Quinoa-YUCK!

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Registered: 04-07-2008
Quinoa-YUCK!
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Wed, 04-23-2014 - 6:50pm

YUCK YUCK YUCK! I have tried it a few times now and it's awful. I used it in a casserole tonight instead of rice and it was barely edible. My daughters thought it tasted like bugs (though I do wonder how they know what bugs taste like). What am I doing wrong with it??

Karla
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Registered: 04-05-2002
Wed, 04-23-2014 - 9:29pm

LOL, I feel the same way.  I've tried it from different recipes, restaurants, etc and just don't care for it.






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Registered: 06-16-1998
Wed, 04-23-2014 - 9:36pm

First, are you rinsing it before cooking? Usually the package will say if its pre-rinsed or not but I always rinse it just to be sure. On the plant it has a natural coating of saposins which make it taste bitter.

I find it to have little flavor when its cooked plain (like cooking rice). Maybe a little nutty. That's good for mixing it with other ingredients (like those kale quinoa patties). Its kind of like tofu in that it will take on the flavor of whatever you season it with. Because of the blah flavor and the texture I think its better mixed with other things, in a filling, etc.; or you have to season it during cooking.

To make it taste better try using broth instead of water for cooking. 

A couple of weeks ago I made a riff on cabbage rolls using swiss chard leaves. For the filling I used quinoa instead of rice. In the saucepan I first sauteed some finely chopped onions then added the broth (I used Better Than Bouillion chicken) and when it came to a boil added the quinoa and cooked as usual. There was some left over after I made the filling for the rolls and it was delicious just as a side. The onions and broth made a huge difference.

I don't know what bugs taste like either LOL but the texture and appearance (like little bug's eyes!!) probably contributed to that impression. I hope that you can get the family to try quinoa again.

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Registered: 09-25-2003
Thu, 04-24-2014 - 9:11am

I think it just takes getting used to, and using smaller amounts of quinoa than whatever other food you combine it with.  I like it cold with feta, red onion, tomatoes, and some greek dressing.  I think it taks on whatever taste the other foods have.  I sometimes mix it with roasted veggies, just to add another food group into the veggies.  I don't crave it, though.  I haven't eaten it in months...maybe I should add it back into my diet.  :)

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Registered: 04-07-2008
Thu, 04-24-2014 - 12:43pm

Okay, I will give this one more shot. I was wondering if I had soaked it first if it would help. The texture was a really big part of why I had trouble choking it down. I'll try soaking and some broth next time to see if it makes it any better. 

Karla
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In reply to: elc11
Fri, 04-25-2014 - 2:16am

It doesn't need to be soaked, just rinse under cold running water for about a minute, in a sieve.

Since you don't like the texture probably it should be mixed with something else, like ground meat for stuffed bell peppers or stuffed squash.

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Registered: 09-25-2003
Wed, 04-30-2014 - 10:31am

LOL.  I have now eaten quinoa at least four times since you started the thread, twice from restaurants, and then, I made it at home.  I used roasted red pepper/tomato soup as the base, and added mixed greens (arugula, spinach, and something).  YUM