Tropical Quinoa (Ww)

"This was delicious as a side with fish (tilapia with peanut-coconut sauce), but I think it will also be wonderful with chicken. Although my non-weight watchers family members enjoyed this too, if you are following the WW flex plan this is 3 points/serving but this is also a Core Food. Recipe source: WW Magazine (January 2008)"
photo by Dreamer in Ontario photo by Dreamer in Ontario
photo by Dreamer in Ontario
photo by rpgaymer photo by rpgaymer
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  • In a saucepan bring the water and the next 4 ingredients (quinoa - pepper) to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered for 20 minutes or until tender. Drain.
  • Fluff the quinoa with a fork and then transfer to a salad bowl.
  • Add the remaining ingredients (papaya - grated orange peel); toss.

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  1. rpgaymer
    I really liked this way of serving quinoa. The papaya was a great addition, despite sounding weird. I toasted my quinoa for about 15 minutes before cooking, which gave the salad a nice nutty flavor. Served with fried shrimp.
  2. rhonda f.
    This was delicious! I added lemon juice and doubled cilantro and orange zest.
  3. JenniCat
    I have made Quinoa many different ways. But this way might just be my favorite. I couldn't find fresh Papaya at my grocery, so I bought dehydrated Papaya, chopped it up real fine and then soaked it in pineapple juice to rehydrate it. Served this as a side dish along side some Chicken & Vegetable Kabobs
  4. Gemaffs
    Tried this today and I just want to thank you Ellie_ it was delish!! I have recently learned to love papaya and this was awesome. I omitted the rice wine vinegar (didn't have any) and it was still amazing. Thanks. I will keep this recipe 4ever.
  5. Dreamer in Ontario
    What a delicious recipe! and it's core! I was a bit worried that I wouldn't care for this because it's so unusual and I've never had quinoa but I was delighted with the blend of flavours. I had to make one substitution, mango in place of the papaya because I couldn't find a papaya. Thanks for posting.


<p>I love cooking and trying different foods, but my favorite cookbooks are now Weight Watchers or low fat/low cal cookbooks as I tend to try and make low fat/low cal recipes. I lost over 90 pounds on Weight Watchers and have maintained for over a year now -- so my cooking/eating habits have changed drastically following my weight loss and to keep it off!</p>
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