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08-28-2013, 01:26 PM
I have never tried quinoa. Although I am skeptical about superfoods, it does sound healthy and I just might have to give it a chance after reading this:

"Though it is often called a whole grain, quinoa isn't a grain at all. True grains like wheat and maize are derived from grasses, whereas quinoa is part of a protein-rich plant family that includes fellow iron maidens like spinach and beets."

"Twenty years ago, NASA researchers declared quinoa the perfect inflight snack for astronauts on long-term missions because it is mineral-rich, gluten-free and contains all essential amino acids."


08-28-2013, 02:27 PM
Plus, it tastes great!

Just out of curiosity..why skeptical about superfoods?

08-28-2013, 02:47 PM
Oh, I probably have seen too many promoted by Dr. Oz that later I read articles on that say they are over-hyped. I know there are many great and nutritional foods out there. I just don't know if I trust the term "superfood" anymore.

08-28-2013, 06:25 PM
I don't really like the taste. It tastes bitter to me. I had some with stir fry. How do you eat it?

08-28-2013, 06:36 PM
Yeah, quinoa is technically a chenopod. It's got all the essential aminos, and is often grown organically. I love it particularly as a pilaf.

FYI- some Quinoa requires rinsing (like rice can) before eating because un-rinsed it has saponin in it (which can taste bitter). So check to see if the directions call for rinsing.

08-28-2013, 06:42 PM
Rinse a lot... Or yes, bitter!

08-29-2013, 10:08 AM
mmmmm! I love love love Quinoa! I like to use it like a rice substitute. Anything I would use rice for I try to use Quinoa instead. Its delicous!

08-29-2013, 10:22 AM
I love it. I have Celiac therefore I am always looking for alternatives and Quinoa is a staple part of my diet now-a-days. Try, it, you may like it! :)

I just had Quinoa and flax seed pasta and it was yummy.

08-29-2013, 03:24 PM
I rinse it..and then cook it like rice.

Sometimes I eat it by itself..sometimes mixed with other stuff in a cold salad...and Trader Joe's has a really yummy Harvest blend with Orzo, baby Garbanzo's, lentils and red quinoa YUMMY

08-29-2013, 03:25 PM
mmmmm! I love love love Quinoa! I like to use it like a rice substitute. Anything I would use rice for I try to use Quinoa instead. Its delicous!

I like Cauliflower as a rice substitute as well.:)

08-29-2013, 03:30 PM
I like it but it does get stuck between my teeth.

Real superfood is canned fish.

You just would not believe: a) how many people turn their nose up at it; b) how good it is for you; and c) how good it is for weightloss.

I had canned chinook salmon today with my salad. Delish.

08-29-2013, 03:31 PM
I love quinoa too. Aside from rinsing, cooking quinoa like pasta (in a generous amount of water or broth) also yields a milder, sweeter finished product. Because the grains are small, you do need to use a fine mesh strainer rather than a colender to drain (if necessary, obviously if you're adding quinoa to soups thete's no need to drain).

08-29-2013, 08:48 PM
I didn't care for the taste, does anyone have a flavorful recipe they would like to share?

08-29-2013, 09:10 PM
I didn't care for the taste, does anyone have a flavorful recipe they would like to share?

Hubby wasn't too keen on quinoa the first couple times I made it for us (as a plain side dish), but now he loves it. The dish that converted him, was my fried rice recipe using quinoa in place of some of the rice. Now he even likes it with quinoa and no rice.

My fried rice recipe really isn't a recipe, it's rice, quinoa, or grated cauliflower (or a mix of all three) leftover veggies, left over meats, eggs, garlic, onion, spring onion, waterchestnuts, pea pods and fish sauce or stirfry sauce (or soy sauce and a bit of sweetener like allfruit apricot spread) and a bit of oil to stirfry it all in.

It's a bit different every time. There are tons of recipes online, even on youtube.

08-29-2013, 10:13 PM
Try it on Tabbouleh..yum! Million and one recipes online.

08-29-2013, 11:21 PM
I make a quinoa salad type thing. Basically slice carrots and zucchini thinly and stir-fry in balsamic vinegar along with edemame and tofu.
Add stir-fried veggies to cooked quinoa, along with chopped tomatoes and avocado. Stir together with some red wine vinegar and chill.

08-30-2013, 10:53 AM
I cook my quinoa in a bit of chicken broth. Then I make what I call "loaded bowls". Everyone creates their own with what ingredients they want. I put out bowls of black beans, tomatoes, scallions, cilantro, grilled chicken, avocado.... I think that's it. I also make a dressing from cilantro, garlic, some olive oil and we pour some over it. Delish! Everyone in the house loves it even the teenagers.

I agree with everyone - rinsing well is a must!

08-30-2013, 06:53 PM
I add it to vegetable soup, veggie chili & chicken chili to both thicken the broth and to add protein. I make a crock pot of chicken chili every Monday and eat the soup for dinner that night and lunch for the rest of the week. It's very filling.

09-08-2013, 10:11 AM
This is my favorite quinoa recipe. We swap out the feta for fat free feta, and cut out some of the olives and oil. It's still great, and even more filling if you add cooked chicken or tofu pieces.


10-21-2013, 07:26 PM
I'm a little late to this conversation but thought I would post my favorite quinoa recipe. I made this up, based partly on the orzo salad at Whole Foods. I loved the taste, but am not a fan of pasta. So I replaced the orzo with quinoa and here is what I came up with. Yum!

Quinoa and Spinach Salad

4 cups of cooked quinoa, cooled (equal to about one cup pre-cooked)

1 (10 ounce) package baby spinach leaves, finely chopped

1/2 lb crumbled feta cheese

1/2 red onion, finely chopped

1 tomato, seeded and chopped

3/4 cup toasted pine nuts

1/2 cup kalamata olive, chopped

2 Tbsp pesto (or fresh basil leaves and some garlic)

1/4 teaspoon ground pepper

1 pinch salt

1/4 cup olive oil

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar (adjust to your liking)


Transfer cooled quinoa to a large bowl and stir in spinach, feta, onion, pine nuts,olives, basil and pepper. Toss with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Refrigerate and serve cold.