Don't have any recipes handy, but basically you can just cook it (rinse, then add 1 part quinoa to 2 parts water in a pot, bring to boil, then let simmer for 15 minutes), then use it in place of rice in just about any recipe.<br><br><br><br>
I used to make a vegetable medley on a bed of quinoa. Cut "pennies" from carrots, parsnips, yellow squash and zucchini, steam the vegetables. Spread the cooked quinoa on the bottom of a 3 liter baking dish. Put the steamed veggies on top in a layer. Make a glaze like for carrots, possibly adding some fresh grated ginger to the glaze, then spread that atop the veggies. Bake in oven pre-heated to 350 degrees for 15 minutes covered just to finish it off, and you have a really good selection for your next potluck.<br><br><br><br>
As far as rinsing/washing the quinoa goes, you need to find a really fine-mesh strainer that the grains won't slip through. Possibly use one of those "permanent" coffee filters, which is made out of a fine metal mesh until you can find a decent strainer. Or use two "regular" strainers, the second to catch the grains of quinoa that slip out of the first.
rinsing it also gets some of the tougher parts of the grain off of it--that outter coating/shell thingy that it has. So, i rinse and rinse and rinse.<br><br><br><br>
i love to add it to just about anything--soups, etc. But i really like to use it instead of couscous in couscous recipes.<br><br><br><br>
So this one:<br><br><br><br>
chopped red pepper<br><br>
chopped red onion<br><br>
chopped nuts (almonds are good)<br><br>
and then i dash some Spike in<br><br><br><br>
and it's good with carrot soup and tempeh kabobs. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="">
I rinse my quinoa. I read somewhere a while back that it tends to have a bitterness to it if not rinsed. I just had some quinoa tabbouleh from Whole Foods, and it was fabulous! I'm going to make some myself soon. Quinoa is one of my favorite grains!
you can use quinoa like rice. cook it 1 part quinoa to 2 parts water. eat it with your stir-frys. alternatively, you can make quinoa pudding with cooked quinoa. heat up some soymilk, add quinoa, dash of vanilla, syrup, cinnamon and raisins. yummy!
<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by dvmarie</i><br><br><b>Someone here (I think Loki) suggested you put the Quinoa in a pot with water - bring it just to a boil - then strain - and start over. I tried this - and it really gets off that bitter coating.</b></div>
I never found it to be bitter. But I couldn't help thinking it smelled a little bit like fish *yuck*. So maybe I will rinse if from now on. Does anyone know if any nutrients get lost if you rinse it excessively, like it does with enriched rice?
Some quinoa may have saponin residue left over. i know the stuff i have does. Anyhow, what I do is I cook the quinoa in a lot of water, and then about halfway through the cooking process, I get rid of all the old water (It turns yellow from the saponin) and start over. It seems to work wonders.<br><br><br><br>
And my (in)famous quinoa pudding recipe which i like to spam all over every quinoa-related thread VB can offer is as follows:<br><br><br><br>
70g (3oz) quinoa<br><br>
35g (1 1/2 oz) raisins<br><br>
1 Cup apple juice<br><br>
1 tbsp lemon juice<br><br>
1 tsp vanilla extract<br><br>
1 tsp ground cinnamon<br><br><br><br>
Firstly, rinse the quinoa well. very well!! Then cook the quinoa in water. Use between half of a cup and one cup of water. If it doesn't fully cook, just add more. Once it's cooked, add the apple juice, raisins, lemon juice and vanilla. Allow it to boil, and keep stirring. Then, once it's a few minutes away from boiling dry,. add the cinnamon. If it looks a little pale, add more cinnamon if needs be. It should be a good brown colour. And let it boil dry, and you'll have this sticky mix of quinoa, which has a pleasant apple taste. It's quite sweet. If it's too seet, then use less apple juice and more water next time around.<br><br><br><br>
Edited for typos
Hehe, I was waiting for loki to reply to this thread. I actually never saw loki's recipe until now, but always heard him talking about and it sounded good. I was actually thinking about it last night and wishing I had the recipe so I could make it (I was so in the mood to make somethiung sweet last night, I ended up just making this weird lumpy caramel sauce and wasting a lot of maplye syrup). I'll have to make your pudding reipe today, loki. Looks yummy.<br><br><br><br>
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