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cbmare
02-19-2008, 07:37 PM
I ordered something for dinner on the cruise. It was served over quinoa. I flipped over the quinoa. I had boobalah try it and he said we had to get some when we got home. The matron of honor is a vegetarian and had never had it. She loved it as well!

I found it at TJ's yesterday and we had it instead of cous cous with boobalah's osso bucco.

I just cooked it in some of our homemade chicken stock.

It will be a permanent part of our pantry from now on.

Besides cooking it in broth, how else can I use it?


azmom
02-19-2008, 07:49 PM
I love quinoa too! I buy it in bulk at Sprouts. They have it at Whole Foods and now they even have it in bulk at my Safeway!!
I also cook it in broth and add every veggie imaginable. My favorites added in are sun-dried tomatoes, zucchini, onion and garlic! Yummm!!
I read where it has the highest protein content for a grain!

nelie
02-19-2008, 07:58 PM
Quinoa is awesome. I make it all the time. Tonight I am trying a new grain, millet.


cbmare
02-19-2008, 08:05 PM
One of my former student's has a son who is allergic to just about every grain out there. He can have millet. It must be hard on her. They are Japanese.

I want to try Spelt as well.

cbmare
02-19-2008, 08:06 PM
I love quinoa too! I buy it in bulk at Sprouts. They have it at Whole Foods and now they even have it in bulk at my Safeway!!
I also cook it in broth and add every veggie imaginable. My favorites added in are sun-dried tomatoes, zucchini, onion and garlic! Yummm!!
I read where it has the highest protein content for a grain!

Do you add more broth when you add the veggies? How do you keep the zuke from getting mushy?

azmom
02-19-2008, 08:47 PM
I usually add the zucchini the last 5 minutes of cooking. You sparked my appetite for quinoa! I just quickly made a wonderful meal of quinoa (this time I did not add the veggies to the quinoa, just chicken boullion) and 21 salute which is an awesome salt-free seasoning from Trader Joes!... topped it with ground turkey and sauteed green onions, red & green peppers, zucchini and added a splash of basalmic vinegar to the veggies...oh, and I added a dollop of fat free sour cream
I am stuffed and satisfied!

kaplods
02-19-2008, 08:58 PM
I make it with water or broth and use it pretty much anywhere and anyway I would cooked rice. My husband especially like when I use it in place of rice to make oriental "fried rice" (or I guess "fried quinoa").

cbmare
02-19-2008, 08:58 PM
I usually add the zucchini the last 5 minutes of cooking. You sparked my appetite for quinoa! I just quickly made a wonderful meal of quinoa (this time I did not add the veggies to the quinoa, just chicken boullion) and 21 salute which is an awesome salt-free seasoning from Trader Joes!... topped it with ground turkey and sauteed green onions, red & green peppers, zucchini and added a splash of basalmic vinegar to the veggies...oh, and I added a dollop of fat free sour cream
I am stuffed and satisfied!


YUM! However, now I have to trek back to TJ's and find 21 Salute!

cbmare
02-19-2008, 08:59 PM
I make it with water or broth and use it pretty much anywhere and anyway I would cooked rice. My husband especially like when I use it in place of rice to make oriental "fried rice" (or I guess "fried quinoa").


I wanna do that one, too!

nelie
02-19-2008, 09:23 PM
fried "rice" is also good with shredded cauliflower. I haven't made that in a while though.

CountingDown
02-19-2008, 09:33 PM
Quinoa and brown rice is a great combo too! I also like cooking it in TJ's Carrot Ginger soup instead of water or broth. I think it just a bit, add some onion and mushroom - yum!

trailgroomer
02-19-2008, 09:34 PM
I like quinoa as well.
soup with quinoa
Cup Quinoa
1 Cup Water
2 Garlic Cloves
2 Tbsp. Vegetable Oil
1 Cup Chopped Green Onions
1 Celery Stalk (Chopped)
1 Carrot (Cut on the diagonal into inch-thick pieces)
1 Bell Pepper (Cut into 1 inch pieces)
1 Cup Cubed Zucchini
2 Cups undrained chopped fresh or canned tomatoes
1 Cup Water or Vegetable Stock
2 Tsp. Cumin
Tsp. Chili Powder
1 Tsp. Coriander
Pinch of Cayenne (or more to taste)
2 Tsp. Fresh Oregano (OR) 1 Tsp. Dried Oregano
Chopped Fresh Cilantro (Optional)

1. Rinse quinoa well with cold water. Use a fine mesh filter or coffee filter. Place rinsed quinoa in pot with water and cook covered on medium-low heat for about 15 minutes until soft.
2. While the quinoa is cooking place the onions, garlic and vegetable oil in covered soup pot and saute on medium heat for 5 minutes
3. And celery and carrots to the soup pot and cook an additional 5 minutes stirring often
4. Add the bell pepper, zucchini, tomatoes, and one cup water or vegetable stock to soup pot. Stir in cumin, chili powder, coriander, cayenne and oregano to soup pot simmer covered for 10 to 15 minutes until vegetables are tender.
5. Stir in cooked quinoa and salt to taste.
Top with grated cheese if desired

zenor77
02-19-2008, 09:49 PM
I use it the same way you'd use any other grain. Plain, pilaf, in casseroles, in soups, dressed to make a salad, etc.

I've seen recipes for tabbouleh made with quinoa instead of bulgur. I'm trying a recipe this week that is quinoa with black beans, corn, salsa, scallions and cilantro. Yummy!

azmom
02-19-2008, 10:03 PM
Yummmm! I need to try cooking it in the carrot ginger soup from TJ's. Is it one of those boxed soups???

dustdiva
02-19-2008, 10:21 PM
One year at Thanksgiving my sister made the stuffing with a quinoa pilaf (quinoa, millet, and barley, I think) instead of bread -- using celery,onion, sage, and other "normal" stuffing seasonings -- and it was delicious.

baffled111
02-19-2008, 10:50 PM
I love quinoa too. It's tasty and it's so pretty to look at. Earlier this week I made a quinoa salad with black beans, corn, a ton of sauteed veggies (onion, red pepper, zucchini) and cilantro with a lime-cumin dressing. I'm a protein fiend, so I topped it with grilled chicken too. 1c quinoa with all the veggies and stuff produced 4 giant portions of the salad. Yummy.

I've wondered about putting it soups. To those who have tried it: does it get mushy? I have a problem with mushy grains AND I always make my soups in giant batches and freeze them individually for lunches. I either have to cook and freeze the grain on the side (in individual bags, which I wash & reuse) or use barley, which can withstand hours of cooking, freezing and nuking. How would quinoa hold up, given these trying circumstances?

CountingDown
02-20-2008, 12:05 AM
Yummmm! I need to try cooking it in the carrot ginger soup from TJ's. Is it one of those boxed soups???

Yup! I like the boxed - soy- ginger broth too :)

cbmare
02-20-2008, 11:50 AM
WOW! So much info! I think I'm going to be going nuts for a while with this stuff. However, I have to be able to boot boobalah out of the kitchen.

shananigans
02-20-2008, 12:48 PM
I've made this Black Bean and Quinoa Chili (http://melomeals.blogspot.com/2008/01/delicious-simple-meals.html) a few times. It's really good, gets even better after it sits in the fridge overnight.

I've also been making Chickpea-Quinoa Pilaf from the Veganomicon cookbook. So quick and easy, it's a great alternaive to rice as a side.

cbmare
02-20-2008, 01:35 PM
What an interesting site! I'm at work and can't download anything. Could you please post the recipe for that sausage?

WaterRat
02-20-2008, 03:46 PM
Y'all are making me hungry and it's not even 11:00 yet! :) My DH brought home a box of quinoa, and so far we've just cooked it as hot breakfast cereal. I'm getting lots of good ideas here. Thanks.

Glory87
02-20-2008, 05:01 PM
I didn't see anybody post this yet, but it's pronounced KEEN-WA. Just in case you go to a store and ask for it, you won't be embarassed in front of a snooty Whole Foods clerk by saying "qui-noah" and having them correct you by saying "did you mean KEEN WA?" Not like that happened to me or anything. it really sucked.

I absolutely love it too and use it a lot in the place of brown rice. Roasted vegetables over quinoa! Black bean and quinoa burritos!

Just to make you love it even more - nutritional info:

Nutritionally, quinoa might be considered a supergrain--although it is not really a grain, but the seed of a leafy plant that's distantly related to spinach. Quinoa has excellent reserves of Protein, and unlike other grains, is not missing the amino acid lysine, so the protein is more complete (a trait it shares with other "non-true" grains such as buckwheat and amaranth). The World Health Organization has rated the quality of protein in quinoa at least equivalent to that in milk. Quinoa offers more iron than other grains and contains high levels of potassium and riboflavin, as well as other B vitamins: B6, niacin, and thiamin. It is also a good source of magnesium, zinc, copper, and manganese, and has some folate (folic acid).
Quinoa 1/2 cup dry

Calories 318
Total Fat (g) 4.9
Saturated fat (g) 0.5
Monounsaturated fat (g) 1.3
Polyunsaturated fat (g) 2
Dietary fiber (g) 5
Protein (g) 11
Carbohydrate (g) 59
Cholesterol (mg) 0
Sodium (mg) 18
Riboflavin (mg) 0.3
Vitamin E (mg) 4.1
Copper (mg) 0.7
Iron (mg) 7.9
Magnesium (mg) 179
Manganese (mg) 1.9
Phosphorus (mg) 349
Potassium (mg) 629
Zinc (mg) 2.8

cbmare
02-20-2008, 07:56 PM
Hmmm. My box says it has 340 cals. I like yours better.

Mine also has 6 gm of fat, 60 carbs, 6 fiber and 10 protein for the same measurement.

I couldn't find it anywhere except TJs. I didn't go to WF yet. I wonder if they have it in bulk.

Glory87
02-20-2008, 08:49 PM
My Whole Foods definitely has it in bulk :)

VelVeeta
02-21-2008, 12:28 PM
Quinoa is so good and I am generally really picky about texture. I think it works best when you cook it in some chicken broth or veggie broth to give it some extra flavor.