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31 11/19/12 1:30 P
Easiest recipe that I make. Great for summer, but I make it other times too - because it's so quick and healthy. Taken from "Simple Heavenly" - which was with rice
2 cups cooked quinoa 1 tsp salt 1 1/4 tsp olive oil 1 1/2 TB lemon juice 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley (or dried to taste) - the more, the better 1/3 cup chopped onion 1 cup chopped tomato 1 cup total of one or more of a number of vegetables (I use cucumbers, or cucumbers & peppers) "greens" of any type, chopped (I omit these)
Combine everything. If it is too dry, add more lemon and oil. Let stand for flavors to meld.
One thing to do with quinoa to impart flavor is to cook it in broth. Also, before you cook it, rinse in a fine seive under cold water to get rid of the bitterness that is sometimes there. Sparkrecipes has a great one that has spinach and feta cheese in it. Off the top of my head I can't remember much else about it but my family loved it.
Quinoa is very versatile. I throw it in the rice cooker with broth and minced garlic. Different things I have added to it: Leeks frozen chopped spinach black/green olives pepitas diced/ground meat
Once it is cooked, you can toss different cheeses into: shredded parmesean, feta..
You can pretty much make it fit whatever type of meal you are making. I have noticed that my family prefers the light quinoa over the red. And, if you do use red, rinse it first! Otherwise you will be picking out the red shells from you teeth. LOL
We tried quinoa before - I'm pretty flexible and could probably eat just about anything but the family was nonplussed by the quinoa. Could be that they didn't like the flavor - we didn't do much with it other than add a little butter and salt maybe.
Anyhow, was wondering if anyone had a good quinoa recipe to try that they really liked. Might be interesting for a breakfast option or certainly as a side for dinner.
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