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Jul 27, 2008 07:43 AM

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!

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  1. Its like sawing a cut to much you can't fix 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.

      1. re: Sam Fujisaka

        Cornbread sounds interesting. I've seen some recipes that use creamed corn - do you thing a straight swap would work?

      2. i would figure aout a way to use it in a soup

        those ingredient, plus chicken stock, plus some veggies or something along those lines

        1. 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:

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          1. re: cimui

            I was going to post wondering if you could use quinoa to make something similar to congee. I guess so :-)

            1. re: tmso

              that's a lot like thew's idea, actually: like soup, but much thicker. you won't have as 'mushy' a consistency as congee or oatmeal since the starch content of quinoa is lower. but i'm sure you could do a savory porridge of some sort. could be good!

          2. mix in an egg or two and make pan-fried quinoa cakes! top with tomato sauce or some sort of ragu or just serve them as a side dish. delicious.

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            1. re: okaygo

              sounds like good eats, okaygo. is egg your only binder? i'm wondering if it's hard to get the quinoa to stick together.

              1. re: cimui

                I've never had a problem just using egg as the binder. The cakes can be a little fragile, but that's fine for me. I'm sure a little flour would help to help keep it all together, especially if the moisture content is high in the quinoa