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 Post subject: Quinoa
PostPosted: Mon Mar 16, 2009 10:44 am 
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This is the second time I have used Quinoa in my lunches and I am thinking I don't like it as well as rice. I know that it is supposed to be better for you than rice, but I just don't like the texture. I boiled mine and then added it to the rest of the dish. Is there another way to use this stuff? If worse comes to worse, I will go half and half with rice just to use up what I have left.


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 Post subject: Re: Quinoa
PostPosted: Mon Mar 16, 2009 9:33 pm 
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Todd,

I think quinoa is fine stuff, but it's not a substitute for rice. You reall need to use it in recipes which are written for it.

Mostly, I'd cook it pilaf-style.

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 Post subject: Re: Quinoa
PostPosted: Tue Mar 17, 2009 10:29 am 
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Josh,
I did use the absorption method per CI's instructions on how to cook grains. It's funny, because when I cook this grain, it has all these little rings around these balls and I can't get over it looking like hundreds of tiny little Goldfish eyes staring back at me. Also, the texture feels like tiny little eyeballs or what I think an eyeball would feel like if I were to eat one.
What are some good ways to use this stuff? I mixed mine with some tomato, ground Turkey and spices.


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 Post subject: Re: Quinoa
PostPosted: Tue Mar 17, 2009 1:30 pm 
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Some stuff you might just not like. No matter how good it is for you. Toasting the quinoa in a dry pan before cooking it gives it a nuttier flavor. You can also spice it agressively-it is rather bland.
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 Post subject: Re: Quinoa
PostPosted: Tue Mar 17, 2009 1:46 pm 
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I will try toasting it. That might help.


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 Post subject: Re: Quinoa
PostPosted: Tue Mar 17, 2009 3:41 pm 
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Todd, I cook mine in chicken stock, usually saute some veg first. It is also good mixed with other grains. I buy a grain blend at TJ's called Harvest Grain Blend. It's a mixture of Israeli couscous, orzo, baby garbanzo beans and red quinoa. So it's a nice mix of pasta, beans and grain.I use chicken stock to cook that as well. It is really good, maybe something like this would appeal to you more.

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 Post subject: Re: Quinoa
PostPosted: Tue Mar 17, 2009 4:28 pm 
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Try it as a grain salad -- think of tabbouli.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2009 10:13 pm 
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Todd,

I'm on the road right now, but somewhere I have some traditional South American dishes which use quinoa.

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 Post subject: Re: Quinoa
PostPosted: Sun Jan 23, 2011 2:09 pm 
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I'm just bumping this up.

Wondering if anyone has any interesting quinoa recipes to share?

On a side note, I see above that MiGirl talks about the Harvest Grains Medley from TJ's and although I love the idea, the sad thing is that baby garbanzo beans never seem to cook for me. Is there a trick to this? I followed the package directions and never have them come out other than crunchy and seriously undercooked.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 23, 2011 2:20 pm 
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My favorite way to eat quinoa is: saute a diced onion and minced garlic in olive oil, stir in quinoa and toast for a minute, then add in half chicken broth/half water. Simmer until done, stir in lemon juice, feta, and kalamata olives. I throw in parsley if I have it. Oh, and I add a can of chickpeas when I have them.

I could eat this every day for lunch, and it is easily vegetarian without the broth.

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