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    Lalaloula
    Sat Sep 24, 2011 3:40 am
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    ~ Quinoa is a grain-like crop grown for its edible seeds. It is not a true cereal grain as most believe; it is actually classified as a chenopod (flowering plant), specifically a species of goosefoot that is closely related to beets, spinach and tumbleweeds. The name quinoa comes from the Spanish spelling of Quechua, which originated from the Andean region of South America, where it was successfully grown 3000 to 4000 years ago for human consumption, though archeological evidence shows non-domesticated pastoral uses about 7000 years ago.


    Health and Nutritional Information

    Although not a true cereal grain, quinoa nonetheless is very comparable in nutritional composition to true cereal grains. Quinoa contains high levels of protein and essential amino acids for humans, which makes it a complete protein source (which is unusual among plant foods). Quinoa also contains high levels of calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and iron. It’s a good source of dietary fiber as well.

    ~ Quinoa is a gluten-free product and considered easy to digest, which makes it an ideal protein source for many special diets. Quinoa can also be ground into flour that makes a great alternative to wheat-based (and other) flours.


    In fact, quinoa is so desirable for its health benefits and ease and versatility in preparation that it is being considered a possible crop for NASA’s Controlled Ecological Life Support System for long-duration manned spaceflights.


    Cooking With Quinoa

    After harvest, raw quinoa needs to be processed to remove the coating which contains bitter tasting saponins that can make it unpalatable before processing. Most pre-packaged quinoa sold commercially in North America has already been processed and rinsed to remove the coating. But it’s interesting to note that the bitter coating is particularly beneficial to growers because it is unpopular with birds and therefore serves as a natural bird repellant, eliminating a lot of the issues that growers of other crops must contend with.

    ~ If quinoa has not been pre-processed, the first step of preparing quinoa for cooking is to remove the saponins by soaking the quinoa in water for a few hours, changing the water and re-soaking, or rinsing the quinoa in ample cold running water for several minutes in a fine strainer or cheeselcoth.

    There are several helpful recipes in our database with instructions on the basic steps of processing quinoa for preparation in cooking. A few of them are:

    ~ Quinoa-Toasted #16399 by Dib’s
    ~ How to Properly Clean and Toast Quinoa by Chef Joey Z.

    Processed quinoa is generally cooked in the same way one would prepare rice, and it can be used in a wide range of dishes. In addition, quinoa leaves are eaten as a leaf vegetable, much like amaranth, though quinoa leaves are not widely available in many regions.

    Quinoa has a light, fluffy texture when cooked, and its mild and nutty flavor makes it a suitable alternative to rice or couscous.

    The most basic method for cooking quinoa is to bring two cups (or less) of water to a boil with one cup of quinoa, covering and simmering for 10-15 minutes or until the germ separates from the seed. The cooked germ looks like a tiny curl and should have a slight bite to it (like al dente pasta). Quinoa is also great for rice cookers, prepared just as one would prepare rice (for both cooking cycle and water amounts).

    ~ Vegetables, seasonings, and stock can be added to cooked quinoa for more flavor. Many manufacturers offer a boxed quinoa as a cereal, which makes it an excellent high-protein breakfast dish, topped with honey, nuts, berries or fresh fruit.


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    October Tag Game ~ Spanish Quinoa

    We have selected an array of Spanish (and other) recipes from our database that include quinoa as an ingredient. You are free to tag one of the recipes we found, or you are free to pick any other recipe in the database that includes quinoa. And there is no limit; you can tag as many recipes as you can make before the end of the month.



    Featured Spanish Recipes ~ Quinoa

    Spanish Quinoa by Vino Girl
    This classic Spanish dish features quinoa at its best, with plenty of traditional Spanish flair from fresh Spanish ingredints such as tomatoes, spices and garlic.

    Quinoa Beef Picadillo by Engrossed
    This zesty Spanish stew features quinoa with flavorful peppers, a variety of delectable spices, and other traditional Spanish ingredients for a quick meal ready in about 35 minutes.

    Spanish Quinoa With Figs and Pimientos by Samantha in Ut
    Figs and pimientos provide not only flavor but contrating texture to this wonderful quinoa-based Spanish dish.



    Other Recipes With Quinoa


    Breads / Muffins




    Quinoa Banana Bread, Regular or Sugar Free
    Quinoa Muffins
    Gluten Free 5 Grain Bread
    Cheesy Gluten-Free Loaf (Abm)
    Gluten Free Zucchini Carrot Muffins
    Multigrain Sourdough Bread


    Breakfast / Brunch




    Quinoa and Barley Breakfast Porridge
    Pomegranate, Honey & Quinoa Breakfast
    Hot Quinoa Breakfast With Fruits
    Wild Blueberry & Maple Breakfast Quinoa With Toasted Pecans
    Raisin Spice Hot Cereal With Quinoa
    Hearty Quinoa With Sauteed Apples and Almonds


    Desserts and Treats




    Quinoa Pudding
    Quinoa Tahini Cookies
    Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free Vegan Vanilla Cupcakes With Chocolate
    Wicklewood's Butterscotch Quinoa
    Quinoa Peanut Butter Cookies
    Sour Cream Fudge Cupcakes (Made With Quinoa Flour)


    Main Dishes




    Quinoa Stir Fry W/ Spinach and Walnuts
    Southwestern Quinoa Vegetable Casserole
    Quinoa Casserole
    Easy One-Dish Quinoa and Tuna
    Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers
    Quinoa, Sweet Potato and Peppers


    Salads




    Quinoa Black Bean Salad
    Quinoa Greek Salad
    Quinoa Salad
    Mediterranean Quinoa Salad
    Herbed Quinoa Salad
    Tropical Quinoa (Ww)



    Soups and Stews / Chili




    Ecuadorean Quinoa and Vegetable Soup
    Low Fat Pea Soup With Quinoa
    Carrot Top & Quinoa Soup
    Quinoa Vegetarian Chili
    To Your Very Good Health Rich Lentil Soup
    Broccoli Cheese Quinoa Soup


    Side Dishes




    Garlic Quinoa
    Quinoa Pilaf
    Carrot, Chickpea and Quinoa Melange
    Curried Quinoa
    Zucchini and Yellow Squash With Quinoa
    Quinoa-Stuffed Acorn Squash


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    Last edited by Lalaloula on Mon Mar 19, 2012 3:38 am, edited 2 times in total
    Lalaloula
    Sat Sep 24, 2011 3:41 am
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    Last edited by Lalaloula on Fri Oct 21, 2011 2:11 am, edited 3 times in total
    Lalaloula
    Sat Sep 24, 2011 3:41 am
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    The Tags:

    Duonyte:
    icon_biggrin.gif Ecuadorean Quinoa and Vegetable Soup
    icon_biggrin.gif Quinoa Porridge

    JustJanS:
    icon_biggrin.gif Quinoa Tabouleh by Sweet Diva

    Lalaloula:
    icon_biggrin.gif Hot Quinoa Drink by Sharon
    icon_biggrin.gif Quinoa Peanut Butter Cookies by U-Food

    Linky:
    icon_biggrin.gif Quinoa Beef Picadillo
    icon_biggrin.gif Quinoa, Sweet Potato and Peppers by Diann is Cooking

    NorthWestGal:
    icon_biggrin.gif Maple Walnut Hot Cereal With Quinoa by Katzen

    Sharon123:
    icon_biggrin.gif Cheezy Mexican Quinoa - Vegan by Kozmic Blues


    Last edited by Lalaloula on Fri Nov 11, 2011 2:31 am, edited 6 times in total
    Sharon123
    Mon Oct 10, 2011 4:48 pm
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    Linky
    Wed Oct 12, 2011 5:00 pm
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    Hi - I'm home sick and need comfort food. I have all the ingredients for this yummy sounding dish:
    recipe # 256268 Quinoa Beef Picadillo
    Linky
    Thu Oct 13, 2011 9:47 am
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    Oh yum! I MERPed this dish last night and DH and I both loved it! I've still got the sniffles today, oh well! But now I have a new favorite meal!
    Sharon123
    Thu Oct 13, 2011 11:54 pm
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    That looks good Linky! I hope you feel better quickly! icon_smile.gif
    Lalaloula
    Thu Oct 20, 2011 7:17 am
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    Hey hon! wave.gif

    Oh yum, yum, yum, Ill get those listed above for you right now. Great sounding choices and recipes. yummy.gif
    I just LOVE how versatile quinoa can be! icon_biggrin.gif Recently I made cookies with it and they were such a hit. Did you ever try them in anything sweet?

    Loula
    Lalaloula
    Thu Oct 20, 2011 7:18 am
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    Linky wrote:
    Hi - I'm home sick and need comfort food. I have all the ingredients for this yummy sounding dish:
    recipe # 256268 Quinoa Beef Picadillo


    Oh Linky, IM so sorry to hear this! icon_sad.gif grouphug.gif I hope youll get well soon! A big warming bowl of quinoa should make you feel better instantly. Ill get your yummy sounding choices noted above.

    Loula
    Lalaloula
    Thu Oct 20, 2011 7:20 am
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    Linky wrote:
    Oh yum! I MERPed this dish last night and DH and I both loved it! I've still got the sniffles today, oh well! But now I have a new favorite meal!


    Linky, wow, this close-up is fabulous! I just LOVE the rich colours of this, your pic really draws me in. yummy.gif
    Im sorry to hear youre still not totally well, but Im sure this helped at least with feeling better.

    Do you have any quinoa recipes posted that I could put up for others to peruse?

    Loula
    Linky
    Thu Oct 20, 2011 10:49 am
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    My bronchitis is almost gone (got meds finally icon_lol.gif)
    Unfortunately, you are my source for quinoa recipes - I bought a box of the stuff b/c it looked so interesting and never knew what to do with it! icon_rolleyes.gif
    Now I do! Later, I'll post the other dish I made.
    duonyte
    Thu Oct 20, 2011 11:27 pm
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    I'll tag Ecuadorean Quinoa and Vegetable Soup #101925, I think I have all the ingredients and need a new soup!

    I only have a few recipes
    Curried Quinoa Salad With Yogurt-Cumin Dressing
    Cheesy Gluten-Free Loaf (Abm)
    Lalaloula
    Fri Oct 21, 2011 2:10 am
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    Linky wrote:
    My bronchitis is almost gone (got meds finally icon_lol.gif)
    Unfortunately, you are my source for quinoa recipes - I bought a box of the stuff b/c it looked so interesting and never knew what to do with it! icon_rolleyes.gif
    Now I do! Later, I'll post the other dish I made.


    YAY for that, Linky! icon_biggrin.gif Im so glad youre on the mend and I love that youre venturing into trying a new ingredient. Isnt it great that you can come here and find recipes with this grain that make it easy to get the whole family to eat it?! Quinoa is so versatile, too! icon_biggrin.gif

    Ive never made a drink with it and only ever once something sweet, so Ill tag:
    icon_arrow.gif Hot Quinoa Drink #456157 by Sharon
    icon_arrow.gif Quinoa Peanut Butter Cookies #382453 by U-Food

    Cant wait to hear what else you made! icon_biggrin.gif

    Loula
    Lalaloula
    Fri Oct 21, 2011 2:11 am
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    duonyte wrote:
    I'll tag Ecuadorean Quinoa and Vegetable Soup #101925, I think I have all the ingredients and need a new soup!

    I only have a few recipes
    Curried Quinoa Salad With Yogurt-Cumin Dressing
    Cheesy Gluten-Free Loaf (Abm)


    Duonyte! wave.gif
    How nice of you to join us in our game this month! yummy.gif

    Ill get your yummy sounding recipes and the mmm delish sounding choice added to our lists above.

    Loula
    duonyte
    Fri Oct 21, 2011 7:44 pm
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    And this is completed, Ecuadorean Quinoa and Vegetable Soup #101925
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