Quinoa?!

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Registered: 09-23-2010
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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In reply to: malea11
Mon, 04-28-2014 - 8:28pm
I have a recipe that you use with salmon and make them into Salmon Quinoa patties. I haven't had a chance to make it yet but it sounds really good.

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Registered: 02-27-1999
In reply to: k_roni
Tue, 04-08-2014 - 7:47pm

I was reading up on quinoa this past week, I have not tried it yet but have been reading wonderful recipes for years.  It's a grain, like rice, and I will be looking for it at Kroger.  I have not seen it yet (this is Mississippi, progress might get here in about 200 years).  

I actually experiment a lot when I can find ingredients that are new to me.  A new grain won't hurt my feelings a bit!

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In reply to: ubergeek
Tue, 04-08-2014 - 10:51am

Thanks, everyone! I actually bought a cereal over the weekend that contains quinoa and there was nothing I hated about the cereal soooo... *fingers crossed* :) I'm going food shopping today and am going to pick some up and try a few of the recipes.

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In reply to: wren53
Mon, 04-07-2014 - 7:41pm
Just didn't see that "rinsing" on the box of it.. I just did the package directions.. I made it and didn't rinse it and it was ok for me to eat.. * what I thought was it was different from other things I have eaten in the past... I love it like barley but smaller in size.. ELC 11 thanks for the heads up on rinsing ..
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In reply to: wren53
Mon, 04-07-2014 - 7:36pm
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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: ubergeek
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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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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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: 10-01-2002
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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