Supergrains Challenge: Day 1 – Quinoa

We thought it would be fun to experiment from Chrissy Freer’s new book Supergrains: Cook Your Way to Great Health here on Crave. With the help of some Random House employees and some amazing bloggers, we share with you the: Ten Days, Ten Grains Challenge. For 10 days, we’ll feature our experiences using the ten grains from Chrissy Freer’s book! First up, we have someone you know really well… Cassandra Sadek, the director of online marketing here at Random House of Canada cooks with quinoa for her family!

Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) has been a “super” grain to me for about a year now. I first discovered it at the little café down the street from our office in a delightful salad. So of course when I was asked to be a Supergrains tester, I quickly snatched up the quinoa assignment!

The recipe I tested was Pancetta, Spinach & Leek Frittata (page 28). To be completely honest, I was slightly puzzled at why you would add quinoa to a frittata, but it mixed wonderfully into the egg, giving the dish a more substantial weight. When you eat this, it really fills you up quickly, and the added protein keeps you full for much longer than other basic egg dishes.

Of course I was slightly panicked when putting all the steps together for this recipe, because it’s not really that often that I have the time alone in my kitchen to really focus on new dishes, but the next time I cook this (oh, there will be many next times!) the key will be to prep everything first. The steps really are not complex by themselves, and the great thing is that you really can do them one at a time so you don’t feel rushed and chaotic.

5 things I learned from testing this recipe:

1. Quinoa is incredibly filling!
2. I need to learn how to prep leeks. It was a sad sight.
3. Chicken bacon is a tasty substitute for pancetta.
4. Four year olds will eat spinach if it’s surrounded by eggs and cheese.
5. Leftover frittata makes a delicious and healthy lunch!

Supergrains gets two thumbs up from my family! While flipping through the rest of the cookbook there are several other recipes (and grains) that I’ve marked to try as well. Who knew that one day I would plan to cook with chia seeds?

Want to talk Supergrains on Twitter? Use the hashtag #10grains10days

Supergrains: Cook Your Way to Great Health by Chrissy Freer

Published: Jan 08, 2013 by Appetite by Random House
ISBN: 9780449015711
Price: $24.95

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Lindsey Reeder is slowly learning how to navigate her way around the kitchen. It only made sense that she would choose a career in book publishing with a last name like Reeder. As a Coordinator in the Online Marketing at Random House of Canada, Lindsey spends her days tweeting and blogging about books that make her laugh, make her cry and everything in between. Follow Lindsey on Twitter at @reederreads or @RandomHouseCA.

3 Responses to “Supergrains Challenge: Day 1 – Quinoa”

  1. Natasha A.
    January 14, 2013 at 4:55 pm #

    LOVE quinoa! It’s very quickly becoming a fav in our house! I ask The Mr. if he wants rice or quinoa, and he almost always says quinoa :D

    • Cassandra
      January 14, 2013 at 7:32 pm #

      You’ve got him well-trained! My DH was pleasantly surprised and he said he would try quinoa again in another recipe. :)

  2. Sarah
    January 15, 2013 at 10:15 pm #

    Quinoa is a fav in our house too. Yummy for salads or side dishes. Need to find new ways to use it though as I know how good it is for you so feel as though it can be incorporated into a lot more dishes.

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