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Mar 5, 2008 12:05 PM

Your quinoa recipes

I've just discovered quinoa and boiled some in chicken broth as a side dish. We loved it and want to try it different ways. Do you have any recipes you can share?

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  1. I love this one: Smokey Chipotle Chicken and Quinoa Hotdish. St. Paul had a "hotdish" recipe contest for this year's winter carnival and this one won. I've posted a modication of it (to make it fit weight watchers core plan) in this thread--but, you can easily unmodify it. We usually make a double recipe and it vanishes very quickly in our house--we fight over the leftovers.

    It's a little time consuming because you have to bake the chicken first, but it's worth it. You could also buy a whole roasted chicken from the supermarket if you were in a hurry. We usually roast a chicken one day and make the hotdish the next.


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    1. re: The Dairy Queen

      yum! Do you ever toast your quinoa before using?

      1. re: egbluesuede

        Not in this dish, no. It's already takes pretty dang long to prepare this dish and the quinoa that sits on the top of the casserole gets kinda toasty anyway.


    2. I like cooking it in water, draining, and then tossing with a vinaigrette... One nice recipe is to toss with a vinaigrette made with olive oil, lemon or lime juice, cumin and a dash of soy sauce - goes really great as a side with grilled meat and vegies.

      1. This is one of my favorites:

        Quinoa and Black Bean Salad

        I have made it for potlucks and have gotten rave reviews. Good for both lunch and dinner.

        1. Try a quinoa "tabouli" - dressing with lemon, olive oil, s&p, little honey, lots of chopped parsely, chopped cucumber, tomato and maybe a little red onion.

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          1. re: harryharry

            harryharry - Does traditional tabouleh also have honey?

              1. re: itryalot

                Probably not, but I like the flavor - I'm very partial to sweet with my sour

            1. I love quinoa! Here's a favorite recipe of mine:


              1 Tbs canola oil
              1 med onion, chopped
              8-10 mushrooms, sliced
              1 lg bell pepper, diced
              1 jalapeno pepper, minced
              1 sm zucchini, diced
              2 cloves garlic, minced
              3 cups water
              1-1/2 cups quinoa
              2 cups peeled and diced sweet potato
              1 cup chopped kale
              2 Tbs minced fresh parsley
              ½ tsp salt
              ½ tsp pepper

              Preheat oven to 400 deg. In saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Add onions and mushrooms, peppers, zucchini, and garlic. Saute about 5-7 minutes. Stir in remaining ingredients and bring to boil.

              Transfer mixture to 9- by 13-inch pan and cover. Bake until liquid is absorbed, about 35-40 minutes. Remove from oven and fluff with fork. Let stand 5 minutes before serving. Serves 6-8.

              Edit: Do rinse the quinoa before using it to get rid of any soapiness.