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    Quinoa

    SmileyJannie
    Thu Jun 06, 2013 8:06 am
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    I know I can find help here....

    Help me like quinoa. I have tried to make it once and it was awful.
    I would really like to introduce it into my diet, but I don't know if I cooked it wrong or what happened. Any hints or tried recipes would be wonderful. I really want to like this stuff.

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    Zeldaz
    Thu Jun 06, 2013 9:45 am
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    Did you rinse it? It has a natural bitter coating on it that repels insects, and that must be removed. Then toast it in a dry skillet until it turn a light brown, then cook it according to the package directions.
    http://www.incaorganics.com/basic.htm
    SmileyJannie
    Thu Jun 06, 2013 10:07 am
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    No, I didn't rinse. Maybe that is part of the problem.
    Nor did I toast it. I will have to try that.

    Thanks.
    Recipe Reader
    Thu Jun 06, 2013 3:36 pm
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    Oh my gosh! I bought some once, and I did rinse it - for like 5 minutes; but when it was cooking, it smelled so bad I think it was rancid so I threw it out.

    That turned me off of cooking it myself, but I like it so much in restaurants that I just bought some to try again. I hope it goes well! icon_biggrin.gif
    Chicagoland Chef du Jour
    Thu Jun 06, 2013 4:29 pm
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    Rinsing and toasting is key Quinoa-Toasted

    It is a little stinky after rinsing while toasting

    I'll dig up a few recipes I like.


    Last edited by Chicagoland Chef du Jour on Thu Jun 06, 2013 5:34 pm, edited 1 time in total
    PaulaG
    Thu Jun 06, 2013 4:53 pm
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    There are some brands on the market that are pre-washed and don't require additional rinsing. Here are a few that I have tried:

    Hearty Quinoa With Sauteed Apples and Almonds
    Vegetable Quinoa Pilaf
    Healthy Quinoa Salad
    Quinoa Pilaf
    Chicagoland Chef du Jour
    Thu Jun 06, 2013 5:33 pm
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    Chicagoland Chef du Jour wrote:
    Rinsing and toasting is key Quinoa-Toasted

    It is a little stinky after rinsing & while toasting

    I'll dig up a few recipes I like.


    Quinoa Mexi 6-Layer (Ww Core)
    Southwestern Quinoa Vegetable Casserole AMAZING!
    Quinoa Tabbouleh by Aarti Sequeira
    Vegetable (Quinoa) Burgers
    Quinoa Stuffed Zucchini Boats
    PaulaG
    Thu Jun 06, 2013 5:35 pm
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    Chicagoland Chef du Jour wrote:
    Chicagoland Chef du Jour wrote:
    Rinsing and toasting is key Quinoa-Toasted

    It is a little stinky after rinsing & while toasting

    I'll dig up a few recipes I like.


    Quinoa Mexi 6-Layer (Ww Core)
    Southwestern Quinoa Vegetable Casserole AMAZING!
    Quinoa Tabbouleh by Aarti Sequeira
    Vegetable (Quinoa) Burgers
    Quinoa Stuffed Zucchini Boats


    I am going to have to try this one.

    Quinoa Tabbouleh by Aarti Sequeira
    Amberngriffinco
    Thu Jun 06, 2013 8:31 pm
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    That's exactly what happened to me last year!

    RINSE it really, really well, and sort of ? roll it btwn your fingers and change the water.

    Hint, no one told me this first: you cook it like pasta, then drain...........!!
    Chicagoland Chef du Jour
    Thu Jun 06, 2013 8:45 pm
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    Amberngriffinco wrote:
    That's exactly what happened to me last year!

    RINSE it really, really well, and sort of ? roll it btwn your fingers and change the water.

    Hint, no one told me this first: you cook it like pasta, then drain...........!!


    I never have any water left over to drain. I guess it depends if you are cooking in bulk or strictly following a recipe and making what is needed for that particular recipe. I dunno.
    Zeldaz
    Thu Jun 06, 2013 9:29 pm
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    I'm afraid it's really not best cooked like pasta, it should be cooked until the measured liquid is absorbed. I suppose the people who advocate that method might be substituting the boiling for rinsing the grains. You have to dry it out after that pasta treatment, too, or it's soggy. You'd waste nutrients boiling and draining it. And, by the way, overcooking it slightly gives it a more pleasant texture, so don't be afraid to do that.
    http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/06/15/a-better-way-to-prepare-quinoa/
    adopt a greyhound
    Fri Jun 07, 2013 8:48 am
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    This sounds like a good one to try.

    Five (Or More!) Ingredient Garlic Quinoa
    SarasotaCook
    Fri Jun 07, 2013 9:37 am
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    I have to admit, quinoa wasn't my favorite at first. I still think I like it in salads; with dried fruits, nuts, maybe some greens like arugula tossed in, scallions, fresh herbs etc.

    To start out. Stuffing in peppers, zucchini, etc with other vegetables is a nice way to get used to the flavor; if it is something you aren't familiar with.

    I have really come to enjoy it, but admit; I don't make as often as I should. It is very good for you.

    But as mentioned, I rinse several times, and toasting gives it a really nice nutty flavor.
    Recipe Reader
    Fri Jun 07, 2013 3:59 pm
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    Is there a difference between the red or white quinoa?
    PaulaG
    Sat Jun 08, 2013 7:59 am
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    Of course the big difference is the color. Quinoa can come in white, red, purple, orange or black. The white and red have high concentrations of complete protein, Vitamin E, B vitamins, calcium and phosphorus.

    Here is a helpful link:

    http://www.ehow.com/facts_5782292_difference-red-quinoa-white-quinoa.html
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