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Old 02-19-2008, 06:37 PM   #1
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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?
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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!
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Quinoa is awesome. I make it all the time. Tonight I am trying a new grain, millet.
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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.
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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?
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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!
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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").
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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!
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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!
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fried "rice" is also good with shredded cauliflower. I haven't made that in a while though.
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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!
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Default quinoa in soup

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
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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!
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Yummmm! I need to try cooking it in the carrot ginger soup from TJ's. Is it one of those boxed soups???
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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.
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