Low Carb Friends  
Netrition.com - Tools - Reviews - Faces - Recipes - Home


Go Back   Low Carb Friends > Recipes and Menus > Low Carb Recipe Help & Suggestions
Register FAQ Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read


Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 08-17-2012, 04:03 PM   #361
Gadget Gal
 
Charski's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Mostly in the kitchen!
Posts: 39,143
Gallery: Charski
Stats: 174 (WW)/145/150 goal 5'5"
WOE: ATKINS, or a slight variation thereof
Start Date: May 2003
OK, as promised! Everyone LOVES this - the first bite is good, the second bite is wonderful!

Greek Quinoa Salad with Feta

1 cup quinoa, washed and dried (if not alread prewashed)
1 1/4 cups chicken stock
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
2 cloves garlic, minced
Juice of one medium lemon (I use Meyers because my tree is always loaded with them!)
1/2 to 1 tsp. freshly-ground black pepper
1/2 tsp. salt - I like freshly-ground sea salt
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, preferably Greek (I use the Kalamata EVOO from Trader Joe's)
1/2 cup pitted Calamata olives, sliced
2 tablespoons fresh minced parsley
1 tablespoon fresh minced oregano OR 1 tsp. crushed dried oregano (crush in the palm of your hand to release oils)
1/2 medium red onion, diced finely
1/2 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, cut in half
1/2 cup peeled, seeded and diced cucumber
1/2 cup crumbled Feta cheese (the kind with seasonings/sundried tomato is especially good)

Cook the quinoa - bring stock to a boil, add quinoa, stir, reduce heat to a simmer and cook til tender and liquid is absorbed, about 30 minutes - OR, add cold stock to quinoa in an 8 cup microwave oven proof bowl; cook on High power 5 minutes, stir, cook on Medium (50%) power another 5 to 8 minutes, or til liquid is absorbed.

Set quinoa aside to cool while you chop and mince the veggies and herbs.

In a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, salt and pepper, then stir in parsley and oregano.

In a serving bowl, combine cooled quinoa, vinaigrette, onion, tomatoes, and cucumber, til well-blended. Taste and adjust the seasonings as needed.

Gently stir in the Feta cheese and serve room temp or chilled.

Makes about 8 servings (1/2 cup each)
__________________
It's easy to be miserable. Being happy takes more work. ~~from Ondine, the movie~~

Veni, vidi, velcro - I came, I saw, I stuck.

I reject your reality and substitute my own! ~~ Adam on Mythbusters
Charski is offline   Reply With Quote

Sponsored Links
Old 08-17-2012, 07:31 PM   #362
Major LCF Poster!
 
Ginaaaaaa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 2,398
Gallery: Ginaaaaaa
WOE: High Carb Low Fat
Start Date: April 2009
Wow Charski, that sounds to die for!! I just need the feta and olives. Yum!!

Thank you for sharing!!
Ginaaaaaa is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-17-2012, 07:38 PM   #363
Gadget Gal
 
Charski's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Mostly in the kitchen!
Posts: 39,143
Gallery: Charski
Stats: 174 (WW)/145/150 goal 5'5"
WOE: ATKINS, or a slight variation thereof
Start Date: May 2003
You're welcome, Gina!

It's actually funny to watch people try it the first time, and I did the same thing - you put a bite in your mouth and get a nice flavor burst - then you put the second bite in and KERPOWIE!

I watched DH and my sister do the same thing. Bite in mouth. "Mmmmm." Second bite in mouth. "Uh - MMMMMMMM!!! That's SO GOOD!"
Charski is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-17-2012, 07:55 PM   #364
Major LCF Poster!
 
Ginaaaaaa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 2,398
Gallery: Ginaaaaaa
WOE: High Carb Low Fat
Start Date: April 2009
Haha gotta wait for the flavor explosion huh!! It sounds amazing!! I'm all over anything with feta and calamata olives too!!
Ginaaaaaa is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-18-2012, 05:38 AM   #365
Senior LCF Member
 
alonewithyou's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Norway
Posts: 650
Gallery: alonewithyou
Stats: 5'4, 150 lbs
WOE: Atkins >20 carbs a day
Start Date: 09-01-10/10-29-12/01-10-13/07-29-13
But, quinoa isn't low carb?
alonewithyou is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-18-2012, 05:56 AM   #366
Very Gabby LCF Member!!!
 
Jennifer Eloff's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Tropics
Posts: 3,129
Gallery: Jennifer Eloff
WOE: Atkins/Moderate Carbs
Start Date: 1999
Love this thread! That salad sounds amazing, Char.

Alonewithyou, quinoa is for maintenance-style levels and the grain rung on Atkins - an acceptable grain that does not affect blood sugar adversely compared to other options like brown rice.
Jennifer Eloff is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-18-2012, 09:15 AM   #367
Senior LCF Member
 
alonewithyou's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Norway
Posts: 650
Gallery: alonewithyou
Stats: 5'4, 150 lbs
WOE: Atkins >20 carbs a day
Start Date: 09-01-10/10-29-12/01-10-13/07-29-13
Okay, Jennifer I saw that it was 34 carbs per cup cooked. GI was 18, so that's good
alonewithyou is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-18-2012, 10:46 AM   #368
Gadget Gal
 
Charski's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Mostly in the kitchen!
Posts: 39,143
Gallery: Charski
Stats: 174 (WW)/145/150 goal 5'5"
WOE: ATKINS, or a slight variation thereof
Start Date: May 2003
One cup is a LOT of quinoa. We eat 1/2 cup servings of it. It's also high in protein compared to most grain products and we have ZERO problems eating it.

As Jen says, it isn't for induction levels for sure and should not be added in until the grains rung, although it's not a grain in the sense that we would think of wheat, rice, etc.
Charski is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-18-2012, 03:17 PM   #369
Big Yapper!!!!
 
Teresa123's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 8,165
Gallery: Teresa123
Stats: 350+/size 12/size 6
WOE: Low Carb
Start Date: Oct 2006
Technically quinoa is a seed. Not sure where that fits on the ladder but probably quite a bit earlier than grains. Just another note---it's one of very few foods (that isn't meat/dairy) that is a complete protein.

Quinoa - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Teresa123 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-18-2012, 03:20 PM   #370
Gadget Gal
 
Charski's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Mostly in the kitchen!
Posts: 39,143
Gallery: Charski
Stats: 174 (WW)/145/150 goal 5'5"
WOE: ATKINS, or a slight variation thereof
Start Date: May 2003
Grains are actually seeds too - but the grains of today bear little resemblance to the wild grasses/seed heads of our forebears.
Charski is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-18-2012, 11:15 PM   #371
Way too much time on my hands!
 
catkin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Posts: 16,133
Gallery: catkin
Stats: Made Goal! 132 lbs.
WOE: hhcg
Quote:
Originally Posted by ebonyeyz28 View Post
Charski, you do know that YOUR thoughts on this is what made me finally try it, right? Not many people are on my list of "Credible LC Experts", but you are!
Could not have said this better. I've had a couple of packages from nuts..online for a while now and I have one on the counter to try this next week! Thanks for bumping the thread and thanks to Char and everyone else who contributed!
catkin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-19-2012, 10:55 AM   #372
Gadget Gal
 
Charski's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Mostly in the kitchen!
Posts: 39,143
Gallery: Charski
Stats: 174 (WW)/145/150 goal 5'5"
WOE: ATKINS, or a slight variation thereof
Start Date: May 2003
Awww, you guys are so sweet! Thanks. Nice comments are what keep me going!
Charski is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-19-2012, 12:32 PM   #373
Way too much time on my hands!
 
catkin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Posts: 16,133
Gallery: catkin
Stats: Made Goal! 132 lbs.
WOE: hhcg
Quote:
Originally Posted by Charski View Post
Awww, you guys are so sweet! Thanks. Nice comments are what keep me going!
You're so very welcome!

I just made some pilaf. Took organic 2C. chicken stock, one cup oragnic quinoa--which I soaked 5 min. and then rinsed. Cooked according to instructions.

Sauteed some, celery heart, diced chayote and sweet onion in coconut oil (unscented) and butter then seasoned with garlic powder dried organic parsley and Cavenders. Added the hot quinoa and mixed--delicious! It looks funny with the little curly-Q tails but who cares!

Thanks again!

I ate a 1/2 cup serving. Is anyone eating more in one sitting? Too good. I'll be experimenting!
__________________
Doing the right thing almost always means doing the hardest thing.

Last edited by catkin; 08-19-2012 at 12:37 PM..
catkin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-19-2012, 12:44 PM   #374
Very Gabby LCF Member!!!
 
buttoni's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Central Texas
Posts: 4,281
Gallery: buttoni
Stats: 196/170/150
WOE: Atkins Start 4/09
Start Date: 4/21/09 Height 5'5", Age 64
I was just shopping in my Natural Grocers this morning and they are carrying not only the light quinoa, but a Red Mediterranean variety, too. Looked the same in the little clear window on the bag. Wonder if it tastes the same? I may have to buy a bag and try it when I'm feeling lavish, because it was VERY expensive (something like $17 for a bag that was about 1 lb., compared to $8-9 for the tan variety we usually see in the stores). Has anyone here ever had the red variety?
buttoni is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-19-2012, 04:27 PM   #375
Gadget Gal
 
Charski's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Mostly in the kitchen!
Posts: 39,143
Gallery: Charski
Stats: 174 (WW)/145/150 goal 5'5"
WOE: ATKINS, or a slight variation thereof
Start Date: May 2003
I've had the red, the white, and the black. I don't notice a huge difference in the taste but what is REALLY pretty is to cook it 50% white and 25% each red and black - it makes a showier dish.

Also makes the red and black ones go further!
Charski is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-19-2012, 06:51 PM   #376
Very Gabby LCF Member!!!
 
buttoni's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Central Texas
Posts: 4,281
Gallery: buttoni
Stats: 196/170/150
WOE: Atkins Start 4/09
Start Date: 4/21/09 Height 5'5", Age 64
Oh, that does sound pretty. I'm thinking the red at Christmas with something bright green in it like bell peppers would look really festive.
buttoni is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-19-2012, 06:57 PM   #377
Gadget Gal
 
Charski's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Mostly in the kitchen!
Posts: 39,143
Gallery: Charski
Stats: 174 (WW)/145/150 goal 5'5"
WOE: ATKINS, or a slight variation thereof
Start Date: May 2003
It doesn't cook up all that red, Peggy - it's fairly dark. It IS pretty though, when mixed with the other two colors.

But try it and see what you think!
Charski is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-19-2012, 07:11 PM   #378
Very Gabby LCF Member!!!
 
Barbo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Southern Ca. San Juan Capistrano
Posts: 4,056
Gallery: Barbo
Stats: 225/155/136
WOE: Low Carb Diabetic Plan
Start Date: August 2005
Char

Quotation from Char:

Grains are actually seeds too - but the grains of today bear little resemblance to the wild grasses/seed heads of our forebears.
__________________
I love it when you talk like this
Barbo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-20-2012, 03:40 AM   #379
Senior LCF Member
 
slbbw's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Louisiana
Posts: 322
Gallery: slbbw
Stats: 234/199/150
WOE: Low Carb <30
Start Date: 1977,2000,Apr,2010
I was "off my feed" yesterday. Felt unwell and uninterested in food. Last night I started mentally reviewing my dinner options, thinking I should eat... "something". Thanks to this forum bump, I had some cold quinoa left over from my first experiment with it as a rice substitute.

I made an "off the cuff" version of your salad, Charski, leaving out the stuff I didn't think my tummy would tolerate (fresh garlic/olives). Even without that, it was wonderful!! I was scraping the bowl! I kept thinking about it the rest of the night. Today, I'm making the full version and my little LC brain is humming with possibilities for future meals

I bow to the high priestess of Quinoa!

Thanks, Charski
slbbw is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-20-2012, 09:05 AM   #380
Gadget Gal
 
Charski's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Mostly in the kitchen!
Posts: 39,143
Gallery: Charski
Stats: 174 (WW)/145/150 goal 5'5"
WOE: ATKINS, or a slight variation thereof
Start Date: May 2003
Quote:
Originally Posted by Barbo View Post
Quotation from Char:

Grains are actually seeds too - but the grains of today bear little resemblance to the wild grasses/seed heads of our forebears.
__________________
I love it when you talk like this

You nut!!

Quote:
Originally Posted by slbbw View Post
I was "off my feed" yesterday. Felt unwell and uninterested in food. Last night I started mentally reviewing my dinner options, thinking I should eat... "something". Thanks to this forum bump, I had some cold quinoa left over from my first experiment with it as a rice substitute.

I made an "off the cuff" version of your salad, Charski, leaving out the stuff I didn't think my tummy would tolerate (fresh garlic/olives). Even without that, it was wonderful!! I was scraping the bowl! I kept thinking about it the rest of the night. Today, I'm making the full version and my little LC brain is humming with possibilities for future meals

I bow to the high priestess of Quinoa!

Thanks, Charski
Hey, I'm glad it sounded good to you - I've made it several times now and always with what I have on hand. Just made some yesterday, in fact!

The one I made previous to this one, I didn't have tomatoes or cucumbers, so I used red bell peppers and some thinly sliced raw sugar snap peas. It's all good!

Hope your tummy is all better today through the magic of QUINOA!!
Charski is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-15-2012, 12:38 PM   #381
Senior LCF Member
 
MiRedkitty's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 415
Gallery: MiRedkitty
Stats: 247/159/150, or so
WOE: Atkins with a twist
Start Date: August 21, 2003
Hot Brussel Bacon Quinoa Stirfry

Quarter Brussel Sprouts, Fry 1 pound bacon in fry pan, add your (preferrably fresh) brussel sprouts, cook for 5 minutes, add sliced onion (1 small) and 8oz sliced mushrooms - cook until onions are transparent, mushrooms are browned and brussel sprouts are browned a bit...EVERYTHING IN ONE PAN. Add 1 1/2 cups Quinoa and stir. Season to taste with garlic powder, salt and pepper. Enjoy!
MiRedkitty is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-15-2012, 02:35 PM   #382
Gadget Gal
 
Charski's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Mostly in the kitchen!
Posts: 39,143
Gallery: Charski
Stats: 174 (WW)/145/150 goal 5'5"
WOE: ATKINS, or a slight variation thereof
Start Date: May 2003
I assume you mean COOKED quinoa!

That sounds really good. DH would love it!
Charski is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-16-2012, 05:12 AM   #383
Senior LCF Member
 
MiRedkitty's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 415
Gallery: MiRedkitty
Stats: 247/159/150, or so
WOE: Atkins with a twist
Start Date: August 21, 2003
Oops! Yep, COOKED!

Ick...uncooked?...crunchy addition! Maybe I should post this one on the "looking for a crunchy snack?" thread! LOL
MiRedkitty is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-16-2012, 11:19 AM   #384
Gadget Gal
 
Charski's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Mostly in the kitchen!
Posts: 39,143
Gallery: Charski
Stats: 174 (WW)/145/150 goal 5'5"
WOE: ATKINS, or a slight variation thereof
Start Date: May 2003
LOL!!! Yeah, it would most certainly be crunchy!

Don't you just LOVE that stuff? We adore it and eat it often.
Charski is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-22-2012, 03:14 PM   #385
Senior LCF Member
 
MiRedkitty's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 415
Gallery: MiRedkitty
Stats: 247/159/150, or so
WOE: Atkins with a twist
Start Date: August 21, 2003
Quinoa Chicken Patties

Cook 1 cup of Quinoa - follow instructions on package
mix with 1 pound ground chicken
add 1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
2-3 green onions, finely chopped

make into patties and pan fry on medium-low heat until done and browned.
Use non-stick pan with a little spray or cast iron pan with some oil.

Serve with spicy sauce made with mayo, a little lemon juice, tabasco and chili powder.

For a "breaded" version, coat patties with ground pork rinds and let set for about 10 minutes before pan frying
MiRedkitty is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-23-2012, 10:07 AM   #386
Very Gabby LCF Member!!!
 
buttoni's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Central Texas
Posts: 4,281
Gallery: buttoni
Stats: 196/170/150
WOE: Atkins Start 4/09
Start Date: 4/21/09 Height 5'5", Age 64
Just one added note in this discussion of quinoa I inject merely as "food for thought" and due consideration. Having just read Wheat Belly, by Wm. Davis, MD, last paragraph on pg. 212, he says (paraphrasing) that non-wheat grains (like quinoa and oats) are just carbs without the addictive "brain-effect" of wheat and which DO take a metabolic toll. He encourages only occasionally enjoying these, and only after all desired weight loss has been achieved. He goes on to say if you are one with a powerful potential for food addiction, you should tread lightly with the non-wheat grains. They can still spike your blood glucose, even skyrocket your BG. So as long as one knows that, they will likely only have them occasionally and in small amounts.

I personally love quinoa and have cooked/eaten it 2-3 times in my 3-year LC journey, but I do tread lightly there unto.
__________________
Peggy
My recipe website: http://buttoni.wordpress.com/
buttoni is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-23-2012, 02:17 PM   #387
Gadget Gal
 
Charski's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Mostly in the kitchen!
Posts: 39,143
Gallery: Charski
Stats: 174 (WW)/145/150 goal 5'5"
WOE: ATKINS, or a slight variation thereof
Start Date: May 2003
Quinoa is NOT a grain though - it's a relative of tumbleweeds, beets and spinach, from a seed standpoint. I think it's definitely like anything else - YMMV so start off easy and see how it works for YOU. It's also higher in protein than most grains.

Personally, I have no problems with it at all, nor does DH who is pretty insulin-resistant. We eat it at least a couple times a week as a side dish in one form or another.

Last edited by Charski; 09-23-2012 at 02:19 PM..
Charski is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-24-2012, 07:08 AM   #388
Senior LCF Member
 
JessBunny's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: PA
Posts: 147
Gallery: JessBunny
Stats: 370/288/150
WOE: EFGT & Wheat Free
Start Date: 9/1/11
I'm still very much in the ongoing weight loss stage but I do enjoy the occasional dish with quinoa. It is very satisfying for the rice related cravings and is far less damaging then indulging in rice. Quinoa does not cause me to gain weight but I also will not lose weight when I eat it. It doesn't derail my weight loss in the long term though. I know if I eat it one day I will weight the same the next day but if I go back to my normal lower carb amounts I will start to lose again quickly. I think of it as an occasional on plan treat that adds some extra verity to my diet, but it isn't something I can eat on a regular basis. It is very tasty and I would encourage people to try it and see how it effects you if you are interested in it.
__________________
Jess
JessBunny is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-24-2012, 07:24 AM   #389
Very Gabby LCF Member!!!
 
buttoni's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Central Texas
Posts: 4,281
Gallery: buttoni
Stats: 196/170/150
WOE: Atkins Start 4/09
Start Date: 4/21/09 Height 5'5", Age 64
Luckily, since I love the stuff, it doesn't bother me much either, Char. Like I said above, I have eaten it occasionally with no ill effects. Apparently the non-grains group, according to Davis, though technically not grains, are metabolized/utilized/stored like grains. Therein lies the problem for those that have metabolic syndrome. Eating too much of them for THOSE folks might start a downward spiral toward more belly fat since it is metabolized by the body just like grain. I just put that info here for those who are much more sensitive to carb intake (than you and I seem to be).
buttoni is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-12-2012, 05:40 PM   #390
Blabbermouth!!!
 
Gilded Lily's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Happy Candy Sweet House
Posts: 7,190
Gallery: Gilded Lily
Bump!
Gilded Lily is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 12:10 AM.


Copyright ©1999-2014 Friends Forums LLC. All rights reserved. - Terms of Service | Privacy Policy
LowCarbFriends® is a registered mark of Friends Forums, LLC.