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Old 12-02-2010, 10:45 AM   #1
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Quinoa...Made my first batch last night

And it came out good, but I had to put a lot of fat in it (butter, cream, cheese) to make it taste good. I rinsed it first, then put 1 cup quinoa and 2 cups chicken broth, some garlic powder, chopped green onion, other seasonings. Didn't taste fantastic, then added in some cream and shredded cheese, and of course it tasted good then. Was wondering if anyone has any good recipes with less calories using quinoa, and how your blood sugar reacted to just the quinoa w/o all the cheese and cream (I know that lowered the glycemic index). I'd like to try it as a breakfast item with sweetner and cinnamon to get over my craving for oatmeal.
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Old 12-02-2010, 11:32 AM   #2
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Maybe you just needed to rinse it more? It has saponofins in it (an anti-nutrient that tastes soapy). I rinse and rinse and rinse ours, then I soak it. I haven't made any in a longggg time, though. And then I just make it like a pilaf and add a few pinenuts, shallots, garlic, salt, pepper, vermouth and olive oil - sometimes a bit of parmesan. For herbs I use anything from a toach of thyme and rosemary, to flat leaf parsley, or basil, and fresh oregano - sometimes tarragon. I also sometimes toss in a couple of finely minced sun dried tomatoes.

I've don't usually use it as a "rice type base" so much. It's usually a free-standing side. Char has the most experience with it I think, so maybe she will be round to help you!
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Old 12-02-2010, 02:28 PM   #3
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If you are craving oatmeal, try some flax seed meal with a few chopped up walnuts or pecans it it. Just add about a half cup water to one quarter cup meal and nuke for a about a minute depending on how thick you like it and your microwave. Add butter, cream and splenda to taste. It's not bad and you can change it up with unsweetened coconut, etc.

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I rinsed the HECK out of it and then I make it. I would say I spend about 10 minutes at the sink rinsing and rinsing and rinsing!

Also, I have found the red quinoa has a very mild taste and needs less rinsing than the white quinoa.

I prefer the taste of the red now.
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Ancient Harvest quinoa is organic and [B]pre-rinsed[B].
They have quinoa flakes that cook quickly and are good for a breakfast hot cereal.

Their website has recipes.
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The Quinoa I buy is prewashed, I don't think I'd bother, if I had to spend 10 min. washing it. I like it with just butter and salt, I also put stew on top.............love it.................Ann
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I buy the bob's red mill and never need to rinse it. I use quinoa to make stuffed peppers, fried rice, soups & stews, any recipe that I would use rice which that has a lot of flavor. I can tolerate quinoa in small amounts without having a spike in my BS.
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The Quinoa I buy is prewashed, I don't think I'd bother, if I had to spend 10 min. washing it. I like it with just butter and salt, I also put stew on top.............love it.................Ann
Mine is said to be "pre-washed" too but I still rinse it alot. I have tried to use it without rinsing it and it has a very strong, grassy taste to me. Not all of us like this strong taste.

The 10 minutes I spend rinsing this pre-washed Quinoa is worth every second to me to get the best taste I can out of this product.
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Thanks so much everyone. Sorry for my late reply. I tried it again rinsing and rinsing and then it came out so much better. I still used the garlic, lemon, butter, little grapeseed oil, green onion, sharp cheddar, and it was just amazing. I haven't tried it for breakfast yet, but I might since I'm not so crazy about flax or soy. I think this will be my new go-to "grain".

Gina: I'll look for Bob's Red Mill brand and try it for stuffed peppers! This I bought from the whole foods per-pound bin with the other "scoopable" grains, nuts, dried fruits, etc.
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Maybe you just needed to rinse it more? It has saponofins in it (an anti-nutrient that tastes soapy). I rinse and rinse and rinse ours, then I soak it. I haven't made any in a longggg time, though. And then I just make it like a pilaf and add a few pinenuts, shallots, garlic, salt, pepper, vermouth and olive oil - sometimes a bit of parmesan. For herbs I use anything from a toach of thyme and rosemary, to flat leaf parsley, or basil, and fresh oregano - sometimes tarragon. I also sometimes toss in a couple of finely minced sun dried tomatoes.

I've don't usually use it as a "rice type base" so much. It's usually a free-standing side. Char has the most experience with it I think, so maybe she will be round to help you!

I'll have to try it like this, sounds good!
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I found this recipe that sounds really good and lower glycemic.
Shrimp and Quinoa
Servings: 4
1 1/2 cups water
1 cup uncooked quinoa
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 red onion, chopped
1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
1/2 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
6 fresh asparagus spears, trimmed and
chopped 1/4 cup golden raisins
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger root
salt and pepper to taste
1 pound medium shrimp - peeled and
deveined
1 lime, juiced
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup chopped Italian flat leaf parsley
Directions:
1. In a large pot, bring the water to a boil, and stir in the quinoa. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer 15 minutes. Remove from heat, and set aside 10 minutes, or until all liquid has been absorbed.
2. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a skillet over medium heat, and saute the onion and green bell pepper until tender. Mix in the mushrooms, asparagus, raisins, and ginger, and continue cooking until asparagus is tender. Season with salt and pepper. Mix in the shrimp, and cook 5 minutes, or until opaque.
3. In a large bowl, mix the quinoa with the lime juice and remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil. Toss with the skillet mixture and parsley to serve. From Allrecipes.com
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Mine is said to be "pre-washed" too but I still rinse it alot. I have tried to use it without rinsing it and it has a very strong, grassy taste to me. Not all of us like this strong taste.

The 10 minutes I spend rinsing this pre-washed Quinoa is worth every second to me to get the best taste I can out of this product.
beeb, what brand do you use? I never rinse the Ancient Harvest and use their flour and flakes also, and I've never had a strong taste.
Might just be a difference in tastebuds, though
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beeb, what brand do you use? I never rinse the Ancient Harvest and use their flour and flakes also, and I've never had a strong taste.
Might just be a difference in tastebuds, though
This is the one I use, and I agree, just a difference in tastebuds!
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