Looking for a recipe to salvage over-cooked quinoa
I kinda feel like an idiot.
Yesterday night I cooked up 3 cups of quinoa to make a salad and it came out really mushy. Too much water, I guess. It didn't seem too bad at first - I figured I could still use it and so I proceeded to add tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, basil, and balsamic vinegar for the salad. Unfortunately, the oil and vinegar took the already soggy quinoa and made it into a gloppy, gluey, oatmeal like mess.
Needless to say, I'm going to start over with the salad because I still need to bring something to a picnic today, but here's where I need your help - What can I do with the gloppy batch that still tastes really good? I was thinking about finding a savoury quickbread recipe that could incorporate this stuff - I've made bread with cooked oatmeal before that was really tasty. Or maybe some kind of pancake?
Anybody have any ideas? My frugal genes can't allow me to throw it out, and I'm going to still eat it one way or another!
These are all great ideas!
Tonight I tried making the pan-fried quinoa cakes, as per okaygo's suggestion. Yum!
I used about two cups of the quinoa glop, two eggs and about two tablespoons of flour. And I also added some grated parm and browned onions. They fried up quite nicely and were a lovely accompaniment to my fresh green bean soup.
I also like thejulia's suggestion.... I have a few zucchini from my CSA that I also need to use up. I was also thinking of using some of it in venison meatloaf as a filler.
i actually prefer my quinoa this way. i'm grate my csa zucchinis and onions into the quinoa, which gives off tons of water. i could salt and strain to get the traditional individual grains and fluffy texture, but it's too much of a pain. it's a bit of a quinoa risotto, esp when cooked in broth. add chopped cherry tomatoes and feta or mozza cheese/avocado/greek yogurt, parsley/basil: wow, yum! totally different texture, but very flavorful and filling. i've also just dumped quinoa in broth with veggies.
I 'overcook' quinoa on purpose for consumption as a breakfast porridge. Add a little bit of milk, honey, butter and a smidgen of vanilla. It's a good, higher-protein alternative to oatmeal.
Along the same lines, you could also try making a quinoa custard or pudding: http://www.recipezaar.com/137505
Its like sawing a board......you cut to much you can't fix it.....at least I don't think you can salvage/redeem it......and I would hesitate to continue wasting other ingredients in the attempt....especially considering the cost of the quinoa.......being frugal is fine , but sometimes you have to cut your losses...although possibly someone else might have some inspiration ....good luck.