The stack of books on my nightstand is mostly Gluten Free Cookbooks. It seems like everyone is writing a GF book and I have read a lot of them. What really annoys me is when some popular mainstream cook/writer who really does not know that much about the GF diet decides to write a “gluten free” cookbook and do so by taking their old recipes and substituting GF pasta and call it day. If I am going to buy a GF cookbook I want one with real quality recipes that are not too hard to cook, taste good and offer some real gluten free alternatives.
Recently I had the chance to review Williams-Sonoma Weeknight Gluten Free - Simple, Healthy Gluten-Free Meals for Every Night of the Week by Kristine Kidd.
I love this cookbook. I have cooked a recipe from each section and loved them all. The meals are all fairly easy to make but the end results are healthy, gourmet-like meals. My kids have loved everything that I have cooked and I feel good about the food I am serving. It is now my favorite cookbook.
It helps that the author, Kristine Kidd, has celiac disease and was the Bon Appétit magazine’s Food Editor for 20 years. The cookbook includes easy to prepare, flavorful every night of the week recipes. This is not a gluten free baking cookbook so don’t expect recipes for breads and pie crusts. However, sprinkled throughout the chapters are recipes for starchy, gluten-free staples that can replace wheat-based pastas, breads or crusts in meals such as a Polenta Pizza Crust and this recipe for Quinoa Tabbouleh.
Recipe for Quinoa Tabbouleh
Williams-Sonoma Weeknight Gluten Free
Simple, Healthy Gluten-Free Meals for Every Night of the Week
- Quinoa, 1 cup (6 oz/185 g), preferably multi-color
- Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
- Cherry tomatoes, preferably heirloom, 1 lb (500 g), halved
- Chickpeas, 1 can (15 oz/470 g), rinsed and well drained
- Radishes, 6, chopped
- Persian cucumbers, 3, trimmed, quartered lengthwise, cut into 1⁄2-inch (12 mm) pieces
- Green onions, 4, chopped
- Fresh flat-leaf parsley, 3⁄4 cup (1 oz/30 g) chopped
- Fresh mint, 3 tablespoons minced
- Feta cheese, 1⁄2 cup (21⁄2 oz/75 g) crumbled (optional)
- Extra-virgin olive oil, 1⁄4 cup (2 fl oz/60 ml)
- Fresh lemon juice, 1⁄4 cup (2 fl oz/60 ml)
- Romaine hearts
MAKES 4 SERVINGS
Place the quinoa in a medium saucepan. Rinse with cold water, drain. Repeat rinsing 3 more times, and then drain the quinoa and return to the pan. Add 11⁄2 cups (12 fl oz/375 ml) water and a pinch of salt and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer until all the water is absorbed, about 15 minutes. Turn off the heat and let stand at least 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork. Transfer the quinoa to a large shallow bowl and cool to room temperature. (Refrigerate to speed up the cooling).
Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine the tomatoes, chickpeas, radishes, cucumbers, green onions, parsley, mint, and feta, if using. Add to the cooled quinoa. Add the oil and lemon juice and toss to combine evenly. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve with romaine hearts for scooping.
To speed up dinner prep during the week, cook the quinoa the evening before (or save the leftovers from dinner that night).
Instead of the cherry tomatoes, you can use 1 lb (500 g) regular heirloom tomatoes, seeded and chopped.
I like to spoon the salad into a bowl lined with romaine hearts, and then use the salad to pick up bite-sized portions. This is another convenient dish to take to parties.
Now for the Giveaway
I am excited to offer a FREE copy of this wonderful cookbook to one lucky winner.
I am sure this cookbook will soon become a favorite! To enter the giveaway leave one comment on this post or one comment on my Facebook page with the name of your favorite Gluten Free Cookbook.
- This giveaway is limited to U.S. residents 18 and older.
- One entry per person
- The giveaway begins now and ends on April 5th at 12:00 pm pacific time.
No purchase is necessary. Odds of winning are based on the number of entries. The winners will be randomly chosen and will be contacted by email. The winner will have 24 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond, a new winner will be randomly chosen.
If you are not lucky enough to win a copy, you can purchase Weeknight Gluten Free (Williams-Sonoma): Simple, healthy meals for every night of the week from Amazon.com
Disclaimer: I was provided with free product to sample, but was not paid to write this review. The opinions in this post are my own.