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Quinoa, what are you supposed to do with it?

PeterL Apr 9, 2009 01:44 PM

I cooked some and added it to my oatmeal. It dosen't taste good at all. Are you supposed to do anything to it besides cooking it in water or chicken stock?

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    nemo RE: PeterL Apr 9, 2009 01:54 PM

    You may not have rinsed it enough to get rid of the bitter saponins. Here's a discussion on rinsing and cooking.

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5195...

    Use it like a grain -- as a salad base, in stuffed cabbage, in soups, as a side with butter and herbs. Although, it's not really a grain, is it? I think it's a seed.

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      PeterL RE: nemo Apr 9, 2009 02:51 PM

      OK I missed the rinsing part. Will try again.

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        globalgourmand RE: nemo Apr 10, 2009 01:08 AM

        Mmm, I love quinoa. I think of it like whole-grain caviar.

        I agree on the washing. Rinse, rinse, rinse!

        A favorite dish I made was a quinoa-grapefruit salad. Let me see if I can remember... Cooked quinoa, segmented ruby red grapefruit, chopped dried apricot, diced candied ginger, toasted hazelnut, sprouted lentils, macadamia nut oil, pepper, an herbal salt blend with lavender.... I think that was it.... I can't remember. I only remember it being SO delicious!!

        Also, made a petite pea and toasted almond pilaf once. Use stock.

        Made quinoa and diced veg. patties once. Just mix with an egg. They get toasty crisp and golden, its pretty nice.

        I imagine it'd make good use for tabouleh. Aha! My dinner idea for tonight!

        nemo, yes it is a seed. Offering protein, fiber, and amino acids among many other vitamins and minerals.

        I like ediecooks' idea. Yummy!

      2. pikawicca RE: PeterL Apr 9, 2009 02:05 PM

        There are, perhaps, a million quinoa recipes on the web. Try one using it as a salad base.

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          xavi1979 RE: PeterL Apr 9, 2009 02:10 PM

          i have recently been using it in place of rice. very nutty and delicious, and very high in protein! cooking it in stock instead of water adds wonderful flavor.

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            ediecooks RE: PeterL Apr 9, 2009 02:33 PM

            I make a salad with it, olive oil, S/P, fresh parseley, corn and red peppers cut up. keep it in the fridge and eat as a side with lunch and dinner.

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              Val RE: ediecooks Apr 9, 2009 05:18 PM

              Yes, a salad is what I've always done with it...can't imagine adding it to oats, quite redundant! Peter, keep at it ... quinoa is great!

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              LPhila RE: PeterL Apr 9, 2009 05:21 PM

              How did you cook it? When first trying to make it, I read two methods--rice style, by adding just a little water and cooking until that was all absorbed, and pasta style, where you dump it into a big pot of water and then drain it when it's done. I like it WAY better when made the pasta way. It comes out much fluffier, whereas with the other method it was kind of gummy. Just a thought. I find it to be delicious with anything you might put it in a cold bulghur wheat or couscous salad. I like olive oil, parsley, chopped tomotoes, feta and pine nuts for example. I've never had it in a sweet or breakfast style preparation, but I could see it working.

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                lexpatti RE: PeterL Apr 10, 2009 06:35 AM

                I've been doing a lot with quinoa recently. I made a nice pilaf once with sauteed vegies, raisins, almonds. I just bought the red inca yesterday and after it cooked mixed with sauteed mushrooms and red onions and then made calzones with shredded motz cheese. I've been wanting to do a quinoa stuffed portobello, or stuffed pepper or stuffed zuchinni - next! I love it as a cold salad, mixed with whatever with a lemon/lime citrus dressing.

                I'm also going to sprouts some - but after I eat all the alfalfa ones - bet they'll be great in a sandwich.

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