I was offered a copy of The Idiot's Complete Guide Quinoa Cookbook to review, and even though it's not a vegan (or even vegetarian) cookbook, I decided to give it a gander anyway. I figured, although there are some meat dishes in the book, a cookbook about quinoa is bound to be filled with veg options. And I was right. Despite recipes for Thai Chicken Quinoa Salad and Quinoa Roast Beef Wraps, there actually seem to be more vegetarian dishes in here than meat ones. And many of those are vegan or are easily veganizable.
|And yes, I believe that is cheese on the cover. But just pretend you didn't see that.|
This is unlike any hummus I've had. There's no tahini and no chickpeas, which in my opinion, pretty much makes it not hummus. But it's tasty nonetheless. I might have called it Black Bean Spread with Hummus, but that's all semantics. What's in here? Well, cooked quinoa for one. Duh. But also black beans, hominy, tomato paste, chili powder, lots of cilantro, and lime and lemon. See? Totally unlike hummus. But delicious. The quinoa added a nice chew, but it was still very soft and creamy.
Since one cannot live on hummus alone, I served this spread and bread with some homemade Summer's Bounty Veggie Soup from my book, Cookin' Crunk:
I know summer isn't really the time for soup, but you have to make this soup when everything — the okra, sweet corn, squash, basil etc. — is in season. And since the tomato base is made with fresh tomatoes cooked into a broth, it's crucial to use juicy, summer tomatoes. My book is out now, by the way. You can order your signed copy on my page (PayPal button on the right) or check your local bookstore.
But I digress. I'm really here to tell you about The Complete Idiot's Guide Quinoa Cookbook. If you're bored with quinoa taking a backseat to your main dishes, this book is for you. Recipes like Cucumber Mousse with Quinoa Caviar (not vegan, but easily veganized) and Crispy Quinoa-Stuffed Wontons (they have tofu in 'em!) are sure to expand your quinoa horizons.
Now tune in tomorrow for another review of another quinoa cookbook!