinoa.

Written by Catherine Gill, who writes the Dirty Vegan website and wrote the Dirty Vegan Cookbook, the book is aimed at vegan and plant-based diets adherents.

But quinoa also is a heart-healthy ingredient that anyone like me with heart disease should be aware of and use in their cooking.

“The fiber in quinoa can also help with cholesterol and blood sugar levels, lowering your risk of diabetes and heart disease,” notes WebMD in its discussion about quinoa.

The book includes recipes using quinoa for breakfast, snacks and appetizers, lunch and dinner, and even desserts. Quinoa-stuffed grape leaves in the appetizer section got my attention, I may try those for a holiday meal.

Each recipe comes with a tip for making it, but unfortunately, the recipes don’t list nutrition information for finished dishes.

Not many cookbooks do that, granted, but seeing that can make heart-healthy meal planning so much easier.

The book retails for $20 on Amazon. At a time when everyone is cooking more because of the Pandemic, this could be a great gift.

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