Quinoa... any recipes to make it taste somewhat appetizing??? lowfat/healthy???

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    Dec 01, 2010 4:05 PM GMT
    Hey, been eating Quinoa lately at dinner at the advice of many on RJ and other reading, just can't get it to taste good with just spices. Any good ideas? Thanks! Tony icon_confused.gif
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    Dec 01, 2010 5:09 PM GMT
    Peppers, sauteed onion, some spices, garlic. Add beans, have it with a chicken breast.

    You can make it a salad and add a vinaigrette or miso or something, have it cold. It's good cold.
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    Dec 02, 2010 1:39 AM GMT
    ^

    A really simple recipe that is delicious is http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/quinoa-pilaf-with-pine-nuts-recipe/index.html

    I also add golden raisins too it for sweetness.

    I love Quinoa.

  • hdurdinr

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    Dec 02, 2010 1:45 AM GMT
    Ha ha! I also add raisins when cooking. I cook it generally with some rice with light chicken stock and pepper, then I add parsley and cherry tomatoes and chop in some grilled chicken (and a little bit of butter icon_redface.gif)
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    Dec 02, 2010 1:58 AM GMT
    There's this "Apple Almond Quinoa" at the salad bar at Whole Foods that is pretty good. I bet if you just googled that you could find a bunch of ways to make it... healthy, low fat, filling...
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    Dec 02, 2010 2:06 AM GMT
    The main thing is to make it fluffy (not too much or too little water) so the texture will be pleasing. As for actual flavor- sauces and thick gravies that you like, or recooking it like fried rice (garlic, ginger, capers, soy/terriyaki sauce).
  • turtleneckjoc...

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    Dec 02, 2010 2:09 AM GMT
    Here you go, Tony. I think you'll like this.

    Nice to know others out there like Quinoa as well. It is good! Versitle too!

    http://savvyvegetarian.com/vegetarian-recipes/quinoa-chili.php
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    Dec 02, 2010 2:12 AM GMT
    Curried quinoa salad with mango:

    made it many times. Delicious.

    http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Curried-Quinoa-Salad-with-Mango-232544
  • LuckyGuyKC

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    Dec 02, 2010 2:31 AM GMT
    sautee onions, peppers, garlic, then cook it in low fat chicken stock and add carrots and peas to make sort of a pilaf
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    I love this stuff. And yes I've not the mango thing also.
  • COyogabum

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    Dec 02, 2010 2:34 AM GMT
    I put it (cooked) in two halves of squash, gutted, face-up and covered with aluminum foil and baked. One version I add garam masala and crushed cashews or almonds. In another I put walnuts & a lot of cranberries. I guess I tend to heavily spice when I cook with it.
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    Dec 02, 2010 2:36 AM GMT
    I just cook it in Whole Foods 365 Vegetable Broth. Tastes awesome that way.
  • LJay

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    Dec 02, 2010 2:40 AM GMT
    Ketchup.

    Just kidding.

    How about using it instead of bulgur in a tabouleh recipe?
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    Dec 02, 2010 2:48 AM GMT
    Tonync1969 saidHey, been eating Quinoa lately at dinner at the advice of many on RJ and other reading, just can't get it to taste good with just spices. Any good ideas? Thanks! Tony icon_confused.gif


    Use a small amount of FRESH Parmesan cheese and a little pepper, it's great!
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    Dec 02, 2010 2:55 AM GMT
    I usually use chicken stock or beef stock.

    I too have added parmesian cheese (but some nice stuff, not the in the can stuff).

    I freakin love the stuff and could eat it every night.
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    Dec 02, 2010 1:59 PM GMT

    Some really good info on quinoa and a great vanilla quinoa pudding recipe:

    http://forums.rxmuscle.com/showthread.php?p=1255050

    [Also a recipe for quinoa caviar--a lot of chatter on the internet about this turning out pretty gross. I wouldn't try that at home, kids.] icon_eek.gif
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    Dec 02, 2010 2:59 PM GMT
    you can use it the same way you would cous cous...

    I like,

    chopped onion
    chopped peppers,
    minced garlic
    ground cumin
    fresh coriander
    salt and pepper.
    use the juice of a lemon as part of the cooking fluid (top up the rest with water) OR chicken stock.

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    Dec 02, 2010 11:31 PM GMT
    If you just want to mask the taste, cook it and pour in a good amount of salsa and stir it up while its warm.

    Quick, easy, tastes good if you like the salsa, low cal, and you get some veggies.
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    Dec 02, 2010 11:54 PM GMT
    Use some chicken or beef stock when you cook it. If you make it in a rice cooker, replace some of the water with stock which will add that flavor. Green onions and garlic powder will help too.
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    Dec 03, 2010 7:10 AM GMT
    i can't stand it, tastes like wet paper and i tried all sorts of combos, bleh.

    threw the box away.
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    Dec 03, 2010 7:20 AM GMT
    Cool thanks for the ideas... I can use them for surre...
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    Dec 03, 2010 7:36 AM GMT
    The flavour of cooked quinoa is quite nice - in some way like eating lots of small tiny sprouts - but can be a bit bland.

    Some suggestions:

    - Instead of cooking in water, replace with chicken stock

    - Add some bean sprouts, spring onion, radish, daikon radish, carrot, chilli if you prefer it, ginger, tumeric for colour, cumin seeds, a little bit of sesame oil for seasoning and flavour, pepper and just a bit of salt to make the flavours zing.

    - Think of what you would add to rice or lentils and use quinoa instead

    - As said before, you can also make it into salads. Here is a recipe from my packet - For the dressing, add sesame oil, salt and pepper to the juice of one lime. Add cooked quinoa, finely chopped lemongrass and coriander/cilantro, finely sliced spring onions, and a handful of sprouts. Toss and garnish with slices of pink grapefruit and fresh raspberries.

    Hope this helps icon_smile.gif
  • xebec75

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    Dec 05, 2010 1:43 AM GMT
    I do a lot of the things the other guys have mentioned...I also use it instead of corn grits to make like a cheesy base for a chicken breast with BBQ sauce...I make it according to the package directions and add some reduced fat sharp cheddar and Tabasco at the end of the cooking time...YUM!
  • westdave

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    Dec 05, 2010 1:48 AM GMT
    two tablespoons per quarter of a cup of oatmeal for a well balanced morning breakfast...also add some amaranth, wheat germ and brewers yeast, almonds or walnuts and some berried fruit...and it's a vegan protein shake!

    Dave
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    Dec 05, 2010 6:04 AM GMT
    Barbel123 saidA really simple recipe that is delicious is http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/quinoa-pilaf-with-pine-nuts-recipe/index.html
    I also add golden raisins too it for sweetness.

    I'll eat anything with pine-nuts or golden raisins.
    (And most things without - including vegetables.)
  • metta

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    Dec 30, 2013 5:57 PM GMT


    I <3 Quinoa! My friend makes it for me and it is so yummy. You just need to know what you are doing.




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