Quinoa has a substance in its seed covering which is a natural insecticide, which makes it taste slightly bitter, so it needs to be rinsed first. Your quinoa will say if it has been rinsed on the package. If you aren't sure, rinse it. I highly recommend you take the extra step of toasting the quinoa in a dry skillet (Recipe #16399) before starting this or any quinoa recipe; although not necessary, it adds a great deal of flavor, which is why we cook, yes? Recipe from "Diabetes Cooking for Everyone", by Carol Gelles. Exchanges: 1 bread, 1 1/4 vegetable, 1/2 fat.