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i've never had either quinoa and amaranth but they're supposed to be quite good .... so anyone have any hints as to what to do with them? i'm not even sure what they are - grains like rice or flours? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/huh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":confused:"> thanks!
 

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Ok, first off, I don't know how to cook, so all I did with them is treat them like rice (boil the stuff, put grated cheese on it). Tasted super, but I can't afford the luxury to be picky about what I make *blush*.<br><br>
Both are very similar to "millet" (I got this word form a web translation service, so I hope it is what I think it is), just way smaller, and those little things are PACKED with minerals and vitamins.<br><br><br><br>
Oh my, I am realizing I have not been much help *sigh*. Anybody else?
 

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I've never had amaranth, but I really like quinoa. We just cook it like rice at my house. Loki's got the deluxe quinoa ideas!
 

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I dont even know what amaranth is....<br><br>
can anyone describe it or give a recipe?<br><br><br><br>
but I do know quinoa, and I love it!<br><br>
I'm sure Loki can give you quinoa recipes.<br><br>
I actually tried a quinoa dish that was off of a recent recipe email from the VegWeb listserve. It had potatoes, quinoa, celery, onions, all kinds of good stuff. I'll snoop around at home and see if I can find it again and post it.
 

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Quinoa is a cool food. You can do quite a bit with it. However, rinse it beforehand, since it might be bitter, because quinoa grows with a bitter residue called saponin on it. A rise should get it off. But I've discovered a great way to rinse the quinoa well. Boil the quinoa in a sieve. The water will turn yellow about halfway through cooking. That's Ok though. Just tip that watre down the sink (Or you could use it to make shampoo, which is what the Incans did apparently.) and then replace the water for the last seven minutes or so. Traditionally, it's said that you should cook a cup of quinoa in two cups of water. I generally cook less than a cup in all my dishes, since I'm alway cooking for one. But I use 1-2 cups in my cooking. If you can't wait for the water to boil, boil it in a kettle before you put it in the pan.<br><br><br><br>
Here's one of my favourites:<br><br><br><br><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Loki's Quinoa Pudding</span><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.<br><br><br><br>
And here's a recipe that went missing. igot of from someone at vegweb, and i printed it off. It went missing. I eventually found the A4 printout after it fell out of a cookbook. Here it is:<br><br><br><br><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Onion And Mushroom Quinoa</span><br><br>
1 teaspoon vegetable oil<br><br>
1 cup uncooked quinoa<br><br>
1 small onion, cut into fourths nd sliced<br><br>
1 medium carrot, shredded (2/3 cup)<br><br>
1 small green bell pepper, chopped (1/2 cup)<br><br>
1 cup sliced mushrooms (3oz)<br><br>
1 tsp chopped fresh or dried thyme leaves<br><br>
1/4 teaspoon salt<br><br>
1 can (14 1/2 oz) vegetable broth.<br><br><br><br>
Heat oil in saucepan over medium heat. Cook quinoa and onion in oil for 4-5 mins. stirring until light brown.<br><br><br><br>
Stir in remaining ingredients. heat to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer about 15 mins until liquid is absorbed. Fluff with fork.<br><br><br><br>
I've not tried this yet, but if I can dig up some thyme, I'll give it a go. But good luck cooking with quinoa. it can be good fun. But if you need more quinoa inspiration, you could do worse than go here:<br><br><a href="http://www.vegweb.com/food/rice/index-rice-quinoa.shtml" target="_blank">http://www.vegweb.com/food/rice/index-rice-quinoa.shtml</a>
 

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Good Quinoa factoids Loki!<br><br>
(and love the Qwin-oh-ah joke!!! - I pronounced it like that for the longest time before learning otherwise)<br><br><br><br>
Shaper: Amaranth is a little like Quinoa - only it's kind of "gooey" once it's cooked. It really is tasty though. I mix Amaranth in with Quinoa or millet.<br><br>
Amaranth is looked at as a grain, but it's actually a seed (not sure about quinoa - maybe it's a seed too - looks like a seed anyway).<br><br>
The package directions (if you get it pre-packaged) should give you basic cooking directions - and then there are recipes at vegweb and probably at Kreeli's site (veganmania.com)
 

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here's the quinoa recipe I made recently<br><br><br><br>
1 cup quinoa<br><br>
2 cups water<br><br>
2 potatoes diced<br><br>
1 small onion diced<br><br>
2 celery stalks chopped<br><br>
1/2 zucchini chopped<br><br>
1 cup frozen corn kernels<br><br>
salt & pepper etc<br><br><br><br>
boil quinoa and water and cook the same way you would cook rice.<br><br><br><br>
in skillet, heat some oil and cook potatoes until cooked.<br><br>
add onion and celery and cook a few more minutes.<br><br>
add corn and zucchini and cook a bit more.<br><br>
add salt & pepper and any herbs to taste.<br><br>
mix in cooked quinoa.<br><br><br><br>
Loki, your recipes sound good too. I'll have to try them.
 
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