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Sep 13, 2009 11:31 AM

Favorite Quinoa Recipes

Chris and I recently got back from Peru, where we stayed with a village leader at amantani island, which is on lake titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world.

We got their rediculously delicious recipe for vegetable quinoa soup, and as soon as I am done translating it i'll post it here. We also have a ton of quinoa to go through, so I thought I'd offer up the question for your personal favorites.

Oh, and a little trivia - quinoa is not a true grain, it is actually botanically related to swiss chard and beets.

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  1. i cook it in a saute pan with some vegetable stock, and then stir in some of the seapoint farms "eat your greens" veggie mix with some minced garlic, salt, and pepper. Easily one of my favorite fast, easy things to eat

    1. It's actually a seed - who knew? We are big quinoa eaters here. Here are a few of my favorite recipes:

      quinoa with chicken & peas:

      Citrusy Chicken Quinoa Salad:

      Quinoa with toasted pistachios and dried pinapple:

      And this one - a pilaf with garlic & kale, I'm going to try this week:



      1. Maybe this is a cop out, far too easy, but my favorite quinoa dish is simply quinoa and a lot of sauteed onions. there is something about the contrast of texture and taste of the two ingredients that I love.

        1. Im looking forward to your recipe - just bought a big 5 lb bag of quinoa

          there are some great Ottolenghi salad recipes using quinoa along with other grains - search the two terms on google and you will find.

          1. I'm so happy you put up this thread, saralynn. I like quinoa a lot, and I like that it delivers my family a good quality protein, but I could use some variety in its preparation.

            Thus far I mostly serve it with a mix of roasted chopped vegetables, which vary according to the rest of the meal. I don't know why I never thought of it in soups! Thanks for that idea.

            A question for anyone who knows--I find quinoa to be extremely expensive in our local supermarkets; much more expensive than wild rice, for instance. Is that typical for quinoa?

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            1. re: Normandie

              I buy it in bulk at the health food store and it's pretty cheap. As for ideas, black beans and corn with the other southwestern flavours go well with it.