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2012-03-17 8:17 AM

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Just discovered a bag of quinoa bequeathed to me by a departing colleague. I've never cooked with it. Does anyone have any yummy recipes for using it? Needs to be cookable on a gas stove; no regular oven. I do have a microwave, though. Not vegetarian or vegan but can't eat cheese; otherwise, basically anything is fine--love veggies and spicy stuff.

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2012-03-17 10:43 AM
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Love quinoa! A few tips: depending on the brand, you might want to rinse it in a seive before starting to cook it. Some are pre-rinsed, but others have a residue you might want to remove. Sometimes I also "saute" the quinoa raw in a bit of olive oil before cooking it; gives it a bit nuttier of a flavor. And last, cook in a broth (I use veg broth) for a ton more flavor.

I see quinoa in 3 categories: hot, cold, and filler. I just made those up, but that's actually how I use it

Hot: use in place of rice for stir frys. That's all I've got there.

Cold: Use as base for a salad. I recently made a quinoa salad with sauteed onion/red pepper/garlic, toasted walnuts, sundried tomatoes, lemon juice/zest, parsley. I am already craving it again. TONS of variations available online.

Filler: Add it to soups and casseroles for more filling. Also just saw a recipe yesterday where it used quinoa as a filling for spring rolls. Gotta try that one. I see quinoa as kind of like tofu... it takes on whatever flavor you pair it with so it really goes with everything.

2012-03-17 5:37 PM
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We use quinoa quite a bit, you can use it in place of rice in just about anything.

One of my favorite ways to use it though is for breakfast. I usually cook up about 2 cups (dry) at a time so I have extra in the fridge. Then put some in a bowl with some mixed nuts, sunflower seeds, raisins or other dried fruit, a little cinnamon, and a milk (I personally use almond milk, but cow milk will work just as well). Eat it like cereal.

As a side dish, I will cook a batch and season with some chili powder and sea salt and serve as the carb side with a piece of fish and some green veggies like asparagus or broccoli.

The basic recipe that I use to cook it is add 1 cup quinoa to 1 ¼ cups boiling water, cover and reduce to simmer for 12 minutes, then remove from heat and let sit covered for 5 more minutes. Oh, and I always rinse it. I have never made it with broth, but I bet it would be good. I think I will try that.

If you are going to buy more, there are several varieties available, including white, black and red, with each having a slightly different flavor. Since I use it quite often, I usually buy a bag of each and then mix them together.
2012-03-17 5:40 PM
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Also, I tried these Quinona Blueberry Muffins last week and they were awesome!!! Just make sure you keep them in the fridge. (I got the recipe from this months Yoga Journal, but a quick google search turned it up!)

http://fitpearlsbyjill.blogspot.com/2012/02/blueberry-quinoa-muffin...

2012-03-18 4:34 PM
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In addition to the above, I will use it as a b'fast cereal. Cooked with raisins (or any dried fruit), nuts, cinnamon and a little brown sugar.
2012-03-19 8:48 AM
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I love these two recipes.  I've made them at least 3 times each in the last 2 months. great for packing for work lunches.  The recipes are just cook the quinoa on the stovetop then mix with the remaining ingredients.  As a side note, I've found the superfood salad recipe to be good even without the dressing.

http://iowagirleats.com/recipes/superfood-salad-with-lemon-vinaigrette/

http://low-cholesterol.food.com/recipe/quinoa-black-bean-salad-152136



2012-03-19 1:52 PM
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I don't have an exact recipe for this, but I cook up a couple serving and then set it aside and let it cool.  I chop up a bunch of cucumber and sweet peppers, add in a few tablespoons of dried cranberries, an ounce of honey goat cheese and a tablespoon of orange marmalade.  You can also throw a bit of nuts in there too.  Mix everything together, chill for several hours and enjoy!  I typically eat this as a snack in the summer a couple hours before an evening workout.  1 cup is pretty darn filling!

I've also been known to use it in stir fry in place of brown rice. 

2012-03-20 6:10 AM
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I use it a little different.  It is not cooked.  I get silken tofu and use 1/2 container of the tofu, 1 large scoop of protein powder, table spoon of raw oatmeal, large squirt of honey, cinnamon, walnuts and a little milk to make it a little soupy. 

I make this in the evening and put it in the frig.  When I get up I put it in the freezer and go for a short run or bike ride.  When I come back an hour or so later it is 1/2 frozen and taste kind of like icecream.  The oatmeal soaks up the milk during the night and the quinoa softens up a little.

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I love these two recipes.  I've made them at least 3 times each in the last 2 months. great for packing for work lunches.  The recipes are just cook the quinoa on the stovetop then mix with the remaining ingredients.  As a side note, I've found the superfood salad recipe to be good even without the dressing.

http://iowagirleats.com/recipes/superfood-salad-with-lemon-vinaigrette/

http://low-cholesterol.food.com/recipe/quinoa-black-bean-salad-152136

Just made quinoa for the first time last night and was tossing it in a vinegrette...but man does the first receipe sound like a winner!  Thanks for sharing!  I'll be making it for sure!!!

2012-03-21 7:34 AM
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Thanks for the ideas--the black bean salad or breakfast mix sounds yummy. I'm an oatmeal addict and sometimes I add red rice (a SE Asian thing) to the mix along with fruit, nuts, etc. to make it more interesting. I do have some cans of black beans, and dried cumin; other ingredients easy to find locally. And it's mango season!  

No immediate plans to purchase more quinoa--imported food here is insane due to currency devaluation, inflation, and stores charging what they think the expat market will bear. I noticed when my colleague bought it last spring, the one-pound bag was about $7.50. Now it sells for $12. So this is PRIZED quinoa and I'm going to make the best of it!



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Lots of quinoa in my house.  My favorite easy dinner for the family is: quinoa, cubed sweet potatoes (cook in oil so they're really yummy), black beans, onion, and collard greens seasoned with Indian curry powder.  I cook the quinoa, cook the sweet potatoes in a different pan, and then cook the black beans, onion, and collards in a third pan.  I mix them all together and top with salsa and pepper sauce (I like it hot).  My kids eat this meal at least once a week, and they don't even complain anymore...it's just normal food for them

I also use it in place of rice for almost everything anymore.  I mix leftovers with my oatmeal, almonds, and almond milk in the morning.  



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jarvy01 - 2012-03-21 9:53 AM

Lots of quinoa in my house.  My favorite easy dinner for the family is: quinoa, cubed sweet potatoes (cook in oil so they're really yummy), black beans, onion, and collard greens seasoned with Indian curry powder.  I cook the quinoa, cook the sweet potatoes in a different pan, and then cook the black beans, onion, and collards in a third pan.  I mix them all together and top with salsa and pepper sauce (I like it hot).  My kids eat this meal at least once a week, and they don't even complain anymore...it's just normal food for them

I also use it in place of rice for almost everything anymore.  I mix leftovers with my oatmeal, almonds, and almond milk in the morning.  

There is a pub back in Portland, OR that does a variation of this...they call it their Vegan Bowl, that I feel in love with.  Haven't done it in a while.  Thanks for the reminder.  First time I ever had it it was nearly the same, but a peanut butter sauce, and kale instead, with tofu as well.  I noticed they changed it to whatever was seasonal.  I just roast my sweet potatoes, coated with a bit of olive oil.

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Think about using quinoa anywhere you could use rice, Fargo, barley or others grains. Here's a yummy salad I just tried. Quinoa Party Salad(This makes alot!) 2 cups quinoa 1/4 c olive oiljuice 1 lime1 T ground cumin 3 c thawed corn kernals1 15 oz bpa free can black beans1 med red bell pepper1 med orange bell pepper1 jalepeno pepper seeded1 c fresh cilantrosea salt & gr pepper to taste Wash 2 c quinoa & drain. Cook in 4 cups boiling water. Set aside and let cool.Chop vegetables (I used all organic)Make dressing: olive oil, pepper flakes, lime juice and cuminCombine veggies and cilantro and quinoa then toss with dressing and enjoy.
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that looks DELICIOUS! may try this tonight!!
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Love quinoa in all sorts of things, but one particular cold quinoa salad that I make for a side is avocado, Roma tomatoes, red onions and cucumber tossed with quinoa, rice wine vinegar and honey...very delicious and refreshing.


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Thanks for starting this thread! I'm always looking for easy tasty quinoa recipes.  The 3 ways I traditionally use it are:

 

Breakfast: cooked quinoa + milk + walnuts + honey

Side Item: quinoa cooked in veg or chicken broth + green onions + chopped almonds + golden raisins

Hot salad: quinoa cooked in veg or chicken broth + asparagus + feta cheese

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I made another favorite tonight. 1 cup cooked quinoa. Add 4 medium roasted beets, diced. Add 1/2 to 3/4 cup of feta. Chop a handful of chives. Mix together and eat!!I roast the beets in individual foil packets and then peel the skin. I could literally eat this for days.
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emlavigne - 2012-05-01 12:05 PM

Thanks for starting this thread! I'm always looking for easy tasty quinoa recipes.  The 3 ways I traditionally use it are:

 

Breakfast: cooked quinoa + milk + walnuts + honey

Side Item: quinoa cooked in veg or chicken broth + green onions + chopped almonds + golden raisins

Hot salad: quinoa cooked in veg or chicken broth + asparagus + feta cheese



what do you do with the asparagus? cut it up or use whole spears?
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