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Old 05-09-2012, 12:05 PM   #1
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ISO favorite quinoa recipes

I just bought my first bag on quinoa from Costco. I've been meaning to try it for some time, and I finally have the chance. I know it can be substituted for rice in most recipes, but does anyone have any favorite recipes that it is particularly suited for?

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Old 05-09-2012, 12:43 PM   #2
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Sprout--I love this with quinoa instead of bulghar and use lime (not lemon). I've also made it with carrots.

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Old 05-09-2012, 02:11 PM   #3
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Cook as directed (I add some boullion powder) and let cool to room temp.
Add chopped cucumber,tomato, and Kalamata olives.
I make a dressing of olive juice,lemon juice.olive oil and a good amount of fresh chopped oregano. Salt and pepper to taste. This was a big hit at this last weekends party.


I also use it in pilafs along with the other ingredients.


Another good one is to mix some room temp quinoa with scrambled eggs in a burrito. Use whatever ingredients you normally would in your breakfast burrito.
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Old 05-09-2012, 02:18 PM   #4
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It’s funny, I’ve been meaning to post exact same question. I too bought a bag from Costco, and also have been meaning to use it.
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Old 05-09-2012, 02:20 PM   #5
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I love quinoa, but be SURE to check the instructions on what you purchased from Costco to see if it's been pre-rinsed or not. Some brands are; some aren;t. If it hasn't been pre-rinsed & you cook it as is without rinsing, it will have an very unpleasant soapy flavor that will ruin any dish you use it in.
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I always rinse mine, even if pre-rinsed. Did you get black, red, or white? They all have slightly different flavours. I like a blend, although the black is hard to come by. I like to toast the quinoa before cooking it. I love it as a cereal, in place of bulghar in Touboulah (sp), cold with veggies and tossed with lemon/lime juice and a dash of lemon or lime EVOO, and the rest EVOO....so many things to do with quinoa. I keep meaning to p/up some quinoa flour and try making tortillas with it...let us know what you do with it!
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I bet it would make a decent pancake for savory toppings like blini. I may play around with that idea a bit. Maybe some shrimp in sauce or smoked salmon.
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We use it as our "starch" and eat it plain most of the time. My kids adore it. I cook it in broth that matches our meat of the day and when we're ready to serve it, I just plop a blob of butter in it and serve it plain. My kids have added parmesan to it, or soy sauce depending on the entree. They've also poured red sauce or gravy on the quinoa. It works well with everything we've tried so far.

For a salad, I like to use feta crumbles, black olives, tomato and cucumber with a squeeze of lemon and a healthy shot of pepper.
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I heated some leftover plain quinoa in brown butter and sage and it was super yummy. I did this right before going to the gym and I wound up lifting more than I ever have before. Energy level was awesome.
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We use it as our "starch" and eat it plain most of the time. My kids adore it. I cook it in broth that matches our meat of the day and when we're ready to serve it, I just plop a blob of butter in it and serve it plain. My kids have added parmesan to it, or soy sauce depending on the entree. They've also poured red sauce or gravy on the quinoa. It works well with everything we've tried so far.

For a salad, I like to use feta crumbles, black olives, tomato and cucumber with a squeeze of lemon and a healthy shot of pepper.
I usually hear it referenced as a protein substitute (complete protein) comparable to eggs...not a starch since it is a psuedocereal. I know when I eat a serving of quinoa, I'm good for hours. It really fills me up.
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