Quinoa?!

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Quinoa?!
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Mon, 03-31-2014 - 3:23pm

Tracy mentioned quinoa in an asparagus recipe. I've been meaning to try it; how do you guys make it? 

I've also read that you need to rinse it first. Yes? Also, and probably the most important, what does it taste like? Similar to rice? That's what I've got in my head at least, lol.

 

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Registered: 06-16-1998
In reply to: ubergeek
Mon, 03-31-2014 - 4:37pm

We're big on quinoa here. I usually cook it just like white rice (2 parts water to one part quinoa, simmer for 20 mins) but you do need to rinse it first under running water, for 30-60 seconds I guess. It doesn't have a lot of flavor by itself, maybe a little bit nutty but IMO not as nutty tasting as brown rice. I make it plain if I'm going to be mixing it with other ingredients, but you could saute some onion and garlic in the saucepan first, then add the water and proceed; or make it with broth instead of water.

Costco sells a yummy cold salad of quinoa with mung beans and chopped veggies that reminds me of Tabouli, so it lends itself to grain salads too. Our favorite quinoa recipe is these Healthy Kale Quinoa Patties, my dh loves Boca Burgers but likes these patties even more. He has me make a double batch so there are lots of leftovers for his lunch. There's no nutrition info included but the author says they're about 200 calories, 4 grams fat, and 33 grams carb per patty when made as directed. She says it makes 10 patties, they're kind of skimpy so I make 6 larger ones instead. If you don't like kale you could probably use spinach or swiss chard instead.

Here's more info and recipes for quinoa: http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-cook-quinoa-63344

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Registered: 05-09-2010
In reply to: ubergeek
Tue, 04-01-2014 - 11:45am

I don't like it. If I have to acquire a taste for something, I just don't find it worth my time or money.

Nancy
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In reply to: ubergeek
Tue, 04-01-2014 - 1:11pm

I love quinoa.  The first time I made it I didn't like it.  I guess it just wasn't what I expected.  I tried it again.  Now I cook it in chicken stock and I use a little more liquid than is called for, and let it simmer a little longer, until all liquid is absorbed.  More liquid makes it a little softer.  I agree that some sauteed onion and garlic would be a great addition.  It doesn't really taste like rice or have the same texture, but it can be used as a subsitute for rice in a lot of dishes, or just served as a side dish.  I add some frozen mixed veggies to it.  The good thing about it is it is high in protein so it's a lot healthier than rice.  My husband won't try anything new, especially if it's healthy, so I only make enough for me.

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Registered: 10-01-2002
In reply to: wren53
Tue, 04-01-2014 - 5:58pm
Have to say I kinda like it. I have it with cinnamon and sometimes a low cal syrup for a breakfast.. I don't know if I would have it as a meal.. they say it is full of protein.. vegans like it...
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In reply to: ubergeek
Tue, 04-01-2014 - 6:00pm
I do not rinse it! I have to say no its not like rice to me.. very small and petite grain type.. Our Karen is the whiz in this info..
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In reply to: elc11
Tue, 04-01-2014 - 8:51pm

Wren, I've read that you really should rinse it for about a minute, unless the package says pre-rinsed. It has a natural coating of Saponins which can make it taste bitter or soapy if not removed before cooking. I don't think it will hurt you to ingest the saponins but it might make the dish taste bad or off.

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Registered: 09-23-2010
In reply to: ubergeek
Wed, 04-02-2014 - 3:01pm

Excellent, thanks so much! We go to Costco so I'll have to look for that salad! Those patties sound yummy!

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Wed, 04-02-2014 - 3:05pm

cs_carolsue wrote:

I love quinoa. The first time I made it I didn't like it. I guess it just wasn't what I expected. I tried it again. Now I cook it in chicken stock and I use a little more liquid than is called for, and let it simmer a little longer, until all liquid is absorbed. More liquid makes it a little softer. I agree that some sauteed onion and garlic would be a great addition. It doesn't really taste like rice or have the same texture, but it can be used as a subsitute for rice in a lot of dishes, or just served as a side dish. I add some frozen mixed veggies to it. The good thing about it is it is high in protein so it's a lot healthier than rice. My husband won't try anything new, especially if it's healthy, so I only make enough for me.

Thanks, that helps a lot too! :) 

 

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Registered: 07-26-1999
In reply to: ubergeek
Mon, 04-07-2014 - 11:17am

I do rinse it, I actually leave it overnight in a jar of water and then rinse it well.  You can buy sprouted quinoa that doesn't require rinsing or anything.  I took me two or three times of eating it before i was sold on it, and DH still hates it... You can add it to soups in place of rice and its good, it takes on whatever flavor you cook it with.

I make it a few different ways actually, a savory kind I boil in water and then mix with garlic soaked olive oil and add garlic roasted chickpeas and cauliflower to it. I adapted it from this recipe since I don't like dressing:

http://dishingupthedirt.com/recipes/dinner/roasted-cauliflower-and-chickpeas-with-lemon-dijon-dressing/

For a sweet quinoa, I have a few different ways I make it, but one is I boil it in either almond or coconut milk with a tsp of vanilla extract then I mix in shredded coconut, slivered almonds and mango slices.  Another good one is:

http://www.skinnytaste.com/2012/10/apples-and-cinnamon-breakfast-quinoa.html

and here is one i am excited to try once summer gets here and more fresh fruits are in season:

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-12391/quinoa-fruit-salad-vegan-gluten-free.html?utm_campaign=recommendation&utm_medium=relateddesktop&utm_source=feature

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In reply to: wren53
Mon, 04-07-2014 - 7:36pm
thanks!
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