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Super Natural Every Day by Heidi Swanson

I don’t think I can do justice to a write-up about this book. I have always adored Heidi Swanson’s blog – 101 Coobooks and loved her recipes. When her book, Super Natural Every Day, showed up  last month, I had to resist with all my might not to open it. I knew once I did, I would not get anything else done. And I was right. The book is all Heidi all the way and what a terrific thing that is. It has soulful recipes that jump right out at you and beg to be made. I read the book as I would a story book, nodding, smiling, laughing, and feeling famished! Her recipes are simple and very unpretentious and guess what? They ALWAYS work. I can vouch 100% for that as can her million (gazillion) other fans.

The recipes I have tired are the weeknight curry (which I loved) and the simple green lentil soup: delicious, soothing, and now a regular part of my weekly cooking repertoire.

My opinion on this book: Buy it now or be the only one on the block without access to amazing recipes. (PS- the book is all vegetarian recipes but she does include recipes with eggs).

Quinoa Patties
Reprinted with permission from Super Natural Every Day: Well-Loved Recipes from My Natural Foods Kitchen by Heidi Swanson, copyright © 2011. Published by Ten Speed Press, a division of Random House, Inc.

Makes 12 patties

2 1/2 cups cooked quinoa, room temperature
4 large eggs, beaten
1/2 teaspoon fine-grain sea salt
1/3 cup finely chopped fresh chives
1 onion, finely chopped
1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan or Gruyere cheese
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 cup whole-grain bread crumbs, plus more if needed
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
Directions

Combine the quinoa, eggs, and salt in a medium bowl. Stir in the chives, onion, cheese, and garlic. Add the bread crumbs, stir, and let stand for a few minutes. Form mixture into twelve 1-inch thick patties. (Add more breadcrumbs if the mixture is too wet; add water if too dry.) Mixture can be kept covered in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.
Heat oil in a large, heavy skillet over medium-low heat. Working in batches, add patties, cover, and cook until bottoms are deeply browned, about 7 to 10 minutes. Increase heat to medium if there is no browning after 10 minutes and continue to cook until patties are browned. Flip patties with a spatula and cook the second sides until golden, about 7 minutes. Remove from skillet and cool on a wire rack. Repeat with remaining patties.

To cook quinoa:
Combine 2 cups of well-rinsed uncooked quinoa with 3 cups water and 1/2 teaspoon fine-grain sea salt in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, cover, decrease the heat, and simmer for 25 to 30 minutes, until the quinoa is tender and you can see the little quinoa curlicues.

AND AND AND -- We are giving away a copy of Heidi’s book to one lucky LIFE OF SPICE reader. Enter your comment here as to why you want to win and the winner will be announced on May 9th when I bring you my interview with Heidi in my “Conversation with Exceptional Women” Series.

patties photo by my very talented friend Sala Kannan.

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Comments

  1. Looking forward to your interview with Heidi! I enjoyed your earlier one with Kim Severson very much. Can’t wait to get a better look at the cookbook – I have not yet purchased it – can cook more of Heidi’s recipes!

  2. Who in the world today don’t want to be on natural diet….when it is super natural way…who doesn’t want to know more about it…..love those patties…looks yum….looking forward for her interview….

  3. I love to eat and live healthy and yours is one blog I love

  4. I’m really interested in this cookbook. I was always a natural-foods person (it comes naturally to us Oregonians!), with a lot of emphasis on fresh fruits and vegetables. I just moved to Singapore and do virtually all my shopping at the wet market up the street from our flat…instead of a supermarket. So, looking for even more ideas for the fresh produce and non-processed foods I have easiest access to…and, considering the heat, lighter recipes.

  5. I love quinoa and can’t wait to make these patties. We have been eating far more green lately and I will be looking for this book in a Kindle edition for sure!

  6. I’ve only heard good things a about Heidi’s book ever since its release. I adore her blog, and I love her healthy approach to eating.

  7. I have been religiously following Heidi’s blog and am endlessly inspired by her healthy recipes, stories and photography.

  8. I’m always looking for ways to incorporate more whole, healthy foods into my family’s diet. Trying my best to come up with meals my son likes as much as Kraft Dinner. Sigh.

  9. I love quinoa and always looking for new ways to cook it. These patties sound great.
    Looking forward to the interview and more close to nature recipes.

  10. I love Heidi’s site and have made many things from it over the years. These quinoa patties look wonderful, and I would very much enjoy having Super Natural Every Day to turn to for inspiration! Thanks for the giveaway.

  11. Her books seems to be everyone’s fave now! If I have to tell you why I want this book, I have 3 answers:

    1.I am one of the bridesmaid for my cousin’s wedding and I’m trying my level best to shed some baggage by then and I think super natural food can help me do that better !

    2.I’m practicing yoga (looking up internet videos) these days so I somehow feel that this book and the recipes it contain will be a perfect accompaniment :)

    3.I’m terrible when it comes to cooking vegetarian stuff! I need a good vegetarian cookbook :)

    Looking forward to your interview with Heidi!

  12. Hannah B. says:

    These look YUM-eee! I can’t wait to make them and see what else is inside that book! :) This is the way I like to eat.

  13. Juliann Goldman says:

    I just discovered 101 cookbooks and have added it to my “must read” blogs. Question: are the breadcrumbs in the quinoa pancakes fresh or dry? Keep up the good eats!

  14. I LOVE Heidi’s website, and have made several recipes from it (the Tempeh Lettuce Tomato sandwich that I posted on my blog, as well as the Yellow and Red Lentil Curry). Looking forward to making recipes from her book for summer potlucks, barbeques, and picnics!!

  15. Can’t wait to read about your interview with Heidi. Love the 101 cookbook site like so many others and have heard so much about this book. Plus its all vegetarian! Would love a personal copy.

  16. Elizabeth says:

    I’d love to win a copy of this cookbook as I’m always looking for simple inspiration… But if I don’t win, I’m equally inspired to purchase! Thanks so much for bringing this author and cook to our attention!

  17. I am not a vegetarian but rather an occasional carnivore (I am powerless before duck and bacon, but cook primarily without meat) I adore 101cookbooks and Heidi Swanson’s first book. I appreciate the spin she puts on seasonal farmer’s market cuisine, and that she manages not to completely eschew sweets.

  18. I know I can use Heidi’s recipes for a punch of nutrition and brightness in my day. I’m so excited for her new cookbook!

  19. I love reading Heidi’s blog, and love her recipes!

  20. I love her blog so much and could use some quick ideas instead of sandwiches. especially with summer coming and as we are playing later outside with the kids, we aren’t spending as much time preparing dinner, but I really still want something wholesome and healthy for all of us.

  21. As a “wanna-be” vegetarian, this book would give me a push to incorporate more meatless recipes to my daily cooking. This recipe looks great by the way! Can’t wait to try it.

  22. starre says:

    a great way to eat for the health of our bodies and planet. Would love to have this book as part of my collection. thanks for the opp

  23. I have this book! And its awesome!! I made the bean and cabbage salad on the front – so good! I can’t wait to try the cauliflower soup!

  24. Carol Cripps says:

    I’m a “part-time” vegetarian – I eat meatless meals 3-4 days a week. It saves money, and I eat a far greater variety of foods than I would if I were simply eating the “meat and two veg” I grew up with. This book would expand my horizons even further. Of course, if I don’t win, I’ll just have to go out and buy it, but winning it would save money, too.

  25. I LOVE Heidi’s recipes, everything she does is so inspiring!

  26. Over the last few years, I’ve learned to make healthier and more natural choices for the foods I eat. With the change in my diet, I’ve experienced so many positive health changes. I know I still have a lot to learn and I’d love more variety to the meals I make, which is why I’d love to get this book!

  27. I just found this website, and made the quinoa patties for lunch just now, because coincidentally (or maybe just good karma!), I had some leftover quinoa from last night’s dinner… and they are DELICIOUS! So now I want MORE from the cookbook that has that recipe!

  28. Kaitlin says:

    Huge fan of 101 Cookbooks. As a person who’s food choices as a child were limited to meat and potatoes, her website has helped add some great meatless options to my repertoire (my favourites include the 5-minute tomato sauce and chunky guacamole).

  29. Cristina says:

    I love quino so badly and ther’e no doubt I’m making this recipe one day or another at home with my sister.
    I would really like to have a copy of Heidi Swanson’s book, specially because I love cooking and I enjoy it with my sist. As we are very young (17 and 21) we have a long way to cook, and I don’t know if here in Spain the book is available. We love cooking books as well as natural cooking, such as macrobiotic, ecological and vegeratian food, we’re quite “green”.
    Thank you for your posts!
    I hope my sister and I can make our quinoa patties look like yours, they look so yumy!

  30. Love Heidi’s blog & am sure the book is fabulous, too. Her recipe for quinoa with kale, tofu and pesto is a favorite. Can’t wait to try the quinoa cakes.

  31. Monica,
    Ever since I have opened my eyes in the blogging world, I have loved Heidi’s blog, especially her take on natural foods, which I am a firm believer of as well.
    Being a die hard vegetarian that I am, her cookbook will be a dream come true addition for me to explore her supernatural foods.
    Eager to read Heidi’s interview on your space!

  32. This recipe sounds amazing! I’m hoping to win the cookbook so that I can continue to add more delicious vegetarian meals to my repertoire.

  33. I think my husband would agree to eating quinoa if I served these patties. I’d like to win Heidi’s book as I have just finished chemo and I’m trying to eat a morehealthy diet.

  34. jiyoung says:

    i’d like to eat healthier…

  35. Can’t wait for the interview! I definitely need to snag a copy of this book… and in the mean time, I’ll be making these quinoa patties!

  36. And the winner is Wendy! Please email me your addy so I can get the book to you asap!

  37. simran says:

    i’ve been following 101cookbooks for years, and the site’s repertoire of simple but tasty and healthy recipes have saved me from many an evening of despondently boiling water for ramen. to be able to cook from a copy of her cookbook would be a very cool way to upgrade! :-) incidentally, having recently moved to san francisco, i discovered that i live right in heidi’s neighbourhood, and so have access to some of the same stores that she frequents, the same ingredients that she uses. i feel truly lucky, and would love to experiment some more with her book by my side.

  38. Tara M Desmond says:

    Monica, these are exactly what jumped out at me when I flipped through my copy. Excited to make them for Abigail.

  39. These came out delicious! I really enjoyed them! They were absolutely gooey inside and crispy outside as soon as I made them, and oh-so-fragrant! Thanks so much for the recipe!

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