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Apr 17, 2011 11:02 AM

Quinoa kugel and other quinoa recipes for Passover

I hope people will share recipes that work for them. Here's a milchig kugel that is very useful as a weekday main course, or for lunch, breakfast and snacks. It can be eaten at home or at work on erev Pesach.

Quinoa kugel

I box (2 cups) cooked quinoa
2 16 oz containers cottage cheese (I used lowfat, but you can use non or full fat)
2 cans crushed pineapple
6 eggs
1/3 cup sugar (add more if you like it sweet, I don't use any and this is good even if sugar is omitted completely)
2 tablespoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon powdered ginger

Cook the quinoa while measuring other ingredients, or use leftover kugel.

Mix all ingredients.

Ppur into kugel pan. (12" by 14" by 2" deep - but the recipe works in pans of other dimensions)

This is lovely warm or cold. It travels better in a pan or small tupperware than as wrapped squares or slices.

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  1. I just made this recipe. I made it X4 and put it into two 11x7 foil pans. Yummy, if you will eat KLP cumin, tumeric and quinoa.

      1. re: mamaleh

        Sounds lovely. If we post our more successful quinoa recipes, it will make planning next Pesach easier.

      2. I always make the following recipe with some changes - I triple the recipe but only use a total of 6 cloves of garlic, 1 cup of quinoa, dice the carrot and saute until soft, 3 stalks of celery minced (instead of 1 cup). This makes enough to serve 12+. A huge hit with company.

        1. For Tuesday lunch I sauteed a large onion and some good mushrooms and mixed it into white quinoa and cold baked salmon. I don't understand the instructions to rinse quinoa. It tastes perfectly fine when I cook it just the way it comes out of the box.

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          1. re: SoCal Mother

            Some brands of quinoa are pre-rinsed, and some aren't. If you cook a non-rinsed quinoa, you'll know about it - it's covered in saponins, bitter compounds that are similar to soaps.

            1. re: GilaB

              Trader Joe's. The instructions said to rinse it. The instructions were too demanding...

              1. re: SoCal Mother

                Trader Joe's Quinoa is made by Ancient Harvest so it always bothered me that the TJs box said you had to rinse the quinoa, while the AH box said it was pre-rinsed.
                If you follow the link to DaphnaR's recipe above, it says that you don't have to rinse either brand. Anyone want to weigh in?

                1. re: websterhall1994

                  I err on the side of rinsing because it is yucky if you needed to and didn't and it takes like one minute.

          2. NOTE: I haven't made this yet, but this recipe showed up in my email in-box courtesy of Vegetarian Times, from whom I receive frequent emails. I think I might make it for shabbos or the end days of yom tov.

            Quinoa with Pistachios, Parsley, and Mint
            Vegetarian Times Issue: May 1, 2006  

            This fluffy grain salad is so delicious it can stand on its own, but it's especially good for soaking up the juices of grilled vegetables and tofu.

            Serves 4
            • 1/2 cup shelled pistachios
            • 1 cup quinoa
            • 1/2 tsp. salt, plus more to taste
            • 1/4 cup finely chopped parsley
            • 1/4 cup olive oil
            • 3 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
            • 2 Tbs. finely chopped mint

            1. Toast pistachios in small skillet over medium heat 3 to 4 minutes, or until fragrant and golden brown. Transfer to cutting board, cool slightly, then chop and set aside.
            2. Toast quinoa in heavy saucepan over medium heat 3 minutes, or until light brown and beginning to pop. Stir in salt and 2 cups water. Cover, and bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 15 minutes, or until water is absorbed. Transfer to serving bowl, and let cool.
            3. Add parsley, oil, lemon juice, mint and toasted pistachios to cooled quinoa. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Let stand 20 minutes for flavors to develop. Adjust seasonings, adding a little more lemon juice, if necessary. Serve on bed of leaf lettuce, if desired.

            Calories 382
            Protein 9g
            Total Fat 17g
            Saturated Fat 3g
            Carbs 35g
            Sodium 304 mg
            Fiber 5g
            Sugar 2g

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              1. re: magiesmom

                Great; I'm glad to hear it. I haven't made it yet, but I just bought the pistachios today so that I can make it for shabbos. I have all the rest of the ingredients, including the mint growing out back!