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Old 09-15-2010, 03:40 AM   #301
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Yum, these quinoa recipe sound good. I'm going to see if I can find it cheaper around here in order to give it a try, thanks, Charski for the idea!
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Old 09-15-2010, 05:58 AM   #302
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I cooked the quinoa flakes this morning and had some as hot cereal with spice, sweetfreez, and h&h.. I do get the 'grass' flavor faintly, but it was good.

I also had half a cup or so of a restaurant quinoa salad last night, and for those who are wondering if it kicks you out of ketosis, my sticks were just as dark this morning as they have been. I started back on LC 3 weeks or so ago, so I'm really paying attention to things to start with.

YMMV of course. =)
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I tried quinoa as a rice type dish...kind of like stir fried rice. It tasted great but it did horrible things to my blood sugar. Bye Bye quinoa for me!
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I tried quinoa as a rice type dish...kind of like stir fried rice. It tasted great but it did horrible things to my blood sugar. Bye Bye quinoa for me!
That's too bad! You're in the minority unfortunately for you.... I think everybody else on here who checks blood sugar reported good results. That's a bummer!
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I tried quinoa as a rice type dish...kind of like stir fried rice. It tasted great but it did horrible things to my blood sugar. Bye Bye quinoa for me!
Did you have more than 1/2 cup?
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Terry: I had about 3/4 cup. I tried less the next day and still a huge spike for me. I am very carb sensitive and spike when I eat more than a few ounces of protein (even with a lot of fat) at each meal.
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*SUBBING* Wow, quite a thread! I make quinoa routinely for the family as I was so impressed with it being a complete protein. I didnt eat any cause of the carb count! But Im going to give it a go today and see what it does for my blood sugars!

The recipe I make is Cold Quinoa Salad,

Cook and cool the Quinoa, and then add all the stuff you would normally add to macaroni salad. MAyo, italian spices, cucumbers, green peppers, onions, cubed cheese, cubed salami, etc.
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I bought some quinoa yesterday at Sprouts from the bulk bin. It didn't say washed or not, so assuming it is not, how long do I rinse? I am going to try a sample batch, fingers crossed we like it, it sounds like it has so many possibilities.

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Put it in a fine-mesh sieve and let the water run through it, stirring it around with your fingers or a spoon, for a minute or two, then shake, and rinse again.

I've read some folks soak it for a while first to loosen up the saponins, then rinse well....

I'm fortunate that the stuff I buy has already had all that done to it!

Hope you like it!
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*SUBBING* Wow, quite a thread! I make quinoa routinely for the family as I was so impressed with it being a complete protein. I didnt eat any cause of the carb count! But Im going to give it a go today and see what it does for my blood sugars!

The recipe I make is Cold Quinoa Salad,

Cook and cool the Quinoa, and then add all the stuff you would normally add to macaroni salad. MAyo, italian spices, cucumbers, green peppers, onions, cubed cheese, cubed salami, etc.
Well, a 1/2 cup of cooked quinoa raises my blood sugars 30 points. Cant use it til Im done lowcarbing. Will continue to use it as a rice/macaroni substitute for the family though!
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That's too bad, Susan!

Just curious - how much does a "regular" (low carb or however you normally eat) raise your blood sugar? Not been snarky either, just wondering!
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Charski,
I want to say thank you for starting this thread, I would never have tried this stuff. I rinsed under cool water for a few minutes, then cooked in the microwave. When I was a kid my mom used to cook minute rice, and we would have it with milk and sugar, I thought it was the best treat! I added some cream and a couple drops of Sweetzfree, and it tasted remarkably like that! We are having chicken and quinoa for dinner tonight!

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Christyjo, Glad it works for you!
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That's too bad, Susan!

Just curious - how much does a "regular" (low carb or however you normally eat) raise your blood sugar? Not been snarky either, just wondering!
Im taking Lantus 24 hour insulin and then I bolus my meals with Humalog insulin, 1-2 units per 15 carbs (depending on the type of carb).

I figured the 1/2 C. of quinoa was 20 carbs & 3 fiber so about 17 NET carbs. I did NOT bolus when I ate the quinoa. My Blood glucose rose 30 points, which is typical for that amount of carbs for me.

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Ah! Gotcha. I'm not well-versed enough with insulin-dependent diabetes to make any suggestions, other than, did you eat it by itself, or as part of a meal with plenty of protein?

It just may be something that doesn't work for you, there seem to be a few folks for whom that is true. Bummer!
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Here is another recipe Ive tried for my family:

QUINOA PILAF
6 cups cooked quinoa,
1/4 cup green onion, diced 1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup celery, diced 2 cloves garlic, crushed
1/4 cup green pepper, diced 1 cup slivered almonds
1/4 cup sweet red pepper, diced 1/4 tsp oregano
salt & or pepper to taste

Saute chopped vegetables in olive oil until clear, yet crisp: stir in oregano. Add sauteed vegetables to cooked, hot quinoa, mixing well. Add salt to taste. Dry-roast almonds in heavy skillet until lightly golden. Add almonds and mix. Serves 8. Good with chicken!
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marking my spot until I find quinoa

thank you for starting the thread... and all who have responded with recipes
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Jumping on the quinoa train...bought some this afternoon at Costco. Serving it with black beans, sauteed garlic spinach, feta and black olives. Hopefully, it's kind to my blood sugar. I'll find out
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Hope it works for you, Goodcelt!

Did anybody see Aarti Paarti? She made a quinoa pilaf that looked interesting. It had dried cherries in it but i'm thinking those could be subbed with SF dried cranberries.

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Oh, me too! I can't wait. And, I'm so hungry this evening...I will, however, measure it out (and the beans as well). I may dip into the black olives early
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So far, so good...blood sugar was 114 one hour after! I'll post again after 2 hours. So excited!
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WooHooo!!
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So far, so good...blood sugar was 114 one hour after! I'll post again after 2 hours. So excited!
OK...at two hours, it was 126 Crap...should be under 120. Not horrible, but still...That's why it's important to test one and two (and sometimes three) hours after a food to see what it does to you. Sometimes, things that are iffy have a little nasty surprise to them (pizza is one). I'm going to try it for breakfast with an egg and see what it does. It may be that the combo of the quinoa with the beans did something to me. I don't have a clue...

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OK...at two hours, it was 126 Crap...should be under 120. Not horrible, but still...That's why it's important to test one and two (and sometimes three) hours after a food to see what it does to you. Sometimes, things that are iffy have a little nasty surprise to them (pizza is one). I'm going to try it for breakfast with an egg and see what it does. It may be that the combo of the quinoa with the beans did something to me. I don't have a clue...
OK...it was 98 at 3 hours. That's a good thing. Wish it hadn't climbed up for the 2nd hour.
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Well doesn't sound TOO bad. Maybe eat a little more additional protein with, like some chicken or pork. That might mitigate the carb response a bit, no?
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That's what I'm thinking. I'm going to have it tomorrow with bacon and eggs...
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That's what I'm thinking. I'm going to have it tomorrow with bacon and eggs...
MMMM! I love it with some almond milk and cream and a pat of butter and a little SF maple syrup, and a side of bacon. YUM. Comfort food at its finest IMHO!
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I had planned on using it for cereal in the morning but after my 2nd reading tonight, decided to have bacon and eggs, and a little butter on it, instead. We shall see. I would love to use the quinoa like rice, hot cereal, and bulgur.
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I had planned on using it for cereal in the morning but after my 2nd reading tonight, decided to have bacon and eggs, and a little butter on it, instead. We shall see. I would love to use the quinoa like rice, hot cereal, and bulgur.
I use it as rice, pasta or cereal for my family and feel so good doing so because it is a complete protein! I buy mine bulk from Whole Foods and Trader Joes opens in Omaha next month so i will probably buy it there for cheaper. I tried pairing it with protein but still the BG surge, so it is out for me while Im lowcarbing for the time being.

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OK...reading after an hour was 111 after 1 egg, 2 bacon and 1/2 c. quinoa w/a little butter. Will try at two hours and see what happens then.
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