I have used it for veggie burgers, meatloaf, and my favorite is to cook it then add it to a bag of frozen stir fry veggies I cook in my wok with a little sesame oil and add a dash of soy sauce, super good!
I typically use it just like I would rice. In fact, I cook it in my rice cooker, with the same water/rice proportions. A little bit of soy sauce and I'm a happy girl!
Here's a really lovely curried quinoa mango salad: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/vie ws/Quinoa-with-Mango-and-Curried-Yogur t-108112 It's good hot or cold, and I like it with very finely diced chicken breast, too.
I also seriously LOVE a quinoa/goat cheese/Swiss chard (or kale) dish I make. I make a pot of quinoa in the rice cooker. Meanwhile, I saute Swiss chard or kale (whatever I have) with a tiny bit of olive oil and garlic. Add a sprinkle of salt and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice toward the end. When the quinoa is cooked, I dump it in the skillet with the sauteed Swiss chard, and mix in some goat cheese. 3 oz? 4oz? Not a huge amount, but enough to mix around with the hot quinoa and veggies and get all mixed up and cheesy. Holy cow, is it delicious!
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Quinoa Salad With Lime, Garlic And Ginger Prep time: 30 minutes Makes 2-3 servings
Ingredients 1 cup quinoa (dry measure) 1 tsp cumin 1 tsp turmeric 1 onion, choped 1 tsp olive oil (or water or veggie broth) 1-2 cloves garlic, minced 1-2 Tbsp fresh ginger, minced 1 cup green beans, chopped 2 tomatoes, chopped 1 red pepper, chopped 1 cup spinach, chopped 1 avocado, chopped 1 lime, quartered 1 Tbsp sacha inchi or flaxseed oil (optional) salt, to taste Directions 1.Put the quinoa and spices in a dry pot, and turn on to medium-high heat. Let this cook for a few minutes, until the spices and quinoa toast lightly. 2.Add 2 cups of water and a pinch of salt to the pot, cover and bring to a boil. Then turn down to low and simmer for 20-25 minutes, or until the quinoa has absorbed all the water and is light and fluffy. 3.While the quinoa cooks, chop the vegetables and add them (in the order listed) to a pan or pot on medium-high and saute with oil, water or veggie broth. Add a sprinkle of salt to help them soften and merge their flavors. Add the avocado just at the very end to warm - or just chop and lay it on top if you prefer. 4.Once the quinoa is cooked, squeeze half of the lime into it, and toss with the sacha inchi or flaxseed oil if you're using it. The oil will help carry the flavor of the spices, and has lots of omeega-3 fatty acids. You can also use olive oil if you prefer, although it doesn't have the same omega-3 level. 5.Top the seasoned quinoa with some vegetables, and squeeze the rest of the lime juice on top. You can also toss everything together if you like, to make it more salad-like.
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There is a Mediterranean market near me that sells really good tabouli. Only there's way too much oil in it for me. So I make a batch of quinoa and then dump the tabouli in it. It makes twice as much tabouli and way lower in calories. Easy.
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It is amazing stuff and quite filling. I buy it pre-washed so I don't have the bitterness problem.
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Making quinoa today for the first time :-) Wish me luck...
Quinoa is a great, versatile grain. I use it in place of rice a lot of times. One thing I learned by trial and error is that you will have a better tasting dish if you rinse the quinoa for a couple minutes in a very fine seive before cooking. That gets rid of some bitterness that seems to be inherent. I always cook mine in some chicken broth to infuze it with more flavor. Otherwise, I say just experiment with it. If you have a favorite rice dish, try making it with quinoa. And search the SparkRecipes database for recipes... you will find a lot of really yummy dishes!
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I just recently made quinoa for the first time - I cooked it according tot he package and separately sauted some onions, corn and bell peppers, mixed it with the quinoa and added some cumin, salt, pepper, oregano and lime juice. Sorry I can't be more specific than that, but I LOVE AllRecipes.com that's where I get inspiration for most anything i cook! best wishes!
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