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LADYCJM SparkPoints: (34,499)
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4/16/13 12:48 A

I buy it in bulk so it's a lot less expensive. If you consider that quinoa is a whole food and a complete protein then to me it's reasonably priced.

I like to cook it in low soduim chicken broth with lots of herbs, chopped broccoli and cauliflower. I also add peas, carrots, slices of chicken or other leftover meat. Kind of like chicken and rice.

One of our local delis makes quinoa cakes, kind of like crab cakes, really good.
Red beans with quinoa and sausage is really good.

I've also had a quinoa salad(no salad greens) that has red quinoa, cranberries, walnuts and mint...not sure what the dressing was but it was really good.


I notice that I get full a lot faster when I eat quinoa vs eating rice so I eat less and seem to stay full longer. Probably the protein and fiber.

JANIEWWJD SparkPoints: (239,467)
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4/16/13 12:12 A

I love it!!!!

ETHELMERZ SparkPoints: (92,968)
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4/15/13 10:13 P

I have that "Ancient Harvest" brand here too, it reminds me of grits, my husband calls it grits, that you can eat cold, lol. I wonder if some company will make it instant one of these days, if people keep eating it, unless it becomes a fad like Oat Bran was in the 1980's.

J2740LOU SparkPoints: (217,009)
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4/15/13 9:53 P

I made Pilaf with Quinoa and chopped zucchini instead of with brown rice. We enjoyed it. Will make it many more times as a side with dinner. The brand I bought was "Ancient Harvest", pre-washed and rinsed. It had no odor that we noticed. About the same amount of flavor as rice has. Looked like tapioca pearls when cooked.

Edited by: J2740LOU at: 4/15/2013 (22:01)
OBIESMOM2 SparkPoints: (61,851)
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4/9/13 9:20 A

DH asked me last night, "what is kwi-noy-a?"

Took me a second to figure out what he was reading. There was a quinoa recipe on our FB page from Spark. I told him he had eaten quinoa before, but when it's mixed in something it's not really noticeable.


GETRESULTSMDMEE Posts: 1,344
4/9/13 8:27 A

Use it in soups to replace rice fried rice substitute

MOTTSIE Posts: 181
4/9/13 8:06 A

I've mixed quinoa into meatballs. Tasted great, but it looked like tiny worms in the meat. gross.

BLUENOSE63 SparkPoints: (101,558)
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4/9/13 7:11 A

Don't laugh too hard but I have used quinoa for cupcakes and birthday cakes....the kids have no idea and it is so much better for them then the regular "treats"

BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,329
4/8/13 12:49 P

an "agricultural" smell - i like that description!

I rather like the smell and sort of woodsy/nutty flavour - i can see how it could be perceived as having a "hay" smell.

And i DO like quinoa except for the price. For a "starchy side dish" it's really very expensive - i bought the tiniest little bag out of a bulk food bin, it was 7 bucks!

MIAMI_LILLY SparkPoints: (106,475)
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4/8/13 12:49 P

I've eaten it sweet, with apples and brown sugar, for breakfast, rather than oatmeal. You can also make muffins out of them. One of my favorite recipes is quinoa pizza bites. I posted the recipe on Spark quite a while ago.

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4/8/13 12:25 P

today's lunch: brown rice & quinoa, spinach, and a little cream of mushroom w/garlic

as far as the odor, I would describe it as odd rather than nasty. It is kind of agricultural. Reminds me of picking vegetables from the garden or shelling field peas.

NSPIXIE SparkPoints: (44,885)
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4/8/13 11:07 A

The quinoa I bought was from Costco and the bag said truRoots organic on it.

None of us noticed a bad smell. Believe me, I would have tossed the whole thing if I had! I hope never to have an experience like that.

KJFITNESSDUDE Posts: 15,787
4/8/13 10:57 A

I have heard that before (about Quinoa smells nasty) but this brand didn't seem to smell at all. Maybe the cheap stuff smells bad.

GRIZ1GIRL SparkPoints: (131,114)
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4/8/13 10:54 A

Quinoa is NASTY! Cooking it made my kitchen smell like the 4-H barn at the Fairgrounds...and anything that smells like soiled hay isn't getting eaten by me! Gross!

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4/8/13 10:49 A

I was trying to use some stuff I had in the fridge and I came up with this, and it actually is pretty good.

I put 1 cup chicken broth with a tablespoon or two of soy sauce in a nonstick pan with 1/2 cup quinoa and a diced onion (large).

I had previously purchased something called "kale salad" from Costco which included a package of fruit and seeds (from the looks dried cranberries and sunflower) and a dressing with a lot of calories.

When the quinoa was looking mostly done, I added the remaining fruit and seeds and stirred in and then added the kale salad (probably about half the bag) and cooked a few minutes more until it seemed done. I threw out the dressing. I guess this is probably a bit similar to people using coleslaw mix in stir fries...

Anyway, the combination was surprisingly nice.

Edited by: NSPIXIE at: 4/8/2013 (11:02)
JOANIEBUG46 Posts: 4,212
4/8/13 10:43 A

It's great with sauteed veggies and a bit of chicken. You can use it in tabouleh instead of the bulgur wheat. I make a salad with it and put in toasted seeds, chopped celery and carrots and a few dried cranberries. Then a tiny bit of citrus vinaigrette and put a scoop of it over mixed greens. It's yummy!


LEC358 SparkPoints: (9,737)
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4/8/13 10:38 A

There are those 90 second packs of quinoa-rice mix (Seeds of Change) I think. They're about the same as the all rice packs.

KJFITNESSDUDE Posts: 15,787
4/8/13 10:32 A

$4.80 for a box of Quinoa that has 7.5 servings......wow!

BLUENOSE63 SparkPoints: (101,558)
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3/30/13 6:22 A

Quinoa is a great replacement for rice.....it also makes a great hearty salad wherein you use the quinoa as a base.

You can always bake a low fat cake with it -- a friend of mine does this amazing chocolate cake for special occasions and the kids have no idea it has quinoa in it.......

So it is a versatile grain and worth every penny

KARA623 Posts: 727
3/29/13 12:45 P

Quinoa is more expensive. If you buy the box in the natural section of the grocery store, it's usually about $4, but it's very good.

I make a soup with chicken broth, sautéed mushrooms, chopped chicken, garlic, and quinoa. Very, very good.

KJFITNESSDUDE Posts: 15,787
3/29/13 12:12 P

So, quinoa is a good replacement for rice?

And, is it more expensive than say boxed/pouch rice?

I just need a general idea rather than a detailed one.

OFGREENGABLES Posts: 514
3/28/13 2:27 P

I also make it "sweet" - with almond milk, cinnamon and almonds. like porridge.

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3/28/13 2:24 P

I put Chicken Fiesta over it. The recipe is on the site.

THOMAS.H Posts: 16,545
3/28/13 1:48 P

We made up a batch of quinoa and, like Firecom found it to be a bit bitter and mostly quite bland. However, when I added a table spoon full of ginger chutney, it came alive and was quite delicious. The chutney is a hot sweet ginger chutney made in England and is quite excellent with most anything (in my biased opinion). :)

OBIESMOM2 SparkPoints: (61,851)
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3/28/13 1:23 P

@Firecom - to me, quinoa on its own is a little bitter. But it's great mixed with other foods. And it tends to make me feel full faster, and stay with me longer than most foods do.

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3/28/13 1:19 P

My first hurdle was learning how to pronounce it. I have found it at our local Sprouts store and have some on hand to try. Some real good ideas posted here today.

DIDS70 Posts: 5,079
3/28/13 1:01 P

I sprout it and then ferment the sprouts. the fermented quinoa water is awesome. Sometimes i mix it in my juices or smoothies. just have to be careful because it has highly active detox capabilities if you drink more than 6 oz at a time.

BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,329
3/28/13 12:42 P

quinoa, black beans and chunks of roasted sweet potato - cilantro and fresh lime juice, maybe a touch of olive oil

quinoa, sweet potato and mango plus "salad veg" like lettuce, peppers, cukes - add some curry powder to a lime/olive oil dressing.

quinoa with shredded kale, carrots, chunks of avocado and a bit of red onion - lime and olive oil

My only issue with quinoa is - 1/2 cup = 170 calories 0.0 BUT a half-cup goes a long way. In the above salad ideas, I would only use 1/4-1/3 cup at most.





OBIESMOM2 SparkPoints: (61,851)
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3/28/13 12:25 P

today's lunch - quinoa with a serving of Bush's Fiesta Black Beans and some shredded cheddar
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KJFITNESSDUDE Posts: 15,787
3/28/13 11:01 A

Thanks!

The original KJ's Baja Chicken called for these but I couldn't find them so I replaced them with Great Northern Beans

ELISAJANE57 Posts: 739
3/28/13 10:10 A

I realized I should post links of my favorite recipes.

http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-de
tail.asp?recipe=1110643

http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-de
tail.asp?recipe=729828

There are tons of quinoa recipes on Sparkrecipes.com

ELISAJANE57 Posts: 739
3/28/13 10:07 A

You can do a lot with Quinoa. You can replace rice with it in just about any recipe that calls for rice. I love the Quinoa and black bean dish from SparkRecipes. There is also a quinoa and black bean salad with cumin, cilantro and lime that tastes amazing.

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3/28/13 9:52 A

I had quinoa stuffed peppers at a business luncheon - AWESOME! Not sure how they made them, but it tasted kind of like artichoke or spinach dip with red quinoa, then put in the peppers & baked.

I do a 50/50 mix of quinoa and brown rice or bulghur and quinoa anytime I have rice; I've put quinoa in soup too

@KJ - health food aisle; and I've also bought quinoa at the wholesale club (with the rice)... and at TJ Maxx!

LEC358 SparkPoints: (9,737)
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3/28/13 9:32 A

I usually find it not too far from the rices or in the international foods aisle. If your grocery store has a bulk food section (ie Whole Foods or Wegmans), it will be there as well. Quinoa has basically replaced rice in my kitchen so any savory recipe that calls for rice I substitute an equal amount of quinoa

KJFITNESSDUDE Posts: 15,787
3/28/13 9:25 A

I have a strange question: In what aisle in the grocery store do find this?

EMILYMARGO SparkPoints: (11,955)
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3/28/13 9:07 A

I recently got into quinoa and I love it! Anytime I pack a salad for lunch I first put in a 1/4 cup of quinoa and then add the greens and other veggies; once I add vinaigrette I mix it all up. I'm looking for other ideas for how to eat quinoa.
I found this link on BuzzFeed with different ways to prepare it, though I'm not exactly sure how healthy some of these options are. Either way, ideas are ideas and they can be modified.
I wanna hear what you guys have to say! Give me some ideas!

Here's that link I mentioned if you wanna check it out!
http://www.buzzfeed.com/rachelysanders/w
ays-to-eat-quinoa-and-succeed-in-life

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