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SENIORSWIMMER SparkPoints: (20,172)
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3/28/13 2:54 P

Recently I used quinoa instead of rice in my Spanish Rice recipe. YUM!

AZULVIOLETA6 SparkPoints: (0)
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3/28/13 2:01 P

Quinoa is full of protein and nutrients, but it is NOT low carb, so you have to be very careful about serving size. I don't eat it very often anymore because I just can't get enough to satisfy me without getting too many carbs.

When I lived in the Andes, I mostly saw it used in soups. Just rinse it out and fling it into a veggie or chicken soup. I also like to put it in a soup called locro. Basically it is a chicken soup with lots of oregano and melted queso fresco (Mexican fresh cheese works for this) along with quinoa. A very nice comfort food. It is also authentically served with yellow potatoes and chunks of meat.

I love this recipe too...but I cut down on some of the sugary add-ons to reduce the carbs a bit:

DIDS70 Posts: 5,368
3/28/13 1:18 P

I sprout it and ferment it. that is one of my favorite ways to consume it.
I also will prepare about two or so cups, then add to my salads when I need the extra boost of protein or add it to my soup since i don't like rice or pasta.

ROSE-LITE Posts: 1,930
3/28/13 10:44 A

I have just GOT to try quinoa....sounds and looks really good but have I done anything about it? nope...

SWEDIEPIE Posts: 338
3/28/13 10:18 A

I eat it hot or cold. If it's cold, I put 1/4 cup in a salad like you do, with beans and feta cheese.

I also love it as a side dish mixed with some spinach and beans, garlic and onion.

WHOLENEWME79 Posts: 950
3/28/13 10:18 A

I love quinoa and use it in place of rice. Google "california quinoa salad"- packed with healthy goodness and flavor.

This fitness magazing link has some great recipes and, of course, you can search too for some good ones.

LEC358 SparkPoints: (11,135)
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3/28/13 9:36 A

The stuff has all but replaced rice for me. :)

JENNILACEY SparkPoints: (81,972)
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3/28/13 9:15 A

I'm new to quinoa too. But my most successful recipe was a fruit quinoa with apples, oranges and cashews, yum!

I made it with sweet potatoes, mushrooms, onions (I forget what else) but added too much cayenne pepper so all I could taste was the pepper but other than that it would have been good.

Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 3/28/2013 (09:17)
EMILYMARGO SparkPoints: (12,060)
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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!

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